{ 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 !

 

Advertisements

{ 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 !

\

Book review : Brick Who found herself in Architecture

img_0278

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 !!

Spring Fling

 

March 26 – April 6

Use the coupon code DAISY to receive an additional 10% discount on all orders with a full-year package plus get free shipping on every order.

 These include the following:

 

  • Full Year Packages (these cover science, social studies, and language arts)
  • Full Year Language Arts Packages
  • Full Year Science Packages
  • Full Year Social Studies Packages
  • Full Year Curriculum-Only Packages

If you have any of these full-year packages in your shopping cart, you will receive an additional 10% off of your entire order.

Reading Challenge 2017

1P2B5195Byeond

2017 was the year of many challenges, reading books included. My girls are used to have a library accessible at all times, may at be at home with their personal library or the public library in the city. In Oregon our selections were very limited with books and then when we moved and most things were packed up and it took a while until we could get to our old, familiar library at home. But the reunion was glorious 🙂 During that time we did purchase quite a few books, after all Half priced books was in our “neighborhood” again. But we were also very busy. Reconnecting with friends was a super important goal for 2017 and we managed that.

Between all the craziness the girls still managed to read quite a bit. I am sure some books have not been written down in the hectic of everything but overall this mirrors their year pretty well. We try to only list chapter books, so it doesn’t include picture books. My girls share books between each other a lot, so you might find several books on both lists. They vary from many easy readers to quite a few thick, advanced books. We don’t buy or choose books for reading levels, they pretty much are allowed to read what they like as long as it is somewhat age appropriate. Magic, Fairy Tales, Star Wars, American Girl, and Geronimo Stilton were still quite often in the list.

You will also find some rather unique novels in my oldest daughters list, because of the books she gets to review for a publishing company. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the list and maybe you will find one or two jewels you haven’t seen yet.

Here is a list of all the books my youngest read in 2017. She read these books between the age 7 and 8.

  1. The bad guys 
  2. Kit learns a lesson
  3. Kits surprise
  4. Who was Alexander Graham Bell
  5. Land of stories: An authors Odyssey
  6. Geronimo Stilton Magical Mission
  7. Bad Guys Mission Unpluckable
  8. Judy Moody Declares Independence
  9. Happy Birthday Kit
  10. Kit saves the day
  11. Changes for Kit
  12. Judy Moody bucket list
  13. Fitz Dog Academy Rescue
  14. Spacemise away in a star sled
  15. Fizz Dog Tryouts
  16. Judy Moody Finch Pig trouble
  17. Judy Moody Triple Pet trouble
  18. flight of the red bandit Geronimo stilton 
  19. Sea Monster Surprise (Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #11

