Tag: Children’s

Children’s Picture Book Review: F is for Fashion, Darling

F is For Fashion, Darling
Author: James Tyler

Illustrator: Naomi Wilkinson
Published: August 4, 2020
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 1, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

F is for Fashion, Darling is a tongue-in-chic introduction to all things cute couture, an ode to the new mommy looking to give her baby a strutting start on the important things in life.
 
This book will take you from A to Z through the most iconic words and phrases from the world of fashion. But the words and phrases spoken on catwalks and in boutiques have new meanings for new parents: Bold prints are made by mucky hands, Power dressing involves a mask and cape, and Luxury is being able to sleep through the night…
 
Babies and toddlers will love playing with this classic board book and exploring the bright, popping artworks that illustrate each letter of the alphabet in not-so-serious style. Mom and dad will be just as entertained by the knowing nods to the experience of being a new parent. F is for Fashion, Darling is perfect for anyone juggling the joy of parenthood with the responsibility of being a fashion icon.
 
This book is your chance to become the chicest mom at preschool. That’s fashion, darling.

Jessica’s Review:

This is a fun children’s picture book aimed to help little ones learn their letters and some corresponding words with that letter.  It is also for the parents who might reminisce on life before small children.  This is also for the ‘little fashionista’ out there who is working on learning terms in the fashion world. 

This is a small hardback book with one letter per page and large colorful pictures with multiple meanings for kids and adults.  For fun for older kids, there is a “fashion glossary”  which gives the type of word presented(noun, verb, an exclamation, etc)  is and its meaning. 

Parents and children may find this a fun book to read and look at! 

I received a copy via Amazon Vine. 

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Children’s Chapter Book Review: Twig and Turtle: Big Move to a Tiny House

Twig & Turtle: Big Move to a Tiny House
Series: Twig & Turtle #1
Author: Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Illustrator: Paula Franco
Published: October 6, 2020

101 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Date Read: October 29, 2020

Book Description:

8 and 6-year-old sisters named Twig and Turtle are excited and curious about their new small town in Colorado, and for their cool new tiny house. Their family is united in living more simply and not stressing out the earth’s resources. And enjoying nature. But for Twig, that means leaving her BIG adopted Great Dane with her grandma. In the tiny house, there’s barely enough room for a few books and games!

Friendly and outgoing Turtle rolls with the move, and new life. But Twig struggles without her beloved dog. At school, Twig has to write about an opinion. And that gets her mind cooking. Twig is going to use her writing project to get her big dog back!

Jessica’s Review:

This is a short chapter book for kids from second to fourth grade.  This book deals with several issues children may face: moving, bullying, and loss of pets (not due to death). Not only do Twig and Turtle have to move, their family moves into a ‘tiny house’ and they have to downsize! Downsizing means having not much at all, which includes Twig losing ‘her’ dog Bo as he is a Great Dane and that type of dog would not fit in a tiny house. 

Though the title is about moving into a tiny house, that is not the main focus of the story. The main focus is Twig trying to find a solution to keep Bo.  Ultimately a solution is found and everyone is happy.  Therefore, I feel the title should have been something else. 

This is a story that shows that kids can set their mind to something and actually accomplish something. 

There are illustrations in the book, but my arc copy states that the illustrations are not final, which is apparent between the cover of my copy and the finished book. Therefore, I cannot comment much on the illustrations except to say that based off of my copy that there may be diversity of ethnicities and disabilities shown. 

I received a copy via Amazon Vine.  This children’s book is recommended.

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Citlali and the Day of the Dead: Citlali y el Día de Muertos

Citlali and the Day of the Dead: Citlali y el Día de Muertos
Author:  Berta de Llano
Illustrator: Jamie Rivera Contreras
Published: August 11, 2020
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: September 21, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars     

Book Description:

GRADES PK–3: This 32 page storybook follows Citlali through her Day of the Dead celebration. Readers will get a glimpse of the festivities and traditions associated with the important holiday.

CULTURAL STORYTELLING: This traditional Hispanic folktale with original illustrations, told in bold English and Spanish, captures a child’s interest while engaging them with a story that fosters reading and cultural literacy.

FEATURES: With English and Spanish translations, this storybook is a great resource for strengthening reading skills and foreign language comprehension.

Jessica’s Review:

This colorful children’s picture book talks about the real Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. This year it runs from October 31- November 2.  The story shows Citali and getting ready for Day of the Dead in school as her class is in charge of the ofrenda (offering) this year.  The Day of the Dead is where families fondly remember those who have passed away. It is a happy remembrance. 

This is Citali’s first year honoring Mama Elena and she is having the most difficult time picking an item to bring to the ofrenda to remember her. Citali wants her remembrance of Mama Elena to be a special one. 

The pictures are very colorful as is the Day of the Dead holiday. It is a very basic introduction to the holiday, though to me it does not explain much. I had to look up what the meaning of what ofrenda was, which was the purpose of the story.  I had to look up the Day of the Dead in general as I have no knowledge of the holiday.  This would be a good story for children who already have knowledge of the Day of the Dead holiday, but not an introduction to it. 

I did like that the children’s book is in both Spanish and English.  That way if a child is working on learning a second language, they do have a reference point to their original language, be it Spanish or English.  

Many thanks to the publisher for granting me a review copy via Amazon Vine.

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