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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 

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 

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! They are a knockout in the non-fiction department and one of their newest books is no exception. 50 Maps of the World: Explore the Globe with 50 Fact-Filled Maps is a bookshelf must-have. It is everything I want in a book of maps; gorgeous, packed with info, and entertaining! Let’s take a peek at this beauty!

50 Maps of the World

I have a slight obsession with geography and history…and books. Atlases and books with gorgeous maps are a weakness of mine…and I am completely ok with it. Wide-Eyed Editions from Quarto are some of the very best. Why? Because they are gorgeous, engaging, and packed with information. They are books that not only look beautiful on your bookshelf but will also be picked up time and again by you and your kids. That is what we want, right? We want to have books in our home library that kids WANT to read!

50 Maps of the World is one of the newest in a long line of stunning books from Quarto Kids. I have had The 50 States for quite some time now and it is one that we use All. The. Time. I can definitely see the same thing happening with 50 Maps of the World! It is 112 pages of awesomeness. Not only is it a beautiful book of maps, but it is also overflowing with information about history, culture, wildlife, people, and so much more. It not only takes you to the country, but it immerses you in the country! From France to Nepal, Poland to Nigeria…the diversity of the countries represented throughout the pages is absolutely amazing.

Why I LOVE it

Beyond the fact that I just find this big beautiful book so absolutely eye-catching, I am in LOVE with the way the information is presented. Each country is not only represented by a beautiful and colorful map, but your eyes are also immediately drawn to the country’s flag, the images of native animals, images of people, and one of my favorite touches…the timeline of Moments to Remember. The Moments to Remember are such a fantastic touch. Many of them dating back thousands and thousands of years ago, this timeline shares some of the most important things that have happened in that particular countries history. My history geek self is thrilled with this. Being able to open one book and have EVERYTHING I need is just amazing!

50 Maps of the World is truly a homeschool mamas dream. It is so engaging that your kids will most definitely want to flip through the pages. The information is presented in such a kid friendly manner, but still so educational and informative. I truly cannont recommend this book enough. If you are planning on including any type of a country study in your homeschool, this is the book for you. You will have your bases covered…history, geography, famous people, animals, culture…it is all within these pages! This book is absolute worth every penny in my opinion!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Quarto Kids for sending this my way for review. I don’t like to play favorites among my books, but this one is certainly right there at the top. 50 Maps of the World is written and researched by Kalya Ryan and Ben Handicott and illustrated by Sol Linero.

For More Info

50 Maps of the World was released Sept 2020 and is available for purchase now! You can grab a copy by clicking the link or image below!

https://amzn.to/3cDOKnP

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 

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, and so much heart! A truly beautiful combination!

Music For Tigers

Music For Tigers is the beautiful story of a young girl named Louisa. Louisa is from Canada, but finds herself having to spend the summer in Tasmania with her uncle…who has been described to her as “a little odd”. Louisa is less than thrilled to be in the wilds of Tasmania…first off, her uncle is definitely a little strange, and second…there are way too many creepy crawlies for Louisa’s taste. She is a violinist who would much rather be playing music than trudging through the bush.

It isn’t long before Louisa realizes that there is much more to her uncle and his camp than meets the eye. He has some very interesting pets, there are strange odors in the night, and she hears tales of a place called Convict Rock. Louisa finally begins to learn more of the story through a series of journal entries made by her great-grandmother Eleanor. It would seem that Convict Rock was established as an animal sanctuary by Eleanor to protect the Tasmanian Tiger. It has long been believed that the Tasmanian Tiger was hunted to extinction…but…could it be possible…that after all this time, there is still one out there?

My Thoughts

I absolutely adored this book. Author Michelle Kadarusman is a beautiful storyteller. This was the first book I have read of hers and I am eager to read more. She transported me to the wilds of Tasmania…I could almost see the ginormous spiders!! I love that she tackled so many important topics in the pages of this book. Topics like species extinction, environmentalism, neurodiversity, and anxiety are woven beautifully throughout the pages.

The relationships in the story were so beautiful. Being able to watch the bond grown between Louisa and Uncle Ruff was so heartwarming. I also loved seeing such a special friendship build between Louisa and Colin. It is such a breath of fresh air to read a book with characters that are so relatable and so real. I also absolutely loved the strong message of conservationism!

I was completely captivated by Music For Tigers and I think you will be as well. This would make a wonderful book to read aloud with your kids. I would also highly recommend this book as an addition to any unit on the environment or species extinction!

For More Info

Music For Tigers was released on April 28th, 2020 and is available for purchase! Sending a huge thank you to my friends at Publisher Spotlight for sending me an ARC of this beautiful book for review.

Music for Tigers is published by Pajama Press.

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 

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! 

A Must-Have New Book for Your Little Insect Lover!

A Must-Have New Book for Your Little Insect Lover!

Did you know that some Dung Beetles are particular about the poo they eat? Yep…they only enjoy poo from a specific species! I mean, I have a favorite brand of coffee…but…poo? Who knew??? Facts abound in this gorgeous new book called Bugs Everywhere! I can’t wait to tell you about this beauty!

Bugs Everywhere

Bugs Everywhere is a stunningly beautiful new book written by Lily Murray and illustrated by one of my favorites, Britta Teckentrup! If you have a kiddo who is fascinated by bugs then you will want to add this one to your shelves. It is jam-packed with fun facts and information…and the illustrations are absolutely ah-mazing!

In Bugs Everywhere you will learn what a bug is, where they are found, how long they have been around and so much more! You will get a peek at some record-breaking bugs…like who is the strongest and who is the loudest! Spoiler alert…our friend the Dung Beetle is mighty strong!

The little entomologists in your life will absolutely love discovering all of the weird, wacky, and fascinating facts there are to learn about BUGS!

Our Thoughts

As a homeschool mama, this book was a home run. Non-fiction is a huge favorite in our house…especially gorgeous non-fiction like this. Bugs Everywhere is presented in such a kid-friendly manner! The illustrations will absolutely draw your kids in. Britta Teckentrup has such an amazing ability to create artwork that keeps your eyes darting around the page. Speaking of pages…we loved the combination of both vertical and horizontal layouts!

I absolutely loved the inclusion of the diagrams of the body parts! Such great visuals to help kids understand how insects bodies are made up. I was so impressed that there was such a huge variety of different bugs mentioned! Bugs from all over…of all different shapes and sizes. I have to be honest…there were bugs that I have never heard of! Your kids will be fascinated!

I also really loved that the book discussed why bugs are so important. So awesome especially for kids who might be a little scared of bugs. It was also a great touch to add in ways that kids can help! So wonderful! It makes for such a fantastic learning tool!

For More Info

Bugs Everywhere is published by Big Picture Press which is an imprint of Candlewick Press.

For more information about Britta Teckentrup, you can check out her website! To see some of our other favorite books illustrated by Britta Teckentrup you can click here to read my post about my favorite books about BIRDS!

Sending a huge thank you to my friends Candlewick Press for sending this my way for review! It was such a family favorite and I know my other homeschool mama friends will love it as well! Mamas, if you have an insect unit coming up…this is not to be missed!!

To grab a copy of Bugs Everywhere you can click the photo below or follow this link.

Mythologica- A Must-Read for Mythology Lovers

Mythologica- A Must-Read for Mythology Lovers

I have a new go-to recommendation for Greek Mythology! Mythologica- An encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters, and Mortals from Ancient Greece is an absolutely stunning book. As soon as I saw the cover I knew it would be one that we had to have. I am