Read to Your Baby Every Day: 30 classic nursery rhymes to read aloud by Chloe Giordano, Rachel Williams

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Publication Date : March 5th 2019
Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Read Date : April 9th 2019
Genre : Parenting / Children’s
Pages : 64
Stars : ★★★★ /5

Science tells us that babies develop best when they are spoken to, sung to, and read to. Introduce your baby to a world of words and pictures with these 30 classic nursery rhymes from the Mother Goose collection and beyond paired with images of Chloe Giordano’s delightful hand-embroidered illustrations on cloth.

Even when they’re tiny, the sound of their parents’ voices helps babies make sense of the world and feel comfortable with new people and places. This treasury gives you the opportunity to rediscover just how useful (and calming) these best-loved nursery rhymes are in one, handsome volume.

Bond with your baby and help them grow as you recite and sing these timeless rhymes:

Hey, Diddle Diddle; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; This Little Piggy; Hush Little Baby; Hickory, Dickory, Dock; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Little Bo-Peep; Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; London Bridge; Mary Had a Little Lamb; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe; Humpty Dumpty; Rub-a-dub-dub; Pat-a-Cake; I Saw a Ship A-Sailing; Old MacDonald; Rock-a-Bye Baby; The Wheels on the Bus; I’m a Little Teapot; This Old Man; Jack and Jill; The Muffin Man; Little Miss Muffet; The Owl and the Pussy-cat; Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush; Old Mother Hubbard; Pop! Goes the Weasel; Are you Sleeping? 

My baby is used to watch most of rhymes in YouTube. She loves colors and music. I admit, I’m terrible singer. I’m used to reading to her random things, sometimes, novels too but this was first time I sang her rhymes and I must say it was fun reading to her.

She loved Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Humpty Dumpty, Old MacDonald, Are You Sleeping, and The Wheels On The Bus.

All rhymes were cute and nice, some I knew and some were new to me. They were short, took little time for me to finish. I didn’t read her everyday, like title suggests, I read all of them in one day. 😜

If you don’t remember all rhymes from your childhood and you want to sing to your kid with a colorful book and cute illustrations, I recommend this book. It can be a nice gift for new mommies.

As I was playing some rhymes on YouTube before I read this book, I could see some rhymes in this had lesser verses, some had only 1 verse.

overall, it was good collection, with beautiful art and vibrant colors . It is best gift for new mommies.

About Author :

Chloe Giordano began to sew in the last year of her illustration degree at the University of the West of England, and since graduating in 2011 she has continued to experiment with freehand embroidery, using sewing thread and hand dyed fabrics to make her work. Originally from Buckinghamshire, she now lives and work in York. Clients include Penguin, Vintage Books, Bloomsbury, Liberty and the BFI. Read To Your Baby Every Day is her first book.

Australian-born Rachel Williams studied creative writing before becoming an editor and publisher of children’s books. She is the author of many books for children, including Atlas of Animal Adventures and Illuminature. She lives and works in London.

Purchase Link : Publisher’s site / Amazon

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#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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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

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#BlogBlitz #Review : The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean @MacleanMartii @rararesources

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Hey Book Lovers! Today I’m excited to share review on The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary as part of Book blitz tour organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Rachel for tour invite and author for providing E-copy of this book.

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The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean

Publication Date: October 2018
Publisher: Kooky Cat Books
Read Date: September 19th 2018
Target Age: Children / MG (ages 9+)
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Pages: 246
Stars: 4/5

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One gutsy eleven-year-old, a cool beach town, a hilarious crew of friends and oodles of adventures.

Once upon a beach, there was a girl called Isabelle Necessary. A girl with an unusual name and a rather extraordinary life. She roams around a sleepy beach town with her loyal team of friends.  Follow Isabelle, Tammy, David, Nin, Draino the cat and Champ the wonder dog as they navigate one sticky situation after another and figure out how to turn a frog into a movie star, deal with a never-ending milkshake and escape being trapped in a lighthouse.

The type of book that brings back childhood memories and captures the essence of being a free-spirited kid.

