Readers who enjoy stories with inspiring, strong characters will want to pick up a copy of Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery by Kathleen Jae.
After a series of terrifying events, Elanora finds herself separated from the life she has known. Now, she is in a place where she can only travel by water and the only food is the grasses of the marsh. Not everyone is accepting of this stranger in their midst, and Elanora struggles to fit in. When she discovers the water level in the marsh is falling, she must devise a plan to save the creatures who live there.
Adventure, conflict, and a race against time blend together in this inspiring story of a young animal who is put to the test from beginning to end. With support from Beathas and the sea cow, Elanora proves herself to be helpful to her new community and a strong future leader. From first page to last, readers will enjoy coming along with Elanora on her journey. I’m hoping we see more of Elanora and her friends in the future.
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- Publisher : Twenty Paws Publishing (March 20, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0578744406
- ISBN-13 : 978-0578744407
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
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One Printed Canvas Bag
(Canvas Bag Includes one plushie muskrat (Beathas, Lachi and the rest of the colony); one plushie chipmunk (Elanora); one plushie gray squirrel (Nara); one roseate spoonbill photo transfer hanging by Etsy shop owner FeelinGroovyPhotos (Moira and Muirreal); one framed manatee art print by Etsy shop owner SammWehmanArt (sea cow); one cormorant printed tea towel by Etsy shop owner HearthandHarrow (Pelles); one yellow-crowned night heron signed printed note card by Etsy shop owner BlueHenCraft (Morven); one set of 5 vintage bobcat postage stamps by Etsy shop owner AxmxZ (bullycat); one red-tailed hawk applique iron-on patch by Etsy shop owner PatchParlor (defyer); one reusable shopping bag adorned with assorted forest animals including red fox (oppect), white tailed deer (Damhan), rabbit (quidge) and owl (maurauder); one bird-watching notebook with blue jay (Jae) on front; two signed copies of Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery and two Elanora bookmarks.)
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When Thomas hears an animal crying for help, he knows it’s time for Planetman and his cohorts Recycleman and Clean-it-man to get to work.
In this fun adventure, three kids become superheroes in order to make a difference in the world around them. This is a perfect book to celebrate Earth Day, but the lessons it teaches will last for years to come. Extra information includes tips to recycle, reuse, and reduce and fun ways to help our planet. With colorful artwork by Thomas Deisboeck, The Case of the Plastic Rings is sure to entertain readers.
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Age Range: 4 – 8 years … K – 3
Page count: 48 pages
Published: May 2020
HC ISBN-10: 1950074188
HC ISBN-13: 978-1950074181
PB ISBN-10: 195007417X
PB ISBN-13: 978-1950074174
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
The ABCs of Living Green by Theresa A. McKeown is a book whose mission is to empower young people to care for our planet. It is the final book in the author’s The ABC’s of Everything series. Like How to Eat Your ABCs–which we reviewed here–this is an ABC book told in rhyme. From “awaken” to “zen” and everything in between, readers will enjoy turning the pages of this beautifully illustrated book.
I have to applaud the author’s dedication and desire to reach children with important concepts as early as possible. In this particular case it’s to get young people to realize how vital caring for the planet and each other is. This is a book I could see being displayed on a coffee table because the artwork is lovely. This would also allow for regular discussions on the ABCs on this topic.
One thing that distracted from the book for me is how prevalent the author’s presence is throughout it. From the very opening the author is talking about her mission to educate all and to share the things she has to say (Awaken). The author wants to convey the meaning of living green (Green) . The author deplores when people consume beyond their needs (Quality). Children want to learn for themselves. They want to come to their own conclusions. By nature, their immature brains are self-absorbed. So how is a child going to be invested in this mission if she can’t see it as her own? McKeown easily makes her point in several other areas where the author’s presence is totally invisible. It is in those moments she’s chatting with her readers, not speaking at them.
The ABCs of Living Green is a good addition to the series. Just like The ABCs of Being Me and How to Eat Your ABCs, there is tremendous value in taking time to read this final installment. Lyrical prose combined with stunning artwork are a win-win.
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Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC (2018)
I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
Looking for a fun and easy way to teach your kids how to stay safe during an earthquake? Tummy Rumble Quake by Heather L. Beal can help with that.
Ms. Mandy is preparing for The Great Shakeout™. When Niko asks her about it, he and his class are treated to a run down on how to prepare and stay safe during an earthquake.
Tummy Rumble Quake by Heather L. Beal is going to be a helpful and fun way for children to learn how to prepare and stay safe during an earthquake. Ms. Mandy teaches her students what an earthquake is and all about drop, cover and hold techniques to be used inside, outside and in a car. The best part of this book is that this information is shared without scaring children. The characters are animals. They are in the safety of their classroom with a respected caregiver who speaks to them calmly and answers their questions. It was also wise for Beal to end the story on a light note. The illustrations by Jubayda Sagor were charming and whimsical, also lightening what can be a scary topic for youngsters. It’s no wonder this book is a Mom’s Choice Award Winner.
If you’re looking to teach your children about earthquake preparations and safety, Tummy Rumble Quake by Heather L. Beal will be a great resource for you. Don’t be surprised if your kids ask to read it more than once. These fun characters will draw them in and, for them, the learning will be secondary to enjoying a great story.
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Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Train 4 Safety Press (August 1, 2017)
I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
This is an adorable and educational story about one dandelion’s flight to a new home and the happy family she finds.
In The Runaway Dandelion, a beautiful meadow is bulldozed to make room for new construction. Harsh chemicals are brought in to kill all the dandelions in the new lawn, but one little dandelion survives. When her petals turn to white fluff she drifts a long way until she settles in a perfect new home and watches the daily life of the people who live there.
I must applaud the author’s desire to bring such an important message to young people. Her passion is evident on each page. As sustainable lifestyles become more prevalent, books such as these will encourage children from an early age. The one challenge I have with the story line is that the dandelion appears to see every inch of the family’s farm from where she is planted in the ground and seems to know the kids aren’t watching TV because they are so busy working on the farm. It’s a little niggle, but it was there for me.
The artwork by Leticia Plate is lovely. The colors and style are perfect for this story. The book has important terms appearing in green instead of in black, which are listed in a glossary at the end along with definitions. There is also a list of resources and useful links in the final pages. The Runaway Dandelion will open up the minds of young people and get them asking questions.
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Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: EarthWardProject; 1st edition (May 12, 2017)
I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.