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Book Review/Giveaway: Zodiacts. Ends April 15th


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Zodiacts: Gemini Jamboree by Donna McGarry

As the Moon whips through the sign of Gemini, The Zodiacts, a whimsical family of stars, travel to Mercury for an action-packed intergalactic expo. While there, fun-loving Starrkitty and her friends picnic, play games, and rock out. A true Gemini’s dream getaway weekend.

 

 Leo Limelight Lunacy

Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas by Donna McGarry

Donna McGarry’s Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas introduces the five to eight year old crowd to the creative energy of the Leo Moon. The action begins when the irrepressible Starrkitty discovers her competitor, Lola Leo, headlining a solo show. Kit is fit to be tied and scrambles to produce a rival spectacle. When she discovers that some aspects of show biz, such as costuming and sound mixing, are best left to the experts, Kit goes Aquarian and assembles a stellar crew to help her shine. Which leading lady will steal the limelight under this attention craving Moon? Merging celestial imagery with verbal whimsy, Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy humorously explores themes of egomania and self-absorption.

 

A Whimsical Introduction

Zodiacts: A Whimsical Introduction to Celestial Beings by Donna McGarry

Zodiacts: A Whimsical Introduction to Celestial Beings introduces young folks to the concepts of astrology in a light-hearted, whimsical manner. Follow the Moon as she weaves her way through the constellations, illuminating the stars and their loony behavior. Merging surreal visual imagery with rhyming text this is a fun bedtime read for the younger set.

 

My Review:

Zodiacts Gemini Jamboree: This book introduces the zodiact sign Gemini having fun. When the moon is in Gemini that’s the time to catch up with friends, play a games, a day to try something new, a visit to the shops and many more. The illustrations are creative and unique with interesting rhymes which help tells the story.

 

Zodiacts a whimsical introduction to celestial beings is an accurate title for this book. Depending on which galaxy the moon visit she finds out their loony behavior, because their mood is affected by the whims of the moon.

It is interesting to find out that Leo feels daring and brave when the moon is in Aries or when the moon is in Capricorn its time for structured plotting and scheming. An interesting read that would hold any child’s attention.

 

Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas: When the moon is in Leo it is time to have fun, time to put on a show, time to stand up proud and be full of confidence. With rhyming dialogue this book is creative and will hold any child’s attention.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

Donna McGarry

 

About the Author: Donna McGarry is an artist and astrologer. She’s had a life-long passion for the Moon and constellations. Her interest in astrology began in her early teens. Her Zodiacts series was created with the hopes of sharing her love of the cosmos with young readers. Donna lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her aging, bossy, controlling, leonine Shih Tzu, Gizmo.

http://www.zodiacts.com/zodiacts.com/Zodiacts_home.html

 

 

 

 

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Valerie Gray – Under Wildwood


Carol L – The Gospel


Merry – Polar Bears and Penguins & The Beaver’s Busy Year


tmy56 – A Cool Summer Tail & First Fire

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: A Rainbow of Birds. Ends April 19th


A Rainbow od Birds

 

A Rainbow of Birds by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Jack Foster

About the Book: Birds have their legends just like people do, and baby birds love to hear the stories. Papa Cardinal, whose job it is to pass down bird ways to his chicks, tells them the story of how birds gave the world the rainbow. It’s a tale of fun and squabbles and magic! Suggested age range for readers: 3-8

 

My Review: Have you ever wondered about the rainbow in the sky, or how does the colors of the rainbow stay up high in the sky? Well, a rainbow of birds by author Janet Halfmann gives an insight.

While waiting for the summer rain to stop, Papa Cardinal tells his chicks a story about how birds get livelier after the summer rain and soar high in the sky. He went on to say how the cardinals flew from one end of the sky to the other, forming a band of beautiful bright red. Next in line are the robins with their orange breast, the yellow warblers, the parrots, the blue jays, the indigo buntings and the purple martins all lined up to form the rainbow of birds. The chicks were so excited to see the magic in the sky as the sun peek out of the sky.

This is a well written story by the author Janet Halfmann with bold vibrant color illustrations by Jack Foster. At the end of the story, Janet Halfmann included the rainbow facts and fun, the rainbow’s name, rainbow stories, how to make a rainbow outdoors/indoors and many more. I love that the book is full of fun and imagination for kids. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

 

Pages: 20

 

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#34 – Alina is the Winner of 4th Annual Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop will receive the last two books

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: A Sandy Grave. Ends April 15th


A Sandy Grave

Pump Up Your Book Presents A Sandy Grave Virtual Book Publicity Tour & Giveaway.

