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The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids

Title: The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids
Author: Ginjer L. Clarke
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-64611-149-7

“The male narwhal’s long, spiral tusk is really a tooth growing out of its top lip. It has only one other tooth inside its mouth,” Ginjer L. Clarke explains in her children’s book, The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids: 500 Wild Facts.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-ten-page paperback targets children ages nine to twelve years old who enjoy books about animals and their distinct features. With no profanity or scary scenes, colorful photographs are on every page with several one to two sentences about various animals. The ending includes the author’s biography.

Divided into six chapters of Magnificient Mammals, Creepy Crawlers, Water World, Scaly Things, Amazing Amphibians, and Feathered Friends, this educational book packs tons of information on all types of animals from the quviut, cicada, and the red-lipped batfish to the reticulated python, marsupial frog, and oropendola to name a few.

~ Why ~
I love children’s books that teach young ones, especially if they are about animals and nature. I appreciate how this one not only has some of the common creatures but also the absurd, unusual, or unknown ones. With a six-year-old granddaughter who is fascinated by narwhals, it was great to see them listed in the book.

Some random wild animal facts include:
Virginia opossum babies are so small that up to 20 of them could fit into a teaspoon.
A fishing spider can stay underwater for 30 minutes while it waits for its fish prey.
Sharks never need to visit a dentist. Their teeth never get cavities.
The tuatara has a small, sightless third eye on top of its head.
The wood frog is the only frog that lives in the Arctic Circle.
Malleefowl nests can be 3.3 feet (1m) tall and 16 feet (5m) wide.

~ Why Not ~
Some children will not like that there is usually only one fact about each creature, yet sometimes there will be a full page describing several kinds in one animal family. Others may prefer less photographs and more information. The book may be too sophomoric for some fourth to seventh graders. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the three- and four-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
Although I greatly appreciate this book that focuses on God’s creations, I wish there was an index so one could look up the animal’s fact and feature quickly. Due to its limited information per animal, it would be a hard book to use for a school report.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun book about the strange and interesting characteristics of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, this one would be a good option that will keep a child’s attention and offer adults insights to the amazing animal kingdom. I am sure my young grandchildren will enjoy learning a thing or two also.

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

Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2sLq5LL

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Tuxepoc Baby Mitten & Silicone Teething Necklace

BABY GLOVE WITH PLIABLE BABY NECKLACE FOR MOM

~ What ~
Made of 100% food-grade silicone, this set includes one teething mitten with a matching necklace for an infant 3 months or older to soothe his or her teeth. Available in mint green or light blue, the items are free of phthalate, latex, PVC, and BPA while being non-toxic and FDA approved. They arrive individually wrapped in a gift box with instructions, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
With 3 young grandchildren and several friends with grandbabies, I like to have shower gifts on hand, and these make a nice add-on that will be gratefully appreciated. I like that the mitten’s tips are rubberized so easy for infants to suck and chew. Having a Velcro strap at the opening of the mitten helps it stay on and can be used on either hand. The necklace has 3 beads with a cut-out leaf on a knotted cord.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have babies will not appreciate these teethers that are soft, pliable, and can be hand-washed. Others may be concerned the necklace’s cord may fray and the beads could fall off or a baby could choke on them.

~ Wish ~
Online it mentions there are mittens, yet only one glove is included with the necklace. One of the photos shows a hat, which should be noted is not included in the package. I am still unsure the necklace is completely safe.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to soothe your baby’s gums while he or she teethes, this is a good option.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyLing #Tuxepoc

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Vicksson Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR INCLUDING “THE MOTHER”

~ What ~
Containing 100 supplements, these red and lime green dietary supplements promote healthy weight management and may support natural detoxing or cleansing plus digestion. The bottle states the dietary supplement should be taken 2 pills a day. The ingredients include 500 mg of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 mg of Ginger Dry Extract, natural apple flavor, Black Carrot Extract, Curcumin, Spirulina Extract, Maple Syrup, Chili Pepper, and more. There is a warning on the bottle regarding who should take it and to consult their doctor before using. The bottles were stamped Lot # 941119 and are best used by 09/21.

~ Why ~
I have been taking apple cider vinegar off and one and love that I no longer have to drink it. I appreciate how this concoction is all organic with no preservatives, additives, fillers, or chemicals. Being produced in the United States at a GMP facility is a plus. Since they are chewy pills, they are easy to digest.

