Book review : The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the Secret of the Realms is an amazing take on a classic story. This book follows multiple perspectives, one is from Clara who receives a small egg-shaped box for Christmas from her late mother. Another is from Marie, Clara’s mother.

When Clara gets the box it’s locked. She can’t even open it with her tinkering skills, there is no key either. Every year on Christmas their “ Grandfather” holds a grand party. It was originally Marie’s idea. Clara soon finds the realms and discovers that they are in need of help.

Back in time, Marie’s parents and most of her belongings have been lost in a house fire. Her next option is to go to Drosselmeyer, a friend of her father’s. He takes her in and helps her learn to tinker and engineer objects. One day she stumbles upon a room that leads to the realms. Marie uses imagination and engineering to create the realm. Through the realms and the journey itself, Clara learns to enjoy life more and accept her mother’s death.

I loved this story because it expands into the original story of the Nutcracker. It had many twists and turns complete with a satisfying ending. I thought the cover and illustrations inside are beautiful. I would recommend this enjoyable book for ages ten and up.

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The annual Sale at MOVING BEYOND THE PAGE is live and only for a few more days ! If you want to take advantage of a great sale, it’s the best of the year with 10% for any of their full curriculum sets ! I just got done making our purchase for the year. While the higher levels can easily take 1 1/2 I only had to put in one order for one kid this year.. yay…   We are still going strong with the curriculum but I haven’t been able to update the blog much. I am very active on Instagram, if you want to come find us there 3_little_goslings !!

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Kids Review: Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs is the 2nd book in this great adventure series.

Samantha and her brother Nipper are our two main characters of this action filled story. Samantha’s uncle Paul is still missing but has left clues to his whereabouts all around the world. It all begins with the gift that he has left for Sam. Purple Sunglasses. After the kids try them out they discover all sorts of mysterious messages and clues everywhere. On the bottom of the kitchen table they even find a secret panel, with more hidden messages from Uncle Paul.

A crazy adventures starts that takes the kids all across the world. It could be an easy adventures, if it wouldn’t be for the “SUN”, a group of evil clowns that are also trying to find Uncle Paul, to steal secret information. Sam and her brother have to hurry and the first to find their uncle.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It was a very mysterious and adventure filled book. Sometimes it was a little confusing because of many plot twists, that I had trouble following the main story. I really enjoyed the book and I can’t wait for the 3rd book from this series. I would recommend this books for girls and boys alike, 8 and up !

{ Book Review } Mary Poppins Picture Book

 

 

img_1157Are you all super excited for the new Mary Poppins Movie ? I sure am and I am trying to figure out a way to go see it. ( with baby and all a bit difficult these days lol ). Anyways, I was so excited when I saw this beautiful new edition, that I am about to introduce to you. My two older girls have watched the old movie of course, and read some of the stories as well, and now they are thrilled that they can share the story with their new baby sister.   I think this classic belongs into everyone’s library, big or small !

Okay here is what my daughter thought about the book 😉

Mary Poppins is a wonderful story, shortened into a picture book. This book tells the story of the magical Nanny, who arrives in the night by an umbrella and takes the children Jane, Michael and the twins on many adventures. Some of her whimsical adventures are: going to the zoo at night and hanging stars in the sky on ladders.
This picture book has very pretty illustrations. I can clearly see the expressions of the characters and Mary Poppins does “ look as neat as a pin”, with her heeled boots and lacy apron.
Mary Poppins is one of my favorite stories to read and this book got me really excited and I couldn’t wait to read this tale as a picture book version. I am excited to share this picture book with my younger sisters to read.
I really like the technique the illustrator uses to create the artistic pictures and you can really see when and where the story takes place.
This version did a wonderful job of recapturing the whimsical and fun story of Mary Poppins, everyone’s favorite Nanny. This book is wonderful for all ages and as a read aloud !

 

{ Book Review} INKLING by Kennteh Oppel

Inkling, by Kenneth Oppel, is a remarkable story I fell in love with,the moment I started reading it. You just can’t help but fall in love with the sweet little character ” Inkling” and the family he joins to help. We meet Ethan and his family at a difficult time, their mother has recently passed and everyone is struggling to keep going. Ethan has trouble at school, and Dad a famous comic artist, has lost all his imagination for his comic books.

Besides all the trouble Ethan has a project going on at school he is supposed to draw a comic with a group of his friends and he is struggling to make the art for it .Ethan does not think he’s as good and talented as his father, everyone teases him a little bit about it and Ethan has a really hard time dealing with it as father doesn’t have time to give him any lessons and isn’t inspired to work with him.  Ethan and his little sister feel quite lonely and wish they could get their Dad out of his funk.

Just when everything seems lost, Inling comes to life. Inkling is an ink spot that comes from his fathers sketch book and because of Inkling everything changes. Inkling is on a mission to find a special something, that’s been lost before their mother passed away and that will help them to keep going and find happiness once again.

The book is full of strong characters. Ethan is a wonderful boy that most kids can probably relate to, also his little sister is a great addition to the story, she has down syndrome and is just such a sweet little girl that lightens the mood of the book. Inkling is what everyone in the house needs, someone to listen to, someone to play with and someone to grief with. But just when you think their world has been flipped for the better things start going wrong and inkling is in big danger., so the story line really keeps you excited.

It’s been a while that i fell in love with a kids book.  The opening sentence was a winner by itself and after reading it, I was hooked and I found myself reading on chapter after chapter to see what would happen to Inking next. I think in the end we all would love to have our very own Inkling at home. I loved all the characters in the book from Inkling, Ethan’s family and their cat to the even ,rather mean Vika at school. The book had a heart warming tone throughout, with just the right amount of emotion and a mix of suspense and action. The added artwork throughout made inkling come alive even more in my imagination. A wonderful book with a great message for kids 8 and up ! A refreshing new book that will make bring joy to many children !