 

A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine, illustrated by Julie Hammond

 

About the Book: The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?

 

EXCERPT:

The lifeguards had their arms extended and attempted to move the crowd back. The tallest lifeguard said, “People, please stay back. The authorities will arrive to examine the whale to determine the cause of death within the hour. The whale must have died at sea and washed ashore.”

 

My Review: Leah, Nicole and Hayley were looking forward to having fun at the beach during their summer vacation. As they make their way to the beach they saw a huge whale washed up ashore surrounded by a lot of people.

 

Then they notice two men in filthy clothes, hanging out on the sand dune. Something didn’t seen right, why would they be burying their bag in the sand? And when Leah heard that the police will stand guard to keep poachers from stealing the whale’s teeth she wanted to know why? Her father explained that “A poacher is a person or group of people who try to hunt or steal fish illegally and sell for money”. The girls must do what they can to help the authorities capture the two poachers.

 

Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights. This is a well written story to not only educate kids but adults as well. The warm water colors illustrations by Julie Hammond helps tell the story. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

Pages: 25

 

Donna McDine - The Golden Pathway

 

About the Author: Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.

Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership. 

Visit Donna online at www.donnamcdine.com or her blog at www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: I Don’t See Heaven. Ends April 11th


I Don't See Heaven

 

I Don’t See Heaven by Jennifer Adan, Illustrated by E.A. Morando

About the Book: Isabella is so excited to fly on an airplane with her mother, father, and baby brother. As the plane takes off the ground and soars into the sky, Isabella presses her nose against the window. She wants to see everything! But as the plane glides through the clouds, suddenly Isabella sits back in her seat and starts to cry.

Isabella is so sad. She thinks she will see her grandpa in heaven from high up in the sky, but he is nowhere to be found. As her mother and father try to comfort her, Isabella soon learns the secret to feeling better.

“I Don’t See Heaven” is the story of a little girl’s journey to the truth as she learns an important life lesson about how to keep love alive after a death. Isabella is so sad. She thinks she will see her grandpa in heaven from high up in the sky, but he is nowhere to be found. As her mother and father try to comfort her, Isabella soon learns the secret to feeling better. I Don’t See Heaven is the story of a little girl’s journey to the truth as she learns an important life lesson about how to keep love alive after a death. http://jenniferadan.com/projects/i-dont-see-heaven/

 

My Review: Isabella was so excited to be flying on a plane as she will be able to see Heaven and her Grandpa who has passed away. But when she didn’t see Heaven or her grandpa in the sky she started to cry.

I liked that Isabella’s mother made her understand that even though she can not see Heaven as it’s a very far place that even an airplane ride can not be taken to heaven. She made Isabella understand that she can feel grandpa by closing her eyes and remembering all the good times they had together.

This is a story that gives a really good explanation about how children can cope with the loss of a loved one.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

Pages: 24

 

Jennifer Adan

About the Author: Jennifer Adan’s journey began in San Mateo, California, when she was 10 years old. During a fifth-grade history class, Jennifer secretly wrote her first song unaware that it could lead to a career.  At age 15, she revealed her talent by playing her parents a song she’d written for them for their 25th wedding anniversary.  In addition, she let them know there were 100 more songs where that one came from.

After doing some research, Jennifer joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and West Coast Songwriters Association (WCS).  Both organizations provided contacts and educated her on the art of songwriting as well as the music business.  After winning a songwriting contest by Jeffrey Steele, she came to Nashville to work with him and meet other talented songwriters.  Steele convinced Jennifer to make the cross-country move to Nashville away from her family in order to chase her dream.  Now, she has celebrated the success of a number one hit for Blake Shelton “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” http://jenniferadan.com/

 

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March 19, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

4th Annual Lucky Leprechaun Hop Giveaway. Ends Mar 24th


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Giveaway Hop

4th Annual Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

March 17th to 24th

Co-Hosted By I Am A Reader & Books Complete Me

There will be 2 winner for this Hop (USA ONLY)

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Prize Pack is 3 Children’s books

Name Your Selections

Warm Winter Tail

 

A Warm Winter Tail Written by Carrie A. Pearson & Illustrated by Christina Wald

About the Book: Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Well, they wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same winter adaptation strategies that they do. Do they cuddle together in a tree or fly south to Mexico? Take a look through an animal’s eyes and discover the interesting ways animals cope with the cold in this rhythmic story.

