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Hedgehugs by Lucy Tapper & Steve Wilson

This book review is in connection with Little Book Nook

 

Title :Hedgehugs

Author: Steve Wilson

Illustrator: Lucy Tapper

Publisher: Maverick Art publishing

Recommended age: 3-8 years

 

This sweetly illustrated children’s book is the story of two hedgehog best friends, Horace and Hattie. Horace and Hattie do many things together like make daisy chains and search for four leaf clovers.

They really are best friends but discover that no matter how hard they try ,a hedgehog can’t hug because of their spikey sharp prickles.

They try all kinds of ways to soften their spikes until they stumble upon something magical that allows them to finally give the perfect Hedgehug.

 

I loved the sweet message of friendship and working together to find a solution to a problem within this book and  Hamish immediately related to the little hedgehogs. A sweet read and a lovely bedtime story.

Book sponsored by Little Book Nook 

www.littlebooknook.co.za

Photos: Fun mamma SA

 

 

 

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Storybook stars personalised books make your child the star of the story

Hamish recieved this absolutely gorgeous personalised story book from Storybook Stars.

I’m a huge fan of anything personalised and an even bigger fan of books so this is a huge win in our home.

About Storybook Stars

Storybook stars will personalise a book for your child from the choice of two stories to draw your child into a world of adventure and develop a love of books and reading .

The adventures you can choose are :

-bushveld
-under the sea

How it works

You will also be given the option after choosing your story and personalizing the character ( skin, hair and eyes), of previewing the story before paying.

The process is easy and you choose from the 90 possible features options to represent your child.

Delivery was prompt and the books arrive in a sealed box via courier.

The character

Hamish immediately identified the star of the story character as himself with red hair and blue eyes.

I chose the under the sea book for him as he loves the aquarium and sea creatures.

About the story we chose

This is a beautiful story of a whale that loses his colours and an adventure to find thd colours. Hamish travels with a friendly turtle and meets a lot of different creatures along the way.

The book is well written and the characters are fun and engaging.

The illustrations are lovely and open up for further vocabulary building and conversation starters as you explore all the objects on the pages.

The books retail at R375 for a soft cover and R570 for a hard cover.

Other options

You have the option to add an activity book and poster to match your story. These both have your child’s personalised character on.

The activity book retails at R 130 each
The poster retails at R50 eachFor more information www.storybookstars.co.za

Posted in Book Reviews, Cape Town - Things to see & do, Education, Family Life, Parenting

Table mountain Ariel Cableway release Free educational activity book for kids to download

Join the Table mountain friends, Phumi the Protea, Dale the dassie and Larry the lizard and learn all about Table mountain, the history of the cable way and nature in the mountains.

A fun and engaging truly South African educational activity book which you can download free to use here

The book contains:

  • Fun facts
  • Colouring pages
  • Quizzes
  • Treasure hunt
  • Dot to dot pictures

Whilst the activity book is geared at older children, Hamish enjoyed working through many of the fun pages, meeting the cute characters and colouring in the pages.

He loves Table mountain and points it out on our daily walks.

Although he hasn’t yet been able to go up the mountain, he is now aware that a cable car will take him to the top and we have set the treasure hunt aside and decided his birthday gift in September will be a trip up his beloved mountain.

This is a great way to teach the kids and build their general knowledge.

It would make a lovely family project or fun extra activity if your child is completing this assigned school work earlier.

Posted in Book Reviews, Family Life, Family Time, online events, Parenting, Tweens & Teens

Marvel are offering free access to Iconic comic book stories

As the mother of 5 sons, Marvel are part of our daily lives , so I was excited to see that Marvel have come to the rescue and offered free access to many of their comic books during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This will certainly help to lift the mood during lockdown.

Social distancing fans will be able to escape to the Marvel digital subscription universe from 2 April to 4 May with a specially curated list of old favorites from :

  • Avengers
  • Spiderman
  • Black widow
  • Captain America
  • Captain Marvel

How to access the comics

To access the Marvel Unlimited’s free comics you will need to download the Marvel Unlimited App for iOS or Android.

Click “free comics” on the landing screen. ( No payment or trial subscription will be required)

What comics are on offer?

Comics on offer this month will include instant Marvel comic classics and some can’t miss events like :

Each of these epic stories owe their origin to some of Marvel’s greatest comic books. In celebration of this, Marvel have included an information page to each story.

Happy reading Marvel fans.

Posted in Book Reviews, The Kids Book Club

Book review – Rapunzel

This book review is in collaboration with : The Kids Book Club

Title: Rapunzel

Author: Stephanie Stansbie

Book review
Rapunzel

About:

This modern version of the classic story takes a new twist with a strong character who is both inventive, smart and able to stand up for herself as she escapes the witches tower.

