Sunday, April 26, 2015

Book Review: Could An Octopus Climb a Skyscraper by Aleksei Bitskoff & Camilla de la Bédoyère

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Ask anybody how many arms an octopus has and you're bound to get the right answer. What if an octopus needed shoes for her arms? How many pairs would she need? Or what if an octopus was in danger and had to detach an arm? Would a new one grow back? Could An Octopus Climb a Skyscraper? puts an octopus into everyday scenarios while helping the reader learn facts such as shape, size, and other features. Did you know an octopus has three hearts? Neither did I but reading about it makes it's easy to remember.

While the question and answer format stimulate thought, the fun is in the illustrations. Be prepared for silliness times eight as the arms of the octopus get tangled in all sorts of tasks. A perfect combination of learning and laughter for the curious young reader. A solid recommendation.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publishing Information:
Publisher: QEB Publishing (April 1, 2015)
Pages: 24 
ISBN: 978-1-60992-733-2

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thank You, Jackson by Niki and Jude Daly: Book Review

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Every morning Jackson the donkey carries his heavy load of vegetables up the hill and to the market. Though he works hard, he never complains and never rests. One morning, Jackson does something out of the ordinary and stops halfway up the hill and sits down. No amount of cajoling by the farmer can get Jackson to move.

When the farmer becomes frustrated to the point of threatening to beat the donkey, his wife, Beauty, sends their son, Goodwill, to help. The boy whispers in the Jackson's ear and the donkey willingly goes up the hill again. To the farmer's astonishment, he learns simple words can make a huge difference.

A sweet story emphasizing the morals of kindness and appreciation  Warm acrylic illustrations aid in stirring young heartfelt emotions. Recommended as a good read-aloud for the preschooler. 

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publishing Information:

Publisher: Francis Lincoln Children's Books (March 15, 2015)
Ages: 4-8
Pages: 32
ISBN-13: 978-1-84780-484-6

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Giveaway: Firstborn by Tor Seidler

        Book Giveaway: 
Firstborn by Tor Seidler

In Firstborn, Seidler eloquently introduces an outdoor world of beauty and true to life wilderness danger while exploring the meaning of true friendship. A touching tribute to family togetherness, love, devotion, and forever friends.

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Please use the Rafflecopter form to enter. By entering, you acknowledge you have read the terms on the form. Winner will receive a hardback copy of Firstborn by Tor Seidler. Giveaway ends 4/14/2015 at 11:59 EST.

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