Children’s Book Review: WONDER WALK

Children’s Book Review: WONDER WALK

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Title: WONDER WALK
Author: Ilham Alam
Pub. Date: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Iguana Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 20

Description

Get out there with the curious Johnny and his patient Mommy, in this colourful, rhyming book, celebrating all the wonders of the everyday world. What do they see? What do they hear? What do they talk about?

Review

This short read is about little Johnny’s adventure on a lovely bright sunny day. 

I like its rhyming and concise text as well as its beautiful illustrations. Moreover, I am impressed with its topic—it encourages kids to observe nature. Nowadays, our kids have too much screen time. Many people believe that the screen tech will make our kids smart and wise. They neglect the wisdom that nature brings to us. Actually, nature is the source of genuine wisdom.

How long have you not been going outside with your kids? Read this book and enjoy your wonder walk.

About Author

My name is ILHAM which is pronounced the way its spelt. As a kid, I hated my name and did get teased for being a “ham”. But now that I’m an adult, I love the unique-ness and the strength that my name conveys. I definitely have not met another Ilham for sure.
It means inspiration in Arabic, by the way.

I live with my 2 sons & my husband and my 20lb kitty, Beauty, within a house thats booby-trapped with Lego. My crazy family are my inspiration for story writing and story-telling, And I love to travel with them as well and earning new memories through adventures abroad, some of which I have documented in this blog.

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3 lucky winners will win WONDER WALK Swag Packs, US Only.

Tour Schedule

Week One:

4/8/2019- Lone Tree Reviews– Review

4/9/2019- Beagles & Books– Review

4/10/2019- Character Madness and Musings– Excerpt

4/11/2019- BookHounds YA– Review/Interview

4/12/2019- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

 

Week Two:

4/15/2019- Mama Panda Bear– Review

4/16/2019- Almost a Reader– Review

4/17/2019- Kelly P’s Blog– Spotlight

4/18/2019- Novel Novice– Excerpt

4/19/2019- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

 

Week Three:

4/22/2019- D. Books and Reviews– Review

4/23/2019- She Dreams in Fiction– Review

4/24/2019- ❧Defining Ways❧– Review

4/25/2019- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt

4/26/2019- Two points of interest– Review

 

Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours for a free copy for an honest opinion.

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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.

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9 Picture Books that Encourage Kindness

9 Picture Books that Encourage Kindness

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All of us want to raise a kind kid. Sometimes, words are empty air and we need to show them how to be kind and what it looks like.

Last month, I read Be Kind to my kid and found he has learned to show kindness to others.

It inspires me to collect these picture books of kindness here to share with you. All of these books convey kind messages and offer practical examples for kids to follow.

Dr. The Big Umbrella

On a rainy day, a red umbrella is taken out of room to shelter people in need. No matter who you are, you can get help from the big, friendly umbrella. With more and more people coming underneath the magic umbrella, it spreads bigger and bigger. Will there be enough room for everyone? The big umbrella will tell you the answer.

You Are Friendly 

How to be friendly? Share a snack, offer to help, be polite,… Accompanied by the beautiful illustration, this lovely board book shares with kids the important message on how to show kindness to others and how to be a friend.

Enemy Pie

A little boy thinks his new neighbor Jeremy Ross is his number one enemy and tells his father about him. Surprisingly, his father decides to bake an enemy pie to get rid of the enemy. In order to make the enemy pie work, the little boy is told to spend a day with Jeremy Ross. Does he do as he is told? Does the pie work?

Hug Machine

Open your arms and hug everything in your sight— be a hug machine as the boy in the book. A hug is only a small act, but this lovely book tells us this small act can make a big difference to the world. Read it with your kids and enjoy the kind message.

Superworm

Superworm is so kind and always helps other animals in need. One day, he was kidnaped. What will happen to him? Is there anyone helping him? Explore the adventure of the Superworm, feel the kindness and friendship, and enjoy its catchy rhyming lines.

