Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

Title: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French
Author & Illustrator: Judy Martialay
Publisher: Polyglotkidz Press
ISBN: 978-0-99746-870-0

“Welcome aboard Pete the Pilot’s magic plane. Pete takes you to France. On the way, learn words and phrases in French …” the contents page explains at the beginning of Judy Martialay’s children’s book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends.

~ What ~
This forty-page paperback targets children ages six to twelve years old and their parents who want to learn French. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful, simplistic illustrations and photographs are on most pages. A website with a downloadable audio for correct word pronunciation is available.

This book teaching about France and its culture, people, and language provides a story as well as educational tools. When Pete the Pilot flies the readers to the country, they are introduced to two children making a sand castle at the beach. At night, a snail named Louis resides as king of the sand castle until dogs run by, accidentally destroying it. The next day, the children rebuild the castle for their king snail.

Other chapters offer conversational French, the culture of France, learning to paint an impressionist painting, and a compilation of the words and phrases used throughout the book. There is an acknowledgment page at the ending.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through a story, following it up with reiteration, repetitiveness, and practice. Having all French words in a bold font makes them easy to locate. One of the best features of this is that one can go online and download the audible book, so proper pronunciation is used when reading the French words out loud.

~ Why Not ~
Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read to some children as it may frustrate some. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Some may find the book either too hard or simple to understand regarding French words, but it would be enjoyed greatly by those trying to learn a new language.

~ Wish ~
While the ending pages have all French words used with the French word first, having an English index alphabetically at the back might be helpful for those who need to look up a word quickly.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner book on learning French from an English perspective, this may be the ticket, especially if you use it with the audio version.

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

This product can be purchased at http://www.polyglotkidz.com

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Let the Little Children Come Wordless Bracelet Kits

SPREAD JESUS’S LOVE WITH 20 WORDLESS BRACELETS

~ What ~
Targeting young ones to teens, this pack contains 20 DIY bracelet kits that share the message of eternal salvation by trusting in Jesus Christ.

Each packet contains a 16-inch black cord and 5 plastic beads in yellow, black, red, white, and green as well as an insert card. One side of the card correlates each colored bead to our relationship with God while the other side offers 3 steps of salvation with a written-out prayer.

~ Why ~
This is a perfect and thoughtful way to give a group of young children a do-it-yourself project of a handmade bracelet while also providing the plan of salvation in a simple but direct way. I like that the child can wear the bracelet and be reminded of his or her relationship with Christ.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or want a personal relationship with the Almighty may not approve of the spiritual intention of this DIY jewelry. Others may have issues tying knots, but there is an added paper with instructions for adults or teachers on assembling plus more directions on presenting the Gospel while making the project.

~ Wish ~
With this being creative yet simple, it needs no added changes or suggested input as it is ideal as is. I appreciate the added “Coolest Children’s Track Ever!” was included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Sunday school, summer camp, daycare, or creative activity to do for 5 to 15-year-olds that is a witnessing tool about God, this is a perfect solution.

Thanks to the CWA Review Crew and Let the Little Children Come for this complimentary product I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be found at http://www.LetTheLittleChildrenCome.com

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Elite Yards Solar Sonic Pest Repeller

VIBRATE THE MOLES AWAY

~ What ~
Made of ABS plastic with metal shafts and USB wiring, this pack of 2 mole repellers can work using the sun’s rays. Measuring approximately 12 inches long and 1 inch in diameter, each can be set up quickly to ward off moles, snakes, gophers, mice, and other rodents. Instructions are included, and little assembly is required.

~ Why ~
What I like most about this set is it is solar powered, so I can set it up and forget about it. The concept is good in that vibrations will deter rodents from over 950 square yards. With that said, we have a mouse that hides in a downdraft under our house, and we cannot access its entrance. We also have a mole that appears every year and burrows lines along the sidewalk grass. I am hoping these devices will keep them away for good. By charging them with their USB cable and plugging them into the solar light section, all that needs to be done is put them in the ground.

