Monday, March 31, 2014

If You Were Me and Lived in India by Carole P. Roman

Next stop – India as we travel around the world with Carol P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived in… series. This is another exciting book introducing children to other cultures.  As with the others in this series, this book covers what children would want to know about if they lived in another country. It answers what children call their parents, what they eat, what games they play, what they do for fun, interesting places to visit, and celebrations.

The full-page illustrations are colorful and very descriptive of the text. The text is large for early readers.  Some of the words are challenging, but there is also a pronunciation guide in each of the books. I highly recommend this and all of the others in this series for home, preschools, and elementary schools.  

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bone Deep By Randy Wayne White

Well, I am not sure how I missed out on books 1-20, but yes, this is the 21st in the Doc Ford series. It is definitely a stand alone book, and I never felt I was missing something in the story by not reading the previous books.

 I enjoyed the main characters in this story. Doc and his sort of ex Hannah are an interesting mix, and I enjoyed the differences in their personalities.   The story progresses smoothly as Doc is approached to help a member of the Crow Nation recover a stolen relic. The job leads him on an adventure into stolen artifacts, the black market, environmental concerns of phosphate plants, and relic diving. The location descriptions gave a real sense of being in the heart of Florida.

I thought the plot got a little confusing with so many minor characters and it slowed the story down a bit, but it was still a good book and I will definitely look at some of the previous books in this series. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard Story Volume 5 by Carole P. Roman

The Treasure of Snake Island is the fifth volume of the Captain No Beard series, but my first! It is a fun pirate story with a search for a treasure – a very special treasure.

I love the wide age range that will enjoy this book. Young non-readers will enjoy visualizing the story in the full-page colorful illustrations as it is read. Colors, rhymes, and the animals will appeal to the pre-school age, and older readers will be challenged with the characters and dialog.

First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Polly the Parrot, Fribbet the frog, Cabin Girl Cayla, and of course, Captain No Beard will fascinate and entertain both boys and girls. I highly recommend this very entertaining pirate book!

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodnight, Angels by Melody Carlson

This is a delightful story that follows a little boy as he prepares for bed, saying “Good night” to
everyone and everything.  This is a heavy duty board book made sturdy enough for young children.

The illustrations are softly colorful and detailed with scenes that start outside at play and then move into the house, as he prepares for bed. He takes time to say good night to his toys, his dog, and his parents. He also says goodnight to God and thanks Him for his blessings, love and care.

This is a nice bedtime story by Melody Carlson with pictures by Sophie Allsopp. It is the kind of story that will help an active child settle down and prepare for bed.   The illustrations allow the child to point out household items and toys as they listen.

I received a copy of this book through the BookLook blogger program in exchange for an honest review.

If You Were Me and Lived in...Turkey by Carole P.Roman

If You Were Me and Lived in...Turkey is another excellent addition to Carole P. Roman’s unique series of books to introduce children to other cultures around the world.   She introduces the children to common boy and girl names, foods, what children call their parents, places to go, games to play, and answering all the questions that a child would ask. 

The books are described as for pre-K through age eight.   Younger children will enjoy the colorful and playful illustrations and while you read to them, and young readers will enjoy learning about how other children live. 

I highly recommend all of the books of this series for parents, grandparents, and for use in preschool and elementary schools.
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