Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Under the Sea Dot-to-Dot Fun! - a bookwrap

 


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Under the Sea Dot-to-Dot Fun!


Count from 1 to 101

by Arkady Roytman


Specs


* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Paperback:  48 pages

* Publisher:  Dover Publications

* Pub. Date:  Nov. 16, 2022

* ISBN-10:  048685051X

* ISBN-13:  978-0486850511

* Language:  English 


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The Book




This is a super fun interactive book that kids will love.  They can count from 1-101 as they complete and enjoy 38 dot-to-dot picture puzzles.  The theme of the book is marine animals and includes: a shark, stingray, sea turtle, blowfish, and many more marine animal favourites.  Each masterpiece can be coloured after the counting task is finished.  Solutions are included at the back of the book to guarantee success. 

The recommended age is 4-8 years and the book is part of the series:  Dover Children's Activity Books.  I highly recommend this book and the entire series. 




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author/Illustrator






Russian-born Arkady Roytman graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His science fiction, fantasy, and children's book illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines and galleries across the country.




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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Little Hearts: Finding Hearts in Nature - a bookwrap

 


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Little Hearts

Finding Hearts in Nature


by Charles Ghigna

illustrated by Jacqueline East



Specs


* Reading Age:  3-6 years

* Grade Level:  PS-1

* Length:  36 pages

Publisher:  Red Comet Press

* Pub. Date:  November 15, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1636550304

* ISBN-13:  978-1636550305

* Language:  English


Editorial Reviews



Hearts abound in this tale . . . Alliteration and simple, elegant rhymes create a pleasing melody and fun read-aloud. A joyful friendship tale begging to be read on Valentine's Day or before a thoughtful nature walk or even a nap." –Kirkus Reviews  




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The Book



"The world is full of little hearts. 
Each one a sign of love.
Some are found upon the ground.
Some are up above."


The reader is invited to come along with an adorable group of animal friends as they put on their detective hats and discover the many shapes of little hearts that they find in nature.  

Charles Ghigna, a.k.a, Father Goose, creates a window into the beauty and wonderment of the great outdoors. The book will open little minds and hearts to the art and skill of observing the shape of hearts in the natural world that surrounds them.  

Written in rhyming stanzas, and visually enriched by  soft gentle illustrations, this book encourages little ones to slow down and take their time as they delight in hidden heart-shaped gifts that are just waiting to be discovered.  

 "Little Hearts: Finding Hearts in Nature" would be fantastic to share for Valentine's Day or any day!  I love the book and highly recommend it.  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author









Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books from Random House, Disney, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc. and other publishers. He has written more than 5,000 poems for children and adults that have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines ranging from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket magazines. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center, American Library in Paris, American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America. For more information, visit his website at FatherGoose.com




About the Illustrator









Jacqueline has been illustrating children’s books for over twenty years.

She has two main styles; her images for picture and story books are full of light and atmosphere, then there is a colourful and lively style for educational, activity and novelty books. She also works in black & white and commissions include educational, trade, publishing, greetings and advertising. Her work cover a whole spectrum of subjects for parent and child, animals, farm, jungle, to school, visit to the dentists, ballerinas and other typical child orientated subjects.


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Monday, October 3, 2022

" Best Test" - a bookwrap

 

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Best Test 


by Pippa Goodhart

Illustrated by Anna Doherty



Specs


* Reading Age:  3-5 years

* Grade Level:  PS+

* Hardcover:  28 pages

* Publisher:  Tiny Owl Publishing 

* Pub. Date:  January 24, 2023

* ISBN-10:  1910328901

*ISBN-13:  97-1910328903

* Language:  English


Editorial Reviews


The Little Literary Society

"A charming celebration of teamwork"

 

Red Reading Hub

"Full of potential for Early Years and KS1 teachers""

 

Dolphin Booksellers

"Best Test encourages the value of everyone's unique talents"



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The Book



Bird finds a lovely juicy red strawberry and claims it as his own but.... Frog and Shrew want it too!  They decide to organize a test to see who is the best and whoever wins gets the prize of that luscious, delicious, huge berry. 

Other creatures join in the test each bringing their skills thinking they will be the winner.  A surprise awaits as the animals cross the finish line and a lovely life lesson is learned for all involved!  

This is a sweet rhyming book about sharing, competition, friendship and the true meaning of winning fairly.  

The illustrations are colourful, full of action and the vocabulary is simple enough for beginning readers.  The message is positive and encouraging and I highly recommend this book! 


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author





Pippa Goodhart is the author of over a hundred children’s books, including the prize-winning picture book You Choose, and the Winnie the Witch series which she writes under the pen name of Laura Owen. She trained as a teacher, and worked for many years in bookselling before becoming a mother and a writer.


