This is cute and a new rewrite of a story we know and love. As a mother to a little princess who is crazy about all things princess, and her sister who is studying literature on fairy tales this year we found this book to arrive with perfect timing. Cassandra is an adorable little princess (with glasses, no less!!) that really wants a frog friend to do activities with, however, when she finds the frog, he becomes a prince! This happens again and again, but finally it settles into a great ending for all characters involved. Veronica Bartles' writing is witty and Sara Palacios' illustrations are vibrant and fun. A great one for our shelves.
Already we know that we love Richard Cowdrey's illustrations, and he did a great job with his version of Dandi Daley Mackall's The Legend of the Easter Robin and now an equally great job of Lori Walburg's The Legend of the Easter Egg. This is a beautifully done glittery cover! The Legend of the Easter Robin illustrated by Richard Cowdrey includes beautiful full-page full-color illustrations that tell a historical and traditional tale for Easter time. Carrying over characters from other Lori Walburg Legends of stories, this book shows a perspective from a little boy with an ill sister with scarlet fever. In this story, the tale of resurrection is told through the curiosity of a little boy and beautiful images as he learns to pray, prays and hopes for health for his sister and for Easter to come. There are also dyed eggs and the relation of the rolled-away stone and new life.
This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, renews the wonder and charm of the timeless tale that explores the symbol of the robin and its connection to Easter.
We are very fond of Richard Cowdrey and his illustrations from our adventures with Marley the dog and his mischief. Over the last few years, I have really delighted in collecting holiday legends and stories told by Dandi Daley Mackall - the latest of these being The Legend of the Easter Robin. My children need to know that the Lenten and Easter season is about more than just eggs and a bunny. Just as the Advent and Christmas season is about more than Santa Claus and peppermint candy canes.
The day that this book arrived, I did not get it hidden fast enough to save it for a surprise for Easter, so we are already enjoying it and delighted with the illustrations of Richard Cowdrey and words from Dandi Daley Mackall. I love the colors on the cover of this book, the embossed title makes it so fancy and special for my tactile children. This one doesn't have glitter, but never fear there is plenty more of that in our Easter Book List!
The copyright for the text of this picture book is from 2010, however, it has been updated this 2016 with illustrations of Richard Cowdrey of which we are big fans in the Creative Madness Mama household. The vivid full-page, full-color pages in this book are gorgeous and ones that I know my girls are going to pour over again and again. Before reading this story, I had not heard the legend of the easter robin or the robin's red breast from Christ's blood. Nor did I know that the same Pennsylvania Dutch that tell this story are known for having brought dying eggs as a tradition. This is a great easter read to share with your children before dying eggs and for a warm, or cool spring day.
The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmasis an 8x8 paperback perfect for a quick read during the Christmas season. As the cubs settle down with Papa to hear the story of the nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ, so to your little one can read the excitement of the cubs and learn the story as well. A good one to read again and again. It will be going in our seasonal Christmas box of books, for sure!
I was delighted with the first book for the new A Pig in a Wig Series and I’m just as enthusiastic about the second book if not more so. A great bedtime book, but also one for naps, or any reading practice in between. Short building phrases and animal interest keep this quirky pig in a great pile for reading practice.
My second-grade daughter and I have been working on her Elections Lap-Pak (lapbook and activities - review forthcoming) from Homeschool in the Woods. While she worked, cutting out materials and putting together our current lapbook section, I read aloud from a few picture books including the Michelle Markel's Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls are Born to Lead. I already knew that I enjoyed Michelle Markel's writing in picture books for female historical characters, as another book in our stack is Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909.
While I am not a political blogger.... This is an interesting and informative biographical book on the person of Hillary Clinton, regardless of my political opinions in contrast to her policy standings. As the 2016 elections are in the near future, this is an appropriate time for a picture book of a female candidate such as Hillary Clinton, as she recently announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America.
Hillary has made history again and again—running for president, managing diplomacy and worldwide international relations as secretary of state, leading the country as First Lady, and more. Smart, strong, and an incredibly hard worker, Hillary Clinton is a inspiration for young girls everywhere.
