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Book Review: Nina the Neighborhood Ninja


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About the Book: Nina’s a girl who takes charge. She uses her brain and her muscles to complete rescue missions. She doesn’t mind getting dirty and climbing trees. It’s all part of the life of the everyday girl superhero. Young readers are encouraged to recognize that the traits of being smart, strong, and speedy exist within themselves. Young girls will find this book to be a positive affirmation that they too can be superheroes.  http://www.soniapanigrahy.com/about-the-book/

 

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Tiny Sparks Press (November 22, 2016)
  • Cost: $11.99 @ amazon

 

 

My Review: Nina is a little girl known as the neighborhood Ninja.  She dresses up like a superhero and rescues those in need. With her amazing qualities, and with the help of her sidekick, Fiona they spend the day thinking about resourceful ways in helping others.

When she hears a bird in distress she investigates, she goes out of her way to build shelters for animals. The animals love her for she is not only smart, but she is strong and speedy.

I enjoyed reading this book and everyone should have a copy for their young ones. The message from this book is about caring for others. This book not only inspire children but has a positive message for young girls and boys.

The illustrations by Hazel Quintanilla are bold, colorful and bright. Great for home and school library.

 

 

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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About the Author: Sonia Panigrahy (Pah-Nee-Grah-Hee), is a public health professional, world traveler, adventure seeker, and fitness enthusiast. She believes that life is too short to be bored!

Nina the Neighborhood Ninja was created out of Sonia’s lifelong love of reading. As her family and friends begin to have children, she looked forward to sharing this love with them. She believes that books are a powerful way to empower impressionable young minds.

Sonia was surprised that she could not find books for girls ages 3-6 years that realistically identified females as intelligent, physically tough, brave, and adventurous. She was disappointed that girls continue to be excluded from the heart of the superhero story.

After unsuccessful attempts to find a young girl superhero protagonist on the pages of a book, especially one of color, she gave up. Then she created her own.

 

Follow Sonia on this Facebook Author Page and on InstagramSubscribe to the Nina the Ninja Newsletter for updates! http://www.soniapanigrahy.com/about-author/

 

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Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil. Ends Sept 30th


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Visiting Brazil, an earthquake hits and separates a family from their beloved cat, Purrball. Purrball’s mad dash leaves her lost in a jungle where she becomes fast friends with a very clever sloth named Burrball. The two quick-witted animals embark on a journey to find Darryl, the loving and loyal boy who longs for his adorable missing cat. Witty word rhythms and rich illustrations make Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil an engaging read-aloud story. An alluring tale of friendship, family, ingenuity and persistence. http://www.purrballandburrball.com/

 

  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Fab Idea Press; First edition (September 9, 2016)
  • Cost: $17.95 @Amazon

 

 

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About the Author: Anne Zoet is a freelance creativAe director for both technology giants and countless startups in the Silicon Valley. Her passions are art, words, travel, the environment and animals—all of which came together naturally in the creation of Purrball Meets Burball in Brazil. In addition to her human family, Zoet shares her home with three domestic cats (though sometimes she wonders if they’re not just a bit wild). http://www.purrballandburrball.com/about-the-author/

 

 

 

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Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Casey’s Bright Red Christmas. Ends Dec 20th


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Casey’s Bright Red Christmas with Casey & Friends by Holly Dufek, illustrated by Paul E. Nunn

About the Book: It’s Christmas time at Happy Skies Farm! Tillus the worm, Big Red, Sammy and the rest of the team are excited to celebrate the season. But Casey the farmer is busy working: feeding animals, repairing fences and planning for the year ahead. With so much to do, Casey wonders if she’ll have time to prepare for the holidays. That’s when Tillus and the team unite to make this Christmas extra special for their busy friend.

