Posts Tagged ‘books’



Author: Libby Walden
Illustrator: Clover Robin


Each hard cover book offers 12 pages of of information and illustration about nature and the natural world.

Animal introductions come by rhyming text and pop-up illustration. A few additional facts are also included. Text is age appropriate and catchy.

This is an excellent first information book. The illustrations go beyond any age limitations; they are beautiful and captivating! The amazing pop-ups by Clover Robin bring each animal scene to life.

Expect rhyming text, pop-up illustrations, animal and habitat facts. Provides STEM applications. Highly recommend.

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s 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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award-winning activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds

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This stunning collection of nursery rhymes features all of the favorites, each illustrated by a different artist. My Wonderful Nursery Rhyme Collection is the perfect gift for baby showers or birthdays. It includes a die-cut cover, ribbon bookmark, and 192-pages of classic rhymes paired with modern illustration. This nursery rhyme collection is sure to be a collectible passed through the generations.

There are 192 pages in this hardcover book of almost 100 nursery rhymes. Starting with “song” nursery rhymes, the book then groups the others into categories of action, animal, games, counting, and lullabies. There is an instruction page for suggested actions to do and for games following each of those sections. It’s a large book (9.7 x 11.1) with equally large illustrations. Very pretty and nicely arranged. We will be continuing to read through it and finding our favorites.

Who is flying high one moment, only to come down low the next? Who is quiet with anticipation of a loud celebration? In Peekaboo Pals: Opposites, children will lift the flaps and be delighted by the amusing antics of the illustrated animals while learning about opposites. Colorful illustrations and flaps with hidden surprises underneath will keep youngsters engaged as they learn.

Sturdy flap book for little ones with thicker pages than a paperback. In this lift-the-flap book, different kinds of animals act out the opposite presented. More than the typical up/down – there are a lot of opposites in this book. Humorous and fun, this book is well written and illustrated. I categorized this one with those books that you don’t mind reading over and over.

Silver Dolphin 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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Paper back, 96 pages, Zondervan.

Wonders of Creation explores the wonders of our created world though detailed black-and-white illustrations—each one ready to be filled with the hues of your imagination. From amazing Eden-esque gardens to the creatures God made that still ramble through our world, this ninety-six-page book offers hours of coloring inspiration and relaxation for any age.

Adult coloring books have recently become very popular. And this is the nicest of them that I’ve seen. It must be that I like this particular collection of plants and animals. Most of the coloring scenes are a single page design. Some are a double page spread. The printing is on both sides of the page. No text. Quality paper and ink (no smudging when coloring).

A relaxing and a creative outlet for adults. Ages 8 and up.

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


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Cartoon Faces: How to Draw Heads, Features & Expressions

Make a Face: a funny face! From the world’s best-selling author of how-to-draw books, Christopher Hart, comes this comprehensive and fun guide to drawing cartoon faces. From head shapes to features to hair styles, Chris shows in step-by-step detail how to create funny characters of all types, from mischievous schoolboys to glamorous gals. Cartoon Faces is a must-have for any artist who wants to create eye-catching human faces.

Chris Hart has many published art books although Cartoon Faces is the first of his books that I’ve read/used. I enjoyed this review. The book is simplified, detailed, and fun.

A brightly colored cover: Inside there are short directions/suggestions for a particular cartoon look alongside a step by step drawing example of a character. (thumbnail gallery of all characters are in an index at the back of the book)

Fun book that I’d recommend. A good adition to the home school art curriculum. (most useful in teaching cartooning to grades 4 and up)

1 Comic Book Suggestion: I like the many character heads and facial features included but would like to get directions and drawing examples for just one (1) character with multiple expressions. (same dude when say he’s happy, sad, mad, scared, worried, in love, wants coffee…..You Get It!)

Christopher Hart Books

I received this book from Christopher Hart in exchange for an honest blog review. 


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Tomi Ungerer

Phaidon Press

Hardback, 32 pp

An intriguing visual game for children aged 2‐5 to find the simple shape of a shoe in Ungerer’s charming and retro illustrations

Not what I expected. Even putting my expectations aside, it just doesn’t have any wow to it. Only the first and last page of the book has text. The illustrations are simple and drawn to hide a shoe(s). Aside from a few, most of the “shoes” don’t really look like shoes. At least not to me. I wouldn’t recommend this title. (giving this one the boot)

Phaidon provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.


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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Love the title. Sometimes many times it’s so true, even for adults. This book is both educating and entertaining. It’s the 22nd book in the Elephant & Piggy series. Comic-style book for early readers (ages 4-8). I love the simple illustrations (expressive). And the beautiful ending. (Sky Watching is a great way to see some of God’s awesome handiwork) I’d recommend this series for getting young readers hooked on books. A 5 star book.

Disney-Hyperion provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 



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May Designs

Design your own Eco friendly book. 

