Little Women by Louisa May Alcott {Audiobook Review} Narrated by Andrea Emmes

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I received this audiobook from Audio Book Worm for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women.

Based on the author’s childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

Review:

Because I have already reviewed the book Little Women, this review is specifically for the audiobook version narrated by Andrea Emmes, if you are seeking a review of the book itself, please visit this review. Thanks 🙂

Andrea Emmes has the prefect tone of voice to narrate Little Women, with her tone being soft, gentle and captivating. She does very well at giving the girls a distinction between voices so the listener can guess accurately who is speaking before she says it.

I did find the flow of her words to be a bit choppy, especially when she read dialogue containing “he said” or “she said”, it just seemed that she would add these with too much delay in the sentence.

Overall, I enjoyed getting to listen to Little Women and I give this audiobook 4 stars out of 5 and do recommend it 🙂

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Ellie Camps Under the Stars by Marci & Elle Fair

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis

Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin have captivated readers in five previous books. The newest addition to the Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series follows the friends as they go camping and explore nature.

Ellie and Pudgy have fun planning their camping trip in the mountains and solving problems once they get there. They set up a tent, go for a hike, play games, make s’mores, and look at the stars. During their trip, Ellie and Pudgy talk about the importance of having new experiences and being mindful of their surroundings.

Review:

The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant is a creative series following the adventurous lives of Pudgy the stuffed Penguin and Ellie the stuffed Elephant, of whom are both real stuffed animals being featured in this series!

Ellie Camps Under the Stars is much more interactive with the readers than the previous books in the series, but the story is just as good. Ellie and Pudgy share the information they learn while on their expeditions, which include some information on consolations in this book. The back of the book has some short activities to keep the kids engaged in the story and there is also some “with a parent” activities to do once the book has ended.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this series and this book is another great addition! I recommend all of the books to both boys and girls, as they will make excellent story time (group setting or one-on-one) books. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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Everybody Loves Valentines by Sally Huss

The Synopsis:

Yes, everybody loves Valentines! From family to friends to making new friends, Valentines are the perfect way to say you care.

This book is filled with charming illustrations of Valentines in many forms. All in rhyme and just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

Review:

With Valentine’s Day drawing near, there are plenty of ways to get your children inspired to make valentines for their friends and family and this book has a fun, rhyming way to give some ideas.

I love the heart of this book and the message it is trying to say, but I’m just not so sure I care for the way it is written. It almost seems as if there are 3 separate books within the one because it changes directions as well as tone of voice 3 different times, as if the author wasn’t exactly sure when to end the book. The illustrations are cute and for the most part it’s a fun book, just a little all over the place.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it only to very young children for Valentine’s Day.

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The Bridge of the Golden Wood by Karl Beckstrand

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

 A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help people and make money. Comes with money-making activities; ideas for businesses; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, and moving up in an organization (for ages 5 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn.

Review:

The Bridge of the Golden Wood encourages kids how to think for themselves and make some money using gifts, ideas, and suggestions from others while also thinking of others at the same time.

The illustrations throughout the book are absolutely lovely and brings to life the story of the boy in a peacefully, enchanting way. The story is fast-paced and would do well for children with short attention spans but is also fulfilling enough for children who are a bit older.

The extra activities and “money-making” ideas at the end of the book are also a nice touches to get the kids motivated to be like the boy in the story, and helps them use their imagination as well as to be creative. So overall, I give The Bridge of the Golden Wood 4 out of 5 stars.

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#Babylove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

A curious toddler loves to play…especially with his mommy’s smartphone!

When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment.  Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention.

Her simple reminder: Put down our phones.

Review:

It’s so true that our phones have become a necessity in our lives, and the kids are picking up on it. It’s very rare to see a young child without a phone in their hands to keep them occupied while their parents work, eat, or do something else, and though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is creating a bad habit for their young generation.

Children are beginning to find it harder and harder to use their imagination or play without some kind of device in their hand, and Corine, the author of #Babylove: My Toddler Life, has noticed this and wrote a book that encourages parents to set down their phones and break this bad habit before it begins.

In her book, she has both the “call to action” and the “remedy”; the call to action being the message of setting down our smartphones and the remedy being in opening the book and reading it to the child! It’s a short, fun, and sweet book that is pleasantly illustrated to keep the attention of a young audience. It doesn’t dismiss the use of smartphones altogether, but does encourage it’s use to be done in moderation which I liked, because there are many learning games/apps that I have seen that I’d be happy to recommend for toddlers, in moderation 😉

So because I was very pleased with the wording, the message, as well as the pictures, I am giving #Babylove: My Toddler Life 5 out of 5 “books” and recommend it to parents as a HARDBACK or PAPERBACK read! (This author does provide an ebook for this title, however I encourage you to lean towards the physical books for the purpose of getting off of the phones!)

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