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Book Review: The Little Seahose by Sheri Fink


The Little Seahorse

 

The Little Seahose by Sheri Fink

About the Book: The bashful Little Seahorse discovers a mysterious object during his adventures and has to learn to speak up for himself and ask for help in order to bring his mother this amazing gift. In the process, he increases his self-confidence and makes wonderful new friends.

 

My Review: When a little Seahorse was out happily exploring the ocean floor he came across an orb nestled in the brown sand. He became intrigued and started to poke it with his nose and tail. He notices that the object was hard and heavy to play with but it looked so beautiful. So he decided to give it as a gift to his mother. When the Little Seahorse heard two large Pipe fish swimming by he hid and watched while the pipe fish try to pick up the orb.

The Seahorse was scared but really wanted to give the orb to his mother. He will have to over come his shyness and have the courage to speak to the Pipe fish. And if they do let him have the orb he will need to ask them for their assistance in helping him bringing to orb to his mother.

What is he going to do, will he find the courage to stand up to the pipe fish and bring the orb home to his mother?

What an interesting book that will speak to children that find it hard to speak up for what they want. It will encourage them to ask for help even though they feel nervous. And do you know that asking for help leads to making friends?

This story is beautifully illustrated by Mary E. Washam who made use of bright colors to help tell the story. If you are currently working with children dealing with the issue of shyness then this is a great book to recommend.

 

Pages: 28

 

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Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

July 15, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Big Nate. Mr. Popularity. Ends July 26th


Mr. Popularity (Big Nate)

Big Nate Mr. Popularity

Big Nate is Mr. Popularity! Nate’s decided to run for office! Will he triumph over the more popular kids? With Francis’s help, he might just have a winning chance! Plus, extra Big Nate activities in the back!

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062087003/big-nate-mr-popularity

AgeRange: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: Big Nate

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014)

 

My Review: Big Nate is back and this time he is Mr. Popularity. In this issue, Big Nate decided to run for Class President. But he thinks that the process is flawed. Then again why should the popular kids be the only ones to get elected, and not the unpopular kid like him? Will Big Nate become Class President or will the popular kids win again?

Follow Nate as he goes to summer reading program, an opportunity to get his comic strip in the newspaper, trick-or-treat, t’was the Nate before Christmas and many more strips.

Another funny book kids would love to read. It has bonus activities to crack you up. Write your own caption action, match sketch to strip, trivia and more.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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July 11, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Book Review: Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman


Fortunately the Milk

 

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young

About the Book: “I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”

“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062224071/fortunately-the-milk#

 

My Review: A father went to the shop down the road to buy a bottle of milk for his kids for their morning breakfast. The kids waited a long while for their father to return but there was no sign of him.

When he finally returned, he had a story to tell them, a story involving aliens; pirates; ponies; wumpires and more. He told them how he heard some odd noises. He looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air and how he got sucked up into the disc. With all the adventure he had to go through on the disc he made sure to secure the milk. This book is not only funny but entertaining with the illustrations by Skottie Young which help to tell the story.

Find out more of what happened to their father on the alien ship. Visit http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062224071/fortunately-the-milk# or Amazon for a copy.

 

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

July 5, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: I’m Twirrely! The Nut Family Series. Ends July 19th


I'm Twirrely

I’m Twirrely! The Nut Family Series by Brenda Lochinger, illustrated by Jeffrey Duckworth

About the Book: I’m Twirrely! is the second book in The Nut Family series. It’s about a sweet sassy little squirrel that just wants to dance and be with her friends and family. Twirrely takes you through her day and shows you why her name suits her so well. http://www.brendalochinger.com/

 

My Review: The author introduces us to another member of the Nut family, Twirrely. She loves to dance and twirl all season whether it’s cold or hot. She likes to be happy and she likes things to be done right. She loves attention and when she is bored she bothers her brothers. In class you will find her chatting with her friend Rosie or twirling instead of paying attention to Mr. Maple her class teacher. When her parents ask her to take a break she just stomps and get angry.

Looks like Twirrely finds it hard to be still. She is so busy hopping, spinning or twirling without much time for rest. But what I love about her is that she finds time to help her mother with her chores. This book is about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and most parents with children who suffer from ADHD can relate. This book is a great book to share with children that have ADHD. It will help them understand their situation better.

The author is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to organizations specializing in the treatment and counseling for AD/HD.

I highly recommend this book.

 

Pages: 42

 

 

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.

 

 

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Winner is #13 – Holly L

July 1, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

School’s Out for Summer Giveaway. Ends July 18th


Schools-Out-For-Summer

Summer reading. It is time to read for fun.