~ Why Not ~
Those that are skeptical of non-prescription weight loss supplements may avoid this product. Others may be concerned that some of the ingredients will negatively interact with prescription drugs, so contacting a physician or pharmacist is ideal. Do note ingredients included are Cane Sugar and Glucose Syrup (Corn Syrup), but the daily value is only 10% sugar.

~ Wish ~
I do not know why they call it “The Mother” and perhaps more information should be posted online. I question why there is so much sugar in it.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an organic natural chewable supplement that may help you shed a few pounds, this is a lot better than drinking apple cider.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsoredarmymikaelson #ACVTheMother #OrganicAppleCiderVinegarGummies

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Big Dreams & Powerful Prayers Illustrated Bible

Title:  Big Dreams & Powerful Prayers Illustrated Bible
Retold by Mark Batterson with Glenys Nellist
Illustrator: Omar Aranda
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74682-9

“Jesus is the ‘author’ of our faith, and if we give him complete editorial control over our lives, he writes amazing stories through us,” Mark Batterson with Glenys Nellist writes in the introduction of their children’s book, Big Dreams & Powerful Prayers Illustrated Bible.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page hardbound book targets young children from four to eight years old.  The book covers thirty stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. With no overtly scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to non-readers or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level.

After an ownership page, two-page introduction, and table of contents, the book contains fifteen stories from both the Old and New Testaments, with each being six to eight pages long. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the designs show expressive characters and scenery on almost every page. Each story ends with a Prayer Point that is a paragraph or two applying the chapter’s theme personally with a short prayer and Bible verse written out.

~ Why ~
This chapter book has short, to-the-point stories written in a positive way. Although not all the stories told offer some facts (there is no mention of everyone dying except those in Noah’s ark, Jesus’s birth does not explain the immaculate conception, and His resurrection does not mention Christ died for our sins), it generalizes the events. Some of titles include In the Garden, By the Sea, In the Pit, With the Angel, In the Storm, In the Jail, and On the Island. Adding the prayer discussion is appreciated.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two and three syllable words. Some may not realize this is not a fully-illustrated Bible but thirty stories. Others may notice sin is rarely mentioned or no full plan of eternal salvation is given.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. This is a lovely Bible devotional, but it is sophomoric in its storytelling, so it may be best for preschoolers who are just hearing about our Savior.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book of thirty simplified stories from the Bible, this would be a good selection for a young one who is just learning about God’s Word, but note it is not fully accurate.

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

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2PJ1gZw

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Words to Love By

Title: Words to Live By
Author: Rick Warren
Illustrator: Ag Jatkowska
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75357-5

“The words you use show others what’s in your heart. God wants you to have a heart filled with love,” Rick Warren reiterates in his children’s book, Words to Love By for Little Ones.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page board book with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it focuses on how the words we use and speak to others can make an impact.

With colorful, engaging illustrations on every page, the story explains how important words are – both to endear or hurt others. With words being so powerful, they can spread love and kindness, show respect or thankfulness, and heal. However, they can also be spoken in anger and be hurtful. The book states that by saying what is in your heart or simply listen to others, words can change you and those around you.

~Why ~
This is a thoughtful and heartfelt way to remind young ones how words can be loving and nice or sometimes mean and cruel. I like how it promotes being kind to others through words, followed often by positive actions. Including that God wants you to have a heart full of love is appreciated and important when taught to our children. The artwork is endearing and will keep children interested.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like any references to God may not like this book, although He is only mentioned once (and Jesus is not). Others may not like the one negative comment about anger being unkind, but it does show the reality of saying something harmful to another person as it cannot be taken back.

~ Wish ~
I enjoyed this read and think it is important for children to learn early how words – good and bad – impact others. Since the author is a well-known Christian pastor, it would be thoughtful if his book reminded us that Jesus is the best example of showing love through His Word. Adding a Bible verse or two would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to gently show your children or grandchildren how vital it is to be careful of what we say, this one reminds us to use words to encourage, forgive, express gratitude, heal, and love.

