Saturday, October 21, 2017

Remember the Ladies

TITLE: Remember the Ladies
AUTHOR: Callista Gingrich
ILLUSTRATOR:  Susan Arciero
PUBLISHER: Regnery Kids

Look at this cute, informative book in the Ellis the Elephant series by Callista Gingrich.

About the book:
Ellis the Elephant is headed back to the White House! In Remember the Ladies, the seventh in Callista Gingrich's New York Times bestselling series, Ellis meets some of America's greatest first ladies and discovers their many contributions to American history.

In preceding books, including Sweet Land of LibertyLand of the Pilgrims' PrideYankee Doodle DandyFrom Sea to Shining SeaChristmas in America, and Hail to the Chief, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Remember the Ladies, this adorable pachyderm explores the fascinating lives of our first ladies.

My thoughts:
I am familiar with Ellis the Elephant after reviewing two previous books in the series.  I have also reviewed Christmas in America and Hail to the Chief in this series. 

In this book Ellis learns about some of the first ladies. I liked the rhyming text and how it spotlights how each first lady has her own significant contributions to our country.

This book is geared for children aged 4-9.  It would be appropriate for an elementary classroom/library or for your personal library.  At the close of the book is 7 pages with a  listing of all the first ladies with a paragraph about each one.

This book makes it fun to learn some of our country's history. Plus the elephant is pretty cute too!

Learn more about the cute "Ellis" series here.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.  Thank you.

I'm Not a Scaredy Cat

TITLE: I'm Not a Scaredy Cat
AUTHOR:  Max Lucado
ILLUSTRATOR: Shirley Ng-Benitez
PUBLISHER:  Tommy Nelson

Best selling author Max Lucado has a new children's book called I'm Not a Scaredy Cat A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave.

"I'm a big cat.  I'm a strong cat.  I'm not a scaredy cat....except when...."

This little cat has times when he is afraid like when "noises are loud" or when the slide made his "tummy flippy-flop."  When he is afraid he knows to pray.

The illustrations are wonderful.  I like the cute cat going through his various fears.

This book is appropriate for ages 6-10.  I feel it would be good for parents to read this book to have conversations with their children regarding their fears and how to handle them.  I think it is important for children to know what to do when they are afraid and this little cat is a good example to pray during those times.

I enjoyed this book and hope you will check it out for yourself.  Here is a link where it can be purchased.

There is a giveaway too!  I bet you know a little one who would enjoy having this in his/her home library!  Click here to enter the giveaway!

I received a copy of this book from the FrontGate Reviewers Program.  This review is my honest opinion.  Thank you.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Maverick and Me

TITLE: Maverick and Me
AUTHOR: Katherine Schwarzenegger
ILLUSTRATOR: Phyllis Harris
PUBLISHER: Worthy Kids

If you have animal lovers in your life, you should check out this newly released book called Maverick and Me by Katherine Schwarzenegger and illustrated by Phyllis Harris.  Let me share a little bit about it with you today.

About the book:
Dog lover and animal advocate Katherine Schwarzenegger draws from her own experience with fostering and adopting dogs to create a picture book that introduces children to the concept of adopt, don't shop.

In the heartwarming story of Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind-hearted stranger after being dumped on the side of the road. The little puppy's luck takes a turn for the better when young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event. Scarlett is so moved by Maverick's story that she and her mother decide to give him the forever home he is looking for.
Each year, millions of dogs find themselves in shelters and with animal rescues through no fault of their own. Maverick will help teach children about these dogs and empower even young readers to advocate for shelter pups.

My thoughts:
I found this to be a sweet story about a girl named Scarlett and how she decides to adopt a little puppy. I like how she then goes on to share with her friends about rescuing animals as well.  The illustrations are perfect for the story I thought.

This book is a good story and a clear message for young children on the value of pet adoption.  

I have a two year old, and he picked this book to read off the shelf several times.  Some of the text on the page I shortened on some readings but it held his interest and he liked it.  I recommend this book to you for your home, school, or classroom library for young ones in PreK--early elementary.  
This is the website for this book.  Be sure to visit it also.  This book released this week and you can buy it now!

A copy of this book was provided to me from the publisher as I was chosen to be part of the launch team.  Opinions expressed are mind. Thank you.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cheers for a Dozen Ears


TITLE:  Cheers for a Dozen Ears  A Summer Crop of Counting
AUTHOR:  Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Company

In this book you will visit a farm stand and count various produce.  It has rhyming text that make it fun and the illustrations are fabulous! 

