Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blue Apple Books

This was a QUITE a box of books! I was thinking it HAD to be Christmas when I opened it up, and if you think I was excited - you should have seen my girls. In fact, they told me, "Fast Mom, blog about these so we can take them and look at them!" I will share with you some of the goodies inside!

Good Morning Toucan and Good Night Owl by Dwell Studio are fun lift-the-flap books. The colors are bold and engaging and the flaps are large - your little ones won't be ripping them off as they turn the page. They are sturdy and will last! I love it that they walk you through the forest and the rainforest teaching you about the habitat, animals, etc. These are GREAT titles!!

Zoe and the Robot Let's Pretend by Ryan Sias and Doggie Dreams by Mike Herrod are both titles in the Balloon Toons Series. This is a great series for beginning readers. There is not a lot of text on the page and yet the illustrations are catchy and fun. Boy and girls, alike, will find these engaging and rewarding as they are reading on their own.

African Animal Alphabet is a National Geographic Little Kids title by Beverly and Dereck Joubert. We are LOVING this one! Each letter of the alphabet has a photograph of an animal found in the African Habitat. The photographs are amazing and the "Did you Know?" facts on each page are fun for our young readers. My girls are devouring this book and I KNOW my boys would have done so even more at this age!

How Things Work In The Yard by Lisa Campbell Ernst is an information book that again, my six year old is asking me to read over and over. It takes things that you may find in your yard - a wagon, a wheel, a garden hose, a butterfly, a squirrel, etc. and then gives you lots of fun facts about each of them. It might explain how they function or tell you how the animal eats, etc. What a great book for explaining science concepts to our young readers.

Bunny's Lessons by Harriet Ziefert is a picture book that will be one that your kids are bound to enjoy! It is the story of Charlie and his bunny and what they learn about life by playing together. It is a simple storyline and yet will resonate with our very young ones learning to sit for a story. Barroux's illustrations are childlike and wonderful for this book!! This will be fun for story hour and to share with our little ones at home as well.

13 Planets The Latest View of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar is a MUCH-NEEDED addition to our science section! With the addition of Haumea and Makemake - the newest planets discovered in our solar system - we have needed a children's book to explain these great findings! This is it - you honestly can't go wrong with National Geographic Kids!

Human Footprint is a National Geographic Kids book by Ellen Kirk - it is such a great format for showing what our human footprint might contain. The subtitle is "Everything you Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime" and that about sums it up - the real-life photography is a great way to show just how much stuff we consume!! Our favorite page?? The rubber ducks that show how many showers you will take in your lifetime!!

Grandma's Wedding Album is a beautiful picture book by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Karla Gudeon. This is the kind of book that makes you want to have your wedding chronicled the very same way. It is beautiful and such a wonderful story of the family heritage to hand down to our children. And what I love about this book is that at the end - they give you all sorts of wedding traditions from around the world. This one is a beautiful book - from cover to end page!!

Don't Let Auntie Mable Bless the Table by Vanessa Brantley Newton is a picture book that still has me chuckling. This is a wonderful tale of Sunday dinner until Auntie Mabel begins to bless the food, and she blesses the food, and blesses the food - EVERY item on the table and each person that prepared it - UNTIL all the food is cold! I love it - we laughed out loud at this one!!

Here is another of our BIG favorites (ok literally BIG!!). National Geographic Little Kids' Baby Animal Pop! is simply stunning. The book is all about farm animals BUT after you read information on each animal the page becomes a pop-up book that folds out to an enormous photograph of each animal. Our 4 year old is just captured by this book!! It is wonderful!! Guaranteed to enchant your young readers!!

Two other board books that are so much fun are Swing! like a Monkey and Wiggle! Like an Octopus by Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback. When Ziefert and Taback get together - you are bound to enjoy these books!! These books are guaranteed to get you and your little ones up and moving as you move with the animals! Great fun with whimsical illustrations that just add to the enjoyment!

My last great find in this box is Doodles at Breakfast by Deborah Zemke. This is such a great idea - 36 tear-off placemats that you decorate either before or while you eat!! (Mom and Dad - you decide on this one!) Each placemat leads you through how to draw something and then gives you the space to do it! I'll be honest - I haven't shown my girls this one yet - oh dear - they would be decorating placemats ALL DAY long!! This is a great one!

*I was provided copies of each of these books for review purposes.

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