Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Flora and the Flamingo

Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo is such an enchanting book – and absolutely wordless.  Now, as a writer – I am a huge fan of words, but this book is an absolute FEAST for the eyes.  My preschooler (who is getting tired of all of… Continue Reading “Book Review: Flora and the Flamingo”

Book Review: The Apple-Pip Princess

It’s not often that I find a book written and illustrated by the same person that I enjoy.  Typically one or other element is lacking (the illustrations are gorgeous, but the story is dull, or vice versa).   So I was thrilled when we found Jane Ray’s… Continue Reading “Book Review: The Apple-Pip Princess”

Book Review: The Patch

My six year old daughter chose this book from her school library last week (probably because of the pink tutu, so I say, “well done illustrator Mitch Vane”). The Patch, by Justina Chen Headley, is an adorable story about Becca, who has a lazy… Continue Reading “Book Review: The Patch”

Book Review: Dorling Kindersley

dk books Publishers of award winning reference books Perhaps you’ve seen this logo before?  This is another publisher whose books I just can’t seem to get enough of.  From their website I found that they were established in 1974 and are part of the Person Media… Continue Reading “Book Review: Dorling Kindersley”

Book Review: Usborne Children’s Books

I am such a fan of the Usborne Books.  I first found one in the library and then another, and then another and began to notice that I kept checking out books by the same company.  They are beautiful books, full of pictures and  colors… Continue Reading “Book Review: Usborne Children’s Books”

Book Review: Christina Katerina and the Box

Here’s a blast from the past! Patricia Lee Gauch’s 1971 classic Christina Katerina and the Box. It is actually older than I (barely :)).  I enjoyed the story as a girl, it’s one that I have really clear memories about.  Now my daughters love the book.… Continue Reading “Book Review: Christina Katerina and the Box”

Book Review: An Apple Pie for Dinner

I recently read a sweet book with my children.  An Apple Pie for Dinner is the re-telling of an English folktale, written by Susan VanHecke, illustrated by Carol Baicker-McKee. Published by Marshall Cavendish, 2009. There’s also a website dedicated to it with fun activities and a more… Continue Reading “Book Review: An Apple Pie for Dinner”

Creative Solutions: A Balloon for Isabel

We just found a book at the library that we love. A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Laura Rankin, 2010, Greenwillow Books. It’s the story of a little porcupine named Isabel and her friend, Walter who want balloons for graduation, but they are… Continue Reading “Creative Solutions: A Balloon for Isabel”

Book Review : Fanny, by Holly Hobbie

I fell in love with this book, about a little girl (Fanny) who wants a “Connie” Doll – (they’re all the rage) but her Mom says, “absolutely no!”  Which prompts Fannie to make her own doll.  Then her Mom gets her a sewing machine… Continue Reading “Book Review : Fanny, by Holly Hobbie”

Book Review – The Creative Family

  I just found a book in the library (see previous post) called – The Creative Family: how to encourage imagination and nurture family connections by Amanda Blake Soule. It was full of some really good ideas. I’m just going to jot down a couple… Continue Reading “Book Review – The Creative Family”

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