Books set in an urban setting are always intriguing to me. Growing up in suburbia and rural areas I have no real knowledge about what it would be like to grow up in a city other than what I've read in books and seen on cartoons and movies on TV, thus I'm always intrigued to experience such stories and now to share them with my own children. Girl & Gorilla Out and About is a fun story about two friends on their way to play at the park, but it seems to be taking so long to walk there and in an attempt to pass the time they come up with all sorts of traveling games. But the fun part is that do not seem to realize they are doing so and they entertain themselves on the way there and while they're there and then it seems to start again on their way back home. This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama....more
This book is a fun work of art between two sisters. Both of their work is new to me, but I'm delighted with it now that I've experienced it! Dill, an extraordinary duck and a delightfully strange bird Bizzy are at the start of a friendship. This would be a great read about the time of reading such friendship reads like picture books of a Kevin Henkes vein. The colors chosen are vibrant and not of the standard picture book. I won't hesitate to share this one with my girls.
Throughout the last few years as I've learned more and more about the various options of homeschool companies I have often had my eye on products from The Critical Thinking Co. ~ (http://www.CriticalThinking.com/) and placing many things on my wishlist. Through the TOS Crew I was blessed with an opportunity to check out one of their newest products in the physical book Fun-Time Phonics! (Gr. PreK-2). We were all very excited and the intent was to refresh with AppleBlossom (age 6) and start the basics with OrangeBlossom (age 4). We spent time in the book about 3-4 times per week. Fun-Time Phonics! is an 8x11" non-consumable full-color 320-page book. It not like any other phonics book that we have been exposed to and was a different experience. I love how I can look down and find the book easily in my bag as even the edges of the pages are a pale blue that make the book stand out very obviously. :)
Based on research from the National Reading Commission, Fun-Time Phonics! is a program designed to focus on vowel patterns and isolating vowel sounds. While it would be easy to make this multi-sensory by adding in writing, my girls worked with me and this program solely as read aloud and point and so on as necessary. The lessons are broken down into building sections including the following topics:
beginning and ending sounds rhyming* putting sounds together short vowel sounds
Alphabetics (longest section)
short vowel letters consonants and co-articulation
Beginning to Read
Words I Can Read*
For us, coming into this curriculum from one where we were labeling the phonetic markers it was an extremely different feeling and my opinion is that it just was not enough for us. We need a little, more. It is simple, it is no-prep, and it will guide you toward CVS (consonant-vowel-consonant) reading. However, it was not exciting for my budding reader and my non-reader found it frustrating. I think that this is a great supplement to a phonics program, but I do not fully trust it as a stand alone program. But let's not throw out that bath-water quite yet! It spirals, and reinforces and teaches things in an advanced fashion.
*I found that the section of rhyming is really useful and incredible for my children to learn with. This is something that both my girls needed a little more work to fully grasp and in my experience not all phonics programs cover rhyming. I was glad to see this one did. Also the Words I Can Read section was a good review and assessment for AppleBlossom as well.
Instead of where most phonics programs might have a child choose between words that were completely different, Fun-Time Phonics! actually uses words that are a bit easy to confuse if you do not fully grasp the concept. At first I thought this was too difficult, but then I realized that it is advanced and I quite like challenging my children. It is my understanding that this book is part one and that perhaps the series will be continued. I do not have any information on future books at this point, but I do find that to be hopeful as it is not quite a full program in my opinion with this one book.
I apologize, I couldn't seem to take very clear pictures today. There were some things that confused me from the standpoint of my previous experiences with phonics. Instead of it being the sound, it was more along the lines of the letter that we were pointing out. This took me aback, but for my beginning reader that has limited experience I felt that it was a neat way to go about things. As you see in the image above, /oh/ /n/ is meant to be the word on. Perhaps it is my locale, but we say /uh/ /n/ or more /ah/ /n/ rather than /oh/ /n/. Maybe if we were more properly anglicized?
Again in this image above, see /sh/ /oh/ /p/. I would read this in another program more as /sh/ /ah/ /p/. Perhaps it is the same issue, but when we've as a teacher I have previously been taught as the letter o having multiple sounds, it was different to only see it represented as /oh/ in what I came across in the book so far. From a spelling context of picking out the right letter, I can see the merit. And as I said, perhaps I have a misguided understanding of phonics. We're all in the beginning stages here.
