Thursday, October 18, 2018

Introduce Your Child to the Breathtaking Natural Wonders of Aurora Borealis in The New Children's Book, "Painted Skies" by Carolyn Mallory (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

We have been learning about space as part of our homeschooling, which has included learning about constellations and Aurora Borealis.  In addition to doing hands on activities which included making our own telescopes to look up at the stars, we also made constellations which we could see when we shined a flashlight through the paper and directed the light onto the wall.  We got this idea after visiting the Mystic Seaport and taking in one of their planetarium shows.  This was the first planetarium for the girls, and definitely not the last.  They left the constellation presentation wanting to learn more.  And, as part of this presentation they learned how boat captains used the stars to help guide them during the dark night skies.  They could find the bright North star in the sky, along with the big and little dipper and have a compass courtesy of the stars in the sky. The girls found this fascinating and came home wanting to visit the library to find more book about constellations and sailing, as well as Aurora Borealis, which was talked about in the presentation.

The reason Aurora Borealis came up is the man giving the presentation talked about how our sky at night time is light an art canvas. Depending on where you live, you can look up at the sky and see a sky filled with stars -- maybe even a shooting star or full moon, or if you live in Iceland you can enjoy the Northern Lights (also known as Aurora Borealis).  

The girls saw photos of Aurora Borealis and thought it was the most beautiful thing they had seen, and asked if we could save money to go to Iceland and see the Northern Lights up close.  I told that this trip has been on my bucket list since I was little, and hopefully one day we could also see this breathtaking display of lights in person.  But, in the meantime, we have been busy making our own Northern Lights canvas prints that the girls have hanging in their room, to go along with their glow in the dark stars on the ceiling.  Shh, don't tell the girls, but Santa is getting them a fun nightlight that projects the colorful Northern Lights on their wall/ceiling, for them to enjoy while drifting off to sleep.  

In addition to all the fun arts and crafts we have been doing along with school work to learn about space, constellations and the Northern Lights, I also shared a fun book with the girls that was recently sent to, "Painted Skies" by Carolyn Mallory,

This book, whose illustrations are done by Amei Zhao, is one of beauty.  As you flip through the pages, you can't help but feel you are tagging along with Leslie as she discovers the beauty of the Arctic's natural wonders.  Readers will enjoy an Inuit legend told to them in narrative form, as well as a scientific explanation behind the amazing Northern Lights.

Even if you aren't studying the Northern Lights, this is definitely a great book to share with your child at bedtime.  They will admire the colorful illustrations that depict this amazing phenomenon, which will have them falling asleep wishing they were visiting the Arctic to see this natural wonder in their dreams.

More about this book:

"A young girl learns the traditional Inuit story behind the Aurora Borealis?

Leslie is new to the Arctic, and no one told her there would be so much snow, and so many interesting animals to see. Along with her new friend, Oolipika, Leslie soon discovers one the Arctic's most unique and breathtaking natural wonders, the northern lights. Having never seen such lights before, Leslie is understandably shocked by them. Oolipika, on the other hand, knows that the ancient lights are more than just colours, and that the mischievous, playful spirits that the northern lights hold can be dangerous. This contemporary narrative introduces young readers to an Inuit legend about the northern lights, followed by an epilogue that explains the science behind this amazing natural phenomenon."

About the Author:

Carolyn Mallory grew up in northern Ontario, raised her three children in Nunavut, and has always considered herself a northern girl. She is the co-author of Common Plants of Nunavut and the author of Common Insects of Nunavut. She now lives in Nova Scotia with her dogs, cats, lizard, gerbils, frogs, fish, and a house-pig named Stella.Amei Zhao works in visual development and production design for TV and feature animation.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Family Tragedies & How To Survive Them

There is an interesting twofold nature to a family being struck by tragedy. Firstly, it is likely that there are more elegant solutions to the problem at hand than you might at first imagine. This alone is comforting. Secondly, more often than not such situations do have a way of uniting the individual members within that family, and such unity is often desired anyway. Even so, of course, nobody wishes tragedy on anybody’s family, and if you are currently undergoing such a time then it is natural to feel utterly inconsolable. Irregardless, however, it’s important to try and focus - as a group, together - on what you might be able to do to move ahead. This could mean taking bold steps, or just sitting and licking your wounds collectively for a time. But you need to have some kind of an action plan if you are to come out the other side of your tragedy, refreshed and ready to face life again.