~ Why Not ~
Those who live in the Pacific Northwest or where there is limited sun may not think they will work year round, but there is a USB plug that charges the waterproof vibration system. In asking my exterminator about these types of vibration units, I was told the rodent gets used to the sounds they make after 3 weeks and ignores them so that they no longer are helpful. It is unstated how long the USB charge holds.

~ Wish ~
I wish the USB cord were easier to unplug from the light section as I had to pull so hard to disconnect it that the inside parts became unglued (I do not think this impacts the vibrations).

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of 2 rodent repellers, this is a good option being solar as no wires are needed for set up. Keep in mind the vermin may get used to the sounds and ignore them after several weeks. I will report in a couple of months on their progress.

Thanks to Elite Yard for this discounted product I am not obligated to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XZGPJGD/

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Senhomtog Headphones

 

IN-EAR ADJUSTABLE EARBUDS

~ What ~
This package contains one pair of in-ear headphones with an earbuds case and paperwork. Being mainly white with 2 color band choices of blue or gold and with single or two-to-a-pack options, their phone jack fits a smartphone, Android, iPhone, iPad, or other similar devices.

~ Why ~
Our daughter-in-law is into running and enjoys listening to music while doing it. I like how these lightweight earbuds can play, pause, go to the next or previous song, and answer and hang up a phone call by pressing a knob on their cables. Being white with the small blue highlights looks clean and crisp. Having a zippered round black case in thoughtful as it includes a mesh pocket for coins or a key.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like wearing the earbuds with dangling wires, but these do adapt well and stay on one’s ears while having noise cancellation features and good sounds. Others may not like they are white as they will show dirt quickly.

~ Wish ~
I wish the set came with extra silicone pads in small, medium, and large to fit different ear sizes comfortably. Instructions would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a set of inexpensive earbuds that have decent sounds and work on most smartphones, this is a viable option.

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

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Senhomtog-Headphones-Earphones-Noise-isolating-Smartphones/dp/B075TBMLHB

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Abundant Life / Blue Donkey Coffee – Pumpkin Spice

YUMMY SMELLING COFFEE

~ What ~
This 12-ounce bag contains ground coffee from Honduras Lencas in the flavor of Pumpkin Spice. The bag is resealable, and their website is listed plus also mentioned is Grancoffee Roasting Company in Fayetteville, Georgia. No expiration, lot number, or instructions are on the outside of the bag.

~ Why ~
My son is a French Press coffee person and loves rich, dark grounds so I will be gifting this to him. I like how the hint of pumpkin spice permeates the sealed bag, making me crave for a cup of joe. Since I am giving it away, I cannot offer my true opinion of its flavor or taste.

~ Why Not ~
Some may prefer using whole coffee beans that can be grounded when a fresh cup of coffee is needed. Do note that their website offers several different styles of grinds such as Whole, Regular, Aeropress, French Press, Pour Over, Siphon, and others along with 2 sizes of several different flavors from around the world.

~ Wish ~
I wish suggested amounts and an expiration date were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a high-quality cup of coffee with a different flavor, try this one out, and I am sure you will be delightfully surprised; I know my son will be pleased.

*I won this on Bookfun.org in a contest and am under no obligation to review this complimentary product.

ABUNDANT LIFE: BLUE DONKEY COFFEE – http://www.bluedonkeycoffee.com

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* CONTEST * Paisley the Goat – 1 FREE Book Giveaway!

Paisley the Goat

WIN ROCIO MONROY’S BOOK,
PAISLEY THE GOAT!

1 random winner will be selected to get FREE from the author her children’s book, Paisley the Goat.

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

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest:

1.  Follow my blog if you do not already.
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3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Follow the author on one of these sites:
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5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book (although it is not required).

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Saturday, December 9th, 2017, after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this 4 star book – https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/paisley-the-goat/

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Paisley the Goat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FitFire 2 Black Eyeliner Pens

2 DARK BLACK EYELINER MARKERS

~ What ~
Coming in 2 to the package, this black liquid eyeliner is for eyelids and is smudge proof. Instead of a paintbrush-like standard liner or pencil, it has a felt-like tip for easy applications. No ingredients are listed on the pens or their box. The ink can be removed with regular makeup removers or natural blend oils. Instructions are not included on its packaging.

