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ABC See, Hear, Do: Learn to Read 55 Words teaches letter sounds and early reading skills. This exciting new method of teaching reading combines visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles to help increase phonemic awareness. The combination of fun animal pictures with hand motions helps young children easily remember each letter sound. After learning only four letter sounds, your child will start blending words together. It is simple and effective. Best for ages 2-6.

A fun way to learn the sounds the letters make. Love the cover of this book. Recommended by me and my just turned three reviewer. Available on Amazon. Paperback, 44 pages.

http://www.stefaniehohl.com/

Stefanie Hohl, M.Ed. has been teaching children to read for years. Through her experience teaching preschool, homeschooling, and running storytime at a local bookstore, Stefanie has developed this simple Learn-to-Read picture book. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and five children. 

This book was provided by Stephanie Hohl 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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Lift the lid on eight animal habitats to see the extraordinary natural stories that happen above and below the surface. From the rainforest to the ocean and the macro to the micro, lift the flap to explore the fascinating relationships occurring in each of the world’s ecosystems.

Hardcover, 22 pages, 8.5 in W | 12 in H

Kane Miller Books specializes in award-winning children’s books from around the world.

Wonderful book. A great home school resource and a good book for nature lovers. Each habitat presented covers both pages and includes a half page flap for a different viewpoint. The habitats in the book are the following: the ocean, the rainforest, the North Pole, the river, mountain caves, the savannah, the clifftop, and the forest. Fun spotting the animals described in their habitats. Good for little and big kids. The illustrations and flap page makes it a fun way to learn. 

Kane Miller EDC Publishing 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.

 

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Flying Frogs and Walking Fish: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More Surprising Ways That Animals Move

A red-lipped batfish waddles across the sea floor on its fins, searching for small sea creatures to eat. Other animals may fly or glide, or jet-propel themselves to get around. These creatures come equipped with legs, wings, or tentacles, and they often move from place to place in surprising ways. In the latest eye-catching escape into the kingdom of Animalia, Caldecott Honor-winning team Jenkins and Page show how animals roll, fly, walk, leap, climb, swim and even flip! This fascinating and fun illustrated nonfiction melds science, art, biology, and the environment together in a detailed and well-researched book about how animals move in our world today.

hardcover, 40 pages, nonfiction

Lively book on ways certain creatures move. The book contained more “creatures” than what I would call animals. The list of these critters include fish, reptiles, insects, echinoderm, cephalopods, mollusks, and even larva. The illustrations are artful and fun for preschoolers. But here again, my little reader is looking at things like larva? We would have liked this book to have included more classic animals. But that’s just our opinion. 

A two page reference spread at the end of the book contains more information on the animal like their habitat, size, and general description. This nonfiction picture book could also be good for a research project as well as science and creative writing topic starters. 

This book provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 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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We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

recommended age 3-6

hardcover 40 pages

My opinion:  The “chooser” idea doesn’t sit well with me. (I am not comfortable with this idea) I also don’t like the illustrations that shows “choosers” being represented as a furry balloon, bubble kind of critter. The writing is reminiscent of the Dr Seuss style of rhyming. I would enjoy a child’s picture book that address free will/ choice making with more emphasis on the importance of making good choices and the consequences of bad ones minus an actual “chooser” which there is not.

Confusing review? Well, that’s an appropriate word to describe this book. Confusing. Not recommended.

 

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

 

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Perfect for Valentine’s Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.  Love Is is an Amazon.com Book of the Month.

32 page hardcover book recommended for ages 2-5

My review: LOVE it! A beautiful story about a girl caring for a duckling over the course of a year. A smile worthy read for both grown up and little listener. This story includes strong character traits. Super sweet narrative with equally adorable illustrations. This will be a keepsake book for us

Good for Easter or baby shower gift. Good book just because. 

This book was provided by Diane Adams (thank you for the autographed copy) 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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Kane Miller Books
Hardcover, 32 pages
Recommended ages 3-7
From highly acclaimed picture book maker, Rachel Bright, comes a visually stunning, feel-good picture book filled with Yu Rong’s distinctive, awe-inspiring papercut artwork. The snow is coming but Bear is sick! Can Squirrel bring some wintery magic to his friend?
Reviewed by myself and a just-turned-three little guy. We really liked the story. It held our interest and had good opportunities for conversation about the story. Addressed feelings, friendship and sharing. The illustrations were absolutely perfect for the book. With so much detail we sometimes love to just look through the pages. 

Kane Miller EDC Publishing 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.

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After years of extensive research, Shaunti Feldhahn has concluded that kindness is a superpower. It can change any relationship, make your life easier and better, and transform our culture. But how does it work? And how can you show kindness when you don’t feel like it?

Recommended. The book’s three simple principles are to nix the negativity, practice praise , and carry out kindness. The kindness concept interested me to read this book and although I did not actually commit to any challenge or have a specific relationship to improve. I recommend this book for just about anyone. It would be a great home school book for use in a class such as health. 

“Think positive. BE positive”. 

Hardcover, 224 pages

The Blogging for Books program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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