Being The Support For Each Other

Probably the most important thing to remember during such a time is to try and continue to be a huge support for each other. As long as you are able to do that, you will all individually and collectively find it much easier to see the light - and to get through it to the end of the tunnel in one piece. Clearly, we run into a problem here which needs addressing immediately; namely, that in order to be supportive for each other, you need to feel within yourself able to do so. That can be more than a little challenging when you yourself are going through a particularly harrowing or troublesome time. But there are two things to note here in order to make this process seemingly easier. Firstly, it is likely that you will find the strength necessary by virtue of merely being the parent that you are; there is something natural to this which springs through quite easily. Secondly, you will find that once you have started the ball rolling on this, it will become easier to do. Take a moment as a family to try and hold each other up, and you will find that it is the start of what you need to do to carry on as a group.

Focusing On Solutions

In certain cases, arguing that there might be ‘solutions’ at all can seem a little trite. If you have recently lost somebody, for instance, you would argue that there is no solution to be found, besides - as we have already said - being there for each other. But in the vast majority of our human struggles, there are still actions we can take - however small - which can allow us to get through the situation much more easily. Not to mention that we often start to grieve for a situation before we even know for certain that it is definitely a lost cause. You might, let’s say, have gone through the turmoil of trying to bear children, only to discover that you are infertile. Still in that circumstance, there are solutions to consider: consulting with a ConceiveAbilities surrogacy agency, adoption, fostering. By keeping focused on solutions rather than problems, you pave the way for a much more rational and sensible approach to managing whatever life may throw at you.

Looking Ahead

Tied closely in with that, but quite distinct, is the act of always trying to look ahead. As human beings, we have a tendency to look behind us at what has gone before, and to thereby make of ourselves prisoners of the past. If we can instead find in ourselves the power and tenacity to look forward - or at least, not to look back quite so much - we are much more likely to find ourselves capable of feeling strong enough to deal with whatever problems may arise. Looked upon in this regard, even life’s worst sufferings may be more manageable - and when we follow this approach as a family unit, it becomes a thousand times more powerful. If you find that you or your family have particular struggle with trying to always look ahead, bear in mind that everyone knows this feeling - but that, like muscle memory, you might be able to improve your ability to do this more easily and steadily than you might think.

The above are three practical solutions for trying to deal with a family tragedy, but even so they should not be pursued without also ensuring that you take care of yourself and those around you with a great deal of love and honor.

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'Tis The Season To Be Soupy

Summer is over. Let’s make the most of Fall.

It’s more easily said than done. Most households will get to struggle with the first few signs of fall – or pre-winter as some people like to refer to it. The decrease in natural daylight affects everyone. One day, you woke up feeling the first ray of sun on your face, and the next, you’re leaving to work in total darkness. Needless to say, you can expect to feel a little cranky about it! Long hours of darkness can make you feel as if you were spending most of your day at work — or school, for kids — and ultimately you can’t help but worry that you’re missing out. Additionally, rainy and windy days become gradually more frequent. Before you know why you begin to feel tired and a little low. Even the pretty leaves that fly in the park can’t really put a smile on your face. Yes, you know what we’re talking about. You’ve got a bad case of fall-aversion! Don’t worry, it’ll soon pass, once you stop mourning the death of summer. But in the meantime, you can switch healthy and bright summer salad for equally healthy and bright fall soups.

Now is the perfect season for homemade soup. And here’s a little list of the best recipes around, if you don’t know where to start.

Stop everything and eat soup

Soup might sound like the kind of boring food that your kids would reject, but in reality, it’s full of goodness. If your family fails to understand your love of soup, you will need to find the most direct way to win them over: Through the stomach! A bowl of soup is hugely gratifying when the temperatures drop outside because it has the ability to warm you up rapidly. For someone who doesn’t like to consume their food in liquid form, you can keep a comfy soup in chunky bites that fall apart in the spoon. It might look messy at first in the bowl, but it’s guaranteed to keep you warm and happy! Besides, if you’re worried about getting back in shape for the Christmas holiday, relying on light broth with plenty of vegetables can help you to achieve your goal weight. And finally, you can prepare your soup in advance and reheat it when needed. Homemade, warming, healthy and practical, what’s not to love about it?

