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3 07, 2016

Review: If You Were Me and Lived in…Egypt by Carole P. Roman

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |0 Comments

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if you were me and lived in egypt book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

As the title suggests, If You Were Me and Lived in…Egypt describes what it’s like to live as a child in Egypt. The book begins by explaining to children where Egypt is located on the globe and that it’s a transcontinental country, meaning that it is located in both Africa and Asia. The author, Carole P. Roman, discusses the culture of Egypt, the capital city of Cairo, the Middle East in general, and provides an overall good introduction for children who may not be familiar with this region of the world.

19 06, 2016

Review: A Sunny Day by Eric Cash

By | June 19th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |0 Comments

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a sunny day book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

A Sunny Day is part of the Cave Kiddos series by the author Eric Cash. On the back of the book, Cash talks about being interested in children’s speech development because his own children experienced delays in their speech.

Cave children Alk, Haha, Lala, and Zee have a short adventure where they discover water in bowls. The book begins with Alk, the main character, coming out of his cave, raising his club, and yelling “Waaa!” The rest of the children follow, carrying four bowls of water and saying, “Wa” while another cave child says “Ter.” Everyone seems surprised.

21 05, 2016

Reviews: Carole P. Roman Children’s Books

By | May 21st, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |2 Comments

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can a princess be a firefighter book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

I got three books by Carole P. Roman: Can a Princess Be a Firefighter, Rocket-Bye, and If You Were Me and Lived in…Italy. All three were very good books, but were meant for varying ages.

My favorite book out of the three (and the book that was age-appropriate for my children: ages three and five) was Can a Princess Be a Firefighter. This book was very cute and I loved the underlying message; that you can be anything that you want to be. Although the characters were two small girls, my son liked it as well. He stopped and asked me a couple times if he could be my prince and work in the different professions. Another thing that I liked in this book is that it encourages

22 02, 2016

Review: Spry Sparrow by Donna Hammontree

By | February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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spry sparrow book coverReviewed by Leigh Adamkiewicz

Anxiety and depression are the worst. Especially when you’re a kid. Having been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder as a young child, I know how isolating it can be. I know how it feels when your thoughts suddenly shift and all you feel is the world closing in. You can’t stop focusing on what could happen, what could be around the corner, and all the ways you should have tried to prevent it.

Worse of all, it feels like you’re the only one who’s suffering. No one else seems to see things you do. And you’re terrified of telling anyone. Who else would know how this feels?

Spry Sparrow: From Drab to Fab, written by Donna Hammontree, is a refreshing treat that proves otherwise. Written to help kids at the 3rd grade level, this

8 02, 2016

Review: Smithsonian Sticker Creations: Dinosaurs

By | February 8th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , |3 Comments

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sticker creations dinosaurs book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

It seems like nearly every child goes through a stage of fascination with dinosaurs. Those great beasts that once roamed the earth capture the imagination and illicit many questions. Where did they live and why did they die? These are just the beginning of the questions children ask. One great way to explore these many questions is with the interactive sticker activity book, Smithsonian Sticker Creations: Dinosaurs.

When I opened this packaged set, I was immediately captured by the high quality components that are sure to appeal to children of all ages. Included in this set is a 64 page sticker activity book, 175 reusable stickers, five 3-D stickers, and a framed play scene for children to create their own dinosaur masterpiece. Each of these components works together to create a learning

30 01, 2016

Review: Smithsonian Young Explorers: 50 States

By | January 30th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, For Kids, Gift Ideas|Tags: , |5 Comments

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smithsonian 50 states book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

When you think of geography, what are the words that come to mind? When I was in elementary school, I remember it as being boring, meaningless and tedious. As a child, it didn’t connect to my small world. Other than family vacations to other states, I had no real concept that the geography of a country could vary so widely. Why could we pick apples in our backyard but not oranges? Why did the water in our lakes taste so different than the salty ocean? Don’t get me wrong, we learned the answers to these questions, but the maps filled with words were so far removed from the concrete realm of childhood that they just didn’t mean much.

So, when I saw the Smithsonian Young Explorers: 50 States, I knew I was

28 01, 2016

Review: Welcome to the Symphony by Carolyn Sloan

By | January 28th, 2016|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, For Kids, Gift Ideas|Tags: , |1 Comment

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welcome to the symphony book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

One of the best ways to get kids interested in classical music is to just expose them to it on a regular basis. Have it playing from the time they are little. But what can you do to help explain to a child who hasn’t been exposed to classical music and symphonies exactly what they are? In Welcome to the Symphony, Carolyn Sloan takes on this project by combining a love of music and a love of books and creating something that is fun, engaging, and educational.

Throughout the book there are three mice who are watching as an orchestra comes together to play a symphony. They learn about what a symphony is, how an orchestra is directed, and what instruments make up the orchestra. What makes this book even more unique

24 12, 2015

Review: The Coal Thief by Alane Adams

By | December 24th, 2015|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, For Kids, Gift Ideas|Tags: , |3 Comments

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the coal thief book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

The morning is cold. There is no coal left to warm the stove. The 20’s were a hard time for many people, but Georgie’s friend has an idea of how to get what they need to stay warm. Georgie had his misgivings, yet he followed his friend’s lead and climbed up into the coal car of a train to throw down the coal.

Alane Adams does a beautiful job of expressing Georgie’s story with beautiful language and an excellent illustrator. Some of my favorite aspects of Adams telling of The Coal Thief is her gentle way of fleshing out peer pressure, being “caught” by Dad and how Georgie’s father handled his son’s misdeed, the father’s generosity, the Father’s love and good example set for his son, and Georgie’s admiration of his hard working

22 12, 2015

Review: Christmas to Color by Mary Tanana

By | December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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christmas to color book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

I love to color…even at my mid-thirties age, I still love to color. My mom taught us the “proper” way to color and we helped her work on Bible class flip-charts and decorations for her classroom so I’ve been doing some serious coloring since I was very young. So when Christmas to Color came available to review, I was super excited! We’ve all seen the adult coloring books that have become all the rage in the last couple years, but some of them are disappointing. The paper is too thin, the designs are weird, or they’re just boring. However, from the moment I opened Christmas to Color, I knew I was going to love this book. Mary Tanana starts the book off with a simple explanation of how she went about

22 12, 2015

Review: Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark

By | December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, For Kids, Gift Ideas|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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tell the story to its end book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I haven’t read a middle grade book since I was in elementary school, and I’m starting to second-guess this decision. Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark surprised me with its dark story-telling approach. I was often wondering if this was geared more towards young adults while reading the novel, which says a lot about Clark’s writing abilities.

The story is about Oli, a twelve-year-old boy whose mother decided they should move from London to the countryside. Oli is not happy with this change in scenery, to say the least. That is, until he discovers Eren and his dark asphyxiation with telling stories and fables. Oli’s summer countryside retreat takes a dramatic turn as he learns about the difference between the truth and lies and what makes