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MyMore Women’s Black Lace Blouse

LADIES’ V-NECK SHORT SLEEVE LACEY SHIRT

~ What ~
Made of 65% cotton and 35% polyester, this women’s collarless V-neck shirt has lace at the shoulders to the above-the-elbow sleeves, ending around the crotch area. Available in 2 colors of black and gray, it comes in 4 sizes of small, medium, large, and X-large. The zipperless and buttonless garment covers the breast area and flows loosely past the waistline. Cleaning instructions are included on an attached tag stating it can be machine or hand washed.

~ Why ~
I like the feel of the stretch t-shirt material as it is soft and a little stretchy. I selected the color of Black. Able to slip it over my head easily, it accents my bust and waistline while covering my hips and bottom. The Medium size fits my Size 8 frame comfortably. I love the lacey accents in the neckline and sleeves.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that there is no zipper or buttons, but it is not hard to get on or off. Tall women may think it is too short. Others may not like the lace at the collarbone area as bra straps will show.

~ Wish ~
I wish other color choices were available. It would be helpful to have the fabric percentages noted online.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a lacey yet comfortable shirt that can be worn casually or as dress-up, this is a lovely addition to a wardrobe

Thanks for MYMORE for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

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Family Tree Workbook

Title: Family Tree Workbook
Author: Brian Sheffey
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-608-9

“This workbook is arranged so you do not have to work your way through it sequentially,” Brian Sheffey explains in the beginning instructions of his book, Family Tree Workbook: 30+ Step-by-Step Worksheets to Build Your Family History.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-four-page paperback targets those who want to document one ancestor’s life or an entire family group in book format. After an introduction and directions, there are five chapters covering the topic; it ends with a glossary, resources, index, acknowledgments, and author’s biography.

This book begins with individual and family-specific worksheets that cover pedigrees, ancestor overviews, family addresses, family groups, siblings, blended families, timelines, and United States and worldwide migration maps. The second chapter compiles information on marriage records, land deeds, military history/service logs, medical history, death records, cemeteries, interviews, photos, heirlooms, DNA tracking, family charts, newspaper articles, and color/enslaved/ Cherokee/Dawes cards registration logs. The third part has census information with passenger arrival records while the fourth contains managing information via research, worksheets, and sources. The final part reaches completion with tips and future-proofing genealogy research.

~ Why ~
Having a friend who loves keeping track of her family, this book is ideal as it has a plethora of charts to compile. I like the detailed charts that include a gambit of relative data. Adding the heirloom, newspaper, and U.S. Federal Census charts to complete are a plus.

~ Why Not ~
Some may have no interest in recording their family history and ancestors so they may not want this book. Others may think genealogy is too time-consuming to research and report the information on the worksheets. A few may feel overwhelmed in the book’s presentation.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the concept of having a family tree workbook, I feel this one is not organized well as there is jumping around to put names, dates, and places, causing possible duplication. I wished it focused more by date or generation.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to keep track of your beloved family, this is a lovely beginner’s book that helps organize the past while keeping tabs on the present.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #BrianSheffey #FamilyTreeWorkbook #GeneologyWorkbook

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The Print Penmanship Workbook for Kids

Title: The Print Penmanship Workbook for Kids
Author Crystal Radke
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-921-9

“As children read the animal facts in the book and then write them, their brains make connections to their learning,” Crystal Radke writes in the notes to parents in her book, The Print Penmanship Workbook for Kids: Improve Your Handwriting with Fun Animal Facts.

~ What ~
This ninety-page paperback targets children ages six to nine years old who need help learning to write and enjoy learning about animals. With no scary scenes, it begins with a note to parents and before and after writing comparisons, contains three sections promoting proper writing, and ends with a certificate and the author’s biography.

The first section has tracing and writing letters of the alphabet in order, using both upper and lower case letters. The second part has words to trace and write, while the final section involves tracing and writing sentences. All sections include facts of animals along with coloring breaks to color.

~ Why ~
Our six-year-old granddaughter is learning to write and read so this is a timely book for a first grader to practice her skills. Since the book has fun facts about animals, she can learn something while tracing the letters and words. I like how the book progresses from letter writing to word and sentence writing.

Some animal facts:
Jellyfish do not have brains, hearts, bones, or eyes.
Porcupines are very good climbers.
Stick insets are the longest bugs in the world.
A moose’s antlers can reach almost six feet across.
Female bald eagles are bigger than male bald eagles.
A group of rhinoceroses is called a crash.