Chicken soup for everyone

The colder and rainy months tend to be associated with chicken soup, and with good reason: It is the preferred soup to fight a cold. The fact is that scientists agree that homemade chicken soup can indeed help to ease your symptoms, hopefully before you pass it on to the rest of the family! The recommended recipe includes plenty of goodness from vegetables too. Testing grandma’s recipes, scientists have managed to demonstrate that the soup could boost your immune system to fight off the flu. However, you might want to keep some soup for later, especially if you find your baby coughing too – before assuming it’s a cold, you need to know how to diagnose and care for your baby’s cough. Your baby’s immune system can benefit from chicken soup too when they’re old enough to have a more diverse diet – you can blend it to make it easier to consume.

Freak everyone out with a pumpkin soup

With Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin spice is everywhere. In fact, you have been missing out if you haven’t yet had your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. But you can surprise your family with a savory recipe instead – which is healthier than the traditional pumpkin pie. Add a few decorative elements, such as fake bugs and rodents to keep some seasonal fun. You can even plan a spooky evening for the kids and tie it in with the Halloween themes you’ve chosen. You can bake your own fake bones, for instance, with a mix of flour, grated cheese, butter and milk – prepare your dough like cracker dough and shape each bone before baking. Happy spooked kids guaranteed! For a fearsome blood effect, you can make a beetroot consomme to pour into the soup just before serving.

The healthy Japanese pick-me-up after a long day

You haven’t lived if you haven’t tried ramen noodle soup. Stay away from the noodle pack you can buy in shops, as these lack essential nutrients and can contain addictive. The abundance of easy recipes on the go has caused ramen soup to develop an unhealthy reputation. In reality, the Japanese recipe is hugely healthy when done properly. If you want a proper taste, head over to your local ramen restaurants to try the real thing. Here’s a hint: The soup contains more than just noodle. And here’s the secret to making it work: A good ramen soup gives you the right level of pick-me-up energy and smoothness. They’re even better if you can make the stock from scratch, but you can use stock cubes if you’re in a hurry. Traditional ramen soups include spinach, sweetcorn, soft boiled eggs, spring onion and a nori sheet as well as sliced meat or fish.

For the rustic feel in the kitchen

If you love French cuisine, and the rustic taste of simple food, you can’t let the fall go by without making your own onion soup. Contrary to a lot of typical French recipes, this one is dead easy! The secret to the French recipe is to caramelize the onions – but if you don’t want to spend ages in front of the stove, you can pop them in the oven at a low temperature. Combine with slices of grilled bread with melted cheese on top – Cheddar and Monterey Jack are excellent choices, but you can try oven-grilled camembert for a twist!

The result: A delicious bowl of soup that will transport to into the center of France from the first spoonful!

No more seasonal affective disorder: Make place for the tomato soup

Who says cold weather, says seasonal affective disorder, a.k.a. SAD. You might not be aware of it, but a lot of people struggle with SAD when the days grow shorter. Feeling of apathy, lack of motivation, and generally low interest are typical symptoms. Not everyone experiences severe depression as a result of the weather! But the lack of direct sunlight can have a significant impact on your well being. Don’t let it drag you down, though. You can bring some sun directly onto the dinner table with a delicious homemade tomato soup recipe. Why tomato soup? Because it’s filled with all the vitamins, you need to feel better in your skin. If that soup doesn’t put a smile on your lips, nothing will.

The unexpected sweet soup from Scandinavia

Norway has a favorite soup in winter, and it’s called the Sotsuppe, or sweet soup if you prefer. The soup is best eaten as a dessert or as part of a breakfast selection, but you can also make it the main meal of a particularly cold and rainy day if you want to cheer up your family. The typical ingredients consist of dried apples, raisins, dried apricots, prunes and a cinnamon stick. You can also add a tablespoon of pearl tapioca for texture. Simmer it slowly to retain the shape of the fruits. By cooking most of the liquid, you obtain a compote, which is equally delicious but better used as a dessert only. For an extra treat, you can use cookie floaters to decorate.

Who said soups were old-fashioned and dull? There is so much to love with soups and so much you can do that it’s impossible not to give it a go this season.

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Create Your Own Magical 3D Scenes With the Fun Little Paper Worlds Color and Build Undersea Kingdom from Carlton Books (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Carlton Books

Both of my girls love marine life, and whenever we do crafting they seem to go off topic and doodle fish, turtles , seals, etc.  So, when I saw the Undersea Kingdom Create Your Own Magical 3D scenes book from Little Paper Worlds, I knew two girls who would have a blast coloring in the scene cards to make their own underwater kingdom.

