Friday, May 30, 2014

Children's Review Round-Up


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During the last 20 years, parents and teachers have passed along the secret of the Kissing Hand to children facing first days of kindergarten, first grade, and other separations. Now younger children can get in on Mama Raccoon's secret and find comfort in A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon, a board-book adaptation of the original picture book.

Chester could feel his mother's kiss
Leap straight into his heart.
"With a Kissing Hand," said Chester's mom,
"We'll never be apart."

"Just press your hand upon your cheek
And feel that loving glow.
It's Mommy saying, 'I love you,'
Wherever you may go."

The Kissing Hand has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents. A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon conveys the heart of the story in rhyming verse, perfect for read-aloud and easy for even the little ones to remember and recite. With illustrations by Barbara Gibson that capture the warmth and beauty of the original artwork, toddlers now share in the benefits from Mrs. Raccoon's secret for making a child feel safe and secure.

Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Review:

This one of my all time FAVORITE children's books EVER!!!  To now have it available in a board book with a shortened story allows me to use it in my classes for children of a younger age (and attention span) and to allow my early reader to read it aloud with a feeling of accomplishment since it does not take as long to read.  Believe me when I say that nothing is lost with this version and the heart, characters and love is still there! 5 stars

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Walnut and his mom agree that it would be fun if he could go to work with her, and they fantasize about the adventures they could share. Though it can't always happen, Walnut’s mother assures him that he is always on her mind, and together they find ways to have a physical presence for each other when at work or school. This light-hearted story provides parents an opportunity to reassure children on their importance in busy parents' lives.

Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Review:

ADORABLE....a story about the love between a mother and child through an imaginative and lovable story.  In this story it explains why the mother has to work outside the home in a way that is easy for a child to understand.  I have not come across another book like this and really think it was done amazingly!  5 stars

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Lexi’s got phobias about lots of things. Yogurt. Songs that get stuck in her head. Cashiers who think they’re good with kids. Her biggest phobia on Planet Earth, though, is eyeballs staring at her. That’s how come it’s too bad she has a solo in the school Parents’ Day performance. Good thing she has a plan. If she tornado-twirls at blur speed, she can disappear onstage!
Read chapter one! http://bit.ly/1dXPEFa
RL: 3.3
Ages: 6-9
Chapter book

Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Review:

A great story to read with your child because it create a lot of dialogue about how to problem solve together and to keep communication open.  Lexi is a character most kids can relate to and I love that the chapters were short and that there were illustrations sprinkled in!  This book enhances my belief that not all kids learn, think and communicate in the same way, but they are all super heroes to me!


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When a little girl wonders that age old question, “Why is the sky blue?” her imagination takes her on a beautiful journey of color, science and friendship. This gorgeously illustrated picture book works equally well in the classroom or at bedtime.

Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Review:

Kids ask a million questions a day or so it feels like it.  This story gets at the age old question of why the sky is blue and illustrates both through amazing pictures and story a child's unending curiosity! 4 stars 


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What do you think of when you hear someone say the word “wolf”? Maybe you think of a wild dog howling at the moon, or of a ferocious creature that could be dangerous to you and your friends during a camping trip. But what do you really know about wolves? 

We invite you to jump right into this fast-moving, fun-filled, and super-educational book WOLVES: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature just for kids, in order to explore the wonderful world of the wolf! Find out the five steps every wolf uses when it goes hunting, what kinds of animals wolves eat, and how wolves talk to each other. Step into the wolf den and watch firsthand as a mommy wolf gives birth to her adorable baby wolf pups and raises them until they are old enough to hunt on their own. 

Bet you didn’t know that wolves can be found almost everywhere in the world, except for Antarctica, or that the Ethiopian Wolf is the most endangered meat-eating animal in Africa. 

- What about wolf attacks? 
- How much of a real danger are wolves to human beings? 
- How do wolves stay warm in frigid winter weather? 
- How much meat can a hungry wolf eat at one meal? 

Discover the amazing answers to all these questions—and many more!—on your journey into the life and times of this incredible creature, the wolf! This wonderful kids book is truly a must have collection to any bookshelf, library, classroom or ebook reader. Did you know that reading to your children at an early age can promote better readers as your child grow academically. Studies show that reading to a child consistently will strengthen their comprehension and vocabulary skills. 