 

  • Series: Casey and Friends (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Octane Press (October 1, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1937747611
  • Cost: $13.50

For reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27819265-casey-s-bright-red-christmas?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

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About the Author: Holly Dufek has spent nearly 15 years writing and editing educational curriculum for publishers such as Holt McDougal, National Geographic Education and Riverside Publishing. Holly has worked to develop content to enrich the National Common Core Standards for elementary through high school classrooms. Born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her bachelor’s degree, double majoring in English and History. Her first classroom experience was substitute teaching while in graduate school at DePaul University for her Master’s in Education. Holly did her practicum in U.S. History. Licensed to teach History and English through the 12th grade, Holly decided to turn her focus on curriculum development. A Year on the Farm is her first published children’s book. Working with an amazing design team to bring agricultural education to life has been one of the most enriching experiences for her. Holly lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin with her husband, Matt, and their three children. https://octanepress.com/author/holly-dufek

 

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Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: What Kind of Cow Are You? Being Content with How God Made You. Ends Oct 10th


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What Kind of Cow Are You? by Joyann Dwire, illustrated by Bill Dickson

About the Book: What Kind of Cow Are You?

Poor Mitzi! Why did she have to be a cow? Her journey around the farmyard shows her that the best thing she can do is be what God made her to be!

 

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Journey Stone Creations (June 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599580063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599580067
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 8 inches
  • Cost: $2.99 @ amazon

 

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About the Author: Joyann Dwire knew she wanted to be a writer when she was 12 years old. That desire, along with the desire to follow God’s will for her life, have been the driving forces in her life.

Joyann was raised on a small farm in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Her background can be seen in much of her writing. Life in a rural county with great historical depth grew into an interest in history and publication of profile and local history articles in Pennsylvania Magazine, Grit and Quilters’ World (online).

Much to her surprise, Joyann’s first published story,’The Sighting,’ appeared in Highlights for Children. Up to that time she hadn’t considered writing for children. Since then, she has published stories and articles in Power Station, Discovery Trails and The Young Salvationist.

Her love of animals shows up in most of her stories and is obvious in her first children’s book, What Kind of Cow Are You? http://www.joyanndwire.com/home

 

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Book Review: Arbordale Publishing 2015 Collection


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This Land Is Your Land by Catherine Ciocchi, illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Take a trip around the world to discover a wide variety of Earth’s landforms and geological features through the rhythmic verse in This Land is Your Land. On the journey encounter plains, plateaus, and rolling hills. Find out how a stream can make a canyon or lava creates an archipelago. Read aloud and discover new terrain with the flip of each page. http://www.catherineciocchi.com/#!books/cnec

 

My Review: Follow Author Catherine Ciocchi, as she takes you around the world and discover the variety of Earth’s landforms with its geological features. What a great way for children to discover how lands are formed by massive movements like weather, wind, water and more.

Learn that where land meets sea, there’s a coast; sandy beaches cover most lands. Some of the highest mountains peak are capped in snow and cooler than the base. Read about the plateau, canyon, tranquil valley, volcano lava and many more. The last four pages includes learning activities: Earth Movers, Landform Sorting, Landform Matching, and Map Skills.

The illustrations by Cathy Morrison show great geographic details. Colors are bold and bright with clear text. I recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book 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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About the Author: Born and raised in New York in the beautiful Hudson River. She is the youngest of 6 children in the Muller family who spent alot of time camping and hiking in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Her father, George and her mother, Ruth, taught her 3 brothers ad 2 sisters to appreciate the wonders of nature. I was fascinated with Earth Science in high school so much that I went on to study geology and I’m happy to say that I am an Earth Science teacher today.   Rhyme is something else I love and use it to explain science concepts to my students. It takes a lot of practice and perseverence to get a rhyme just right. Fifteen years ago, I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Through this organization, I was able to find a fun local writer’s group. This dynamic group  has established another organization called Children’s Writers of the Hudson Valley. Being part of this group has inspired and motivated me in my writing. Every writer needs the support of a writer’s group. http://www.catherineciocchi.com/#!bio/c1ktj

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Achoo! Why Pollen Counts by Shennen Bersani

About the Book: Spring has arrived and pollen is in the air. Baby Bear does not like the pollen—it sticks to his fur and makes him itchy and sneezy. He’s allergic! Achoo! He just wishes the pollen were gone. But when his friends gather to tell him why they need pollen, Baby Bear learns that pollen is good for the forest and provides food for many animals, including him!

My Review: It was interesting to know that pollen is good for the forest and also provides food for many animals. Some types of pollen are light and float in the air, while some are heavier and cling to flowers. Many insects ear pollen, the spiders catch pollen in their web and eat it for dinner. The bees use pollen and nectar to make beebread. Ladybug snack on pollen in the fall, they find that it has plenty of protein to help them hibernate in the winter.