In total there are 24 cards for your to color and enjoy.  The first two cards form the base of your paper world, and the remaining cards can be intermixed and slotted into the base you made, to bring your underwater kingdom to life.  With the 3D effect, you can look through the different cards and see ones behind it, so it looks like a really underwater world.

My girls were sick for most of the most of September and were looking for things to do while resting on the couch.  This book sure did come in handy.  They each chose 12 cards and took their time coloring in the underwater scenes, before working together to make the base and pyramid shape that attaches to it, to hold the different cards.  The girls were so proud of themselves when they were done, and loved the 3D effect the cards resting in the pyramid-shaped holder attached to the base gave.

Scenes to color include starfish and shells, coral and underwater plant life, school of fish, mermaid (male and female), turtles, sharks, and so much more.  When you think of underwater life, all this is included in the different scenes ready to be colored and be brought to life.  

The Undersea Kingdom is one of a few different color and create your own 3D world books from the Little Paper Worlds from Carlton Books.  Other books include 

  • Fantastical Beasts
  • Magical Forest
  • Ballerina Theatre

Seeing just how much fun my girls had coloring in the pictures and switching up their magical undersea kingdom, I will definitely be picking up others in this series to give them this holiday season.  My youngest loves dancing so will love the ballerina one, while my oldest is a fan of wildlife and owls so will love the magical forest book.  You can learn more about these Little Paper Worlds "create your own magical 3D Scenes/World" by Carlton Books.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Welcome in Fall with a Good Book -- Young History and US President Buffs Will Love These Books from Time for Kids (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

If you have a child who is big into history or learning about the USA, its presidents, the states and historical events that have had a lasting impact on our country, then you will want to check out the Time for Kids series.  I was recently sent a sampling of their new and recent releases, and made one 6.5 year old very happy with the books, as she is all about the presidents and history.  My youngest plans to be a history teacher one day, and right now books like these are not only filling her head with more knowledge about why America is awesome, but is making that much more excited to become a history teacher one day and share her knowledge with young children, and see them get excited about history like she does.

Check out these books which we have been reading and using with our homeschool, as we cover the 50 States, learning about the 45  US Presidents, important events in history, and more about the government and governing branches, in easy to follow along books, filled with lots of full color photographs and illustrations.


About this Book:

"TIME For Kids presents a complete overview of our nation's chief executives from George Washington to the newly elected 45th president!

Did you know that James Monroe was the first president to appear without a wig in public? Or that George W. Bush appointed the first African-American secretary of state? Presidents of the United States invites the reader inside the White House to discover fascinating facts about the U.S. commanders-in-chief-their origins, accomplishments, and place in history-as told through famous quotes, important historical dates, and a timeline of events. Special sections cover the election process, the branches of government, and the role of presidents in the expansion of our nation from before the 13 colonies through westward expansion. With more than 200 photographs, illustrations, portrait reproductions, and maps."

My Thoughts:

You can't go anywhere without seeing something about politics either on television or in print.  And, with the upcoming mid-term elections it seems like it is a constant thing in day to day life.  Even driving in the car, my girls are seeing all the signs in people's yards of those running in the upcoming election, as well as homemade signs made to tell people to get out and vote.  

We covered the elections in our homeschooling right before our current president was elected.  I taught the girls about the different branches of government as well as how elections take place and the need for key votes in different states. The girls really got into this, and asked to learn about the previous presidents as part of school this year.  I was looking for just the right book that included all the presidents, past and present, that was easy to understand, and would make learning about the different presidents fun.  That is how I came across this book from the popular Time for Kids series, which my girls and I love.   

Like the other Time for Kids books, this book features full color photographs and illustrations of each president, as well as facts about each. The book also covers the 13 colonies and how our country expanded over the years.  My girls really enjoy using this book to learn about the presidents, and I have to say that I am am little jealous as I really like the format of this book, and wished it was around when I was learning abut the US Presidents, as how I was taught was boring.  Kids will really retain a lot of the information shared in this book, and will find themselves talking about the different presidents.  I love to sit and hear my girls talk about their favorite presidents and why, while including facts they have learned thus and how the presidents made lasting impacts on our country during their time served.


