Doctor Who (meets Mr Men and Little Miss)

originated by Roger Hargreaves

written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves

I have to say I’ve never actually read or even looked at a Mr Men or Little Miss book. I guess when my bookworms were little they never grabbed copies from the library. I don’t remember having them in my Pre-K classroom but I might have that was a very very long time ago. I am a huge Doctor Who fan – well I’m a big David Tennant and Matt Smith as the Doctor fan.  I started watching when the 9th Doctor came on and while he was OK I was happy when he made the switch. Anyway back to these cute books.

I was sent Dr First – Dr Fourth – Dr Eleventh and Dr Twelfth. I really wish they had a Dr Tenth but oh well maybe it will be in the works. These books are made for Dr Who fans from older readers to adult. While they are picture books I’m not sure they would hold the younger picture book readers and listeners attention. I really love the Dr Eleventh book the most. The author really captured Matt Smith’s characters personality and I could hear his voice and River Songs as I was reading. We have this on display with our adipose, Tenth and Eleventh doctors wands and the Tardis.  While I read the First, Fourth and Twelfth there wasn’t the connection of watching and loving them for me. I still enjoyed the books but missed that connection to the story. We kept the Dr Eleventh book and passed on the other 3 to a big Dr Who fan we know. 🙂 They were really happy and loved them very much.

If you know of a big Dr Who fan that has loved them through all the long years these little books would be perfect for them. They would really enjoy them and they would be cute in a Dr Who display.

Thank you so much BBC and Penguin Young Readers for sending us these 4 Dr Who books. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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Say Hello, Sophie

by Rosemary Wells

Max and Ruby was always read and watched in my house. Both my girls really enjoyed these siblings  and Sophie reminds me so much of those lovable bunnies. Sophie is your typical little toddler she is shy and sometimes has a hard time speaking up and using her words. In Say Hello, Sophie her parents are trying to get her to use her manners while out and about. Simple say Hello, say thank you and such are prompts but Sophie is shy and nervous and while they are on the tip of her tongue they just can’t come out. Many times it is confusing to little ones, we tell them don’t talk to strangers. Then we tell them say thank you to a stranger who is holding a door or wanting to share a sticker with them.  As the story continues Sophie has many opportunities and all but nothing seems to work on getting her to talk. Grandma to the rescue and her little plan is perfect and gets Sophie talking. The first graders that I read this one to really enjoyed it and were cheering Sophie on to talk. They were so proud of her when she finally did talk and used her manners. This also lead to a great discussion about when they were little and shy or fellow classmates that are still a little shy. Rosemary Wells books are just so cute and great for toddlers through early elementary aged listeners and readers.

Check out my review of Use Your Words, Sophie

 

 

Can Sophie say the word Hello?
No! She just can’t say it.
Why?
Because Hello and Thank you and Goodbye get stuck
in Sophie’s mouth and won’t come out.
What can help Sophie say Hello?
As always, Granny has the answer to one of the
universal problems of toddlerhood

 

Thank you Penguin, and Viking Books for Young Readers for sending me Say Hello, Sophie. I know this will get lots of use in the elementary classroom! All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book!

Proof of Lies

by Diane Rodriguez Wallach

series: Anastasia Phoenix

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I really enjoyed this book and start to the series a lot. Anastasia is a strong tough girl that doesn’t let anyone or anything stop her from finding her sister. Proof of Lies was non stop action and so many plot twist and turns I didn’t know where this story was heading most of the time – which I loved! This book as something for every reader. You like action it has tons. You like mystery, suspense and thrills it has that. You like romance it even has a little bit of that, not so much I’d call it a romance novel but just enough to make the reader happy. You like a strong kick butt girl Anastasia is your girl. I can’t wait to see where this series continues to go and I can’t wait for Lies That Bind to come out in 2018. Grab a copy and gift this book to your teen reader – your nieces – friends or yourself, this book is perfect for some great spring break or summer (which is just around the corner) reading. Carve out a good weekend for just reading since I know I wasn’t really wanting to put this book down long enough to do anything that should have been done.

summary: Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.

Thank you so much Entangled Teen for sending me a copy of Proof of Lies. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Very Hungry Caterpiller

by Eric Carle

Click HERE to enter giveaway for one of 5 copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Follow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar eats on successive days.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABC : Children can learn their ABCs with the Very Hungry Caterpillar and animal friends.

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar : The very hungry caterpillar displays its love for the reader as the cherry on a cake, the apple of an eye, and the bee’s knees.

Eric Carle How Things Grow : An acorn becomes an oak tree, a tadpole becomes a frog, and a very hungry caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly.

