Tag: Book Recommendation

Rescuing Titanic- Non-Fiction Perfection from Quarto Kids

Rescuing Titanic- Non-Fiction Perfection from Quarto Kids

I am sure that most of us are familiar with the story of the Titanic. It is a story that isn’t easily forgotten. But, how many of us are familiar with the story of The Carpathia? Rescuing Titanic- A true story of quiet bravery in 

I am Darn Tough – An Empowering Story of Determination and Perseverance

I am Darn Tough – An Empowering Story of Determination and Perseverance

Incredible book alert! I Am Darn Tough is a beautiful new picture book that I am so excited to share with you. Picture Books have such a magical way of tackling important subjects…and I am Darn Tough does it in such a powerful way. It 

Add FUN to your Homeschool Science Curriculum with Copycat Science

Add FUN to your Homeschool Science Curriculum with Copycat Science

Want to know a secret? I have a giant fear of science and science projects. They overwhelm me and give me moderate panic attacks. Want to know another secret? My kids LOVE THEM! They would do nothing but science experiments all day, every day. I was so thrilled when Quarto Kids shared an incredible book with us! Copycat Science by Mike Barfield is incredible! It takes your boring everyday science and adds so much FUN! So, if you are a homeschool parent who might be slightly overwhelmed by science, I highly recommend adding this book to your library! Let’s see what it is all about!

Copycat Science

I love everything about this book. I have talked many times about my fear of science experiments. They just seem so out of my comfort zone. I was so surprised to hear from so many other homeschool mamas that they feel the same way! Well, I have a book for all of you! Copycat Science is all about learning about different scientists and then trying your hand at their experiments! They are so do-able, not overwhelming, and you probably already have most of the items on hand! WIN!

The book features such a diverse group of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. You will learn about leaves with Theophrastus, worms with Charles Darwin, DNA with Rosalind Franklin, and so many more amazing minds from history! There were so many people that I had never heard of before! I am excited to learn right along with my kids!

Copycat Science is set up in such a unique comic book style that will be adored by your children! The pages begin with the scientist briefly introducing themselves and what they are known for. Then you will jump right into trying your hand at the experiments…and they are SO MUCH FUN! Whether you will be making bird feeders with John James Audubon or studying your fingerprints with Jan Evangelista Purkyne you will be guaranteed to be having a blast while learning so much!

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I can’t say enough about this book. It has taken a topic that makes me anxious and made it so accessible. My kids and I are going to have the best time learning about scientists and trying our hands at recreating some of their experiments. I love that the book talks about the fact that scientist learn from the work of those who came before them. They build upon the work of others and make new discoveries along the way.

For more information on author/illustrator Mike Barfield you can pop over to his site here.

To grab your own copy you can click here or on the pic below!

Huge thank you to Quarto Kids for sending this my way for review. Absolutely AMAZING book! To check out more of Quarto’s amazing books you can click over to their website here.

50 Maps of the World- A Bookshelf Must-Have!

50 Maps of the World- A Bookshelf Must-Have!

There is a very good chance that I am the President of the Wide-Eyed Editions fan club…I should look into getting a trophy or something! My bookshelves are brimming with gorgeous non-fiction books…and a very large percentage of them are Wide-Eyed Editions from Quarto Kids! 

H is for Honey Bee- Another Home-Run from Sleeping Bear Press

H is for Honey Bee- Another Home-Run from Sleeping Bear Press

My love for the Alphabet book series from Sleeping Bear Press is no secret. I have been using them since the beginning of our homeschool journey and tie them into just about every subject. Today I want to share with you a brand new title 

The Shadow Elephant- A Tender Story of Sadness and Friendship

The Shadow Elephant- A Tender Story of Sadness and Friendship

For anyone who has ever dealt with an overwhelming feeling of sadness or depression, The Shadow Elephant will really strike a chord with you. We will all be touched by depression at some point in our lives…whether it is our own or that of a friend or loved one. Shadow elephant is a gorgeous new picture book publishing in September that tackles this topic so tenderly and beautifully. It is both a story of sadness, but also of friendship. I can’t wait to share this one with you.

Shadow Elephant

Picture books have an ability that very few books have. They have the ability to take a difficult topic and present it in such a beautiful and relatable manner. The topic of sadness and depression is such a relevant one in our lives today, yet it is still a topic that people steer clear of. It is still taboo. People are afraid to speak about it for fear of what others will think.

Shadow Elephant is the story of an elephant who is so overwhelmed with sadness that his entire world is blue and covered in shadows. In contrast, all of his animal friends on the Savannah are so full of light and color. I was so immediately struck by the images. The shades of blue and the posture of the elephant just convey so much pain and emotion.

Elephant’s friends hate to see their friend so sad. So, they decide they want to do all sorts of things to cheer him up. They try to make him laugh and do things that he has always loved in the past. Nothing seems to work. The animals leave their friend, defeated by their inability to help him. Elephant has reached his lowest point. He is alone with his sadness. Then a mouse appears and asks to sit next to Elephant to rest. Mouse doesn’t try to make Elephant laugh or smile. She just sits there and shares the same space with Elephant. Mouse begins to share her story and before long elephant is crying. Then Mouse begins crying. It isn’t long before the new friends have cried their last tear and both feel so much lighter. Elephant emerges from the shadows, and together with Mouse, they begin to walk away.