I borrowed this one from the library because the cover and title intrigued me.  I read it several times to my 2 year old.  I will definitely watch for more books by this author. 

This would make a great addition to your classroom library to be used with counting or a unit on produce of the summer.

Monday, April 24, 2017

God Loves Mommy and Me + GIVEAWAY

TITLE: God Loves Mommy & Me
AUTHOR: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
ILLUSTRATOR:  Laura Watkins
PUBLISHER: Tommy Nelson

I have a sweet new children's book to share with you.   You can even enter to win your own copy too!  Keep reading to find out how to enter the giveaway.

Product description:
Mommy loves me so much! She cheers me up when I’m sad, she kisses my boo-boos, she sings me lullabies at bedtime, and she prays for me. I love Mommy, and God does too!

God Loves Mommy and Me will delight your little ones as you read about the sweet connection mothers and their children share. Snuggle up as you look at adorable illustrations of a mommy bunny and her little bunny sharing the day’s adventures, and read about the loving relationship God gives mommies and their children. Little ones revel in one-on-one time with each parent, and the phrase “Mommy and me” is a favorite with toddlers!

God Loves Mommy and Me is a celebration of strong, loving mothers, cherished little ones, and the God who loves them all. Perfect for story time, bedtime, or any time, this sweet board book celebrates God’s gift of family.

My thoughts:
This is a cute book to share with your little one.  It is a board book with minimal text so it will be enjoyed by toddlers through preschoolers.  I liked the way the words rhymed.  Each page was a different way that God loves both Mommy and her little one.  The illustrations are nice with the bunnies and a few other animals as well.  I enjoyed reading this book with my little guy, and he seemed to enjoy it too.

This would make a nice addition to your personal library or a gift for a little one in your life.

You can purchase a copy for yourself here.

 Remember to go here for the giveaway!

I received a copy of this book as part of the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network for my review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thank You, God, for Grandma

TITLE: Thank You, God, for Grandma
AUTHOR: Amy Parker
PUBLISHER: Tommy Nelson

Grandmas are important people!  Check out this new book by Amy Parker to celebrate the special relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild.

About the book:
Thank You, God, for Grandmas, Nanas and Mimis too, Gigis and Grams and Grandmommies—They’re great, grand gifts from You! 

No matter what you call her, there is nothing like the love between a grandma and her grandchild! With sweet, rhyming text and adorable illustrations, Thank You, God, for Grandma encourages little ones to treasure God’s special gift of grandmothers.

My thoughts: 
Thank You, God, for Grandma by Amy Parker is a sweet board book for little ones to share with their grandmother.  The grandmother and her grandchild in this book do all sorts of things together like play dress up and bake treats.  It reminded me of time with my Meemaw as a child and time my boys have with their Gramma.

The rhyming text makes it appealing for preschoolers to have read to them and also the illustrations are colorful and inviting.

This would make a nice gift for a grandmother's birthday, Grandparent's Day, or Mother's Day.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Noah, Noah, What Do You See?

TITLE: Noah, Noah, What Do You See?
AUTHOR:  Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
PUBLISHER: Tommy Nelson

About the book:
From the bestselling authors of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka, 1, 2, 3

 Noah, Noah, what do you see? I see animals in the ark with me.

Moses sees the Red Sea part. Daniel sees lions in the den. Mary sees baby Jesus smiling at her.

Noah, Noah, What Do You See? introduces little ones to favorite Bible heroes from the Old and New Testaments. With colorful art from Melissa Iwai and the signature rhyming style of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, parents and children alike will love the classic storytelling of Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson.

Bill Martin Jr. didn’t learn to read until he reached college, yet he earned a doctorate in education from Northwestern University. He was one of the world’s foremost authors in literary education, as well as a million-selling author of books including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? 

Michael Sampson, Ph.D., is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six books for young children, including Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 and The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry. Sampson is dean of the School of Education at St. John’s University in New York City and lives with his family on Long Island.

My thoughts:
As a teacher I have enjoyed Brown Bear, Brown for many years.  So when I saw this book the title caught my eye.  I'd thought it would be the animals on the ark but was pleasantly surprised to find that each page is a different Bible hero...Adam, Noah, Jonah, Mary, Paul, and Zacchaeus to list a few!

I have already read it multiple times with my little boy (age 21 months) and he really likes it.  I asked him what is this book and he told me "Onah Onah."

We like the pictures and the rhythmic text.  I like that my little guy is being exposed to these Bible heroes with something related to what they did in the Bible.   I'm sure it is to be a favorite at your house too.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”