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BOARD BOOK REVIEWS : Baby Loves Hearing! & Baby Loves Sight! by Ruth Spiro

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  BABY LOVES THE FIVE SENSE : HEARING! by Ruth Spiro, illustrated by Irene Chan Charlesbridge, 2019 ISBN: 978-1-62354-102-6 Source: publisher for review Ages 0-3 All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Explores the science behind the sense of hearing, and technical advances that can help people with impaired hearing.   REVIEW   This educational board book presents the basic sound concepts of vibration, amplitude, and frequency.  An explanation and diagram of the ear are also included.  Using music as the introduction, young children are presented with information about sound.  Information about hearing aides and those who can't hear at all are included.  I haven't used this book with children so I can't say how effective it is, but the book is well put together and the diagrams and colorful illustrations are appealing and useful.  A great book for those who want to help their children understand the sense of hearing.     BABY LOVES THE FIVE SENSES : SIGHT!

MIDDLE GRADE ANIMAL FICTION : Stella by McCall Hoyle

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STELLA by McCall Hoyle Shadow Mountain, 2021 ISBN: 978-1-62972-901-5 Source: ARC from publisher for review (Thanks!) Ages 9-12 All opinions expressed are solely my own.   ABOUT THE BOOK   Even dogs deserve a second chance. Ever since she was a puppy, Stella was trained to use her powerful beagle nose to sniff out dangerous chemicals and help her handler keep people safe. But during a routine security inspection, Stella misses the scent of an explosive. The sound of the blast is loud and scary. Unable to go back to work because of her anxiety, Stella is retired as a working dog. When a young girl named Cloe wants to adopt Stella, the beagle knows this is her last chance to prove her worth. But how? When Stella smells a strange chemical inside Cloe’s body, a scent that surges just before the girl has a seizure, Stella’s nose makes the connection. But how can Stella warn her new family without them thinking she’s having an anxiety attack? How can she convince others that she c