Monday, February 17, 2014

Take Time Each Day to Remind Your Children How Much You LOVE Them -- Here Are Some Great Books To Help Make Quality Time Much More Special (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Just because Valentine's Day is over, doesn't mean you can't share cute books about "love" with your kids. Some great children's books from Candlewick Press which have become favorites of my girls are the following:


Guess How Much I Love You Sweetheart Edition

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Series: Guess How Much I Love You
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763649139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649135
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches

Synopsis:

"Since its debut fifteen years ago, the tale of two Nutbrown Hares who love each other to the moon and back has enchanted millions of readers around the world. What may be a little-kept secret, however, is that many of those readers aren’t so little! After all, who doesn’t like to be reminded that they’re loved, unconditionally and boundlessly? Now spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, adult children and grandchildren, siblings, friends, and anyone else who’d like to give this book to their grown-up loved ones have a special edition. Beautifully cloth bound in vibrant red, this GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Sweetheart Edition is a must-have for anyone who loves someone more than they can measure.
One of the world’s best-loved picture books, with an elegant new cover, is the perfect way to share your affection with a loved one of any age."

My Thoughts:

While this is the same classic story, this version comes with a cloth cover, which makes it great to give as a gift for baby's first birthday or as part of a baby shower gift.  I have received this book on several occasions, as it has been released in a board book, pop up and even gift set version.  Each and every time I share this book with my girls, I can't help but smile as they try to stretch their hands out as far as they can to show me just how much they love me.  If only they could reach to the moon and back, then they would know just how much my love is for them. :-)  

This book is great to give as a gift, or simply pick up and share at bedtime with your child.  No matter what their age, children will always feel good as they hear you read this book and show them just how much the are loved. 

My Penguin Osbert in Love


  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763650013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763650018
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches

Synopsis:

"Joe couldn’t be more surprised to find his friend Osbert knocking at his front door--AWOL from the zoo--with an invitation to a South Pole extravaganza under his wing. Since penguins can’t fly, and Joe has a helicopter from Santa, the boy is soon piloting a bunch of penguins on a long journey south. But when Osbert ignores the southern lights and only has eyes for a penguin named Aurora, Joe starts to worry. Will he ever get back in time for his own family’s Midwinter Bash?"

My Thoughts:

I don't know what it is about penguins, that my girls love so much.  I know they are cute, but every time we see something with a penguin on it -- a book, stickers, toys, etc., they just have to have it.  :-)  So, when I saw this book on the Candlewick Press website, I knew that they girls would go crazy for it.  It didn't matter the story, just as long as they could enjoy the penguin illustrations, they would be happy.  Not only were the illustrations amazing to look at, but the story itself was cute.  It was about a boy's penguin named Osbert who needed a ride to the South Pole to see the Southern Lights Extravaganza.  Osbert and his friends from the zoo knew that Joe would be able to help them -- and that he did, with the help of a helicopter Santa brought him for Christmas.  So, Joe, Osbert and the other penguins piled into the little helicopter and set off on the long trip to the South Pole.  Upon arriving, Osbert was distracted when he caught site of a beautiful penguin.  So much for travelling all that way to see the beautiful Southern lights.  Would he have the courage to introduce himself to Aurora?  And, once he met her, would he want to return home with Joe, or stay in the South Pole with his new lady love?  

It was getting late and Joe had to return home in time for his mother's party.  But, Osbert was no where to be found.  Then, Joe found him with Aurora -- but he wasn't ready to leave just yet.  Joe didn't want to return home without his best friend, but couldn't wait any longer.  As he went to board the helicopter with the other zoo penguins, he couldn't help but feel sad.  But, that sadness didn't last long, as he noticed Osbert and Aurora were ready to go back home, too.  

This book has become a favorite bedtime book for the girls -- not just because it is about penguins, but because the story is cute and all about love and friendship. :-)


Hearts



  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Toon
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Toon Books (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935179594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935179597
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches

Synopsis:

"When Penelope the Fox drops her heart into the sea, she’s swept off on a perilous journey, dodging sharks and royal cat-guards until a cartwheeling chicken leads her to the land of lost things. Young readers will fall in love with Thereza Rowe’s bold and playful designs. And as they follow Penelope (and her heart!), they will learn what is truly precious."

My Thoughts:

Even though there are words scattered throughout the pages, this book really is great for little ones to lend their imagination and tell their rendition of the story, based on what they see in the colorful illustrations. My girls are at the age where they can't get enough of books.  Savannah loves picking up picture books from the bookcase to read to Bella or share a bedtime story to her dolls.  It is cute to see not only because she is loving books just as much as I do, but also because she is understanding what is going on in the story and can use her words to tell a descriptive story.

In this picture book, Penelope the Fox loses her heart and sets out on a journey to find it.  Finding it is not the problem.  She has difficulty in holding on to it.  Filled with themes like love, loss, fear and determination, this picture book with few words, will leave it up to your child to tell the story of Penelope the Fox and her journey to find her lost heart.

This is definitely one book that will be enjoyed by the girls for quite some time.  Even if the girls are not interested in creating their own story, they will admire the colorful illustrations that make this a favorite among children and their parents.


Dinosaur Kisses

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076366104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763661045
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches


Synopsis:

"WHOMP! An energetic young dinosaur figures out her own way to give a kiss in the latest from the creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken.

For newly hatched dinosaur Dinah, the world is an exciting place. There is so much to see and do. She tries this — STOMP! And she tries that — CHOMP! Then she sees a kiss and knows just what she wants to try next. Who can she kiss? And after a few disastrous attempts, can she figure out how to give someone a kiss without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first? Young children will chuckle and cheer when Dinah finds just the right creature for her dinosaur kisses in this funny new picture book from David Ezra Stein."

My Thoughts:

This ended up being a great book to share with our 2-yr. old daughter, Bella.  She is going through the stage of pulling hair and hitting, and this book really helped to show her the proper way to show others that they are loved.  While she may get angry and want to hit -- a hug goes a long way, as does a kiss on the cheek.  I shared the story with her the other night and compared the dinosaur chomping, whomping and stomping as he didn't know how to give kisses.  I kept asking her how she gives kisses and shows others just how much she loves them.  She would lean in and give me a kiss on the cheek.  Then, I would follow up and say "Doesn't that feel better than pulling sister's hair or hitting?"  While she is still learning how to control her temper (thanks terrible two's), she now knows that hugs and kisses (especially wet slobbery ones) are better than pulling hair or hitting.  And, having sister return the love is even better. :-)

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If you have children, then you know that they don't stay little for long. Each and every day I wake and see my girls, I can't believe how fast they are growing up.  From their favorite t-shirt being snug, to them doing something on their own that used to need my assist, I am constantly reminded that time isn't slowing down, and that I need to take every moment to savor their youth, and let them know just how much they are loved.  And, books like the ones shared above from Candlewick Press are great ways of reminding the girls.  They are also great reminders for my husband and I to slow down and give a few extra hugs and kisses, as one day the girls will not want to be smothered with hugs or kisses -- so, we have to make a point to get in extra snuggling and kisses now...while they will let us. :-)

Click here to visit the Candlewick Press website and see what other great books about "love" are available for purchase --http://www.candlewick.com/.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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