All Fish Faces

ALL FISH FACES: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish (Ocean Friends)Title: All Fish Faces
Author/Photographer: Tam Warner Minton
Publisher: Independently Published
ISBN: 978-1-521807781

“Tropical fish all over the world have faces that are alike in their characteristics, yet are still unique,” Tam Warner Minton writes in the introduction of her children’s book, All Fish Faces: Photos & Fun Facts About Tropical Reef Fish.

~ What ~
The first book in the Ocean Friends series, this numbered seventy-page paperback targets children ages four to twelve years old who enjoy educational information and photographs about tropical fish. With no scary scenes but containing the possibility of being poisoned, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this informative book, the author explains the different types, features, and characteristics of tropical fish that include puffer, angel, butterfly, parrot, trigger, file, frog, toad, scorpion, lion, and box fish as well as groupers, clownfish, anemonefish, and others. Also mentioned are ways to protect and preserve our oceans and coral reefs. All pictures include the name of the fish and location where found.

~ Why ~
Although I am not one who has tropical fish, I appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm the author/photographer has for these creatures. The photographs in full color are stunning and beautiful, showing details of underwater life. I enjoyed learning about “cleaner fish,” those that sleep with a transparent covering, how some can change their sex, and those that are venomous.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like fish may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two of interest. Others may want formatted descriptions listed such as average length, weight, eating habits, lifespan, et cetera.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books were written that provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, engaging way. It would be helpful if there were an index or glossary at the end of the book. With many grammatical and punctuation errors, it has been marked down a full point and would be changed if the writing were corrected.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about fish for preschool to elementary aged children, this will delight young readers, but you should be aware the copy reviewed had writing errors in it.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Kohipress Portable French Press

ENJOY COFFEE ON THE GO

~ What ~
Weighing only 12.8 ounces without water, this hand-held air press coffee maker produces 2 cups of joe in about 4 minutes. Measuring 10.6 inches long by 2.8 inches in diameter and able to hold 13 ounces of liquid, it is compact and easy to assemble and use. It comes with a double-walled stainless steel shaft with a rubber base, plunger, self-locking mechanism, leak-proof lid, long red stirring spoon, and instructions in a gift box ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Our son loves to have his specialty coffee but hates waiting for a pot to brew so enjoys his coffee on the run. Usually using a French Press coffee maker, he can take this small unit to work, in the car, while camping, or anywhere he has access to hot water. In testing the unit, I found it to easy use by adding freshly grounded coffee beans in the main shaft, pouring in boiling water, and minutes later slowly pressing the plunging unit down, producing a fresh cup of coffee. The long plastic spoon is a nice touch for those who use additives in their coffee. Cleaning it is a breeze as the mesh filter unscrews and the chamber can be accessed.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like making coffee, especially having to wait for boiling water. Others may wish it could contain more than 13 ounces of brewed coffee. The instructions state to pour water 3 cm lower than the water line, but most Americans think in inches (not the metric system).

~ Wish ~
I wish the unit came in more colors as it would be more noticeable. Adding a top carrying strap would be thoughtful. I wish the lid flap opening clicked shut tightly and the instructions recommended how much grounds to use.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a durable French press 2-cup coffee maker that can be taken with you wherever you go, this is a keeper that will last a long time.

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iGOKU 4-USB Port Car Charger

FRONT & BACK SEAT ELECTRONICS CAR CHARGER

~ What ~
This small red and black device has 4 USB ports to charge any smartphone while driving in the car. Plugging it into a vehicle’s cigarette lighter, it comes with an attached cable and hook that can charge 2 electronics in the front and back seat simultaneously. Its little blue LED lights shows when being charged. It also comes with a rotating pole clamp, and instructions are on the box.

~ Why ~
If I am taking a trip, I always have to charge it at a hotel. I like how I now can charge my phone or laptop while I am driving. This one is simple in design as it can plug into the cigarette lighter by its small section and place the long attached cord that can reach into my car’s back seat and hook onto the rear seat pocket or connected to the enclosed bracket that can attached to round piping if needed. It is a handy, useful device that saves time and frustration while on the road.

~ Why Not ~
Some people may not be in their vehicles long enough to charge their cell phones. Others may prefer to use a stationary device in their home or office to charge or be concerned the USB cable will interfere with their driving.

~ Wish ~
I wish black and red were not the only color choice, but it is noticeable. It would serve a dual-purpose if the cable could be separated from the cigarette plug.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an inexpensive USB charger to use in the front or back seat of your vehicle, this is an excellent choice.

