Tuesday, June 28, 2016

#MMBBR Children's Review Round-Up #ChildrensBooks #Reviews #ebooks #picturebooks







With more than 200 gorgeous animal photos of lions, giraffes, ibexes, flamingos, hippopotamuses, and many others, Animal Planet Wild Animals is a fun, habitat-by-habitat guide that provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite wild animals. Arranged thematically with focus on animal behavior and family relationships, young readers will explore sections about animal bodies, baby animals, food, play time, conservation and more. Special book features designed for this age group include Quick Bites sidebars with cool animal facts, simple infographics, and illustrated maps of life in the African savannah and Amazon rain forest.

For more Animal Bites books, check out Animal Planet Farm Animals, Animal Planet Polar Animals, andAnimal Planet Ocean Animals.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Animal Planet's R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) campaign that partners with leading animal organization to make the world a better place for domestic and wild animals.

MY REVIEW:

I adore this book so much.  There is so much to see and so much to learn.  I smile every time I see that lion.  It is captivating.  I cannot stop looking at the cover, it is amazing.  That is only the outside, what is inside is even more amazing!  Animal Bites is a fun way to title this book, as my son pointed out, because this book provides us bites of information.  I adored the fact that there is a key in the front cover as how to use the book.  This allows the reader to easily find areas of interest and go directly to that spot to read.  There are so many categories that there is certainly something of interest for everyone.  Also, the table of content, activities and resources, glossary and index all add to details within this book. These are great components of book that can be discussed and taught to your little ones.

 What I honestly love the most is that the book is great for reluctant readers or those that struggle with reading.  The little tidbits of information are not overly wordy or difficult to read and the tidbits are accompanied by gorgeous, vibrant and fascinating photos. Because of all the various categories it allows the reader to read things that are of interest to them.  They can easily jump around in the book and still be completely entertained.  I must have said "WOW" more than a dozen times while reading this book with my son.

This is one of those books that belongs in a child's home library.  It is great for car ride and to create bonding and snuggle while you and your child delight in the sight and information of nature.  5 stars



With more than 200 gorgeous animal photos of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, llamas, and many others, Animal Planet Farm Animals is a fun, habitat-by-habitat guide that provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite farm animals. Arranged thematically with focus on animal behavior and family relationships, young readers will explore sections about animal bodies, baby animals, food, play time, conservation and more. Special book features designed for this age group include Quick Bites sidebars with cool animal facts, simple infographics, and illustrated maps of life in on the farm and at the petting zoo.

For more Animal Bites books, check out Animal Planet Wild Animals, Animal Planet Polar Animals, andAnimal Planet Ocean Animals.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Animal Planet's R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) campaign that partners with leading animal organization to make the world a better place for domestic and wild animals.

MY REVIEW:

First, are you kidding me with those adorable faces of the horse and piggies!!!  I cannot stop looking that them.  What an amazing book cover.  That is only the outside, what is inside is even more amazing!  Animal Bites is a fun way to title this book, as my son pointed out, because this book provides us bites of information.  I adored the fact that there is a key in the front cover as how to use the book.  This allows the reader to easily find areas of interest and go directly to that spot to read.  There are so many categories that there is certainly something of interest for everyone.  Also, the table of content, activities and resources, glossary and index all add to details within this book. These are great components of book that can be discussed and taught to your little ones.

 What I honestly love the most is that the book is great for reluctant readers or those that struggle with reading.  The little tidbits of information are not overly wordy or difficult to read and the tidbits are accompanied by gorgeous, vibrant and fascinating photos. Because of all the various categories it allows the reader to read things that are of interest to them.  They can easily jump around in the book and still be completely entertained.  I must have said "WOW" more than a dozen times while reading this book with my son.

This is one of those books that belongs in a child's home library.  It is great for car ride and to create bonding and snuggle while you and your child delight in the sight and information of nature.  5 stars



Angels have one job …
To love and care for all of us on Earth, especially children.
Angels are always here for us.
All we need to do is ask them for help.
Angels want us to be happy and to know we are loved.

MY REVIEW:
A beautiful story to help ease children's worries and to celebrate their joys...angels are everywhere watching over us through good and bad.  We loved talking about our angels after we read this sweet book. 4.5 stars



Count down from ten to zero with these quirky and adventurous porcupines as they try out a variety of extreme sports!

MY REVIEW:
An adorable counting down book with zany and bold porcupines doing some super cool extreme sports.  My son thought it was a really cute book too.  I cannot wait to us this book in my classroom.  I know that they kids will love seeing the porcupines skydiving, spelunking, windsurfing and so much more!   There is so much I could do with this for my Art Through Stories class.  I cannot wait for Fall to share it with my students.  5 stars



Michaela loves to dance and twirl. She loves to wear her ballerina tutu and ballet slippers. She loves a lot of thingsbut most of all she loves her daddy! I Will Miss You, Daddy! is a heartwarming childrens story dedicated to members of the armed forces and their families. For every man and woman overseas, there are family members waiting for their loved one to return home. But they have an important job to do, and I Will Miss You, Daddy! will teach young readers just that.

MY REVIEW:
A true and touching story about deployment and how it can affect the children. This book helps children understand their love one have a VERY important job to do when they are gone and that being sad and missing them is OK.  It is about trying to find ways to stay connected and to continue to share your daily joys and sorrows with them when they are gone.  With is about honoring our heroes in the armed forces and offering understanding and compassion to the families that have those heroes deployed.  5 stars





Emma notices that grown-ups are always on their phones.

