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Book Review: Crafty Chloe

Fancy Nancy meets Martha Stewart in Crafty Chloe, the adorable DIY star of a new picture book series!

As a do it yourself artistic person, I’m rejoicing with a book I can share with my nearly four year old daughter that  wants to be just like me embracing being crafty and creative in numbers of ways. Kelly DiPucchio the author of Crafty Chloe has done a wonderful job in presenting a book that is geared toward children of the artistic persuasion and personality.

Heather Ross, illustrator of Crafty Chloe has done an exceptional job in bringing the characters of this story to life and keeping children engaged in the story. I also learned she is a fabric designer, so it’s no wonder her designs really stand out!  I loved the illustrations and the style was really fun and done in neat artsy way.  I’ve caught my daughter sitting in her room with this book just looking at the illustrations since she can’t read yet.

The story of Crafty Chloe is about a a girl that isn’t the star athlete or ballerina dancer but one who loves to create! When we meet Chloe, we see that she has plans to make a unique gift for her friends birthday even though another girl she knows turns her nose up at the very idea of it!  The story is quite fun and children can learn valuable lessons such as love, value, worth, and care. My daughter loves Crafty Chloe and has been brining the book for me to read to her everyday!

I highly recommend gifting this book to the crafty little girl in your life! An added bonus to the book is the website of Crafty Chloe which features fun crafts suggestion and ideas to create just like the ones seen in the book! I am sure my daughter would thrilled if we decided to make Glow in the Dark star PJ’s Chloe’s.

This 40 page hardcover book can be purchased at Amazon.com for 11.55 right now and it’s eligible for free shipping. This book is perfect for little girls ages 4-8 years old, so don’t miss out on title that will be well loved by the glue and glitter loving little girl in your life.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my opinion of them. 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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Giveaway: Dr. Seuss Cardboard Stacking Blocks Sets!

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

Dr. Seuss has always been near and dear to my heart. I grew up being read the books by my mother, in return I read them with my younger sisters, and now I’ve been sharing them with my own children. Titles we love and I almost know completely by heart include Go Dog Do, Ten Apples Up on Top, Green Eggs and Ham, and In a People House. And let’s not forget the first TV special I’ve seen The Grinch who Stole Christmas. My children currently are in love with the series The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That!

March 2, marks the 100th birthday of  Dr. Seuss! We are certainly excited about it and will be spending the day celebrating in his silly stories, crazy rhymes and unforgettable characters. In celebration of his birthday, I’m thrilled that one of my favorite children’s book publishers Silver Dolphin Books is going to be introducing Dr. Seuss cardboard staking blocks for children.

There are two Dr. Suess themed sets that children will totally fall in love with which include ABC Building Blocks & 123 Building Blocks! These sets make great keepsake towers that children can play with for years to come. I love that scenes and characters from well known Seuss stories are printed on each of the blocks! I agree that these are the perfect introduction to the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss.

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I’m thrilled that Silver Dolphin Books is going to be giving away a choice of either the Dr. Seuss ABC or 123 Stacking Blocks to one winner. (Open to residents of the US*) ARV $18.99


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Disclosure: I will be receiving the above mentioned product in exchange for this promotion. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way.

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Book Review: When My Baby Dreams by Adele Enersen

From the brilliant mind of new mother Adele Enersen comes this imaginative journey
through the irresistible dreamscapes of a newborn. A love letter to babies everywhere.

Creative and uniqueness fills every page of this darling hard-cover little book. I found myself tickled with the thought and sentiment that went into creating such a sweet a story about what a baby may dream about. The photography in this book is really nice and fits well with each corresponding page resembling a scene a baby may dream up. Photo props cleverly include things like blankets, shirts, a clothes line, stars made from fabrics, and more to create the scenes.

Through out the book you’ll see scenes of baby being a butterfly, astronaut, a book worm, a mermaid, and more! I really love the thought that went behind it all!  This book would make a fantastic baby shower gift, a possible muse for a budding newborn photographer, and a sweet book for a parent to share with their children. My kids ages 3 1/2 and 1 years old like this book. And it hasn’t faltered in making me smile yet!

You can purchase When My Baby Dreams for $9.32 on Amazon.com and it’s eligible for free super saving shipping too.

