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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Children's Book Review~The Crew Goes Coconuts!

The Crew Goes Coconuts is part of the Captain No Beard series written by author Carole P. Roman. There are several books in the series so far that we have enjoyed.  In The Crew Goes Coconuts, the crew finds themselves aboard The Flying Dragon thirsty, with not enough juice for everyone.  Everyone blames the goat, Mattie, who then feels bullied.  The crew learns that bullying is wrong and that they need to respect each other.   

Here is my grandson Daniel, who is two and loves The Crew Goes Coconuts!  The crew is adorable and consists of Captain No Beard, First Mate Hallie, Mongo the monkey, Polly Parrot, Linus the lion, and Fribbet the frog.  The illustrations are so cute and bright!  The stories in The Captain No Beard series teach important values while encouraging children to use their imaginations. 

You can learn more about author Carole P. Roman and her books at her website.  You can purchase The Crew Goes Coconuts there as well, and at Amazon.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Children's Book Review~If You Were Me and Lived in..Australia

My family has read several of the books in author Carole P. Roman's series that teaches children about the world around them.  The latest book we received to review from the series is If You Were Me and Lived In...Australia: An Introduction to Learning About Other Cultures.

We were especially excited to read about Australia!  My husband travelled there with the Navy, and he has always described what a beautiful place it is.  He would like to go back someday, and of course take us with him this time!

This series is meant for Pre-K to age 8, but both my 11 year old son and my 2 year old grandson love reading these books.  In the front of the book is a map of the country, showing the capital.  Throughout the book are bright, colorful illustrations, and a boy and girl show you what they eat, play, and what words they use for common items.  At the end of the book is a helpful pronunciation guide.  The book covers things children would be interested in knowing about daily life. 

If You Were Me and Lived in Australia is available at Amazon and on the author's website.  Carole P. Roman's website is full of lots of informationBe sure to check out all the different countries available in the If You Were Me series!

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. 

When it Rains......

Have you ever heard the expression When it rains, it pours?  Well, that's what has been going on around here lately.  I've been MIA for a few weeks now,  just hanging on and dealing with what life was throwing at us!  Flooded basement, broken computer, fried electrical in the basement, and a broken truck.  We are still dealing with getting the basement put back together, I picked up my computer yesterday, we pick up the truck tomorrow, and we are waiting on an electrician to tell us the verdict on the electrical. 

I really felt lost without my computer!  I also learned how important it is to back up as often as possible!  But, in all of this, we heard news of friends whose son is dying from a terminal disease.  That made us stop and think about how all our troubles are material.  I'd take material troubles any day over a sick, dying child.

So, I'm back on track and will be getting caught up on my reviews this week.  The forecast ahead is calling for sunny skies!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Children's Book Review~If You Were Me and Lived in..Russia

If You Were Me and Lived in...Russia: A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World is the latest book in author Carole P. Roman's series teaching children about the world around them.  I've read and reviewed several of these with the help of my son Chad (age 11).  We both always learn many new things about the country we are reading about!

If You Were Me and Lived in...Russia has bright, whimsical illustration with easy to read text.  There is a map of Russia showing the capital, Moscow, at the front of the book, and a handy pronunciation guide at the back.  In between, a boy and girl from Russia teach you about many things-facts about their country, what they eat, what words they use for their family members, sports they play, and more!  I learned that the cute nesting doll set I had as a girl is called Matryoshka dolls. 

I think this collection of books is great for any child, and would be a perfect addition to a homeschool library!

You can purchase If You Were Me and Lived in...Russia at Amazon and at the author's website, www.caroleproman.com .  There you can also learn more about all of the author's other books!

*Disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Review~Pilgrim's Wilderness

Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier is the story of Papa Pilgrim, aka Bobby Hale, an eccentric man who arrived in Alaska with his wife and 15 children.  They were living off the grid, self-sufficient in the wilderness near McCarthy, Alaska.  Pilgrim's Wilderness follows their lives, including their pasts and how they got to Alaska.  They had many struggles in Alaska, including trouble with their neighbors and the National Park Service.  As the story unfolds, you begin to see the dysfunction within the family. 

The author of Pilgrim's Wilderness is Tom Kizzia, who is a veteran Alaskan journalist and has traveled extensively throughout Alaska.  He did a great job putting all the pieces together to write this book, which I imagine was not an easy task! 

I began this story excited to read about the adventures of a true wilderness family.  As it went on, it evolved more into the adventures of a very dysfunctional, abused family with a patriarch who was clearly not mentally stable.  I enjoyed the book, but was sad to read what these poor children had to endure. 

*Disclosure: I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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