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Review & Giveaway: W Is for Wapiti An Alphabet Songbook

Recently, I was sent a book and CD set from The Secret Mountain to feature and share my own and my children’s thoughts upon. The book has been a delight to share with my son and daughter and we’ve read and listened to the accompany music and storybook CD several times over since received. This book brought to you by an award winning Canadian publisher is one that you must check out for yourself called “W is for Wapiti”.

W is for Wapiti is a really fun and unique story song book that features twenty-four songs written to appeal to children of all ages. The songs are based around the alphabet letters A-Z in a neat way. For instance the letter B is all about a “Itsy- Bitsy Tiny Boat” and then there’s the letter D which is a song called “Love to Dream”. The songs are all quite clever and quite catching, in my opinion.

The artwork found in the book is just darling. The picture are simple, yet very soft and the choice of watercolors was the most perfect choice! Both my children love listening to mommy and daddy read through the songs and enjoy quite a bit looking and pointing out the different things in each illustration that they see.

The CD that comes along with the book has been a favorite of my four year old daughter. The tunes are fun and my daughter has caught onto the lyrics quite easily. I think W is for Wapiti would be a wonderful addition to any home library and can also be used in a school setting as well.

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Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

 

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Children’s Book Review: Where in the World is Away?

My four year old daughter always knew that mommy and daddy recycle certain things but never questioned really about where it went and what happened to it when it got there. She knows we have a bin in our kitchen that hangs on a cabinet that we put things like empty cereal boxes, milk jugs, juice containers, and egg cartons with they are empty. I’ve talked about it a bit, showing her that some of her favorite toys are made from recycled milk jugs and she thought that was neat how those things were reused. Now thanks to dad, musician, and recent children’s author Michael Franti, I can now shed the light more on the matter of reusing and recycling with a neat book called “Where in World is Away?”.

In the book Where in World is Away?, we meet two characters that discover what happens when something gets thrown away. I like how through out the story it displays the effect just throwing something away carelessly could harm the environment around us. My daughter was pretty concerned to see the effect that just throwing garbage on the ground could have on bugs, plants, and animals. I’m really glad she is starting to understand that ever action has a consequence though it may seem like no big deal at the time.

The book itself is very nice. The illustrations seem to come off the page and captivate the listener as well as reader. The story is well written in a poetic style. As a pretty eco consensus person, I really like that hard cover book itself is printed with soy ink and on environmentally friendly paper. There is also a companion read along CD which features the authors and family and friends.

If you are looking for a fun book to teach your children about reusing, reducing, and recycling, I highly recommend this title for home or classroom use! You can purchase Where in the World is Away? (self published book) for $19.99 at Micheal Franti’s website.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of “Where in the World is Away?” to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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Children’s Book Review: Hippooppsites by Janik Coat

I am thrilled yet again to bring another wonderful board book from Abrams Young Readers to your attention. The last board book that I am mentioning is no other than Pantone Colors, a book the went above and beyond is brightening the day of its reader (it certainly brightens every member of my families mood when read or read to!). And this time, I’m super excited to tell you all about the book Hippooppsites by author, illustrator, and graphic designer Janik Coat.

Hippooppsites is a fun book that teaches children all about opposites in way that I’ve never seen before! As the reader opens the book they’ll see a very friendly red hippopotamus. As you read on you’ll be shown opposites such as small and large, light and heavy, thick and thin, and so on. This book uniquely takes opposites even further and caters toward even the hands on learners in an interactive way by showing with tactile elements of soft (fur) and rough (burlap), featuring the difference between full and empty with die-cuts, and more!

I’ve been teaching my four year old daughter opposites lately and with the help of this book, she’s really getting it! My 16 month old son even enjoys listening to me read and is it quite captivated by the bold pictures. Now this book does take you above and beyond what opposites most kids may be learning. For instance there’s opaque and transparent, positive and negative, visible and invisible, clear and blurry and so on. I appreciate the differences and the challenges this book brings to the table. And it’s one I’ll proudly display on my shelf and recommend to parents that are looking for something different and unique. A book that’s simple yet challenging. It’s the best of both worlds, in my opinion.

You can purchase Hippopposites on Amazon.com right now for $14.95 and it’s eligible for free shipping.
I think it would make a wonderful gift and fantastic choice to add to your own child’s book collection.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed Publisher in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Children’s Book Review: Little Pim: Colors


If you’re looking for a line of fun and effective books to introduce your child to different languages, you might want to check out The Little Pim books. These particular books are based off the award-winning Little Pim DVDs that promote learning different languages in fun and effective way.

