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Ocean Anatomy The Curious Parts & Pieces of the World under the Sea by Julia Rothman

Julia Rothman’s best-selling illustrated Anatomy series takes a deep dive into the wonders of the sea with Ocean Anatomy. Follow Rothman’s inquisitive mind and engaging artwork along shorelines, across the open ocean, and below the waves to explore the hows and whys of the watery universe, from how the world’s oceans formed to why the sea is salty. Oceanic phenomena such as rogue waves, anatomical profiles of sea creatures from crustacean to cetacean, surveys of seafaring vessels and lighthouses, and the impact of plastic and warming water temperatures are just part of this compendium of curiosities that will entertain and educate readers of all ages. 

Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts  and Pieces of the World under the SeaOcean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the World under the Sea by Julia Rothman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Storey Publishing for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the NetGalley program.

This was a fantastic book! With beautiful illustrations, easy to read, yet adorably stylistic fonts, and organization/layout that was on spot on with fascinating facts about all the various ocean animals, terrain, types of sand, waves, and the anatomy of the beach. It even included interesting tid bits about differences and impact of fishing methodology, types of lighthouses, and ocean vessels.

It was very well-thought out. And just when I thought the book and all the comprehensiveness it covers was over, there were well-worded ocean statistics, cute little surprise “in the news” newspaper clipping illustrations, and recommended reading at the end!

I’d highly recommend it for personal and public libraries and for all ages, children through adult! I am looking forward to sharing this one during story time!

*UPDATE: The children absolutely loved it!

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Audiobooks Book Reviews Books Childrens Fantasy Featured Fiction

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

When the mayor of Mouseville announces the town snowman contest, Clayton and Desmond claim that they will each make the biggest snowman ever. But building a huge snowman alone is hard! They work and work, but their snowmen just aren’t big enough.

Soon they have an idea. As the day of the contest approaches, Clayton and Desmond join forces to build the biggest snowman ever.

The Biggest Snowman EverThe Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A charming, simple little story about group effort and having a good time!

I listened via audiobook which was narrated by Oliver Wyman, very fun and lively.

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Clark the Shark: Lost and Found by Bruce Hale

Clark the Shark is a great read-aloud picture book, with fun rhythm and rhyme, from the ever-popular Bruce Hale and Guy Francis.

Clark the SharkClark the Shark by Bruce Hale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The was such a cute story with a wonderful moral lesson. It also contained fascinating facts about sharks. Any child would enjoy!

I listened to the audio version of this one, narrated by Oliver Wyman, who has such a diverse, unique set of character voices, super compelling.

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Audiobooks Book Reviews Books Childrens Featured Humor Nonfiction

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

Happy National Florida Day! Here is book that will bring you and the children joy as you learn about each state!

“Well, it was just your basic, ordinary day in the good old U. S. of A. States all over the country were waking up, having their first cups of coffee, reading the morning paper, and enjoying the beautiful sunrise.

All the states, that is, except for Kansas.”

At the first annual “states party,” Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places. In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places?

Packed with madcap humor and whimsical illustrations, this quirky story-starring all fifty states-is chock-full of introductory facts and silly antics that will make learning geography as much fun as taking a vacation.

The Scrambled States of AmericaThe Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was adorable! I listened via audiobook, so I missed out on the illustrations, but so much personality was put into it! It included facts about each state and it brought a funny, energetic, shareable joy for learning for children!

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Art Book Reviews Books Childrens Featured

At The Zoo by Clever Publishing

With panoramic illustrations on each spread and appealing recurring characters, our classic Look & Find format is now available to the youngest readers. These imaginative books welcome curious toddlers to experience adventures in familiar places – the park, the zoo, and the city. Short texts with stimulating questions are expertly designed for young readers, making this series a great introduction to animals, objects, situations, and everyday events. The colorful illustrations are large enough for a curious toddler to find. Kids will find 4 hidden objects on each spread and learn many new words. The format is the perfect size for toddlers!

At The ZooAt The Zoo by Clever Publishing

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an adorable book! I’d recommend it to any preschool age children, whether English is their primary language or any child working on additional language acquisition. I’d also recommend it for parents/caregivers/teachers looking for a book that will encourage interaction, dialogue, education, and bonding.

The tour of the zoo and all its festivities was a fun aspect. The illustrations were bright, clean, colorful, and creative with enough detail to hold true to character identification for purposes of the book, hold attention and interest, and have distinctive artistic style and facial expression.

The pacing of the book is just perfect and can be tailored for intended audiences (ranging from 0-3) and beyond with interactive activities for age appropriate developmental milestones. The quality of the book itself makes all the difference, that being board book, which I presume is a glossy, stain-resistant finish, in which the pages can be easily turned and can also lay flat.

FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Clever Publishing for providing me with this copy for free through the Goodreads giveaway program.

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Adventure Book Reviews Books Childrens Classics Fantasy Featured Fiction

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)Watership Down by Richard Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I’d recommend it to anyone, adults and children alike.

The stories were exciting, fun, and adventurous. It really dove into the life, activities, and perspective of rabbits. With moments of satisfaction, adversity, and the ever presence of potential danger, there were precious and sad parts coupled with elements of moral value in the overall theme. Some bits did drone on a bit, but I appreciated the level of detail in which the writing brought the characters to life, capturing both the docile spirit yet swift and protective nature of these animals.

Because of the greater amount of characters, I’d really be curious as to how this might be in audio format.

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The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth by Chris Burkard

When a young boy asks the Earth where he can find happiness, the Earth agrees to show him the way. Join the Earth and the boy in this epic tale as you experience your own journey to happiness. You may learn together what it means to stand still for just a moment and find joy every step of the way.

The Boy who Spoke to the EarthThe Boy who Spoke to the Earth by Chris Burkard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an adorable book! I’d recommend it to anyone. It would make a great gift for any child.

I (and my family) enjoyed the simple storyline which had a compelling message and the illustrations were absolutely beautiful!

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