Good People Everywhere

Sometimes we take a lot of things in our daily life for granted. Fortunately, this book reminds us of kindness from others and tells us good people are everywhere. After reading, you may ask yourself “what you’ll do to the world?”

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Treat others the way you want to be treated—I think, this is the kind message of this sweet book. It shares a wide range of acts of kindness, encourages kids to be a bucket filler and avoids being a bucket dipper.

The Kindness Quilt

I love the idea of this adorable book. It shows the concept of kindness in a simple way— creating a kindness quilt. No matter you are a parent or a teacher, I think you can encourage your kids or students to do this.

What Does it Mean to be Kind? t’s Not My Bear

Have you ever thought about this question on the cover? This book gives us the answer by many practical examples of showing kindness, which is easy to do in our daily lives. Read it and you can also raise a discussion about kindness with your kids or your students.

 

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Adoult Book Review: From Another Land: Making Home in the Land of Dreams

Adoult Book Review: From Another Land: Making Home in the Land of Dreams

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Category: Adult Fiction, 224 pages
Publisher: Readomania (2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9385854739
ISBN-13: 978-9385854736
Package Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Description

Never has been the conversation on immigration more pertinent than now, post 2016 US elections. From cancellation of refugee protection and zero tolerance to undercurrent crackdown on H visas to the border wall – the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalized population head-on.

But what is immigration today? A question of life or death – fleeing of persecution? A compulsion? Or a mere pursuance of privilege? And what is the US today? A land of opportunities? Or a quagmire impossible to comprehend, inherently racist and selfish?

From An-Other Land dives deep into immigration today for the diaspora and its many facets with characters who seek to define themselves in an intercultural setting that is less and less sure of itself. A reality check and a guide for anyone who wants to understand the modern-day US.

Review

America is a land of opportunity. That is why so many immigrants want to realize their American Dreams there. Indians are no exception. From An-other Land by Tanushree Ghosh is a compelling book about immigrants from India to the US. The author portrays the real life of these immigrants in short stories. As a careful observer and skilled writer, she dives deeply into the inner world of varied characters, explores the bicultural identity of them and cleverly knits them in the first and last chapter.

When I picked up this book for the first time, I was immediately attracted by these interesting and insightful short stories. The fate of each character really catches my heart. Whenever I read, I can feel the characters’ sorrow, loneliness, and internal conflict. I find myself immersed a completely different world through the unique lens of the author. If you want to know the life of modern immigrants in the US, you can’t miss this one.

About Author

Tanushree Ghosh works in Tech and has a Doctorate in Chemistry from the Cornell University. She is also a social activist and writer. Her blog posts, op-eds, poems, and stories are in effort to provoke thoughts, especially towards issues concerning women and social justice.

 

She is a contributor (past and present) to several popular e-zines (incl. The Huffington Post US, The Logical Indian, Youth Ki Awaaz, Tribune India, Women’s Web, and Cafe Dissensus). Her literary resume includes poems and stories featured in national and international magazines (Words Pauses and Noises, UK; TUCK, Glimmer Train Honorable mention) as well as inclusion in seven anthologies such as Defiant Dreams (Oprah 2016 reading list placeholder) and The Best Asian Short Stories 2017 (published out of Singapore by Kitaab). Her first single author book, From An-Other Land is on immigration.

She has held different leadership roles in non-profits (ASHA and AID India) and is the founder and director of Her Rights (www.herrights.website), a 501(3) c non-profit committed to furthering the cause of gender equality. She is often an invited speaker or panelist for both corporate and non-profit endeavors.

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Thanks to ireadbooktours for a free copy for an honest opinion.

 

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Children’s Book Review: Disney Manga: Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

Children’s Book Review: Disney Manga: Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

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Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Tokyopop (January 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1427858136
ISBN-13: 978-1427858139

Description

From the worldwide blockbuster film, this monster manga hit follows scare master Sulley and his assistant Mike on their mission of scaring the human children of the world. But when one small girl ends up giving them a big scare back, it becomes their job to return her to her bedroom… and the Monsters, Inc. factory back to normal.

