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A Bee Named Bea and Other Poems

A Bee Named Bea and Other PoemsTitle: A Bee Named Bea and Other Poems
Author: Candace A. Dietz
Illustrator: Virginia J. Rost
Publisher: Mixed Media Memoirs
ISBN: 978-1494220822

“A bee name Bea
Said Mercy me –
Everyone’s afraid of me!
When I try to be a friendly bee
They zoom away and let me be –
Just me, Bea, by myself.”
Candace A. Dietz writes in her children’s book, A Bee Named Bea and Other Poems.

Targeted toward children two years old and older who like poems about animals, insects, and a little girl, this unnumbered fifty-two page over-sized paperback has large, bright watercolor illustrations by Virginia Rost. With no scary or violent scenes, designs are spread throughout the pages with easy-to-read font wording against usually solid backgrounds.

With each poem covering two to four pages, all provide a personal name in the title that the child can recall later such as a bunny named Paul, a cow called Sue, and penguin named Patrick.

Readers learn tales about Dickie the bird who gets sick eating too much, a butterfly named Arin who cannot sit still, Larry the canary that rings a bell to make noise, a crab named Connor who wants to grow up, and Quinn, the dolphin who counts.

Some lessons gleaned are rules for safely playing by holding on to bike handles, using a quiet voice, changing a sneer into a smile, applying sunscreen if out in the sun, taking baths to stay clean, and, most importantly, remembering that love matters.

One favorite might be “A Goose Named Grace” about a nice goose who shared all her toys with others until she received a pretty doll buggy, which she kept to herself, putting it away when friends came to play. When she was past three years old, she willingly shared her buggy with others.

With each poem dealing with a problem, the emphasis on how to circumvent, change, or accept it is promoted in a positive, helpful way. By teaching children how to act, behave, and treat others, Dietz hones in on vital life lessons that can be taught early in life.

From whimsical or light-hearted to silly or sensitive, not only children will enjoy reading the poems again, adults may smile, realizing how clever and charming the rhymes are as they encourage friendship, individuality, sharing, and kindness.

Thanks to KSB Promotions for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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Stress-Free Potty Training

Title: Stress-Free Potting Training
Authors: Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D.
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 978-0-8144-0162-0

“Potty training encompasses not only teaching new skills to your child, but also unlearning behaviors they thought they already had down pat. There’s no getting around it, potty training is a huge undertaking for both kids and parents alike.” Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha state in the introduction to their book, Stress-Free Potty Training – A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child.

At one hundred and eighty-three pages, this paperback book is targeted toward parents looking for different approaches to potty-training their young child. After an introduction and philosophy that promotes viewing the topic from the child’s point of view, there are nine chapters and a helpful alphabetical topical index.

In this simple, direct and effective book, parents first take a quiz that is broken down to five sections so they can determine the personality or temperament of their child. Almost a dozen questions are directed to the parents to focus on their intentions, expectations and goals.

Next the determining of the readiness to potty-train the child is mentioned involving his or her physical, cognitive and emotional status. Using a table of twenty-eight skills by both sexes, the chart includes twenty-two to forty-eight months ages of training levels.

Once the child’s personality is determined of being one of goal-directed, sensory-oriented, internalizes, impulsive or strong-willed, there are universal strategies given. Each chapter following explains each personality and how to set the stage, start training, guide, direct and follow up for that temperament. The final chapter is about interruptions and set-backs.

In each of the personality chapters, there are talking conversations for both dad and mom to use with the child, tips for boys and girls in handling hygiene issues, and how to overcome problems as they arise.

The authors recommend teaching potty-training when there will be no major interruptions such as another baby or recent move. Using praise instead of rewards, having naked time for observing their bodies, and not punishing for a dirty diaper or accident will encourage and promote the transition to using a toilet properly.

Since a parent knows his or her child best being around him or her twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, there is no magic standard solution to potty training. However, with this book, it gives each parent of specific personality-type children a great resource that will accomplish the goal as stress-free as possible.

