Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. A story about sisters for sisters Three Magic Balloons is a picture book story reminiscent of vintage clas Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. A story about sisters for sisters Three Magic Balloons is a picture book story reminiscent of vintage classics that I enjoy to read again and again to my children, be it bedtime, nap-time, or any story-time. This is the type of picture book that I am glad to reach for again and again. In January, I had the privilege of glimpsing a digital advanced reader copy of this book and I can without a doubt tell you that I would love to add a physical book to our library shelves when this book releases in May!
Paul Margulies, storyteller and father to award winning actress Julianna Margulies and her sisters Rachel Mara Smith and Alexandra Margulies shared more than one tale with his daughters during their childhood. Now, after his death the sisters have discovered a forgotten treasure that has been brought to life in the artistic talents of Grant Schaffer. I cannot imagine how the sisters felt after seeing this story awaken again through these illustrations. Each page was an adventure and a memory I'm sure! Now it is time for this book to grace the lives of your children and make your own memories to look back upon.
I enjoyed this. The illustrations are attractive and by description were quite the effort to craft and create. This version of the Cinderella story inI enjoyed this. The illustrations are attractive and by description were quite the effort to craft and create. This version of the Cinderella story in a Middle Eastern community has some cultural flare that was neat to point out to my girls such as henna and arranged marriages by the mother of the groom. While of course there is the feminist streak that wants to speak out about certain injustices the base tell of Cinderella was present in Maha's tale and her magical red fish in lieu of a fairy godmother. Reading this one is a special time to point out how our lives are different and how no matter where you live, it is important to be kind and not taken over by lesser emotions and cruelty from a jealous heart. And then of course, karma.
We own this one. I bought it off ThriftBooks to go with Wayfarers Ancients lesson plans studying ancient history. ...more
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!
We are still in the earliest years of math education in our homeschool and I want to make sure that math remains a favored subject and not a dreaded one. Thus when I heard about Ann McCallum's Eat Your Math Homework I was intrigued and excited about the possibility of adding such a book to our homeschool set up. We are enjoying living books with a math theme and I think an activity book for math will definitely excite my little people. Especially a recipe book will make my six-year-old second grader excited as she is just starting to really be able to help out in the kitchen. For the purposes of this review I received an autographed paperback copy of the book. It is my understanding that Ann McCallum Books ~ (http://AnnMcCallumBooks.com/)
doesn't just stop with math, but also has Eat Your _____ Homework books for History and Science as well as Math. You can find out more at www.eatyourhomeworkbooks.com. “Do your brain a flavor.” *snicker* ;)
While I've gotten my hands on a paperback or softcover version, it is my understanding that there is also available a library bound edition as well as an eBook available. The Eat Your Homework books are published by Charlesbridge which in the past has provided us with other math living books that we have quite enjoyed so it is no surprise to be quite pleased with this book as well.
47-pages including a glossary, index, and math review find this page filled with recipe after recipe that are written to induce excitement and curiosity about math. There is also an introduction and kitchen tips section as well. This is a good primer that might spark more ideas to get the creative math juices flowing in the kitchen. There are six full recipes included, each spanning a few pages.
The Eat Your Math Homework book is written toward a young student audience and while they are recipes of a sort, you can also enjoy them by reading them aloud as well. While of course the activity makes it the most fun, some of which we were glad to just read and discuss the possibility of making the recipe. Throughout the book I love how vocabulary words are bolded which highlights them to the student and then we can use the glossary and discuss them further. There is so much learning or review to be done here!
The illustrations are not my personal favorite, but my kids love them and find them to be whimsical and fun. They do invoke excitement and curiosity which is what I think a book like this is absolutely meant to do. Almost all of the ingredients for these recipes are things that we already have on hand or were able to find easily at the standard grocery store and I really appreciate that. As often these days we seem to find experiement books, but lack for the materials. With this book that is not an issue!
My students are tot, junior kindergarten, and second grade and we loved this book. Looking at the math skills that are taught and reinforced I find this book to be a good introduction for them, but it could be good review for others. There are math teasers through out (answers included in the back) and the skills that are gone over include Fibonacci sequence, fractions, tessellations, tangrams, variables and pi, and probability.