Usually, I'm not a fan of materials that use clip art for illustrations. However, I found the images chosen for Fun-Time Phonics! are clear and attractive. All in all, I can see the financial value that is in this quality book. I think in the end it might make a good series and then be a full program. It is different from what we're used to, but it might actually be the better way to teach my more outgoing child. It is challenging for her and right now frustrating, but at the same time. She is looking at words and images with a more discerning mind than before! - and is that not progress?!
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Amazing! Wonderful! I love this 'big sister' book and I've read quite a few. This is my favorite. The simpl Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Amazing! Wonderful! I love this 'big sister' book and I've read quite a few. This is my favorite. The simple Peter H. Reynolds illustrations are delightful as per usual. Rhyming text from Amy Krouse Rosenthal is enlightening and covers more than just the initial excitement and then chaos. Every big sister should get this book!
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.The first I notice is on the cover, that is indeed NOT an itty bitty kitty... Secondly, Joan Holub, I love Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.The first I notice is on the cover, that is indeed NOT an itty bitty kitty... Secondly, Joan Holub, I love Joan Holub! There is a plethora of rhymes in these pages and the story is poetic in style. Itty Bitty is a kitty on nearly a 'Clifford' scale. Ava's parents are in a no-mood to the idea of a new kitty addition, however, she just might be a hero.
I love Holub's books and the illsutrations of James Burks are creative and colorful. I love the idea of a 'giant' Itty Bitty Kitty, but the premise of an escapee baby makes this mama cringe. I'm also not a fan of the suggestion to my little people to hid a little kitty. --- but then maybe I take picture books too seriously. Coming in March 2016!
PigInaWigBooks.com |emmavirjan.com ... A Pig in a Wig is funny and perfect as an early reader book. Building, repetition, and sequence. Friendship is the main theme and I think this one would be great for the classroom and acting out. I'm eager to share it with my budding readers.
I was delighted with the first book for the new A Pig in a Wig Series and I'm just as enthusiastic about the second book if not more so. A great bedtime book, but also one for naps, or any reading practice in between. Short building phrases and animal interest keep this quirky pig in a great pile for reading practice.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.I love Otter! We love Otter! Otter is absolutely adorable, truly I do not exaggerate. Otter! was a big hit, Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.I love Otter! We love Otter! Otter is absolutely adorable, truly I do not exaggerate. Otter! was a big hit, Otter in Space! was perfect for us this year, and now Otter Loves Halloween! is a great addition. While the first two books are taller 9x11" jacket hardcovers, this seasonal special is a 9x9" hardcover and will go great on the holiday shelf next to the Marley, Splat the Cat, and Pete the Cat books.
Otter is a brave sole, just as are most children in the 4-8 age range and he is excited for Halloween. He is very into the idea of costumes being super scary, but he gets in a little over his head as he soon finds everything else to be scary too. In the end, he's fearless "of course" and he just wants to protect his friend Pig. This little seasoned story is a great fit for those who are exuberant, but might find themselves a little concerned when it comes to the big fright night.
Love I Am Otter! I Am Otter in Space is also adorable (it’s that word again…) and sooo imaginative! I Am Otter is now a favorite character of mine. He is definitely fit to amuse fans of Paddington, Curious George, Marley, and Alvin and the Chimpmunks. At the time we read this for the first time, we were planning a trip to the U.S. Space Center, thus I Am Otter in Space was perfectly appropriate for us. It would make a great addition to any space or moon unit for fun.
As a parent and teacher I am so highly amused by Otter than I hope more children will appreciate her as much. Imagination and creativity abound!
Last year was Eva & Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! I enjoyed it with my girls and it was thematically appropriate for their ages. Continuing onLast year was Eva & Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! I enjoyed it with my girls and it was thematically appropriate for their ages. Continuing on the same vein, I’m delighted with the cuteness of this book and it’s one fans of Fancy Nancy (and her little sister Jo-jo) will appreciate.
These two sisters are getting ready to start school, 2nd grade and Kindergarten respectively. Sadie wants to make sure her little sister Eva is ready and jumps to action. Fun for sisters and memories. ...more