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Dream Big, Little Pig

Dream Big, Little Pig

Hibernation Station

Hibernation Station

What Sisters Do Best

What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best

Brave Bomberos

Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos

Dinosaur Hunters

Dinosaur Hunters

Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears

Annie and Snowball

Annie and Snowball and the Dress up Birthday

My Loose Tooth

My Loose Tooth

The Unseen

The Unseen

Dying to Meet you

Dying to Meet You

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Giveaway Rules

Ends July 18th

There will be 2 winners for this Giveaway  (USA ONLY)

Each winner will receive  children’s books

Mandatory Entry: List your choice of 4 books in the comment field below with your email address

The 1st winner will receive their first choice of 4 books

The 2nd winner will receive what is left.

Thanks for taking part!

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Winners

#1 – tmy56

#10 – Julie A

 

June 25, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Manner-Man by Sherrill S. Cannon. Ends July 14th


Manner Man

 

Manner-Man by Sherrill S. Cannon and illustrated by Kalpart

“I am strong, and my flash is bright, And I will defend you and make things all right.” These are the magic words to call upon Manner-Man – a superhero who can help control bullies and teach children ways to be considerate of others. Manner-Man arrives, shouting “To the Rescue,” helping children learn about sharing and warning about not ‘hitting with words.’ He teaches that if someone starts pushing, just shout out “not nice!” Meet the children who form the Manner-Man team and find out how to join! Manner-Man incorporates messages and characters found within some of Cannon’s earlier books – helping children learn how to cope with bullies and look within themselves for their inner superhero! This is the fifth rhyming children’s book by this award-winning author whose other bestselling books include Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys and Santa’s Birthday Gift. http://sbpra.com/sherrillscannon/

 

My Review: Manner- Man is a story written by Sherrill S. Cannon about a young boy who was bullied by a kid who took his toy car. His mother gave him some advice on how to handle bullies and the need to stand for what is right. He promised himself that he will stand for what is right and help those in need. So while he lay sleeping his inner mind kept repeating, “Call upon Manner-Man; he’ll save the day and help all good children to share when they play. This hero’s within you; when you raise your hand, your fingertips’ flash will help them understand…”

So he when he saw children fighting, he knew to call on Manner-Man who stops all fighting and arguing and teaches them that instead of fighting they should use their words. For example, if someone pushes you, don’t push back. Just say, it’s not nice to push.

This is a book that teaches children the importance of being polite and learning how to treat each others with kindness. This also delivers an important message about bullying. A highly recommend book.

 

Pages: 28

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Giveaway Ends July 14th, 2014

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Winner is #5 – teresa mccluskey

June 24, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Book Review: The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech


The Boy on the Porch

 

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

About the Book: When John and Marta found the boy on the porch, they were curious, naturally, as to why he was there-and they didn’t expect him to stay, not at first, but he did stay, day after day, until it seemed as if he belonged, running and smiling and laughing his silent laugh, tapping and patting on every surface as he made his music, and painting-with water, with paint, with mud-those swirly swirls and swings and trees. One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of person would leave their child with strangers? All they know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. And as their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, and John and Marta and the boy begin to see the world in brand-new ways. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech delivers a poignant story of finding family when you least expect it.

 

My Review: John and Marta came across a young boy sleeping in an old cushioned chair on their porch they couldn’t imagine where he came from and why he was at their farmhouse. When the boy woke up they tried to find out where he was from but he would talk but only respond by tapping on the table. The boy reached into his pocket and pulled out a crumpled note and handed it to Marta. The note read…

“Plees taik kair of Jacob. (please take care of Jacob)

He is a god good boy.    (He is a good boy)

Will be bak wen we can.” (Will be back when we can)

Marta and John did their best to take his of Jacob waiting on the day that his parent will turn. But in the meantime, Jacob bonded well with the dog and cow.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows what family meant to John and Marta and the generosity toward Jacob. Find out if whoever left the note came back to pick up Jacob. This an inspiring story and I highly recommend it.

 

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Pages: 160

Cost: $6.99

 

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780061892387/the-boy-on-the-porch

 

 

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

June 19, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece. Ends July 7th


My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece by Sherrill S. Cannon, illustration by Kalpart

Have you ever seen a “work of art” worth millions, which looks like something your child just brought home from school? The dual perspective of “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” and just a little bit of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is evident in this clever artwork story of a child who paints a fingerpaint print in class and then loses it in the wind on the way home. Illustrated from the point of view of a child, whose identity is left to the imagination of the reader since all of the illustrations are what the child sees, the fingerpaint print is interpreted by official “judges” as well as by bystanders. Should people be influenced by what others see, or use their own self-esteem to make their own judgments? http://sbpra.com/sherrillscannon/

 

My Review: To quote the author “Have you ever seen a “work of art” worth millions, which looks like something your child just brought home from school?” Yes, we have, and we wonder why it’s displayed in the gallery or worth millions. As a former art teacher, every art work is worth something and there is always a message behind it.

During Ms Gallagher art class she wanted the children to use their fingers to paint what they see in their mind. A child decided to use the color green for the scene and the color red in the middle of the painting to represent a dog. But wasn’t sure how best to draw a dog.