Thanks to Zblog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/34OBw2k

#Zonderkidz #ZblogSquad #WordstoLoveByforLittleOnes #RickWarren #AgJatkowska

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Innotech Smart Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

WEIGHT SCALE TRACKS 9 DIFFERENT BODY MEASUREMENTS

~ What ~
Made of glass and metal, this scale can sync with an Android or iPhone and with Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit as it tracks up to 10 people’s weight. Able to analyze body fat, water, muscle mass, BMI, BMR, visceral fat, bone mass, and protein, it has a downloadable app that documents and monitors effortlessly. Instructions and 3 AAA batteries are included.

~ Why ~
Like a lot of people, I weigh myself every morning. The current scale I use is similar to this black glass-top design, but it only shows my weight. I like that this product can not only keep track of 9 essential measurements but also can work with a Fitbit and Samsung Galaxy smartphone. It was the easiest Bluetooth download app I have ever used. It is helpful that my husband can track his numbers too on his Fitbit/smartphone.

~ Why Not ~
In stepping on this scale repeatedly over a half-hour, I weighed 4 different amounts. When I compared it to my existing scale (which I always thought was accurate), at one point it was 2-tenths lighter (otherwise 1-2 pounds off). I know I retain water not only throughout the day, but also over a day or two, so I am unsure how accurate the numbers are as this time I was low. The app has confusing data on its measurements such as body fat (as a female, it states I am considered obese yet am not), and my BMI is in the normal range. Some may not like that they have to carry their smartphone into the bathroom whenever they get on the scale to check their numbers.

~ Wish ~
Since I have osteoporosis, I wish there was a way to check bone density (again, the data of 5.1 BM does not compare with body mass or other of my medical numbers, even when I researched online). I wish there were more explanations and charts in the phone regarding the data as it is extremely limited. I could not find any more information on the product’s website either.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to check your weight and other important measurements of your body via a smart app, this would be an asset if you could understand what the numbers were about and if they were accurate.

Thanks to Innotech for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

#Innotech #SmartBodyWeightScale #BluetoothBodyBMIScale

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BabyToLove Pocket Chair

PORTABLE BABY HIGH CHAIR

~ What ~
Made of an unstated padded fabric, this portable, foldable harness is for young children who can sit unattended and are 6 to 36 months old. With a 3-point adjustable buckle harness, it secures a child that weighs up to 33 pounds to a chair with a back. Available in 4 color choices of denim, stripes, hearts, and stars that are reversible and machine washable, it arrives in a gift box with instructions, ready for gifting.

~ Why ~
With our 4th grandchild now approaching 6 months soon, having a compact high chair that can be taken anywhere is a thoughtful idea. The pink hearts on a white background is cute and feminine while being sturdy and functional. I like how it can fit on a regular chair and can be put in the washing machine.

~ Why Not ~
Some parents may think this would take a lot of effort to place the child in the pocket, adjust the buckles, and strap them into a chair, but it is ideal for someone who wants a way for the child to be restrained safely and comfortably without having to tote a hard, awkward high chair.

~ Wish ~
Stating what fabric it is made out of would be helpful, especially for those allergic to specific materials. As one can see from the photos, the pocket does not fit a tall/elongated backed chair, leaving little room for the child to sit. I found it impossible to put the chain in its attached drawstring carry bag.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a new kind of portable high chair to take anywhere or give as a unique baby shower gift, this is good choice if you use regular-sized backed chairs and fold it when not in use.

Thanks to BabyToLove for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyBabyToLove #Baby-To-Love #BabyPocketChair

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Skyfoot’s Arch Support Shoe Inserts

NO MORE SORE FEET

~ What ~
This set includes 2 pairs of padded inserts to put into adult shoes to protect the arches from pressure. Measuring 2.95 inches at their widest point and 3.94 inches long, they are slightly padded with reusable adhesive backings so they stay put in the shoes. They come in white or black or a mix of one pair of each color. Directions are included.

~ Why ~
Having a pair of cute black flat shoes, I cannot wear them as every time I do, I get sore arches because there is little padding, and they have low heels. I like that these pads are to be placed in the shoes, so I can insert them and forget about them. I also like that they can be removed and reused.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like inserts in the shoe may not want these, but they help with flat feet, over-pronation, plantar fasciitis, and supination. Others may not like how thick the padding is as they do raise the foot slightly, possibly causing the foot to fit more tightly in the shoe.

