Monday, August 26, 2013

HUGE Children's Book Showcase!


Take a walk on the Prehistoric side with Dinosaurs 3D. Brought to you by the editors of TIME For Kids magazine, this book of stunning 3D images shows dinosaurs as you've never seen them. From plant eaters to armored dinosaurs, the creatures seem to leap, crawl, stomp, and stampede off the pages and into your living room. The 3D photos are so eye-poppingly real, you'll think you've gone back in time! 

The book is packed with state-of-the art CGI artwork. No other dinosaur book comes close to delivering the impact of Dinosaurs 3D. Dinosaur lovers young and old will thrill to this marvelous 3D menagerie and the surprising and little-known facts and information about each creature and how they compare to today's animals! There are 2 pairs of glasses included in each book so you can invite a friend to come along on your adventure!

My Review:
I am in LOVE with this series of books!  This book bring dinosaurs alive as they jump off the page and into your imagination.  Seeing these amazing creatures in 3D is something you will never forget.  I have loved reading this book with my kids and learning something new each and everyday.  What is more fun than these huge beasts coming off the page and feeling like you are living among them!  Such a treat and a great gift for dinosaur loving kids and adults alike! 5 stars

Marley Mouse wants to make some new friends. During Marley's search she meets four kind creatures who are very different from her. Sweet Marley offers her friendship to each of them despite their differences and has lots of fun with her new friends.

My Review:
What a great story about becoming friends with others different from us.  My kids really enjoyed this story and it sparked dialogue about characteristics  that we love in our friends that are different from ourselves.  I think that will will serves as a great book to kick off the new school year.   4 stars. 

Colorful and easy-to-read, What a Bank Can Do explores the fun and importance of saving money through its main characters Luke and Linda, who first learn with their toy banks and later with their own bank accounts. With rhyming verse-text, the book reminds children of “one thing that’s kind of simple…always save more than you spend…” To help tell its story, What a Bank Can Do also features bold, lively illustrations by Mike Kasun, a nationally recognized commercial artist.

My Review:
This is an easy and fun way to explain what banks do and how it all works.  It talks about how to save more than you spend and you will always have money!  Which is a great thing to remember and to teach children.  The value of saving and so many other tidbits about banks.  What a great learning tool. 4 stars

Shine is a children's book with a BIG difference. Designed to empower and encourage, this series of positive affirmations will have children smiling from ear to ear. Illustrated by 7 yr old Karl Gabriel who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Shine helps all children to understand that anything is possible if they believe in themselves.

My Review:
Let your light SHINE!  What a great message to kids.  With the illustrations from the young artist, my son was sparked to start working on a book!  His inner light is shining bright!  A simple mantra for children, a great nightly bedtime story! 4 stars.

A picture book of urban renewal and architectural restoration

Our children...shall they dream of flowers? Of ideas, generous, ripe, and transformative? If so, consider this hopeful tale, told through spare text and lyrical illustrations: Pedestrians go by a dilapidated house every day, too busy to give it any consideration. A unique fellow comes along, though, and imagines what it must have originally been like. Dazzled by the possibilities of restoration, he begins working on his vision. Bit by bit, the home regains its charm. People start to take notice, especially the kindred few who join his efforts. What had been crumbling and grey now bursts of light and color and flowers. To bring about such positive change, the book questions, "What is a bit of work, a bit of grime?"

My Review:
 "What is a bit of work, a bit of grime?"  This is what the book questions and shows what ones effort can do when others take notice and join in.  Original and unique Skor has his own style.   Creative in a way adults will think is interesting and children will also enjoy.  3 stars


Benny the Penny and the Big Secret is a story within a story. It was Lillie's birthday, but instead of being happy, she was miserable. Her uncle Chris knew it, and he knew what to do. Christopher took Lillie to his coin room and showed her his most prized possession: a tarnished old penny he named Benny. Then Lillie's uncle showed her the story he wrote about Benny and what it means to be special- The Big Secret. Lillie read it, and it was exactly what she needed. You can read Uncle Chris's story too. It's right here in this book.

Kar-Ben Titles:

Note:  Before reading these books I knew very little about the Jewish holidays or traditions.  I was so grateful to Kar-Ben for supplying these titles to me and my family, so we can learn and enjoy stories from a new and different point of view! What a treat it has been!


Curious about the Jewish holidays? Very young readers learn about holiday customs with everyone's favorite inquisitive spider!

My Review:
A great way to introduce Jewish Holidays.  My family and I know very little about Jewish holidays and enjoyed this quick and cute read about the subject!  Great pictures, with simple messages...4 stars.


Adorable puppy Mitzi visits a nursing home where she helps the residents celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New year.

My Review:
A cheerful puppy with a big heart and a lot of love to give on Rosh Hashanah.  What an adorably illustrated book! 5 stars. 


All the children in Miss Sharon's class have brought their favorite fruits to decorate the sukkah. But when Michael brings a watermelon, the class must find a way to hang it!

My Review:
There is a problem when a student brings a watermelon, his favorite fruit, into class for decorating the Sukkah.  The teacher comes up with a creative way to deal with the problem.  A great story, informative and creative!  4 stars


In the fourth Sesame Street title from Kar-Ben, Brosh can’t find his beloved blue cap and suspects his friends of taking it. But when Grover finds and returns the lost item, Brosh is contrite, and glad that the High Holidays offer him a chance to say, “I’m sorry” to his friends.

This ebook features read-along narration.

My Review:
With the Sesame gang there is nothing that cannot be fixed!  With the same great, lovable, and wonderful characters this story is a new way to introduce Rosh Hashanah and saying "I'm Sorry"...wonderful!!  5 stars!


Beginning the New Year in a new city isn't easy, and it definitely isn't starting out very well for Dina and her family! But when they're welcomed by warm and generous hosts in their new community it becomes a very happy New Year for all.

My Review:
A story about being disappointed, but moving forward to celebrate the New Year in a new and different way, which turned out great!  With beautiful and colorful installations, the story was so much more special! 4 stars!

When Josh breaks the rules and plays ball indoors, he finds himself apologizing not only to his parents, but to Sammy Spider as well. A Yom Kippur story about saying, I'm sorry.

My Review:
I loved learning more about Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  What an interesting tradition and one with such an amazing message.  The story is one that is great for children to understand and appreciate the message.  4 stars!

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