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The Artist’s Way for Parents

Title: The Artist’s Way for Parents
Author: Julia Cameron with Emma Lively
Publisher: Penguin Group
ISBN: 978-0-399-16372-2

“When we are willing to explore our creative gifts, we allow both ourselves and our children to connect to something greater – and to each other,” Julia Cameron states in the introduction to her book, The Artist’s Way for Parenting – Raising Creative Children.

This hardback book is two hundred and seventy pages, targeted mainly toward parents of young children. With a foreword by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Emma Lively also contributes to the book. There are acknowledgements and an index at the end.

Within twelve chapters, Cameron discusses ways to cultivate creativity in both parents and children. Topics include safety, curiosity, connection, limits, self-expression, inventiveness, conscious inflow, focus, discovery, humility, independence and faith. Each chapter has an eclectic blend of ideas to promote the topic along with “exercise” boxes of tasks to complete, write about or discuss.

To use the book effectively, the author suggests three tools: writing three hand-written “Morning Pages” daily about anything that comes to mind, taking a creative expedition weekly and ending each day by reviewing the day’s highlights with the child.

Because children mimic their parents, if they see us be creative, they will copy our actions and words. Using the three tools, parents move away from isolation toward connection among their children, family, and friends, producing healthy relationships.

Within the chapters’ exercises, parents are encouraged to have artist’s dates, safety circles, downtime and new experiences so they can become more playful and promote interests in their children. The best toys are the most open-ended ones of being simple as less is better to prompt imagination.

Since there is such a mix of ideas in each chapter, emotional and spiritual ramifications are also presented. As an example, the chapter on cultivating humility mentions how to focus on our wishes, overcome competition when with sibling rivalry by gift giving, and not constantly pressure our children.

With many personal scenarios told by the writer who was a single parent during her daughter’s upbringing, the book ends on an uplifting note that God is in control of both parent and child as they live, love and create together.

As one reads through the book, he or she concludes that creativity and imagination in children begins by example of those around them, especially in the home. This book hones mostly from the pro-active parental aspect of promoting creativity.

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Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World

Raising Respectful Children In A Disrespectful Wor [Paperback]

Title: Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World
Author: Jill Rigby
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4767-1878-1

“In other words, the respectful child produces good deeds from a good heart, and a disrespectful child produces bad deeds from a corrupt heart. Whatever is in your child’s heart determines what your child will say and do,” Jill Rigby states in her book, Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World.

This three hundred and five page paperback book is targeted mainly toward parents or guardians raising children, in hopes to produce respect. After acknowledgements, foreword, preface and introduction, there are twelve chapters dedicated to the topic, followed by a final word from the author, a forty page small group study guide and three appendixes about single parenting, family protection, after a problem arises and lists of reading materials. Although there are notes per chapter, there is no topical index for quick referencing.

Rigby believes that back in the nineteen-sixties, everyone was taught and encouraged to have self-esteem, a new name for an old sin of “me” centeredness. However, having self-respect is different as it concentrates on others while addressing manners and morals.

After discussing two types of parents (parent-centered and child-centered), we should be character-centered as we prioritize God first, followed by spouse, children, others and finally our self. This can be achieved by Rigby’s “School of Respect” that breaks down goals and training into four age group stages, offering two questions under each stage to consider.

If a parent can stress purpose, not performance, coach instead of cheerlead, set boundaries without building walls, and use discipline, not punishment at each of the four life stages, the child will learn self-respect.

The book includes several chapters on the disrespectful messages currently in magazines, books, music, movies, television, video games, internet and social media and suggests promoting imagination, getting unplugged from electronics, offering opportunities to play, being a kid yourself and reading proper educational material.

If the child learns gratefulness, not greediness, at a young age, he or she will blossom into an adult who cares and is respectful of others. With referring to the Bible often, the writer shows how a parent can nurture and protect one they love so deeply.

