Once Upon A Northern Light

by Jean E Pendziwol

illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

once upon a northern night

 

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

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.

Hello Kitty Presents the Storybook Collection Little Red Riding Hood

 

 

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.

Hello Kitty Presents the Storybook Collection The Little Mermaid

 

 

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.

Black Cat & White Cat {spotlight post}

by: Claire Garralon

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Black Cat & White Cat by Claire Garralon

 

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.

Black Cat White Cat back cover

I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur

By Heath McKenzie

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I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur by Heath McKenzie

 

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.

Freddy The Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado

by Janice Dean (the weather machine)

illustrated by Russ Cox

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado 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.

Duck & Goose Let’s Dance

written and illustrated by Tad Hills

original song by Lauren Savage and Ross Gruet

Duck and Goose Let's Dance Written and Illustrated By Tad Hills

 

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.

Bunny Books

Bunnies, Bunnies and more Bunnies are being featured today. Bunnies are so cute and sweet and kids, as well as adults love them. I’m featuring some great little bunny books today that are great for spring time and any time.

Pat the Bunny: First Books for Baby By Dorothy and Edith Kunhardt

Pat the Bunny First Books for Baby By Dorothy and Edith Kunhardt

 

Pat the Bunny is a go to classic for newborns. People have baby showers and baby rooms centered around this classic book series. Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers love the interactive feature of this book series and it grows with the child. From babies who we help them with all the textures, to toddlers that do the textures as we read the books to them. Than as preschoolers they have the book memorized and love that they can “read” the book. My girls both had this book memorized and felt so big when they would read it to me. 🙂

summary: Three classic pat the bunny books in one charming slipcase! A perfect way to celebrate Bunny’s 75th anniversary! This boxed set includes pat the bunny, pat the puppy, and pat the cat. Touch and feel elements and pull tabs invite children to explore these books on their own–or to snuggle up and play with mom or dad!

A Friend For Bo by Elizabeth Zuniga

A Friend For Bo by Elizabeth Zuniga

 

Oh my gosh A Friend For Bo is simply adorable! I love the watercolor like illustrations and the story is so sweet. Kids will really love this new picture book and I hope that the author Elizabeth Zuniga creates more adorable picture books. This is going on my must gift book for any little ones birthdays, baby showers, and visits to the hospital.

summary: A Friend for Bo, is the story of a little rabbit who makes a new friend named Rollie! The only problem is that Rollie doesn’t like doing much. Not reading, not boating, and not even playing! How can Bo get his new friend to have some fun? And also . . . just what is Bo’s new friend? Well, his new friend is an egg, a fact that has gone right over Bo’s ears.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams; illustrated by William Nicholson

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams illustrated by William Nicholson

 

The Velveteen Rabbit is my most favorite picture book ever. I have so many different copies and editions. This book is my collectible, I’ve been collecting it since I was little. The Velveteen Rabbit is magical, I love the story and how the boy’s love makes the stuffed bunny come to life. I can’t get enough of this classic and anyone who has invited to any showers or birthday’s has received a copy of this book and they all have fallen in love with it as much as me.

summary: A new gift edition of one of the most beloved children’s stories, newly available with the luminous color of the original edition. With illustrations re-scanned from a 1922 first edition and a sumptuous cloth binding, this lovingly reconstructed classic is the ideal collectible gift for Easter and holidays throughout the year. At first a brand-new toy, now a threadbare and discarded nursery relic, the velveteen rabbit is saved from peril by a magic fairy who whisks him away to the idyllic world of Rabbitland. There, he becomes “Real,” a cherished childhood companion who will be loved for eternity. Treasured for generations, here is a timeless tale about the magic of boundless love.