~ Why ~
Since I usually use a charcoal eyeliner pencil, I have to constantly sharpen it to get the right line or run it several times over my eyelids. I like that this is a gel pen that glides across the lid as if you were using a felt tip marker or tattoo pen. Depending on hard you press down, it makes nice cat-eye lines that are attained in one swoop instead of several passes to get it dark enough. Containing 2 in the pack is a bonus.

~ Why Not ~
In testing, I noticed it is not fully water or smudge proof, but maybe I did not let it dry long enough. Some may not want a carbon-black color, but I love the darkness of it and its ample coverage.

~ Wish ~
I wish other colors were available as I would consider buying them in brown and navy blue. It would be helpful to include a small sheet of instructions with tips, removing, and warranty information.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fine-line gel pen that can be used as an eyeliner, this is a keeper, especially since there are 2 in the package.

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

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Owen Zhang #FitFire

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076N5K45B/

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The Purple Cow The Crazy Scientist

20 MAGIC TRICKS INVOLVING SCIENCE

~ What ~
Targeting 6-year-old children and older, this tin of 20 interactive projects can be done by one or more individuals who like learning about science, magic, and impressing others. Containing 20 science activities, directions with materials needed, solutions, explanations, and photographs are added. Some may require adult supervision. The cards arrive in a metal tin.

~Why ~
With a son and daughter-in-law who have PhDs in Chemistry, I know their young toddler son will be doing science experiments in no time. I like how the cards range from simple suggestions of electrostatic balloons stuck to a ceiling to more complex concepts of water that does not spill and a fire extinguisher. I appreciate there is a warning that adult supervision is recommended on many of the projects. Another plus is that most of the materials needed are common household items such as candles, matches, paper, balloons, and plastic cups and bottles. Having explanations why the science works are helpful for those who are inquisitive.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like science or doing magic tricks may not be interested in this item. Others may find some of the experiments sophomoric, but do keep in mind the broad range of age groups for this product.

~ Wish ~
With the projects being simple to more advanced, it would be ideal if the cards could be divided into two sections: elementary school age and below and middle school and above.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to educate young children about science using magic tricks, this is a fun way to impress young students or science geeks who like to experiment. This set can grow with a child who initially needs assistance to one who can do it alone and understand the science behind it.

Thanks to the Purple Cow for this discounted product I am under no obligation to review.

This item can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E9B50XI/

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Swiftix Handheld Clothes Steamer

EASY WAY TO STEAM CLOTHES

~ What ~
Made of white plastic, this electrical appliance can steam fabric and clothing to get rid of wrinkles. The plug-in device heats up in less than 90 seconds and can produce a steady stream of steam for 7-10 minutes. Measuring approximately 8 by 5.5 inches assembled, it comes with an 8-foot attached electrical cord with a black travel pouch and instructions in a gift box.

~ Why ~
I have never been a fan of ironing, so the concept of steaming clothes is appreciated. Immediately I was impressed with the compactness of this appliance and its shape as it reminds me of a watering can instead of a bulky handheld iron. In testing it, I found that it eliminated wrinkles easily in a sweater (see photo) that was on a hanger while I moved the steamer up and down one side of the back of it.

~ Why Not ~
Those who prefer standing at an ironing board and ironing may not like this product as it may take longer to steam away the wrinkles compared to a hot iron. Some may not like having to keep the clothing and steamer upright instead of laying them flat. Directions recommend using distilled water, but tap water can be used.

~ Wish ~
Being initially skeptical of this small device, I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked compared to other steamers I have evaluated. The only issue I have now with steamers is the clothing is a little damp after steaming (similar to when spray ironing).

~ Want ~
If you need a compact steamer that can be packed in a suitcase or backpack when traveling, this is a definite keeper.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0747S25FG/

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

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