GRAB A COPY TODAY and curl up with a good story and your child today! Don't miss out on an opportunity to fortify your child's mind as well as their hearts.


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Quick! What comes to mind when you think of a bear? Maybe you picture a large, furry brown shape looming out of the woods. Maybe you envision a big white polar bear swimming through the icy Arctic waters. Or maybe you even imagine an adorable black and white panda, munching its favorite snack, bamboo! 

Whatever you think about when you think about bears, this fascinating report, designed especially for kids, is sure to open your eyes when it comes to these amazing animals. Written in a fun, casual style loaded with humor and thought-provoking questions, Bring On The Bears! discusses every aspect of a bears life, from habitat to diet to adorable baby bear cubs, and more! 

By the time youre finished reading, you will knows the answers to such questions as: 
*What are the two largest bears on earth? 
*Can bears see in color? 
*How many bear cubs are born at a time? 
*What type of animal is called a bear, but actually isnt a bear at all? 

Learn all this and so much more in this short, fun, and educational report that is sure to capture the attention of young children and encourage them to learn all they can about the incredible world of bears!


Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Review:

Series Review:  I love all Emma Child's books on animals between the pictures and facts you have yourself a series that both parents and children enjoy!  4.5 stars
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Joey is a little fish. Joey never stays in Mother Mam's mouth where it's safe. He'd much rather swim around outside and explore! Mam wants to make sure he's safe, but when she gets into trouble, will Joey be the one to save her? A wonderful anytime book for parents to read to children, and also a great book for learner to read alone. A fun bedtime story and a few moment of fun with your kids ages 3-10 years.



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Colorful Beach Birds... save the day!

While out fishing one day, a puffin bird named Nate along with his friends discover struggling horseshoe crabs covering the shoreline and Nate decide to rescue them. Nate's friends are terrified of horseshoe crabs and refuse to help them. Can Nate convince them to rescue the horseshoe crabs?

This heartwarming, delightful tale with simple illustrations flows through a vibrant medley of colorful backgrounds and cute bird characters. This picture book speaks to the importance of empathy, kindness & hope.

Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Review:

A story about compassion and love that must move you past fear and into action!  Great for anyone of any age because empathy and kindness are not only for children.  5 stars


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This Story is Told in Pictures… so children 3 to 6 can “read” the pictures and enjoy the story.

Waking up early one morning, Early Birdy watches Mother Birdy catch a worm. Inspired, Early Birdy wants to catch one too. But catching a worm isn’t as easy as it looks. Join Early Birdy on an exciting and funny adventure set in a beautiful springtime forest environment created by illustrator Bill Bolton. Don’t be surprised to find yourself “smiling from ear to ear”. Don’t for one minute think you’re going to “read” (aka narrate) this story to your child because you’re the adult and your child is, well, the child. Your child can “read” the pictures as well as you can. A fact that changes how this story will be read: this is a story you and your child can read together. You might start the collaboration by asking a question: You: What do you see in this picture? Child: A little baby birdy is waking up You: And in the next picture? Child: A big bird is catching a worm. You: Meanwhile back in the nest? Child: The little birdy is watching. Child: He wants to catch a worm, too. He flies down. Child: He sees a worm. Child: He bites it. Child: And then uh oh! That’s not a worm! See what just happened? you and your child were reading the book together, until your child got much too excited to wait for you to ask a question. Suddenly your preschooler is telling the story as fast as she can turn the pages. And you’re thinking, “Wait a minute! My 3-year-old doesn’t know how to read. But she’s so excited—I can’t stop her from telling the story. She’s running away with the story. What happened to our quiet little game of question and answer?”

Here are the art projects I developed around the book!



My Review:

I adored this books because it allows me and my children to picture read, which can be a million books in one!  It is also great to use in the classroom because I can change the story for the age and tell a long or short story.  I can have the children tell me what they think is going on based on the pictures and it opens up a world of imagination!  The illustrations are wonderful as well!  I wish there were more books out there as good as this.  The pictures are pretty funny too, which makes all the more fun!  5 stars!!!!



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