For any parent deeply concerned about future generations and how they interact with others, with so many disrespecting both adults and peers, Rigby explains helpful, quick, easy and true tips to prompt positive reinforcement to our children.

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Capturing Every Day Life

Title: Capturing Every Day Life
Author and Photographer: Jane Goodrich
ISBN: 9781490414430

“The difference between a snapshot and a truly artistic shot is a matter of composition,” Jane Goodrich writes in her book, Capturing Every Day Life – the no-nonsense, cheese-free, read-while-they-nap, easy-as-pie guide to taking top-notch, world-class photos of your kids.

This over-sized, thin paperback book has sixty-three pages filled with colorful, clear and detailed photographs with instructions, tips and ideas showing how to take pictures of newborn to teenage children. Since age four, author and photographer Goodrich has been taking pictures and is currently a professional New York photographer.

The book begins with a two page table of contents explaining the process of capturing every day life that surrounds us. After an introduction, eight chapters explain how to choose a camera, work with light, compose, select the best lighting and location, understand advanced techniques, and work with kids as it offers suggestions along with trouble-shooting common problems.

There are beautiful photographs of all ages of children on every page along with easy-to-read font in the understandable written paragraphs. Colorful sidebars have quick tips and solutions according to topic.

The reader will learn some advantages of the heavier weighted SLR “prosumer” camera with its “miracle triangle” along with different lens choices, megapixels, zoom, ISO and shutter speed features. By concentrating on the rule of thirds in composition, having a focal point, using contrast, leading lines and natural framing, if you keep it simple, give space, stay in focus and balance the elements, a complete piece of artwork can be obtained.

While mentioning sunset, sunrise, beach, park, playground, city, home and amusement park locations, if you give the child a reason for picture taking, allow him or her to goof off, add props or make distractions, play dress up, try role reversal and be patient, the captured memory will be cherished.

Although the chapter on advanced techniques is more intimidating, Goodrich encourages the photographer to try different camera features to get different effects. When in doubt, the information on trouble-shooting in question format at the end is helpful.

Prompting the reader to take a class on this hobby, the writer recommends using a professional photographer for those once-in-a-lifetime events when a perfect photo is necessary.

This book is a short, concise tutorial textbook for the novice photographer who wants to improve photographs of children and make them more stunning, eye-catching and memorable years later.

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See the Light Drawing Children to Him – Art Projects – Tiffany Window

Title: One of See the Light Drawing Children to Him Series – Art Projects – Tiffany Window
Artist: Pat Knepley
Publisher: Legacy 4 God Publishing, Inc.

Do you have an artistic, creative child who wants to learn how to draw with more detail, depth and confidence? In Pat Knepley’s See the Light – Drawing Children to Him Series, Art Projects – Tiffany Window, the first of nine DVDs shows four step by step videos of producing artwork that resembles a colorful stained glass window on poster board.

Geared toward ten years old or older children, this Christian-based advanced series has nine different videos that cover nine famous artist and their creative styles. The Tiffany Window is in lieu of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the well-known stained glass artist. It consists of four separate videos that range from twenty-one to twenty-nine minutes each that takes a young artist from start to finish of one art project.

The first video is “Planning Your Composition” which begins with materials needed, a brief history of the artist with some photographs of his work and how to observe the subject matter as stems, leaves and flowers are sketched out on the board.

On the second video, “Rule of Thirds” reviews materials used again and discusses negative space by dividing the design into nine equal sections while retracing and completing the sketch. Stained glass and Art Nuevo is mentioned with more of Tiffany’s original works shown.

“Color Theory,” the third video, is all about colors and the color wheel, explaining complementary and contrasting colors. By using markers, techniques are shown coloring the flower, stem and background shapes by filling in, blending, and overlapping.

In the final video, “Completed Masterpiece,” the original lead canes that Tiffany used are discussed. A marker method is taught to give the stained glass effect, complete with framing the artwork.

