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The Day Punctuation Came to Town

Title: The Day Punctuation Came to Town
Author: Kimberlee Gard
Illustrator: Sandie Sonke
Publisher: Familius
ISBN: 978-1-64170-145-7

“We’re the Punctuation family, and we all work together to help letters and the words they make,” the Period explains in Kimberlee Gard’s children’s book, The Day Punctuation Came to Town.

~ What ~
The second book in the Language is Fun series, this thirty-two-page hardbound targets children five to eight years old who want to learn about using punctuation with writing sentences. With no scary scenes but colorful illustrations, it is about a family of four punctuation symbols who come to town and go to school with alphabet letters that make words. Its jacket cover includes a synopsis of the book, nine habits of happy family life, and biographies of the author and illustrator.

In this charming story, the Punctuation family moves to town and goes to school with a bunch of letters. As each introduces itself to the class, it explains what it does. While the exclamation point explains it adds excitement, the question mark asks questions; the period ends sentences, and the comma keeps the words organized. As the day progresses, the comma feels left out so sneaks out of the room, and the other punctuation marks find it, showing how important it is to letters when making words and sentences.

~ Why ~
I am fanatical about punctuation and sad to see so many people today do not know the correct rules, so it is important to teach young ones the proper way to use the exclamation point, question mark, period, and comma. I appreciate that this story is fun and interesting while educating first and second graders how and when to use them.

~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words. The comma is not thoroughly explained, but its simplification makes sense based on the age group targeted for the book.

~ Wish ~
I found the rudimentary illustrations with limited backgrounds may not engage some readers. I hope more books are added to the series that is focused on language.

~ Want ~
If your child is starting to understand the need and purpose of using punctuation, this is an excellent way to teach them about the four symbols in a cute, clever way.

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

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

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Tescat Magnetic Key Holder 6 Pack

SAY GOODBYE TO KEY RACKS

~ What ~
Made of magnets and plastic, this packet contains 6 round white discs that have strong magnets that can hold up to 3 pounds of metal key rings. Measuring 0.75 inches in diameter and 0.25 inches deep, they can be easily attached to any flat, clean surface with their added 3M tape. They arrive in a cellophane bag, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
It seems my husband and I continually misplace the key to our mailbox, so these are great “button-sized” magnet that can be stuck on a wall, the refrigerator, or even the door for easy access. They are simple to attach by peeling the 3M tabs and placing/pushing onto the flat surface. It is thoughtful instructions with a couple of extra 3M tapes are added. I was impressed with their magnetic strength.

~ Why Not ~
Those who like to carry a lot of keys on a key chain that are heavy may think these holders will not be strong enough, but take a look at the photo I posted and note the weight of the keys I attached to the magnet on our refrigerator: 2 heavy FOB keys, 9 regular keys, and a filled cylinder pillbox on a metal hoop – so yes, they hold a lot of weight! Some may not like having to stick them to the wall, uncertain they could come off, but I had no issues or residue when removing the sticky pad. I appreciate that I can use them for other uses due to the strength of the magnets.

~ Wish ~
I wish the online dimensions were in inches instead of millimeters so one realizes how small they are. It would be great if several different sizes were in the package.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to hang your keys on a small space magnetically, these would work amazingly well.

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

#RankBoosterReview #SponsoredbyJohnson #Tescat #MagneticKeyChainHolder

This product can be found at https://amzn.to/2RnAQvI

 

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SlickyNotes Reusable Sticky Notes

 

STICK NOTES WITH NO STICKY GLUE

~ What ~
Made of glossy colorful specialty paper, these innovative handy small notes are electrostatic so stick on any flat surface such as wood, wall, glass, ceramic, tile, and more without using any glue. Available in multiple sizes, the 3-by-3-inch pads come in 95-sheet packs of 6, 12, or 24 in bright or pastel colors. Being 100% recyclable and eco-friendly, they are double-sided, reusable, glue-free, rewritable, removable, and versatile. All arrive in a cellophane wrapping.

~ Why ~
The best thing about these sticky notes is they stick without any glue. I love that I can stick them on my desk or computer and slide them around to a perfect position. They give me so much freedom to write on, move to another location, or even erase and rewrite on the white (back) side). Our grandkids love playing with a few of them,  repeatedly placing them on a flat surface, moving them around, and replacing again without slipping down a wall or window. The notes stay firmly in position until removed and do not bend or curl.

~ Why Not
Some may not care for the size of the notepads, but they come in a varied amount of square and rectangle dimensions. If you are looking for something larger, do check out their poster-sizes that come in white or clear. Some may not like the color choices, but there are several options. I found that fine-point pens did not work as well as medium or felt-tip pens.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if they came in a gift set that included colored pens to give as business gifts.

~ Want ~
If you want a way to keep notes nearby without having glue that wears out while moving them around often, these long-lasting SlickyNotes are great for business, school, or home organization.

