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Hardcover, 12 pages, Kane Miller Books

Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences
Ages 5 And Up

These are both pop-up books. What’s Below? also has a pop-down effect. Both have text but my little guy was all chatter, chatter about what he saw, so the text I only read to myself. Each and every page he stated, “wow”. There are five scenes in each book. Both books are recommended 🙂

 

 

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

Order online at Kane Miller Publishing shopping site Usborne Books & More. 

 

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided these books 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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Hardcover, 44 pages, January 2018, Compendium

The award–winning creators of The New York Times best sellers What Do You Do With an Idea? and What Do You Do With a Problem? return with a captivating story about a child who isn’t sure what to make of a chance encounter and then discovers that when you have courage, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen.

Amazon recommends this book for grades kindergarten -3 but the book and it’s message definitely goes beyond grade 3. I loved the first two books. (Idea and Problem) for their amazing text and illustration. This picture book is very similar and I wished it was somewhat different. Still, a great insightful book. Positive thinking !

I appreciate the positive influence that Compendium products give. 

 

This book was 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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From the founders of the popular gardening blog The Horticult comes a guide to the window box, the container garden that is by far the most accessible for any skill level, space, or quality of light. The 16 indoor and outdoor projects range from succulents to veggies, and showcase a variety of full sun- and shade-loving foliage. Bright photography and a thorough introduction to soil, watering, and plant varieties make this a great primer for anyone who’s green to gardening.

Hardcover, 176 pages

February 2018

There are sixteen different window box designs in the book, each with care instructions and steps for set-up. The plants used for each project have the names included and the book has many beautiful color photos. I am making the herb garden box. The detox box and the ice box are next in line. It is a cute little rectangle book ( almost 6×9 )) that would be great for home school science, for a house warming gift, or to reference while greening up a small space in your home. 

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

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Vegetables keep secrets, and to prepare them well, we need to know how to coax those secrets out.

With more than 100 versatile recipes, Eating from the Ground Up teaches you how to showcase the unique flavor and texture of each vegetable, truly bringing out the best in every root and leaf. The answers lie in smart techniques and a light touch. Here are dishes so simple and quick that they feel more intuitive than following a typical recipe; soups for year-round that are packed with nourishment; ideas for maximizing summer produce; hearty fall and winter foods that are all about comfort; impressive dishes fit for a party; and tips like knowing there’s not one vegetable that doesn’t perk up with a sprinkle of salt. No matter the vegetable, the central lesson is: don’t mess with a good thing.

Hardcover, 272 pages

The hopeful treasure seeker in me will scan a cookbook to see if there can be a recipe that I would actually want. I only have a dozen or so recipes that I have actually kept over the years. I like simple things when it comes to a meal. Good food. Simple prep. Getting back to the review of this cookbook, I find it’s just a bunch of recipes that I won’t ever make. It’s a clean appearing cookbook with plenty of ideas for those wanting to cook with vegetables. I found the page “How to wash, store, and make your veggies last” to be helpful. The “Barely Recipes” were interesting; a couple of broccoli recipes and a green bean recipe caught my eye. Surprisingly the brussels recipes is exactly how I already prepare mine! 

While I am not impressed, I would recommend it for those who like cookbooks. 

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Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.
 
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.

Paperback, 192 pages

I would recommend adding this to the typical health curriculum for high school grades. The author gives good advice from evidence based studies as well as common sense. Part one of the book is “The Wake Up” designed to ” freak you out. It’s a synthesis of how and why our phones are designed to be hard to put down, and what effect spending so much time on them may be having our relationships and out mental and physical health.” Part two is “The Breakup”. This part is ” a 30-day plan designed to help you establish a new, healthier relationship with your phone.” Both the reading and 30-day plan would make a great class project.

I am that person that already limits phone, television, and computer. Glad to have gained more insight into this topic from Catherine Price’s book. A smart read.

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This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists, artists who want to improve their watercolor skills, and visual creatives. From strokes to shapes, this book covers the basics and helps painters gain confidence in themselves along with inspiration to develop their own style over the course of 30 days. Featuring colorful contemporary art from Mon Voir design agency founder and Instagram trendsetter Jenna Rainey, this book’s fresh perspective paints watercolor in a whole new light.

Paperback, 224 pages

WOW. This learn to paint watercolor book is great! It has a clear & easy to follow format with simple and understandable instructions. It is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to learn watercolor. This is the first how-to type watercolor book that I have found useful. Daily lessons (30 days) are perfect for your practice of skills taught. Illustrations accompany each daily lesson. WOW.

 

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Hardcover

Oct 10, 2017 | 256 Pages

It’s the first-ever cookbook from the team behind Cherry Bombe, the hit indie magazine about women and food, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast. Inside are 100+ recipes from some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today.

Large hardcover makes a classic looking cookbook. Nice if you like to display books in your kitchen and especially nice if you like pink.

Super feature is that every recipe has a full page photo. But- the recipes do not suit my culinary style. Not at all. Overall I found the recipes lengthy. Lots of the recipes were the kind I know I would never try. But maybe you would. (Garnet Yam Pancakes with creme fraiche and caviar). And a few were just too common (chocolate chip cookies) My style is simple and healthy (and maybe a bit unique) so this cookbook is not for me. 

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