In each of the videos, the patient, perky and easy-to-understand Knepley reads a few verses from the Bible, correlating it to the project. The final video has Philippians 4:6-7 about not worrying and leaving things to God, including any errors in an art project. A simple prayer and Tiffany’s “Sermon on the Mount” stained glass is mentioned, completing the tutortorial.

Although the drawing on the board is hard to see at the beginning of the video, the rest of the videos are thorough, descriptive and full of pointers, tips and encouragement as the young artist is drawn into the teacher’s constant eye contact, calm instructions and reassuring voice. This is a wonderful series for home schoolers, summer camps or bored-at-home children to enjoy.

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Little Angels Bible Storybook

Title: Little Angels Bible Storybook
Author: Roma Downey with Carolyn Larsen
Illustrator: Rick Incorcci
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7022-4

Learning about God and Jesus in simple children’s stories can be a wonderful memory to a young child. In Roma Downey’s Little Angeles Bible Storybook, an adolescent can not only understand about different well-known stories in the Bible, he or she also can learn about colors, numbers, places, songs and historical people.

In this four hundred and thirty-one page hardbound book in Roma Downey’s “Little Angels” series, there are one hundred popular Bible stories told, forty-six from the Old Testament and fifty-four from the New Testament. Each story written by Carolyn Larsen is four pages long with simple yet expressive illustrations by Rick Incrocci. At the end of the book, there are two pages each for topics such as special Bible verses to remember, ten commandments written for children, facts about angels and miracles by Jesus, all with matching Bible verses.

Each story is written in large, easy-to-read font with its title and referenced Bible verses at the top of the right side of the page with a drawing at the bottom. The bottom of the left side has an “I learned that …” section with an application for the reader. On the next page the story continues with another illustration. The fourth page has an “I can …” section that is an activity to do, followed with a short prayer and a Bible verse from the New Living Translation.

On each fourth page of the completion of the story, one of two young children are depicted that represent preschool or younger aged children. There are eight individual miniature angels dedicated to each story that can be found on the pages, based on their personality of harmony, creativity, logic, learning, leadership, guardianship, messenger capabilities or animal characteristics.

Starting from Genesis with God creating the universe to Jesus returning in Revelation, the plethora of short, simple and Biblical values, beliefs, parables and tomes are told to promote more understanding of God in a young child.

Biblical stories range from the famous Noah Builds a Big Boat, David Fights a Giant and Baby Jesus is Born to easily forgotten ones such as Ravens Give Elijah Food, A Widow’s Boy Lives Again and Peter Escapes Jail. One innocuous example is Twelve Scouts from Numbers where scouts go into the Promised Land but only two recommending returning. Under the “I learn …” section, trusting and having faith is promoted. In the “I can …” section, the Angel of Learning challenges to take twelve pennies and keep two apart from the others. The prayer is about trusting God and the verse is from Isaiah 41:10 about not being afraid.

With the large colorful drawings, the short reading and the tiny angels placed purposefully on the pages, this is an exceptional way to encourage learning about God, praying and being a better person. It is a great gift for a young family to read out loud by beginner readers, parents or grandparents and follow along, doing the small creative project, saying a simple prayer and reading a Bible verse.

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26 Poem-Stories About Animals, A to Z, Aardvark to Zebra: Fun and Funny Poems Telling Real Stories About Real Animals

26 POEM-STORIES ABOUT ANIMALS, A to Z, Aardvark to Zebra: Fun and Funny Poems Telling  Real Stories About  Real  AnimalsTitle: 26 Poem-Stories About Animals, A to Z, Aardvark to Zebra: Fun and Funny Poems Telling Real Stories About Real Animals
Author: Tom Guy Pettit
Illustrator: Peter O’Malley Pierson
Publisher: Tom Guy Pettit
ISBN: 978-1-4701-3637-6

“For your animal list, which would you say
Ought to be first, they both start with “aa”
Is aardwolf in front and aardvark second?
Just which one goes where; what do you reckon?