I love the ending which sees this Rapunzel sporting a short hair cut, working as the palace inventor, becoming best friends with the prince and employing the evil witch.

A truly engaging and fun twist to this tale of the beautiful Rapunzel who is trapped in a tower from little .

With illustrations that capture the essence of the story, this book is a must on every little girls bookshelf.

Disclaimer : All books are sponsored unless stated and the opinions expressed within the review are my own.

Posted in Book Reviews, The Kids Book Club

Book review – Sofia the squirrel

This book review is in collaboration with : The Kids Book Club

Title: Sofia the squirrel

Author: Phillippa Morassi

Book review
Sofia the squirrel

About:

Book number four in the feeling friends series is just as engaging and entertaining.

Beautifully illustrated by Megan Andrews.

Little Sofia the squirrel is climbing into bed when a strange noise scares her. She turns cold and sweaty and her heart is full of fear. She hides under the bed and covers her ears.

Eventually she gathers her courage and discovers that the scary noise is just a little mouse.

Together with the mouse she finds the power inside her to help her be brave when she doesn’t feel brave at all.

A lovely way to illustrate fear and anxiety to our little ones and equip them with coping tooils for when the world seems too big.

Disclaimer : All books are sponsored unless stated and the opinions expressed within the review are my own.

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Book review – Cosha Udoti

This book review is in collaboration with : The Kids Book Club

Title: Cosha Udoti

Author: Melanie Rosettenstein & Dr Bronwyn Goble

Book review
Costa udoti

About:

Themba is hot and bored and kicks a plastic bottle along the dusty road.

UKhozi the fish eagle sternly calls down to him to pick up his mess.

Themba had no intention of picking up the bottle and so iKhozi explains how the plastic bottle is going to end up in the ocean.

He tells Themba that the rubbish in the rivers, estuaries and sea hurt our wildlife, dirty the beaches and add harmful chemicals to the water.

UKhosi takes Themba to meet Nogwaja the hare who was helping a heron remove a plastic ring from his neck, and to see iNkalankala the crab who was picking up polstyrene balls under the mangrove trees.

At the sea they see some Eco-warriors cleaning the beach and meet uFundu the turtle.

Together these beautiful animals teach Themba why he shouldn’t litter.

This is a wonderfully illustrated story to teach young children the dangers to our enviornament that litter poses.

At the back of the book are some helpful recycling tips for mom and dad as well some mot6e information to explain some of the vocabulary.

Disclaimer : All books are sponsored unless stated and the opinions expressed within the review are my own.

Posted in Book Reviews, The Kids Book Club

Book review – Alphaprints workbook

This book review is in collaboration with : The Kids Book Club

Title: Alphaprints workbook

Author: Published by Priddy books

Alphabet workbook
Alphaprints workbook

About:

Alphaprints is a bestselling series with unique artwork created using fingerprints and photographs of everyday objects.

This fun and comprehensive workbook contains 56 pages of practical wipe- clean execrises that your child can do over often, allowing them to build confidence and practice the skills they may need help with.

Early writing practice
Lots of writing practice

This workbook is full of simple exercises that teach key skills in pen control, numbers recognition, alphabet recognition , basic maths sums,counting and writing.

Educational book review
Easy sums

Disclaimer : All books are sponsored unless stated and the opinions expressed within the review are my own.

Posted in Book Reviews, The Kids Book Club

Book review – Chalk away 123

This book review is in collaboration with : The Kids Book Club

Title: Chalk away

Author: Published by : Autumn publishing

Educational book review
Chalk away 123

About:

I love this book!

This learn to count book has blackboard pages that whipe clean as your child learns their numbers 1 to 10.

Each double page is dedicated to a single number, with space to practice writing the numbers.

Educational book review
Each double page is dedicated to a number

There are also smaller activities in each page to support writing, counting and early maths learning.

Hamish enjoys sitting with this book and using the supplied chalk, writing his numbers.

A book designed to last and be used often, this should be a part of every preschoolers early learning bookcase.

Disclaimer : All books are sponsored unless stated and the opinions expressed within the review are my own.

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Book Review- Wildlife activity book and pen

This book review is in collaboration with : The Kids Book Club

Title: Wildlife activity book and pen

Author: Published by Educat Publishers inc

Wildlife book
Wildlife activity book

About:

This laminated book is part of a fun, engaging series of laminated books designed for children aged 3 years and older.

The clear pages use realistic images and children are encouraged to draw, write and count throughout the activities.

Wildlife book
Realistic images of animals reinforce vocabulary

Hamish loves animals and this book was a hit straight away.

It comes with a white board marker, allowing you to reuse the book for as long as it holds your child’s interest.

Full of wildlife facts, your little one will also bbuild their knowledge and creativity whike working through this book.

Disclaimer : All books are sponsored unless stated and the opinions expressed within the review are my own.