Also, it’s interesting to know that pollen floats high in the cloud. It clings to water, freezes, and form ice crystal. They grow, fall and form snowflakes. Pollen makes some humans and animals sneeze but it also provides food for many animals.

The last 4 pages include learning activities from understanding allergies, flower parts, pollination process, bees are the great pollinators pollinator matching – animals spreading pollen from flower to flower. Great illustrations which helps tell the story.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book 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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About the Author: Shennen Bersani is a children’s book author and illustrator. Interests: She love the ocean, and drawing, and bike riding. She is an avid reader, researcher, writer, and painter. http://www.shennenbersani.com/

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Fibonacci Zoo by Tom Robinson

About the Book: When Eli and his father visit an unusual zoo, they count the creatures in each exhibit. Eli sees one alligator, then one bison, and next two camels. Soon a number pattern emerges and Eli thinks he can predict how many animals will be in the next exhibit. Explore the zoo with Eli as he runs ahead to test his hypothesis.

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About the Author: Tom Robinson is a high school math teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. He wrote Fibonacci Zoo to introduce young readers to numbers and patterns. Tom is also the author of The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book, The Everything Kids Magical Science Experiments Book, and Forcing Out: A Guide to Better Physics Fitness. Tom lives in Chelan, WA, with his wife and two children.

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Wandering Woolly by Andrea Gabriel

About the Book: Little Woolly leaves her mother behind as she chases a toad down to the river. When the glacial ice breaks, she is swept away in the rumbling, rolling water. Now alone, the mammoth calf struggles to survive. She must sneak past cave lions, bears, saber-toothed cats and humans. Exhausted and afraid, she must even hide from stormy weather as she fights her way back to her herd. How can she find them? Will she ever get back? http://bigbearillustration.com/books/

My Review: Wandering Woolly wondered about her surrounding and beyond. She makes her way down to the river to splash water over her head when suddenly the ice splintered and toppled off the glacier throwing woolly into the rolling water sweeping her away from her family. She tried to call out for her mother, but the mammoths couldn’t hear her. The water swept her pass a hunting lion and a giant beaver. Back on land, she came across bears, humans and their hunting dogs and the saber-toothed cats. She desperately needs to get back to her mother and aunties. Was Woolly able to locate the other mammoths? You need to buy the book to find out.

The last four pages include learning activities. Learn about the Ice Age, about mammoths and elephants, the Clovis people as they were the first humans in North America and the extinct ice age animals that Woolly met along the way.

This is a very good educational book. Teaching kids the importance of having to stay close to their parents and that wandering off doesn’t make them safe.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book 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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About the Author: Andrea Gabriel lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she spends a lot of time making pictures for kids and grown-ups alike. In addition to a busy studio schedule, she loves illustrating books for children and presenting in the schools. http://bigbearillustration.com/about/

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About the Book: Gorillas using iPads, lemurs finger painting, squirrel monkeys blowing bubbles…these primates are pretty smart! Could you make the grade in Primate School? Learn how diverse the primate family is, and some of the ways humans are teaching new skills to their primate cousins. Author Jennifer Keats Curtis is once again working with organizations across the country to share fun facts about primates through this photo journal.  http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com/projects/primate-school/

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About the Author: Children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis wants to help bring children closer to the animals in their own backyards. By diligently researching her topic and interviewing real experts, including children working to help preserve and protect local wildlife, the long-time journalist has developed a knack for teaching young children about important ecological issues and what they can do to help. To read more http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com/about-the-author/

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About the Books: What are some things we can learn about animals from the shape of their mouths, beaks, or bills? What can we infer about animals with sharp teeth compared to large, flat teeth? Are there any animals that don’t have mouths? In this second book of her “Animal Anatomy and Adaptation” series, award-winning nature photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland shares fascinating animal mouths with readers of all ages.    http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=AnimalMouths

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About the Author: Mary Holland, naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist, and author, resides in Hartland, Vermont. Mary’s work in environmental education has included directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, being a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont, and compiling Vermont’s Rare Bird Alert for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. In addition to writing a natural history newspaper column and magazine articles, Mary has written and photographed a children’s book, Milkweed Visitors, which introduces young and old alike to the insects that visit a milkweed patch.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Cost: Paperback $9.95

 

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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