Today is not only the first day of Spring but it is also The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! 🙂 My girls loved this book growing up and while we have long past the stage of this book it still remains a favorite childhood book and we created many memories while reading it.

3 of our favorite activities when they were little:

2 B’s make a Butterfly: A simple craft where you cut out 2 upper case B’s and glue the solid line of the B’s together and decorate them to creat a butterfly. You could also do this with just 1 and have it look like the butterfly was flying.

Butterfly Sensory Tub: Orzo Pasta, Rotini or Pipette, Shells and Bow tie pasta, paint or food coloring and a tub to hold it all. The Orzo is the egg – Rotini or Pipette is the caterpillar – Shells are the chrysalis and Bowtie is the butterfly.

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Butterfly Garden: Research online what flowers – caterpillars  and butterflies are native to your area and make a list and go your nursery and create a butterfly garden. Butterfly gardens also attract hummingbirds and Bees!  PLEASE make sure to use plants that are not treated with chemicals that are killing off the honeybees. I know that means it making an extra trip but what isn’t good for the bee’s surely can’t be good for hummingbirds and butterflies too.

I hope you have fun with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar today and any day. Looking for more ideas and inspiration hop on over to the following blogs that are participating in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day.

Others Joining in the #VHCDay Fun!
Books and Giggles
Swoony Boys Podcast
Giveaway Legal: Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (ARV: $21.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 20, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 27, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 29, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

The Penderwicks In Spring

by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks book 4
Random House Kids

As spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are surprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger’s expected return from the war to Batty’s new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray.

Oh my I can not say enough about The Penderwicks! The Penderwicks In Spring is the first book I’ve read from this simply adorable series!After reading this book all that changed. My youngest and I grabbed books 1-3 at our local library and plan to read them. How on earth did I not know about this book series. Jeanne Birdsall has created a wonderful set of characters in the Penderwicks. Her books are so great, they are even better when read aloud.  Kids as well as you will laugh so hard at times, making this a treasured book that will be read again and again.

Each character is so well developed and a delight to read about. Lydia is a typical 2 year old, she is in love with all things princess and big brother Ben. She loves to be his little shadow and follow him around, guess he is her prince. Ben is a nature loving boy who isn’t thrilled with Lydia being his shadow but loves her just as much. Sometimes he doesn’t want a “baby” following his every step. Batty is our favorite she is just so sweet, funny and a sweetheart. Jane is wonderful and loves to indulge Lydia’s princess obsession and really dotes on her. I really enjoyed Jane’s character also, OK I really like all the character and the Penderwick family. Skye is another one of the teenagers that has typical teen drama (along with Jane). Skye is a bit of a fiesty girl and knows what she wants and thinks.  Rosalind is the oldest and away at college, she is heading home and just in time. Plus there is the honorary Penderwick Jeffery. He is the friend that is around all the time so it’s like he is family! The Penderwick kids need some money and they just what to do. However this is the Penderwicks so things don’t go as planned. 

If you are looking for a great fun series to read aloud this summer, bedtime or any time than go grab The Penderwicks In Spring. While your at it grab: 

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy





While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four young sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.











The Penderwicks on Gardam Street 




The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.











The Penderwicks at Point Mouette






When the three younger Penderwick sisters go to Maine with Aunt Claire and are separated from oldest sister Rosalind for the first time in their lives, an uncertain Skye is left in charge as the OAP–oldest available Penderwick.









Make it a Penderwick summer and you will have a fun adventure filled summer full of laughter! 

thank you Random House Kids for sending us a copy of The Penderwicks In Spring. You have made us big Penderwicks fans! All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book. 


I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic 1912

by Lauren Tarshis
published by Scholastic
5 out of 5 stars
Elementary Readers

The I survived series is very popular with the elementary readers. They are fiction stories but they learn a little about history at the same time.My youngest really enjoyed the whole series and says this one is by far her favorite

I enjoyed the story of George and Phoebes story. I liked that even though they could afford and were staying in a expensive suite, they became friends with immigrant passengers. George is just your regular everyday mischievous boy.  Aunt Daisy is on a journey to heal and honoring her late husband who wanted to travel on the Titanic. She ask her niece and nephew if they would like to join her journey. George likes to explore and gets in trouble but is likeable sweet kid. Phoebe is his little sister that loves him so much and fears his trouble making ways will get him sent to military school. That is the least of their worries while aboard the Titanic. However thanks to Georges exploring the ship and memory of what Mr Burrow’s said about secret passage the workers used to get to the different levels, he just might save the day

Does Aunt Daisy, Phoebe, George, Enzo and Marco escape the Titanic together? Do they get separated? Does being on the Titanic bond these 5 people beyond the Titanic?