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Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs

Title: Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs
Authors: Amy Ammen & Kitty Foth-Regner
Publisher: Howell Book House
ISBN: 978-0-470-04101-7

“This book will teach you how to train your hyper dog by using your hands, leash, voice, body language, and precise timing …,” Amy Ammen and Kitty Foth-Regner write in the introduction of their book, Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-thirty-four-page over-sized paperback targets those interested in how to train their over-active canine. With black-and-white photographs, it focuses on what to do and what not to do when teaching your dog how to behave, listen, and act.

After acknowledgments, an index of basic skills, and introduction, the book is divided into ten chapters, ending with an index, the authors’ biographies, photo credits, and advertising. Beginning with the descriptions and personalities of different types of hyper dogs, it explains how to communicate and train your beloved pet.

Covering a myriad of ways to avoid training with treats, planning ahead, and using the Sneakaway and chin-touch-okay techniques as well as long leash leads, umbilical cording, and an energy-release program, the authors show how a quick, silent pull on a leash can produce a well-behaved, obedient, and controlled animal.

~ Why ~
The best part of this comprehensive book is the explanation how the Sneakaway technique can get your pet’s attention without having to give him or her a treat for completing a task. Since we have a 18-month old beagle, he prefers gluttony that is true to his breed, yet we want to teach him treats are not the end-all for good behavior. I liked the many photographs of the authors and their students working with the creatures.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that the book recommends a “quick jerk” for training, but it is one way to get the attention of your dog. Other pet owners may not approve of its use of prong collars, crate training, and lack of treat use for training. Since the book also contains information on tricks and organized sports, it may not be for all readers.

~ Wish ~
Although I appreciate this book, I wish it had more up-to-date information as it is written in 2007 and could be improved in how it approaches non-treat training through constant repetition, gentle pulling with praise, and unwavering consistency.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an educational book on how to train your “best friend” without using a food source, this book will offer some useful tips, even if it is a bit dated.

Thanks to the authors for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hip-ideas-for-hyper-dogs-amy-ammen/1100295780

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It’s a Jungle in Here

It's a Jungle in HereTitle: It’s a Jungle in Here
Author and Illustrator: Kristie Wilde
Publisher: Wilde Art Press
ISBN: 978-0-9974828-2-9

“Whether you stand out or blend in, are loud or quiet, however you are … God is especially happy with how He made you!” Kristie Wilde ends her children’s book, It’s a Jungle in Here.

~ What ~
Third in the Joyful Creation series, this unnumbered twenty-eight-page paperback targets children three to eight years old, especially those who like learning about God’s animals of the jungle. With no scary scenes, the book has colorful watercolor pictures that are broadly illustrated on every page.

In this short tale, it is stressed that God made many unique and different animals, and we are also divinely and individually created by Him. Focusing on the jungle, butterflies, big cats, small frogs, huge elephants, hard-to-find chameleons, loud birds, quiet okapi, and various monkeys are beautifully depicted, showing their different features and characteristics. At the end of the book are eight educational paragraphs with more drawings of each animal as well as four written out Bible verses and the author’s biography.

~ Why ~
Having read and reviewed two prior books in this series, I was impressed again with the illustrator/author of this book. I like how she reminds us how God created and loves us all, no matter how different we look or act. I appreciate the detailed, intensely colorful artworks that keep a young one’s attention, while sometimes searching for hidden animals. Due to the illustrations’ backgrounds, the pictures encourage further dialogue about creatures that live in the jungle.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about God and His creations will not appreciate this book. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I wish more children’s books like this were available for young ones to be taught the wonderful attributes of God and His amazing creations, including us.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that shows several different jungle animals, this contains beautiful pictures while honing in on the Almighty’s creative hand and His love for us.

For more information on this book: http://wildeartpress.com/its-a-jungle-in-here.html

Thanks to Book Crash and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/its-a-jungle-in-here-kristie-wilde/1128067126

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Hidden Animals

Children Books: HIDDEN ANIMALS (Amazing Book, Find the Animals) Search and Find Books (Age 4 - 12): Search and Find by [TheBrothers]Title: Hidden Animals
Authors: The Brothers
Publisher: Amazon Digital
AISN: B00JKU672G

“This is a frog. Yes, a frog. It’s called a mossy frog because the color of its skin looks like moss growing on a rock,” the Brothers write in their children’s ebook, Hidden Animals.

~ What ~
This thirty-eight-page ebook targets children ages four to twelve years old and their parents who like learning about interesting animals. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Beautiful color photographs are on most pages.

