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Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Title: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Author: Fred Rogers

Date of Publication: March 19th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

For the first time ever, the beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood are collected here in a charmingly-illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by adults who grew up with Mister Rogers, and a new generation of children alike.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood had a revolutionary impact on children’s television, and on millions of children themselves. Through songs, puppets, and frank conversations, Mister Rogers instilled the values of kindness, patience, and self-esteem in his viewers, and most of all, taught children how loved they were, just by being themselves. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoodreimagines the songs from the show as poetry, ranging from the iconic (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”) to the forgotten gems. The poem are funny, sweet, silly, and sincere, dealing with topics of difficult feelings, new siblings, everyday routines, imagination, and more. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time, this book of nostalgic and meaningful poetry is the perfect gift for every child–including the child in all of us. 

My Review:

Literally one of the greatest human beings to have ever existed! I grew up with the television show and hearing Mr. Rogers speak, and he was always so genuine. He was also so amazing with adding diversity to his shows and the world!

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I loved these poems! They were so incredibly encouraging not only for children but adults. It’s okay to feel sad sometimes and it’s okay to feel happy too because that’s what makes us human. Some of the poems showed love about being different, about loving yourself, about being yourself—so much encouragement.

Not only were the poems great but the illustration matched really well! Overall this is a must read from a man who wasn’t a social media giant but spread his word through love and stories!

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Review: The Karate Kid

Title: The Karate Kid

Illustrator: Kim Smith

Date of Publication: May 7th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

The classic movie about a boy and his karate teacher is now an adorable picture book for the whole family!

When The Karate Kid appeared in theaters in 1984, its heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a bullied boy and the Japanese maintenance man in his new apartment building became an instant classic. Now the beloved film is reimagined as a cute and colorful picture book, with charming illustrations by Kim Smith. When young Daniel is targeted by students from the Cobra Kai dojo, his neighbor Mr. Miyagi agrees to train him for the upcoming karate tournament. But why is Mr. Miyagi making Daniel wax his cars, sand his deck, and paint his house? Will Daniel ever master the art of karate? This timeless story of overcoming the odds will delight kids, their parents, and anyone who has ever had that one special teacher.

My Review:

I freaking love the Karate Kid! Wax on, wax off! It was a no brainer that I would probably love this children’s book! Answer = I DID!

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If only I had this picture book when I was a kid then that would have been immaculate! However, I still thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult! The illustrations were so perfect and matched the movie so well!

Also, I feel like the message is a good one, always has been! Now, I need to go watch the movie right this second!

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Review: Der Struwwelpeter

Title: Der Struwwelpeter

Author: Heinrich Hoffman

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Goodreads Summary:

So the summary is in German so now sure what is says but here you go!

Wer kennt nicht die Verse über den Zappelphilipp, Hans Guck-in-die -Luft und den Suppenkaspar? Der berühmteste deutsche Kinderbuchklassiker liegt hier in einem Nachdruck der Frankfurter Originalausgabe vor

My Review:

I was interested in this book first because the cover gave me Edward Scissorhand vibes and then also because it had off the wall stories! And guess, what? It did not let me down!

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Honestly, I wish I had known about this book sooner! In my childhood years when I used to read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Goosebumps, this would have been right there with them! The quirkiness! I miss old books! Books like Madeline, Where the Wild Things Are, etc.!

What I love about older books is that the authors weren’t scared to tell their stories. You could have fun with it, be dark, and it was still beautifully humorous! The illustrations were my absolute favorite in this with their eccentricness! I recommend this one to anyone who has no sensitivity issues or gets easily offended!

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Review: Kringle’s Christmas

Title: Kringle’s Christmas

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: November 23rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s almost Christmas, and Kringle knows he’s been a good boy this year; even though he sometimes barks at the other dogs, and he never listens when the people at the pound tell him “no.” But it’s not his fault; Kringle is deaf, and he can’t hear people when they are telling him something important. This year, all Kringle wants is to find somewhere to live where others understand him. Will Santa give Kringle his Christmas wish? Kringle’s Christmas is the 4th book in The Furever Home Friends series. The Furever Home Friends is a series of books based on real rescue dogs and their stories finding happiness, love, and human companionship. Each book contains a set of discussion questions for kids, their parents, and their teachers to discuss the issues presented in the book. This book’s discussion questions focus on hearing difficulties and communication differences.10% of profits from all Furever Home Friends books go to animal shelters. Visit fureverhomefriends.com for more information.

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My Review:

I love Savy’s Furever Home Friends’ books! I just really, really like the tone they set for kids because they are honest and real yet still ridiculously cute!

Like humans, dogs aren’t always perfect. They’ll do things that make you mad and irritated, yet they can also offer great companionship. Kringle, the dog MC, also has a disability and sometimes with those animals or even people, you may have to work a little harder with, but they are equally as amazing.

The art work was lovely and I know my daughter would love it! Can’t wait to see what the next book in this series brings!

 

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Review: Just Me, Wrigley

Title: Just Me, Wrigley

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: August 11th, 2018

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Summary:

Wrigley loves to dance! She can shake her tail all over the animal shelter. But for some people, Wrigley’s rhythm isn’t enough.

Wrigley is a mutt; nobody knows what breed she is. When people come to the shelter looking for Dalmatians and labs and schnauzers, Wrigley wonders when it will be her turn.

Can Wrigley find the confidence to accept her mixed-breed identity and dance her way into a forever home?

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Review: Furever Home Friends

Title: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: August 11th, 2017

 

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Goodreads Summary for Princess Allee:

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

My Review:

I loved loved the artwork in this book! If you have kids or love reading picture books, then check this one out! This book is a great learning tool for kids or adults that want a pet. Maybe you should think about getting one from a shelter because there are so many pets there that deserve to be in a home rather than a cage.

This book isn’t just seriousness though, it’s cute and has playful scenes and can help kids to think about things. It also shows that when you adopt a dog, it takes them a little bit to get used to their new home. Definitely a win for a picture book!

 

Smile, Chewie

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Goodreads Summary for Smile, Chewie:

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

My Review:

Smile, Chewie I feel like is an excellent book for kids because it shows real life aspects done in a way that they can understand. When you adopt an animal from a shelter, they need to realize not all the animals come from the best of places. This does not mean that they are a bad animal, it means that this is a second chance for them to get a good home.

There are some sad parts, but there are some happy parts, too. This is a book about second chances, and the pictures inside are amazing and match perfectly with the sentences. A perfect read for kids that love dogs!

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Cover Reveals: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

ALLEE COVER REVEAL

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

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CHEWIE COVER REVEAL

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

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