Category: Book Reviews

“Humble Heart: A book of Virtues” by Amy Meyer Allen {Book Review}

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I’d been looking for a book for awhile now that could help me teach my children character building skills and biblical virtues. Not just any book though, I wanted something with likeable characters and that was also colorfully eye catching to all kids. The readability also needed to be high and the comprehension of the words written simple to understand. I was pleased to find an existing book such as this in Amy Meyer’s Humble Heart: Book of Virtues.

The virtues found in this book are Humility, Love, Thoughtfulness, Faithfulness, Mercy, Encouragement, Comfort, Courage, and Joy. Each virtue is represented by a separate Humble Bumble character. The characters are really cute and you’ll find those such as Felicity the Frog, Lancelot Lion, Carolina Cat, Daniel Dog, and several others.

At the end of each virtuous character story, there’s a Bible Verse that’s taken from the New Living Translation Bible. The included Bible Verses could be used at home or in a classroom setting as verses for young children to memorize! The stories are short but not overly. There’s plenty of bright bold illustrations to display what’s being read accurately and that’s key in any child geared book.

My son age 2 and my daughter age 4 1/2 years old really like this book. They’ve asked at bedtime for it several nights in a row. I like having a question time after we’ve read one of the virtue stories. It’s been interesting to hear their thoughts and examples of ways they could act the virtue read out for themselves or to give an example of a time that they did. This is a great book and I recommend it highly!

Want it?  You can purchase a hardcover copy of Humble Heart: A Book of Virtues on Amazon.com for $10.79 and it’s eligible for free shipping. You can even take a sneak peak inside!

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Tyndale Blog Network on behalf of the publisher, Tyndale Kids, and the author, Amy Meyer Allen, in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

The Museum by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds {Book Review}

museumbkThis book opens with the line “When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart! “. This line gives you a feel of what to expect in the pages ahead. In the story we are taken on an exciting journey throughout a museum of art by a girl full of energy and emotion.Throughout the pages our young guide twirls and whirls from various work of arts and shares what feelings they invoke within her. Emotions such as curiosity, joy, elation, and hunger! As well, as actions such as making silly faces, giggle fits, standing up on her tippy toes to name a few. Ultimately as the book comes to a close as our guide discovers a blank canvas and is inspired and energized by all that she saw and felt as to create her own masterpiece.I was very excited to read this book to my 4 1/2 year old daughter whom has a love for creating, drawing. This book has opened the door to inner thoughts, emotions, and expression toward all kinds of art work within her. I’ve found her flipping through the pages a few times since getting this book as she’s also asked me to read “the art” book on numerous occasions.

The words and writing in “The Museum” flows well and is written in a rhythm that’s easy to read. I also found the artwork illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds to fit the story perfectly and grasp and tug at the readers thoughts and emotions quite well. I am very impressed with this title and am looking forward to whatever new titles Susan opts to put out in the future.

This book is recommend for children ages 3 years old and up. The book is hardcover and there are 32 pages. This would be a wonderful title to present to a child that loves to create. I also would recommend it if you are planning a trip to your local art museum to ready them for things they might see.

Want it?

You can pre-order The Museum at Abrams Books for 16.95 or on Amazon.com right now for $11.53.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

The Cat in the Hat: Safari, So Good DVD & Book {Review & Giveaway}

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March 2nd fans everywhere, my family included will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. And in light of this celebration, I’m pleased to announce that NCircle Entertainment just released a fun new DVD based off Seuss’ work called The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Safari So Good. Along with the DVD they also sent along a great book to go along with called Safari, So Good!: All About African Wildlife for me to share with family as well as get the word out here on my blog!

About the DVD:

 

Join the Cat in the Hat on this brand-new safari adventure! Help him find the missing stripes for his hat, swing with silly monkeys and discover how footprints are made! It’s time for safari, so come and explore with the Cat and his friends on adventures galore. We will reach for the treetops and swing through the trees, When we walk like giraffes and swing like monkeys!

This DVD includes five delightful stories: Treetop Tom, Stripy Safari, King of Swing, Elephant Walk and Follow the Prints.

