Battle of the Grandmas by Anthonette Klinkerman

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The Synopsis:

One little girl, three grandmas! Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Well, three times the presents from Grandma, Granny, and NaNa isn’t as wonderful as most grand-kids would think in this humorous tale. Based on a true story, find out what happens when gift-giving becomes a battle!

My Review:

Battle of the Grandmas is a really cute book that I could have easily identified with when I was younger! Including the part that I have both a “Grandma” and a “Nana” in my life of whom I love bunches!

Battle of the Grandmas has great virtues that include not basing your love on materialistic items. The little girl shows that she doesn’t care about the maximum amount of toys, books, dolls and clothing as much as she loves just spending special one on one time with each of her grandmas.

The writing is really great and reminded me so much of a Dr. Seuss book that I loved it that much more! All in all, Battle of the Grandmas was really great and made me smile and I rate it 5 out of 5 stars!

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Henry and the Hidden Treasure by B.C.R. Fegan

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The Synopsis:

Henry and the Hidden Treasure is an imaginative adventure a young child has in defending his pocket money against his little sister. Henry constructs elaborate defensive measures that he is sure will stand up to the clever ambitions of Lucy. Little does he know, Lucy has a few tricks of her own.

Review:

Henry and the Hidden Treasure is a cute book about a boy that wants to keep his “pocket money” safe from his little sister.

The illustrations are cute and interactive, the story is creative and adventurous, and the kids are subtly told that giving and thinking of others will put a smile on other’s faces. I also like that the story encourages kids to save their money rather than to spend it constantly.

There is a brief mention of monsters when Henry assigns some monsters to guard his treasure, also a dragon and some other mythical/adventurous characters that are charged to guard his treasure. But nothing is portrayed as “scary”.

I was very pleased with Henry and the Hidden Treasure and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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If You Were Me and Lived in…China! by Carole P. Roman

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The Synopsis: 

Carole P. Roman’s award winning series has traveling again and this time it’s to East Asia to visit the People’s Republic of China. In this book, younger readers can learn about the wide variety of climate when they read about China’s vast size. They will begin their journey in China’s ancient capital, Beijing, where they will discover the Imperial Palace of the Forbidden City.

Different regions of cuisine are discussed, highlighting the variety of styles and spices of food. Currency, sports, exciting tourist attractions, and a lovely description of the New Year Festivities are included in this introduction the beautiful land of China.

My Review: 

I have very quickly become a fan of this author because of her heart to teach young children. If You Were Me and Lived in…China is a really cute book that even I enjoyed reading.

There are a few sentences that young children can learn to say in Chinese and some really cool things to learn about the Chinese culture. The pictures are simple but yet easy to identify,  and the writing is lots of fun and interactive with the readers. Children of all ages will enjoy reading this book and I recommend it especially to homeschooling parents who are studying China this year.

This book does touch on the topic of the Chinese New Year and tells about the dances that the Chinese believe will drive away evil spirits, so if you do not want your young children to learn about that just yet, you might just skip over that one page or steer clear of this book. I do give it 5 out of 5 stars though.

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My First Plane Trip by Kim Jenkins

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The Synopsis:

Great airplane book for children that are getting ready to take their first airplane flight. Pack, check-in, security, boarding, taking off and landing. Its all covered in simple terms with real photos.They will know exactly what to expect each step of the way. The book level is perfect for the 5 to 9 age group.

If your child is even a bit nervous about their first airplane flight or if they just love learning about airplanes, this is a great book for them.

Review:

Kim had a really great idea when she wrote this book illustrating it with real photos rather than just illustrations. Kids get to look at the photos as Kim beautiful explains the different parts of going on an airplane trip.

Kim keeps everything on the kid’s reading level (really any child under 12) but yet keeps the terminology so that they can still sound smart. She writes with a fun voice and her humor will be adored by anyone who reads this book!

I definitely give My First Plane Trip 5 out of 5 stars and believe that this series is very promising!

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Ellie Goes Back to School by Elle and Marci Fair

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The Synopsis:

Marci and Elle Fair Are Back With Their Newest Children’s Book: Ellie Goes Back To School

The third installment of an award-winning children’s series, The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant: Ellie Goes to School follows the charming plush toy and her best friend, Pudgy the Penguin, as they brave their latest exploratory journey—elementary school.

Having recently moved, Ellie is worried about her first day at a new school. But, encouraged by the presence of her trusted penguin sidekick, the little elephant decides to view the next few hours as just another buddy adventure packed with exciting surprises.

Throughout the day, Ellie and Pudgy meet the classroom pets, take a trip to the library, discover interesting instruments in music class, and so much more. They even learn a valuable lesson about friendship when they encounter a lonely student at recess. By the end of the day, the two best friends can’t wait to return to school the next morning!

Filled with delightful, real-life pictures of the plush elephant and penguin duo, Ellie Goes Back to School helps kids see that school is a safe place and learning is a fun adventure.

Don’t miss the first two installments: “Ellie Makes A New Friend” and “Ellie’s First Plane Ride”

Review:

I have fallen in love with this little elephant series! This is the third book and it is just as beautifully written and illustrated as the first two.

Ellie Goes Back to School is a good book to read to kids who are attending Kindergarten or 1st grade for the first time as it goes over all of the different things that will be done throughout the day and encourages learning.

I also really like that the readers are taught to go sit with that one child who is alone and how to make friends. This is really just a great series all together and I really encourage you to look into it if you have any kids (or know any kids) within this age-range.

I can’t wait for Marci and Elle to come out with their next book. Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

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