Perfect for teachers and educators as the book comes with a teacher’s resource guide and student maker kit by Isabelle Necessary herself. Middle-grade reading level.


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Isabelle Necessary was collection of stories and consecutive adventures of Isabelle with her best friend Tammy.

Isabelle was a girl from Saggy Beach town mostly spending her time with her Aunt Emma who was living in retirement village. She was clever, smart, artistic and mature girl who understood her parents’ work and their constant absence. I loved the way she took care of her aunt and all elders living in retirement quarters. She helped them in all the work she could was a great friend. Her aunt was supportive and fun loving person who gave all the freedom to Isabelle with almost no rules.

Introductory chapter gave clear view of Isabelle’s life in Saggy Beach town, her family, friends and retirement village community. Each chapters included adventures of different activities like, participating in event and competition, snorkeling, managing store, horse riding, enjoying rainy season with friends, saving animals and town, helping elders and people in community. It had all sort of good activities that kids can would love to discover with scientific and environmental learning.

Isabelle’s mishap with light house was something new with semaphore signals which can teach kids about secret codes and can have fun decoding them. It was my favorite story in the book.

Best thing about the story was, there is online resources for teachers and fun activities for kids available on author’s website here that you can download here.

All illustrations were lifelike and I loved all the drawing in the book. It was quick read with some cool adults funny mischievous cat that kids would love to read and bring back the childhood memory for adults.

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Book and the events was all too goody to digest like- Isabelle never got any scolding from Aunt Emma, a tiff with her friend was solved so easily and the biggest was her cool demeanor towards her parents’ absence. It was hard to believe girl of her age can take parent’s absence and fight with friend easily or can get away without any scolding from adults. I would like it more if there was little realistic approach.

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Overall, book was charming, easy to read and kids would love to explore streets of Saggy Beach town and discover adventures of Isabelle Necessary.


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Author Bio:

The Adv - authorbiopic_MartiiMaclean.jpgMartii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories. She likes going for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator goggles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs. Or how about this…

Martii Maclean writes fantastical, adventurous tales for children and teens and sometimes adults. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband Trevor and her cat Minerva. Her work as an educator and librarian, allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people. This inspires Martii to create thought-filled stories that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’. Find out more about Martii and her stories at www.martiimaclean.com

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Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Isabelle-Necessary-Martii-MacLean/dp/0994540868/

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One Very Odd Teacher by Robbie Yates @Shalini_G26 @robbie_b_yates

Hey Book Lovers! Today I’m happy to share review and excerpt of refreshing children fiction- One Very Odd Teacher by Robbie Yates as part of blog tour, organized by Shalini @ Digital Reads Blog Tours. Many thanks to Shalini for tour invite and to author for providing eARC.

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One Very Odd Teacher by Robbie to Yates

Publication Date: September 23rd 2018
Read Date: September 30th 2018
Genre: Children’s Fiction / Middle grade / Mystery
Pages: 82
Stars: 5/5

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The humming noise got louder. Adam willed himself to focus. He had to finish his math test.

Suddenly, the noise became unbearable. He glanced up.

Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?

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Every child remembers a teacher who was a little bizarre, prickly or ill-tempered. Some teachers, though, are very odd indeed, and warrant some closer attention…

This quirky chapter book will thrill kids who are adventurous, brave, and a little bit cheeky!


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After recess, Mrs Murphy handed out a math test. The day got immeasurably worse.

Adam dropped his head into his hands. He knew he was going to fail.

“During this test,” Mrs Murphy announced, “you’ll need to use the TrooCo pencils from your stationery packs. You aren’t allowed to help others, and you must keep your eyes on your own work. Anyone caught copying will get a zero on the test, and a visit to Principal Sharley.”

She moved closer to where Adam and Jennifer sat. She peered at Adam pointedly. “I don’t think I need to remind you that we will all be doing this silently.”

She handed out the tests and Adam searched in his pencil case for a TrooCo pencil. He found one just as the test slid onto his desk.