This book focuses on animals that can hide well in their environment. With over twenty creatures that can be camouflaged in their surroundings, it includes butterflies, moths, snakes, spiders, frogs, grasshoppers, beetles, fish, and a wolf. A sentence or two about each creature offers interesting and educational information.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning, following it up with visual pictures to view. One of its best features is that it is educational as a child searches and finds the creatures that are hidden in the photographs. I enjoyed knowing more about the Kallima butterfly, Stonefish, and Ghostpipe fish.

~ Why Not ~
Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Those who are visually challenged may have problems finding the animals in the photographs, but they can be located. Others may wish there were more examples of animals that mimic their environment to survive.

~ Wish ~
Having the book in print format would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an interesting ebook of amazing animals that hide in nature, this will make an excellent addition for the young reader in your life who wants to learn more about strange-looking creatures.

Thanks to the authors for this purchased book that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Children-Books-ANIMALS-Amazing-Animals-ebook/dp/B00JKU672G

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Night Night, Jungle

Night Night, JungleTitle: Night Night, Jungle
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9086-9

“As the big moon rises,
God’s creatures go to sleep;
He loves us all—both here at home
And in the jungle deep.
Night night, God,” the story ends in Amy Parker’s children’s book, Night Night, Jungle.

~ 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 animals in the jungle who get ready for bedtime. The brightly colored full-page illustrations of the animals are on all open pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this tale involves animals who live in the jungle and prepare for bed. There are praying lemurs, jaguars splashing in a river, toucans brushing teeth, chameleons reading a story, a rocking monkey, parrots sung a lullaby, tadpoles riding on their daddy’s back, and a sloth snuggling with its mom. The end reminds us God loves us all, including the animals.

~Why ~
Our one-year-old grandson loves looking at board books, especially if they contain animals. The illustrations of the animals are charming, cute, and colorful, grabbing attention of things to look at on each page.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this book, but He is mentioned only a couple of times. Due to the busy illustrations, it may be a challenge for those with visual issues. Some of the wording may be too hard for beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
Of the three Night Night books I have read by this author, this is my favorite as it has much to look at for a young one. There is nothing I would change about it.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read at bedtime that is about jungle animals, this one is a great choice. I know our grandson will cherish it when we visit him in a few weeks.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-night-jungle-amy-parker/1126657485

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Night Night, Farm

Title: Night Night, Farm
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1059-3

“Mice and pigs, chickens and cows –
Squeak, oink, cheep, and moo …
Oh, the animals God has made!
And, hey, He made me too!
Night night, God,” the story ends in Amy Parker’s children’s book, Night Night, Farm.

~ What ~
At eighteen pages, this Touch and Feel board book with shiny sections and glitter on its cover targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about a farm full of animals who get ready for bedtime. Full page color illustrations of the animals are on the open pages containing a small area of fabric or finish to feel.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this tale involves animals who live on a farm and go to bed. There are sheep, pigs, cows, horses, cats, chickens, and mice who make different sounds. The readers can touch the circles and feel the supposed skin or fur of the animal. The end reminds us God made the animals and us too.

~Why ~
Our one-year-old grandson loves looking at board books, especially if they contain animals. The illustrations of the animals are cute and pleasant, especially the tiny mice which are in their white pajama shirts on almost all pages.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this book, but He is mentioned only once. Some may not like that the cows, chicken, and mice do not have fur or feathers to touch but glitter or shiny red applique instead. Some of the wording may be too hard for beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
I wish the circles of fur or skin to touch were bigger and covered every animal portrayed. Since I have the prior Night Night book from this author, I found this one not written as well as the first one, but its illustrations are charming.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read at bedtime that is about farm animals, this one will work well.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-night-farm-amy-parker/1123167327

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God Bless My Family

God Bless My Family (A God Bless Book)Title: God Bless My Family
Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrator: Steve Whitlow
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9216-0

“From uncles and aunts to grandparents,
We’re each so glad to be
A special part of one big heart–
God bless my whole family!” Hannah C. Hall ends her children’s book, God Bless My Family.

~ What ~
This twenty-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded edges targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about God, family, and dogs. Focusing on the family unit and extended family, the colorful pages are filled with bright expressions with four rhyming lines. Each page has different types of dogs and their relationships with family members.

~ Why ~
Depicting dog breeds from Aussies, terriers, and poodles to Dalmatians, shepherds, and mutts, the animals show how their families are gifts from God. I like how the parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, and uncles and aunts are incorporated into the story. The illustrations are engaging and detailed enough to keep a young child’s attention, especially the canines playing. The drawings will stimulate conversations about how dogs live and God’s love as well as explain family dynamics.

~ Wish ~
Although the rhyming is charming, it would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that shows breeds of dogs interacting with their kin and how families are from God, this would be an excellent choice.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.walmart.com/ip/God-Bless-My-Family/56023182#

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Paisley the Goat

Paisley the GoatTitle: Paisley the Goat
Author: Rocio Monroy
Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61633-871-8

“Paisley the goat discovers many different things that can be counted at the beach on a sleepless night,” the back jacket states on Rocio Monroy’s children’s book, Paisley the Goat.

