Tag: Children’s books

Isosceles’ Day…by Kevin J. Meehan

Isosceles’ Day…by Kevin J. Meehan

Hello from Tiny Bird’s Shelf. This is where I share books that my kids and I read together.   Isosceles is a friendly dog looking for fun. He takes kids on a rhyming adventure to meet new friends.   As animal lovers,our family loves anything to do with pets. When I heard about ‘Isosceles’ Day’, I knew we had to read it.   We decided that Noah would read it to me. Since the prose is rhyming it made it easy and fun for him to read.   The illustrations in ‘Isosceles’ Day’ are absolutely amazing. The pages are bright and colorful and the illustrations have a wonderful vintage feel.   One thing that my son particularly loved, is that Isosceles is a  real rescue dog that  previously  led a hard life. This helped the story to be absolutely endearing. We love that a pitty is a main character in a book, something that you don’t often see.   We had a great time reading, ‘Isosceles Day’. We would love to see another installment of Isosceles’ adventures! SaveSave

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Tiny Bird’s Shelf: Otis and the Kittens…by Loran Long

Tiny Bird’s Shelf: Otis and the Kittens…by Loran Long

Here at ‘The Book Return’ blog we are excited to announce a new feature called ‘Tiny Bird’s Shelf’. ‘Tiny Bird’s Shelf’ will exclusively feature children’s picture books. My kids and I will read the stories together and let our readers know what we collectively think about the story.   When I saw ‘Otis and the Kittens’ on Book Outlet I had to pick it up. ‘The Otis’ series features vibrant illustrations by Loren Long. Part of the magic of the ‘Otis and the Kittens’ is discovering all the fine details of the story displayed in the illustrations. ‘Otis and the Kittens’ features the important themes of safety, family, cooperation, and friendship. My son especially enjoyed the interactions between Otis, the kittens, and the firemen. ‘Otis and the Kittens’ offers a feel good story with wonderful illustrations. It features popular children’s  themes. I mean what’s more awesome then farms, kittens, and fireman.  

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I Am Lucille Ball…Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

I Am Lucille Ball…Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

‘I Am Lucille Ball’ tells the story of how little Lucy overcame many obstacles to become the legend that she is today. She lost her father as a young child and she is sent to live with relatives who did not appreciate her sense of humor. She is told over and over, by her grandmother, that women are not funny. This did not deter her. She pushed on. Eventually she helped change the way women are looked at in show business and how show business is run in general. I’ve loved Lucy since I was a kid (see what I did there). Lucy’s antics never failed to make me laugh. When you think about it, its amazing that a show made 65 years ago is still entertaining and hilarious. When I need a good laugh, the ‘freezer episode’ (where Lucy and Ethel buy a side of beef not realizing its half a cow), the ‘candy making’ episode, or the ‘Vitameatavegamin’, never let me down. I was super excited to run across this ‘I Am Lucille Ball’ edition of the ‘Ordinary People Change the World Series’. My son is very silly and funny and sometimes he gets in trouble for it. I […]

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Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea…Ben Clanton

Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea…Ben Clanton

I was super excited to learn about ‘a the Unicorn of the Sea’ book. I initially planned on reading it on my Kindle but it looked so cute, I bought a paperback copy. It is part of a new series called ‘Narwhal and Jelly’.  One of my ‘tater tots’ loves Narwhal’ so this book was perfect for us. Inside it is laid out like a graphic novel and has really fun illustrations. There is also educational information throughout the story. We loved ‘Narwhal and Jelly’s’ friendship. We also really loved that their favorite food is waffles! We had fun reading it and is it perfect for ages 8-10. We plan on getting the others in the series.   Save Save Save

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Harvey the Hippo Wants to Fly…by Lisa Sankar-Zhu-Blurb Blitz

Posted August 20, 2016 by Karen in Book Tours, Books , / 0 Comments
Harvey the Hippo Wants to Fly…by Lisa Sankar-Zhu-Blurb Blitz

