by Jean E Pendziwol
illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
This picture book is a beautiful work of art! From the poem like story to the magical pictures it captures all the beauty that winter holds! It is told like a story of winter to a child while they were sleeping. I know we still love waking up to a winter sparkly wonderland. I love winter and watching it snow is just so beautiful, there is like a hush that comes with snow and the way it sparkles like glitter. Once Upon A Northern Light captures all the awe and wonder a child has about snow and put it into a picture book that you will treasure. This is one of those books that you keep and pass down from generation to generation! Perfect for story time, bed time, classes and home, grab a copy of Once Upon A Northern Light and explore and enjoy the beauty within this book!
summary: While a child is sleeping, the beauty and wonder of a northern winter night unfold.
Hello Kitty Presents Storybook Collection is a series of 4 books (so far) and I hope there is more. The collection includes: The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Thumbelina and my all time favorite story ever: Alice in Wonderland. You have the classics that all little girls grow up reading and listening to, add the cuteness of Hello Kitty and you have an adorable picture book series that would make the perfect birthday or holiday gift for the little girls in your life.
Little Red Riding Hood is a Charles Perrault classic that I remember enjoying so much as a child. My girls use to love wearing their little red coats and pretending to be Red Riding Hood. The Hello Kitty version is a bit sweeter and less scary, no wolves eating little girls in this book. This book follows the story very well till the end and then it makes it a very G rated happily ever after ending that makes the book a-okay for bedtime.
The Little Mermaid is a Hans Christian Anderson classic. Many girls know the Disney version by heart so it is really neat to show them the original classic that inspired the movie. This version was very short and condensed but didn’t lose any of the appeal to the story that we love. The sea witch was not scary looking and there was no trading the singing voice. This picture book will delight all the fans of Ariel even if the Little Mermaid in this book is names Hello Kitty.
Both these picture books are great because not only are the stories short and sweet but they introduce little listeners to the classics. They are not scary in any way – shape – or form. The characters are all very cute looking and looks just like the Hello Kitty illustrations that were around when I was a lot younger. The illustrations are big, bold and colorful that will capture the youngest listener babies and toddlers. I would say if you have a young girl in your house or family please think about adding these to your gift list this holiday season.
Thank you so very much Abrams Appleseed for allowing me to review Hello Kitty: Presents the Storybook Collection: The Little Mermaid and Little Red Riding Hood. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free books.
by: Claire Garralon
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Black Cat & White Cat is an appealing black-and-white board book about friendship from French author Claire Garralon.
Black Cat and White Cat want to be friends, but in a world of black and white, someone is always hard to see! Can they find a way to play together without someone disappearing? In the face of adversity, friendship prevails, and Black Cat and White Cat set off to find a place where they can play happily together.
The high-contrast words and shapes are perfect for the youngest eyes, and the fun story will keep children engaged.
By Heath McKenzie
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I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur is such an adorable picture book. What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs, hey even adults love them. This picture book revolves around a kid who wants to be a dinosaur and just his luck there is a T-Rex willing to help teach him the ropes. This book would be wonderful for read aloud. I know so many picture books are read for bedtime but I think this one is too much fun for kids and they would want to act out the dinosaur lessons. I would gift this book to any kid whether they are a boy or a girl. This picture book would make a great new mom baby shower gift to a kid’s birthday gift. This would be absolutely perfect for a classroom dinosaur unit. Add I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur to your kids summer reading list and have a blast!
summary: Want to find out what it takes to be a Great Big Dinosaur? This book is for you!
More than anything in the world, one little boy wants to be a great big dinosaur. And he’s in luck! A great big T. Rex shows up to teach him how to stomp and roar just like a dinosaur. But dinosaurs aren’t so great at soccer or video games… Maybe being a little boy isn’t all bad?