Follow Emma as she counts her way through the zoo and help her shout PUT AWAY YOUR PHONE!
Find out how Emma learns that there's a time and place to be on your phone.
Don't worry grown-ups...Emma has some compromises to make too, when she realizes that losing hercool doesn't feel so cool!

MY REVIEW:
This story is told through the eyes of a child as she sees that smartphones are taking over her fun day  at the zoo.  Everywhere you look somebody is on one.  This causes her to become very upset, but then something happens that makes her see and understand the need and use for smartphones.  This story brings to light the need to find a balance with phone use.  It is a nice reminder and warning to parents of how children feel about smartphones.
4 stars





Juris "J.P." Prudence always wondered if her parents named her Juris because they knew that she was destined to become a lawyer. Her parents probably never expected that she would become a lawyer at just eleven years old and use her law degree to change history. Last year, JP and her best friends, Sofia “Sofie” Flores-Ramirez, Isabel “Izzy” Carrington, and Madeline “Maddy” Rosenfeld, finished the law program that they started at the National Kids Leaders Academy at the early age of five years old. Despite the fact that they are only eleven years old, they are now real lawyers. Since passing the bar exam, they have not done anything to put their law degrees to use, that is, until the day that J.P. and her best friends form a law firm to change the law for kids.

MY REVIEW:
A great story that keeps children engaged all the way through.  I love that it offers an important message about education and social change.  It allows children to imagine the possibilities that life has to offer and it illustrates that they have a big role in this world and they can do amazing things. It is a sweet and positive book for young readers.  4.5 stars





Kelev, a lively black Labrador retriever, lives with an orthodox Jewish family in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. One-year old Kelev learns of his Judaism from his neighbor beagle buddy, and starts thinking about becoming a rabbi--a natural role because he already wears a black coat. He teaches the other neighborhood Jewish pets about their obligations to make the world a better place and also invents a device, the Yidometer, that measures one's fidelity to Judaism. But Kelev ultimately abandons the Yidometer because he concludes that Judaism, with its richness and complexity, cannot be reduced to a single number. 
Kelev serves as a role model for humans who can learn to curtail their capacity for cruelty by observing dogs' innocence.


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Join Tomas as he rides his beloved horse, Bonito, through his home of Ecuador and see the landscape from the banana plantations to the beautiful wooded hills. Travel with Tomas as he goes on a dream journey to explore the ocean and beach of one of the Galapagos Islands. From riding a green sea turtle and seeing a humpback whale pod and hammerhead sharks, to a lunch of fresh fruits and fish with pirates on the beach and escaping from a volcano eruption, Tomas goes on a grand adventure, and he’s still home in time for dinner with his mama.

MY REVIEW:
Imagination comes to life in the book Tomas & the Galapagos Adventure.  Join Tomas as he explores Galapagos Islands and takes off on a wild adventure.  There is so much to see in the beautiful illustrations that you cannot help but to be swept up in the story.  It is both beautiful and creative.  You will see the landscape, indulge in the native foods, and get to know the animals that call the island their home.  It is a sure fire hit for all young kids who have ever imagined going on an epic journey.  4.5 stars 






With real-life examples of women from a wide range of walks of life, girls learn they can do anything. Would you like to sail the seas as a pirate? Swing, flip and sparkle as a trapeze artist? Solve big problems as the next president? Or simply be happy to be yourself? 

MY REVIEW:

I loved What Would It Be Like? because not only did it encourage the use of the library to find out interesting facts, but it also showcases the ways that woman have contributed to the world through government, adventure, science, art and so much more.  It has beautiful illustrations that bring to life the ways woman have made the world better.   I also loved the adventures page detailing all the woman that were discussed in the book.  A great book to have in the school library and classrooms.  5 stars


Max and Annabel: The First Patrol by [Kronfeld, Catelyn]

Max is a big and beautiful Clydesdale horse who lives in New York City’s Central Park. He patrols the area with Officer Francis and Officer Michael. Together, they keep the park a safe and happy place.

MY REVIEW:
I love positive books about police doing right by their cities and this book is one of those really good ones.  Being a police wife, I love seeing authors and writers capture what it is that police do.  I love that Kronfeld is helping children understated that police are there to keep them safe and to protect the cities they work in.  My kids also appreciated and felt that this story was written for law enforcement officers and their families because it is a positive story about policing. This made them so very happy.  5 stars


Kitty Cat and the New Pet (Millie's World Book 1) by [Beeck, Belinda]

Are you searching for a easy read to help a child with the adjustment of change or even a new arrival in the family? Why not try 'Kitty Cat and the New Pet' for a different take on the original 'big brother/sister' stories! 
Kitty Cat is a very happy cat until the new pet arrives and upsets everything. Follow the adventures of Kitty Cat as she tries to outsmart Digger the dog and win over her family. 

'Kitty Cat and the New Pet' is a quick bedtime storybook for beginning and early readers. This free children's eBook with cute and bright illustrations is easy to read aloud. 

'Kitty Cat and the New Pet' is book one in a stand-alone picture book series 'Millie's World' by 
author-illustrator B.J Beeck. Recommended for ages 3-5, 'Kitty Cat and the New Pet' is about family, jealously and unexpected friendship. 

If you like cute cats, silly dogs, kids and animal action adventure books...than this is the picture book series for you. Why not take a peek at the other books in the series, 'My Friend Digger' and 'In Millie's World' to add to the bedtime storybook collection! 

Stay up to date with new books in the series at bbillustrations.com 

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