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.

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Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT Starts Today!

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving starts today. You can find me at two places:

Monday, December 5 – Interview at Over the Rainbow Book Reviews

Monday, December 5 – Book Featured at The Writer’s Life

I would appreciate it if you had time to stop by and check out my latest release. Thanks for the support!

For the full schedule please visit http://ccmalandrinos.com/2016/11/23/macaroni-and-cheese-for-thanksgiving-vbt-starts-december-5/

How to Eat Your ABC’s by Theresa A. McKeown

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Witty and clever rhymes combine with vibrant, colorful illustrations to teach the alphabet and encourage healthy eating in How to Eat Your ABC’s by Theresa A. McKeown.

Little BuzzBee is your host flying from A to Z talking about fruits, vegetables, and other edibles kids can find in the garden. This book is a neat way to learn about nutrition and help your kids gravitate toward healthy eating. One thing I could see this book being used for is as a family project where parents and/or grandparents help youngsters find a recipe to make based upon each letter. It might also inspire them to take up gardening to grow their own food.

My one challenge with the book is its length. Kids who are learning their ABCs may not have the attention span to sit through the reading of three to five lines of verse for 26 letters. There’s a lot of helpful information included, so I understand why the length was necessary, I just don’t believe it meets the expectations of the market that way. How to Eat Your ABC’s seems to be for a child in the 7 to 10 age range. If that’s the intended market, then it works.

I truly love the focus of the book and hope to see more from this author.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hardcover: 53 pages
Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC; First edition (September 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692744088
ISBN-13: 978-0692744086

I received a free digital copy from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses by Michelle Nott

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Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses by Michelle Nott is a great way to help your child adjust his or her very first pair of glasses.

Freddy runs late for school, his watch is all blurry, and sometimes his wild answers make his classmates laugh. Using his imaginary friend, Hoppie, Freddy is able to help his mother understand what is going on so she can help.

This adorable and funny book tackles an important subject. Sometimes kids don’t want to tell their parents they can’t see the board or the word in a book as clearly as they used to. That can be a frightening thing. Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses will not only help young people understand it’s okay to share these kinds of problems with their parents; it also shows them how simple an eye exam and getting glasses can be.

The vivid colors in Robert Lee Beers’ artwork capture your attention–especially the green. There were a lot of nice background details in these pictures: the tiny apples on the tree outside of the school, the student of the month poster in Freddy’s classroom, and the eye chart in Dr. Virens’ office.

This book is a great blend of education and entertainment.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (February 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616337338
ISBN-13: 978-1616337339

 

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.

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Caring for God’s Temple

 

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Today I am blogging at Christian Children’s Authors about how to care for God’s Temple by eating right. You can find my post at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2016/04/15/caring-for-gods-temple-a-balanced-diet/

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – March 18

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On Friday, I blogged about one of my favorite Easter time stories, Stubby’s Destiny by Dixie Phillips. You can read my review at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2016/03/18/book-review-stubbys-destiny-by-dixie-phillips/

Candy and the Cankersaur by Jason Sandberg

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A fun, zany adventure with several learning lessons along the way is what readers will find with Candy and the Cankersaur by Jason Sandberg.

Candy is a wealthy girl who has a father that showers her with gifts instead of spending time with her. She has a next door neighbor named Chucky who every time she gets a new gift, he gets a bigger and better version of what she has. But when Candy’s father buys her a Cankersaur, Chucky can’t seem to one up her. Instead, he decides to get even a different way with some interesting results.

I must start off by saying the humor in this story is great and the intention behind delivering a story with wonderful lessons is admirable. The artwork is superb and matches well with the zaniness of the story. The challenges with this story are related to craft.

The author seems to have bitten off a bit more than he can chew by delivering too many lessons at once: parents needing to spend quality time with their children, understanding why children sometimes mistreat each other, and how working together gets the job done. The story also occasionally drifts away from Candy’s point of view to give the reader a chance to get to know the father’s and Chucky’s internal thoughts. This isn’t something you would typically see in a children’s picture book. The lessons are also delivered in a fashion where they are told to the reader by the narrator more than delivered through the actions of the characters. These are all issues, however, that working with an experienced editor will fix.

In the end, I see a bright future for Sandberg in children’s book publishing. His artwork is amazing and his story ideas compelling. This book has also received numerous 4- and 5-star reviews, so it’s worth checking out this book and more of his work.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 8358 KB
Print Length: 34 pages
Publisher: Jason Sandberg eBooks (June 12, 2012)
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B00K9H4O8I

The author provided me with free digital copy of this book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.