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Let’s Hatch Chicks: A Review You Can’t Miss

Let’s Hatch Chicks is an adorable and informative book about ‘the Wonderful World of Chickens and Eggs’.  This is the perfect Spring or anytime book! Lisa Steel does a wonderful job helping kids understand raising, caring for, and hatching chicks.  

My own adorable (and there is absolutely no bias here) niece now has her own little chicks and is loving them so much!  This delightful little book will no doubt be very helpful for her, and I look forward to the time when she decides she is the little chicken expert and starts schooling my Dad.  Haha.  For disclosures sake, if there is any way you don’t believe that said niece is adorable the pictures included in this review will definitely squash those doubts.  If it doesn’t, one may need to check their vision.  Haha!  But seriously….  Okay, we’ll move on…A Childrens Book Review You Cant Miss

Let’s Hatch Chicks

One of my favorite parts of Let’s Hatch Chicks is the day by day growth and development explanation of their entire lives, from embryo to hatch day!  Even having grown up on a farm with chickens, there is still so much learned in this little book!  There is even a glossary in the back!  Violet, our sweet chicken guide, takes us through all we need to know with wonderful illustrations drawn by Perry Taylor.

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One could easily utilize this book to do lessons, whether homeschooled or not.  My brain came up with so many cute lesson plans with this one!  I love that so many things can be used to educate our children!  This girl truly feels that there are lessons in everything, and that teaching them is essential to the success of our children.  I included lessons for you to use in my review of Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 but I’ll let you come up with your own on this one.  Seriously toying with the idea of creating little lessons to go along with these adorable books!   Perhaps that project will come to fruition one day.  Anyone interested?

Be sure and check out my post on How to Boost Your Child’s Learning, it’s got some well tested advice!

5 Lessons & A Confession: Kid’s Book Review

Everyone knows that reading to our children is essential for their growth, development, and success.  At this point, this blogger does not feel a need to inform anyone of this.  However, there are some confessions that need to be shared.5 Lessons & A Confession: Kid's Book Review of Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32

5 Lessons & A Confession

First, while comments about products are always true some products are easier to review than others.  Some I don’t want to put down, let go of, or share.  Others, I can’t wait to be done with.

Second, in the Zoo we realize life is real.  Real means both sides of the coin: good and bad.  We do our best to point out all that we believe, be it good, bad, or ugly.

Third, if we find a particular product fantastic, we will go to all lengths to shamelessly promote it.

Fourth, as a My Crafty Zoo reader you may as well get accustomed to seeing this particular product.  I loved it. I’ll be going crazy about it for quite some time.  There’s a good chance it will end up being the gift I give for all appropriately aged persons, and a few fun loving friends.

Now that all of that is off my chest, my conscious is clear and I shall begin shamelessly expressing my absolute love for this fantabulous little book!  Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 is one of the most adorable stories I’ve read in a very long time.  I dare say it puts Dr. Suess to shame.  I know, I know.  Strong words.  Don’t believe me?  Read it, you will be a convert.

Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32

Author B.C.R Fegan did an amazing job of telling an interesting story that are paired ever so well with the graphics done by Lenny Wen.  I love that the story flows so well, almost musically, and that every page is a page you want to spend a few moments looking at and talking about!  Even as an adult, there was a piece of me that wanted to skip to the back to find out what was behind door 32 and then the other part that couldn’t skip a single line or page!

Lessons That Can Be Taught From the Book

  1. Everyone, even seemingly scary beings, has something good about them.
  2. Even ‘monsters’ do good things.
  3. Just because one can’t do what they think they should, they can still have a good time! This can be verified, check on door 21!
  4. It takes all kinds of ‘people’ to be a team!
  5. It’s important to respect rules and privacy!

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Children’s Book of Adventure

What a fun andChickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy Willow Trees and Two-and-A-Half: A Children's Book of Adventure exciting book!  I enjoyed going through the book and enjoying the adventure!  It was wonderful to share with the little one!  So many opportunities to teach her about traveling, friendship and adventure of course!  While the time hasn’t come where I can take her physically on adventures, I love that I can take her with words and pictures.  Through these pages we got to go to see many things, both real and pretend.  While this fun little book is targeted toward ages 4-9, I feel like it is never too early to expose my little Cub to any appropriate book.  I want her to have the best chance I can give and a huge part of that includes books.

Children love to explore; it’s intuitive. And they tend to struggle when asked to confine their activities and behaviors to our adult-imposed rules and paths. Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half is a vibrantly and exceptionally well-illustrated adventure book meant to inspire children to follow their urges to explore and to appreciate diversity. The book starts off when “One day a little brown monkey with dazzling olive green eyes, a friendly smile, and a long curly tail asked his father if there was more to the life than just hanging around with other monkeys and eating bananas.” Before long he meets a lovely grey cat and a majestic blue pelican each on their own quests. Together, they explore a foreign island and when their journey takes them into a private swath of land, they befriend a local dog who takes them further than they ever imagined.

Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half emphasizes several significant values, which help us subsist and ultimately thrive: learning through independent exploration, the need for friendship, the importance of respect and tolerance for other cultures, languages, and lifestyle diversity, along with a healthy understanding of the powers of mother nature.
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