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Book review : Brick Who found herself in Architecture

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What a cute, adorable book. My kids have always loved Legos since they were little. They  have played hours and hours long with all kinds of legos and other bricks through the years and often many amazing buildings have sprouted from their creativity. And that’s how I got curious about “Brick” .. it’s and easy tie in, while Littles are playing with certain bricks, or a fun quick book for older kids, who can understand the connections to real historic buildings….  But here is what my daughter thought of the book :

When Brick was small her mother would tell her “great things, start with small bricks”, so when Brick is an adult she sets out to find her place. At first, she visits many castles all around the world. Soon her travel takes her to many places of worship, including Saint Basils Cathedral, Malwaid Minaret, and others. She also visits ordinary apartments, the suburbs, and then the Great Wall of China until she finds her place.
This book was lovely because it teaches kids about finding your place in the world while reading about amazing places and buildings the world has to offer. I also thought the illustrations were adorable and beautifully done. Another great part is the detailed description of the buildings in the back. I would recommend this read aloud to kids 5 and up.

 

BOOK review : Charlie and Frog

I am going through some of our older reviews, and saw we never blogged this one yet. This was such a great, unique read. Stepping into the world of sign language, was really interesting for my kids and taught them even a few sings. They enjoyed the mystery the kids in the book had to solve as well… It was one of their favorite reads from earlier this year ! Here is her short review…

 

Charlie and Frog is an exciting mystery about a kid named Charlie, who is trying to escape boredom and adventures out to the Castle on the Hudson, and Frog, who desperately wants to solve a mystery.

Charlies parents once again left for an exciting adventure but left him at home. He quickly gets bored and eventually decides to visit the library, but he arrives a little early before it even opens. He sees an old woman sitting on the steps, and she looks really upset. He quickly figures out that she is deaf and that she is very worried because she told a secret to someone, and now terrible things could happen because of it. Miss Tweedy the Librarian tries to help and tells Charlie to go to her sign language teacher, Frog, to figure out some of the mystery signs the old woman made.

Charlie and Frog make a wonderful team and  race to solve the mystery at hand before anything bad happens.

I really loved this book because it was an exciting mystery, and it was a very fast-paced and a fun read. I don’t often see a lot of new mysteries on the shelves at stores, so it was great getting to read a new one. I also found it interesting to peek into the world of sign language. I would recommend this book for kids eight and up.

Reviewed By: Hannah – Age 11

Book review * The third mushroom *

Here is a the latest review from me, Hannah, 12 years old.

If you like Science and experiments “ The third mushroom”  book is for you! It’s the sequel to the 14th goldfish , which I have not read, but hope to do soon. The story was self-explanatory though and the story carries itself nicely without having read it.
Ellie comes home from school only to discover the house in complete chaos. She is totally worried at first but then realizes it is is only her crazy grandpa Melvin. If you have read the first book then you know all about Grandpa Melvin and how he became young again. Melvin tells Ellie about his latest science experiment, a jellyfish with unknown properties. When Ellie and “cousin Melvin” are at school the science teacher informs them about the county science fair and urges them to participate.

Ellie and Melvin start experimenting with the jellyfish and make some jaw-dropping discoveries.

The book didn’t exactly meet my expectations. I liked it because of the science references but it was lacking a bit more excitement for me. The book was more serious than I thought it would be. However, the book teaches a great lesson that not everything in life always turns out the way you hope for but often things will generally turn out to be okay. I was surprised to find an additional science guide in the back with short biographies of famous scientists.

I would recommend the book to anyone age 10 and up.

* NEW RELEASE * The Magic Treehouse is back *

Both my girls have pretty much grown up with THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE SERIES. Hannah was in Kindergarten when she started reading them, and her sister soon followed suit. Now both of them are a few years older but they still like to pick them up for a quick read every now and then. The audio books are wonderful to listen to as well during arts and craft time.  I love that Mary Pope Osborne can share so much information in her stories and yet make a fun, exciting stories for kids. I can’t wait until our new addition can venture into all these stories !

Anyways, it has been a while for a new release from the series and this one is pretty exciting, since we live in Texas ! Hurricanes and Tornadoes are a common factor of life in the south, and just last year many Texans experienced the awful Hurricane Harvey, which was one of the strongest category 4 hurricanes since 2004.  The new magic tree house book tells the story of the Hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900. It had estimated winds of 135 miles per hour (215 km/h) at landfall, making it a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. If we think about the level of catastrophe storms can create nowadays with all the warnings we actually get, one can imagine how awful things must have been back then.  I am curious how Jack and Annie manage to get out of this crazy adventure and to read some of the facts she shares in her Texas fact tracker. It is so hard to find fun books with great details about individual states, this one will be a great addition for our library !

If you happen to get your fingers on one of these soon, come back and comment ! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts ! Until next time,

XOXO  Happy Reading !

Spring Fling time with Moving Beyond The Page

Just sharing these great news from our friends from Moving beyond the page ! Year after year we are still going strong with this curriculum . While I haven’t had the time to post much, so many things are going on, we still absolutely love this curriculum. We adjust and make it right for us, as our life always seems to change and this curriculum just has so much to offer. This year we are doing 8-10 again ( yep, the one that pretty much started it all ,for my now 8 year old) and we will be jumping into 11-13 with the oldest !! WOW time flies when you are having fun 😀  So if you have been waiting for a good deal, the time is now.. Moving beyond the page only does this once a year !!

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