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High Five Book Review

High Five Book Review

My kids LOVE this book. It’s a simple premise, presented cleverly with a witty and interactive element that my children find continually fun and engaging. The basic concept is that there is a high-5 contest that the reader is encouraged to compete in. So they get to slap each animals’ hand — drawn subjectively on the page — with wildly enjoyable results.

Who will win?! The book is made even better by the day-glo colored pencil illustrations throughout and the rhyming text of the narrator standing by. With all those high-fives, it’s appropriate that the book is printed on high quality paper with an excellent binding as well. What a fun book for my family — and yours!


Just Like Brother Book Review

Just Like Brother Book Review

Almost since birth, our littlest has found her older sister the most fascinating thing/person in the world. She spends much of every day watching and copying her. That’s all good, and her older sister is (usually) patient enough that it isn’t a problem between them. Lately though I’ve become a little concerned that she has begun to label herself, in a sense, as being perpetually “lesser” than her older sister. So I am thrilled with this wonderful book. It tells a simple story of a young giraffe with a taller/faster/braver older brother.

During a game of hide and seek, she (he?) finds that, to all the African animals around them, she is tall, fast, and brave on her own. I think a comparative mindset can just ruin people’s lives, and it’s so important to simply realize we live and stand on our own, not perpetually “in “comparison with others. This is such a great book to instill that understanding at a young age before such misconceptions can lead a child astray into discouragement (or worse). The illustrations are charming and fun, and the printing and binding are very high-quality. I’d recommend this for any younger siblings out there and for libraries and schools as well.


I Wish I Were a Fairy Tale: A Story Illustrated With Cakes Book Review

I Wish I Were a Fairy Tale: A Story Illustrated With Cakes Book Review

I think my favorite story when I was a child was “I Wish That I Had Duck Feet”from Dr. Seuss, where the child narrator lists off all the wonderful things they wish they could do or be. This book may be an instant classic as it extends that delightful narrative in a wonderful book my entire family really enjoys. The story lists different wonders from the worlds of fairy tales and how magical it would be to experience them all.

Yet, the book itself offers it’s own magical experience in that each illustration is actually a photo of an elaborate cake setpiece set up as a 3-D diorama of sorts. Each page is a delicious delight! The book is beautiful to look at, with an engaging design and richly colored photography printed on high quality paper with a durable binding. It would be an excellent choice for any children’s library, whether at home, school, or in a city or town.


Great Job, Mom! Book Review

Great Job, Mom! Book Review

What a wonderfully designed book — and with such an important message, too. I worry a bit that today’s children may take their parents for granted more than ever, even while parents feel constrained to do more and more for their families. At the same time, I don’t think nagging my kids about appreciating DH and I more is really the answer. So I was honestly thrilled to see this this beautiful book, which helps correct that trend, I believe.

It breaks down the many tasks — or professions, if you will — that a mother might face in a given day — such as a “general” giving tasks to her children, an “archaeologist” digging for clothing in the laundry, or an evening “DJ” playing music for her kids to dance along to. It is an engagingly written book with absolutely charming photographed illustrations. Each page is illustrated with wool felt figurines acting out each job throughout the day, set in realistic diorama-style setting. It is such a wonderful book, and my own children seem to have a new appreciation for us parents, both as people, and for all the many, many things we offer and do with them each day.


Carl and the Meaning of Life

Carl and the Meaning of Life

Beautiful watercolor painting illustrations, along with a truly important moral, elevate this charming and thoughtful book. It follows a lowly earthworm on its journey to find a purpose and motivation to his life. On his simple journey, he eventually realizes how interconnected we all are, and how what we do effects others and the environment.

It’s a compelling argument to reflect on how our actions effect others, and how we can use that realization to energize our efforts to help others. The book itself is printed on high-quality paper, beautifully printed with rich color, and in a reinforced binding with a lovely dust jacket.

Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon! Review

Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon! Review

I don’t know about every child, but some of ours have had such a difficult time getting to sleep. Their fear-of-missing-out was just too much, and they’d fight to stay awake no matter how tired. So I’m delighted with this charming book which, among other things, shows how taking a nap doesn’t preclude playing and having fun beforehand — or afterward.

It’s such a small yet crucial lesson for our young ones to learn. But this delightful offers more. The illustrations are delightful, set in a fun medieval countryside. The text is well written and the printing and binding are top-notch, with a nice dust jacket. The book also reveals how much we can learn from new friends, and how enjoyable those things can be. I hope it helps my shy children learn that friends in real life may offer so much that it’s well worth sticking our necks out a bit to get to know them.