~ Why Not ~
Young children or those with hand/eye coordination issues may not like this book, but it would help those who have trouble writing. Some kids may not be interested in the animal facts. Beginner readers may be frustrated reading the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
Including an index with each animal may be helpful but not necessary.

~ Want ~
If your child needs to work on refining their print penmanship, this would make an excellent workbook, especially if they like learning about animals at the same time.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #CrystalRadke #ThePrintPenmanshipWorkbookforKids

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Dinosaurs!

Title: Dinosaurs!
Author: “Dinosaur George” Blasing
Illustrators: Annalisa & Marina Durante
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-429-0

“Dinosaurs are some of the most amazing animals that ever lived,” the beginning states in “Dinosaur George” Blasing’s book, Dinosaurs! My First Book about Carnivores.

~ What ~
This sixty-eight-page paperback targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy educational books, especially if they involve dinosaurs. With no profanity or too scary scenes, over thirty carnivores are explained with well-drawn, expressive illustrations. The ending has a glossary, index, and biographies on the author and illustrators.

After an introduction page about what carnivores are and the period they lived, colorful artwork is on the left side of the page with the name and pronunciation of the dinosaur on the right side, followed by a descriptive paragraph, highlighted facts, and information on its length, height, weight, when, where, eating habits, and animal comparison.

~ Why ~
Our three-year-old grandson has a thing about dinosaurs, able to tell you what kind they are, so this is a timely book for him. I like the information on the creatures and their uniqueness. Adding the color-coded Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods are helpful for older children.

Some interesting facts about carnivores are:
The Coelophysis was the fastest animal.
TheCryolophosuarus was one of the largest.
The Megalosaurus has a strong neck.
The Gallimimus swallowed small stones for digestion.
The Deinocheirus had small but thick claws for digging.

~ Why Not ~
Young children may be frightened by some of the depictions, especially those involving sharp teeth. Some may find there is limited information, but it may be acceptable for the age group. Beginner readers may be frustrated with the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
Being a Christian, I wish the book did not promote the earth being hundreds of millions years old.

~ Want ~
If your child is fascinated by cool-looking creatures such as dinosaurs and wants to learn a thing or two, this would be an interesting and educational read.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the authors for this complimentary that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #DinosaurGeorgeBlasing #AnnalisaMarinaDurante #DinosuarsMyFirstBookaboutCarnivores

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Sign Language for Kids Activity Book

Title: Sign Language for Kids Activity Book
Author: Tara Adams
Illustrator: Natalia Sanabria
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-406-1

“This book will help you start learning how to communicate in a whole new way using your hands,” Tara Adams writes in the introduction to her book, Sign Language for Kids Activity Book: 50 Fun Games and Activities to Start Signing.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-six-page paperback is targeted for children ages eight to twelve years old who want to learn American Sign Language. With no profanity or too scary scenes, it is divided into two sections with explanations, colorful illustrations, and activities, ending with an answer key, resources, acknowledgments, and the author’s and illustrator’s biographies.

After an introduction, the first half has essential signs with drawings of the alphabet, numbers, conversations, home, family, pets, actions, thoughts, feelings, activities, food and drink, outdoors, school, education, and descriptive words. The second part has fifty exercises, games, puzzles, and activities to do.

~ Why ~
Having taken ASL in college, I am excited to show our six-year-old granddaughter this educational book. I like that the pictures are easy to understand on how to hold the hand and fingers. The activities promote how to sign.

Some of the fun activities are:
Matching
Guess the Food
Secret Message
Grammar Practice
Signing Sleuth!
What Did I Say?
Word Search

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not need or want to learn sign language may have no need for this read. Younger children may find some of the activities too complicated to understand or comprehend.

~ Wish ~
I wish some of the exercises were a little simpler for beginner signers.

~ Want ~
If your child is interested in learning a new language using hands, this is a perfect beginner’s book to engage and instruct them.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #TaraAdams #NataliaSanabria #SignLanguageforKids

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Actually, the Comma Goes Here

Title: Actually, the Comma Goes Here
Author: Lucy Cripps
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64739-922-1

“You’ll find plenty of fun (and examples) of proper writing while also learning how punctuation has changed throughout history!” states the back cover of Lucy Cripps’s book, Actually, the Comma Goes Here: A Practical Guide to Punctuation.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixty-six-page paperback targets those who want to improve their punctuation skills. After an introduction, the book is divided into fifteen chapters, followed by style guides, an index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

From six to seventeen pages each, the chapters cover the period, comma, apostrophe, question and exclamation marks, the hyphen, em and en dash, parenthesis and brackets, ellipsis, slash, unusual characters, and “not-punctuation points.” Most sections contain explanations, rules, history lessons, and How to Beat the Snobs inserts.