Disclosure: 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. Special thanks to Amazon for sending this book to my family to review.

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Children’s Book Review: The Gift Box by Rowan Henry

About the Book

One day Ollie’s mother tells him that he is “a beautiful gift.” Delighted with this new “identity,” Ollie invites his friend Benjamin to guess what it is. When poor Benjamin cannot guess, despite many hints, Ollie refuses to play with him. Seeing that he’s hurt his friend’s feelings, Ollie realizes that the best gift of all is friendship. Rohan Henry has wonderfully captured the interactions of young friends as they come to learn how to play together.

About the Author

Rohan Henry is a writer and illustrator of Jamaican origin who studied writing at the University of Massachusetts and New York University. He is the author of The Perfect Gift and Good Night, Baby Ruby. He lives in Maine with his wife and their two young children.

Our Thoughts…

We were pretty delighted with The Gift Box by Rowan Henry. The book we were sent is 9×9 in size featuring a  hardcover and has a shiny, eye catching cover illustration  making this book one a child would probably aim to grab right away for story time.  I for one really liked the fun child-like drawn illustrations used as well as the colors.  As I read this story to my children ages 3 1/2 & 1 years old, I could almost see the lively little characters dancing off the pages as they paraded around.

We found this to be  a cute tale that illustrates love and  friendship in a fun way. It kept not only my kids eager to see what would happen next but myself as well. This book confronts love, empathy, self concepts, and friendship. This would be a cute book to share with your children either boy or girl and a special gift for Valentines Day!

Buy it…

You can purchase  The Gift Box on Amazon.com for $11.01 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. Other titles available by this author include The Perfect Gift and Good Night, Baby Ruby.

Disclosure: 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. Special thanks to Abrams Books for sending this book to my family to review.

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Book Review: Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses by Carolyn Larsen

Princess Stories is must have book for girls ages 4 through 8 years old. No make believe fairy tales here, the stories here are taken and written in a first-person narrative about twenty nine woman whom stories can be found in the Bible.  The 30th story is about the child reading the book or the child you’ll be reading this too. I love that this was added to remind us that we are all daughter’s of the King and that makes us special Princesses.

This book is beautifully illustrated. It very colorful and very eye appealing from the characters representing the women in the Bible to the full page colored backgrounds. It’s exciting to turn the page to see what’s next.

Each story is four pages and written in a first person rhyming style.   There is title addressing who the character is, a bible verse where her story can be found, a short write up that talks about her life, another passage of scripture that focuses on her character trait, and a section called Princess Pondering in which their are questions to be discusses about what was just read.

This is a great book to  read through in a month as a devotion with your child,  to incorperate into a Sunday School Class lessons, and so much more. I highly recommend this book! I am excited to jump into this book with my daughter soon since she’s been asking a lot more about God, Jesus, and the stories that can be found in Bible.

If interested, you can purchase Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses from Amazon for $10.00 right now. Retail value of this title is $15.00 and available at most known retailers and book stores.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above product mentioned for review through Tyndale Publishers. 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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Book Review: Hugs from Pearl By Paul Schmid

Hugs from Pearl By Paul Schmid is a cute little story about a porcupine that loves to give her friends hugs. But she finds that this can be somewhat of a problem because of her quills. Pearl decides to try to remedy this in numerous ways through out the story such as trying to  putting pincushions on them, softening them in the tub, and in even more interesting ways. My daughter was quite taken and excited for me to turn to the next page to see what Pearl was going to do next.

The story itself is pretty simple and it’s perfect for young readers. The illustrations are something a child could have drawn themselves and the pastel colors were a nice touch. A cute little tale that encourages searching for solutions and reasoning skills.

This book totally brings up questions and I think encourages discussion about some of the things Pearl was doing and how she was feeling. You can totally ask your child if they’ve ever felt like Pearl and why. Also you can ask what they did or think they can do about it.  This book may not be a must have in every library but I certainly enjoyed it and believe it will be a favorite with my kids and maybe even yours.

Hugs from Pearl can be purchased at Amazon.com for $12.08. This title is also available at other well known book distributors like Barnes and Noble and Powells for $14.99.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above product mentioned for review through the Amazon Vine reviewer program. 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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