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Mila Lifestyle Running Belt

RUN WITH LOTS OF ESSENTIALS

~ What ~
Made of black spandex-nylon with 2 thin silver reflective strips on the pockets, this belt can expand up to 42.5 inches to go around the waist and comes with 2 small long zipper sections and a headphone jack access port hole. The pockets can hold money, cell phones, keys, identification, and more. An approximately 2 by 1-inch bright mini LED strap light with 4 modes of operation is included.

~ Why
Since I walk our dog 3-4 miles a day, I like to carry my phone, keys, and ID. I like how the material on this fanny pack is lightweight and stretchable so is comfortable around the waist. Another nice feature is that the larger cell phones can fit inside the wide pockets and it has reflective strips that are noticeable in the dark. Adding the small light that can be looped around the belt is a plus.

~ Why Not ~
Those who like to carry a large purse or backpack instead of an around-the-waist fanny pack may not need this product. Others may wish it were available in other colors, and it is in black, blue, green, or pink.

~ Wish ~
Having clear pockets might be considered so the runner can see what is inside, but it may not be an issue.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a comfortable running fanny pack that can carry a lot, this is an excellent choice.

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Mr LifeHack Stemless Wine Glass Set

NO BROKEN GLASSES

~ What ~
Made of high-quality food-grade silicone, this set of 4 stemless wine glasses is opaque and able to be used indoors and outdoors. Designed not to shatter, crack, or break, each holds 12 ounces of fluid and is dishwasher safe. The flexible cup measures approximately 4 inches tall by 3.25 inches wide.

~ Why ~
I love anything made of silicone because it is durable and lasts. What I appreciate about these wine glasses are that they are stemless, so they will not tip or spill easily. Another nice feature is their flexibility, yet they hold fluids without folding inward. They are the perfect glasses to take on camping or keep in an RV. When a colored fluid is in one, the level can be noticed from outside.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not think silicone is a healthy material to be used to hold a drink, but these are BPA and phthalate free, so there are no toxins or rubberized smell or taste. Others may prefer colored glasses and not opaque; the company does offer them in a multi-colored set.

~ Wish ~
Although it may not be feasible for silicone to be transparent, it would be nice if the set was available in clear.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a top-quality set of easy-to-care-for silicone drinkware, this is an excellent choice.

Thanks to Mr LifeHack for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

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God Gave Us Family

Title: God Gave Us Family
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Illustrator: David Hohn
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-1-60142-876-9

“Whenever somebody is loving and caring for another, that’s a family,” Little Pup is told in Lisa Tawn Bergren’s children’s book, God Gave Us Family.

 ~ What ~
This forty-page hardbound targets children ages three to eight years old who like to read stories about how God gives us each a special family. With no scary scenes, the book may be best read out loud to beginner readers based on the complicated two- and three-syllable words.

In this short tale, an inquisitive wolf named Little Pup wishes he had a sibling, comparing himself to other families that have several. His parents explain that there are different types of families and God makes us part of His family too. Adoption, single parenting, grandparents, and extended families are mentioned as the wolf and his parents travel to a family reunion. There, Little Pup plays with his cousin and realizes that although families are different, he loves the one God gave him.

~Why ~
I like how many different types of families are discussed and how God gives us the one we are in for a reason. The illustrations of the pack of wolves traveling to the reunion are full color, expressive, and detailed, keeping young ones engaged and entertained.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may avoid this book. With many types of family units described, the story does not include those who have no children and those with blended families.

~ Wish ~
I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that focuses on family and God wanting us to love and enjoy the one we are given, this is a thoughtful choice.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Mila Accessory Kit for GoPro

ALL-IN-ONE GOPRO ACCESSORIES KIT

~ What ~
Weighing a little more than 3 pounds, this accessory kit for GoPro contains 31 items in a shockproof, padded case. Including mounts, harnesses, straps, tripod, waterproof casing, selfie stick, hooks, and more, it can be carried anywhere and used for extreme sports with any GoPro-like camera.

~ Why ~
This type of gadget works well for those who take their camera or smartphone, wherever they go from the snowy mountaintop to the deep ocean. I like how the head, wrist, and chest harnesses have adjustable straps, the mounts rotate on helmets, cars, bicycle, and stands, the tripod legs are flexible, the selfie stick expands, and the underwater pouch is double-sealed. The set also includes a floating grip, camera tether, anti-fog inserts, wrist strap, wrench, flat and curved adhesives, flat and vertical quickclips, and a locking plug. The enclosed pamphlet is detailed with photos and descriptions. The sturdy case with sections and a mesh pocket has double zipper toggles and a carrying handle

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not take pictures or have a GoPro camera will not see the value of this kit, but several of the items can be used with like cameras that have screw holes. Others may not need or want all the different items.

~ Wish ~
I wish a list online included everything in the set.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a comprehensive GoPro accessories kit that comes with 31 tools in a durable case, this is it. It makes a perfect graduation gift for our teenage neighbor into extreme sports.