About this Book:

"Did you know the name Alaska comes from an Aleut word meaning "great land?" Or that St. Augustine, Florida, founded in 1565, is the oldest city in our country? TIME For Kids presents the glorious 50 states of our nation in this informative guide and shares the qualities that make each one unique-- from their geographic and political origins to the individual states’ place in history. Packed with fun facts, illustrated maps, full-color photos, and state profiles organized alphabetically for easy search, 50 States: Our America is a great resource for school reports, summer road trips, and young readers' general curiosity."

My Thoughts:

This book has been coming in handy this year for our homeschooling, as we are studying the 50 states and doing a postcard exchange with other homeschoolers around the United States.  We shared facts and our CT state profile on the CT postcards we sent out, for others to learn about our state.  And, when we received postcards from other states in the mail, the girls have a blast trying to locate the on the wall map we have up, and then reach for this book to read more fun facts and information about the state.  We have 35 out of 50 states so far received in postcards, with more expected in the coming weeks.  What a fun way to learn about the different states, than with a fun postcard exchange, as well as reading this book, which includes full-color photos, state profiles, fun facts and an illustrated map so that you can locate easily.


About this Book:

"The Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and more!

The third title in the handbook series from TIME for Kids following Presidents of the United States and 50 StatesOur Nation's Documents offers annotated surveys of American history’s foundational works with up-to-date scholarship and more than 200 full-color photos and illustrations. This guide provides young readers with the basic information they need to know about the establishment of our government, and gives an historical perspective on current political events. This collection of documents includes The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution with the Bill of Rights and amendments, plus excerpts from the Federalist Papers and much more."

My Thoughts:

"OMG," this is what my 6.5 year old history buff said when I showed her this book recently.  She is all about history and famous speeches, and was excited to see the Declaration of Independence and Emancipation Proclamation mentioned on the cover of this book. If you were to ask my daughter who her favorite president is, she will not hesitate in giving you her answer.  She is all about Abe Lincoln.  The reason she likes he most is that he helped to abolish slavery.  She is also keen on Frederick Douglas, a slave who became friends with Abraham Lincoln, and helped pave the way for the Emancipation Proclamation.  Now, I am not a huge history person -- it was never a favorite subject in school -- but, seeing my daughter get so into it and be passionate about it when she talks about it, makes me want to learn more and alongside her.  This book, in particular, was a favorite of mine.  I loved how it was written and how it describes our government and its branches, all as well as covering political events past and present that have and are having a lasting impact on the USA.  Like the other Time for Kids books, this one is also filled with full-color photos and illustrations and written with kids in mind, making it more enjoyable to read, while learning all about our nation's documents.

About this Book:

"TIME For Kids explores America from sea to shining sea!

Discover what makes America unique in this comprehensive timeline and photographic overview of American history--pre-Columbus through the present--highlighting the milestone events and important people that have made America awesome. 

Perfect for both dip-in reference and longer-form reading, Awesome America is organized into thematic sections, each comprised of bite-sized articles, engaging factoid sidebars, colorful charts, graphics and interactive quizzes to help make learning about American history interesting, interactive, and fun. From America's early history all the way to present day, kids will learn about what it was like to grow up in the 1700's, 1800's, 1900's and today and discover the inventions, innovations, and important social movements great Americans have created over the years."

My Thoughts:

America is already great, and has been great for most of history -- even though some may disagree.  This book is a comprehensive timeline including lots of photos of important events in events, that have made America the awesome country that it is today.  Everything you ever wanted to know about US history, famous people and our culture is covered in this book.  It is broken down into thematic sections, making it easy for kids to grab this book as a reference for school, or to study a particular time in history that interests them.  

I have found my youngest daughter choosing this book as her book to read for the day, when I have the girls sit and read 45 minutes a day.  She sometimes has questions, but most of the time she is just excited and wants to share about things she had read, to see if I was in the know or not. As a parent, I highly recommend this book for families with children still in school.  This is one of those books that they will pull from the bookcase and reference as they progress through school, and one that will help them better understand the different time periods in history.

About this Book:

"TIME introduces the Heroes of History series—life stories of extraordinary Americans, illustrated in full-color.

Forget everything you think you know about George Washington. The father of our country remains a mystery to too many of us. Now TIME tells the full, fascinating story of the Virginia planter who fought for Britain in the French and Indian War, led a rag-tag colonial army to victory over the British Empire, and was elected the first President of the United States. Young adult readers ready to look beyond the “Who Was” series deserve a collection of biographies all their own with the details, nuance, and depth they crave. With dozens of reproductions of artworks, artifacts from the period, photographs, and illustrations created to bring the subject alive, this first book in the new series, Heroes of History, captures “the essential American” and brings his life and chaotic, revolutionary times into fresh focus."