~ What ~
At sixteen pages, this square paperback targets children ages two to five years old who are learning to count. With no scary scenes, it is a story about a goat named Paisley who cannot sleep so gets up and counts objects. Containing some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

When Paisley the goat tries to sleep on her bed of sand, she finds no rest, so she gets up and takes a walk on the beach. After noticing the large moon, she sees two clouds, followed by three crabs, four birds, five seashells, six beach balls, seven fireflies, eight fish, nine turtles, and ten stars. After her long walk, she returns to her bed and falls to sleep with a smile on her face.

~Why ~
This is a charming tale of a colorful goat who is learning to count. I like that each number is part of the story and the reader can search and count the objects in numerical order. The colorful illustrations have enough detail to engage young readers.

~ Why Not ~
Those who already know their numbers may not be interested in a counting book. New readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
I hope some children will not think that if they cannot sleep that they should get up and take a walk in the middle of the night.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about counting for young ones, this may be a good choice.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paisley-the-goat-rocio-monroy/1127007957?ean=9781616338718

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So Great a Love

Title: So Great a Love
Author and Illustrator: Kristie Wilde
Publisher: Wilde Art Press
ISBN: 978-0-9974828-1-2

“Oh, run little ones, run to God … He will always love you!” Kristie Wilde ends her children’s book, So Great a Love.

~ What ~
Part of the Joyful Creation series, this unnumbered twenty-page paperback targets children under five years old, especially those who like learning about God’s love and animals. With no scary scenes, the book has colorful watercolor pictures that are broadly illustrated on every page.

In this short compilation, the idea that animals are protected and loved by their parents is correlated to God’s love for us, even if small ones. Whether it is a hen gathering her chicks, a mama bear protecting her cubs, a koala helping her young, a bird hiding her babies, a lioness washing her cubs, a shepherd watching over his flocks, or other animals protecting their loved ones, the book reiterates that the Almighty is watching over us. Also added are references to nature and its helpful resources. The ending includes ten written out Bible verses from six different translations along with the author’s biography.

~ Why ~
Promoting that the same God that made the animals and nature that surrounds us is the same God that loves us endlessly, the book also teaches how animal parents take care of their young. I like the detailed and colorful artworks that keep a young one’s attention. Due to the illustrations’ backgrounds, the pictures could also encourage further dialogue about how each animal lives and its environment.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about God’s love or animals will not appreciate this book. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I wish more simplistic children’s books like this were available for young ones to be taught the wonderful attributes of God and that they are loved by Him.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy a book that shows God’s love through how animal parents take care and protect their offspring, this would be a charming, delightful choice.

For more information on this book: http://wildeartpress.com/so-great-a-love.html

Thanks to Book Crash for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Don’t Be Stuck on Being a Duck

Don't Get Stuck On Being A Duck!Title: Don’t Be Stuck on Being a Duck
Author: Zev Lewinson
Illustrator: Debi Coules
Publisher: SwordPen Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-9799653-5-7

“Don’t get stuck on being a duck,” Ethel the little eaglet is reprimanded by her mother in Zev Lewinson’s children’s book, Being a Duck.

~ What ~
This unnumbered fifty-page over-sized paperback targets children ages four to eight years old who like reading a story about accepting who you are and being brave through the eyes of a little eagle. With colorful illustrations covering the full pages, there are no scary scenes for young readers. Due to many two- and three-syllable words, the book should be read out loud to beginner readers.

This short tale is about a young eaglet who is afraid to fly. Having been woken up from a dream where she is a duck, she makes excuses to her mother such as wanting to be a dodo bird to avoid attempting the scary task. Her mother gives her confidence to take the first jump, and the eagle soars through the air. The ending includes the author and illustrator’s biographies, the publisher’s notes, and two pages of eagle facts.

~ Why ~
I enjoy books that inspire and teach others to accept themselves, and this one does it well. The frightful bird is wary of taking her first flight and offers excuses, but her mother coaxes her to take the leap. The added Eagle Facts 101 is informative for older children to learn about how eagles fly, their size, “talon clasping,” nesting, eyesight, and other characteristics of the great bird.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about eagles or the fear of stepping out of the norm and doing something new will not appreciate this book. Others may wish there were more details to the backgrounds of the illustrations.

~ Wish ~
Being a stickler for grammar and punctuation, I found several minor errors that I have brought to the author’s attention to correct. I have marked the book down a half point for these as it is imperative to teach young readers correct writing skills.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s story about a young eagle learning to fly, this is a wonderful read.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to the author and SwordPen Publishing for offering this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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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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