Thanks to i-Success for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

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Genius Pump Bicycle Pump

PUMP AIR QUICKLY

~ What ~
Weighing less than 3 ounces, this aluminum alloy bicycle pump comes with a black mounting bracket, sports needle, and LED bike light. Measuring 9.05 inches long and 1.18 inches wide, the air pump can inflate bike, stroller, & cart tires as well as balls, toys, and blow-up mattresses. It comes with instructions printed on the gift box.

~ Why ~
This type of gadget works well for those who enjoy bike riding and worry about getting a flat tire far from home. I like how easy it is to use by flipping a handle and moving the lightweight expandable shaft back and forth, forcing air out of its tip. It can be used with Schrader or Presta valves. Including a sports ball needle and the small clip-on LED light that has 3 settings of constant, slow, and fast makes it a nice gift. The pump works fast and perfectly when adding air to the tires on my 4-wheel utility cart.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have bikes or items that need to be inflated will have no use for this product. Others may prefer electric or automatic pumps. Some may not want to attach the bracket to their bike, but it is removable from the pump.

~ Wish ~
I wish the LED light were a little bigger and its loop longer so it could clip on to other items.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bicycle pump that is easy to use and weighs little, this is an excellent choice.

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Lizzy the Lioness

Lizzy the LionessTitle: Lizzy the Lioness
Author: Lisa Bevere
Illustrator:  Kirsteen Harris-Jones
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9658-8

“Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is to ask for help,” Lizzy is reminded in Lisa Bevere’s children’s book Lizzy the Lioness.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets four to eight-year-olds who enjoy stories about a little lion learning about bravery. With potentially frightening scenes of baboons trapping a little girl and lions scaring them away, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. The colorful and detailed illustrations grace both sides of the pages with an easy-to-read font. After an ownership and dedication page with a Bible verse, the story ends with a note to parents and short prayer.

Young lioness Lizzy wishes she was grown up like others in the pride. She loves to play and frolic but is frustrated having to obey rules being so small. When she falls out of a tree and meets a little girl and her mother, she realizes she has something in common with the child. One day she sees baboons encircle the girl; the child prays to God for help. Knowing the lion is too little to approach the baboons, she runs to the pride and asks for help. Her father and other lions chase the baboons away, and the girl thanks Lizzy for answering her prayer. The lioness is praised for being brave by coming and getting help instead of trying to take on the challenge herself.

~ Why ~
This book is ideal for young ones who are timid or unsure of themselves as it reminds them that God is there for us all the time and sometimes going to adults or others for help is the best answer. I like the frog depicted throughout the story that follows Lizzy and the expressive artwork.

~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not care for books about lions or be fearful that they and baboons can attack others. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the tw0- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
Lions and baboons living in their natural habitat have to be violent to survive. The story has the mother and child walking around unprotected, so it may give some children a false sense of security when around the predators.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a brief tale about learning that bravery is more than standing up for oneself but also asking for help from others, this is a good starting point.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am evaluating by choice.

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One Christmas Bear

One Christmas BearTitle: One Christmas Bear
Author & Illustrator: Anne Vittur Kennedy
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9014-2

“Little acts of kindness, our friends and families dear,
Merry time together – gifts from God to last all year!”
Anne Vittur Kennedy ends her children’s book, One Christmas Bear.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this cut-out board book with sparkles on its front cover targets children ages three to six years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about counting animals at Christmastime. Full page color illustrations of the animals in the snow cover the pages.

Written in four-lines of rhyme with some complicated wording that cover two open pages, this story begins with an adorable polar bear finding a friendly pup on Christmas day. As the reader turns the pages, the counting of animals and birds frolicking in the snow goes up to ten, including mice, foxes, squirrels, rabbits, eagles, snowmen, caribou, ginger cookies, owls, candy canes, snowballs, sledders, skaters, stockings, parents, stars, and friends. The scenes are charming and expressive as they show the bear and his friends enjoying the holiday.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I like how this book is the type to cuddle up with them on a cold winter’s Christmas day as we look at the animals playing in the snow. With page numbers on the bottom right side the pages, the book helps young ones learn to count as they search for objects in the illustrations. With the repetition, it is an educational tool that will delight kids.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this book, but He is mentioned only once at the end. The book has little to do with the birth of Christ, but it does mention Christmas trees, snacks, and stockings. Due to the two- and three-syllable wording, it should be read out loud to beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
I prefer a Christmas book that promotes Jesus’s birth, but the animals depicted in this one are cute.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read during the holidays when it is cold or snowing outside, this is a good selection, but be aware it does not mention the main reason we celebrate Christmas.

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