My Thoughts

Wow, you guys. This book really hit me. The combination of the beautiful writing by author Nadine Robert and the emotive illustrations by Valerio Vidali were simply amazing. This book is going to stick with me for a long time. There are very few picture books that so delicately and tenderly tackle the topic of sadness and depression. I was truly blown away by just how well they conveyed these deep feelings of sadness. The shadows and the blues, the different postures of the elephants…just WOW. Perfect.

One of the things that I loved the most about this book was the emphasis that it is OK to feel your feelings. Even though Elephants friends had wonderful intentions when they were trying to cheer him up and make him laugh, Elephant really just needed to feel his feelings. He needed someone like Mouse to just sit with him and BE. Not be happy, not pretend everything is OK. Just BE. It is OK to cry, and sometimes it is just the release that we need.

What a wonderful book this would be to help kids understand feelings that they may be having, or to help them better understand what friends or family may be going through. We need to have more books that address the topic of depression or any type of deep feelings. We often think that picture books have to be cheerful and happy, but I honestly think that books like The Shadow Elephant are SO necessary and important.

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I would like to say a huge thank you to my friends at Enchanted Lion Books for sending this my way for review…and for publishing such incredible books.

The Shadow Elephant will release on September 22nd, 2020.

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The Shadow Elephant is a beautiful and tender story dealing with sadness and friendship
A Ben Of All Trades- A Stunning Look into the Life of Young Benjamin Franklin

A Ben Of All Trades- A Stunning Look into the Life of Young Benjamin Franklin

We all know about the many accomplishments and contributions of Benjamin Franklin. He was such an important person in the history of the United States. But, what was Ben Franklin like as a child? A Ben Of All Trades- The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin 

Music For Tigers- A Captivating Middle-Grade Read

Music For Tigers- A Captivating Middle-Grade Read

There is nothing better than getting so entranced by a book that you are able to finish it in one day. Music For Tigers completely captivated me from the very first pages. It was full of lovely and diverse characters, adventure, mystery, messages of conservation, 

The Next President- Presidents Like You Have Never Seen Them!

The Next President- Presidents Like You Have Never Seen Them!

Have you ever stopped to think that right now there could be 10 future Presidents of the United States out there? Are they in school, or playing basketball, or planting a garden? The Next President by Kate Messner takes a peek at a side of the Presidents many of us have never seen before! Who were they before they were President?

The Next President

This was such a fun and interesting book! I had honestly never given much thought to who these presidents were before they were in charge of our country! Did you know that when George Washington became president there were already NINE future presidents alive? We know that 4 of those men were working alongside Washington in the Nations capital…but what about the others? Well, John Quincy Adams was about to open his legal practice in Boston, Andrew Jackson was at a boarding house in Nashville, Martin Van Buren was only 7 and doing chores on his family farm, William Henry Harrison was studying medicine, and 4-year-old Zachary Taylor was living on a farm in Kentucky!

Isn’t that so crazy to think about! It really makes you stop and think! How many of them already had aspirations to become president? How many didn’t ever think that would be the path they would take? So interesting! Author Kate Messner really found an amazingly fun spin on studying the presidents! With so many books available about Presidents and the Presidency, I loved seeing this approach!

In addition to the absolutely awesome and creative writing, the book is absolutely beautifully illustrated. Adam Rex has created such a stunning array of artwork for the book. My kids and I were completely drawn into the pages!

Perfect for Election Season

We are in the midst of an election season and I think this would make a fantastic read aloud to share with your kids or students! It is not your typical look into the presidency and I think the kids in your life will really love how innovative it is!!

From a homeschool perspective, The Next President is packed with info! Not only are we learning about the Presidents, but we are learning about what is going on in the world. At the back of the book is a map of presidential birthplaces which is fascinating to look at! We also really loved the inclusion of the Presidential Requirements! What a perfect addition to any lesson you may be teaching on elections!

For More Information

Huge thank you to my friends at Chronicle Kids for sending this my way for review. It was such a hit with the whole family.

The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents is available now.

For more information on author Kate Messner, you can click here. Kate is the author of several of our favorite books, including Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt as well as Over and Under the Pond!

For more information on illustrator Adam Rex, you can click here! Adam is the author of several amazing books including Nothing Rhymes with Orange…a fave of ours!

The Next President is available for purchase now. You can click this link or the picture below!

4 Beautiful Books to Celebrate Earth Day from Sourcebooks Kids!

4 Beautiful Books to Celebrate Earth Day from Sourcebooks Kids!

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!! Did you know? I was surprised that it has been around for 50 years! What a wonderful milestone! I want to celebrate this momentous occasion by sharing 4 beautiful books with you from my friends at Sourcebooks!