With our experience in the past with Charlesbridge, and now this experience with Eat Your Math Homework, I wouldn't hesitate to add Ann McCallum's other Eat Your Homework books to our shelves! Oh and make sure to download the Teacher's Guide from Charlesbridge for even more fun! The TG includes worksheets to go along with the recipes. ;) You might also be interested in: Mummy Math Pete the Cat Pastry School in Paris
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. A theology primer for children... Several years ago, I was introducedto the writing of Marty Machowski thr Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. A theology primer for children... Several years ago, I was introduced to the writing of Marty Machowski through The Gospel Story Bible. The illustrations were a bit loud for my taste, but the writing and the scripture coming across was solid and good for sharing with my children (who do appreciate the wild drawings). Then in the last year I discovered Long Story Short (a devotional) on Kindle. I'm hoping that one day I will also find Old Story New go on sale there as well. Now when I saw that a new book, The Ology was coming out I had to jump for an opportunity to review it. I'm so blessed that I am able.
Little background, c'est moi. One of my degrees is a bachelor of arts in religious studies. Thus, I have read a lot and I definitely want my children to read something that can explain what others believe so they can build upon it. In our homeschool journey, I have looked at materials, but most worldview curricula start for older children than my own. It seems at this stage the best you can do is read a story-book Bible and discuss it. I grew up in the United Methodist Church. The Enginerd grew up a combination of Presbyterian and LCMS Lutheran. As a married couple, we've been members of both a WELS Lutheran and United Methodist Church with our own Catholic leanings. Last year we did use Seton Religion 1 and loved it, but the program ended up being too expensive to continue and we didn't love the rest of the enrollment program and decided to go a different diploma route. Now we are in a Bible class of sorts, but it is purely Bible history and not so much prayer, and self-action, as one might find in a catechism. Also, we haven't turned to just a catechism as they tend to be too dry for the littles. So now what? Well! that's where The Ology comes into play!
If you're going to be a parent who sits and reads to your children anyway, why not sit and read a bit of theology to give them something to build upon. Through this book, anyone can learn the basics of a Christian theology. The illustrations in this book are lovely, but beyond that Marty also uses word-pictures that help to truly make the story visual for kids to get an understanding of theology. Who said, "you're too young for theology"? That's not the case anymore. As a parent, you might have had to scrap together a curriculum before but building on The Ology the hard work and children aligned speech is already set up for you!
Theology of God. Theology of People. Theology of Sin. Theology of the Promise and the Law. Theology of Christ. Theology of the Holy Spirit. Theology of Adoption into God's Family. Theology of Change. Theology of the Church. Theology of the End Times. Theology of God's Word. As The Ology is designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource incorporates many built-in arrangements for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together. Read The Ology to preschoolers, read it with grade-school kids, and let older kids explore the “hidden” truths by reading the analogous Scripture passages for each section. No matter however you read it, The Ology will grant your children a gift that will endure a lifetime—a solid foundation to build upon of life-changing Biblical accuracy that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them.
A beginner’s book of systematic theology in the form of a beautifully illustrated story-book
Clearly explains life-changing theological truths with everyday examples and simple language that kids can understand
Takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies
Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, with built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together.
Perhaps one of my favorite things is that this is not a read once-and-done-book. Yes, you can take your time going through it introducing and teaching your children these theological concepts within the systematic theology which Marty has laid out. But there is more... You can go back through it again and turn it wholly into a Bible study. Each image within the book has a handful of scripture references added to the image, which add to the lessons being taught. This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama....more
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.
Tillie & Clementine is a brand new series with a Peanuts flair featuring two true nieces to the author. I was blessed to catch a sneak peak at anTillie & Clementine is a brand new series with a Peanuts flair featuring two true nieces to the author. I was blessed to catch a sneak peak at an advanced copy of Noises in the Night and I'm delighted with it! I do not know if there will be any changes, but I think it is adorable as I received it. By my assumption this will be an 8x8" paperback book and perfectly on level to shelve with other early reader books (such as the Berenstain Bears, Clifford, and other classics from my own youth). This is a book about two girls that live in a town house with their mother and father. Mama is headed out for the night, and the sisters are left with daddy in charge. Which in a mama-run family life can always lead to interesting things when daddy is left to the chaos that we call childhood parenting. *wink*
Everything runs along well in this story and the daddy even tells a creative bedtime story that gets the girls' imaginations flaring! I was amused and entertained by the tale and I'm positive my own girls and even the Enginerd would appreciate this story as well. I'm definitely intrigued to see the final press print and eager to see what may present next in the Zoo Switcheroo. Humor and family adventures delight both kids and adults
The second story, Tillie & Clementine: Zoo Switcheroo (ISBN 978-0-9898474-2-1, 48 pages, paperback, $11.99), produces more giggles for children as they consider what would happen if a daddy gorilla and his daughter were also strolling around the zoo like Tillie and Clementine and their family, and the daddies accidentally switched daughters, not realizing just who was riding on their shoulders out of sight.