Review

There is a factory which employs skilled monsters to scare human children and collect their screams to power the city. Do you know the name of the factory? Yes, it’s Monsters. Inc. 

My son was attracted by its bright cover and asked me to request this book. He was a little bit disappointed about its black and white illustrations inside. But, it doesn’t affect his enthusiasm for Monsters. Inc. Although this manga is an adaption and some plots are omitted, the text is easy to read for young readers and its plot is easy to follow.

If you are a fan of Monsters. Inc, you can’t miss this one. If you want to start to read the manga, you can start with this one for instruction about manga-reading also included.

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Children’s Book Review: Nouns Say “What’s That?”

Children’s Book Review: Nouns Say “What’s That?”

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Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: 1 – 3
Series: Word Adventures: Parts of Speech
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Picture Window Books (August 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1515840581
ISBN-13: 978-1515840589

Description

Tour groups, exhibits, paintings, sculptures … The museum is teeming with common and proper nouns, everywhere you look! Person, Place, and Thing make sure readers not only discover factual grammar basics inside, but also lots of fun, laughter, and adventure.

Review

Grammar is an essential element in learning English. However, grammar learning is boring sometimes. As an English teacher, I tried a lot of ways to motivate my students on grammar learning. I find reading books is an interesting way to introduce grammar rules. Fortunately, I find Word Adventures, the bubbly language-arts series. Nouns Say “What’s That?” is one of this series. It’s about the museum adventure of three monsters— Person, Place, and Thing. A wide range of common and proper nouns in the museum are introduced to readers. At the end of this book, notes on nouns are summarized. The illustration matches perfectly with the text. These nouns in this book are closely connected with the children’s daily life. Following Person, Place, and Thing, readers can get basic grammar rules about nouns and enjoy the joyful museum adventure. If you plan to introduce grammar rules to your younger readers, I think you can start with this one.

About Author

Born in The United States January 01, 1954
Website: http://michaeldahlwrites.com/ Genre:  Children’s BooksYoung Adult
Michael Dahl is the author of over 100 children’s books. Some of his most popular series are Finnegan Zwake, Library of Doom, and Dragonblood. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a haunted house.
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Children’s Book Review: Be Kind: You Can Make the World a Happier Place! 125 Kind Things to Say & Do

Children’s Book Review: Be Kind: You Can Make the World a Happier Place! 125 Kind Things to Say & Do

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Age Range: 5 and up
Grade Level: 2 – 3
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (June 25, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635861543
ISBN-13: 978-1635861549

Description

In a world where people spend more time engaging through screens than in real-life interaction, showing basic human kindness can feel like a lost art. Be Kind offers children aged 5 and up simple, actionable things they can do in their daily lives that help them cultivate kindness toward others and grow into people with the capacity to make the world a kinder place.

Review

Smile at one more person each day, pick up trash, compliment everyone, keep a thankfulness jar,… How many ways to express kindness you can think of? Surprisingly, this adorable book tells us more than 100 ways to show kindness.

With colorful illustration and simple text, this nonfiction picture book exposes readers to a wide range of acts about basic human kindness, which serve as a great reminder in our daily life for kids and adults alike. As the words “ you can make the world a happier place” on the cover says, it is your choice that makes a difference to the world. This book is meant to encourage kids to do simple and kind acts in their daily lives.

When I first read this book with my son, five, and when we stopped on the page “ Be a hug ambassador, …”, he hugged me and said, “ Mom, I love you.” It reminds me that kindness is something that needs to be taught and reinforced by showing them how to be kind. So, if you are looking for a book to share kindness with your kids, why not consider picking up this lovely book.

About Author

Naomi Shulman is the author of Be Kind. She is an essayist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Yankee Magazine, Real Simple, and FamilyFun.

She holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and has been writing about children for years, often with an emphasis on emotional, ethical, and behavioral development.

She lives in western Massachusetts with her two daughters.

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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.

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