Sewn Binding

All MAY BOOKS are bound together by the all-famous, old school sewing machine.

Not only is the thread fabulous for the environment, but the book becomes utterly indestructible. No pages ripping out, covers falling off… Believe us, we have tested notebooks.

Great binding keeps you out of bad stitch(uations).

Canvas Covers

Our Green-e Certified Canvas Covers are resilient, durable
and water-resistant.

After a few days of use, the canvas becomes worn-in like the perfect pair of jeans.

Pick a style (monthly agenda, weekly agenda, address book, budget journal, meal planner, calorie/exercise journal, kids coloring book, or a diary)

Step One.

Choose your pattern.

Step Two.

Customize it. Add a monogram or add a name

Step Three.

Choose your Inside Pages. Agendas, Dots, or maybe Lines

Step Four.

Preview & Checkout. Voila – you are finished!


This is my NEW 2015 Agenda May Book. I decided (after many revisions) for a colorful cover and an ‘N’ to represent Notes. I use my old one (2014 Agenda) almost every day and it still looks fantastic. (durable stitch binding)

Notes From Dawn received a May Book from May Designs in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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ClipBook® Magnetic Clipboard

Designed and Handcrafted in the USA, ClipBook® was created to improve the function and aesthetics of the traditional clipboard. This product breathes new life in to the dying industry of bookbinding. With today’s digital age, bookbinding has become a lost art. ClipBook® repurposes the same process and materials that are used in making books, to create functional and stylish clipboards. ClipBook® is protective, durable, ultra slim, and flips naturally like a notepad. It’s new, yet so familiar.

A tremendous improvement from the traditional clipboard! Magnets replace the metal hinged clip. It has a cover for privacy and protection (as in neat , top-secret papers). Styled like a top bound notepad, the cover can fold back part way or it can roll completely over to the back. It can also stand as an easel. 

The strong magnets hold a good amount of paper but it’s also slim and stack-able. The Clipbook is perfect for me since I prefer using loose leaf paper. (hate spiral bound notebooks) (don’t like 3-ring binders, either)

The Clipbook design works. Perfectly. 

Available in different book cloth covers. Rubber feet can be used for the four corners when using the Clipbook as an easel. 

Designed & handcrafted in Philadelphia. Go to and watch the video showing how terrific it is and the many ways it can be used. And get one for yourself. (customization available, too)

Notes From Dawn received a Clipbook Magnetic Clipboard in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life


What parent doesn’t want to capture the perfectly imperfect joy of family life through photos? From holidays and vacations to portraits and shared moments, celebrated photographer (and mom) Me Ra Koh not only helps moms and dads take better photos, but inspires them to discover photography as a way to connect with, cherish, and celebrate their family. With forty beautiful “photo recipes” anyone can follow—with any camera—preserving your family’s story has never been easier!

A fun book! This is the third book in Me Ra Koh’s series. I haven’t read the first two of her books but I enjoyed the photo “recipes” in this one. 

The book had many good ideas for photos and good examples for inspiration but I didn’t think it had many photography “how to” tips. 

I liked that the book did have a lot of photos, both the author’s photos as well as the work of other women photographers. The photos were helpful examples of the particular subject. 

No fancy equipment required with this book; the simple ideas and examples presented can be used with whatever equipment you already have. This is a good photography resource for the typical, average, everyday, photo taking mom. A recommend book for anyone wanting to improve their photography skills. 

Take a look inside  link

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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Bath, England 1810

At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.

In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.

But when a thief ’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument … with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.

Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.

Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

Prelude for a Lord  -     By: Camille Elliot


Zondervan Publishing 

Paperback, 352 pages

Prelude for a Lord is a Regency-era Christian novel. Author Camy Tang provided me with an autographed copy (Jer 31:3) that I’ve enjoyed immensely. At first, I was intimidated by the size (as in number of pages) of the book and speculated if I was actually going to like all of it. With mystery, friendship, romance, and faith, I enjoyed the story/characters as I read from chapter to chapter. The two main characters grew in their relationship and reliance on God. The book’s spiritual message is that you are not alone, God loves you, and He will take care of you. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Read a little bit about the author, Camy Tang. More at Camy Tang, Romance with a kick of wasabi

I am a fourth generation Japanese American married to a third generation Chinese American (hence my Chinese last name). I grew up in Wahiawa, Hawai’i, a small town right in the center of the island of O’ahu.

When I first started writing, I didn’t know if God was going to allow my novels to be published, but the entire experience has taught me more about entirely, completely, totally depending upon Him, and submitting to Him aspects of my life that I never realized I was trying to keep control over. A lot of that struggle is mirrored in my characters’ struggles in my books.

Now, I try to trust in His plans for me—I know that what I write is for Him to use for His own agenda. He knows how He wants to use me, so I just need to go with the flow.

A complimentary copy was provided by the author for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.


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