Twindergarten by Nikki Ehrlich {Review}

#backtoschool Twindergarten

Dax and Zoe are twins. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Now is the time to pull out all those new books for introducing the kiddos to school. While it is true that in our family we homeschool, Twindergarten is still an adorable read with lots of good messages within. This would make a great open house book or gift for a new Kinder or 1st grade student that is heading off to school or a different environment for the first time. Twindergarten is an attractively illustrated short story picture book about a pair of boy/girl twins as they head off to school and to different classes for the first time in their lives to be separated from each other. It is new, exciting, terrifying, and awesome. There is some repetition in the text and it is a fairly easy read. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one.  

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The Princess and the Frogs (Children’s Book) by Veronia Bartles {Review}

The Princess and the Frogs

  This is cute and a new rewrite of a story we know and love. As a mother to a little princess who is crazy about all things princess, and her sister who is studying literature on fairy tales this year we found this book to arrive with perfect timing. Cassandra is an adorable little princess (with glasses, no less!!) that really wants a frog friend to do activities with, however, when she finds the frog, he becomes a prince! This happens again and again, but finally it settles into a great ending for all characters involved. Veronica Bartles’ writing is witty and Sara Palacios’ illustrations are vibrant and fun. A great one for our shelves. View all my reviews

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The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg {Review}

The Legend of the Easter Egg

Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of a Favorite Easter Tradition Already we know that we love Richard Cowdrey’s illustrations, and he did a great job with his version of Dandi Daley Mackall’s The Legend of the Easter Robin and now an equally great job of Lori Walburg’s The Legend of the Easter Egg. This is a beautifully done glittery cover! The Legend of the Easter Robin illustrated by Richard Cowdrey includes beautiful full-page full-color illustrations that tell a historical and traditional tale for Easter time. Carrying over characters from other Lori Walburg Legends of stories, this book shows a perspective from a little boy with an ill sister with scarlet fever. In this story, the tale of resurrection is told through the curiosity of a little boy and beautiful images as he learns to pray, prays and hopes for health for his sister and for Easter to come. There are also dyed eggs. . .

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Royal Easter Story (The Princess Parables) by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson {Review}

A Royal Easter Story picture book

From the popular Princess Parables series, an Easter story perfect for girls 4-8.   My 4-year-old Princess loves the Princess Parables series. She doesn’t have a favorite, but she loves to read the books featuring each sister again and again. We love the picture books and the I Can Read! early readers also. Thus, this year, we are very thrilled to add another book to this series with A Royal Easter Story that tells a tale of tradition, of those lost that can be found on Easter and of how Jesus is available for all who Ask, Seek, and Knock. Featuring teaching of Luke 11:9-13 this is a perfect princess themed story to get even the Princess child involved. Gotta love that glittery cover!   The most recent in the Princess Parables is in out Easter Book List! Check the blog for a review. #princess #easter #book A photo posted by. . .

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The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall {Review}

The Legend of the Easter Robin

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, renews the wonder and charm of the timeless tale that explores the symbol of the robin and its connection to Easter. We are very fond of Richard Cowdrey and his illustrations from our adventures with Marley the dog and his mischief. Over the last few years, I have really delighted in collecting holiday legends and stories told by Dandi Daley Mackall – the latest of these being The Legend of the Easter Robin. My children need to know that the Lenten and Easter season is about more than just eggs and a bunny. Just as the Advent and Christmas season is about more than Santa Claus and peppermint candy canes. The day that this book arrived, I did not get it hidden fast enough to save it for a surprise. . .

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Frankencrayon by Michael Hall {Review}

Frankencrayon

Frankencrayon has made his day! When I see a new book from Michael Hall, I know a few things. I know that is going to be ridiculously silly and fun and full on educational. He definitely does not disappoint with his latest January 2016 release in Frankencrayon. These are the type of books that I love to give my preschool and primary grade level kiddos. I love to see their imaginations spark as they think, hmm, maybe I can do something like this! I truly enjoy how his plot line is interesting enough to entertain the adults, yet thrilling enough to tickle the fancy of any child. There are lots of emotions in this one, but fun to discuss and keep in check!    

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Another book on the girl’s shelf!

Last night AppleBlossom finished reading {aff} The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. It is the first in the Egyptian contemporary mythological godlings series (much like Percy Jackson is from his Greek series for those who are familiar with the film if not the books). We had been reading it together. She to me, and I to her. But she became impatient and at night has surpassed me by ten chapters and completed the book! She now knows what the sibling team of Carter and Sadie Kane are up to and I have to rush to catch up.

