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Book Review: A Stick Until . . .

A Stick Until . . . , Constance Anderson, Star Bright Books, 2017.

The story starts off quite simply with a stick. From here, we see the many different ways a stick can be used by various animals. A stick is a fly swatter. It is a gift and a toy.

A stick is a stick until it is not.

This clever children’s book shows children that something as simple as a stick can be used in creative and innovative ways. The colorful illustrations are a great addition.  Plus they provide a discussion starter for the parent and child or teacher and student.

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Book Review: My Potty

My Potty, Anita Bijsterbosch, Clavis Books, 2017.

At our house, we are in the midst of potty training. We have set a sticker system so that everytime Toddler J uses the potty, she receives a sticker. Once her sticker card is full, we take a trip to the Dollar Tree and she picks out one item (toy, coloring book, etc.)

During this phase of life, we are interested in books about using the potty. Something you never quite appreciate until you are a parent.

Anita Bijsterbosch’s board book My Potty is yet another book in this help-the-parent-out genre. While My Potty is no Daniel Tiger, it is a fun read. The illustrations are fun and bright. The animals in the story was a plus for Toddler J.

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An Evening at the Zoo

The other night the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk expended the hours for members. It was a great opportunity to see the zoo’s residents during a cooler part of the day.

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Book Review: What Noise Do I Make?

1771471506What Noise Do I Make?, Brian McLachlan, Owlkids Books, 2016.

We know that dogs say woof and cats say meow. But what about an ostrich or a peacock?

What Noise Do I Make? comes from the research and imagination of Canadian cartoonist Brian McLachlan.  This engaging and interactive book introduces young readers to an wide range of animals and the sounds they make.

Not to mention plenty of humor.

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Book Review: I Can Roar!

cover72793-mediumI Can Roar!, Frank Asch, Kids Can Press, 2015.

In this combination of two previous Asch books from 1997 I Can Blink Like an Owl and I Can Roar Like a Lion, children have the opportunity to pretend to be many different animals by putting their faces up to the cut-out hole at the center of the board book.

This is a great little board book for children ages 2-4. It’s a great way for them to learn different animals and be creative. For example, one page says, “I can baa like a sheep,” and another, “I can puff my cheeks like a squirrel.”

Here’s a preview video so you can get the idea:

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