Showing posts from July, 2019

MY LITTLE FARM: Interactive Felt Playset

MY LITTLE FARM interactive felt playset by Smart Felt Toys Source: provided by creator for review All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE ITEM My Little Farm has 8 colorful panels and is fully reversible - a red barn exterior can be reversed to reveal a barn interior and colorful outdoor farm settings Comes with 32 matching felt pieces that can stick to the barn, specifically designed to teach concepts such as quantity, colors, shapes, and sizes - included pamphlet explains key early language concepts, and suggests strengthening activities Collapses flat, like a four panel felt board book, and easily transforms into a reversible 3D barn and farm. Measures Flat: 52" x 15", Assembled: 13" x 13" x 15" My Little Farm takes kids on a creative adventure and promotes developmental language skills and abstract thinking concepts, while having fun along the way Designed by the speech therapist behind the award winning My Little House,

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: Is 2 a Lot?/Angry Cookie/Noah Builds an Ark

IS 2 A LOT? An Adventure with Numbers written by Annie Watson, illustrated by Rebecca Evans Tilbury House Publishers, 2019 ISBN: 978-0-88448-715-9 Source: Nicole Banholzer LLC (PR company) Ages 3-6 All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK While Joey’s mom explains the context of numbers in vivid ways, Joey’s imagination transforms their ordinary car ride into a magical odyssey through a land of make-believe.  Is 2 a Lot? is a wonderfully charming and authentic exchange between mother and child. Annie Watson’s story makes numbers tangible, and Rebecca Evans’s illustrations bring them to life. REVIEW Is 2 a Lot?  takes the reader on a journey through the relative value of numbers as imagined by a mother and her little boy.  I quite enjoyed reading this as the comparisons the mother makes are amusing.  For example, when Joey asks if 2 is a lot, his mother tells him that 2 isn't a lot of pennies, but it is a lot of smelly skunks.  At this point,

BLOG TOUR: The Missing Money by Okeoma Moronu Schreiner

THE MISSING MONEY Money Monsters by Okeoma Moronu Schreiner, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat FinKidLit, 2019 ISBN: 9781733806718 Picture Book Ages 4-6 Source: author for review through PR by the Book All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK The Missing Money is the first picture book in a new series aimed at inspiring young children to learn basic financial terms in a fun and age-appropriate way. The book follows Kai, a young boy on his way to the bank to deposit his newly earned money. While at the bank, a big scary ATM machine eats all of his money! Kai struggles to understand where his money went and creates an elaborate plan to get it back. Just before attempting to break his money out, his parents sit him down to explain this confusing turn of events and help put his mind at ease. He discovers the basics of modern saving, such as how money goes from dollar bills to numbers on a banking app. Finances can be a difficult task to navigate, even as

MMGM: Piper Cooks Up A Plan by Erin Soderberg

PIPER COOKS UP A PLAN Daring Dreamers Club #2 by Erin Soderberg Random House, 2019 ISBN: 978-0-7364-3944-2 Source: publisher for review Ages 9-12 Middle grade contemporary All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK When you follow your dreams, the possibilities are endless! Nobody knows how to follow her dreams better than a Disney Princess. And that's what the Daring Dreamers Club knows through and through. Diverse, talented, and smart, these five girls became friends because they all had one thing in common: big dreams. Touching on everyday dramas and the ups and downs of friendship, this series will enchant all readers who are princesses at heart. The second book in the Daring Dreamers Club series will focus on Piper, who is an aspiring food scientist and inventor. She hopes to open her own business someday, just like Tiana! REVIEW Comparing the lives of real girls with those of Disney princesses seems like a funny idea on the face of i

SERIES THURSDAY: Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters/Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty

ROSIE REVERE AND THE RAUCOUS RIVETERS The Questioneers #1 by Andrea Beaty, illustrations by David Roberts Amulet Books, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-4197-3360-4 Source: purchased Middle grade magical realism Ages 6-8 All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, engineering is all about perseverance! But this time, Rosie has a really important project to tackle—one that feels much bigger than herself. Rosie’s beloved Aunt Rose and her friends, the Raucous Riveters—a group of fun-loving gals who built airplanes during World War II—need help inventing something new. And Rosie is just the engineer for the job! After one flop . . . then another . . . and another . . . Rosie starts to lose hope. But thanks to some help from her fellow Questioneers Iggy Peck and Ada Twist, Rosie gets the job done. And, along with the Riveters, she rediscovers the meaning of home. REVIEW There w

MMGM: Refugee/All the Greys on Greene Street

REFUGEE by Alan Gratz Scholastic Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-0-545-88083-1 Middle grade historical fiction Ages 10 and up Source: purchased All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Three different kids. One mission in common: ESCAPE. Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world… Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America… Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe… All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separat