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Princess Lila Builds A Tower by Anne Paradis

Princess Lila lives in a beautiful castle and has everything she could ever desire—well, almost. She yearns to venture beyond the forest, explore her country and meet people her own age. But the forest is off limits. Resourceful and ingenious, Princess Lila sets to work building a tower to catch a glimpse of the forbidden land. Thus begins a thrilling adventure: she becomes the manager of a vast construction project involving an impressive number of materials, obstacles and solutions. At last, with the help of the castle’s staff, she constructs a tower that extends above the trees. After the plucky princess takes matter into her own hands, will she find what she was looking for?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story! Princess Lila is a curious, imaginative and bright young girl. She has everything! But she wants a bit more. I love that she does not cry or pout or complain. She asks her parents. And when they give her guidelines for what she is allowed to do, she followes them! She doesn’t just accept the fact that she can’t go into the forrest, and then just go on with her life…she figures out a way to get what she wants, and she works hard to get it!

The illustraitions were on point in this beautiful storybook. From Lila and her floor length hair and her vast cast of castle employees to the picturesque scenery, everything was perfect in my opinion. Lots of attention to detail. Lots of color. Lots of imagination.

The only thing that I question about this book  is the ending. To me, Lila just doesn’t seem the type of girl who would be satisfied with just watching her friends from a far. Maybe she’s not? I would love to see Lila figure out how to arrange a play date without going into the woods! I think she can do it! She’s a very bright girl!

This story is a bit longer, so I would suggest it to children who are closer to 5 in the 3-5 age range…or anyone who is younger and can sit still long enough ;).

This book Publishes May 16th, 2017 so look out for it! 

A big thanks to NetGalley, Chouette Publishing and CrackBoom! Books for allowing me to read this story early!

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Scaredy Squirrel goes camping by Mèlanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel is not too comfortable with the idea of camping … unless it’s on his couch! There will be no mosquitoes, skunks or zippers to worry about when he watches a show about the joys of camping on his brand-new TV. But first Scaredy must find an electrical outlet, and that means going into the woods! Will the nutty worrywart’s plans prepare him for the great outdoors, or will his adventure end up as a scary story told around the campfire?

I gave this book a *9/10*

What an excellent read! The intro warning to this book had me guessing until I got a few pages in. I just couldn’t put it together right away! Make sure ur zippers are done up everyone!

We all know someone who thinks just like scaredy squirrel. They avoid the big bad wilderness and prefer the comforts and predictability of home! I had fun imagining them doing all of the things that scaredy squirrel does. 😉

I love that we learn the survival supplies before we read what the survival supplies are for. Once again…I just couldn’t put it together! What would scaredy squirrel need a bag of cement for?!?

The Rubber Boot Camp and Fitness training charts give excellent segways into children creating their own warm up routine and obstacle course!! The outdoor conditions chart gives us a chance to discuss weather and maybe make our own charts! I just couldn’t help but think up ideas for a classroom setting!

Not only is this story a excellent learning tool, but it captures the fun, magical essence of camping! By the end of the book I was just itching to run off on my own camping trip!

If you love science, nature, or list making…check out this book!! Read it to prepare for your own camping trip!! This book is worth the read 😘

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If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle

Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, gryphons scare the dogs at the dogpark, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet … or is he?


 

The one thing that I keep hearing about this book is that it will no doubt be the gateway book to kids reading Harry Potter. It is the perfect storybook for instilling a love for imaginative and creative ideas!

Who hasn’t dreamed of having some kind of mythical creature as a pet at one point of time or another? As a kid I always wanted a sea monster or a Pegasus. I am still waiting to come across a unicorn or dragon or fairy to make my secret BFF! I absolutely loved reading this book! I found myself imagining what life would really be like with these particular pets. There were even some creatures that I had not heard of, so I went ahead and looked those creatures up! I learned some things, and I know lots of kids out there are going to learn a lot from this book as well!

Not only will this story open the door to many other reading adventures,  it teaches us all that its okay to dream for big things, but to appreciate what we have. Also, it gives us a little bit of an insight into how much responsibility having a pet can be! Plus it rhymes. What more could we ask for?

Thanks so much to Netgalley  for letting me read this book early! Look for “If I Had A Gryphon” on shelves February 9th, 2016.

I gave this beautiful book a *10/10* and I will be recommending it to many, many people!

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Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is ill-tempered, rude and unreasonable. When Pig the Pug is asked to share his toys, something unexpected happens. Hopefully Pig has learned a lesson!


Pig the pug is such a fun story! I had found this book by accident when someone had asked me to help them find a book on pug dogs. The cover illustration was so intriguing I just had to take a look inside!

This silly story of a pug named pig who just won’t share gives us plenty of opportunities to talk about right and wrong, nice and not so nice, and how to be a good friend! It really talks about sharing in a fun way!

Bonus points for the fact that it rhymes!! Books that rhyme are just so much fun to read to kids! And if they like to read books repeatedly, like the kids I read to do, it very quickly turns into a learning tool!

I give this book *8/10*

 

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Larry Gets Lost Under the Sea written by Eric Ode and John Skewes

At the beach with Pete and his family, Larry the lovable pup follows a crustacean toward the sea and is swept out by a wave. He dog paddles around, exploring the plant and animal life before coming face-to-face with an oceanographer who leads him on a thrilling adventure through the layers of the ocean before he’s finally reunited with his best friend, Pete, back at the beach.


This was an unexpected find! I was looking for a great summer read and pulled this book off the shelf because the spine was so bright! What I found inside gave me a new favorite summer picture book!

The story is adventurous and sweet! The illustrations are colorful and fun! And we learn a lot with Larry!

This story is told in whimsical verse. I love a good rhyme!! My favorite part has to be the labels and definitions though. You can read them as you go, or go back after the story is finished.

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Although this book is in the preschool ages 3-5 section, this story is great for many ages! It would be a wonerful read in a group setting.

Go ahead and have fun getting lost with Larry! 🙂

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My Grandma’s a Ninja by Todd Tarpley

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When Ethan’s grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she’s a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team’s soccer ball, everyone is upset—including Ethan. Why can’t he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game . . . he’s happy that his grandma isn’t ordinary.

 

What a fun story! My Grandma’s A Ninja doesn’t come out till March 1st 2015, so keep your eyes open for it!

This story has a very relatable message for kids! Sometimes we just can’t control the way others act, and sometimes the ones we love embarrass us, but we love them for who they are and we’d miss them if they weren’t around. I feel like I’m making this book sound much more serious than it is…it’s actually very imaginative and silly! I found myself imagining my family members as ninjas and thinking…”I wish I could bring a ninja to work with me!”. Wouldn’t that make for an interesting day!

I loved this story and I can’t wait for the next one by Todd Tarpley to come out……and THIS one hasn’t even been released yet!

* I gave this book a 9/10 *