May 20, 2013

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Thrice Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold #3) by Jean Ferris

Thrice Upon a Marigold
Author: Jean Ferris
Type: Children’s Books, 256 pages
ISBN: 193371820X
Reading Grade level: 3
Source: Amazon Vine
Age Range: 9+
Story:

 ★★★★☆ 

   
“Phoebe was thinking, Insubordinate. What a lovely word. And when was the last time she’d heard a nice-looking young man use it? Why-never, that’s when. What a treat. And to have a ruler who could say conscientious and citizenry in the same sentence. Lovely.”

I have to admit that we hadn’t read the first two installments of the series. But, THRICE UPON A MARIGOLD didn’t require you to have read the first ones. It was cute and rather typical.

I read this story to my five year old and she enjoyed it. The baby princess is kidnapped, the villains are dastardly but is properly “taught” bad is not good, throughout the book. The characters are charming, the book is steeped with good moral fibers. It was a fairy tale of Happily Ever After proportions. Perfect for my five year old, rather tame for me reading it to her.

I would think that readers at a 3rd grade to 5th grade reading level should really enjoy. I didn’t notice to many hard words, or tough reading spots. It is well written and perfect for your young reader.

I recommend it, but I also recommend not following my example and starting at ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD.

In the Kid’s Words: “Princess Poppy was so cute!”

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Mar 25, 2013

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Monster High It’s Alive Clawdeen Wolf Doll

Monster High It's Alive Clawdeen Wolf DollProduct Name: Monster High It’s Alive Clawdeen Wolf Doll
Manufacturer: Mattel
Type: Fashion Doll
Model number: Y0422
Play Age: 6+
Source: Amazon Vine
Made in: China
Durability:

 ★★★★☆ 

Fun:

 ★★★★★ 

Educational:

 ★★★★☆ 

Monster High It’s Alive Clawdeen Wolf Doll. My daughter is a big fan of the Monster High Dolls and this one comes alive with a big old HOWL! She is in Monster heaven. “The It’s Alive Doll Collection features these characters’ signature freaky flaws.” Clawdeen literally throws back her head and howls. I don’t know if I like these dolls more than my little girl…but it might be pretty close.

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Mar 20, 2013

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Give Up, Gecko!: A Folktale from Uganda by Margaret Read MacDonald

Give Up Gecko
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Deborah Melmon
Type: Picture book, 32 pages
ISBN: 193371820X
Reading Grade level: K
Source: Publisher
Age Range: 4-8
Story:

 ★★★★★ 

Typography:

 ★★★★★ 

Illustrations:

 ★★★★★ 

“Elephant! Elephant! Heavy! Heavy! Heavy! Elephant! Elephant! STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!” Elephant was shouting and stomping. But could he stomp a hole deep enough to reach water for the thirsty animals? Maybe…maybe not. All the animals tried until tiny Gecko Gecko takes a turn. He is small…but he is determined. And he’s not going to give up! Kids will love to chant and stomp along to this Ugandan folktale.

What a great picture book! Give Up, Gecko! written by Margaret Read MacDonald and illustrated by Deborah Melmon is a great addition to any child’s picture book library. Easy to read for that emerging reader, with a fun tale that got my child excited as we read along, Give Up, Gecko! is now a favorite addition to our reading repertoire, so much so, I donated a copy of the book to my child’s kindergarten class.

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Mar 18, 2013

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Book Review: A Frightful Recipe by Notti Thistledore

The Chatswood Spooks
Author:
Illustrator:
Type: Young Reader, 46 pages
ISBN: 148198151X
Reading Grade level: 2nd+
Source: Author
Age Range: 6-8
Story:

 ★★★★☆ 

  Illustrations:

 ★★★★☆ 

The Chatswood Spooks are in trouble. If they don’t improve their scare tactics they’ll have to find somewhere else to haunt. But the spooks have lived their entire afterlives at the Chatswood Manor, and are determined to show just how scary they can be.

Unfortunately, they haven’t counted on having to scare Ivan the Fearless…

The Chatswood Spooks: A Frightful Recipe is the first in the Chatswood Spooks series. Each story is illustrated with detailed line drawings and is bursting with silliness.

A FRIGHTFUL addition to my daughter’s Young Reader book collection. Nottie Thistledore’s A Frightful Recipe was a cute read that had my daughter interested and even provided me with a  bit of entertainment.

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Feb 22, 2013

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Bratz Bratzillaz Doll – Jade J’ Adore Review

bratzilla-doll-jadora-adoraProduct Name: Bratz Bratzillaz Doll – Jade J’ Adore
Manufacturer: MGA Entertainment
Type: Fashion Doll
Model number: 517313
Play Age: 6+
Source: Amazon Vine
Made in: China
Durability:

 ★★★★☆ 

Fun:

 ★★★★☆ 

Educational:

 ★★★★☆ 

My daughter is a fan of the Monster High Dolls, so when faced with the Bratzillaz Doll she became an instant fan, even though we don’t have a Bratz collection or know a lot about the brand.

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Feb 20, 2013

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Book Review: The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies

Tiptoe Guide
Author: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Christa Unzner-Fischer
Illustrator: Christa Uzner
Type: Picture book, 32 pages
ISBN: 193371820X
Reading Grade level: 2-3
Source: Publisher
Age Range: 3-8
Story:

 ★★★★★ 

Typography:

 ★★★★☆ 

Illustrations:

 ★★★★☆ 

What better way to celebrate the wonderful world of nature all around us than a hunt for local fairies? Children learn to spot the tell-tale signs of fairies in residence in this delightful mix of photos and illustrations. Then children can take their tracking skills outside to discover the magic in their own backyard. A perfect book for spring or summer!

Both my daughter and I fell in love with THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING MERMAIDS, so we decided to move on to Fairies, we are actually big fans of the Fae in the household.

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Jan 8, 2013

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Book Review: My Dog, My Cat

Picture Book, My Cat, My Dog
Title: My Dog, My Cat
Author:
 Ashlee Fletcher
Illustrator: Ashlee Fletcher
Type: Picture book, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-933718-22-4
Reading Grade level: 1
Source: Publisher
Age Range: 2-4
Story:

 ★★★★☆ 

Typography:

 ★★★★★ 

Illustrations:

 ★★★½☆ 

Readers learn the differences between dogs and cats and the way that love can bind even the most different of creatures together.

A simple story that compares the common household pets, a dog and a cat. The story shows the difference between dogs and cats and in the end has a cute and fun conclusion that draws them together. 

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