Desert Baths

 

Desert Baths Written by Darcy Pattison & Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz

About the Book: All animals bathe to keep their bodies clean and healthy. Humans might use soap and water, but what do animals, especially those living in dry climates, do to keep clean? Darcy Pattison and Kathleen Rietz team up again to explore the desert to find out how snakes, spiders, and birds bathe. This surprising book teaches children about hygiene and how some exciting desert creatures manage to stay clean without the help of soap and water.

Champ’s Story 

Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too! Written by Sherry North and Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz

Children facing cancer—whether their own, a family member’s, a friend’s, or even a pet’s—will find help in understanding the disease through this book. A young boy discovers his dog’s lump, which is then diagnosed with those dreaded words: “It’s cancer.” The boy becomes a loving caretaker to his dog, who undergoes the same types of treatments and many of the same reactions as a human under similar circumstances (transference). Medical writer and award-winning children’s author, Sherry North artfully weaves the serious subject into an empathetic story that even young children can understand.

Tree That Bear Climbed

 

The Tree That Bear Climbed Written by Marianne Berkes & Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz

About the Book: Everyone knows about the house that Jack built, but this is The Tree That Bear Climbed. What makes this tree so fascinating to bear? Starting with the roots that anchor the tree, this chain of events story in cumulative verse explores many different things that help a tree stand tall. It also lends itself to further discussion with fun repetition and detailed picture clues, stimulating a child’s curiosity. Why does the bear climb the tree and what happens when he arrives at his goal?

Most Dangerous

 

The Most Dangerous Written by Terri Fields & Illustrated by Laura Jacques

About the Book: Dangerous animals from all over the world gather for the Most Dangerous Animal of All Contest. Snakes, spiders, sharks . . . who will the winner be? Deadly poison, huge teeth, razor -sharp horns, and fearsome feet are just a few of the ways that animals kill. Predators mean to kill. Prey simply defend themselves. And yet, the unexpected most deadly-animal doesn’t mean to harm at all!

 

The Fort

The Fort on Fourth Street. A Story about the Six Simple Machines by Lois Spangler and Illustrated by Christina Wald

About the Book: When a young child decides to build a fort in the backyard, Grandpa comes forward to help. But they can’t do it alone—they get help from the six simple machines: lever, pulley, inclined plane, wheel and axle, screw, and wedge. Told in cumulative rhyme, similar to The House That Jack Built, this story follows grandfather and grandchild as they build a fort together from start to finish.

 A Butterfly Called Hope

A Butterfly called Hope by NY Times best selling author Mary Alice Monroe with Linda Love, photography by Barbara J Bergwerf.

About the Book: The colorful flowers in Mama’s garden reveal a strange-looking creature. “What is it? Does it sting, does it bite?” Join in this photographic journey as the young girl and her mother care for the caterpillar. Watch as it transforms into a chrysalis and then emerges as a beautiful monarch butterfly. How can the young girl “claim” the butterfly as her own but still let it go free?

The Perfect Pet

The Perfect Pet by Samantha Bell

About the Book: After begging for a pet, a child’s mother finally says “yes.” But which animal will be the best pet? Using animal classification and habitat needs, the child narrows it down from Kingdom Animalia, through invertebrates to vertebrates. Reptiles and amphibians are out, and birds and fish are soon off the list. That leaves mammals, but which one? An elephant won’t fit through the door, and a tiger would be too hard to walk. What’s a child to do?

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#20 – Michellwillms2013
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March 16, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , | 43 Comments

Book Giveaway: Under Wildwood. Ends Mar 31st


Under Wildwood

 

UNDER WILDWOOD written by Colin Meloy with illustrations by Carson Ellis

Book two of the Wildwood Chronicles

Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.

But all is not well in that world. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work in his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. And, in what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.

To read about the author click  http://www.wildwoodchronicles.com/authors

To obtain your copy visit http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Wildwood-Colin-Meloy?isbn=9780062024688&HCHP=TB_Wildwood

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers

Ages: 9 and Up

Pages: 541

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Book Spotlight/Giveaway: The Gospel: According to Poetry. Ends Mar 31st


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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO POETRY:​ AN ANTHOLOGY Edited by T. Cole Jenkins

The Gospel: According to Poetry is an anthology consisting of 61 poets from around the world. India, Russia, Africa, Austria and the U.K. Just to name a few. Each poem is a different prospective of the author’s spirituality and their relationship with their creator.

