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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Children's Book Review: A Bee Named Bea & Other Poems by Candace A Dietz, Illus by Virginia J Rost

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from KSB Promotions, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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This may seem like an odd choice for the Easter basket, but the poems are charming
and the kids will love them!


A Bee Named Bea & Other Poems cover



Synopsis:
A BEE NAMED BEA is a humorous poetry book for toddlers through beginning readers. Adult readers will enjoy reading the book as well. Twenty poems tell of the joys and problems of 19 animals and one little girl. Problems have a good resolution. A great bedtime selection.

Review:

This is a very lyrical book of poems, and you will find yourself smiling while reading them! 
Kids will laugh with glee and demand to read more, for example:
“A bee name Bea
Said Mercy me –
Everyone’s afraid of me!
When I try to be a friendly bee
They zoom away and let me be –
Just me, Bea, by myself.”

The poems are aimed at both boys and girls. The are great for early reading, thanks to the colorful rhyme and easy text, and great for memorization, if you're looking for a cute poem to perform at say Summer camp! Miss Grace's favorite one was:

A Bee Named Bea & Other Poems sample

It teaches kids that it's okay to be quieter and not screaming around! Other poems teach being safe, accomplishing something when you try, sharing and being friends. It's a lovely book and one that we highly recommend!


About the Author:
Author,Candace Dietz, has taught Spanish for more than 30 years to students of all ages. She is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 8. Her two loves are language and children. She lives in De Pere, Wisconsin. Illustrator, Virginia Rost, is an artist, former nurse and business woman. She is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 3. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Sarasota, Florida with her husband Richard. Her art is joyful and whimsical.

About the Illustrator: 
Virginia is an artist, former nurse and businesswoman. She is the mother of three children and the grandmother of three as well! She lives in Pittsburg, PA and Sarasota, Fl, depending on the season!


Did You Know That There are 'Easter Eggs' in Your Favorite Disney Movies?


 The writers and illustrators have put in little surprises that sometimes cross over from one Disney/Pixar movie to another- like seeing Rapunzel and Flynn arriving for Elsa's coronation in Frozen

 Check out this video and you'll be looking at Disney/Pixar movies differently this Spring break!

 

Children's Book Review: Along Came You by Karona Drummond, Illus by Estelle Corke

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Zonderkidz Books, via their BookLook Blogging for Books program, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Now for a lovely book that is perfect for all kids, but especially lovely for kids who are adopted, to know just how special they have made their parent's life!

Along Came You cover


Synopsis:
What happens when the pleasures of a tidy, carefully decorated home are traded for the excitement of high chairs and noisy toys? When quiet evenings and carefully planned schedules are traded for busy days and crazy nights? What happens when the desire to experience joy is replaced with the desire that another would experience joy? Karona Drummond weaves images of life before kids with life after kids. Children will delight in this love song written to them about the joyful change they bring about and how the loving sacrifices of their parents transform a simple life into an abundant life. This book is a truly a touching glimpse and a warm reminder of the parent heart of God.

Review:

As I said above, this book would be great to give to an adoptive or foster child, as the child is older in this story, say preschool age, so it take away the questions about when they were babies, or when they were born. Instead it focus on the changes the child brought to the parent's life, and what a joy that has been. It is also great for single mothers of little girls, as the story only shows the mother and daughter, so it could be a great way to show a child going through divorce/without a father, that life can be fine with just mom! 

Along Came You  sample

Miss Grace adord the book and asked lots of questions like "how was the house decorated before all her toys came?". It is a wonderful book to snuggle up with and read together! The illustrations are bight and draw kids and parents alike to the book. We highly recommend it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            
About the Author:
Karona Drummond is a certified elementary school teacher. She has taught preschoolers for over 15 years. She spent several years at Texas Woman's University Child Development Center and several years at the University of North Texas Child Development Laboratory. Her publications include 'The Running Years,' which was chosen for the 'Hats Off To Dads' section of the Tejas Storytelling Festival. Her writing includes stories for preschoolers and elementary-aged children and inspirational poetry for adults.

About the Illustrator:
Estelle Corke lives in Bath in the UK with her husband and 8-year old daughter, who provided her with endless amounts of inspiration for Along Came You. Estelle is an avid gardener and enjoys experimenting with a variety of plants. She loves traveling and her dream is to illustrate until she is a very old lady, painting and traveling as she goes.


Children's Book Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan and Mike Berenstain

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Zonderkidz Books, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Today I've got not one, but THREE great kids books for you this Easter season.

Our first entry is one that tells the true story of Easter....


The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story  cover

Synopsis:
'He has risen!' Mark 16:6 Brother and Sister have come to value all the candy and Easter eggs they get on Easter morning. But a much more important value gets emphasized one Eastern morn when Papa read them the Easter story (featuring people not bears).

Review:
This wonderful story is aimed at kids ages 4-7, and includes stickers for the kids to use to retell the story themselves, or to use in the book. As you can see it is easy reading for early readers to read themselves. 
The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story   sample

I love that it stresses more the resurrection and what that means for us, than it does are the harshness of Jesus's death. For younger kids, that can be upsetting, but this book does a wonderful job (as all the Berenstain books do) in presenting the Easter story in a lovely way. In fact, it makes a wonderful light reading for say Sunday school or for reading during Easter week, and then reading the bible story itself on Good Friday! We highly recommend it!

About the Authors/Illustrator: 

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005, and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from the family home and studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country. 

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