Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

A cat who thinks he’s a duck?  He must be Quackers!!

This quirky funny book is about standing out, fitting in, and building a life with room for all.

Quackers is a duck. Sure, he may have paws and whiskers. And his quacks might sound more like…well, meows, but he lives among ducks, everyone he knows is a duck, and he’s happy.
Then Quackers meets another duck who looks like him (& talks like him, too!)—but he calls himself a cat. So silly!

Quackers loves being among his new friends the cats, but he also misses his duck friends, and so he finds a way to combine the best of both worlds. Part cat, part duck, all Quackers!

Hardcover book. pages- 40. Ages 3-7

This is cute story that teaches on friendship and acceptance. The characters in this story (ducks & cats) are nice (no conflict). And the illustrations (soft colored pencil look) work with the story. Quackers is Liz Wong’s debut children’s book. Text didn’t hold the attention of my 2 year old reviewer. It’s a good story but confusing for a little one (a cat that is called a duck). Better suited for older children.

LIz Wong/Randon House Publishers 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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Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children

Help your kids de-stress and get healthy!

Yoga for Children will encourage your child to learn about yoga with an attentive, at-home instructor—you! Even if you are new to the practice, author, mom, and children’s yoga expert Lisa Flynn will guide you and your child through more than 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of two and twelve. Complete with full-color photographs, instructional scripts, and pose modifications, Yoga for Children will help build your child’s confidence, self-awareness, and focus while strengthening your connection—one yoga session at a time.

Paperback. 320 pages.

LOVE this book !!

Just a few of the many good things in Yoga for Children:

♥Organized so that it’s user friendly.

♥The yoga poses are listed alphabetically.

♥Full color photos for each pose done by a child.

♥The “Sequences” chapter models how to put poses together creating a yoga practice!

I highly recommend this book for parents and teachers. It is easy to understand by everyone – even those without any previous yoga experience.

Have to write it again – I LOVE this book.

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I received this book from author Lisa Flynn in exchange for an honest blog review.

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Competition can bring out the worst in us, but it can also be an opportunity to learn impactful life lessons. That’s why it’s so important for kids to understand how to handle winning and losing!

Join Lulu and Max as they help Bear-Bear, Goosey, Coyote and the rest of their animal friends in the Field Day contests determine who will be the leader of Lulu’s forest.

It was a win for me. This 32 page hardcover book had an interesting story (recommended for ages 4-8) paired with lovely illustrations. Good sportsmanship, friendship, kindness, and forgiveness are the topics for this story of a girl named Lulu, and boy named Max, and some forest animals. I enjoyed the characters, story, and illustrations (illustrations are full of expressions that really made the story). Christian theme; ten bible verses at the end of the story (for ALL ages).


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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we love this Music!

A.J. Jenkins, singer/songwriter

Listen and watch on You Tube or visit the website.

Terrific songs for toddlers. Educational and fun in a soothing folk music style.

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Goodnight, Ark

Zonderkidz, 32 page board book


“Goodnight, Ark, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Jane Chapman, is a comical bedtime tale about Noah sharing his bed on the ark.”
Fun to read- highly recommend.
This story, based on the Bible’s story of Noah, has no mention of scripture or God. The author does a great job of storytelling using the Biblical story of Noah’s ark. Imagination is a great way to spark a little reader’s interest in Bible stories. Here’s a terrific example of storytelling using the Biblical story of Noah’s ark. Fun story with captivating pictures. Love that tiger.

Uses Rhyme and Onomatopoeia (pop, ping, zip, zing – that’s Onomatopoeia)

Addresses feelings – being afraid of stormy weather.

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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Wonya Wood


 handmade fencing – the kind for little toy animals – that is heirloom quality

I’d like to thank Mark Peachy for allowing me to review and share his fences here on the blog. It is truly a find as you won’t get anything comparable in retail stores. The fence has 11 sections that each measure 10″ for a total length just over 8′. (height is a bit over 3″) The fence easily folds into a rectangle block for compact storage.

Each fence section is joined by wooden dowels and the flexible sections bend (both ways) into whatever shape you want. Round like a corral or partitioned off different ways. And the most important part is that it WORKS. This fence stands easily on its own. Even on carpet.



Made from reclaimed maple. Natural wood with no coatings. Good craftsmanship resulting in a sturdy and durable toy. It’s a simple design for unlimited playing opportunities (farm, zoo, Jurassic Park)

A little bit about Mark:

I am a residential remodeler. I have always made things for our house and stuff for the kids. About two years ago I had a stroke that paralyzed my left side. I have recovered a lot of movement, but it still limits the remodeling that I can do. So I try to sell projects that I have made for the kids and that we enjoy. The fence is similar to what my amish grandfather had made for me. So I made some for my children and there cousins and the fences are enjoyed by all.

Wonya. My daughter Andrea could not pronounce her name correctly when she was young. It came out as Wonya. I thought it was cute and have always liked the name since, so that is where the business name came from.

Misc. information. This is a family owned/run business. I guess it would be consider a hobby turned into a business. One reason I have made items for our family (besides saving $) is usually the quality is much better than what you can get at Walmart or other discount stores.

Notes From Dawn received a  fence from Wonya Wood 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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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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