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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The Berenstain Bears Please & Thank You Book

In The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Book, little readers are introduced to the importance of manners, through gentle reminders given to Brother, Sister, and Honey as they await their milk and cookies. The shorter story length and well-loved characters provide toddlers a perfect introduction to valuable life lessons and routines. Ages 2 to 5.

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Our Little Deer by Sandra Magsamen

An adorable new board book from best-selling artist Sandra Magsamen, featuring plush, bendable reindeer antlers. Perfect for the holiday season!

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Gossie & Friends Board Book Gift Set by Olivier Dunrea

Take a romp around the barnyard with Gossie and her friends. This charming set includes five unabridged chunky board books and two double-sided puzzle tiles that are just right for the littlest gosling fans. It’s all packaged in a beautiful lidded gift box featuring Dunrea’s sweet, seasonal artwork that is a keepsake in and of itself. Fans of Gossie & Friends will covet this lovely box and the treasures inside! For ages 18 months and up.

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Playtime Manners for Little Monkeys by Susie Lee Jin

In this book—her third in the little monkey series (It’s Bedtime for Little Monkeys and Good Table Manners for Little Monkeys)—artist and author Susie Lee Jin teaches important lessons to little ones about playing nicely with friends. Brightly colored and impressively simple, this sturdy board book is full of wisdom and charm.

While the little monkeys play across the pages, they learn to be polite and kind, to share their toys, and to clean up when they are finished playing. Caught up in these sweet critters— antics, a child easily learns that manners at play make play fun.

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Best Creative Madness Mama Reads of 2011

Yes, there is about ten or so more days left… but I’ll cut it off here. This year I read 313 of my goal for 300 books this year. I might make 315 by years end! Then there is also a good half dozen or so in the DNF pile that I may or may not ever go back to. My understanding is that I read approximately 53,069 pages. Lots of children’s picture books, a few board books, some non fiction, and tons of Christian Historical Fiction. Earlier today I was asked for my favorite read of 2011. That was a hard decision to make, but after narrowing it down to about six or so, I finally chose… The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden, which if I’m not m istaken is her debut novel! I cannot wait for her next one coming in 2012 The Rose of Winslow. . .

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VeggieTales Veggie Values: A Board Book Collection

VeggieTales Veggie Values: A Board Book Collection Genre: Christian Children’s Board Books Pages: ~12 — 7 wide x 7 high x 0.4 deep in. Recommended Ages: 2-5 Date Published: August 2010 Publisher: Zondervan A collection of beloved VeggieTales board books that playfully convey the importance of sharing, listening, helping others, and having good manners! This set includes: Larry Learns to Listen, Share the Year Together, Bob Lends a Helping… Hand? and Peas and Thank You! I’ve said it before, but I will continue to say it again… I love VeggieTales! Right now as a young toddler, my daughter is starting to get some exposure to VeggieTales through movies and music and now thanks to this collection she is also getting some reading in too. The Veggie Values Collection is an incredible good value in both quality and price. These are some great stories and the books themselves are extremely durable!. . .

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