Posts Tagged ‘discovery’

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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AquaPlay is the original water canal system from Sweden and was developed 1977. Now as ever children of all ages love playing with water. There are plenty of things for small discoverers to learn; the concept of floating and sinking, what makes a pump work, building and construction.

Today AquaPlay canal systems are distributed in more than 40 countries and delight children from 3-6 years all over the world. Both parents and educators appreciate the award-winning toy system as a representative of high-value, quality and educational play with water.

It is a modular system that provides endless opportunities for expansion and rebuilding. The wide range of accessories also helps to stimulate children’s imagination. The AquaPlay canal systems can be handed down from older to younger children, providing years and years of fun and laughter.

The AquaPlay canal systems are produced in Burghaslach, Germany and made of non-toxic, recyclable plastic.
The packaging is easy to recycle and we are constantly working on making the AquaPlay products as environmentally friendly as possible. All our products are carefully tested after the latest standards
EN:71 and ASTM. The CE-mark and the secure three-year warranty is a clear sign of quality.

Smoby AquaPlay Mega Lock Box

My review of the Mega LockBox:

The video links ⇩ pretty much sums up how wonderful this educational toy is!

How to sluice your AuqaPlay boat through the lock

Quality made of non-toxic plastic. No batteries. First time assembly requires rubber seal strips to go in the grooves of the red connector pieces. During play, I haven’t had any leaking from the seal strips yet. I couldn’t say how they will perform after repeated use, but the red connectors and the rubber seals can be purchased separately. Set is expandable and can be used multiple ways.

This is an outdoor toy and a flat surface is needed for it to work- to keep the water level even- especially for a large set. For this reason, we played on the porch. I’d like to come up with a board or something easy to keep it on instead of completely taking it apart to store. Article size when assembled: 152x162x22 cm

AquaPlay sets are a COOL toy for a HOT summer day. I might find other uses with it indoors without water but haven’t explored that yet.

AquaPlay provided a Mega LockBox 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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By Don Freeman Bestselling illustrator and creator of Corduroy

Words by Linda Zuckerman

Published by Zondervan: Reissue edition (April 14, 2015)

Don Freeman, the creator of Corduroy, was one of the most beloved and popular author/illustrators of picture books for children. After Freeman’s death in 1978, colleagues and his wife decided to use his never before published artwork and make a commemorative book using his wonderful illustrations. Paired with Linda Zuckerman’s thoughtful rhyming text, The Day Is Waiting takes readers on a tour of our big, wide world and reminds us that no matter how far we roam, we always have home to come back to.

This classic tale is imbued with Freeman’s gentle humor, spontaneity, and his appreciation of the variety and complexity of human experiences, creating a book that children will enjoy reading again and again.

My Review:

I love it! And I’m hoping my young reader will, too. It’s a TERRIFIC story for all (listed for ages 4-8). The Day Is Waiting has both top notch illustrations and also a great rhyming story.  There are delightful discoveries for the reader with the reassurance that comes from returning home. The copyright page is at the end of the book with a short paragraph on both author and illustrator. This page also includes the verse:

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands

Isaiah 55:12

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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