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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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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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Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

Title: Gobi: A Little Dog with A Big Heart
Author: Dion Leonard
Illustrator:  Lisa Manuzak
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-7529-3

Maybe you will be my forever friend, Gobi thought as she nuzzled Dion and drifted off to sleep,” Dion Leonard writes in his children’s book Gobi: A Little Dog with A Big Heart.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets four to eight-year-olds who enjoy stories about a dog finding a friend. With no scary scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. The bright and bold illustrations grace both sides of the pages with an easy-to-read font.

Based on a true story, Gobi is a scrappy dog living in the desert. When he sees a group of runners, he follows them, hoping to make new friends. The dog befriends Dion, one of the runners in the race who is determined to focus on winning. When the man backtracks to get his faithful follower, the canine knows he has a forever friend.

~ Why ~
This is a charming tale about finding and keeping a friendship. I like how the dog seeks out the runner and sticks close to him, waiting for a sign of acceptance from the man. The drawings are descriptive and expressive.

~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not care for books about dogs. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the tw0- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
Although the book does show the love between a man and his best friend, it does not show a young child the responsibility of having a pet dog.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short, happy read about a dog who finds a lifetime friend, this is a keeper.

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

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If You’re Happy and You Know It

If You're Happy and You Know It (A Sing-Along Book)Title: If You’re Happy and You Know It: A Sing-Along Book
Illustrator: Barbara Szepesi Szucs
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75922-5

If You’re Happy and You Know It encourages children to CLAP, STOMP, and shout HOO-RAY as they celebrate being happy in this delightful addition to the beloved Sing-Along series,” the back jacket states in this book.

~ What ~
This unnumbered twenty-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets ages four to eight-year-old children. With no scary scenes, there are full-page colorful illustrations by the artist on all pages.

Containing the well-known repetitive song about being happy, the verses include a singing call to action of clapping hands, stomping feet, and shouting hoo-ray. The last page has the music sheet of the song with the words.

~ Why ~
While most of us already know this song well, it is fun to sing while reading the book to young children to get them to interact with others while learning parts of their body. I love the adorable illustrations of animals on a playground, carousel, swing set, teeter-totter, jungle gym, sand box, slide, and playing together. Including unusual creatures such as pandas, sloths, hedgehogs, and grasshoppers will keep little ones engaged as they look at the pages.

~ Why Not ~
Some may tire reading the song with its repetition. Others may not be musically minded.

~ Wish ~
It would be fun to have a search page at the back of the book where the reader has to find specific animals as they enjoy the song.

~ Want ~
If you remember singing this cute song as a child, you will not want to miss picking up this book for your child or grandchild. The fun lady bugs dancing were my favorite.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

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Thank You, God, for Grandma

Title: Thank You, God, for Grandma
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Rosalinda Kightley
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8925-2

“Thank You, God, for Grandma;
There’s nothing I can do
I know she’ll always love me, and …
Grandma, I love you too!”
Amy Parker ends in her children’s book, Thank You, God, for Grandma.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about honoring a young one’s grandmother. Full page color illustrations of a bear with two of her grand cubs cover both sides of the opened pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this short tale concentrates on a bear grandmom who cares, teaches, plays, spoils, sings, and interacts with her grandchildren. While there are fun scenes of bears romping in the field, reading books, dressing up, playing hide-and-seek, cooking, picnicking, and singing, it is also noted the grandmother shows how to care for others and let God’s love shine. The beginning and end of the book stress that young ones should be thankful to God for their grandparent.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and I love how this one focuses on a grandma and what she does that is special. The pictures are engaging and fun to look at for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why one would thank God for grandparents. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
The author of over thirty books that have sold over one million copies worldwide, Parker focuses on children, teens, and adults. Married, she and her husband have two sons. No information is given on the illustrator, Kightley.

~ Wish ~
Because this book only shows a grandmother and grandchild relationship, it should be noted there is a similar book about grandfathers too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bonding book about a grandma with pictures of bears, this is a nice choice.  It would be an adorable book to have in the grandparents’ home when the young ones come for a visit and cuddle up with their grammy and be read it.

