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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Pickles the Dog, Adopted: Kat Socks


SYNOPSIS: Pickles the Dog, Adopted follows the story of a young girl, Kat, who adopts a dog and brings it to her family farm. In training the dog, Kat learns that it’s up to her to teach Pickles right from wrong.

Pickles the Dog, Adopted, by Kat Socks, is about a dog, Pickles, who has a lot to learn. Kat, the young girl in the book who adopts the dog with her family, is in charge of training Pickles.
During her first day on the family farm, Pickles gets into all kinds of trouble with the other animals. She isn’t a bad dog, she just doesn’t know any better. Kat’s mom suggests that Kat try something new with Pickles the next day, without specifying what action to take.
The next day, Kat begins to train Pickles to respond to a squeak toy. Instead of getting into trouble with the other animals, Pickles learns to follow the rules. Using this simple training technique, Kat teaches Pickles how to be safe on the farm.
While the story may be fictional, Pickles was inspired by a real-life rescue dog by the same name. Socks says, “I am so happy Pickles found a loving home. I believe every animal deserves a loving home, that is why a small portion of the sales from my books are donated to animal shelters.”

Pickles the Dog, Adopted has won several national awards, including being a 2019 Distinguished Favorite in the Independent Press Awards and a finalist in the Indie Book Awards, as well as winning two awards for cover design. The book is available in nearly 40 stores.

Soon to be released is Pickles the Dog, A Christmas Tradition. In the story, the young girl, Kat, shares her special Christmas traditions with Pickles, including her favorite, an old Midwestern tradition of hiding a pickle on the tree. Whoever finds the hidden pickle receives an extra gift. Be on the lookout for a hidden pickle on each page.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kat Socks
Kat Socks is very passionate about animals and believes every animal deserves a loving home. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering as a pet therapy handler. Kat loves to give back to her community in many ways, but her favorite way is by donating a small portion of the sales from her book to animal shelters.

MY THOUGHTS: Rescue dogs are close to my heart. I can feel and understand the author’s passion in sharing her story. In ‘Pickles’, parents will find a great way to introduce younger readers to the joys of rescuing dogs. I definitely appreciate that the readers are shown an effective training idea that even preschoolers can help with. It’s good to teach training techniques that don’t involved raised voices or punishments.
Also noteworthy is the author’s point that not every rescue dog will immediately fit into their new environment. Most often, there is a two week transition period. This can vary more or less. It’s very important that children realize that these are animals and not robots who obey every command.
Being that this is a book for early elementary readers, keeping the story simple, engaging, and on point is crucial. Our author delivers that as well as a main character (Pickles) that they will love. I give it a 3 star rating and would suggest it for a story time at the library setting.
*I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pic/synopsis belong solely to the author.
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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Nikola Tesla for Kids: His Life, Ideas, and Inventions, with 21 Activities: Amy M. O’Quinn


SYNOPSIS:A complete history of the mastermind, Nikola Tesla for Kids helps young readers understand the greatness of Tesla while learning various scientific concepts through experiments and activities. Tesla’s life was marked by several achievements—his AC polyphase system and his contributions to electrical engineering forever changed the world—but often his ideas were too advanced for society to welcome. Despite disagreements with employers, rivalries with other scientists and personal struggles, Tesla’s eccentricity and imagination never failed to shine through. From the author of Marie Curie for Kids, this book offers 21 fun activities for children to explore science and history through the lens of Tesla’s inventions such as: making a soda bottle submarine, designing a flying machine and building an electric current. In addition, Nikola Tesla for Kids provides resources for readers to learn more about Tesla’s life and STEM careers.

MY THOUGHTS:Besides the fact that I am thrilled to see a new, fresh autobiography for school-age children, this book encourages them to branch out. Reading of Tesla’s ability to think outside-the box and fearless determination, shows children that it’s okay to pursue their dreams. The next Tesla is out there and needs to know that he or she is capable. His work was impacted by his world. Those students who have had an uphill battle, academically or otherwise, need to know that they aren’t alone and that great names in STEM hardly had it easy.
Too often we find biographies that gloss over the trials in favor of the triumphs, doing a great disservice to the subject of the biography. Few people worth writing about sailed through life. They overcame, rose above, and tossed aside public opinion. Hopefully, while readers are inspired by the genius of Tesla, they will also pay attention to the life he led.
This is a definite 5 star book. Perfect for book reports, STEM classes, and independent reading, I’d recommend it for homeschool & brick-and-mortar libraries.
*I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pic/synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: There’s a Monkey In My Backpack!: Don M. Winn

SYNOPSIS:Did you know? One in five children in the United States has a learning difficulty such as dyslexia or ADHD. These challenges can make children feel inadequate, misunderstood, and frustrated in and out of the classroom, yet – if harnessed correctly – they can also be viewed as beneficial and consequently empower the kids who live with them.
In the clever and truly helpful new book There’s a Monkey in My Backpack! (September 2019), Winn explores how learning difficulties affect kids in a unique way that helps children and those who care for them to better understand their challenges. Winn writes from his personal experience as a lifelong dyslexic reader and writer.
There’s a Monkey in My Backpack! follows Anna, a third-grade student who has an unusual companion – a monkey in her backpack! Not everyone can see him, but he causes a whole lot of trouble for Anna by mixing up her spelling letters, distracting her in class, and making it hard for her to keep up with her schoolwork. He causes so many problems for Anna that she wonders if she will ever make it to the end of third grade with the other children. But she learns that her troublesome monkey can also be a big help to her if she learns to understand, accept, and appreciate her unique situation.

