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Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street

Title: Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street
Author: Debbie Burton
Illustrator: Jenny Laskowski
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-950051229

“Jen’s right. I won’t give up. I want to beat Blitz at the next derby. I’ll show him,” Buddy determinedly declares in Debbie Burton’s children’s book, Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street.

~ What ~
This sixty-four-page paperback targets children ages six to nine years old. With no scary scenes, it focuses on a young beagle named Buddy who is determined to fully recuperate after having surgery. The end of the book contains five discussion questions, an explanation about the story, and the author’s and illustrator’s biographies.

Based on a true story, this debut tale centers on a rescue canine and how his new owners brought him home and taught him to listen and obey. When he breaks the rules and gets seriously injured, his surgery slows the animal down. Only with hard work and determination does the dog learn a lesson not only about obedience but also about friendship with another dog.

~Why ~
This is a nice ten-chapter book for any young reader who loves dogs, especially beagles. I love how the writer pegs the breed as one who is led by its nose, loves to eat, and is rewarded for doing the right thing. The story is tender in how the dog’s owners do everything in their willpower to help cure the injured dog including surgery, water therapy, and physical exercises. With the underlying tone of dealing with a bully, the ending is thoughtful and helpful by showing care and concerns for others instead of retaliation.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about a dog being injured and healing may not appreciate the read. Since we had a beagle who jumped off our bed and had to be put down immediately due to its tragic injury, the story was sad to read as I recalled our furry friend going through some of the same experiences. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the three- and four-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciated this being a chapter book for the targeted age group, I wish more illustrations were added.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that promotes determination and spirit while dealing with an injury and a bully, this is an ideal story for elementary-school-aged children.

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

#ElkLakePublishing #DebbieBurton #JennyLaskowski #BuddytheBeagleonBlueberryStreet #DogInjuryRecoveryStory

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Hues of You

Title: Hues of You
Author: Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD
Illustrator: Adia Carter
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 978-0-593-23463-1

“The most important thing to remember, though, is this: No matter what color your skin is, you have the power to name your shade of brown and decide what hue best describes you,” Lucretia Carter Berry writes in her children’s book, Hues of You: An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In.

~ What ~
This sixty-four-page paperback targets mainly seven to ten-year-old children who like learning about skin color and its differences in people while drawing and filling its pages. With no scary scenes, the activity book has pages with instructions to color or draw people and write down their characteristics based often on skin tones.

After a note to adults, using tips, words to know, a skin tone spectrum, and ownership page, the book is divided into four sections that cover the reader, his/her family, ancestors, and friends, focusing on brown pigmentation in each. The first chapter includes directions for drawing one’s hands, feet, facial features, hair, clothing, and favorite relationships, while the second is about family and the differences in its members and daily living. The pages on ancestors involve geological origins and traditions, and the final part has an area to add five friends and their special characteristics.

~ Why ~
Teaching that we all are special in every way is important to second to fifth graders, and this book does it through the color brown and how its many shades are in melanin. I love how the book concentrates on paying attention to everyone’s features, that we are all a shade of brown, and allowing them to name their own brown color hue. The book is educational with its information on pigment, hair follicles, indigenous people, colorism, and nationality.

~ Why Not ~
Children who do not like to color or draw may have no interest in this creative activity book, but it might stimulate thinking about skin color differences in others. Some may find it would be best used in a classroom environment where there is teacher instruction and open discussions about each chapter.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if an index were included, especially on the words to know. I could see it packaged with a box of a dozen brown crayons or colored pencils as some may not be able to access so many hues.

~ Want ~
If you need to explain why we have different skin tones to several kids at the same time, this would be a great way to do it in a journal format that could be kept and cherished by each artist.