He glanced at the first page. It looked incomprehensible. He sighed, wrote his name at the top, and shot Jennifer a desperate look. She shrugged her shoulders, already a few questions in.

Adam stared at Question 1. It began with a picture of a donut.

A teacher needs to chop a donut into thirty pieces, the instructions said. Every child in the class should get the same-sized piece. Draw a diagram to show how it can be done.

Adam frowned. What sort of teacher gives each child one thirtieth of a donut? he thought.

He strummed his fingers on his chin, trying to figure out what he had to do, but a high-pitched hum was distracting him. Adam forced himself to ignore the noise and concentrate on his test.

Under Question 2, there were several identical cartoon socks. The question was about sorting them into groups of three. Who groups their socks in threes? Adam thought, rolling his eyes. They belong in pairs!

The high-pitched humming sound got louder. Adam willed himself to focus.

The answer to the sock problem was on the tip of his tongue when the humming became unbearable. He glanced up.

Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?

Adam frowned. Mrs Murphy shuffled over to another part of the room, and the humming faded. He looked over at Jennifer, trying to make eye contact. But Jennifer, diligent as always, was engrossed in the second page of the test.

He kept staring at Jennifer, hoping she’d feel his eyes on her and look up. All of a sudden, the humming sound became louder again, ringing in his ears like an angry mosquito.

Adam looked up. Mrs Murphy was standing right in front of him, her eyes fixed on his. The hum was deafening. “Keep your eyes on your own work, Adam,” she said. Adam nodded, gulped, and stared back down at his test, hoping she’d go away.

From that moment onwards, every time Adam glanced up from his test, Mrs Murphy was staring right at him. He tried as hard as he could to keep his eyes on his paper, but the noise was making it impossible to think. His score on this test was going to be abysmal.

Once the test was finally over, and Mrs Murphy had gathered up all the papers, he leant over to Jennifer. “Please tell me you heard that!” he whispered.

“Heard what?” she asked, raising her eyebrows. Her freckles jumped across her face.

“That noise, during the test. That weird humming.”

Jennifer shook her head. Melodramatically, she touched Adam’s forehead, checking for a fever. Adam rolled his eyes.

“I’m not going crazy,” he said. “I heard something. It was bizarre.”

Sure you did,” said Jennifer, crossing her arms. “It’s lucky it’s nearly home time, kid. I think you need some rest.”

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One Very Odd Teacher was children fiction revolving around adorable Adam who had very odd class teacher, Mrs Murphy, who gives him creeps. One Odd nightmare and odd sounds around Mrs. Murphy made Adam suspicious about his teacher. As the day passes he observes very peculiar things about his class teacher that lead to an investigation which turned out the biggest scandal in the town.

Adam was very average yet clever and observant class 5M student with artistic as well as detective ability. His voice in the book was fun to read and many young reader will find themselves relating to him. His parents were also supportive, I liked to hear the stories they shared from their school days. His best friend Jennifer was smart and I liked the way she eventually supported Adam in exposing truth.

Author has wonderful storytelling ability. The book was written in witty tone that made me chuckle throughout the book. In just short pages there was creepy teacher, a suspense, sleuthing mystery, adorable protagonist and creative characters. There was everything you would want in children’s book.

What I liked most about the book was Adams’s detailed notes on Mrs. Murphy, Adam and Jennifer’s friendship, their snooping and brilliant plan, and the way they executed it. Both Adam and Jennifer were brave and sharp-witted and I liked how they took cautious steps after discovering the secret and kept their suspicious eye on everyone.

This book tells how smart and observant kids can be, how adults underestimates their ability and sometimes takes advantage of kid’s innocence to gain something.

Overall, it was fun, entertaining, suspenseful mystery that kids would love to solve. I highly recommend this book to all young readers.

 

Author Bio:

Robbie Yates Author Image.jpgRobbie Yates is an author from Melbourne, Australia. He likes cocoa, cheeky poetry, and eating all of the red jellybeans before anybody else can get to them.

In his free time, Robbie likes to read ridiculous and wacky kids’ fiction. He also likes practical jokes and terrible puns.

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Book Link:

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