The ABCs of Living Green by Theresa A. McKeown

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.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC (2018)
ISBN-10: 0692939652
ISBN-13: 978-0692939659

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.

 

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Dragon Breath by Dixie Phillips and Jacob Gibson

Everyone is going to love this zany story of how the king of the best-smelling village employs the help of his people to defeat a dragon with bad breath.

It has been way too long since I’ve read a book by Dixie Phillips. In Dragon Breath, she teams up with Jacob Gibson and artist KC Snider to bring young readers a silly story about a dragon who refuses to brush his teeth. The authors deliver a superb tale that entertains even more than it educates about good dental hygiene. I’ve loved the artwork of KC Snider for ages, but she’s really outdone herself with this one; the vibrant colors, the attention to detail, the amusing expressions on the characters’ faces, and the gallantry of the land of kingdoms is captured so well by these illustrations.

This is one of those books that made me wish my girls were little again. Dragon Breath will tickle a ton of funny bones.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; Large type / large print edition edition (August 16, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616338687
ISBN-13: 978-1616338688

I received a free digital copy of this book from the authors. 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.

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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.

Patrick Turns His Play in to Pay by Shani Muhammad and Patrick Muhammad

Here’s a book that inspires the entrepreneur in your kids.

Patrick loves fishing holes and his grandmother’s lemon meringue pie. When his fishing line snaps and he finds himself short on funds, he remembers his grandmother told him that just because he enjoys doing something doesn’t mean he can’t get paid for it too. This sets Patrick on a journey to turn his play into pay.

Patrick Turns His Play in to Pay by Shani Muhammad and Patrick Muhammad is a fun story that will encourage young people to turn their passion into something that can support them later on. It’s a great idea, so don’t be surprised if you see a few more lemonade stands out there this spring. I’m glad the authors are turning this into a series, because there is so much involved in this topic that this short story can only touch the surface of it.

Proving that creating a rhyming story is a neat concept but not always easy to put into practice, the rhymes kind of took over this story and became a distraction. The character of Patrick is fun enough with out them, so I hope that style is abandoned in future books.

Absolutely loved the artwork by Natalie Jurosky. It’s colorful, engaging, and expressive. Would love to see more from her.

Patrick Turns His Play in to Pay will inspire your children to think of the future and all it can be.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: 5 Star Representatives (October 23, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622096444
ISBN-13: 978-1622096442

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

 

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Book Review of To the Moon and Back by Kathi Macias

 

For some reason I have been a day ahead all week. So you’ll find my post at Christian Children’s Authors–a review of the novel, To the Moon and Back by Kathi Macias, today at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2018/02/01/book-review-to-the-moon-and-back-by-kathi-macias/

You Know What? By Carol Gordon Ekster

You Know What? by Carol Gordon Ekster is a delightful bedtime story that will be treasured by kids and moms alike.

Oliver knows it’s bedtime, but he’s had a busy day and wants to tell mommy all about it.

This is not the first book by Ekster that I’ve read, and I doubt it will be my last. As a former elementary school teacher, she is in tune with what resonates with young people. Oliver continues to toss out the same question to his mommy as he gets ready for bedtime. His tired, yet patient, mommy keeps on listening and encouraging him along the way. It’s a very sweet concept. I also truly enjoyed the artwork of Nynke Mare Talsma. Vibrant blues, greens, yellows, and reds catch your eye as you move page by page through this charming story. I hope we will see more collaborations between these two talented people.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Lexile Measure: 340
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis (September 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605372781
ISBN-13: 978-1605372785

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.