Kia and her team from New York, the Crimson Five, made it through Nationals. Now they are on their way to the Piedmont Global Championships in Quebec. There they will compete against other kids just like them, inventors and problem solvers from around the world.
But when they arrive, the team is presented with a new task that they must solve, and in only two weeks. When lack of inspiration and nasty rumors leave the team with doubts. Kia knows that they will have to do something to bring them all back together before it is too late or they will lose the competition.
This was a very entertaining story about a group pf five very creative and intelligent young people as they compete for the chance to have their invention created.
Kia is the main character of this story, but in reality it follows all five of her team members. These kids are very bright for their age, but they are still young children so they have doubts, and worries and fears.
I loved the ideas and the inventions the Crimson Five and the other teams came up with. I wish I had read book one beforehand in order to know more about their first invention, but despite that fact, I was still able to follow along.
The settings were very imaginative and intriguing. Their tree-houses were very creative, as well as the thinking pool. Though I wish I had been able to know how to get across those jungle gym bars.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would give it four out of five stars. I would recommend it to young readers with a love for invention.
I received my copy of this novel from Librarything.com for the sole purpose of providing an honest review. The image featured above is my own.
We all know the traditional nighttime prayers for small children. Also the prayers we say right before we eat. But we don’t have to be eating or sleeping to be able to pray. These baby animals and their families will help children to learn to pray for all kinds of situations and any time of day or night.
I found this to be a very cute little book of prayers. The illustrations are beautiful, with soft textures and soothing colors. Each new page shows a different set of animals, presumably a child with one of their parents, though not all of the pages are this way. One simply has two young squirrels and the corresponding prayer in about a sibling.
The prayers are simple and for the most part. Flows well. There are a couple that might be a little more difficult to for the new reader. The prayers cover a wide variety of times and situations throughout the day that one might pray. Everything from waking up to not sharing your toys to sick loved ones to bedtime.
My children and I really enjoyed this cute little book of prayers. My children also loved the animal illustrations. I especially liked the Bible verses attached to each prayer.
I would give this book four out of five stars and would recommend it to young readers who enjoy similar books.
I received my copy of this book through Booklookbloggers.com for the sole purpose of providing an honest review and through them I have permission to use the image above.
Scarboy and his brother, Little Child, have just lost their mother. With no father or mother to care for them, they become wards of the evil Enchanter and the Enchanted City. Scarboy’s mother used to tell him stories of an exiled king. When presented the opportunity, Scarboy and Little Child take the chance to go and find the king their mother told them about.
This is a very interesting allegorical story. I am surprised I have never heard of it before.
I thought this book might be another good one to read to my kids, but they didn’t particularly like it or understand all of the connections. I believe now that they may be too young for it.
The illustrations are very detailed. Filled with the colors that reflect the situations of the world. The people are full of life and the illustrations bring that forth, including the darker parts.
I would have to give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia novels.
I received my copy of this book from BookCrash.com for the sole purpose of providing an honest review.
A picnic can be so much fun
With meats and greens
Bring your favorite foods
And your manners too
To hang with awesome Dino dudes.
Every parent wants their child to eat healthy, but that can be a challenge. Now kids can enjoy this adorable story about a rowdy group of dinosaurs getting together for a healthy and fun picnic dinner.
I found this book to be very cute in its simplicity. For the most part, this is a whimsical story about a bunch of dinosaurs simply getting together to have dinner. They discuss eating their vegetables as well as their meats and how doing so will help you grow big and strong.
They gather up all of the foods they plan to eat, prepare them together, say a prayer, and have dinner, without burping. It is very quick and to the point, which is perfect for the age group as they tend to have a shorter attention span.
My children seemed to like the illustrations and I found them to be cute, with bright colors and friendly, playful dinosaurs, even the t-Rex. In the long run, I am not under the impression that it will have a huge effect on a picky eater who is trying to get away without eating their veggies, but you never know. It might just help. Especially if they child is a super big fan of dinosaurs.
I found the whole book to be a great read for you and your small child, or grandchild to enjoy together.
I would give this book five out of five stars and would recommend it for young children, especially those who enjoy dinosaurs.
I received my copy of this book from BookLookBloggers.com for the sole purpose of providing an honest review. Through them I have been granted permission to use the image of the cover artwork featured above.
Jigsaw Jones, private detective, has a new case. When Joey and Danika, Jigsaw’s classmates, discover a mysterious note tucked into a book from the new little free library, all evidence leads them to believe there is a visitor coming … from outer space. Can Jigsaw Jones and his partner, Mila Yen, solve The Case from Outer Space?
Jigsaw Jones is a third grade private investigator. If you have a mystery that needs solving, a puzzle that needs puzzling, he’s the kid for the job.
This was a very interesting and cute children’s novel, perfect for inspiring young readers.
Jigsaw is a very funny and intelligent young man, with an intense love of puzzles. His friends are equally entertaining, especially Joey, who has an insatiable appetite.
I found the mystery to be very entertaining and Jigsaw’s investigation skills and simplicity, suitable for such a young sleuth.
I would give this book four out of five stars and would recommend it to young children who like a good mystery.
I won my copy of this novel from Goodreads Firstreads and have received permission from Feiwel and Friends to use an image of the cover artwork above.
The Character Builder's Bible written by Agnes and Salem de Bezenac, Illustrated by Agnes de Bezenac
The stories of the Bible all teach valuable lessons and morals that we should apply to our daily life. As a young child, however, it can sometimes be difficult to know what those lessons are or how one can apply them to your daily life. With “The Character Builder’s Bible” your child will learn the stories of the Bible and what lessons those stories teach along with suggestions for applying them to your daily life.