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

#RankBoosterReview #StickyNotes #ReusableNotes #NotesStickAnywhere

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2KZH0kc

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Weird Tails Dog Doorbell

 

DOG SOUNDS BELL WHEN WANTS IN OR OUT

~ What ~
Made of black plastic, this 3-piece wireless gadget is for letting a pet owner know when a dog has to go outside or come inside. With a plug-in main receiver, 2 small round battery-operated round transmitters can be placed on a door, glass slider, or wall. Having 55 different melodies, it has 5 sounds levels and comes with 4 double sided 3M precut tapes for sticking to a clean, flat surface. 2 installed 12v batteries, mini-screwdriver, and instructions are included in the box, ready for gifting.

~ Why ~
With our 2-year old beagle, he loves to lay next to the sliding door that accesses our backyard. We never know if he wants to go out or likes to lay there so this dog doorbell is perfect for him to press when he wants to go outside or come back in the house. I appreciated how easy it is to use by plugging it into an electrical socket within 950 feet from the transmitters, chose the ring sound and level, and stick on the door. I like that it can be used for other purposes too.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not want to hear a doorbell sound when their pet wants to go outside or get frustrated trying to train their dog to ring the bell. Others may think it is hard to set up, but it is simple and easy.

~ Wish ~
I wish other color options were available so it would match the décor of a room.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to know when your dog needs to potty outside or come in again, this is a wonderful training tool.

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

#WeirdTails #DogDoorBell #INeedtoPottyOutside

This product can be found at https://amzn.to/2I372Bm

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Palram 4U Catshire Cat Tree

3-LEVEL ENTERTAINMENT/REST HAVEN FOR CATS

~ What ~
Made of durable polycarbonate, this white and gray 3-tiered rectangular cat tower measures 35 inches tall, 20 inches wide, and 16 inches deep. With 2 carpeted areas and a 3-sided enclosed space, it also includes a scratching rope, 2 ball slider, and window flap. Needing no tools to assemble, the unit comes with detailed pictorial instructions in a box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Although we do not have cats, this is a marvelous way to keep a feline occupied while giving it a place to rest or sleep. Without taking up too much floor space, it can be placed near a window to view outside or tucked in a corner. I like its clean look and functionality. It was easy to assemble with push-tab pins.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that this cat tower looks like a step-stair ladder or cabinet, but it is designed for cats only and is highly creative. Some may not like that it is only available in white/gray with gray carpeted pads.

~ Wish ~
I wish more push-tab pins were included as once they pop open, they cannot be used again and are a little tricky to get used to inserting. More color options would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an all-in-one cat entertainment/sleep center, this would be the perfect accessory to your home.

Thanks to Palram 4U for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

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Palram 4U Botan Inside Planter

3-TIERED WHITE HEXAGON PLANTER

~ What ~
Made of durable polycarbonate, this 3-tiered white indoor planter has 3 areas for planting plants. With each hexagon section measuring 11.8, 19.6, and 27.6 inches tall, they are 6.8 inches deep and 11.4 inches in circumference. Needing no tools to assemble, the unit comes with detailed pictorial instructions in a box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
I love displaying plants indoors, and this indoor holder is the perfect addition to any modern decor. I like how the set can be arranged in a line of short to tall holders or in a clustered triangle. More great features are that the unit is water resistant and there is a drainage area to collect the overflow of water in the smallest holder. Assembly was easy with the push-tab pins.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that this plant tower is so lightweight at only 7.7 pounds, but due to its strong material, it does make it easy to move around. Some may not like that it is only available in white, but it could possibly be painted.

~ Wish ~
I wish more push-tab pins were included as once they pop open, they cannot be used again and are a little tricky to get used to inserting. More color options would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a modern-looking but functional white 3-tier plant holder, this is an excellent idea.

Thanks to Palram 4U for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

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AMY 30 “Lion King” Edible Cupcake Toppers

TIME FOR A LION KING PARTY!

~ What ~
Made of potato starch, vegetable oil, and water, this 2-page set that focuses on Lion King characters contains 30 round edible shapes that can be cut out and placed on the top of iced mini-cupcakes. Measuring 1.4 inches in diameter, the colorful designs include the iconic movie’s characters with some including their names. The decals arrive with protective inserts and directions is a sealed envelope.

~ Why ~
Our five-year-old granddaughter loves the movie Lion King, so these edible stickers will make perfect toppers for mini-cupcakes she can pass out at a class party. I like that there is a variety of different characters and that there is no duplication. They are easy to cut out and stick on the small cakes. Having larger stickers available for regular-sized cupcakes is helpful. I tested two of them on some small cookies with white icing.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to decorate desserts may have no interest in using these, but they are easy to cut out and place on the treats. Others may think they taste odd or weird, but they do not and virtually melt in their mouths.

~ Wish ~
I wish close-up photos of the stickers were shown online and what they look like on the cupcakes.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun way to decorate mini cupcakes with the Lion King theme, this is easy and creative, delighting that child who loves the movie and its characters.