  20.  Star Wars Rebels Rise of the Rebels

  21. Cranky Paws: Pet Vet
  22. American Girl Mia
  23. The Mares Take: Pet Vet
  24. Morning Girl
  25. The Great Shelby Holmes
  26. Fizz and the show dog jewel thief
  27. Pirate Pig
  28. Babymouse # 10 The Musical
  29. Phineas and Ferb # 8 It’s ancient history
  30. Before I made history Abe Lincoln
  31. Dinoriders how to train a Triceratops
  32. Hamster Princess Giant trouble 
  33. Jasper Dooley Star of the week
  34. Cinderella Smith The more the merrier
  35. The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
  36. Stink and the great Guinea pig express
  37. Time Cat
  38. Lucy & Andy Neanderthal
  39. Thea Sisters and the Madagascar Madness
  40. Judy Moody and the Big Blackout
  41. Kit Mystery thief in the theater
  42. Narwhal Unicorn of the sea
  43. Bad Kitty School Daze
  44. The Ghosts at the Movie Theater #9 (The Haunted Library)
  45. The Ghost in the Tree House #7 (The Haunted Library)
  46. Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt
  47. Grounded adventures of Rapunzel
  48. Creepella von Cacklefur Fright Night
  49. Vidia and the fairy Crown
  50. Mr.Lemoncellos Library Olympics
  51. Jedi Academy The Force oversleeps
  52. Geronimo Stilton Lost in Time
  53. Geronimo Stilton Spacemice Beware ! Spacejunk !
  54. Geronimo Stilton Operation Secret Recipe
  55. Imaginary Sleepover The fairy Farm
  56. Lonely Lake Monster Imaginary Vet
  57. The Griffins Riddle Imaginary Vet
  58. Wellie Wishers Rainstorm Brainstorm
  59. The Trimoni Twins and the shrunken Treasure
  60. Wellie Wishers The Mystery of Mr.E
  61. The Rain Dragon Rescue Imaginary Vet Book 3
  62. Thea Stilton Secret of the Fairies
  63. Thea Stilton Secret of the Snow
  64. Geronimo Stilton Mysterious Cheese Thief
  65. Geronimo Stilton Race Across America
  66. Beforever Melody
  67. Geronimo Stilton Save the White Whale
  68. Thea Stilton Mystery in Paris
  69. Geronimo Stilton Cheese Experiment
  70. Mouseford Academy Missing Diary
  71. Geronimo Stilton Get into Gear
  72. Geronimo Stilton Enourmouse Pearl Heist
  73. Geronimo Stilton Valley of the Giant Skeletons
  74. Thea Stilton Tropical Treasure
  75. Heartwood Hotel A true Home
  76. Heartwood Hotel Greatest Gift
  77. Geronimo Stilton Mouse in Space
  78. Haunted Library Hide and seek Ghost
  79. Meet Molly American Girl
  80. If the magic fits { 100 dresses }
  81. Family under the Bridge
  82. Judy Moody Goes to College
  83. Star Wars Rebel Ezra’s Duel with Danger
  84. Geronimo Stilton Mousehouse Hunter
  85. Star Wars Rebels Rise of the Rebels
  86. Stink and the worlds super stinky sneakers
  87. Thea Stilton Blossom adventure
  88. Ruby Starr
  89. Judy Moody Saves the World
  90. Star Wars Rebel Ezras Journal
  91. Thorfin and the Raging Raiders
  92. Sophie Mouse a new friend
  93. Princess in black takes a vacation
  94. Disney Halloween Scary Storybook collection
  95. The thanksgiving beast feast
  96. Nancy Clancy Soccer Mania
  97. Geronimo Stilton Creepella A suitcase Full of Ghosts
  98. Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth
  99. Disney Tangled opposites attract
  100. Disney Tangled Tales of Rapunzel
  101. Famous Five Go Off in a Caravan
  102. Land of Stories Worlds Collide
  103. Never Girls A fairy’s gift
  104. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  105. Escape from Mr.Lemoncello’s Library
  106. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  107. James and the Giant Peach
  108. Fantastic Mr.Fox
  109. Enormous Crocodile
  110. Magic Finger
  111. Thea Stilton  Mystery on the Orient Express
  112. Cavemice Stone of Fire Don’t wake the Dinosaur
  113. One day in the Tropical Rainforest
  114. The tale of Despereaux [being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread]
  115. Judy Moody and the Not a Bummer Summer
  116. Red The True Story of Red Riding Hood

 

Here is my oldest daughter’s list. Again you might find identical books on both lists because they like to share 😉 You will find many magic stories, sci-fi, and lots of fairy tales and quite a few newbies. We hope you enjoy the list ! Happy reading !