I found this to be a very useful way to help my children understand what God wants them to learn. First we read a Bible story in a way that made it easy for my children to understand. Then we broke down the meaning of the story, the lesson buried inside. Besides the suggestions, my children also enjoyed coming up with their own ways to apply the lessons.
The illustrations are simple and beautiful with bright, vibrant colors and engaging character depictions.
The Bible stories have been simplified to be more easily understood by young children. Though they have been simplified, they appeared to be very similar to other children’s Bible story collections.
The summarizations of the lessons intended to be learned in every story are well thought out, rationalized, and explained. The manner in which they are written helps to present them in an easy to understand light for young readers.
All in all, I found this to be a wonderful way to communicate these lessons to young children. I would recommend this book to families with young children. A great one to read together.
I received my copy of this book from Tyndale Kids through their blogger program for the sole purpose of providing an honest review and have permission to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Tora Fright is the fourth of five children. Until Baby Booyah was born, Tora was the baby, but she has grown into a strong, and fashionable little girl. When Tora wins first prize for her ceramic armadillo, she can’t wait to show her family. When Booyah accidentally breaks her armadillo, Tora must find a way to forgive him. Will Tora be able to forgive him with a little help and guidance from God?
This is an adorable children’s book that provides a real situation where a young child would have to find a way to forgive another. This can be exceedingly difficult when it involves something that you put a considerable amount of time and effort into.
The illustrations are very interesting and unique. Personally, the Fright family reminds me more of large cats than monsters, they are supposed to be monsters and they come across as very friendly looking monsters. The way that Tora originally lashes out in hurt, anger and frustration is very familiar to everyone, and a as a young child who has just had something that they worked very hard on destroyed, this is a quite natural reaction, though not a good one. Once the initial hurt and anger subside, however, it usually turns to regret.
When Tora’s armadillo is broken by her baby brother, she says some very hurtful things. After she calms down she realizes that she didn’t mean to hurt her baby brother. Tora prays and manages to forgive him.
I think this is a very good book for young children and am very happy to be allowed to read it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to help their child understand the importance of forgiveness.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Kids through the Tyndale blogger program for the sole purpose of providing an honest review. I have permission from Tyndale to use the image of the cover artwork above.
One bright, clear Sunday morning, Edmund Bigsnout, love wolf, found himself very, very hungry. Hungry for a city bunny. So, Edmond Bigsnout grabbed a knife from his kitchen, hopped on his bike, and headed for the city in search of the perfect city bunny.
Edmond Bigsnout is the classic, and classy, hungry wolf on the prowl for a big, juicy bunny to have for lunch. As with most stories featuring a wolf on the hunt, Edmond must face many obstacles to obtain his goal.
In the city, Edmond finds the perfect bunny, but he encounters multiple obstacles in the form of the bunny’s neighbors and must start over from the beginning in another attempt.
I found this book to be interesting and my children seem to enjoy it well enough. Originally published in France, therefore I am also assuming it was published in French, it is difficult to tell that it is a translation. Even the words in the illustrations have been converted to English.
The illustrations are quaint and the colors drab, creating the mood of the wolf on the hunt. Small bits of lively color throughout, foreshadow the happy ending to come.
Personally, this will not become a favorite read of mine, simply because, to me, there seems to have been something lost in translation. My children do not feel the same way, and I am sure there are many who agree with them.
I would recommend this book to children who enjoy “The Three Little Pigs” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”
I received my copy of this book from LibraryThing.com for the sole purpose of providing an honest review. I am currently seeking permission from the publishers to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Veggie Town Values: Field of Beans: A lesson in Faith by Doug Peterson, Illustrated by Michael Moore
Junior Asparagus is facing some adversity on his little league team. When Junior strikes out, causing his team to lose, another boy on the team pressures him into getting a good luck charm, like the rest of the team. Junior doesn’t believe in good luck charms, but now he is not so sure.
When Junior wanders into the Treasure Trove Bookstore to ask Mr. O’Malley for a four leaf clover, Mr. O’Malley gives him a book called “Field of Dreams,” instead. Junior is transported into the book, where he meets a prophet named Eli and the team for the Baal City Relics. Will Eli’s faith in God help him win against the Baal City Relics and will Junior learn to stand up for what he believes in, even if it means going against the crowd?
I absolutely adore this book. I grew up watching the VeggieTales movies and my children highly enjoy them as well.
This book is different, in ways, from the movies, which I particularly like. I love how they take a story from the Bible and turn it into a story that is easier for small children to relate to.
The illustrations are great, the characters look like the characters from the movies, making it easier for my children, who can’t read on their own yet, to recognize the characters and understand who is who.
I bought my copy of this book at a local thrift store. I have been granted permission from the publishers at Zonderkidz to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Bedtime is a wonderful time to read from the Bible to your children. With over 90 stories from the Bible, this rhyming collection allows your child to understand God's word. The rhymes are fun yet well- constructed to convey God's love for all.
This collection of Bible stories has a gorgeous cover which features Noah's ark floating on the flood waters at night. The illustration is whimsical, showing two monkeys dangling from the side of the ark, trying to catch a leaping fish.
As for the content, there are a wide variety of Bible stories with children favorites such as Noah's ark, and David and Goliath as well as less favorites such as Ruth and Boaz and Paul's letters from prison. All of the stories are told using rhyme as it’s suggested by the title.
My daughter loves this book. My son loves the pictures but only sits for a story or two. My daughter gets involved in the rhymes and loves the illustrations. The great part is that she listens and asks questions. I feel that this is a great way to get our children involved.
I would recommend this book to Christian families wishing to raise their children in their faith.
I received my copy of this book from booklookbloggers.com and through them have permission to use the cover artwork above.
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