The Gospel: According to Poetry, An Anthology is a compilation of poems written by some of the most talented people in the world…poets.  Those creative souls who revel in the written and spoken word. The pieces in this anthology are not necessarily “traditional”, though we have included some of those as well. The Gospel is a simple display of talent, creativity, and truth within us all that shares “good newz”.  As you read these poems you will feel these poets through their words and the images and emotions they conjure. Whether you call the source of your strength, God, Yahweh, Allah, or Bob, these are the stories that tell the truth of what is inside you and how it shapes your life, and the lives of the others. What do you know for ab-”soul”-utely certain? Our poets tell their truths and how they found their way back to the top after hitting rock bottom or how grace, mercy, and the love of others saved them. Their confusion. Their triumphs. Their faith in the unseen.  All of these things transcend the things that separate us yet still connects us all.

To read more about this book visit www.goodnewz.net and https://www.facebook.com/TheGospelAccordingtoPoetry

The anthology is available for purchase now through the website www.goodnewz.net and will be available through Amazon and Barnes

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Book Review/Giveaway: 2014 Spring Collection Titles from Arbordale Publishing. Ends Mar 31st


The Shape Family Babies

The Shape Family Babies by Kristin Haas, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

About the Book: Mr. and Mrs. Shape are expecting a baby, but they are surprised when three arrive! The first is just like Mother Rhombus, the other just like Father Rectangle, the third baby is a different shape. What should her name be? Go on a geometry naming adventure as all the shape family relatives weigh in. Will Cousin Triangle, Aunt Hexagon or Grandma Rhombus have the right angle? http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=ShapeFamily

 

My Review: Mother Rhombus and father Rectangle were looking forward to the birth of their child wondering whether their child would look like any one of them. To their surprise, they had three children. The first child looks just like mother and the second child just like his father but the third child has four right angles and four equal sides but what would they call her. They decided to call on their family to help them out.

Cousin Triangle thought they could name her Polygon. Cousin Trapezoid suggested they name her Parallelogram. Aunt Hexagon proposed that she be named Quadrangle. Uncle Pentagon recommended the name Quadrilateral. Grandpa Rectangle said since she is part of her parent Rhombus and Rectangle she should be called Rectombus. Grandma suggested Rhombangle.

Finally their great grand aunt Octagon told them that the child is the spitting image of great, great grandpa Square as her four sides were equal. They named her Square.

I like the educational value of this book as children can learn about different shapes apart from square, circle and rectangle. There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about the different shape parts, quadrilaterals and name that shape. The pages have simple and bold colors illustrated by Shennen Bersani. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8

 

 First Fire

First Fire: A Cherokee Folktale by Nancy Kelly Allen, illustrated by Sherry Rogers

About the Book: Why are ravens black? Why do screech owl eyes look red in light? How did we get fire? You’ll find the answers to those questions in this retelling of a Cherokee pourquoi folktale. The earth was cold and dark but the animals could see fire coming from the tree on the island. They tried to fly or swim to the island to bring back the fire heat and light. What happened to some of the animals? Which animal brought it back and how? Animals in the book include: hoot owl, horned owl, racer, raven, screech owl, and water spider. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=FirstFire

 

My Review: First Fire is based on a Cherokee folktale about how animals tried to obtain fire from a burning bush. According to the story when the world was new the days were windy, crisp and cold as the earth had no fire to keep the animals warm. One day, a sycamore tree was struck by lightning on an island and started to burn. As the hoot owl, horned owl, racer, raven, screech owl, and water spider watched the puffs of smoke from the tree they knew that they needed that fire. But they have to cross the river to bring back the fire. The animals made an attempt at bringing the fire back but were unsuccessful that the fire changed most of their appearance. But only one was able to bring the fire back successfully. Which animal brought it back and how? You have to buy the book to find out.

There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about Cherokee then and now, their territory, fire and many more. I really like the illustrations by Sherry Rogers which helps to tell the story. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

Ages: 5-8

 

 A Beavers Busy Year

The Beavers’ Busy Year by Mary Holland

About the Book: Along a stream a dam pops out of the water. Beavers are busy at work! These aquatic mammals have unique traits that aid them in building the perfect lodge to raise young beavers and keep predators away. Mary Holland’s vibrant photographs document the beavers’ activities through the course of a year. Do these beavers ever take a break? Follow along as they pop through the winter ice to begin the busy year of eating bark, building dams and gathering food just in time for winter to come again. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=BeaversBusy

My Review: Interesting read for animal lovers. Learn to spot a Beaver at bank lodge, floating food leftovers, chewed bark, beaver dam and more.  The author’s photos are vibrant and help tells the story. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