The Tillie & Clementine books are the first books Killeen has written. He previously illustrated In the Groove, a children’s chapter book by Laura Namey (Huckleberry Press). Killeen was also awarded a fellowship honor from the Washington Post Writers Group for his comic strip entitled “Steve.” He promises more titles will follow to provide more adventures for Tillie &
“Family life is so rich and full of humor,” Killeen said. “It’s a joy to portray the silliness and love that surrounds children as they grow up. I love drawing Tillie and Clementine and sketching out new adventures of theirs in my notebook.”
The Tillie & Clementine series is published by Happy Fun Books in association with Clovercroft Publishing. For more information, visit www.TillieandClementine.com. The books will be available from select bookstores, and online retailers.
--- My edition is a First Edition jacketed hardcover of Marcellino illustrated Puss in Boots from the Charles Perrault tradition. It does have a Caldec--- My edition is a First Edition jacketed hardcover of Marcellino illustrated Puss in Boots from the Charles Perrault tradition. It does have a Caldecott Sticker on the cover....more
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!
Written, to type. Arc. Based on real author/illustrator's adopted dog.
Who Wants Broccoli? 5 stars Harper. AGes 4-8
I love Val Jones artistry! The picWritten, to type. Arc. Based on real author/illustrator's adopted dog.
Who Wants Broccoli? 5 stars Harper. AGes 4-8
I love Val Jones artistry! The pictures are great, I even like the font chosen for this book. Broccoli is an abandoned puppy, turned dog full of exuberance. He gives of a view of being too wild, but to every pot there is a lid. ...more
On our shelves we have Max Lucado board books, a treasury, The Story for Little Ones, The Story for Children, and T Perfect gift-book! Review below.
On our shelves we have Max Lucado board books, a treasury, The Story for Little Ones, The Story for Children, and The Christmas Story for Children so I was delighted when I saw a gift-worthy treasury of prayers.
Teaching our children poetry, and teaching them to pray is so valuable and a special part of our lives. This treasury is a beautiful tool to help do so. The Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers presents classic rhyming prayers and Lucado originals in a gorgeous presentation for any family to use.
An excellent gift idea! Anyone with a young child will benefit so well from this book and I couldn't recommend it more highly. ...more
Through the many lists that I have acquired through out the years on books to read aloud to and books to let middle readers delve into,Review below.
Through the many lists that I have acquired through out the years on books to read aloud to and books to let middle readers delve into, Astrid Lindgren has always been recommended. There are a few titles I often see, including her heroine Pippi Longstocking, but what about for the hero-inclined (aka boy) readers? Thus, we have Rasmus.
I love this cover! The book itself has that soft feel and the colors and image to the cover image are very attractive (Kudos Eric Palmquist!). For my personal book lists for my students I am a fan of the vintage classic books and it makes my heart smile when publishers republish titles that are worthwhile to be in the hands of a child. Originally published in 1956 and renewed and reinvigorated with life for a new generation for 2015, Plough has this in a pretty package. (Even the back cover text is in attractive fonts and shades!)
Rasamus and the Vagabond is engaging for the young reader. Our hero here is about the age of nine, and my 5.5 year old daughter is not quite ready for it alone, but I plan to have him nearby for introduction within a few years. I think she shall meet Pippi first. I won't hesitate to read this aloud to her at this point (little violence, but much like a classic old tv western) but would want to wait to have her read it alone to make sure she would discuss with me any fears and situations.
I'd recommend this if you enjoy Pippi, or Charlie (and the Chocolate Factory), or Wilbur (Charlotte's Web). 14 chapters of adventure that can create discussion and truly make you think.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details. ...more