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Book Review: The Adventures of Isaiah James Beach Boy

The Adventures of Isaiah James Beach Boy
By: Sabrina K. Carpenter
Illustrated by: Doreen Freeman
Published by: Perfected Pen Publishing   Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-0982773710
Price: $12.95
Ages: 3- 6 years old
Rating: 4 ½ stars
Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson
Synopsis:  The author’s first children’s book, The Adventures of Isaiah James Beach Boy, cohesively blends learning, imagination, and brilliant illustrations for young children.  The debut book in a series, the story finds Isaiah James swimming with the dolphins, crawling with the crabs, and learning fundamentals throughout his entire journey. 
Overall thoughts:  This is a very sweet picture book with lovely illustrations.  A rhyming tale that simply, but effectively, captures the readers’ attention.  I read this story aloud to two different groups of children, and all enjoyed guessing the answer to the opening question of “what is our adventure today?”.  Although the title and the pictures quickly give away the answer, the children were proud to shout out the answer, “the beach!”   A nice mixture of rich language, bright colors, and a bit of guessing and counting, this book was an easy and fun read. 

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  Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Review: G.W. Frog and the Circus Lion

G.W. Frog and the Circus Lion
By:  George W. Everett
Published by:  WestBow Press   Date:  2010
ISBN:  978-1-4497-0443-8
Price:  $16.95           
Ages:  4-8 years
Rating:  4 stars (1-5)
Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson
Synopsis:  Larry the Lion is distraught.  His looks have changed over the years as he became an old lion.  Losing his teeth was a big blow to his ego and inner courage.  Along comes an unsuspected friend in the form of a very caring frog.  With some other critters from Frog Holler, and some creative genius, he fixes up the old lion, restores his courage, and saves the day!
Overall thoughts:  A bright and colorful book, it imparts a message for the readers.  The good-natured animals are highly relatable to children and are able to portray kindness; however, I found it beneficial that the moral of the story is clearly stated at the end of the book.  I would not want the message to go unnoticed by the younger readers. The addition of a ‘look and find’ of the critters in the story is a fun addition to the gentle story that children will certainly enjoy.
   (coming soon)

Happy New Year~

I ended 2010 thinking about how I could strengthen my relationship with my children. I realized that I was them all the time, was always doing things for them, taking them to their events, cleaning up after them, and snuggling at bedtime, but that I was not really hanging out with them as much as I should be.  A lot of the time, we were coexisting in the house and doing our own things… and me just spouting out directions and corrections.  So.. I aim to BE with my children more.. enjoy them more…  I could see how joyful they were (and me too!) when I sat down to play a board game with them… or if I talked to them at the kitchen table, not being on Facebook.  I thought how 10 minutes a day, I would work on just being with them — no television, no computer, no folding laundry, no surfing the net, just be with them, talk to them, give them my full attention.   Now, I have 3 children, so I didn’t think I could give up 10 minutes to them individually every day — there is math homework, spelling words to practice, dance, basketball, they do need clean underwear, and I do like to see what is happening with my Facebook friends!!!    But, I hope that spending 10 minutes with them together, or with one of them, or two of them, will gradually increase to more minutes some days, and will allow me to really grasp them as people, enjoy them for their silly, loving, and yes, trying, kids they are.  

I haven’t been able to follow the 10 minutes really closely as I had hoped, but I am working on it…  I am more aware that my kids deserve my full attention, that they crave it, and that it will so, so beneficial for them and ME to do this.   At bedtime last night, I talked with my girls about some friend-issues, and I was fully present…. yes, I was a bit anxious as it was past the magic bedtime hour, and I was tired, and I had dishes in the sink, but I laid back in bed with them, and chatted, full attention — it was fantastic, and I think that my oldest really appreciated it, and thought it was fantastic, too. 

Wish me luck…  10 minutes….  I can do this right???? 

ON ANOTHER NOTE — I read at two daycares today… I have been reading at these for over a year now.  It is really fun to see how they have grown since I started, how they don’t wiggle and pester each other as much when I am reading… how they really listen….. 
I feel like a rock star when I arrive — KRIS!!!!   Even a little cutie who isn’t very verbal yet, will toddle over to me and cry out “books!  books!”  when she sees me — it melts my heart, and it makes me feel proud knowing that I am helping to foster my love of reading, the importance of reading.

A book both sets of children giggled at, and listened intently to, today was “Are You are Horse?”  by Andy Rash.  Very cute…..