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Turn and Learn Baby Animals

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

Title: Turn and Learn Baby Animals

Author: Priddy Books

About:

This sturdy interactive board book if bright and uses real animal photos to keep your child engaged and learning.

The turning wheel is made of strong card and tough enough for many hours off toddler’s turning.

Hamish finds it quite hard to turn so I often turn the wheel and he yells STOP when we find the correct missing animal.

Full of small pieces of information that are easy for toddlers to absorb and remember.

A lovely book that I often pop into a bag to keep Hamish busy when we are out.

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

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The best book I’ve ever read … Charlotte’s Web by EB White and some fun activities.

Day 5 of the #blogbosswinterblogchallenge

The best book I ever read

I hate this question! It’s the same as asking me which of my children I love most.

How does a true book worm choose just one piece of amazing literature from the thousands of beautiful words read over years?

So, I’ll choose the first book I remember reading alone. . . Charlotte’s Web by EB White

A beautiful tale of friendship , Charlotte’s Web is a timeless story about a pig named Wilbur who befriends a spider named Charlotte, which has charmed children and adults alike since it was first published in 1952.

This little story captivated me at 8 years old, and I have since read it many times. I still cry in all the same places and laugh out loud throughout the pages.

There are so many amazing lessons to be learnt through out the book.

You have been my friend,” Charlotte replied. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

If you haven’t read it you can download an ebook here.

You could bake these yummolicious friendship cupcakes with your children.

Or keep the kids entertained and let them make their own Charlotte’s web comic

What is the best book you’ve ever read? Let me know in the comments below.

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Charlie eats a Rainbow

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

Title: Charlie eats a Rainbow

Author: Karen Bishop

About:

Charlie is a little boy who loves mountain biking. He spends all day doing tricks with his friends and enters a big bicycle race.

His excitement is short lived, when a few days before the race, he falls ill.

Not wanting to go to the doctor his mom suggests he eat a rainbow to chase the nasty flu away.

Charlie learns all about the rainbow of fruit and vegetables he can eat to stay healthy and fight off any germs and sickness bugs.

Hamish loved this story and could relate to Charlie, he also asked me to make him a rainbow plate to eat.

Whilst I don’t struggle to get Hamish to eat his fruit and vegetables, this beautiful book would assist in encouraging young children to eat healthier and educate older children on how to eat to stay healthy.

Written in rhyme it makes a wonderful first reader and there’s an informative section for parents at the back.

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

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Skorokoro by Melanie Rosettenstein

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

Title: Skorokoro

Author: Melanie Rosettenstein

ABOUT :

A little boy is very embarrassed by his father’s old rusty car that his dad drives.

All the way to school he prays the car will start and as Skorokoro goes Bang! Bang! Pop!the children in the street laugh at him.

A lightening storm sends the teasing children running for cover but there’s more than enough room in Skorokoro to get the children to school dry.

A beautiful reminder to teach our children. To appreciate what they have and always share with others.

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

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Bear’s big bottom by Steve Smallman & Emma Yarlett

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Title: Bear’s big bottom

Author: Steve Smallman & Emma Yarlett

ABOUT :

This adorable tale is about the sweetest, friendliest, nicest bear you will ever meet.

Bear unfortunately has a very large bottom that keeps getting in the way and upsetting his friends.

Bear hides away and his worried friends set out to look for him. Where can he be?

A sneaky fox chases after the petrified friends and bear comes to the rescue in a most peculiar way.

This delightful story and has a CD to read along to the witty narration with original music and sound effect.

There are also page turning prompts for readers to join in and follow along with the lively illustrations.

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

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Fred the Fox by Phillipa Morassi

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Title: Fred the foxAuthor: Phillipa MorassiABOUT :An adorable tale of friendship and learning to cope with feeling lonely.Feeling sad and lonely and a little different from his friends, Fred the fox sets out to find someone to chat to.He meets Bonnie, the shy little bear. The two become friends and learn that it’s okay to be different.Phillipa talks straight to the heart of our children in her latest book as she guides them through dealing with big emotions in this cute woodlands tale.The back of the book has a page for parents to open further discussion on the emotions within the book.And there last page tells us the wonderful things we can learn from nature and the creature characters throughout the tale.We love the feeling friends series and I see us refering back to this story often as Hamish grows.

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

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5 minute tales – explorer stories

This book review is in collaboration with Kids Book ClubTitle:Explorer StoriesPublished by :Igloo Books

About the book

5 captivating stories of adventure that will keep your preschooler engaged and entertained.Join each of the children on a new fun adventure from zooming off to Jupiter to discovering glittering treasure under the ocean.Nigel goes on safari but is dissapointed that the animals are so quiet until a cheeky monkey changes all that and Nigel has the best day ever.Bonny and her dad have a fun adventure planned with the hot air balloon man but the wind has other plans. See how dad navigates the skies and Bonny gets the best birthday gift.Ed and Ella are exploring the old space rocket at dad’s work when they roar off into space. A space dog named zog helps them get home safely but not before showing them around Jupiter.Sally and grandpa set off to discover the lost treasure under the ocean. They see so many beautiful creatures but will they find the treasure?Ally is sleeping over at her Aunt but is afraid of the dark. Aunt Jane takes her on a magical night time adventure to show Ally just how much fun night time can be.Recommended reading 2-7 yearsThe opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Baby basic words

This book review is in collaboration with Kids Book Club

Title: Baby basic words

Author: Priddy books

About the book

Priddy books are my all time first choice for baby and toddlers.

Their images are clear and bright and they make use of real objects so your child can identify real life with the new vocabulary learnt.

Baby basics is full of everyday items that your toddler will encounter around them.

Hamish had so much fun matching his own truck and drum to the pictures inside his book.

The books are sturdy enough for little fingers to page over and over again and small enough to fit into a nappy bag or backpack to keep your toddler busy when you go out.

Recommended reading 1 -2 years

The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Playvolution by Karen and Alex Powell

Play … what exactly is play ?

The dictionary defines play as :

Play (n) : recreation, amusement, esp. As the spontaneous activity of children and young animals; the action or manner if playing a game; frivolity; entertainment; recreation; fun; pleasure; sport; merrymaking; revelry; tomfoolery; horseplay; skylarking.

Play (v): amuse oneself; frolic; caper; sport; have fun; have a good time; enjoy oneself; take part in; join in; participate in; be occupied with; engage in; in jest; in fun; jokingly; teasingly; playfully; toungue-in-cheek; for a laugh.

Playvolution

Karen and Alex, owners of the play company Straight Zigzag, have written a book that takes you on a journey through the world of play.

In these pages they unpack the true definition of play and the characteristics of a true play experience thus helping you to understand the importance behind your child’s moments of play.

The book highlights new trends , toy designs and play environments. They also highlight the pros and cons of techno toys.

This couple, dedicated to creating awareness of the importance of childhood play, draw insight from their studies, work and life experiences and in a practical and insightful manner help you to see the importance of raising a balanced child in today’s modern, fast paced world.

To order your copy contact :

http://straightzigzag.co.za

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My Big farm book -review

This book review is in collaboration with Kids Book Club

Title: My Big Farm Book
Author: Priddy Books

About the book

This sturdy board book is great for introducing the farm to toddlers and developing vocabulary.

With real life pictures that depict a typical day on the farm, your child will learn animal families, their homes, names and the produce they give us.

This has fast become one of Hamish’s favourite books with more than 50 farm words to read and learn.

Recommended reading 0 -2 years

The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Books supplied by: Kids Book club

Photos : Funmammasa