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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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Award-winning picture books that integrate Science, Math, and Geography . . . hardcover and paperback plus read-aloud eBooks with Spanish http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/index.php

 

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Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Something Furry Underfoot. Ends Dec 20th


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Something Furry Underfoot by Amy L. Peterson

About the Book: Something Furry Underfoot is a funny, touching book about pets that Amy’s husband brought home and how Amy ended up helping care for, and falling for, most of them. In addition to frogs, iguanas, dogs, a stray cat, rabbits, and lots of hamsters, you will meet a male hedgehog that escaped three times to mate with a female hedgehog, a ferret that cost $1,200 in vet bills and a domestic duck. The book includes 50 tips including “Tip #5: If your significant other was ever denied a pet in his/her ‘previous life,’ you may be in for a lot of fur.” Some proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations

When Amy married a biologist named Mark, she knew a few pets were likely in her future, but she had no idea the number and kinds of pets Mark had in mind. It began when Mark purchased an aquarium for his son, Conrad, to keep a few frogs in. Amy’s mistake was responding by catching flies with Conrad and cheering as the frogs jumped across the aquarium to the catch the flies. When the frogs were released, Mark bought Conrad two iguanas, which Amy also helped care for until Mark found them a permanent home.

Shortly thereafter, Mark saw an African pygmy hedgehog he said he wanted, and not only was Amy charmed by the prickly creature, she wanted a pal for the hedgehog so it wouldn’t get lonely. Mark took this to mean a male hedgehog and soon Louie, the male hedgehog from St. Louis, Missouri, became a member of the family. Louie escaped three times from his cage for flings with the female hedgehog, resulting in several unplanned litters of baby hedgehogs.

Amy’s positive response to hedgehogs opened the door to a ferret; soon there were four. The ferrets dug up house plants, climbed in and out of cupboards, ripped up tiny bits of carpet stole, and hid pens, Beanie
Babies and shoes. The ferrets were joined by several mice, gerbils and hamsters, some of which were kept on the kitchen counter. A white frou-frou puppy named Dusty came next, followed by another puppy, Little Dipper, to play with Dusty. Of course, Little Dipper preferred long walks and snuggling over playing with
Dusty.

In Something Furry Underfoot, Amy shares her unpredictable and humorous story about raising a variety of creatures that her husband, Mark, “always wanted” including:
* Sonic and Louie, the African pygmy hedgehogs.
* Chunky, the $1,200 ferret, and his three ferret pals, Rocky, Sox and Big Wuzzy.
* Dusty and Little Dipper, two dogs so spoiled they go on “pups vacations.”
* Purrkins, a stray cat who had fleas and lice.
* Magic, the rescue rabbit, who had fleas and ticks.
* Bumpkin, the domestic duck who took over the house, out-pecking the dogs and cat.
* Little Buddy and BOGO, two mynah birds, one of which was sent to Amy and Mark accidently.

While humorous throughout, Something Furry Underfoot shows how to raise, spoil, and love all sorts of feathery and fuzzy creatures. It also shows how Amy fell for each pet in turn. The story is sprinkled with tips about pets, some of which are specific such as Tip #13: Two ferrets are often better than one, but sometimes
one is better than the other. Others give the readers an idea of what’s coming, such as Tip #28: It is important (although not easy) to know a boy gerbil from a girl gerbil. Other tips are universal to all pets, such as Tip #46: It’s always hard when pets die.

Four of the pets in Something Furry Underfoot are featured in children’s photo stories, each of which rhymes and tells the pet’s story from its point of view:
* Bumpkin Gets Big
* Purrkins, the Cat
* Dusty the Angel Pup
* Goodnight, Big Wuzzy.

Some proceeds from each of Amy’s animal books—Something Furry Underfoot and the four kids’ photo
books—will be donated to animal rescue organizations.

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492759554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492759553

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Amy Peterson

About the Author: Amy L. Peterson is a happily married wife, stepmother, author, amateur photographer, outdoorswoman and keeper of numerous spoiled fuzzy animals. Her writing is diverse, her photography of animals and wildlife unique, and her pets have trained her how to get what they want.