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Thank You, God, for Grandpa

Title: Thank You, God, for Grandpa
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Rosalinda Kightley
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8929-0

“Thank You, God, for Grandpa;
There’s nothing I can do
To make my grandpa love me less –
Grandpa, I love you too!”
Amy Parker ends in her children’s book, Thank You, God, for Grandpa.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about honoring a young one’s grandfather. Full page color illustrations of a monkey with two of his grandkids cover both sides of the opened pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this short tale concentrates on a monkey grandpa who loves, teaches, tells stories, spoils, explains Jesus, and interacts with his grandchildren. While there are fun scenes of monkeys hugging, playing games, fishing, skipping rocks, pitching trick curveballs, eating yummy desserts, and catching fireflies, it is also noted how the grandfather shows Jesus’s love and how to pray. The beginning and end of the book stress that young ones should be thankful to God for their grandparent.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and I love how this one focuses on a grandpa and what he does that is special. The pictures are engaging and fun to look at for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why one would thank God for grandparents. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
The author of over thirty books that have sold over one-million copies worldwide, Parker focuses on children, teens, and adults. Married, she and her husband have two sons. No information is given on the illustrator, Kightley.

~ Wish ~
Because this book only shows a grandfather and grandchild relationship, it should be noted there is a similar book about grandmoms too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bonding book about a granddad with pictures of monkeys, this is a nice choice. It would be an adorable book to have in the grandparents’ home when the young ones come for a visit and sit in grandpa’s lap to be read it.

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The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets
Author and Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74882-3

“Lord, we ask that you bless and protect this pet who gives such great joy and is cared for and loved in return. We ask this in Jesus’ name,” Preacher Brown prays over the animals in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this unnumbered twenty-four-page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like short stories of the well-known family of bears. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story has colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. No Bible verses are listed, but there are a few references as well as part of a hymn.

In this story, Preacher Brown plans a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at the bears’ church. While the Berenstain bears bring their dog, cat, goldfish, and parakeet, other animals such as lizards, snakes, turtles, farm animals, mice, and a crab attend. The pastor’s large dog starts a ruckus that involves all the animals until they are calmed down by one word. The ending includes a word search puzzle.

~ Why ~
This book reminds children that God watches not only over us but also over His entire creation including our pets. It promotes the Berenstain family is involved in taking care and loving their pets. I like the preacher’s reminder that God’s eye is on the sparrow as He watches over us too.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not understand asking God for blessings. Some may disagree with the concept that pets can be blessed by God as humans are. Due to the extensive writing, some beginner readers may struggle with some of the complicated wording.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
Page numbers would be helpful for some readers learning their numbers. I am unsure about blessing a pet as I do not know of any Biblical references regarding it.

~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one may be enjoyed if you have no issue participating in a ceremony asking God to bless your pet.

Thanks to the Z Blog Squad for providing this book for reading and reviewing.

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God Bless Our Baby

Title: God Bless Our Baby
Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrator: Steve Whitlow
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8666-4

“Our family’s  growing bigger now. We’re happy as can be! This special day, we all can say, ‘God bless our new baby!’” Hannah C. Hall ends her children’s book, God Bless Our Baby.

~ What ~
This twenty-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded edges targets children ages three to six years old who enjoy stories about babies, animals, and God. Focusing on the upcoming birth of a sibling, the colorful pages are filled with adorable expressions with four rhyming lines. Each page shows a father and/or mother and baby animals such as elephants, squirrels, raccoons, kangaroos, bears, pigs, kittens, and rabbits.

~ Why ~
Explaining a new sister or brother to a family can be confusing for a young child to understand, but this book introduces the concept of a sibling being added. I like how the reader is reminded to wait and see, use a whisper voice, help bathe, play, and sing to the infant as the reader learns to love, cuddle, and play gently with the one God made special. The pictures are cute and detailed enough to keep a young child’s attention, especially the butterflies that are incorporated into each illustration.

~ Why Not ~
With multiple-syllable and a few hard-to-comprehend words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
Having read approximately forty-five hundred books to her four children, the author has written her own while living with her husband and family in Arkansas. With no formal training in art, the illustrator has been a professional artist for over twenty years and lives in England with his family.