Then the bell rang and it was time to go home but the picture isn’t complete as it did not have a signature on it. On the way home the wind blew the fingerpaint picture away which landed among an artist artwork which is set for display at the mall later that week.

The child was already running later and believes no one will think the picture was done by an artist.

  • So what happened when the child spotted the fingerprint painting at the wall?
  • Will the judges believe it was done by a child?
  • And will the picture win first place?

The important message in this book is that; always remember to put your name on your work. You never know when your work will be put on display and win a blue ribbon.

Don’t forget to take part in the fun activity after the story ends.

  • Find the other book covers in the story.
  • Recognize any of the children from the other books in the story.
  • Can you find the red dog, giraffe, bird, flower, frog and sun in the Masterpiece? Etc.

The illustrations by Kalpart are colorful, bold and beautiful which helps bring the story to life. I like that the characters from the author’s previous books was added to the storyline. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

 

Age: 4-8

Pages: 28

 

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.

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Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends July 7th, 2014

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Winner is #18- Laurie Lynch

June 17, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Candle Bible Handbook.


Candle Bible Handbook

Candle Bible Handbook by Terry Jean Day & Carol Smith 

About the Book: Travel through Bible history with this comprehensible exploration of the Bible, following the key narratives from Genesis to Revelation. Perfect as a child’s first Bible reference, he will travel through Bible lands and times and discover how the people lived: the foods they ate, the homes they occupied, the clothes they wore, and the work they performed. There are sections of study questions throughout to further learning, as well as glossaries and FAQs to help understanding.

 

My Review: I have reviewed a lot of the Candle Bible books and I was so glad that they had the Candle Bible Handbook. The Old and New Testamentsis packed full of facts about every book in the bible. It explains some of the mysteries of the bible. Why the bible was written and by whom. It also gives background information about the people and places of the bible. Each book is categorized according to the books of the law, poetry, prophets, history, letters of Paul, general letters and Apocrypha.

The handbook is full of lavishly illustrations with maps, time charts, photographs and panoramic illustrations. This is a very easy to read study guide not only for children but for adults as well. I highly have to recommend this book.

 

 

 

Author: Terry Jean Day & Carol Smith 

Pages: 256

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $17.99

Candle Bible Handbook

Candle Bible Handbook

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

May 12, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone. Ends May 21st.


Because I Said So

Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone by Annie Oeth 

About the Book: “Our own precious Annie Oeth has penned Genius for us in BECAUSE I SAID SO. Matters not if one never parented a child–for certain, everybody WAS one, once–so the appeal and the truth are universal.”

Jill Conner Browne, Multiple #1 New York Times Bestselling author and THE Sweet Potato Queen

“But whyyyy?”

“Because I said so.”

It’s the answer that rolls off the tongues of mamas from all over. In Because I Said So: Life In The Mom Zone, veteran mama Annie Oeth tells of the worries, laughter and sheer terror of being a mother.

Trips to the emergency room, college graduations and the dangerous combination of teenagers and fireworks are all fair game in this romp through southern motherhood. Spilling the (jelly)beans on Easter egg hunts, Santa Claus and frogs in mailboxes, Annie Oeth writes of life, love and raising children while hanging on to her sense of humor.

From stories of laughter to tales of tears shed, she remembers her own growing-up years in small-town Mississippi, her parents’ 44-year romance and her own children’s travels on their way to adulthood, crafting stories that will touch hearts and funny bones.

Anyone who’s ever rocked a baby, worried over a teenager or seen family game night degenerate into a knock-down, drag-out can relate to these life lessons, straight from The Mom Zone.

Mamas are tender-hearted, but don’t mistake their kindness for an absence of backbone. In these stories, the love, strength, humor and super powers of mothers are hailed for the wonders that they are. Whether you’re a mama to sons who have an affection for reptiles and bottle rockets or a daughter who thinks you’re wrong just when you’ve figured out your own mother was right, you’ll love yourself, your kids and your life more after this read.

“Why?”

“Because I Said So.”

About the Author: A small-town Mississippi girl grows up, snatches a magnolia during her college graduation, and sets out to be a writer, newspaper editor and mama. Annie Oeth has done all three—and lived to tell the tale. A native of West Point, Mississippi, Oeth began writing from her front porch swing when she wasn’t climbing trees and drawing. She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women, embarking on a journalism career and motherhood soon after. In 1996, she moved from Mississippi’s smallest daily newspaper, The Daily Times Leader in West Point, to the state’s largest, The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson. Starting as an assistant metro editor, Oeth moved to editing a family of nondaily publications before returning to the daily product as features editor in 2012. She’s been writing about family and fun for The Clarion-Ledger and in The Mom Zone blog ever since. She lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  http://bookpublicityservices.com/annie-oeth/

Pages: 226

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Giveaway Ends May 21st, 2014

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Winner is #11 – Bonnie-Blue T Sullivan

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 15 Comments

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