#BlogTour #Review : Do Bugs Wear Shoes? by Addie Broussard @TwoUmbrellasPls @rararesources

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Hello book lovers! today I’m happy to share my review as part of blog tour for Do Bugs Wear Shoes?, organized by Rachel @Rachel’s Random Resources. many thank to Rachel for tour invite and to author for providing review copy of this wonderful book. I hope you enjoy this post.

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Do Bugs Wear Shoes? by Addie BroussardAnthony Puttee

Publication Date: October 31st 2018
Publisher:  Two Umbrellas Media
Read Date: October 30th 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction / Children’s book / Educational
Target Age: Children’s – ages 4 – 10
Page: 36

Stars: 5/5

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Synopsis

A colorful, fun-filled book packed with answers to all your silliest bug questions! 
Learn what happens when a bug goes to space, to school, and to the gym. Find out if bugs have feelings like people do. Discover robot bugs, dancing bugs, bugs that poop and so much more!
Filled with illustrations, photographs and interactive videos, Do Bugs Wear Shoes will have kids laughing and learning as they discover awe-inspiring facts about the insect world. This beautifully designed book is organized into colorful two-page spreads that each focus on a different question, making it easy and fun to read for children and big kids alike.

BOOK EXTRAS include videos and printable worksheets for extended learning. Great for educators and at-home learning.

PLUS, vote on the world’s most beautiful bug!

Recommended for ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and up.

Don’t miss out on the chance to bug out!


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This was an educational scientific picture book on entomology telling about the bugs and insects and different classes of insects, varieties, how bugs are different from insects, some fun facts and scientific findings.

Author has collected many info in just few pages of the book starting from what is entomology to classification, importance of scientific names, and so many unbelievable facts that I didn’t know before like- strongest, smallest, loudest bug, bug dance and poops and also if bugs can survive in space and Antarctica. It was amazing to read about such interesting things that teacher can teach kids in classroom. There were activity questions at end of some chapters that kids would enjoy finding answers to.

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I loved all macro pictures of insects and bugs along with the illustrations in the book. There were links at the end of the book for additional information and videos on the publisher website that curious kids would love to explore. Most exciting thing is there is Bug book art pack available on publisher’s website as well that you can download for free ⇒ Here ⇐ (Don’t forget to check out the resource link available below to get Cool Halloween Art Pack.)

This was newer fun way for kids to learn and author made it enjoyable with colorful graphics and text with simple approach. It will definitely raise curiosity in kids and involve them in discussion, even those who are less interested in this subject.

Overall, this was colorful educational and a perfect classroom book I recommend to all teachers and kids.

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Author Bio:

addie-anthony-pic-01.jpgTwo Umbrellas is an educational publishing company that fuses education and storytelling.  We offer books and activities to help parents and educators empower tomorrow’s leaders.

Our founders, Anthony Puttee and Addie Broussard, love to travel.  Anthony’s favorite trip was to Antarctica and he has included some of his personal photos in this book.  Addie has traveled solo around the world. While in Portugal, she encountered a unique insect, which inspired a children’s book called The Beedog, which was published in 2018. The idea for Do Bugs Wear Shoes came from a playful team meeting on a rooftop in Mexico.

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*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author as part of blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. ***

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The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter

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The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter

Publication Date: August 31st 2018
Publisher: PartnerPress
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Genre: Children’s Fiction / Animals / Travel & Adventure
Pages: 190

Stars: 5/5

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Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose.


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The Adventure of Wilhelm was anthropomorphic story of travel and adventure, discovering various cultures, food and people with deeper understanding of ways of life from a rat’s perspective. It also told about family, friendship, individual growth and knowledge and helping community to lead better life.

As Wilhelm (Wil) traveled from his home in California to China, Sweden, Germany, France and Italy, he explored famous places, tasted different food, made new friends, learned new languages and found more about his ancestors and rats from all over the world as well as faced the horrors of bad people and animals. He was very smart, clever, and courageous rat who learned about new things, customs, nature and characteristics of people as well as animals aptly experiencing ups and downs during the travel and finding ways to keep going.

Through this story author encouraged travel, experience world, learning customs and celebrations at various places with minimum luggage and finding easy and convenient mode. Author gave new perspective towards despicable animals- such as rats, vultures, crows etc- who helps in cleaning up the mess humans make and how rats are viewed and mistreated by people but also mentioned how like humans there are good and bad sides in rats as well.