 

A Cool Summer Tail

A Cool Summer Tail by Carrie A. Pearson, illustrated by Christina Wald

About the Book: When summer heats up, animals find ways to stay cool. In A Cool Summer Tail animals wonder how humans stay cool too. Do they dig under the dirt, grow special summer hair, or only come out at night? This sequel to the popular A Warm Winter Tail features many of same animals but this time, with their summer adaptations, offering an important “compare and contrast” opportunity. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=CoolSummer

My Review: This is a sequel to A Warm Winter Tail. It tells how animals adapt to seasonal changes. Animals like red fox, painted turtle, black capped chickadee, black bear, white tailed deer, honeybee, grey squirrel, garter snakes and many more. Each animal ask the same question, “How do humans stay cool in the summer, Mama?”

The fox would like to know how humans stay cool in the summer, as they hang out their tongues and breathe fast in and out. Mama’s answer was that humans do not pant, puff or huff as they sweat through their skin when it’s hot.

The turtles slide into ponds and under awnings of fronds when it’s hot but humans swim in clear water to keep cool. And while the bears lie bottom up and spread out on cool ground, humans lay in soft beds. Grey squirrels lick their arms as a trick to make heat from their skin disappear, humans thinks it’s a bummer to use their wet tongue to keep cool. LOL! And many more!

There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about the different animals and summer adaptation. Summer and Winter adaptation: Compare and Contrast and more. The illustrations by Christina Wald shows the humans trying to keep cool like the animals. The illustrations are colorful and bold. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

 

Daisylocks

Daisylocks by Marianne Berkes, illustration by Cathy Morrison.

About the Book: Daisylocks needs a home that is just right. She asks Wind to help her find the perfect habitat to spread her roots, and he accepts the challenge. Wind blows Daisylocks to the plain, the mountain and the wetland. She objects to each place one by one too cold, too hard, too wet. Daisylocks is not ready to give up! They try the humid rainforest and then the warm beach; those are not just right either. Will Wind find the perfect climate and soil for Daisylocks to place her roots and grow into a beautiful flower? http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=Daisylocks

My Review: Daisylocks is a story about a seed that doesn’t want to be planted in a garden. She felt that there must be a better place where she can live and thrive. So she asked the wind to help find her a better place by blowing the seeds from place to place until she was happy. Plants need a better place to grow. They need to absorb nutrients and water from a healthy soil and be free of weeds and rocks.

There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about plants basic needs like the air, water, nutrients and sunlight. The different plant parts like flowers, leaves, stem, and root. The illustrations by Cathy Morrison are fantastic, rich in colors and helps bring the story to life.  I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

 

Polar Bears and Penguins

Polar Bears and Penguins: A Compare and Contrast Book by Katharine Hall

About the Book: Polar bears and penguins may like cold weather but they live at opposite ends of the Earth. What do these animals have in common and how are they different? You might see them near each other at a zoo but they would never be found in the same habitats in the wild. Compare and contrast these polar animals through stunning photographs.  http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=PolarPenguins

Pages 32

 

Kali's Story

Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis, photos by John Gomes

About the Book: Follow the rescue of orphaned polar bear Kali (pronounced Cully) from the Inupiat village of Kali (Point Lay in English) to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage to his new home at the Buffalo Zoo in New York with Luna, a female polar bear. This photographic journey beautifully captures the remarkable development of the cub, who initially drinks from a baby bottle, sucks his paw for comfort, and sleeps with a “blankie” as he rapidly grows into the largest land carnivore on earth. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=Kali

Pages: 32

 

Animal Helpers Aquariums

 

Animal Helpers: Aquariums by Jennifer Keats Curtis

Where else could you stay dry while visiting aquatic animals from around the world? Only in an aquarium can you visit and learn about all these different local and exotic animals. Aquarium staff care for and teach about these animals, as well as work to conserve and protect threatened and endangered species. Follow this behind-the-scenes photographic journal as it leads you into the wondrous world of aquariums and the animal helpers who work there. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=AH_Aquariums

Pages: 32

 

Sea Slime

Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea by Ellen Prager, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

Snails and sea slugs use Sea Slime. But, did you know that coral and clownfish need slime too? Marine scientist Ellen Prager takes us deep into the sea to introduce us to fascinating and bizarre animals that use slime to capture their food, protect themselves from harm, or even move from place to place in their underwater environment. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=SeaSlime

Pages: 32

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from Arbordale Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

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