~ Why ~
Since I read a lot, I instantly notice punctuation and grammar errors, so I have to constantly confirm writing rules. I love having a small, pocket-sized book on the topic that can be checked quickly for verification. This read is thorough by offering correct and incorrect examples, highlighted bullet points, rule charts, and different acceptable styles of writing. Adding the history of some of the marks is educational.

Some of the notable rules include:
* Single spacing between sentences
* Serial (Oxford) comma
* Apostrophe in shared possession
* Semi-colon with related thoughts
* Em dash for sentence breaks
* Spacing of the ellipsis

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to write properly or do not care if they are incorrect will not be interested in this compilation. Others may not like the many differences in style that may confuse the writer further. I prefer cut-and-dry rules and examples that are simplified, but this layout may be helpful for some readers.

~ Wish ~
Loving punctuation, I appreciate such a book as this, but I wish it was formated differently and did not contain the humor.

~ Want ~
While so many current-day writers seem to ignore many punctuation rules, claiming it is their style, this book hones in on what to and not to do when putting pen to paper. It is a good reference tool for quick access or to avoid getting out the heavy Chicago Manual of Style.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #ActuallytheCommaGoesHere #LucyCripps

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Solar System for Kids

Title: Solar System for Kids
Author: Hilary Statum
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-928-8

“Are you ready to begin your adventure? It’s time to leave Earth behind,” Hilary Statum writes in the introduction to her book, Solar System for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Planets, Dwarf Planets, and Everything Circling Our Sun.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-six-page paperback targets children ages six to eight years old who enjoy educational books, especially if they involve the solar system. With no profanity or too scary scenes, there are multiple colorful photographs and illustrations. The Mystery Continues, a 13-word glossary, resources, index, and author’s biography complete the book.

After a contents page, there are six chapters for junior scientists to learn about space. Beginning with a discussion about our universe, the following sections cover our solar system, terrestrial planets and the asteroid belt, gas and ice giants, the Kuiper Belt and dwarf plants, and exploration.

~ Why ~
Our six-year-old granddaughter loves educational books about space, and this one is packed full of information, illustrations, and descriptions. I appreciate the sixteen two-page inserts on the sun, moon, and planets that have charts on the left side of the opened pages on mass, diameter, distance from earth, average temperature, and more while the right sides often offer a deeper look. Highlighting words that are in the glossary are helpful.

~ Why Not ~
Some may find there is limited information on the topic in this book, but it is for junior scientists in the third to fourth grade. Beginner readers may be frustrated with the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
As a Christian who believes in creationism, I do not like books that promote the Big Bang Theory happening billions of years ago (however, God did create the universe with one enormous, instantaneous bang!).

~ Want ~
If your child is fascinated by outer space and its celestial bodies, this read would make a great resource for a book report or to learn intersting facts about our solar system.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary that I am under no obligation to review.

#RockridgePress #CallistoPublishersClub #HilaryStatum #SolarSystemforKids

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The Story of Alexander Hamilton

Title: The Story of Alexander Hamilton
Author: Christine Platt
Illustrator: Raquel Martin
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-425-2

“Explore how Alexander went from being a young immigrant with strong values to a celebrated American leader and icon,” the back jacket states in Christine Platt’s children’s book, The Story of Alexander Hamilton: A Biography Book for New Readers.

~ What ~
This sixty-four-page paperback targets children ages six to eight years old who enjoy biographies of famous people. With no profanity or scary scenes, expressive illustrations, timelines, questions, or quotes are on almost every page. After a table of contents, there are eight chapters, followed by a glossary, bibliography, acknowledgments, and author’s biography.

This is a book about the life of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. From his birth on a Caribbean island and being orphaned to coming to America, getting married, and having children, he became George Washington’s aide, a lawyer who served in the Confederation Congress, and framer of the Constitution, dying due to a duel. The final chapter includes ten multiple-choice questions and three “what if” scenarios relating to his life.

~ Why ~
I love children’s books that teach young ones, especially if they are about American’s past history. The educational story flows easily with the added drawings, charts, questions, and myth and fact sections. Plenty of facts are included that could be used for a book report.

