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Monday, July 6, 2015

I Love Hugs by Camilla de la Bédoyère: Book Review & Giveaway

FTC Disclosure: Book received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

From a tiger cub going in for a "quick snuggle" to an orangutan "group hug," the cuddly animals and their furry hugs steal show. With real life high resolution photos of adorable wildlife, it's hard not to fall in love.

However, like its companion book, I Love Kisses, the text lacks the pizazz the photos deserve. Facts, like how a penguins fluffy belly fur keeps their feet warm, help the new reader with wildlife discovery. While children know hugs are a way to show love they might not know that, "Japanese macaques keep warm by cuddling." Those looking for a good read aloud book may want to pass but I Love Hugs will appeal to visual learner.

Rating ★★★★☆

Publishing Information:

Publisher: QEB Publishing (May 1, 2015)
Hardcover 32 pages
Ages: 6-8

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Book Giveaway Details:

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

50 Things You Should Know About the Second World War by Simon Adams: Book Review

FTC Disclosure: Book received at no charge from publisher  to facilitate review.

So much of World War II centers around the Holocaust and the atrocities carried out by the Nazis. Over 7 million people lost their lives simply for being Jewish, Gypsy, homosexual, or disabled. Those   lives should never be forgotten. But the second World War was truly a large scale war that encompassed so much more than the front in Europe. With over 20 million lives lost in China alone from the war with Japan, young readers learn of the staggering suffering world wide.

Through real life photos, illustrations, maps and snippets of fact laid out in boxes, World War II comes alive for a new generation. The author and designers make extra effort in sensitivity of their intended audience by excluding the most graphic war photos while still illustrating the horror of second World War. They give nod to the organizations formed to try to prevent such heinous activity from happening. While the book concentrates on the causes and effects of the war on Europe, it also covers the war in the Pacific and touches on the war in Africa. A great book to introduce the middle grade reader to the second World War.

Rating ★★★★

Publishing Information

Publisher: QEB Publishing (May 1, 2015)
Flexibound: 80 Pages 
Ages: 9-12

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Author Interview With David Fulk - Author of Raising Rufus

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Looking for Fun Summer Activities? 101 Things To Do Before You Grow Up: Fun activities for you to check off your list: BOOK REVIEW

FTC Disclosure: Book received at no charge from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The long awaited summer vacation finally arrives and it's not long before you hear, "I'm bored." Either that or those young ones can't seem to get away from video games. It's enough to make any parent crazy. With activities like making rock candy and putting together a survival kit, children will want to get off the couch and start their active bucket list.

Spiral bound pages make the book easy to keep open while going over instructions and gathering supplies. Most supplies can be found around the house or purchased inexpensively. While some things are not unique, like playing charades, and others are not activities but educational opportunities, like learning about the seven wonders of the world, there are enough ideas that will keep the reader captivated for weeks. Even parents will want to join in on learning new dance moves. For those few activities that might worry a parent or bore a child, the pages make it easy to glue your own activity over the top.

A good book for summertime fun.

Rating ★★★★☆
Publishing Information

Publisher: Walter Foster Jr. (March 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1633220034
Pages: 144
Ages: 8-12

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