About the Illustrator





Anna Doherty is an illustrator from sunny Scotland. She adores drawing, writing, and every single dog in the world. She owns too many pencils and she likes tiny sketch books. Outside of illustration, her main skills in life are rock, paper, scissors and swimming a long way under water without breathing. Her other books include Big Ideas for Curious Minds, Sticky, and The BrontΓ«s. Best Test is Anna's second book with Tiny Owl.



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Sunday, October 2, 2022

"A VeryThankful Prayer Seek and Find" - a bookwrap

 

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A Very Thankful Prayer Seek and Find 


By Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Illustrated by Natalia Moore


Part of:  A Time to Pray ( 6 books ) 


"This sweet fall-themed seek-and-find activity board book helps your preschooler grow in gratitude as they search, match, learn, and give thanks."




Specs


* Reading Age:  3-5 years

* Grade Level:  PS-K

* Board Book:  12 pages

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson 

* Pub. Date:  August 2, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1400234069

* ISBN-13:  978-1400234066

* Language:  English



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The Book



This book is a celebration of Fall.  It is sure to help wee ones develop pre-reading skills and especially encourage them to give thanks with a grateful heart for all the bounty and beauty this special season has to offer. 

The rhyming text highlights all the blessings of the season.  The illustrations feature adorable woodland animals and a key of hidden objects on each page includes the name of each item.  The author has included a bonus key on the back cover with more items to find as the book is read through.  The book is perfect for the targeted ages of 3-5.  

What learning skills will kids be privy to?  They will...

* develop observation and concentrations skills
* learn letter recognition and connect letters with sounds
* identify simple sight words and match words to    pictures
* find pumpkins, colourful leaves, cozy hats, adorable critters, and more... 
* build confidence in their own value and skills

This well thought-out board book will have kids returning again and again to enjoy the colourful detailed illustrations and the fun search-and-find activities that the book provides.  I love the book and highly recommend the entire series.  



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author







Bonnie Rickner Jensen is the bestselling author behind the Really Woolly brand, with more than a million books sold and an ECPA Gold Award-winning Really Woolly Bedtime Prayers. Bonnie has won a Retailer’s Choice Award for her book I Love You Head to Toe and several Louie Awards for her work in the social expression industry. Her board book God, I Know You're There is now in four languages and is being continued into a series. She likes to surround herself with picture books, the people she loves, and treasures from her travels. Born in Ohio, she now calls sunny Florida home.




About the Illustrator







Natalia Moore studied illustration at Swansea University in Wales, passing with honors, and now lives and works in Devon, England. She has illustrated more than twenty children's books, working with mixed media and finishing off digitally, and is also a teacher and author. Natalia enjoys drawing from real life and is never without her sketchbook.




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Friday, September 30, 2022

God Gave Me Daddy - a bookwrap

 

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God Gave Me Daddy


by Pamela Kennedy

illustrated by Angela Edmonds


Specs


* Reading Age:  1-4 years

* Length:  22 pages

* Publisher:  B&H Kids

* Pub. Date:  Jan. 3, 2023

* ISBN-10:  108775559X

* ISBN-13:  978-1087755595


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The Book



  
This endearing book is a shout out to fatherhood!  It praises daddies who tenderly and faithfully interact with their little ones and cherish the times that is spent together. 

This delightful rhyming board book highlights how daddies are gifts from God and are so wonderful for so many different reasons. 

Adorable animals teach, cuddle and share adventures to express the message that daddies are awesome and important.  Wee ones can relate to the story and express how they are blessed by their own sweet daddies.  The refrain that is repeated throughout the book, "Thank You, God, for giving me Daddy!' will be tucked into little hearts long after the last page has been shared. 

I love the book and highly recommend it!  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



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Meet the Author







 

Pamela Kennedy grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from the University of Washington, then launched out with her Navy husband to visit a variety of home ports in the U.S. Writing was a portable career that traveled well and allowed her to hang around the house with her growing family. After leaving the Navy, the family put down roots in Honolulu, Hawaii for several years where Pam enjoyed teaching at a girls' school. Recently retired, both she and her husband have returned to Seattle to be closer to their adult children and their families. When she's not playing with her grandchildren, Pam continues to write essays and hymn stories for IDEALS Magazine as well as inspirational and devotional books for children and adults. She has also collaborated with her daughter, Anne Kennedy Brady, on several children's books. Together, they created the Otter B series for Focus on the Family/Tyndale Publishing. You can check out additional info on her webpage at: pamelakennedy.net. (photo credit: Kelsey Lynne Photography)




About the Illustrator








Angela started drawing animals at the age of four and has never stopped.  She grew up in the bush of Alaska, there were few roads so the family car was a tiny propeller bush plane.  She graduated from California Institute of the Arts and landed her first job with Disney Animation as a layout artist.  She spent her early career working as an artist in children's entertainment television.  Angela fell in love with children's book illustration when she was asked to illustrate her first picture book.  She now lives on a ranch just minutes from Los Angeles, with her husband and pets. 



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