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Monday, September 20, 2021

Book Review - Aunt Ida Clare Author: Michele McCarthy


"A kind of Cat in the Hat and Mary Poppins rolled together in a very delightful way. Children will adore Aunt Ida Clare."

—Chris S. Manion

2021 Best Fiction Children's Book, 1st Place Golden Scroll Award and 2021 Children's Fiction Book of the Year, 2nd Place Christian Markets Awards

salina is not quite sure what to think of their new babysitter, her Aunt Ida Clare. Aunt Ida is quite the sight. Aunt Ida Clare declares the truth and purpose behind speaking life-giving words to an unsuspecting brother and sister when she whips out her shiny little object.  She is positively the best thing to happen to these impressionable children one school day afternoon.

Parents and children alike will fall in love with Aunt Ida Clare.


Michele McCarthy is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker.  She is an Advanced Writers and Speakers Association member as well as a co-founder of Living Write Texas. With a dose of humor and fun, her passion is to help children see themselves the way God sees them.
TitleAunt Ida Clare
AuthorMichele McCarthy
ISBN978-1-64949-069-8 hardback | 978-1-64949-068-1 softcover
Retail Price: $20.00 hardback | $10.00 softcover
GenreChildren's Book
Available fromIngramSpark


Aunt Ida Clare is written by Michele McCarthy. This is a children's picture book. I read this book with  my 8 and 10 year old son. We all enjoyed it very much. This is a book that should be in every elementary  classroom and library. I wish I had an Aunt Ida Clare. She is a HOOT!
Aunt Ida Clare comes to babysit Rosalina and Roosevelt. They are very unsure of her when she first shows up, for she is like no-one they have ever met. However, she really speaks life over her niece and nephew. They criticize themselves, their school work, their artwork, and learn a valuable lesson. Aunt Ida Clare shows them a family salt shovel. The kids are confused at first and Aunt Ida Clare teaches them a valuable lesson. A lesson to how words can affect ourselves and others. This led to a great conversation between my children and I. We talked about how our words control so much. 
We also discussed: 
Col 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Matthew 15:11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them

The kids who were very nervous about Aunt Ida Clare babysitting them ended up having a wonderful time. 
This book is well written, perfect for elementary school ages, has beautiful illustrations. We really enjoyed this book. 

I received a copy of this book through the author, all thoughts are my own. 

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