Amy met Mark at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the early 1990s and married him after he carried a rubber raft, oars, foot pump, camping gear, and fishing gear to 10,000 feet while backpacking in Montana. In addition to his prowess, Amy was attracted to Mark’s limitless supply of fishing tackle, and his interest in every kind of critter. The fact that he came with four children was something she remained in denial about for many years. To read more click http://www.amylpeterson.com/about-me/

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Book Review/Giveaway: Party Animals. Ends Nov 15th


Party Animals

Party Animals written by Saragine Francois & Julian Francois and illustrated by Somnath Chatterje

About the Book: In this fun-filled delightful story, this picture book opens with a mischievous plan where Mabel throws a secret party for all her animal friends after Mama departs with her daughter Ellen for the night. When her sidekick Wolf advices her not to go with the plan, Mabel ignores his request and proceeds by telephoning all of her friends to join her in this evening’s festivity. As the night explodes with loud music and laughter, an uninvited animal friend requests that he joins the party. During their celebration, a nosy neighbor notifies Mama at once and the mood quickly shifts to a panic.

My Review: This story is a real life scenario in many households where the family leaves the house for the weekend and the children decide they are going to throw a party. To make things worse, uninvited guests shows up to cause problems that make the neighbors alert their parents. And that is what happened to Mabel the dog who decided to throw a party to impress their friends while her owner Mama took Ellen to spend the night at her friend’s place.

The illustrations by Somnath Chatterje brought the story to life with bold and bright colors which help tells the story which will make it fun for readers of all ages to enjoy.

I enjoyed reading this story and will recommend it for every household.

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Mirror Publishing (August 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161225215X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612252155

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Book Review/Giveaway: 2013 Spring Collection Titles from Sylvan Dell Publishing. Ends May 25th


Balloon Trees

Balloon Trees by Danna Smith illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein.

About the Book: Balloons do come from trees—rubber trees. Told in rhyme, the story follows the wide variety of steps involved in making the air-filled decorations we all know and love. Starting with the tapping of the rubber tree, the ship that carries the liquid rubber to the factory, and the manufacturing process itself; readers will learn just how that balloon arrived at his or her house. This delightful, fun-to-read-aloud story is sure to give readers a new appreciation for balloons.

My Review: This is a great book that would teach children about how balloons are made and where the rubber used to make them comes from. This book goes into details on how the tappers start at dawn to slice the bark and tie a container to the tree and then the white milky latex drips out and into the container. The containers are then loaded on a tanker and shipped to the factory where a special mix and color is added to the white latex. The balloons are shaped, colored and cleaned put in a box and shipped off to the stores.

This book includes four pages of learning activities for creative minds. How rubber is the most important raw materials in the world with thousands of uses.

The first rubber trees grew in the Amazon area of Brazil. Rubber is used to make balls, latex paint, rubber bands, pencil erasers, car tires, latex gloves and rubber boots and many more. I recommend this book for classroom teaching.  The illustrations by Laurie A. Klein are colorful and helps tell the story.

Deductive Detective

The Deductive Detective written by Brian Rock and illustrated by Sherry Rogers

About the Book: Someone stole a cake from the cake contest–who could it be? Twelve animal bakers are potential suspects but Detective Duck uses his deductive reasoning skills to “quack” the case. After all, the thief left hairs behind so the thief wasn’t a bird. Follow along as he subtracts each suspect one at a time to reveal just who the culprit was. This clever story will have children of all ages giggling at the puns and the play on words

My Review: This is a funny book I couldn’t stop laughing. If you love mystery you would love reading The Deductive Detective. Duck received an urgent message that someone stole one of the cakes from the cake contest. It was Duck’s duty to find out who may have stolen the cake. When Duck arrived at the scene of the crime all thirteen bakers were still there. Duck found out the cake stolen belong to Fox and it was now time for him to quack the case (hahaha!).  Duck was going to find the clues by subtracting each suspect until there is one left. And that one left is guilty of the crime.

Duck used subtraction on each page to rule out each suspects.

12 suspects

– 1 mouse

_________

11 suspects

Was Duck able to solve the crime?

The book includes 2 pages of learning activates for creative minds, Deductive reasoning, compare and contrast the animals. I recommend this book for classroom teaching.  The illustrations by Sherry Rogers are colorful and helps tell the story.

