Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mamaw Tree



My daughter and I planted a tree in honor of my mom.  Baby Puppy named it the Mamaw Tree.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: If You Were Me And Lived In . . . Hungary

Welcome to Hungary! Join Carole P. Roman and learn about this beautiful country in Central Europe. Packed with colorful illustrations, children will learn about the sights, currency, food, and even a few Hungarian words. This critically acclaimed series has been embraced by children, parents, and educators. Deceptively simple, it is jam packed with a vast array of information to ignite any child's interest in the world around them.
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Of the books from Carole P. Roman's If You Were Me and Lived in series that I've read (and I've read quite a few), If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Hungary (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014) is one of the coolest.  Did you know that the Rubik's Cube was invented by a Hungarian professor (damn you, Hungary!  I never could work that thing.)?  I didn't!  It's details like that alongside the vocabulary words and standard geographic information that make the book entertaining as well as educational.  I love this series for little kids, and I highly recommend it.

Note:  In case you've ever wondered, I donate these books after I review them.  They make wonderful additions to early elementary classrooms.

I received a complimentary copy of If You Were Me and Lived in . . . Hungary to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Captain No Beard - An Imaginary Tale Of A Pirate's Life

Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures! Captain No Beard - An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life named to Kirkus Reviews' BEST OF 2012 for Children's Indie Books, and garnered the star of remarkable merit! "Roman charms with an imaginative,whimsical picture book that will entertain even the oldest pirates." Kirkus Review
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Not too long ago, I reviewed one of Carole P. Roman's Captain No Beard books and declared it the cutest in the series.  Well, I was wrong.  Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012) is my new favorite.  It's the first in the Captain No Beard series (how did I not read this one first?), and sets the bar really high.  The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the Captain's refrain ("Being a captain is hard work") is funny and just adorable.  I got a huge kick out of this Captain No Beard, and I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.