~ Wish ~
I wish other color options were available. My concern is that my flats feel tighter, and I do not know if the insert will be able to be removed after several months of wear. Although they have a heart-shape, I would assume they could be used in men’s shoes too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 2 pairs of arch inserts to put in your shoes, this is a good option that may work just as well as other similar products on the market.

Thanks to Skyfoot for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbySHENQI #Skyfoot #ArchSupportShoeInserts

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Bigeve 3D Dinosaur Night Light

3-IN-1 DINOSAUR ILLUSION LAMP

~ What ~
Made of acrylic, this cordless light has 3 different types of dinosaurs that appear to look three-dimensional and can change to 3 different colors automatically. Being about 8 by 6 by 2 inches, it runs on either an included USB cable or 3 AAA batteries that are not added and has a sensor on-off/color change button. It arrives in a gift box with instructions, and little assembly is required.

~ Why ~
What I like most about this lamp is its 3 optical illusions of dinosaurs. I like that its change softly from one to the next or can remain white. It is easy to switch the acrylic designs to get a different dinosaur depiction by sliding them out of the slot and replacing it with a different one.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like dinosaur-themed lamps will not need or want this product. Others may not appreciate the changing colors. Some may think it is a hassle to switch out the acrylic designs, but it is easy.

~ Wish ~
I thought the 3-dimensional look was not that noticeable and wish it stood out more. It would be nice if the product included the 3 AAA batteries but having the USB cable makes it acceptable.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a lamp that has 3 dinosaurs that appear as if they are 3D and change colors, this would make a nice birthday or Christmas gift for a young one. I know my 3-year-old grandson will enjoy it.

Thanks to Bigeve for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyCaroline #BIGEVE #3DNightLight #DinosaurNightLight

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Frog’s Rainy-Day Story and Other Fables

Title: Frog’s Rainy-Day Story and Other Fables
Author: Michael James Dowling
Illustrator: Sarah Buell Dowling
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
ISBN: 978-1949572-46-9

“You were created to make words. If you don’t make words and stories, what are you going to do?” Frog asks the rebellious letters in Michael James Dowling’s children’s book, Frog’s Rainy-Day Story & Other Fables.

~ What ~
This numbered seventy-two-page over-sized hardbound targets four to eight-year-old children who like stories about animals and valuable life lessons. Ideally for second and third graders, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Fanciful illustrations are on most pages. The ending includes a two-page glossary, the author and illustrator’s biographies, and a further learning website link. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, the Good News version is also referenced.

This collection of eight stories are written about a frog, duck, pig, turtle, owl, rabbit, hen, and goose as they deal with life’s challenges of personal glory, trusting their own wisdom, disobeying rules, being proud, seeking happiness, rejecting truth, making foolish choices, and wasting time. At the end of each tale is a highlighted saying, two quoted words of worldly wisdom along with written-out Bible verses, all relating to the moral of the story.

~ Why ~
Teaching young ones about family values should be a top priority for parents, teachers, and loved ones. This storybook hones in on building character, moral consciousness, and knowing right from wrong through the eyes of animals. Containing an unappreciated alphabet, duck adamant about direction, demanding pig with set rules, bragging turtle, wise owl recommending thinking about others, too-trusting rabbit being hoodwinked, flippant, demanding hen, and gander with a lost opportunity, the fables are cute, to the point, and charming.

~ Why Not ~
Children who do not know or have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand the validity of the “Wisdom of the Word” sections. Some young ones may get upset reading about a fox wanting to make rabbit stew. There are several two to four-syllable words that may be too complicated for beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
While I loved the stories and expressive illustrations that were easy to understand, I wonder if young readers on their own will realize that the quotes by famous people such as Lucille Ball, Ethan Embry, Swami Vivekananda, Eckhart Tolle, the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, and others in the “Wisdom of the World” sections are counter-intuitive and opposite than the Word of God written below them. I fear some may praise these quotes that are often not true to Scriptures and nowhere in the book does it explain or state their wrongness, so I have discounted the rating accordingly.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a kid’s storybook of lovely animal fables, this may be a favorite, but please be sure to clearly discuss with your children that the worldly outlook is not always in line with the Bible and Christian beliefs.

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

#Frog’sRainyDayStoryandOtherFables #MichaelJamesDowling #SarahBuellDowling #CarpentersSonPublishing #Bookcrash

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