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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It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall {Review}

It's an ORange Aardvark!

*This post has been updated on February 4, 2016 with my new format, with the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.* Cat Tale was my introduction to Michael Hall and I have been entertained by him since in It’s an Orange Aardvark! and no doubt I will fully enjoy Red: A Crayon’s Story. It’s an Orange Aardvark! is silly and fun.

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Dill & Bizzy: An Odd Duck and a Strange Bird {Review}

Dill & Bizzy

View all my reviews This book is a fun work of art between two sisters. Both of their work is new to me, but I’m delighted with it now that I’ve experienced it! Dill, an extraordinary duck and a delightfully strange bird Bizzy are at the start of a friendship. This would be a great read about the time of reading such friendship reads like picture books of a Kevin Henkes vein. The colors chosen are vibrant and not of the standard picture book. I won’t hesitate to share this one with my girls. I read an ARC in September 2015.

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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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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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Keep Your Kids Busy this Summer with Little Passports! {aff} – We are!!

A few weeks ago, I finally had the funds at the same time as a sale and purchased my girls an Early Explorers Little Passports subscription and I cannot wait to see the first package arrive any day now! Guess what? There is another sale so you can too!! 😉 **The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Keep Your Kids Busy this Summer with Little Passports! Got travel plans this summer with your family? Why not take your kids on an epic summer adventure with Little Passports! Monthly packages include activities, souvenirs, stickers & more, each exploring a new destination or theme. They’ve got adventures for kids 3-12 with the Early Explorers, World Edition, or USA Edition. For TWO DAYS only, Little Passports is offering a 15% discount on ALL subscriptions. Order. . .

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Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2014-2015 Edition)

End of the school-year, well it should be… but I guess this is more of a check in. Last year I wrote an end of the school-year wrap up post and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that same date was coming up on the calendar for this year. In the past year I’ve continued on with my eager-to-learn five year old, discovered my attention-span-of-a-butterfly three year doesn’t want to pipe down into school time like her sister, and added a baby brother nearing on ten months old to the mix. Wow. We’ve started a kitchen garden and attempted our first true unit study. We’ve discovered more curricula to love and others to sideline. We aren’t finished. But here’s the deal. When we started this year, what I was calling K5, we had the plan to really do it all over two years, but as we get to. . .

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S is for Smiling Sunrise (An ABC Book) {Review}

  For the purposes of this review, I was blessed to receive a physical hardcover copy of the book S is for Smiling Sunrise with an audio CD included and a printed copy of the teaching guides from WordsBright ~ (http://WordsBright.com/). There is an eBook, free PDF teaching guides, and free MP3 download available on their website. The book itself is a durable and attractive hardcover, full-color alphabet book with vivid pictures on each page. There is also a gift dedication page in the very front making this accessible and friendly for gift giving opportunities. At least 10% of net earnings will be a gift to health & education projects for disadvantaged children.S is for Smiling Sunrise dedication page The Pre-K (and Preschool) Teacher’s Guide is a one-page sheet with six suggestions of how to enjoy this book, while the K-3 Teacher’s Guide is seven full pages of informative (and. . .

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La La Logic Preschool Curriculum {Online with printables Review}

Preschool is a big topic around here. We’ve been having someone in preschool for the last three years as I had an early start with my oldest child. Yet in all our experiences, this is completely new and fun! La La Logic ~ (http://LaLaLogic.com) is an online preschool curriculum with printable worksheets for reinforcement. There are 100 weeks of lessons, and a I was blessed with A lifetime membership to their: Preschool Curriculum. I have set up both girls to work through this. OrangeBlossom is the main one that I’m aiming for as she is three, turning four years old this summer. She is interested in “doing school” to be like her big sister, but she isn’t quite into it yet, as she has the attention span of a butterfly… AppleBlossom on the other hand has been loving school since she could talk and at five, turning six this summer. . .

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Biscuit Goes Camping (I Can Read!) is in stores now!

Join Biscuit—the bestselling My First I Can Read Book character and everyone’s favorite yellow puppy—in this nighttime story about camping. Total Biscuit ICR sales top fourteen million copies!

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Creative Madness Frontier Girls

Creative Madness Mama Frontier Girls

As participants in the Frontier Girls Clubs, our home Troop is classified as Pioneers Troop #100. We are part of a plethora of individuals with parent/scouts that are not a part of a formal troop. Pioneer Program The Pioneer program is designed for girls who wish to pursue the Frontier Girls program as an individual. They do not belong to a troop, but instead, work on badges and awards under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Pioneers may band together to work on badges or participate in activities such as campouts and community service projects if they wish, but there is no official leader. The girls and parents will have to work out any arrangements necessary. If there is a troop nearby, a Pioneer may also participate in troop activities if invited. If a Pioneer wishes to have a troop number on her uniform, she can wear troop #100. . .

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Who are, or rather, what is Frontier Girls?

When I was a very young elementary school student, I was a Daisy, a Girls Scouts Daisy. My next door neighbor went the full gambit of Girls Scouts I believe. Yet before I got too involved the Troop was disbanded (long story) and my scouting days were over. When I was in the later years of elementary school I participating in something of an afterschool program at a local church that was named something along the lines of Marvelous Mondays or Terrific Tuesdays or some such. We memorized creeds, prayers, and scripture and received pins for our prize as well as pride. I remember adoring those pins and that sash. In my later high school years, I knew a boy who was in a Venturing Crew. I was very interested in joining, but then I was too far away and headed off to college soon anyhow… and thus I was. . .

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Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall {Review}

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled “red” suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It’s an Orange Aardvark! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone! Will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit.

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Finding Spring by Carin Berger

Instead of hibernating as he should, a little bear cub goes out in search of spring—and he thinks he’s found it! Gloriously illustrated with cut-paper collages, Carin Berger’s stunning picture book celebrates the changing of the seasons.

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