This was an odd circumstance as we have both a hardcover copy and a Kindle copy. So she’s been mostly reading on the Kindle. FYI… AppleBlossom is 6 years old, 6.5 really and working at a mostly second grade level. When she is reading on the Kindle she is un-phased by the size of a book and just wants more. The physical book being a 400+ pages thick freaks her out.

Last night she finished and asked if we owned the next book in the series, Throne of Fire. We didn’t and she was very disappointed and asked if we could buy it from the Kindle library. I told her I would see. Usually, I try to purchase books when they are $3 or less, but she was so disappointed and had just finished a huge book (for her!) by herself! So we jumped for it.

You would think it was Christmas with the excitement that, that girl carried on with such enthusiasm! Now she’s off on a new adventure. At least with it as a Kindle book, I can download it on my profile and try to catch up to her in my “free time” in the Kane Chronicles.

 

The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton {Review}

The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow

Gerry is such a fun and imaginative little girl. As a matter of fact The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl continues to be a popular review post and pin for Creative Madness Mama (Pinterest.com/CherryBlossomMJ). I have loved the entire Very Fairy Princess series and hope it continues. It is a New York Times Bestselling series! Glittery textured covers are always a plus. *grin* Here, Gerry wants to be chosen for a solo, but in her disappointment when her music teacher chooses someone else, it takes snow for the winter festival and a surprise circumstance to bring her sparkle back. Full of optimism and fun, the show must go, prepared or not!   On my wish list: View all my reviews

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The Christmas Story for Children by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, & Karen Davis Hill {Review}

The Christmas Story for Children

  I love this. Taking out the special pages from The Story for Children and enlarging and elaborating on them for the Christmas season. As long as I can remember, to me, Max Lucado has been a trusted name and source in Bible study and devotional resources. When I stumbled across The Story for Little Ones I could not be more pleased. Little Ones encompasses ages 2-5 while The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible I believe is meant for ages 4-8. This is part of a large campaign that includes all ages. The Story for Children (early elementary), The Story for Kids (later elementary), The Story Teen Edition, God’s Story Youth Edition, and then the adult books in The Story, God’s Story Your Story, and a few more. I think from what I have seen (my copy of The Story for Little Ones, God’s Story Your Story (reviewed) and a. . .

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Hillary Rodham Clinton (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

Hillary Rodham Clinton picture book

A gorgeous and inspiring picture book biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton—First Lady, senator, secretary of state, and much more.

From Michelle Markel and LeUyen Pham comes an inspiring portrait of a girl who fought to make a difference—and paved the way for women everywhere.

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The Story of God’s Love for You by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Jesus Storybook Bible) {Review}

The Story of God's Love for You

From the bestselling author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones introduces a book for teens that teaches them of God’s love.

In the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, author Sally Lloyd-Jones explored the connections and wonders throughout the Bible to show children how one giant love for humanity pointed to one small baby who would grow up to be the one perfect person who would make things right again for everyone. But that amazing story isn’t only for kids.

Now, in The Story of God’s Love for You, the same award-winning, theologically rich, and sophisticated content of The Jesus Storybook Bible is available in a trade book format perfect for teens and adults who want a version just for themselves. With a stylish two-color interior design and composite artwork from Jago, this is an edition perfect for study, daily inspiration, or as a gift.

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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson {Review}

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower… Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry. Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim. The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to. . .

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Colors for Zena by Monica Wellington {Review}

Colors for Zena by Monica Wellington

*My original post seems to have disappeared, but this is too good of a resource that I recommend to not possibly post again. This book could not have arrived at a better time (August 2013) as we are discussing primary and secondary colors this week in Memoria Press Kindergarten. Absolutely this fabulous color picture book is being written in my lesson plans as a resource for future years. Monica’s images are fun and lovely for viewing by little artists. The introduction of a color and the return to it gives more interaction than a typical color book would with just a label per page. Then the animals of color add personality and a feast for the imagination. I bet the kid’s will be dreaming in color after reading this one. The only thing I could wish for would be printable coloring pages to go along as an activity with the. . .

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My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington {Review}

My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington

I found myself very excited to see this book arrive yesterday. I have loved the previous titles from Monica Wellington that we have read in the past including Night House Bright House and Colors for Zena. (Links back to goodreads). It was just a stumbled upon opprtunity with the local Books from Birth program that I discovered Night House Bright House (my review) and I was surprised by how much I truly enjoyed the collage style book. Then last year when Monica offered me to read Colors for Zena, I was intrigued and excited as well – it is another fabulous read for the keeper shelf. This year I have discovered her latest treasure in My Leaf Book, in which a young girl goes in the arboretum of the world and collects and designs her own person leaf book. From pressed leaves, to leaf rubbings, and more this is delightfully inspiring! My Leaf. . .

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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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