It mainly teaches the way of life, how the nature of people and animals are alike, the most important aspect of any being’s life is, food and shelter, without which even the decent animals can turn to violence and by taking care of these necessities a violent animals can turn to decent being.

I liked various facts about stories and places mentioned in the book as well as the translations at the end of each chapters. This book has mesmerizing foreword and preface. It tells more about the book than synopsis or this review can tell. The questions at the end of the book will be fun to discuss and kids would love to find answers to them. It can be a great classroom book and teachers would find many points in the book through which they can teach geography, history, culture as well as moral principles and ethics.

Overall, it was steady paced, informative and insightful travel book with nice illustrations that kids would love to explore. It wasn’t much of fun it’s purely educational and travel book for young reader. Kids will be inspired to record their own travel experience through this book.


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AuthorMaria Ritter

Buy Link: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to NetGalley, Publisher and author. ***

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Publication Date: 2012 (first published August 1945)
Publisher: Fingerprint
Genre: Classic / Fiction / Literature
Pages: 143
Stars: 5/5

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Animal farm is allegorical novel that symbolize mainly politics and revolution. Revolution comrades! It’s all about political science and power and corruption. It was written based on the Russian revolution.

Characters represent in Russian revolution like this,
Major- Vladimir Lenin
Snowball- Trotsky
Napoleon- Stalin
Squealer- Vyacheslav Molotov
Dogs- Armed Forces

I honestly didn’t know this before, I did bit Googling! We study different textbooks in India and this, I’m sure, wasn’t anywhere in history lessons. So I saw or analyze them like this,

Mr. Jones – alcoholic owner of Manor farm. Overthrown government. He definitely neglected his duty but I couldn’t help and pity this poor guy.
Snowball- opposing leader, who was also driven out by tactic of Napoleon. He was smart and brilliant and had quite a great ideas for farms and animals. He actually had good intentions. But as it is often said/observed a good person thinking about greater good of the world can’t be a politician as long as cruel and oppressive minds are in opposition who would go at any length to have total control.
Napoleon- existing government who eventually twisted the rules and acted worse than overthrown government.
Squealer- media who speaks for the power to secure their own position by switching the sides.

I liked Benjamin, Clover, and Boxer. But they had their own faults. Clover couldn’t read; Boxer, though inspiration of hardship, was a blind follower; Benjamin who was smart could read and could even see through the deceit, stayed silent and taciturn.

It was amusing to read all animal rising against humans and driving them out of Manor farm and turning it into Animal farm, a farm run by animals and their leader pigs. I liked the way they established commendments and gave importance to education. But as story progresses tricks and misguidance crept in the animal farm and so the dirty politics.

I always believed, those who enters politics are either never are clean or, if they are, they never come out clean.  My father said, the new government/representative that come to power make the previous one look much better. That’s exactly what happened here. The rebellion that started against humans and human nature eventually returned in animal farm and its leaders. They so vaguely turned themselves into humans who used their brain, walked, and ate like human that one couldn’t differentiate them from the other. Such is the quirk and quiddity of politics. Their policies and way were really disturbing to read and I was quite shocked by the stupidity of other animals.

The story delineated the politics, difficulties in forming government, results of revolutions, how the new order set on the name of equality turned to totalitarian and fascism, and how twists in policies, rules, and work structure were made where only leaders were benefited. It also subtly told the importance of education, power of speech, and using one’s conscience and brain. If only all animals were learned the picture might have looked differently.

Bottom line is Equality doesn’t come by its name, it takes both individual and collective contribution to achieve it. No one is ever free in this world as long as there is a power. Where there is power there is corruption. Where there is corruption there is slavery and hunger for commons full belly for riches, free, peaceful and happy world is just utopia.

This book was written years ago but the same methods are applied in today’s politics and it’s ultimately people who are suffering.

Overall, it was shockingly amazing read. Relevant, thought provoking, just brilliant.

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Author: George Orwell

Buy Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com


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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

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Publication Date: April 2nd 2018 (First published 1893)

Read Date: August 14th 2018

Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing

Genre: Children’s Fiction / Classics / Indian Literature / Animals

Pages: 240

Stars: 4/5

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Blurb from the Back cover- 

Adventures in the wild

On a warm evening in the Seeonee hills, a family of wolves finds someone at the threshold of their cave–a human child, who knows nothing of the world of men. Adopted by Father Wolf, the man-cub Mowgli grows up with the pack in the Jungle. 