MY THOUGHTS: Written for the elementary school reader, ‘There’s A Monkey’ offers a unique perspective to learning disabilities. Instead of an invisible thing, the author portrays the issue as a physical thing that can be handled, seen, and communicated with. Third grader, Anna, our heroine, is given two choices: either fight the monkey or accept and deal with his antics. By showing children that they can regain control of their actions and learning path, Mr. Winn offers them options they may not have considered. It’s empowering.

Illustrator Dave Allred has done a wonderful job depicting Anna and her monkey. The colorful pictures will keep younger readers engaged while giving a great visual to older readers. This book may not be geared toward every child, but I believe it will be helpful to those who’ve been recently diagnosed, don’t understand their diagnosis or have a sibling with learning disabilities. These kids have a lot on their plates so anything we can do to help them is a plus.

Encouraging and engaging, I give it a 3 star rating.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Don M. Winn is a multiple award-winning children’s author of thirteen picture books and the Sir Kaye the Boy Knight® series of novels for independent readers. As a dyslexia advocate and a dyslexic himself, he frequently addresses parents and educators on how to maximize the value of shared reading time and how to help dyslexic and other struggling readers to learn to love to read. Winn lives and writes in Round Rock, Texas.
In addition to his latest picture book, Winn’s first nonfiction book, Raising a Child with Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs to Know is forthcoming this fall. In October, Winn will be the keynote speaker at the Central Texas Dyslexia Conference.
Find out more at http://www.donwinn.com

I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pic & synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters: MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga


SYNOPSIS:An exciting second edition, Great American Artists for Kids allows young readers to explore the American art scene while learning how to create their own masterpieces. From the award-winning author of Discovering Great Artists, MaryAnn F. Kohl pairs with Kim Solga to introduce children to 75 influential artists ranging from the 18th century to modern times. Each profile is accompanied by activities with step-by-step instructions teaching young readers how to incorporate artists’ techniques into art projects. Color-coded icons facilitate the learning experience by indicating the skill level, adult involvement and materials necessary for activities. With additional resources for art viewing, children will be inspired to pursue their art interests as they learn what made artists like Harriet Powers, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein so memorable

MY THOUGHTS: Fantastic! I was so happy to review this one. This age group (4-12) is often overlooked when it comes to art/art history. They may gain exposure to the big names (Da Vinci, Picasso), but there are so many other, noteworthy artists to study. I’m always a fan of books that serve more than one purpose in more than one area of study. Here we have art, history, and reading class. Older children can also build off the information for a unique biography report. Being from Pennsylvania, I was pleased to see Frank Lloyd Wright & Andy Warhol included.

Big wow factors for this book include the interactive features where creativity comes into play and the extensive glossary included. Reading about art techniques is one thing; imitating those techniques is another. There are so many fabulous plusses to having this book in your homeschool library. If you’re child goes to brick-and-mortar school, this is an invaluable asset for them, too. They will return to this book time and again for multiple classes. It is a definite 5 star book. Hopefully, IPG will continue to make more books similar to this one.

https://www.ipgbook.com/great-american-artists-for-kids-products-9781641601702.php?page_id=21
I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pic & synopsis belong solely to the authors/publisher.

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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: How to Survive on a Desert Island: Operation Robinson! by Denis Tribaudeau

SYNOPSIS: Calling all castaways! You’ve probably pretended to be an explorer alone on a desert island in the middle of the ocean. It’s a fantastic adventure! But if you were shipwrecked and washed ashore, do you think you’d be able to survive? If you’ve read this book, the answer is yes, without a doubt! Learn how to light a fire without matches, build a shelter, find water and make it safe to drink, treat small wounds, read the sky, tie different kinds of knots, let people know you are there, and much more. Are you ready to become a Robinson Caruso? If you know where to look, nature will give you everything you need.
44 color drawings
64 pp
978-0-7643-5706-0
Soft cover
$14.99

MY THOUGHTS: I was absolutely amazed by this book. I’ve seen a number of news stories as of late detailing how children have survived harrowing experiences thanks, in part, to survival training. Anything can happen and equipping our children to survive in situations apart from their everyday life is a priceless gift.
This book walks the reader through a number of essential tips that will help them overcome a bad situation. Don’t mistake the beautiful drawings as belonging to a fictional book. They add to the understanding of the skills described. The information inside the book is vital. These are not things taught in a regular classroom. They should be, but, if you haven’t thought of having your children attend a survival class, this is the ideal place to start.
Easy to understand, expertly written, and wonderfully illustrated, this 5 star book should be in every classroom and read by as many children as possible.

About the Author & Illustrator:
Denis Tribaudeau, a French expert in survival training, has a big reputation for “extreme adventures.” A modern-day Indiana Jones with more than twenty years of travel experience, he has taken clients on amazing adventures around the globe and given advice to more than 1,000 survival students.
After studying art in Nancy and Amien, Karine Maincent left France to work for two years in Benin as a graphic designer at L’Institut Français de Cotonou. On her return to France in 2009, she opened the graphic design company the Tokpa Studio, where she creates colorful illustrations and animates creative workshops for children.

 

I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

Pic & Synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

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