Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Daddylonglegs by Catherine Anderson

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Did you know that a daddy longlegs is not a spider? How is a baby daddy longlegs like a little balloon? Are you brave enough to find out more about these interesting creatures? How are born? How do they grow, feed, move, and have babies? Where do they live and what do they look like? What makes them special?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Review: National Geographic Readers: Cats vs. Dogs (National Geographic Kids) by Elizabeth Carney

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Chocolate or vanilla? Creamy peanut butter or crunchy? Cats or dogs? On some matters in life, every kid must take a stance. Ever since the first youngster in history had a pet, cats vs. dogs has been a hotly debated issue at recesses and lunch tables worldwide. Which one's better? Smarter? This reader presents the facts in fun and informative fashion. Kids will love the stimulating Level 3 text as they decide the answer to this question for themselves.
National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.
Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

Review: The Magic School Bus in the Bat Cave (Magic School Bus Science Readers) by Jeanette Lane

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Based on the original Magic School Bus books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen.

Review: What the No-Good Baby is Good For by Elise Broach

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For any child with a "no-good" baby in their house, Broach offers up a completely unique solution to the new sibling problem. Full color.

Review: One Dark Night by Lisa Wheeler,

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Evenings at home with Mouse and Mole are always safe and cozy, until one dark night they venture outside for a moonlit walk and find something waiting for them. With its satisfying ending, this adventure is a perfect read-aloud for every night.

Review: Kratts' Creatures: Wacky Animal Facts by Martin and Chris Kratt


K loves the Kratt Brothers. So when I bought this book for him I knew he would love it. There are some cool animals out there in the world and this book only touching a few of them. The book is divided into different parts so you are able to learn about what animals do different things. You learn about the buddy system, how big certain animals are long lost cousins and so much. The pictures are life like and makes you just love animals a bit more.

K just enjoyed the learning about different animals and how they are different. I do wish to get more Kratt brothers books as I know he will love them. I highly recommend this. 



Review: And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano

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Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.
Julie Fogliano's tender story of anticipation is brought to life by the distinctive illustrations Erin E. Stead, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.

Review: Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale

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Dinosaur Dig! has everything that boys love — diggers, dinosaurs, and dirt — plus a bit of counting thrown in for good measure. Bursting with energy, noise, and a splashy, surprising ending, this is an absolute riot of a book.

Review: When Edgar Met Cecil by Kevin Luthardt

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When Edgar's family moves to a new town, everything seems strange and scary. The kids look different. They dress weird. They listen to bizarre music. They eat strange food. And the biggest, weirdest looking kid keeps staring at Edgar. What does he want?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

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Sometimes being different is good...even if it means having a tail and spikes
Everyone knows the dinosaur gene skips a generation. So it wasn't a complete surprise when Sawyer sprouted a tail and spikes before he started fifth grade. After all, his grandfather was part stegosaurus.
Despite Principal Mathis's Zero Tolerance Policy, Sawyer is a bully magnet, befriended only by BFF Elliot and the weird new girl. When the bullies start disappearing, Sawyer is relieved-until he discovers a secret about the principal that's more shocking than Dino DNA. Now it's up to the unlikely trio to rescue their tormentors from a galactically horrible fate.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: Puppy's Quest: A Fun, Rhyming ABC Adventure by Lily Lexington

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** This book is available free for Amazon Prime
members.**
Captivate your child's imagination with this fun and educational story as they learn their ABCs.
Explore the alphabet with your child in this exciting rhyming story featuring Pup the Puppy, Drago the Dragon and Blossom the Fairy. Join them on their quest to explore alphabet world as they discover different places, people, animals and objects starting with different letters.

Extract from the story:
A is for art and an apple to eat.
An A for an ape and an aardvark we meet.
A is a vowel and is used to make words,
Like friendly antelopes grazing in herds.
Your child will take delight in the entertaining and adorable antics of Pup, Drago and Blossom throughout their journey on every page as they discover new words and letters.
- Beautiful, color illustrations that will captivate your young child.
- Rhyming lines help engage your child and sustain interest
- Your child will have such fun they won't even be aware that they are learning their ABCs
Your younger children will enjoy the fun and shenanigans of Pup, Drago and Blossom. Your older children will particularly like the rhyming story format.

Review: Have You Ever Heard a Screeching Cat? by Melvin H Harlan

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What’s Arlynn’s secret weapon to stop his
What’s that Fraidy Cat Max really scared of,
his shadow, himself, or Arlynn’s furry red cap
with the especially long earflaps?

Review: Forgive and Let Go!: A book about forgiveness by Cheri J. Meiners

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For young children, learning to forgive—when they’ve been let down or had their feelings are hurt—can take time. Help children develop their forgiveness skills and learn how to accept an apology and move on without holding grudges. At the same time, encourage children to let go of disappointment and to accept when things don’t go the way they hope. Back matter includes advice for teaching forgiveness at home, at school, and in childcare.
Being the Best Me Series:
From the author of the popular Learning to Get Along® books comes a one-of-a-kind character-development series. Each of the first six books in the Being the Best Me! series helps children learn, understand, and develop attitudes and positive character traits that strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose. Each book focuses on a specific attitude or character trait—optimism, self-esteem, assertiveness, resilience, integrity, and forgiveness. Also included are discussion questions, games, activities, and additional information for adults. Filled with diversity, these social story books will be welcome in school, home, and childcare settings.

Review: The Luckiest Leprechaun by Justine Korman Fontes

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The author of the best-selling Grumpy Bunny series and the illustrator of the favorite Chocolatina and Junie B. Jones books team up to bring kids this funny tale about friendship.