~ Wish ~
Although the rhyming is charming, it would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners. Mentioning the baby inside the mother’s tummy might be easier to understand if inserted before being told to be quiet during a baby’s nap time.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that helps toddlers and kindergarteners learn about an upcoming addition to the family, this would be an excellent choice.

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Otis the Owl

Otis the OwlTitle: Otis the Owl
Author and Photographer: Mary Holland
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-9408

“Otis finds the courage to climb out and perch on a nearby limb,” Mary Holland writes in the story section of her children’s book, Otis the Owl.

~ What ~
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages five to eight years old who enjoy educational information about owls. It may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short story, the early life of Otis the barrel owl explains how he hatched after four weeks in an egg, uses his talons to climb to the tree hole’s entrance, has a sister he does not always get along with yet preens, eats the prey his parents provide, and gets ready to fly so he can catch his meals.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about owl pellets, a game of what the creatures eat, different types of owls, and their anatomy.

~ Why ~
What makes this book interesting is not only the section on an owl living in a tree and learning how to climb out and fly away but also the facts regarding how the birds cough up skeletons, also eat frogs, snakes, and skunks, and that their ears are on the sides of their heads, not tops. Any child will enjoy looking at the close-up photographs while learning about these birds.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like owls may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two. Most of the photographs are of a tree with an owl or two peering out of a hole so may not be engaging to all viewers. Having two scenes of dead animals in the owls’ mouths may concern or upset some young children.

~ Who ~
Award-winning children’s book author, Holland is also a naturalist, nature photographer, and columnist living in Vermont with her dog. Having worked as a naturalist at New York’s Museum of the Hudson Highlands and the Massachusetts Audubon Society, she has written several children’s books.

~ Wish ~
With the young owl mainly being shown at its nest in the tree hole, it would be helpful if more scenery or different locations were included. I wish more books like this were available that had a story yet provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, engaging way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about the early life of barrel owls for kindergarteners to third-grade children, this may be an interesting read.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Moonlight Crab Count

Moonlight Crab CountTitle: Moonlight Crab Count
Author: Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis
Illustrator: Veronica V. Jones
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-9316

“Leena counts crabs while Mom writes down the data. Bobie doesn’t even bark once,” Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis write in the story section of their children’s book, Moonlight Crab Count.

~ What ~
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages eight to twelve years old who enjoy educational information about horseshoe crabs. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short story, Leena and her mom along with their dog, Bobie, live near a bay on the East Coast. In the dark of the night, they take their boat to an island and count the horseshoe crabs they find. After writing down the time, temperature, and wind speed, Leena spots the crabs, reporting if they are male or female as her mom charts the information on a clipboard. Leena turns a few crabs over while the dog silently watches. By morning, the crabs have returned to the sea, and the project is accomplished.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about the characteristics of horseshoe crabs, where they live and procreate, the writer’s vocation as an ecologist, a step game about citizen scientists, and how to help horseshoe crabs.

~ Why ~
Although I never have heard of horseshoe crabs since I live on America’s West Coast, they are interesting creatures as this book explains. What makes this book fun is not only the tale about counting the tailed creatures, but their medicinal value and facts regarding their ten eyes, bright blue blood, and tiny hairs along with their ability to lay twenty-thousand eggs at a time which are sometimes eaten by red knot birds. Any child will enjoy looking at the pictures while learning about the crabs.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like crabs may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two of interest. Others may not like how dark the illustrations are in the book, but it is portrayed as night throughout the story.

~ Who ~
An associate professor in Pennsylvania, Bathala has studied sea creatures around the world. She lives in New Jersey, and this is her debut children’s picture book. Illustrator Curtis is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books about wildlife rescue, animal care, and citizen science and lives in Maryland. Jones is a freelance and children’s illustrator who lives in Virginia; this is her debut picture book.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books like this were available that had a story yet provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, engaging way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about horseshoe crabs for elementary school aged children, this one offers a lot of information that would be helpful for a book report or school discussion, especially if you lived on the East Coast.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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