★★★★ "While reading the quotes in the book you feel as though you are getting advice from a mentor or someone who has experienced so much in life and has a wealth of knowledge to share. I encourage readers to, as I did, stop and reflect on what is read, because while some quotes are subtle but potent, like this one "When Logic fails, Emotion reigns.", I found others to be layered and profound...This is a great book for readers who are looking to grow as a person and for those seeking an enlightened opinion on how to be the best version of themselves. I enjoyed the author's candid and unapologetic voice in his book... I recommend this book to parents and to young adults who are ready to go out into the world on their own and find out what kind of person they really are. This is a fantastic book for anyone that is about to embark on a personal transformation journey, as these will help guide them." -Thomas Anderson, Editor In Chief Literary Titan
★★★★★ “This book is not only helpful but the overall structure of the book is very organized and well presented. It's not only a fast, easy, & comprehensive guide,, but it's also Easy to follow and engaging as well. Overall this book is Fast-paced and engaging, Informative, Inspirational, and Powerful. This Would make a great gift and it's a great read.”
-Byron Tyler, Amazon customer 5-star review
★★★★★ “Concise and profound, filled with important maxims garnered over a lifetime… which are painfully relevant TODAY… simple well-written truths vital for the facility of critical thinking in our population… THIS is what we should be teaching our youth, to create a prepared, reasoning, confident generation… Bravo, and hoping the author produces more like this.”
-Rodney Miles, Amazon customer 5-star review
Millennia before Europeans arrived in North America...
the first human was created from a bolt of lightning!
★★★★★ "It is enchanting and beautiful... discover and become knowledgeable about the Passamaquoddy Indians who were one of the first Native American tribes that lived along the Maine coast and interacted with Europeans... I've known about other tribes from the Cherokee and Seminole to the Choctaw but the Passamaquoddy were a tribe that I was not familiar with until now. This book prompted me to learn more about the tribe... I'm happy that Michael decided to write this book and introduce the world to the Passamaquoddy people. Highly recommended." -Vernita Naylor, Readers' Favorite 5-star review
9.4/10 "Passamaquoddy Legends by Michael Cook is a fun, enlightening, exciting collection of Passamaquoddy Indian stories... These stories are often dream-like, absurd, and typically so interesting that you can't take your eyes and ears away... You could imagine people gathering around the campfire telling these stories across generations... There are also stories in here that are just so much fun to read, stories that are just hilarious or so absurd that they come across as hilarious and/or cute... Overall, this might be one of the funnest and most interesting books we've read so far this season!" -Steven Seril, Outstanding Creator Awards
★★★★★ "Shadows of the Trees is a collection of thought-provoking poetry and prose... If you start from the initial poems, there's a free flow of raw emotions... progress towards the later chapters, the melodies in the poems start to develop... some are dark, while others carry a beautiful introspective quality... The last chapters... have a somber feel, but it's also where the melodies find maturity. Even though the poems sing of anguish and broken hearts, there is a hint of faith and hope pervading throughout them. Once you read the compositions, you would truly agree with what the poet said in the introduction - poems are 'lyrics to melodies of the mind'... an excellent gift for someone who enjoys reading poetry, or aspiring young adults who love to compose. These candid poems are short but potent... it's better to read them leisurely, and let the feelings sink in as you ponder." -Thomas Anderson, Editor In Chief Literary Titan
★★★★★ "I was glad to follow his growth as a person in language expressed with such freedom. This book will be an inspiration for young people and adults who want to start reading poetry... a life condensed into harmonious words. The themes evolve... observations as a teenager and the conflict between his desires and emotions... observe the development of an artistic sensibility that can only come through practice and experience... tells us about his family, school, and social environment candidly." -Diana Lopez, Readers' Favorite 5-star review
★★★★★ "Drawing inspiration from Jim Morrison of The Doors, Michael Cook crafts some beautifully written poems that capture the essence of youth angst, love, hate, hopes, and much more... delves into the unexplained mysteries of life and questions its ultimate purpose... through the lens of a young man just out of high school... explores the elusive nature of dreams... poses some existential questions... ponders his hopes and dreams... reflects upon the fleeting nature of the passage of time. I very much enjoyed Shadows of the Trees. If you're a poetry lover, I can't recommend it enough." -Pikasho Deka, Readers' Favorite 5-star review
