Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

Picture of Monsieur Roscoe on Vacation

Discover first French words with Monsieur Roscoe in Jim Field’s debut author-illustrator picture book. Join this lovable dog as he camps, skis, sails and eats his way through the vacation of a lifetime.

We found Roscoe to be a great character in this story that includes lots and lots of English/French vocabulary words and little phrases. The way it’s illustrated is fantastique! This is a fun and colorful picture book that we enjoy reading many times over. The author has other published books & we like his book titled, The Lion Inside.

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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Les Productions d'OZ

Music publishing house founded in 1986 by Sylvain Lemay, Les Productions d’OZ has quickly established itself as a leader in classical guitar music publishing, both for solo instrument and in ensemble music settings.

Les Productions d’Oz has published nine ukulele books by composer Samantha Muir. I’ll share a few things about two of them.

12 Progressive Studies for Ukulele

The Twelve Progressive Studies book has 24 pages and is suggested as an easy to intermediate level. I would recommend some previous ukulele background for this and for any of her books. The books contain original pieces for the ukulele in both tab and notation. 

The Classical Ukulele Method book is the largest of her ukulele books with 60 pages. It is suitable for self learning and would be good for use as part of an educational curriculum. I would suggest pairing it with something like the Hal Leonard method book. As an FYI, in this book Ms Muir uses a different approach to fingering notation (PIMA) then I am use to. She alternates fingers on strings and she doesn’t use A, just PIM. I don’t care for this technique and I like to stick playing with the P for string 4, I for 3, M for 2 and A for 1. I have been use to the ukulele playing style of James Hill and Daniel Ward. 

All nine books have similar covers which I think are artistically pleasing.

The Classical Ukulele Method

Les Productions d’Oz provided Samantha Muir’s ukulele 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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Ronan was a mighty barbarian.
He invaded. He raided. And back home, he traded.
He always found the greatest treasures.
Until one day, Conan found something no barbarian wants:
A BOOK.

“This humorous picture book from sister duo Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie and illustrator Victoria Maderna follows Ronan the Barbarian as he he grows from being just a rough-and-tumble warrior to a rough-and-tumble warrior who loves books.

At first, his fellow barbarians are skeptical of his newfound passion for reading, but in the end, even they aren’t immune to the charms of a good book.”

Tara Luebbe (Author)
Becky Cattie (Author)
Victoria Maderna (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 40 pages, Roaring Brook Press (April 21, 2020)
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GREAT book~ Ronan The Librarian is entertaining and humorous. It also gives a positive message on reading. Reading is suppose to be fun and this is the story for that.The illustrations have plenty of details that make this viking story interesting. Rereads will still have things to discover!  Great for the classroom. 
Tara Luebbe 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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How many bugs can you count? From walking sticks to spittlebugs, dragonflies to katydids, discovering 10 bugs at a time, you just might see 100 bugs!

Little explorers will learn 10 different ways to count to 10, using 10 different kinds of bugs, and get all the way to 100 by the end of their adventure. With Suzanne Kaufman’s bright, whimsical illustrations and Kate Narita’s clever rhyming text, 100 Bugs! is part look-and-find, part learning experience, and all kinds of fun. 

This is a hardcover picture book that’s about the combinations of ten. And bugs. And flowers. This story offers a discovery on every page. Lovely illustrations and rhyming text, this is a cute book kiddos will enjoy. A valuable addition for school and family libraries. 

Kate Narita 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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For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes

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Plant, Cook, Eat!  is published by Charlesbridge Publishing. They offer “high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners.” 

Hardcover, 112 pages. Ages 7-10; Grades 2-5

The book starts with some gardening information and plant science for elementary students. The remaining book consists of several vegetables (I count 16 veggies) that are presented with basic how-to growing tips followed by one recipe that includes that veggie. Adult assistance is required for both the gardening and cooking instructions in this book.

I find the “plant” section of the book useful. The “Cook” and “Eat”,  not so much. Overall, the book didn’t meet my expectations. 

Charlesbridge 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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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.

 

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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We are based out of Marietta, GA (suburb of Atlanta) and have been providing pre cut matboard and custom framing services since 2012. In that time we have constantly seeked to improve our website, service and expand our product offerings. We have been fortunate enough to serve thousands of customers in that time including artists, large organizations, and the everyday home decorator. We are flexible in our operations and are very proud that we are able to serve such a diverse customer base.

Custom matting available in any size, color or shape by Matboard and More®

Matboard and More® = Marvelous. I appreciated the straightforward ordering. The mat and frame arrived safe and secure because of diligent packaging. Both are quality products.

Quick and easy. Exactly the look I was wanting. Ordering from Matboard and More® is certain to make your art more beautiful!

Framing accessories including plexiglass, show bags, backing boards and frames

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Scribble’s journey starts peacefully at THE BEGINNING. Where will it go from there? A lively interaction between the delightful Scribble and the unseen Author as Scribble heads out on her journey through a Middle of adventure and challenge and on to an Ending – and a surprise!

Hardcover picture book for ages 3+. Themes: Imagination, Humor, Self-esteem, Self-reliance

This book didn’t do much for my story time reading; however, my almost 3 year old reviewer showed more interest in it than I did. He liked the page with the monster drawing and that each page had a path that Scribble was taking.

This soon-to-be released title will be available to order online at Kane Miller Publishing shopping site usborne books and more. (?website not user friendly- the search box didn’t seem to find titles)

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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Wee Alphas: 26 A to Z Postcards, from Angelfish to Zebra

26 A to Z Postcards, from Angelfish to Zebra

This imaginative take on the alphabet features 26 Wee Alphas postcards, each created with a “hidden letter” to find.

Based on the award-winning Wee Alphas kids’ app, the postcards feature quirky illustrations of Biki the Buffalo, Ulysses the Unicorn, Yolanda the Yeti, and their furry, feathered, or finned friends. The cards are bound into a fold-out accordion format that can be displayed in its entirety, or they can be detached to separately display or share. Writing prompts on the back of each card will inspire any kid (or their grown-up) to pass along a super-special greeting.

Age range:2-5. I think not! These postcards/art/you-name-it would also be great for older kids/grades as writing prompts. And adults with a unique personality! There are, yes, 26 perforated cards to keep or mail. Fun!

wee society link below

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