A Squiggly Story

A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there’s a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why don’t you start there, with a letter?? So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.

Hardcover, 32 page picture book, from Kids Can Press September 2016

Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7

Enjoyable. This story is an inspirational and helpful way to explain the writing process and to encourage young writers to develop stories of their own. A great book for home and classroom. I like that the big sister is the boy’s mentor in this story. I didn’t like the illustrations.(not a fan of this illustrator’s style ) I felt they were lacking and I can imagine more detailed and intricate illustrations to visualize the boy’s simple – or not so simple- story. 

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Andrew Larson/ Kids Can Press provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

Heads

A New York Times Children’s Bestseller!

Eight ingenious pull tabs, seven pettable textures, and an astonishing fold-out finale deliver interactive surprises on every page as a cast of irresistible critters use their heads to demonstrate opposites, actions, and more!

18 page board book for ages 2-up.

This board book has sturdy push and pull tabs that move various parts in the story. It includes some textures, and rhymes, and lots of animals. A great interactive book for little hands and minds. My copy has a very special personalized finale page – thank you Matthew for your polar bear addition!

Matthew Van Fleet provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

Perfectly Natural Soap

A place to shop for natural bath & body products that are nurturing to your skin and respectful of the environment. Check out the many wholesome products that they offer on their website. I’ve reviewed/recommend the two following items.

Lavender Soap, 4 oz

Made with lavender essential oil, this is the best smelling soap ever.

Is Perfectly Natural Soap “Organic”?  What do you define as “Natural” soap?

Our soaps are made using  organic ingredients in many cases.  Each product label will indicate which ingredients are organic.

When we say our soap is all-natural, it is our way of saying that it contains NO synthetic substances such as synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, synthetic colorants or preservatives. Our purely herbal soap is scented with essential oils and naturally derived ingredients (plant extracts) and colored with organic herbs, clays and plant extracts.

We recognize that there isn’t really such a thing as “natural soap” or “organic soap”, in the technical sense of the words, since soap isn’t present or formed in nature.  At Perfectly Natural Soap, we take elements from nature and mix them together to make something new (alkali + oil = soap).  However, saponification is a chemical reaction that occurs by mixing these elements.  Some would therefore call it a “chemical” and technically they are correct.  We needed to find a way to convey to you our commitment to only use ingredients that are plant based, contain NO synthetic substances such as synthetic fragrances, colorants or preservatives and we do that by using the term “all-natural”.

Bug Off! Lotion Bar Natural Bug Repellent

I really love how this bar is so user friendly. As a solid, it doesn’t leak and its size makes it convenient to toss into your backpack. Air travel friendly.

Do you test your products on animals?

We NEVER test our products on animals. Our friends and family happily volunteer to be our testers.

Perfectly Natural Soap provided products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received

Where’s Walrus?

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Where’s Walrus? and Where’s Walrus? and Penguin? are two fun picture books. No words. And none are needed for an entertaining story. Actually, I like that I can create my own telling of the plot for my listener. Both books have been read many times already. Large bold illustrations are used for a hidden but obvious hide and seek game. These titles are two book shelf keepers.

Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself.

Where's Walrus?

When Walrus escapes the zoo with his new friend Penguin, their adventures are twice the fun!

Where's Walrus? and Penguin?

Stephen Savage/ Scholastic provided these two titles to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

PONYA

Ponya Bands

Sweatbands

Our bamboo-lined sweatbands (bamboo backing pictured below) truly absorb sweat, keeping it from running down your face and into your eyes. Ponya Bands sweatbands also hold hair firmly in place and they stay in place on your head so you won’t have to reposition your sweatband during your workout. These sweatbands come in a variety of patterns and come in two, three and four inch widths.

Headbands

Simply put – they don’t slip!  Our non-slip headbands stay in place because they are lined with velvet, which has soft raised fibers that grip the hair. Pressure point headaches are also eliminated because our headbands are made entirely out of comfortable stretch fabric rather than connecting to velcro or elastic. These headbands are offered in a variety of patterns and either a one or two inch width.

Read about the Ponya choice of fabrics: Bamboo, Spandex, and Velvet. It’s “what makes all the difference”.

Made in the good old U.S. of A., Ponya sweatbands and headbands are superior to anything else I’ve tried. I’ve relied on the sweatband in the latest sweltering heat wave to keep hair back off my forehead. (also wore by my little reviewer and fit fine) The headband style is my favorite.  Pretty – Stays put with short hair – No headache consequences.

Non slip headband with velvet in pink, blue, black, green, purple and orange onwhite that does not slip.

Ponya offers a varied selection of pattern choices for both styles. Reasonable shipping of only 2.99 or Free with a $35 order. They are a great back-to-school accessory. I am such a fan of Ponya bands!

PONYA provided a selection of their bands to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

I Can Be Kind

I Can Be Kind: My First Manners Book

Paperback, 16 pages, recommended ages 4-7

Scripture teaches us to love our neighbors by treating them with kindness and respect. One aspect of kindness includes manners. Parents are looking for fun, creative ways to teach their children polite behavior in a society where rudeness is often the status quo. We believe I Can Be Kind is a great resource for parents, grandparents, and Sunday school teachers as they seek to develop these behaviors in their children.

This paperback has standard book-weight pages and the flaps fold out to extend the page. There is a sentence about having good manners and a bible verse under the flap. Although the text is good, we have been “reading” without the text. The illustrations provide enough example and the flaps are fun.

I Can Be Kind: My First Manners Book includes the following good behaviors: using kind words, helping with chores, waiting for a turn, saying please and thank you, helping someone, and having a great attitude.

Tyndale House Publishers provided an advanced reader copy of I Can Be Kind in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

Compendium

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Released in summer 2016, What Do You Do With a Problem? has already hit the New York Times best seller list and is receiving rave reviews! This inspiring book is the follow-up to What Do You Do With an Idea?—and tells the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t sure what to make of it. Created by award-winning author Kobi Yamada and illustrator by Mae Besom, Problem has also hit the Publisher’s Weekly best seller list and received a gold Mom’s Choice Award!

I’m giving both these titles “RAVE REVIEWS”, too. These two hardcover picture books are both amazing in text and illustration. Amazon gives them both an age range up to 8 – This isn’t the case as the flap jackets say “This is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had a problem/idea….“. I am very thankful for the opportunity to feature Compendium on the blog and appreciate the positive influence that their products give.

These books were provided by Compendium to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received

 

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