Thanks to WaterBrook and Multnomah Book Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#WaterBrook #MultnomahBookLaunchTeam #HuesofYou #LucretiaCarterBerryPhD #AdiaCarter

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National Geographic Atlas of the World 11th Edition

Title: Atlas of the World, 11th Edition
Publisher: National Geographic
ISBN: 978-1426220586

“In this time of rapid global change, the atlas fills an ever more important role in providing an overview of the state of our planet,” geographer Alexander M. Tate writes in the forward of the book, National Geographic Atlas of The World, Eleventh Edition.

~ What ~
This 448-page large hardbound targets those who want to have a better understanding of our world, its 195 countries, and the expansive universe. Weighing 7.8 pounds, it measures 12.72 by 1.62 by 15.92 inches and comes with an attached ribbon marker. After a forward by Alexander M. Tait and twenty one-page articles, it is divided into ten sections that cover all continents, the poles, oceans, space, and nations. There is an appendix and an extensive index with credits.

In this book mainly about Earth, there is a plethora of information that includes topics such as climate change, urbanization, borders, and energy in its beginning. The plates have detailed mapping with small cities and towns included, especially in the United States. The ocean floors are dissected, and the universe is explored. Flags, facts, comparisons, time zones, and foreign terms with tables are added. The index is 146 pages and contains over 140,000 place names.

~Why ~
This is a beautiful, detailed, and thorough atlas of the world as anyone would expect from National Geographic. I appreciated I could find easily smaller towns such as Keizer, Oregon, or Waukesha, Wisconsin. There are fine details of the oceans’ fracture zones, ridges, and seamounts. The flag sections have extensive data listed, and the index is extensive.

~ Why Not ~
This edition is dated 2019 so it may already be outdated, yet it is more conclusive than the tenth edition that was published in 2014. Some may notice that there are more pages dedicated to the United States than other countries (for example, Mexico is covered on only two pages).

~ Wish ~
This massively huge book is heavy and awkward, so it will not fit on a bookcase or shelf. It would be thoughtful if it was less cumbersome in size yet had more pages.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a comprehensive world atlas designed by National Geographic, you cannot go wrong with this edition, but do note it is from 2019 and has more detailed information on the United States than other countries.

Thanks to National Geographic, Litzky Public Relations, Inc., and Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#NationalGeographic #LitzkyPublicRelations #Bookpleasures #AtlasoftheWorld #NatGeoWorldAtlas11thEdition

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The Word-A-Day Vocabulary Workbook

Title: The Word-A-Day Vocabulary Workbook
Author: Francine Puckly
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-5072-1569-2

“As you work through the book’s writing prompts that accompany each of its 367 words, you’ll learn to make them a part of your everyday vocabulary,” Francine Puckly writes in the introduction of her book, The Word-A-Day Vocabulary Workbook: Sound Smarter, Write Better–One Day at a Time!

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-eighty-eight-page hardbound targets those who want to improve their vocabulary, both in writing and speaking. After a table of contents and introduction, it contains three-hundred-and-sixty-seven words and ends with the author’s biography.

With a focus on making one smarter, this book can be used throughout the year as it has one word for each day. The words range from nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs that help the reader write and speak better. With one to two words per page, each word is listed at the top with its pronunciation, word type, and listed definition. There are highlighted sections titled Example, Trivia, and Make It Stick with several lines to fill in the blank and practice writing. Some of the random words include frangible, kismet, rote, quahog, dregs, gibe, fugacious, foofaraw, aficionado, jostle, nomenclature, hobgoblin, gibber, logy, trumpery, regurgitate, phlegmatic, moil, wizened, zeitgeist, venal, and anfractuous.

~ Why ~
It is good to learn words and what they mean. I like the eclectic collection of them, although many of them I have already heard and used. Including the trivia about where the word originated or its history is interesting.

One word I enjoyed was philter, a noun that means a magical love potion and comes from the late 1500s during the frenzy of witch-hunting.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to improve their vocabulary will find no interest in this book. Some may not want to fill in the journal that makes it a workbook. Others may know too many of the words already, but there are some unique ones added.