As you think of the answer, you should know
They both love bugs and don’t care where they go.”

Tom Guy Pettit writes in carefree, poetic format about all types of animals in his educational children’s book, 26 Poem-Stories About Animals, A to Z, Aardvark to Zebra: Fun and Funny Poems Telling Real Stories About Real Animals.

With fifty-seven pages, this oversize paperback book covers twenty-six adventurous to entertaining animals listed alphabetically. Illustrator Peter O’Malley Pierson depicts colorful drawings in pen, ink and water colors that are detailed and creative. The book is targeted toward children age eight to twelve years old but could be easily read to preschool or younger ages who want to learn about animals. In the beginning, there is a special note to parents about the author and illustrator along with an explanation of poems. The end of the book has a special note to animals not included within the pages.

With two to three pages devoted to one letter of the alphabet animal, there are multiple four-line rhyming stanzas explaining each creature’s features, traits, eating habits and living environment in a playful but informative style. On each side of the page of the poems is several small to half-page drawings that even non-readers would enjoy looking at while listening.

It is time to learn something! Did you know koala bears eat leaves but not bamboo, an elephant’s tusks are really teeth, a group of hippos is called a pod or a walrus weighs four hundred pounds? And donkeys do not eat meat, kangaroos kick like a horse, ostriches do not have teeth and zebras make long, loud horn-honking noises.

Even adults can learn a thing or two in this useful, one-of-a-kind book. Have you ever heard of a nabarlek, uakaris or xerus? This fun find not only explains these odd mammals but the differences between a skunk and a skink or a vole and a mole if you do not know!

With so many different types of animals listed in their sing-song tales, this book can be read one per day as a bedtime story or over and over for memorization. It is a wonderful, educational tool to help children learn and care about the unique animal kingdom that surrounds us.


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The World Almanac for Kids 2013

The World Almanac for Kids 2013Title: The World Almanac for Kids 2013
Editor: Sarah Janssen
Publisher: World Almanac
ISBN: 978-1600571671

Are you a bored kid that wants to quickly learn something unique, different or obscure? Do you want to impress your family, friends, teachers and Facebook connections by giving simple yet amazing true facts? Here is your answer: The World Almanac for Kids 2013, edited by Sarah Janssen.

This cute, compact, colorful and creative book has three hundred and fifty-two pages in its nine by six inch paperback book. From short chapters consisting to two pages about crimes, games or inventions to longer chapters of almost fifty pages regarding the United States, the material is in short, quick-to-read, interesting format. With an extensive eleven page index and three pages of photograph credits, topics are covered from birthdays and books to military and money to science and space plus so much more.

Each chapter has a colored tab on the top right side of its dedicated pages with bright background colors that encapsulate photographs, then-and-now charts, celebrity, movies and sports star crossword puzzles, color-coded lists or random trivial information. Eye catching maps, state and city information, easy to understand time lines, and clear, clean photographs are spread on every page, using every inch to enlighten and fascinate the mind.

What can we learn in just a few minutes? Pick the short chapter on disasters. Did you know one in five hundred earthquakes cause damage? Did you know tsunamis waves move at speeds of up to five hundred miles an hour? Did you know volcano lava may be hotter than two thousand degrees or that hurricanes can be up to three hundred miles wide? Or that in April 2011 there were a total of seven hundred and fifty eight tornadoes? Or sadly, did you realize that there were over three million deaths in China in the flood of 1931? That and so much more were in only six pages in the chapter!

One can immediately look up population, baseball teams, fashion trends, major religious holidays, how to read food labels, the largest planet, how a bill becomes a law, renewable energy in action, calendar basics, all-time NHL records, top game sellers, etcetera – need we continue?

With ample plethora of information and interesting facts, this is a perfect gift for a young child or adult who wants to learn more about the world, people and life around them. Without the extra clutter of huge research almanacs, this is a great go-to-guide that is simple and to the point, an ideal educational tool whenever browsed.


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