Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If You Were Me and Lived in... Peru: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World, by Carole P. Roman

Title: If You Were Me and Lived in... Peru: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

Series: If You Were Me

Author: Carole P. Roman

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Date: October 14, 2014

Paperback: 30 pages

About the Book
An exciting introduction to world cultures written for young readers ages three through eight, this new expedition takes kids to South America and gives them a colorful glimpse into what living in Peru is like. Highlighting a myriad of topics, including language, cuisine, climate, and history, this book teaches kids about diversity while also revealing to them the important truth that we are all connected.

My Take
As always, she has created another amazing book for children to learn about a new culture. The way she tells her stories keeps them coming back for each book that she brings out. The cartoon characters and colours are also another amazing thing about these books.

At the beginning of the book, you see where Peru is located on the globe and you also learn/see where the capital, Lima, is located. You and your children will learn the different names of some of the people in Peru, see all the colourful things they were and have. You will learn about the famous places, foods they eat (cuy, which is fried guinea pig), games they play and holidays they celebrate (Carnival in February).

When you get to the end of the book, you will find a pronunciation guide, which is reiterating all the new words that you and your child learned while reading the book.

I love this series and think that everyone should have them in their homes and feel as though all schools should carry them too. I know my daughter has learned from every single one she has read.

About the Author

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the much lauded children's book Captain No Beard: An Imaginary tale of a Pirate's Life. her experience as a former social studies teacher is wonderfully apparent in her popular If You Were Me and Lived in... series, which now includes more than ten books.

This complimentary book was given to me by Bostick Communications and the author for a honest review.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Navy Girl Book, by Scott Erickson

Title: The Navy Girl Book

Author: Scott Erickson

Publisher: Azaria Press

Date: September 6, 2014

Paperback: 152 pages

About the Book
The Navy Girl Book is a collection of short pieces of surreal humor, absurdity, twisted dialogue, non sequiturs, incongruity, unabashed silliness, strange weirdness, and puns galore. 

My Take
Do you like reading funny things? If that is the case, then you should get your hands on a copy of Scott Erickson's book, The Navy Girl Book. It is filled with poems, stories, dialogues, etc. It will keep you laughing from the beginning of the book to the end. I was really surprised how funny a lot of it was. For example, under Today's Headlines he writes, Worm eludes early bird only to succumb to late sleeper. A lot of his stuff had me cracking up. I wanted to share some of it with my daughter, but she is too young for some of it. What about the part where he writes, The Surgeon General has determined that this warning label isn't going to deter you from smoking. Even though a lot of it is just for laughs, I found truth in a lot of the humour.

If you are a girl, keep this book in your purse and if you are a guy, keep a copy in your jacket pocket. If by chance you are having a bad day, pull it out and start reading your way to a better day.

About the Author
Scott Erickson is a writer of humor and satire. His pieces have been published in The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, Bang!, and several humor websites. He is a two-time winner of the Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction. One of his stories was included in the book Laugh Your Shorts Off, a compilation of contest winners from the website Humor and Life in Particular.

A complimentary copy of this book was given to me by the author through Bostick Communications for an honest review.

Friday, March 6, 2015

When I Grow Up I Want To Be... a Veterinarian, by Wigu Publishing

 Title: When I Grow Up I Want To Be... a Veterinarian

Series: When I Grow Up...

Author: Wigu Publishing

Date: November 29, 2014

Paperback: 60 pages

Language: English

Age Range: 9 and up

About the Book
Sofia wants to care for all the animals in the world. But Mom does not think Sofia is ready for the responsibility of even one pet. Ready or not, when a hungry and sick-looking cat appears at the family's back doorstep, Sofia takes action. When Sofia is found feeding the cat, Mom gives in and agrees that a trip to the vet will tell them if the cat is healthy and not someone's lost pet. As the veterinarian introduces Sofia and readers to the important and wide-ranging work of animal doctors, Sofia learns how she might help all kinds of animals, including a little stray cat!

My Take
I must say I really love this series. I think it is one of the best ones out there for children to get a true understanding of what jobs are out there for them. I know my daughter gets very excited each time she reads one of these books. She gets to learn about a new career option. This particular story, about the veterinarian, was top of her list, as that is one of her options for when she grows up.

The cover along grabbed both of our attention. It is amazingly filled with bright attention grabbing colours.When you open the book, it has a list of saying from famous people regarding animals and how wonderful they are to have around. Next you find the Veterinarian Oath. This was nice to be able to read to my daughter and tell her that it will be something that she will have to uphold.

The story is a touching one. It shows how much love this young girl has for animals and how badly she wants to have one around. Even though most of the book is in cartoon form, there are pictures of actual people and animals. These sections give children a deeper understanding of what a Veterinarian does. Your children will also receive a deeper knowledge of cats, dogs, birds and reptiles. This book is filled with so much information that by time you are done ready the story, they will have a better understanding and know if this is the career for them or not. There is also two pages at the end that are dedicated to what makes and good veterinarian and pet owner.

About the Author
Wigu Publishing is a collaboration of talented and creative individuals working together to publish informative and fun books for our children.  Our titles serve to introduce children to the people in their communities who serve others through their vocations.  Wigu Books are unique in that they help our children to visualize the abundant opportunities that exist for them to be successful and to make a difference.  Our goal is to inspire the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.

This complimentary book was given to me by Wigu Publishing for my honest review.