Coming in September: Giraffe Problems by Jory John

Can you guess what’s making this giraffe self-conscious? Could it be . . . HIS ENORMOUS NECK?? Yes, it’s exactly that–how on earth did you figure it out?

Cyrus the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and, well, ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes–honestly, anything you can think of, he’s tried.

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 42 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 25, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1524772038
ISBN-13: 978-1524772031

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Mrs. Wordsmith The Social Journey

Mrs. Wordsmith–a UK-based education company–has launched The Social Journey in the United States. This monthly subscription program for children ages 3 thru 6 is said to focus on “developing social and emotional intelligence…Young children develop deeper social, emotional and academic skills with the right vocabulary.”

So many kids I know love getting packages in the mail. Isn’t it great to know that this package will help them learn important skills to better prepare them for school, foster creativity and a love of reading, and teach them how to manage their feelings.

My package arrived in a colorful blue box with an animated character on the front that would encourage a youngster to tear it right open and get started. Inside, I discovered a storybook, an activity book, word cards, a sturdy stand and instructions.

As you can see, the storybook, activity book and word card include matching artwork that allows your child to recognize all the month’s words and concepts through repetition. The artwork and storylines are so funny, parents and kids can enjoy a chuckle or two to make learning easier for everyone. These pictures can’t do the artwork justice. Vibrant colors and zany character antics and facial expressions ensure your child will be picking up the books numerous days out of the month.

The storybook gets you started, but then you have days and days worth of activities to increase word use and comprehension. Coloring, drawing, writing practice and more can be found within these sheets that are easy to tear out. It is suggested you place the activity book on the included stand so your child can try out the activities whenever they feel like it.

The word cards help when you are on the go or if you’re looking to spend some extra time playing word games. The first card gives you some ideas, but you can probably think up some of your own too.

The Social Journey is available online for $22.49 a month (cancel anytime) or you can save $30 by making one payment of $239.40. Shipping within the United States is free.

I wish The Social Journey was available when my girls were this age. A program that makes learning fun, fosters creativity and a love of reading, and helps children manage their feelings is destined to have a great impact on generations of children.

I received a free Mrs. Wordsmith The Social Journey package thanks to Allison+Partners. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Lions, Leopards, and Storms, Oh My! by Heather L. Beal

Learning about storms has never been so much fun. In Lions, Leopards, and Storms, Oh My! by Heather L. Beal, we return to Ms. Mandy’s childcare for another entertaining and educational story.

When Lily and Niko are playing outside, a loud boom makes them wonder what is going on. Ms. Mandy brings them back to the classroom, and with the help of Mr. Raccoon, talks to them about storms and what to expect. Most importantly, the students learn how to stay safe.

Just like in Tummy Rumble Quake, Beal shares important information with young children in a lighthearted way. The cute animal characters, illustrated so sweetly by Jubayda Sagor, ask the questions youngsters will want to know when faced with experiencing a storm for the first time. The colorful artwork also serves to make the story more playful to lessen anxiety. The final page of the book has questions and activities, and the children will enjoy going out to the Train 4 Safety website with the help of their parents to print out a certificate of training completion.

I look forward to more safety books from Beal and Sagor soon.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Train 4 Safety Press (May 22, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998791261
ISBN-13: 978-0998791265

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.

Rosie and Friends: One-of-A Kindness by Helen Hipp

Rosie and Friends: One-of-A Kindness by Helen Hipp is a sweet and encouraging story about friendship and kindness.

When Hornsby loses his horn in a fight, he is no longer accepted by his herd. Struggling with a sense of belonging, he wanders off and winds up finding some new friends that teach him a valuable lesson.

Between the cute story and the delightful illustrations, there’s a lot to like about Rosie and Friends: One-of-A Kindness. It has a terrific message and even includes some discussion questions and an activity at the end. Kids will love this one and parents can use this as a way to discuss friendship, kindness and belonging with their young ones. The colorful illustrations by Taryn Cozzy will keep readers turning the pages. Definitely a fun read.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Grade Level: Kindergarten – 6

Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: A Different Kind of Safari, LLC (November 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989013456
ISBN-13: 978-0989013451

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way. 

 

Tummy Rumble Quake by Heather L. Beal

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.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Train 4 Safety Press (August 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998791229
ISBN-13: 978-0998791227

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.

Mamá Graciela’s Secret by Mayra Calvani

Mamá Graciela’s Secret by Mayra Calvani is a delightful story about one woman’s determination to save her restaurant and the animals she loves.

Mamá Graciela’s bacalaítos fritos are so famous that people come from miles around to eat at her outdoor restaurant. The local stray cats love them too. When the local health inspector learns about all the stray cats, he threatens to shut the place down. But Mamá Graciela loves her cats and she must come up with a plan to save her restaurant and all her beloved cats too.

This story will tug at your heartstrings. It is a sweet tale of this woman’s creativity and genius in the face of tough odds. Award-winning author Mayra Calvani consistently develops wonderful stories for children and adults that you want to read over and over again. Young readers will connect well with Mamá Graciela’s love for family and cats. They will be inspired by her determination to protect her restaurant and all the cats she helps.

Illustrator Sheila Fein provided the artwork for Mamá Graciela’s Secret. The colors she uses, the tiny details–like the hearts floating around characters’ heads to show their love for the animals and each other, and the emotions she captures complement Calvani’s text perfectly. I hope they will work together again soon.

Mamá Graciela’s Secreis ideal for cat lovers and those who enjoy stories where characters triumph over obstacles.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Grade Level: Kindergarten – 6
Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing (October 10, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1365861538
ISBN-13: 978-1365861536

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.

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving

Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

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