Mowgli begins his journey and learns the law of the Jungle with the help of his new-found friends: Bagheera the wise Panther and lovable old Baloo. Together they face many dangers and adventures, as Mowgli comes face-to-face with Shere Khan the tiger and the Bandar-Log. 

Embark on this adventurous journey with Mowgli, Rikki-tikki-tavi, Little Toomai and many others, as you read the enchanting ‘The Jungle Book’. As you go from one thrilling escapade to the other, let Kipling take you into a world of fantasy. 


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The Jungle Book was the first cartoon I remember watching on TV every Sunday when I was a kid. It was fascinating series. This was the cutest pocket edition that I bought recently that contains not only story of Mowgli but also Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the elephants, the White Seal and Her Majesty’s Servant. I never heard of other stories part from Mowgli’s. I didn’t know there were poems in the book and moreover it’s an anthology!

All Stories were written in old English and lyrical style with quirky characters and vivid description of nature, jungle, and sea that show the relations between human and animals. All poems were beautiful depicting the story itself.

Mowgli’s adventure in the jungle and his learning while he was small was great. He faced problems that no normal grown man could have. I enjoyed the rescue mission of Bagheera, Baloo and Ka. Bagheera-and Baloo’s tactic to convince Ka for fight was impressive. Cast out from the pack first and then by villagers was sad moment in the story but Mowgli took it with pride and Grace, he didn’t harbor ill will against them and I liked him for that. Behavior of men was no better than leaderless deceived wolves.

What surprised me more was the serious tone of the story which was contrary to movies and cartoon versions. They were fun to watch, and a bit of humor in it. Still I loved Mowgli’s adventure more than any other story in the book, it felt like I never heard of the story before.

My next favorite story was The White Seal. It was story of a seal called Kotick who was rebel and found his own peaceful island with no men and led all the seals to the safety. This story tells about the struggle and perseverance. Nothing is so difficult to achieve if put all the efforts in getting it and one needs to fight even after the achievement for the better good.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was also interesting story that I enjoyed about the bravery and loyalty of mongoose called Rikki-Tikki. The clever tricks of Rikki-Tikki and his valor will definitely amuse kids.

Her Majesty’s servant was most unusual and bit funny in the book. A men who could understand animal language and reading the story from his perspective made it interesting. Conversations between animals, their view towards their work and men was amusing to read. It was good story but not the best one.

Toomai of the Elephants was my least favorite story in the book. It was different, imaginative, and told lot about Elephants and their nature but something was missing. It didn’t impress me or hold interest when I was reading it. It was bit boring.  

Overall, it was great Indian children’s classic with collection of poems and stories with quirky characters and old poetic writing. I prefer movie and cartoon adaptations more than the book.


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Author: Rudyard Kipling

Buy Link:  Amazon.in


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#BlogTour #Review: Go To Sleep! by Marion Adams @Marion_author @rararesources

 

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Hello Book Lovers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Go To Sleep! by Marion Adams, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to author and Rachel for providing me a copy of this book. Hope you all enjoy reading this post that includes about book and review.

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Book Details:

Publication Date: 27th April 2017

Publisher: Full Media Ltd

Read Date: 19th May 2018

Pages: 32

Target Audience: Children (age 3 to 7)

Genre: Picture book (bedtime story/animals)

Stars: 5/5

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Blurb:

Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

 


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Go To Sleep is animal themed funny and cute bedtime story about the little sheep Tansy who couldn’t go to sleep. In trying to sleep by following barn owl’s advice she found out something was wrong in the field. As the blurb said it had funny twist.

Tansy was nice little sheep who was cute, innocent, cared for others and tried to do something good. Barn own and Jack- the dog was also great in the story. Writing was captivating and easy for kids to understand. Storytelling was great that will catch kids’ attention. All illustrations were colorful and eyes catching specially all cute white fluffy sheep.

When I couldn’t sleep I didn’t count sheep but I remember my mom telling me to count stars when we slept outside under the sky in summer vacations now I read books if I can’t sleep. 😉 It was kind of funny when sheep was counting sheep in the story. Kids will find it amusing. 

Overall, it was great bedtime story that parents would love to read with their kids.


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Author Bio:

MA author pic 2.jpgMarion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.

Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marion-adams-7ab52a71/

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http://full-media.co.uk/product/go-to-sleep-marion-adams/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Go-Sleep-Marion-Adams/dp/0993079474 (UK site)

https://www.amazon.com/Go-Sleep-Marion-Adams/product-reviews/0993079474/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews (US site)

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