My children ages 4 1/2 and 2 years old, girl and boy, loved the Safari, So Good! DVD. There’s a Spanish language option and runtime is 60 minutes. I like that you can choose to play a couple of the adventures one day and save the others for later. We for the first time sat and watched the DVD from start to finish and later discussed some of the animals and the environments we saw. My 4 1/2 year old daughter had a lot to say about the elephants and my son was totally into seeing all the different animal foot prints.

I think this DVD would be great for a unit study on the Safari or just to have as something fun and educational for them to watch at tv time. The Cat in the Hat is quite the character and has always impressed and excited not just my children with every new adventure but me too! There’s great facts, fun songs, and unforgettable adventures, a total winner when it comes to education entertainment for and child!

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About the Book:

Safari, So Good!: All About African Wildlife a title in the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, is quite an adventurous children’s book. This book and others in the Learning Library line are great for beginning readers like my daughter teach basic concepts in a entertaining and educational way. I didn’t know it before but recently learned that The Cat in the Hat Knows A lot About That TV series is based off the Random House Cat in the Hat Learning Library book series! How cool is that?

In this tale, the Cat takes Sally and Nick to Africa–where they learn how animals are either predators or prey, that elephants tend to favor one tusk over the other, how to tell the difference between a white and black rhino, that zebras sleep standing up and much, much more! The facts are very interesting and makes you want to delve deeper in knowing more about the animals! I know that after reading this book, my kids will probably be prone to check out the Safari animals closer at the Zoo during our next visit!

Want it? The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Safari So Good DVD’s SRP is $10.99 and is available at NCircleEntertainment.com or a retailer near you, including Target, Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us!  I also saw it on Amazon.com for Amazon.com for $9.99 as of this posting!

Safari, So Good!: All About African Wildlife (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) SRP is $12.99. And is also now available at seussville.com, Wal-Mart, and Barnes & Noble.

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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.

The First Ever Hello Kitty Books Based on the Seasons!

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Hello Kitty, Hello Spring! and Hello Summer! are a couple of the latest titles set to be released by Abrams books this March! These colorful 14 page hardcover books are loved by both my children ages 4 1/2 and 2, though the books totally keep the attention of my younger one the most.

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In Hello Kitty, Hello Spring!, readers are greeted by Hello Kitty surrounded by beautiful spring flowers( no doubt brought on from the April rains). Each of the pages feature Hello Kitty and her friends in a different Spring time scenes enjoying everything wonderful that comes with the season saying Hello to the following things: flowers, butterflies, baseball, picnics and visits at the park, rainy day puddle fun, and flying high those very colorful and unique types of kites!

My two year old loves looking at the pages in the book. The pages are all so colorful and very appealing to children! I sometimes read the book through once and then we go through a second time and talk about what we see happening in the pictures whether it’s about the activity or the colors of the surrounding insects, flowers, and much more. I highly recommend this book as it’s perfect to welcome in the upcoming spring season!

In Hello Kitty, Hello Summer!, readers will enjoy original illustrations of Hello Kitty and her friends having fun in the sun with a small bit of text added to each scene page spread. In this book Hello Kitty visits the beach, enjoys a bike ride, has an ice cream party with friends, sails a boat at sea, plays a bit of tennis, and more! Most things if not everything to love about Summer is covered in this fun colorful title. My kids totally love the page spread of Hello Kitty and her friends having an ice cream party and decided that we need do that as well as soon as the season arrives.

These titles are the first two of four in the newest series of Hello Kitty collectible board books. After seeing how much my kids enjoyed these, I’m pretty excited to get a hold of Hello Autumn and Hello Winter when they comes out! And with Spring and Summer right around the corner, these would make a great gift to the littles ones in your life! Think Easter bag surprises too!

Interested in Purchasing?

Hello Kitty, Hello Spring! & Hello Kitty, Hello Summer, can be pre-ordered right now at Abrams book as well as on Amazon.com for $7.95 each  (This title will be released on March 12, 2013)

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.