  1. Remarkable
  2. Bella Donna #2 Too many spells
  3. Fearless travel Guide to wicked places
  4. The mystery of the clockwork sparrow
  5. Geronimo Stilton Magical Mission
  6. Gateway the ancient Starship
  7. Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes
  8. A Masterpiece for Bess ( Disney fairies)
  9. Emil + The Detectives
  10. Ellas Diaries Dreams Come True
  11. The World according to Humphrey
  12. Jess American Girl
  13. Ella Diaries I love Pets
  14. Bad Guys Mission Unpluckable
  15. Enchanted Files: Hatched
  16. Rump
  17. Ayesha Dean The Istanbul Intrigue
  18. Prilla and butterfly
  19. Hannah’s Winter
  20. Famous Five on a hike together
  21. Judy Moody bucket List
  22. Ramona Quimby Age 8
  23. Sandy Lane Stables the Midnighthorse
  24. Spacemouse away in a Starsled
  25. Famous Five go off to Camp
  26. Tales of beedle the Bard
  27. Fixx and the Police Dog try outs
  28. Fizz and the Dog academy rescue
  29. Fizz and the show dog Jewel thief
  30. Army Brats
  31. Ella Diaries Pony School Showdown
  32. Aloha Kanani American Girl
  33. Disney Faries Vidia and the fairy crown
  34. Wildwood
  35. Ezra’s Duel with Danger
  36. Rise of the Rebels
  37. Hello Stars
  38. Jedi Academy
  39. Jedi Academy The Return of the Padawan
  40. Jedi Academy The Phantom Bully
  41. Jedi Academy The New Class
  42. Basher Science Astronomy
  43. Beauty and the Beast Lost in a Book
  44. Flunked
  45. Charmed
  46. Star Wars Join the Resistance
  47. Beforever The one and only Maryellen
  48. Molly Moon Micky Minus and the Mind Machine
  49. Wrinkle in Time
  50. Babymouse The Musical
  51. Mysterious Benedict Society
  52. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  53. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
  54. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
  55. Lucky Broken Girl
  56. Genevieve’s War
  57. School for Good and Evil
  58. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  59. Bad Kitty Puppy’s Big Day
  60. The School for good and Evil #2
  61. Click’d
  62. The Princess in Black the hungry bunny horde
  63. Lucy and Andy Neanderthal
  64. Super Narwahl and Jelly Tot
  65. Macy Macmillan and the Rainbow Goddess
  66. The School for Good and evil EverNever Handboook
  67. Mira’s Diary Lost in Paris
  68. School for Good and Evil #3
  69. Geronimo Stilton Operation Secret Recipe
  70. Heartwood Hotel A true home
  71. Heartwood Hotel The Greatest Gift
  72. The Land of Stories Worlds Collide
  73. The witches Vacuum cleaner
  74. Fairy Haven and the quest for the Wand
  75. Hoot
  76. Many Waters ( Wrinkle in Time series)
  77. Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3)
  78. The Key to Extraordinary
  79. The World’s Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops
  80. Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef)
  81. The Wanderer
  82. The Graveyard Book
  83. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  84. Keys to the City
  85. Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School)
  86. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
  87. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
  88. Podkin One-Ear (Longburrow)
  89. The Incredible Magic of Being
  90. Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans
  91. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone
  92. The Girl who Saved Christmas
  93. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Women (Captain Underpants #5)
  94. Molly Moon Stops the World
  95. Attack of the Dragons (Geronimo Stilton Micekings #1)
  96. Serafina and the Black Cloak
  97. The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase
  98. This Book Is Not Good For You (The Secret Series)
  99. The Wonderling
  100. The Song from Somewhere Else 
  101. Hamster Princess Giant Trouble
  102. The Wild Ones

Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef) { Kids Book Review }

Here is a fun suggestion, of a book my daughter reviewed last year and I haven’t been able to share yet. I believe that children cooking on their own and learning certain lifestyle skills is extremely important and it can be lots of fun, so she really enjoyed this book a whole lot …but let’s see what my daughter had to say about it !! PS: I just saw that the second one will be out next week !!



The next junior Chef, Lights, Camera, Cook , is about a group of kids ages nine to eleven, who participate in a kids’ cooking show on TV. The kids compete against each other to find out who’s the best. Tate is the youngest and has a little bit of a hard time competing against the older kids but really is just there to have fun anyways. Oliver is very serious about winning, bossy to the rest of the team and overall has a bit of an attitude. Rae and Caroline become best friends, and both feel a bit shy and nervous around all the cameras. The kids go through different rounds and win prizes but in the end only one person wins!

This was another fun book. I enjoyed the different perspectives between the kids. Kids eight and up could easily read this and I think boys and girls alike would enjoy reading this book!! The sneak peek of episode two was exciting and I can’t wait to read more!!

 

Moving beyond the Page HIGHSCHOOL 1

 

3772

What exciting news !! I have been out of the loop for so long, but I am totally getting back into the grove of things ( wait for another post later today ) Earlier I was cruising through facebook and saw this amazing announcement from MOVING BEYOND THE PAGE !! The rumors have been going around for a while that the team has been working on this , and now finally it is here  !! The first HIGHSCHOOL semester is now available and Semester 2 will be available in September !

I am beyond excited about this ! Even though we are still a few years away from this, I have been wondering what we will use later on.  After working through many levels of this curriculum I feel confident that MBTP works wonderful for our family ! I honestly think that now curriculum is absolutely perfect and you have to adapt, change, tweak things along the way. But MBTP works great for us and I am pretty sure we will keep going with it for a long time…. I am excited for the years to come !!

If you are curious about the curriculum itself, check out my other posts. I am hoping to catch up on many units and re-blog many of them in the next few weeks. If you have questions, leave a message 🙂

 

Happy Homeschooling !