~ Wish ~
I wish an alphabetical index were added so one could look up a word and go to the page to find out what it means.

~ Want ~
If you don’t want to be befuddled when writing or speaking, this workbook will get any yabbering flibbertigibbet out of a quandary with newfound repartees that are gleaned from its contents.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and Simon & Schuster for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#SimonandSchuster #FrancinePuckly #BuildYourVocab #TheWordADayVocabularyWorkbook

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What’s the Weather?

Title: What’s the Weather?
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-64351-8251

“Weather is all around us — every day, all day. It can change from minute to minute, hour to hour, and day to day,” begins Arbordale Publishing’s children’s book, What’s the Weather? A What, Why, or Where Book.

~ What ~
This oversized thirty-two-unnumbered-page paperback targets children ages seven to ten years old who enjoy informative information about the weather. With no scary scenes except for the damage severe weather causes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Expressive, colorful photographs grace the pages.

In this short booklet, weather is described in regard to temperatures, three types of clouds, wind, precipitation, dangerous conditions, and more. Often the reader is asked questions about how they feel, act, and observe weather.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about weather observations, its six parts, clouds, climates, and seasons.

~ Why ~
I like that this book shows what, why, and where weather is and how it can affect us personally. I appreciate explaining the science of stratus, cirrus, and cumulus clouds, how precipitation comes in several formats, and how severe weather affects different parts of the United States. Older readers will like the descriptions of temperature, atmospheric pressure, clouds, wind, humidity, and precipitation at the end of the book.

~ Why Not
Those who do not like an educational read about the weather may show no interest in this book. Beginner readers may have issues with some of the two- and three-syllable words. Others may wish there were more puzzles or games included.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books like this were available to provide knowledge that a young child could learn in an engaging way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about weather for a young meteorologist, this will delight many as they learn about our varied climate on earth.

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

#ArbordalePublishing #WhatstheWeateher #AWhatWhyorWhereBook#educationalchildren’sbook

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The Adventures of Plimoth Plantation

Title: The Adventures of Plimoth Plantation
Author: Marian R. Carlson
Illustrator: Emma Wildfeuer
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1-6632-0060-0

“God be praised for this new discovery! I can’t wait to see our new home. It sounds perfect,” Sam writes in his diary in Marian R. Carlson’s children’s book, The Adventures of Plimoth Plantation.

~ What ~
This oversized fifty-four-page paperback targets elementary to middle school-aged children and readers who like learning about historical eras. With no profanity or overtly scary scenes, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. A few colorful illustrations and photographs cover the pages with a nicely sized font wording against a white background. The ending includes the mystery of William Bradford’s manuscript, other books by the author, the author’s note with acknowledgments, and biographies of the writer and illustrator.

~ Why ~
This fictional tale is about a little mouse named Sam who writes in his diary about going on The Mayflower to America. Beginning in September 1620 from Plimoth, England, the story not only covers the ship, its weight, and precious human cargo, but it also has details about Separatists, Master Christopher Jones, John Carver, Myles Standish, William Bradford, Chief Massasoit, Squanto, and others as the Pilgrims and crew make America their home. As Sam’s relative reads the narrative, there are inserts of other diaries and stories about the topic.

~ Why Not ~
While the book contains long paragraphs and three- to four-syllable words, it would have to be read out loud to new readers. Some may think its contents may be too advanced for young children and the pictures are simplistic. Others may not like the reference to God and prayer, yet these were vitally important and part of day-to-day life during the time.

~ Wish ~
I wish more creative books like this one were available that promoted historical events to be used as educational tools for teaching children. Including an index of the mentioned individuals would help if using the book for a resource.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun and educational read about how America began, viewed through the eyes of a tiny mouse, this is engaging and entertaining while teaching about life as a Pilgrim.

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

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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.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyMYMORE#MYMORE #WomensBlackLaceyBlouse

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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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