My Thoughts:

Next to Abe Lincoln, George Washington is a close second on my daughter's list of favorite presidents.  She was so excited when she saw this and the Alexander Hamilton books arrive in the mail, as she is always up on learning more about the president and heroes in US history.

This book is made up of five chapters that share the life and times of Washington including his time as Commander in the Continental Army, as well as his presidency.  While more wordy than the other books I mentioned above, this chapter book really is a must read for chapter book readers who enjoy learning about heroes in US History, or about our presidents.  While reading this book with my daughter, I found myself learning things about George Washington that I had never knew, and found fascinating.  And, I loved seeing my daughter all smiles and eager for our one-on-one bedtime reading, so that we could enjoy this book together.  This is definitely one book we will read time and again, and use as reference when studying this president further.

About this Book:

"TIME introduces the Heroes of History series—life stories of extraordinary Americans, illustrated in full-color.

Think you know everything about Alexander Hamilton? Think again! The original immigrant success story brought to life in the musical Hamilton is every bit as amazing and controversial now as it was in the 18th century. TIME tells the whole story of the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury—a founding father with a complicated and ultimately tragic story that didn’t end with the duel in Weehawken. Young adult readers ready to look beyond the “Who Was” series deserve a collection of biographies all their own with the details, nuance, and depth they crave. With dozens of reproductions of artworks, artifacts from the period, photographs, and illustrations created to bring the subject alive, this first book in the new series, Heroes of History, captures “the quintessential immigrant success story” and brings his life and chaotic, revolutionary times into fresh focus."

My Thoughts:
This book is set up just like the George Washington one, and will make learning about this president fun for young chapter readers.  We found it better to read a chapter at a time in case we wanted to do more research online about what we had just read or learned about this president, as well as not to overwhelm ourselves with the wealth of information shared throughout the pages of this well-written book about another great hero in history.


These are just a handful of books about our history from Time for Kids, that are worth checking out.  I can't say enough about how great these books are, as they are written just for kids and in an easy-to-understand way. Kids will have fun learning about historical people, events, etc. when they pick up a book in the Time for Kids series.  To learn more about these and other books in the popular series, head on over to

Disclosure:  I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book -- If Your Child Likes Creepy and Gross Things, Then They Will Love "Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals (An Animal Planet Book) by Charles Ghigna (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Like I shared earlier, my oldest daughter is all about books that include cats and dogs, while my other daughter gravitates more towards history and biographies.  But, when it comes to bugs and other gross and unusual animals, they both go crazy for this sort of thing.  So, when I saw Animal Planet was coming out with the book, "Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals (An Animal Planet Book)," I knew two girls who would love to get their hands on a copy, and read through the pages.  And, that they were!  I showed my girls this book a few weeks ago, and they grabbed it from my hand and rushed to the couch to sit together, flipping through the pages.  The grosser and more unusual the better, and this book had enough weird and strange animals that made my girls smile. :-)  

The book is broken down into four sections:
  1. Strange Animals
  2. Unusual Animals
  3. Gross Animals
  4. Cool Animals
The animals featured in the book come from all walks of life, which makes reading through the book that much interesting, as you never know what animal you will learn about next.  And, the pages are filled with full-color photos so you can see these animals close up.  My girls really had fun flipping through the pages of this book chock full of odd creatures that you can't wait to learn more about.  Yes, some are weird, and some are scary or disgusting, but they are all amazing and learning about them is made fun with this book.

About this book:

"Animal Planet presents the ickiest, stickiest, blobbiest, and oddest animals in the world!

Did you know that an archerfish can spit water up to 16 feet? Or that the giant weta is the world's largest and heaviest insect? Animal Planet's fascinating exploration of animal oddities introduces young animal lovers to some of the most astonishing, gorgeous, and obscure animals in the world-including some brand new discoveries! Packed with more than 200 vibrant photographs and fun facts about animals with unusual behaviors, strange appearances, and remarkable stats, this deluxe gift book is perfect for reluctant readers or anyone who loves totally gross and amazing animals. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books in the Animal Bites series benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.), Animal Planet's initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild."

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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