Thursday, April 27, 2017

MMBBR #ReviewRoundup #STEM #TantanPublishing







Hands work for us in all sorts of ways—washing, picking things up, playing, pointing and much, much more. Explore the functions of your incredible hands as you use them to turn the pages of this book and learn about the many things they can do! Informational spreads are illustrated with vignettes both practical and lively, giving kids an opportunity for some serious hands-on fun.

MY REVIEW:

Hands are amazing things and can do amazing things!  This book is interactive and educational and fun for kids of all ages.  We don't always think about the miraculous things that our hands do on a daily basis, but this book allows us to take a closer look at the grabbing, pressing, scratching, measuring, playing, creating and many other ways our hands allow us to engage with out environment!  This book will allow kids to really explore and have fun with their hands.  With text and drawing this book is sure to engage all readers.






When fifteen mice living in a warehouse receive a threatening letter from the Farmer’s cat, they gather together to decide how to protect themselves. The mice brainstorm for solutions and vote on different ideas to create a plan that will prevent the cat from attacking them. Through intricate, quirky illustrations, readers will learn how to sort items and create bar graphs to organize ideas. Activities and questions will engage readers as they measure quantities, create bar graphs and evaluate the information within this exciting story.

MY REVIEW:

This book is such a cleaver way to teach math concepts.  I love how the story helps guide the reader through the problem while teaching brainstorming, creating bar graphs, measure quantities and learning to evaluate and sort!  The pictures are fun and zany and it is so fun watching the mice figure out how to work together and protect themselves.  The text boxes help the reader further their understanding of the concepts and decision making that happens in the story.  They also act as a guide to create dialogue with the reader as to their thoughts regarding how the story unfolds.  It is a great educational book with fun illustrations and a problem that is fun to follow along with.  A must for the classroom!!!
  




The Queen of Bread tries to teach her three daughters how to cook her famous dish. But the three princesses are busy with other things, and they don’t want to learn how to bake bread. When the Queen of Bread falls ill, the princesses don’t know what to do! Can they learn to bake bread to save the kingdom and heal their mother? Readers will learn the importance of measuring in this whimsical story. Activities and questions will engage readers as they measure quantities and evaluate the information within the story.

MY REVIEW:

Kids don't always take the time to focus on what is considered  to be not so fun.  Many of these things are very important and necessary.  Doing things the easy way is not always the best or most efficient way to deal with things.  These princesses learn that it is important to measure and be mindful when baking the bread to save their mother.  The story is a great way to teach measuring as a math concept.  The text boxes help the reader further their understanding of the concepts in the story.  They also act as a guide to create dialogue with the reader as to their thoughts regarding how the story unfolds.  The questions and activities also add to the interactive and engaging book.  This is a great educational book with fun illustrations and a problem instantly engages.  A must for the classroom!!!





A young girl realizes how important electricity is in her life when she discovers how many electrical items she uses every day. Through vivid illustrations and easy-to-understand text, readers will learn how electricity travels from the power plant to the electric appliances in their homes. Readers will learn how to conserve electricity to prevent blackouts and save energy.


MY REVIEW:

Electricity is all around you.  It is important to learn all the ways that electricity is used on a daily basis in order to make good decisions when it comes to conserving it.  With the lively illustrations and text that is large and relatively simple this book will be a great addition when teaching the concept of electricity and conservation at home or in school.



It’s the Zhongqiu Festival in Korea, and Shao Ming is given the responsibility of bringing her mother’s favorite wok to her uncle’s house for a feast that night. Along the way, Shao Ming stops to watch the festive dragon dance—and soon realizes that she has lost the wok! How will she find it again? Engaging, lively text introduces older readers to the wonderful and varied cuisines of China—including Szechuan, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Beijing—and includes a hands-on activity for making Shrimp Dim Sum.


MY REVIEW:

Step right into Chinese culture and indulge in all the cuisine.  Shao Ming gets caught up in all the sights and sounds around her and loses his mother's wok on the way to her uncle's house.  You get to step inside all the majestic sites in China.  With the additional informational text boxes in the book you get to expand your understanding beyond that included in the story, which was both interesting and fun!  The illustrations are colorful and you can really get lost in their beauty.  I think new or beginning readers will be transported while looking at the pictures while the parent or teacher reads the beautiful story.  There is also a recipe for making Shrimp Dim Sum, which allows you to bring the story alive in your kitchen.





Juan lives in Mexico, where his family owns a taco restaurant. When Juan goes to the Cinco de Mayo festival, he meets a tourist family that speaks another language. Juan takes the tourists to his family’s restaurant and spends the day with them. Readers will learn about Mexican culture and cuisine as Juan shows the tourists the best attractions and offers them the tastiest food.  


MY REVIEW:

Step right into Mexico's culture and indulge in all the cuisine.  This book is a great story that allows the reader to see how people, who don't speak the same language, can share and experience great attractions and great food together.   It is a beautiful story about food, culture and kindness with strangers who become friends.  With the additional informational text boxes in the book you get to expand your understanding beyond that included in the story, which was both interesting and fun!  Plus, the added text in the back was a delight!  The illustrations are colorful and you can really get lost in their beauty.  I think new or beginning readers will be transported while looking at the pictures while the parent or teacher reads the beautiful story.



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