Harvey Hippo wants to fly, But no one knows why. No matter, he is determined to try. But can he REALLY do it Author Q&A 1.What age group of readers would you recommend for your work? “Harvey Hippo Wants to Fly!” was written for children from ages three to seven.  Of course, an adult would have to read to children who fall within this age range and can’t yet read.  Kids in this age group who are just beginning to read can read with an adult who would help them along with difficult words.  Definitely, more independent readers can read the story themselves.  I imagine that there would be children who progress from being read the story to being able to read the story themselves and having a different appreciation of the story as they make the progression.   2.What was your inspiration for ‘Harvey the Hippo Wants To Fly’?  Inspiration for Harvey Hippo stories can come to me from anywhere and everywhere, from around and within me.  My experience and imagination play a great role in the creative process.  For example, when I was a child, I would sometimes wonder what it would feel like to fly, and would […]

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The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe…by C.S.Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe…by C.S.Lewis

During the bombing blitzes of WWII, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are siblings sent to live in a country English estate . While exploring the mansion, they are transported to the magical land of Narnia (through a wardrobe), where they must help the lion, Aslan defeat the evil witch. I have been interested in this book since I was a child. For some reason, I had somehow gotten the impression that this story was very scary (perhaps because of the 1970’s animated movie). So I never read it until now. I am trying to read more classics, when I saw a copy at my library, I decided to give it a chance. Usually classics take me awhile to read since the prose can be hard to understand. This book was very easy to read, and I found the prose to be very fluid. The story is said to have many religious metaphors. These were very subtle and didn’t distract from the story, although you can certainly read between the lines. Although some parts involving the Witch, can be a bit scary, this is still a great book for children. When a book is so engrained in our culture, that you can’t imagine a […]

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Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance…Tanille Edwards-Book Tour Review

Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance…Tanille Edwards-Book Tour Review

Title: Jordan and Justine’s Weekend Adventures for Wildlife Alliance Author: Tanille Edwards Genre: Children’s Book Synopsis: Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures® for Wildlife Alliance brings children right into the center of animal life at a wildlife conservation center. Jordan and Justine use their magical powers to explore the world of dolphins, to find out how laws can protect wildlife, and to learn what it means to be a mammal. Perfect for children ages 7 to 9. By Tanille Edwards and Latoya Edwards. 2016 is the year to take a stand for Wildlife! There are animals that need our help. Author, Tanille Edwards and publishing company, Fire Flies Entertainment have partnered with the national organization Wildlife Alliance to share 50% of the proceeds from each Wildlife book from the Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures series sold to the organization. Review: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When I heard about this book, I jumped at the chance to review it. My kids will be attending field trips to our local animal conservation center in our area, so this book came at a perfect time. I love books that introduce children to situations or places that […]

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Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure…by Kara S. Tyler and Illustrated by Sarah Pacetti

Posted April 16, 2016 by Karen in Books , / 3 Comments
Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure…by Kara S. Tyler and Illustrated by Sarah Pacetti

Welcome to the Ninja and Bunny Tour Author Kara S Tyler and Illustrator Sarah Pacetti Today I’m hosting this stunning Children’s Picture Book about two sisters. It’s appropriate for all ages, boys and girls, and will delight parents as well with it’s great message and gorgeous illustrations. Check out my review below and make sure to enter the great giveaway at the end of this post with special prizes that fit the themes of adventure, fantasy, and heroism included in this book.  I read ‘Ninja and Bunny’s Great Adventure’ with my girls and we loved it. My nine year old daughter decided to read it again to her younger sister. I love that it had fairies and magical elements but still put the characters in roles that are not stereotypical  for girls. They loved the ninja and how she was tough and not afraid. We will definitely be reading more in the series. We give it five stars.   About the Book A children’s tale of imagination and play, of love and loyalty, and of courage and determination. Marian loves playing make-believe, but what if her big sister Ruthie’s fairies have been real all along? What if Princess Isla is […]

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