Far in the Wilds (eNovella) by Deanna Raybourn {Review}

Far in the Wilds novella Review

Last night I finished reading Far in the Wilds, the prequel novel to A Spear of Summer Grass. A few years ago I started to read ASoSG but was turned off by the over sexual nature of the story. After recently reading A Curious Beginning, I decided I would give this saga another try because I do so enjoy Deanna Raybourn‘s writing. This week I started reading ASoSG again and when I came across the introduction of the character Ryder, I decided I wanted a little background on his story. So I hiatus ASoSG and picked up FitW. Far in the Wilds was a great read. I got it when it was a freebie on Kindle, but I have noted that it is also available in the Overdrive R.E.A.D.S. Library system as a digital book as well. It apparently translates to about 54 physical pages and I read it in about. . .

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Ben Loves Bear by David McPhail {Review}

Ben Loves Bear

  Ben Loves Bear is an amazing book and I cannot wait to get my hands on Bella Loves Bunny! Ben Loves Bear is a lot of things under these durable covers. It is an early reader that is just right for my budding preschooler. It is a board book with absolutely adorable images that delights my toddler. The sentences are short enough (Ben Loves Bear. Bear Loves Ben.) that my toddler tries to mimic it and soon I think my preschooler will have it memorized. This is wide like a board book, (6×8 dimensions) but a bit taller so it almost fits in the early readers section near the I Can Read! books. I’m totally in love with it and if there were a dozen or so similar I’d race out to get them all. Did I tell you that I cannot wait to get my hands on Bella Loves Bunny?!. . .

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Itty Bitty Kitty by Joan Holub {Review}

Itty Bitty Kitty cover

The first I notice is on the cover, that is indeed NOT an itty bitty kitty… Secondly, Joan Holub, I love Joan Holub!  There is a plethora of rhymes in these pages and the story is poetic in style. Itty Bitty is a kitty on nearly a ‘Clifford’ scale. Ava’s parents are in a no-mood to the idea of a new kitty addition, however, she just might be a hero. I love Holub’s books and the illsutrations of James Burks are creative and colorful. I love the idea of a ‘giant’ Itty Bitty Kitty, but the premise of an escapee baby makes this mama cringe. I’m also not a fan of the suggestion to my little people to hid a little kitty. — but then maybe I take picture books too seriously. Coming in March 2016!

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In the Waves by Lennon & Maisy Stella {Review}

In the Waves cover

Grab your ol’ flip-flops and your sunblock, too, for this sing-along story told to the tune of the debut original song from Lennon and Maisy of the hit TV show Nashville. Based on a song by Lennon, Maisy, and Mary Lynne Steall and Carolyn Dawn Johson. Singing duo and stars of the TV show ‘Nashville’ have a debut picture book and a download for the song is available at HarperCollins.com/IntheWaves (embedded below, click through to the blog to be able to play the audio file). While I have to confess I am not a watcher of reality TV shows, I have seen commercials of it. Apparently, In the Waves is their first released original song as well, though they scored a Top 40 hit with a rendition. Steve’s illustrations are vivid and colorful. The repetition, or chorus I suppose, adds to the book and overall it is fun. I love the ending.. . .

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What materials do you use to teach reading?

Creative Madness Mama discusses Teaching Reading

Learning how to read is possibly the first essential skill in education, but how to teach it? How do you teach reading? There are programs, and curriculum galore available. There is just using phonics or alphabet flashcards. There are interactive apps for mobile devices and websites. There is the option to just read to them and point things out here and there. And there are also educational DVDs. Which direction to go? This doesn’t even touch on the use of workbooks and printable worksheets too! AppleBlossom is my oldest, and at six she is a really good reader and enjoys it. She CAN read good chapter books such as Prince Caspian, Pages of History, The Red Pyramid, Fancy Nancy Chapter Books, and Harry Potter. But she still wants pictures, so she goes back for things like the Magic Tree House, The Black Princess, and picture books. I’m trying to win. . .

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C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller by Janet & Geoff Benge {Review}

C.S. Lewis Master Storyteller YWAM Review

    The last several weeks most nights I have been reading aloud and taking turns with my Second Grader to read C.S Lewis, Master Storyteller from the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series by YWAM Publishing {aff} which we were blessed to receive for review as well as a CD Unit Study Guide Curriculum. The book is also available an audiobook and eBook versions and the study guide is available as a download as well. Ours is a physical paperback and CD. The book is very good quality with a glossy cover and is the size of an average trade paperback book with just over 190 pages. On the YWAM website you can see through ISSUU a sample of the book and some screen prints of a sample study guide. My own childhood was filled with knowledge of the Narnia stories written by “Master Storyteller” C.S. Lewis through BBC dramatizations. . .

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Johnny Appleseed Apple Pie {Recipe}

Creative Madness Mama makes another Apple Pie

Autumn has come in with enthusiasm to my kitchen and I am loving the creative vibes that I have been able to express with making my first few pies. The first pie we made when we were studying Johnny Appleseed and an apple theme. My Enginerd bought 10 varieties of apples and we compared, contrasted, and taste-testing them all over the week and the using six Golden Delicious apples we set forth to make ourselves an apple pie (my first in baking a pie!). I got the basics of an idea for the pie crust from Young Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie but interestingly for the pie filling it says not to use Golden Delicious! We found the basics of a good pie filling from Apples by Jacqueline Farmer (a new science supplemental reading recommendation from Memoria Press Second Grade book list). Veggie Tales also enjoy pie… The first experimental pie was. . .

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