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

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2WoRC3j

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SOURCE Classic Men’s & Women’s Sandals

NO FRILLS, RELIABLE MEN & WOMEN OUTDOOR ALL-TERRAIN SHOES

~ What ~
With triple-layered soles plus patented X-Strap anchoring points, these all-terrain sandals come in 8 colors and 13 sizes for men and 6 colors and 7 sizes for women. Lightweight with 3 adjustable Velcro straps that offer the option of being a slip-on shoe, they include A.R.T4 Grip Top Soles and A.R.T2 Grip Outsoles with permanent odor control. Each pair arrives in a reusable zippered bag with a matching strap design hangtag.

~ Why ~
These shoes are so cool. I walk our dog miles a day so have to have trustworthy, comfortable shoes that can put up with wear and tear, and these basic sandals are excellent at providing enough cushioning on the soles with plenty of adjustable straps. My husband loves that he can adjust each strap to accommodate his feet and they do not slide around. Being able to convert the shoe into a slip-on is an added benefit. Adding the zippered bag is a thoughtful feature for storing or traveling.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the simplicity of this shoe, but you could check out the thicker, padded, and heavier sole type that SOURCE offers. Others may not like the patterns offered and prefer solids or different colors.

~ Wish ~
It would help if cleaning and care instructions were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a perfect pair of straight-forward, no frills, basic outdoor sandals that can be worn without your feet getting sore wherever you go, these are a great choice.

Thanks to SOURCE for these shoes that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at
MEN: https://sourceoutdoor.com/en/men-outdoor-sandals/33-classic-sandals-men
WOMEN: https://sourceoutdoor.com/en/women-s-sandals/200-classic-women-hiking-sandals

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SOURCE Gobi Men’s & Women’s Sandals

 

WELL-DESIGNED, COMFY MEN & WOMEN OUTDOOR ALL-TERRAIN SHOES

 

~ What ~
With triple-layered soles and triple-layered straps plus patented X-Strap anchoring points, these all-terrain sandals come in 5 colors and 12 sizes for men and 2 colors and 6 sizes for women. Lightweight with Velcro straps, they include A.R.T1 Grip Top Soles and A.R.T2 Grip Outsoles with permanent odor control. Each pair arrives in a reusable zippered bag with a matching strap design hangtag.

~ Why ~
These shoes are phenomenal. I had bought a pair of inexpensive sandals from a “membership warehouse” that I had to tape gel inserts into the soles because the bottoms were so hard on my feet, but the SOURCE Gobi Sandals fit comfortably with plenty of padding not only on the sole but within the straps. My husband loves that he can adjust each strap to accommodate his feet and they do not slide around. Adding the zippered bag is a thoughtful feature for storing or traveling.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like how bulky or heavy the shoes are, but they are so well-made and padded that you do not notice their weight when wearing or you could buy the no frills/basic type that SOURCE offers. Others may not like the patterns offered and prefer solids or different colors.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were more than only two color selections for women. It would help if cleaning and care instructions were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a great pair of outdoor sandals that have good traction and can be worn a long time without your feet getting sore, these are an excellent choice.

Thanks to SOURCE for these shoes that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at
MEN: https://sourceoutdoor.com/en/men-outdoor-sandals/110-gobi-outdoor-sandals
WOMEN: https://sourceoutdoor.com/en/women-s-sandals/41-gobi-women

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No Ocean Too Wide

Title: No Ocean Too Wide
Author: Carrie Turansky
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 978-0-525-65293-9

“It might be a mistake, but she’d do just about anything to help her brother and sisters,” determines Laura in Carrie Turansky’s novel, No Ocean Too Wide.

~ What ~
The first in the McAlister Family series, this three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy romantic historical fiction involving orphaned children sent from England to Canada in the early 1900s. Containing no profanity or lewd situations, its topics of physical abuse and assumed rape may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s note, ten question reader’s guide, acknowledgments, and biography.

In this engaging tale, twenty-one-year-old Laura McAlister is a lady’s maid in England and receives word that her ill mother is hospitalized. When she comes to her mother’s aid, she learns that her younger brother and two sisters have been sent to a children’s home. After learning her siblings have been transferred from the orphanage to Canada, Laura must overcome her fears and anxiety and track them down. Learning to trust a young solicitor, she does all in her power to reunite her family.

~ Why ~
This is a moving and tender read that focuses on how family ties are so important, even when miles separate them. I love the easy yet endearing writing style Turansky uses as she develops believable yet flawed characters who learn to rely on the Lord. The stigma of being a home child is heartwrenching and sad as it relates to the rules and regulations from a century ago.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate the beliefs and prayers to the Almighty for help, support, and peace. Others may not care for the subject of homeless children who are sent across the seas to become underaged workers.

~ Wish ~
Having never heard of impoverished British children being sent across the sea to Canada, I was impressed with this in-depth read. I only wish it was not a series as now I have to wait to find out what happens to two of the siblings.

~ Want ~
If you are intrigued about the how, what, and why when impoverished children were taken from their familiar surroundings and sent across the sea to sometimes dangerous back-breaking environments, this is a phenomenal historical read with a touch of romance that will stick with you, hoping history never repeats itself.

Thanks to the Waterbrook & Multnomah Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#CarrieTuransky #NoOceanTooWide #ImpoverishedBritstoCanada #WaterbrookMultnomah

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

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