★★★★★ "This is an intense collection that one might want to study many times... poetry is music put into words... somber, sad, indeed emotional, while others express joy and elation and a sense of purpose, a direction in life... one can absorb the poet's transition through life, the maturing of years of experience after manipulating the myriad of complex tangents of youth, and then it's time to think back... The passage of time is a recurring theme in these poems... what it means to be alive, what it means to love, and what it means to lose. The poems are monolithic - strong, powerfully emotive, uniform, and indivisible." -Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers' Favorite 5-star review
9.5/10 "Shadow of the Trees is now our highest-rated poetry book ever! And it's for good reason. This poetry book brings poetry back to the basics, back to the heart and soul of what made poetry so appealing to begin with: the rhythm, the beats, the cryptic stories, and the feels... Every single one of these poems is tight, well-structured, and maintains a definitive rhythm. And, perhaps more importantly, these poems "say" something beyond the words themselves... this is an outstanding poetry book... rich with quatrains. We've got ourselves a modern-day Nostradamus!" -Steven Seril, Outstanding Creator Awards
Train your mind with a variety of puzzles, learn about Native American culture, and the Passamaquoddy language.
★★★★★ "It is enchanting and beautiful... discover and become knowledgeable about the Passamaquoddy Indians who were one of the first Native American tribes that lived along the Maine coast and interacted with Europeans... This book features so many activities... travel through the maze with Mooin the Bear, play tic-tac-toe with Kwah-Beet the Beaver and a few of your friends, or challenge your mind by solving some of the puzzles, word search, or a few of the cryptograms... I've known about other tribes from the Cherokee and Seminole to the Choctaw but the Passamaquoddy were a tribe that I was not familiar with until now. This book prompted me to learn more about the tribe... I'm happy that Michael decided to write this book and introduce the world to the Passamaquoddy people. Highly recommended." -Vernita Naylor, Readers' Favorite 5-star review
9.4/10 "This puzzle book is the perfect companion piece to "Passamaquoddy Legends"... to review the fascinating and intricate details of these incredible Native American legends... we're giving this book our highest rating yet for a workbook... a 9.4—an exceptionally good score shared by books near the very top of children's books and eloquently-written fiction books... You can tell that author Michael Cook deeply cares about the material and the subject matter... he grew up next to a Passamaquoddy reservation in Maine, becoming personally acquainted with their people and culture." -Steven Seril, Outstanding Creator Awards
★★★★★ ”Wow, what a fun book. A great variety of puzzles at a good level for kids to enjoy. These puzzles will challenge your kids and keep them busy while exercising their brains. It is the I love the Native American motif and the illustrations are great, and add a nice feel to the book. It’s also a good introduction to the Passamaquoddy people. Don’t tell the kids, but the answers are in the back of the book (wink).”
-Rage Rogue, Amazon customer 5-star review
★★★★★ “This book is one of the most organized puzzle books because of the different types of activities that's in the book. I has a maze, a word puzzle, tic tac toe and so much more. This book also has great information that challenges you to think while having fun as well such as fill in the blanks and connect the dots. Overall it's a very organized and well-put puzzle book.”
-Byron Tyler, Amazon customer 5-star review
★★★★★ ”Another fun puzzle book from Michael Cook. A fun variety of puzzles that are at a good level for kids to enjoy. These puzzles will challenge your kids and keep them busy while exercising their brains. The Native American motif and the illustrations are great, and create a wholesome atmosphere to the book that’s a good introduction to the Passamaquoddy people.”
-Rage Rogue, Amazon customer 5-star review
★★★★★ ”Another Fantastic Puzzle Book. I thoroughly enjoyed Vol 1 and this Vol 2 is just as fun. It's a unique idea to learn and have fun at the same time. This book is full of different kinds of puzzles that will keep you busy for hours. The best part is that it is educational and I sure learned something about the Passamaquoddy language and legends. Buy this book!.”
-Justine, Amazon customer 5-star review
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