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Whether you’re an animal lover or a grammar geek, illustrator Matt Sewell has the perfect menagerie of beasts (and beast-related terms) for your reading pleasure. Along with fifty-five gorgeous color illustrations, Sewell presents the unexpected collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on land, in the air, and in the water. Discover the secret behind a “sleuth of bears,” keep your eyes open for a “watch of nightingales,” and learn something new about a “school of whales.” Illustrated in inimitable watercolor, this book makes a great gift for nature and art lovers everywhere.

Size: 5.6″ x 7.6″, hardcover

Pages: 144
Short text and super watercolor illustrations. This is a fun book. It would be useful for home school science or art or even creative writing. A nice gift for an animal or nature fan. Recommend.

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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This perpetual week-at-a-glance diary follows in the steps of the best-selling Start Where You Are, adding gorgeous illustration and encouragement to appointments and deadlines. 

160 pages

5.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches

The author is a self-taught artist and I enjoy experiencing her art in this diary. (diary/journal/planner) There is plenty of space to write daily memories or to write in work or school assignments. The design of the planner and the use of illustrations are kept clean and simple. A great gift idea for any almost any age. 

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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Paperback, 64 pages, July 2017

In this new installment of Lee J. Ames’s beloved Draw 50 series, readers will find easy-to-follow, step-by-step visual lessons on sketching and rendering all kinds of sea and ocean-dwelling creatures. Animals and plants from in and near the water featured in the book include clownfish, whale sharks, sea otters, dolphins, turtles and more.

Draw 50 is a step-by-step way to draw and uses only visual lessons, so don’t expect any text in this book. I appreciate this simple method of creating by observation. Each drawing is shown in 6-8 steps on a single page. The selection of sea creatures are not arranged in a any particular order but there is a single content page at the beginning to make it easy to find your subject. Each sea creature is named. Great addition to the home school art class. This is a beginner’s level book. 

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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Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

Hardcover, 112 pages

Various subjects in this book include a devotional prayer and bible verse along with space to journal and something to color. 

Not fond of the front and back covers which are made of cardboard reminiscent of a composition notebook. The inside pages are a nice quality for writing and coloring. The size (basically 6 x 8) makes it convenient, not too big and not too small. Not my cup of tea, but I recommend it for artsy people of the Christian faith. 

Tyndale House Publishers provided this book in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

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Make watercolor a part of your daily life, turning every day into inspiration for your art. Designed to fit your life, Watercolor 365–the first watercolor book of its kind–provides a complete education in the medium, one bite-sized bit of information at a time. Open it daily to find a new tip, idea, technique or challenge…all aimed at getting you into the habit and mindset of an artist.

Paperback, 224 pages

I am new to watercolor & this is the first book that I’ve read on the subject.

This book is full of valuable information & positive encouragement. Leslie writes clearly and with enthusiasm. There is a short reading for everyday of a year, grouped by topic. Illustrations include some of her watercolor artwork. This is a book that could be used as a textbook for home school purposes. 

★★★★★Great book

This book was provided by Leslie Redhead (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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Combining mystery, adventure and friendship with a sumptuous Edwardian setting, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is an absolute joy of a book, transporting the reader to a world of heady glamour offset by a murky criminal underground. It’s Nancy Drew with a PBS twist, and readers of all ages will adore the cast of exceptionally likeable characters.

Paperback, 336 pages, Age 10-14 years

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Once again our heroines, Sophie and Lil are on the case, donning cunning disguises and mingling in high society, leading them straight to London’s most dangerous criminal mastermind.

Paperback, 352 pages.

Immensely enjoyable. This is a great series for young teens. And I think some adults would enjoy it like I am. It has a good story, characters, and an interesting plot. Reading the first chapter of Clockwork Sparrow briefly reminded me of the PBS Masterpiece series Mr. Selfridge. I recommend these stories for a home school book list. 

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Inspired by the trend of “open when” letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk. With categories like “Open when you need a laugh,” “Open when you’re feeling stressed out,” and “Open when you need courage,” these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn’s viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics.

Hardcover, 24 pages, 7.4 x 0.5 x 4.2 inches

Keep um’ closed. The little letters in this book could have been written by a grade school student. (“I’m the happiness kitten. I’ve sprinkled happiness dust on you”) It references Buddhism and karma, so probably not a Christian read. And it also has one not so endearing thought (like thinking someone is an idiot).

Not recommended.

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