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Splat the Cat: The Big Helper by Rob Scotton {Review}

Splat the Cat: The Big Helper

Join Splat as he learns that a little help can go a long way in this hilarious storybook adventure. Splat the Cat is one silly character and he definitely likes to have fun. In this silly adventure he is all about his video games and fun his way, until his dad calls a family meeting and gives him a to-do list. Starting out, he tries to find the easy way out which really makes everything harder. Yet in the end, he discovers adventure is to be had in all the silly and messy places! This is a great early reader for the most stubborn children that just might learn a lesson from Splat’s mistakes… More fun for all! Related:  Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise Splat says Thank You!     

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The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone {Review}

The Monkey and the Crocodile

  During the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Second Grade one of the read aloud book choices is The Monkey and the Crocodile by Paul Galdone. Discussion questions and enrichment materials for this book are included in the Memoria Press Enrichment Guide for Second Grade. I love the Memoria Press Enrichment Guides!! They make a great mini unit study. Week four is on this vintage picture book and other recommended reads include Let’s Read and Find Out In the Rainforest, Amazing Animals: Monkeys, The Cat in the Hat Learning Library: Safari, So Good! We also went ahead and watched the Magic School Bus episode on the rainforest, where the kids go on a cocoa pods mystery hunt on disc 6 of the Magic School Bus DVD Collection as well. And, as per currently fascination, my six-year-old daughter AppleBlossom filled me in on all the details about the Magic Tree House book Afternoon on. . .

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Girl & Gorilla: Out and About {Review}

Girl & Gorilla cover

View all my reviews Books set in an urban setting are always intriguing to me. Growing up in suburbia and rural areas I have no real knowledge about what it would be like to grow up in a city other than what I’ve read in books and seen on cartoons and movies on TV, thus I’m always intrigued to experience such stories and now to share them with my own children. Girl & Gorilla Out and About is a fun story about two friends on their way to play at the park, but it seems to be taking so long to walk there and in an attempt to pass the time they come up with all sorts of traveling games. But the fun part is that do not seem to realize they are doing so and they entertain themselves on the way there and while they’re there and then it seems. . .

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A Pig-in-a-Wig Book {Review}

Pig in a Wig #2

PigInaWigBooks.com |emmavirjan.com … A Pig in a Wig is funny and perfect as an early reader book. Building, repetition, and sequence. Friendship is the main theme and I think this one would be great for the classroom and acting out. I’m eager to share it with my budding readers. I was delighted with the first book for the new A Pig in a Wig Series and I’m just as enthusiastic about the second book if not more so. A great bedtime book, but also one for naps, or any reading practice in between. Short building phrases and animal interest keep this quirky pig in a great pile for reading practice. Head over to the Pig in a Wig site and download Activity Pages and a Curriculum Guide!

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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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I Am Otter & Otter in Space by Sam Garton {Review}

I Am Otter in Space Review from Creative Madness Mama

Fans of Marley, Curious George, and Paddington REJOICE! I Am Otter is adorable in an Alvin and the Chimpmunks and the characters mentioned above sort of way. I believe this book is a debut for 2014, but not entirely new as “old Otter stories” are found in a plethora on Sam Garton’s website and blog: I Am Otter: The Unheard Ramblings of a Domestic Otter. The website is highly amusing and I highly recommend a visit. This book is adorable, already said that, right. Otter is unmistakably mischievous, yet child-like innocent as beloved characters often may be found. While I truly think Otter needs a lesson in spelling… her first book of antics make me delighted to meet her. I look forward to more I Am Otter and her friendly Teddy. Love I Am Otter! I Am Otter in Space is also adorable (it’s that word again…) and sooo imaginative! I Am Otter is now a favorite. . .

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Crocodile’s Tears by Alex Beard {Review}

Black Rhino and Tickbird want to know why Crocodile is crying. They search the African landscape for other animals who might know the answer. The few they find suggest Crocodile is sad that so many of them face extinction. But when Black Rhino finally asks Crocodile why he’s crying, he learns an interesting fact: Crocodile isn’t really crying; he’s wetting his eyes in the hot, dry sun like all crocodiles do. And Black Rhino learns something else about crocodiles: they can have you for lunch if you don’t watch out!

Including a photo of each animal featured in the story along with a description of its current status on the list of endangered species, this picture book is a great educational tool. A share of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Shompole Community Trust, a land and animal reserve in Kenya.

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What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson {Review}

When the National Animal Choir performs the latest song by renowned composer and conductor Mr. Herbert Timberteeth, nothing goes exactly as planned. Mr. Timberteeth has some preconceived notions of what animals like to do that are reflected in his song. But it turns out that lions prefer flower arranging to prowling and shrimp would rather ski than swim! With all the dissension and mayhem, will the show still go on? This hilarious picture book delivers a subtle message about stereotyping that kids, who are so often pigeonholed, will appreciate.

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The Crows of Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley {Review}

  Although I was familiar with the fact that author Aldous Huxley wrote the well known Brave New World, I had not personally read any of his writing. Then to be introduced by a long out of print children’s book that has made it’s way back to the market is delightful. This book is witty and fun and the illustrations are vibrant and imaginative. There is a definite humor throughout. I can easily imagine my father chuckling as he reads this to the grandchildren. I’m quite certain it will be loved by children (of all ages). This little story was written as a story for his niece as I understand it and was published after his death in the 1960s. What a legacy to leave forward. About the author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), the author of Brave New World, lived the latter part of his life near the Mojave Desert, where. . .

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All the Seasons of the Year by Deborah Lee Rose {Review}

Celebrate the power of love between mothers and children
that lasts all school year long.

In this charming story, a mama cat loves her kitten through all the seasons: in autumn, when they rake leaves into piles; in winter, when they sled down snowy hills; in spring, when they fly kites; and in summer, when they splash together in the water. Parents, grandparents, and all the special people in a child’s life will love sharing this sweet celebration through all the seasons of the year and in years to come.

Kay Chorao’s warm and colorful illustrations bring to life Deborah Lee Rose’s endearing verses, which capture the many ways a child is cherished year-round.

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