A story about being whoever (or whatever) you want!
thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, and Heath McKenzie for allowing us to read and review I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free picture book. Also I am not an affiliate to any of the Buy Now links so I receive no money if you click and buy. Just wanted to make buying this adorable picture book easier.
by Janice Dean (the weather machine)
illustrated by Russ Cox
I really have enjoyed the Freddy the Frogcaster books and this one I really think is my favorite by far. The author Janice Dean has tackled scary weather events for children and has succeeded in making this moments less scary. She does a wonderful job at describing weather from what’s it’s like to be a meteorologist, which is a hard job I know I got a taste of it in one of my college environmental science classes. She has also tackled hurricanes, blizzards and now tornadoes. I have experienced all 3 and I can tell you they are scary for kids and adults. In Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado the readers (and listeners) will learn all about tornadoes and see where the tornado alley that meteorologist always talking about. Kids that live in places with the possibility of tornadoes know to look at the sky as the storms are building and rolling in. The author has created a likable character, what is it about frogs they are just so adorable. Her writing style is simple but not so simple that it won’t hold an upper elementary aged reader. We can’t wait to see what weather emergency Janice Dean comes up with next.
summary: Get ready for a whirlwind of adventure with Freddy the Frogcaster when a famous storm chaser visits Lilypad!
In her fourth book, well-known meteorologist Janice Dean tackles some scary weather. Freddy the Frogcaster is faced with one of the most ferocious and devastating kinds of weather: the tornado.
Young readers will learn all about how big storms occur and produce some of nature’s most destructive weather. Chock-full of storm science lessons in the back, children and adults alike will learn valuable life-saving information.
As Freddy reminds us, please be prepared and know what to do and where to go when the next bad storm comes your way!
thank you so much Regnery Kids and Janice Dean for allowing us to read and review Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.
written and illustrated by Tad Hills
original song by Lauren Savage and Ross Gruet
Duck and Goose is a fun little book series and one that kids love. They are perfect read aloud’s that hold the attention span of the listener and create laugh out loud moments. Duck and Goose are the cutest little characters and I feel this books will become classic picture books. The bright colorful illustrations are inviting and will capture and hold the little bookworms. The sentences are simple and short which would be make this book a good beginning reader. Duck & Goose Let’s Dance is a board book so it is sturdy for lots of reading wear and hold’s up well for toting around while out and about. This book comes with an added bonus of downloading a song that accompanies this board book.
summary: Honk, quack, dance and sing with Duck & Goose in this fun new board book, which includes an original Duck & Goose song.
Easter is just a few days away and I’m sharing a few cute picture books that would be great to have for some bedtime, story time or holiday reading on Easter Sunday.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail by Mary Man-Kong illustrated by Random House
We all know the song but I know my preschooler’s were always surprised there was a picture book by the same title. The story is a bit long in text, depending on the age or the listeners you might need to pace it out over a day or 2 reading bedtimes. When I had the youngest preschool class I read it over lunch time, I did that a lot with longer books. The kids loved listening to stories while eating and they seemed to eat a lot better too. The illustrations are bright and colorful and fit the story to a T. This story has the Easter bunny and briefly Santa so it might not be for every house or classroom but if you celebrate these holidays than grab this classic. The book includes Easter egg holders and stickers so this might be a fun addition to the traditional egg dying session. You and your little ones can create child lit easter eggs.
summary: Children ages 3 to 7 will love to celebrate Easter with this full-color storybook based on the classic Peter Cottontail Claymation TV special from 1971. Plus, it features press-out Easter egg holders and over 30 stickers!
The Bunny Hop (Sesame Street) by Sarah Albee
Who doesn’t love Sesame Street, well OK sadly my youngest never liked the show no matter how many times I tried. However she did love this classic picture book and we read it so many times, even when it was wasn’t Easter time. I think I loved this adorable picture book just as much as my girls and preschooler’s. Bunnies have invaded Sesame Street and the characters are finding them everywhere. Kids will love seeing all the funny places the bunnies show up at. The Bunny Hop is adorable and I can see why it is a Golden Book story title.
summary: A riotously funny Sesame Street Little Golden Book about Easter bunnies run wild! On Easter morning, Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and their Sesame Street friends find cute bunnies in the strangest (and funniest) places! Where did they come from?