Tag: Children’s

Children’s Picture Book Review: ABC: What Can I Be? You Can Be Anything You Want to Be, From A to Z

ABC What Can I Be?
You Can Be Anything You Want to Be, From A to Z
Series:
ABC For Me
Author/Illustrator: Jessie Ford

Published: September 1, 2020
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 28, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

ABC What Can I Be? presents a wonderful world full of career possibilities—from Astronomer to Zoo Keeper and everything in between. Representing kids of all kinds, this book shows that there are no limits to what a kid can pursue.

Whether they are fascinated by animals, trains, flowers, teaching, or any other thing, kids can grow up to be whatever they want! ABC What Can I Be? presents a whole alphabet full of exciting, thoughtful, and wonderful things children can do.

Pairing a career with each letter of the alphabet, ABC What Can I Be? features colorful illustrations and fascinating careers to get kids thinking about all the possibilities for their future. Each page introduces a letter of the alphabet with bright artwork and highlights a career that is fun, challenging, and makes a big impact in its own way. These 26 careers—which include Dentist, Floral Designer, Meteorologist, Robotics Engineer, Train Conductor, and Wildlife Conservationist—are just some of the things a kid can become! A fun read for the whole family,ABC What Can I Be? is not only perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, but also for encouraging them to consider all the careers available to them when they grow up.

With endearing illustrations and mindful concepts, the ABC for Me series pairs each letter of the alphabet with words that promote big dreams and healthy living. Other books in this series include:

  • ABC What Can She Be? (2018)
  • ABC What Can He Be? (2019)
  • ABC Let’s Celebrate You & Me (2021)
  • ABC Everyday Heroes Like Me (2021)

Jessica’s Review:

This is a 5 star children’s picture book that helps children learn their ABCs and also shows them that they can grow up to be anything they want! 

The illustrations are very colorful and bright and also showcase the diversity in people. This includes diversity in disability and religion which does show young children that anyone can become anything they want to be. They just have to reach for it and go! 

There is one letter per page which showcases an occupation with an illustration. There is also one sentence that explains the selected occupation. There are a variety of occupations showcased (some with bigger words that might need some explanation from mom or dad): Emergency Medical Technician, Paleontologist (is this an occupation that still exists???) to more advanced occupations as our technology continuously expands: Game Developer/ Quantitative Analyst, and Robotic Engineer).

This is an alphabet book I highly recommend for children.

I received a copy from the publisher via Amazon Vine to review. 

Purchase Links:
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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. 

Purchase Links:
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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.

Purchase Links:
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