~ Why Not ~
Some children will not like a read about a famous historical American figure from the past. Others may not care for the details of Hamilton and his son being killed in duels. The book may be hard to understand for some six-year-olds. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the three- and four-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
Online it states the age group is for third and fourth graders but mentions six- to eight-year-olds (which may be in lower grades still), so it may be noted to be read by older children. I hope further books about famous people are being written by the author.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a biography on Alexander Hamilton for elementary-school-age kids, this may be an educational source, but be aware it does contain illness and death.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 3, 4, and 5

Title: The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 3, 4, and 5
Author: Shelly Rees MEd
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-635-5

“Whether it’s word searches, coloring, or playing grammar bingo, set your child up for elementary school success–three years in a row!” states the back cover of Shelly Rees’s book, The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 3, 4, and 5: 140+ Simple Exercises to Improve Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-eight-page paperback targets eight-to-eleven-year-olds who want to build up their grammar skills. After an introduction and instructions, the book is divided into three parts that contain information and exercises involving English grammar, followed by an answer key, glossary, and the author’s biography.

With three sections focusing on English grammar education for grades three, four, and five, there are twenty lessons with practice exercises per grade level, followed by fun activity pages.

Each chapter has topics with explanations or rules and includes examples and differences in numbered or highlighted areas. The two practice exercises per each topic are in yellow and have directions and fill-in-the-blanks. The activities are inserted every few pages within the chapters.

~ Why ~
Having a first-grade granddaughter who is learning to read, I feel grammar is one of the most important things to grasp. I like that the exercises are simple and not too long with only three to ten questions each. Adding the activities makes learning challenging yet fun.

Some of the notable exercises involve:
3rd Grade: Nouns, Possessives, Verb Tense, Pronouns, Conjunctions, Capitalization in Titles, and Writing Quotations.
4th Grade: Sentence Fragments, Compound Sentences, Relative Adverbs, Adjective Categories, and Proofreading.
5th Grade: Using Irregular Verbs, Perfect Verb Tense, Object Pronouns, Homophones, and Writing Compound Sentences.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to read or write may struggle with some of the concepts in this book. Others may wish there were more activities than exercises, yet the fill-in-the-blank sections are short. Homeschooled children may not appreciate the organization of this learning tool.

~ Wish ~
Loving grammar, I appreciate such a book as this; I think a book on punctuation in a similar format would be helpful.

~ Want ~
While children are at home during the coronavirus lockdown, this is an excellent purchase that may provide quality time learning proper grammar for your elementary-age child.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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A Parent’s Guide to Manners for Kids

Title: A Parent’s Guide to Manners for Kids
Author: Elise McVeigh
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-985-1

“The goal of this book is to bring those lessons to children in other ways that better fit today’s family,” Elise McVeigh explains in the introduction of her children’s book, A Parent’s Guide to Manners for Kids: Lessons, Games, and Activities for Home, School, and Beyond.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-fifty-eight-page paperback states online it targets parents with children one to five years old who need to learn good manners (but it should be geared for elementary ages). After an introduction and directions, there are six chapters covering the topic and ending with a conclusion, resources, reference, index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.

In this book, etiquette is promoted in the six chapters that cover teaching manners, everyday situations, good impressions, eating meals, playing with others, and when using technology. Each chapter is color tabbed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels involving lessons, activities, and games. While some of the lessons are in paragraph format, most games and activities have items need listed on the left side of the page with numbered instructions on the right side. A “But Why” section ends each chapter.

~ Why ~
Having three grandchildren under age six, it is imperative they learn good manners at an early age so they become natural and second nature to them. In showing the activity of making a Good Manners Box to our six-year-old granddaughter on a video call, she was thrilled to design and use a box for her three-year-old sister. 

Some lessons include using doors and elevators, leaving a party, listening, inviting friends over, visiting museums, writing thank you notes, sharing, having sportsmanship, cheating,  and safely using the internet and social media.

A few game examples involve gratitude, bad impressions, good appearance, respect, table setting, restaurants, and technology.

Random activities are etiquette charts, collages, calendars, songs, conversations, comic books, acrostics, videos, poems, napkin rings, tea parties, placemats, fancy dinners, dioramas, YouTube clips, posters, game days, and podcasts

~ Why Not ~
Some parents will be confused when they get this book as online it states it is for one to five-year-old children, but it should be for elementary-age kids who can do online blogging, YouTube, and texting, which is clearly not for the very young age bracket.

~ Wish ~
Although I like the concept of the book, I wish its age range would be corrected online as I doubt those five years old and under could do many of the lessons, games, and activities. It would be thoughtful to provide a list at the beginning of each chapter so one can quickly find it.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to teach your kids about good manners, this book covers the gambit from toddlers to pre-teens and would be a viable source of information.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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