Review: The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing

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"Twas the night before Easter, just before dawn, Not a creature was stirring out on the lawnE"The Easter bunny takes center stage in this delightful spin on Clement C. Moore's beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: The Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Denys Cazet

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When he was alive, Mr. Wilkerson was an ill-tempered, disagreeable, sour, and impatient old man. Once he died, he got better.
But not much.
Now he is back and very, very hungry.
When Jack and his grandma move into the old Wilkerson house, they find out just how hungry, and why.
At least they think they know. It has something to do with pie.
A perfect pie.

Review: If you were me and lived in Hungary by Carole P. Roman


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Welcome to Hungary! Join Carole P. Roman and learn about this beautiful country in Central Europe. Packed with colorful illustrations, children will learn about the sights, currency, food, and even a few Hungarian words. This critically acclaimed series has been embraced by children, parents, and educators. Deceptively simple, it is jam packed with a vast array of information to ignite any child's interest in the world around them. If You Were Me and Lived in...India- Five Stars ForeWord Review "Roman's If You Were Me books have a simple, winning formula: portray children from other countries and explain how familiar items and customs are the same, and how they differ, in the country being discussed... The appeal of Roman's If You Were Me series is that this information is not offered in the bland style of an encyclopedia entry, but rather as part of a tour of real life in India...It's this organic conversational tone that keeps the book interesting and inspires kids' own curiosity for other cultures." Peter Dabbene The Foreword Review "In Roman's latest installment of her cultural series, she transports readers to India, where she takes them on a whirlwind, detailed tour. Geared towards young readers, the story also works as a primer for readers of all ages...A colorful, engaging holidays and Roman's stories help them realize how much we have in common." Kirkus Reviews

Review: Children's Ebook: It's Time to Sleep ( A Gorgeous Illustrated Children's Picture Book for Ages 2 to 8) by Michael Yu

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It's time to go to sleep, but Matty doesn't want to. If he were a wolf pup instead of a little boy, he would be out howling out the moon. If he were an alien, he could explore the planets beyond in his own spaceship. But, according to his daddy, everyone needs to sleep.
Follow along on this sweet bedtime story about a daddy getting his son to go to sleep.
Another quality children picture book from Fat Moon Books.
** Amazon Prime Members can download this book for FREE!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review: If You Were Me and Lived in...Scotland: A Child's Introduction to Culures Around the World by Carole P. Roman

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Ms. Roman has a wonderful way of introducing younger children and there parents to different countries and this book about Scotland is excellent.
We learn that Scotland occupies about a third of the island of Great Britain and is made up of more the 790 islands.
Since Edinburgh is the capital, many people live, work and go to the university there where they can learn about medicine, law, engineering and science.
Children call their mothers, Mathair and there fathers, Daddah. Some of the more common boy’s names are Ian, Connor or Malcom. Girl’s common names are Kelsey, Margaret and Aillen.
Many people who visit take a trip to Loch Ness, a large freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands. Some people claim to have seen Nessee a large dinosaur but nobody has even seen a picture of her so they are not sure if she is even there.
Like here golf is a favorite sport and played on a large open field. Of course the idea of the game is the same, to get a small hard ball into a tiny hole with as few strokes as possible.
After learning some of these interesting facts my family definitely would like to visit Scotland, wouldn’t you?

Review: ZooBorns Motherly Love: Celebrating the Mother-Baby Bond at the World's Zoos and Aquariums

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An adorable installment in the ZooBorns series, ZooBorns Motherly Lovecelebrates the special bond between exotic animal mothers and their babies from every corner of the globe: “Animal babies make conservation cute,” raves The New York Times.
ZooBorns Motherly Love is all about mothers and their babies. Photographs that capture the power of a mother’s love consistently attract explosive interest on the wildly popular ZooBorns website, and now, for the first time, they have been collected in this book. ZooBorns Motherly Love explores the special role mothers play in our lives: they do more for us than they do for themselves, worry about us more than we’ll ever know, and love us more than anyone else can…no matter their species. By highlighting these adorable and recognizable moments, from a sea otter cradling her newborn pup to a lioness gently tugging her cub back to her side, ZooBorns connects you to the animals featured here and builds awareness for the challenges these species face in the wild. Remember, these babies are much more than just irresistible furry faces. They are ambassadors for their species, helping educate about conservation while they entertain. In fact, 10 percent of all ZooBorns’ revenue from the sale of these books goes directly to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Conservation Endowment Fund.
This book is sure to put a smile on your face and warm your heart.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Book Review: Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles (A Captain No Beard Story) by Carole P. Roman




Title: Fribbet The Frog And The Tadpoles
Author: Carole P. Roman
Published: Fe. 8, 2015
Pages: 28
Genre: Children's
Review: Paperback

Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving and friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination.
Join the Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.

Book Review: The Nectar of Friendship by Gramps Doodlebug

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Title: The Nectar of Friendship
Author: Gramps Doodlebug
Published: Feb. 25, 2015
Pages: 20
Genre: Children's
Review: ebook

Cindy the butterfly is helping her friend Susie recuperate from a wing injury. When Cindy is deterred from taking nectar to her friend by another crisis, she must decide if she can help the moth and his friend, or keep the precious nectar intended for Susie. Will she still have time to get more nectar and make it to her friend if she also helps the other wounded friend?
What Cindy decides and comes to find out will both surprise and delight you in this charming story about friendship, charity and helpfulness. A perfect short bedtime story to read to your little ones!