 Nature Recycles

Nature Recycles How About You? By Michelle Lord and Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

About the Book: From sea urchins in the Atlantic Ocean to bandicoots on the Australian savanna, animals recycle all over the world. Explore how different animals in different habitats use recycled material to build homes, protect themselves, and get food. This fascinating collection of animal facts will teach readers about the importance of recycling and inspire them to take part in protecting and conserving the environment by recycling in their own way

My Review: This book gives an insight look at how some creatures in the wild recycle.

The hermit crabs helps keep the shores clean by eating rotting ocean debris.

The wren and her mate gather twigs, spider webs, leaves, trash and snakeskin to build a nest to keep their eggs warm.

The owls use the abandoned hole in an old saguaro cactus as a safe home for her and her chicks.

The Asian elephant use the fallen banana leaf to wave flies away and for lunch. The book gives examples of many more animals with four pages of learning activities for creative minds and why animals recycle. This is an interesting book for classroom teaching.

On the Move

On the Move Mass Migrations by Scotti Cohn and illustrated by Susan Detwiler

About the Book: Imagine seeing hundreds or even thousands of the same type of animal gathered at the same place and at the same time! Right here in North America, many animals gather in huge numbers at predictable times and locations. Not all migrations are tied to seasonal food changes some are tied to life cycles and the need to gather in huge numbers. Certain birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and even insects migrate during spring, summer, fall, or winter. Travel along with them as you learn about what puts these animals On the Move.

My Review: The author did a great job in explaining how hundred or thousands of the same animals migrate from one location to another. Some travel in groups due to climate change, food, to give birth in a warm safe place. This movement or migration can take place during the winter, spring, summer and fall.

In the winter, some move to the cold mountain to keep mosquitoes away from them.

In the spring some sea animals travel with their calves to northern waters.

During summer, some animals find their mates and females lay their eggs in the warmth. At the end of summer crickets sing their evening song, bats wakes up and flex their wings.

During the autumn chilly air, monarch butterflies flutter their brilliant orange and gold wings.

The author describes the migratory patterns of each animal in this book which also includes four pages of learning activities for creative minds. Animal migration: what, when, where and why? As always wonderful illustrations by Susan Detwiler which helps tell the story. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Shark Baby

Shark Baby by Ann Downer and illustrated by Shennen Bersani

About the Book: Who am I?” wonders Shark Baby. When his “mermaid’s purse” egg case is torn loose in a storm, he finds himself on a journey through different ocean habitats: kelp forests, coral reefs, and seagrass meadows. He learns what kind of shark he isn’t, but not what kind he is. He needs to find the “mermaid” to learn where he belongs, but the ocean is big and full of dangers. Will he find out who he is and what he can do in time?

Animal Helpers

Animal Helpers: Sanctuaries by Jennifer Keats Curtis

About the Book: Just as tiny kittens and puppies grow into bigger cats and dogs, wild animal babies grow into adults too. These full-grown animals may no longer be cute and cuddly. Their wild instincts may kick in. They can become very large, even dangerous. What happens to these exotic pets when owners realize they can no longer care for them but they can’t be returned to the wild? And what about big predators that get hurt or sick? This photographic journal takes readers “behind the scenes” at five nonprofit sanctuaries and rescue zoos, and one care farm, that have opened their doors and their hearts to desperate animals in need

Ferdinand Fox

Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer by Mary Holland

About the Book: Follow this photographic journal of a red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life. He’s about a month old when he first comes out of the den. Watch as he learns to hunt through play and by using his senses. See the changes as he grows from a young kit to a young fox. After all, by the next summer, he’ll have kits of his own! Naturalist photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland has captured Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer in a way that is sure to grab children’s hearts
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Book Review and Giveaway: Dinner at the Panda Palace. Ends Sept 17th


Dinner at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calmenson illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Guess who’s coming to dinner!

Join one hungry elephant, two carsick lions, three pigs running from a wolf and dozens of other playful yet famished animals as they swing, bounce into the Panda Palace for a hearty meal.

My Review: What a great and fun way to teach children how to count from 1 – 10 with different animals visiting thePandaPalace. Also teaches and show different type of animals in the animal kingdoms. The rhymes are so adorable that children would ask for the book to be read over and over again.  A must have for your children’s library. Great illustrations by Nadine Westcott bring the story rhymes to life. The message in this book is no matter what there is always room for one more.

Ages: 3 -8

Pages: 48

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