The Little Pim books have been a hit with both my 4 year old daughter and my 16 month old son. The Little Pim book I’d like to talk about today is called “Colors”, a book that showcases objects and the six following colors red, yellow, blue, green, purple, and orange. As the reader open up to the first page it reads, ” This is Little Pim the panda” and it goes on to say ” He is looking for things that are red”. After that sentence it lists the color red in English, Spanish, and French featuring a very handy pronunciation guide for whomever may be reading the book to a child. On the corresponding page, there are three images on lift up flaps: a fire truck, a balloon, and a frog all in the shade of black and white. Above each image it reads “What about this…. (the image name is listed)”. As the flap is lifted, the color of the image is reveled and a phrase featuring the color and image in each language featured in the book.

My children have enjoyed The Little Pim Colors book. The lift up flaps and pull out tabs have kept them engaged and learning a word they know in a different language has been a great learning experience for them. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and I like the fact the real life photos are included as it helps with real world site and word recognition. They say that babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn languages faster and more easily than adults so I think these books are a great resource if you’d like to encourage your child down that path.

If interested, you can purchase Little Pim: Colors at Amazon.com for $8.95.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed Publisher in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Children’s Book Review: Get Dressed! by Seymour Chwast

Get Dressed by Seymour Chawast is a book that celebrates in getting dressed for the day whether it be for a trip to the beach or a day playing make believe. And what a book this is to keep children interested and amused. As the reader opens the book with it’s magnetic cover, which is shaped like a snazzy button up shirt with a tie, they will find that the book itself features pretty spiffy fold out pages! The fold out feature mixes things up each page keep children guessing what’s next!

The illustrations are fun and look to be drawn with crayon. The kid appeal screams out every page. I really enjoyed reading this one to the kids and pointing out the fun plethora of things on each page that could be worn say to read about dragons, or when getting dressed to sing. Items include everything from paper crowns, a soup pot, rubber gloves, feather dusters, to flip flops and flippers! It really encourages kids to get creative when dressing up, which is one of my preschoolers favorite play time activities!

I recommend this book for children ages 2-4 years old that may be learning to get dressed on their own or for those that already love playing dress up and make believe. This book will be a fun inspiration to them, I’m sure!

You can purchase Get Dressed! at Amazon.com for 9.96 and it’s eligible for free shipping!

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed Publisher in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Review: Over The Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project

Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project is both a timeless benefit effort and a uniquely compelling multimedia experience. The project—which incorporates a 2-CD, 26-song set; a lavishly illustrated hardcover book of 17 songs from the album; a corresponding e-book encompassing the entire collection; and a documentary film and web series —gathers many of contemporary musical theatre’s greatest composers and vocalists, as well as illustrators, all of whom have donated their talent to deliver an emotionally affecting set of new lullabies, some written specifically for this project. Proceeds from sales of the book and 2-CD set will benefit breast cancer research, support and education.

Here, for your viewing and posting pleasure, is a behind-the-scenes look at the recording session for “Lucky” (Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, from the opera Seance on a Wet Afternoon). Schwartz, who was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Broadway Hall of Fame in 2009, is the composer of the smash Broadway musicals Wicked, Godspell and Pippin.

The song is performed by Tony Award-winning actress & singer Donna Murphy, with Gil Goldstein (piano), and Jody Redhage (cello), produced by Matt Pierson. Illustration by three-time Caldecott Medal winner Marc Simont.

 

My two children have enjoyed both mommy and daddy reading the Over The Moon book to them before bedtime. And my daughter whom always goes to sleep listening to music has insisted on the accompanying CD many times. I highly recommend the CD to help calm your children into a more restful sleep and in help to calming the business of each day far away.

The book itself is quite a work of art. I enjoyed reading the lullabies and getting lost in the beautifully expressive heartfelt lyrics and illustrations. The lullaby It’s Time Little Man brought a whirlwind of emotion to me making me realize how fast my 16 month old baby boy is growing up and that before I know it he’ll be big and grown. There are many other titles in this book that really touched me as well but that one just really stood out.

I would highly recommend the Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. You can purchase Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project on Amazon.com for $12.89 right now! I promise it’ll be a special collection that you’ll enjoy just as much as your children ( maybe even more too!)

Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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