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Adventures with the Vikings (Good Times Travel Agency #3) by Linda Bailey

11959655 Stars

Published September 1st 2001 by Kids Can Press 

I had no idea this was a series when I requested a copy of this book through Netgalley. This series has the Binkerton children entering the Good Times Travel Agency, in this book, during a storm. Libby, the youngest sibling, is attracted to a model of a Viking Longship. As she reaches out to touch it, the three of them end up traveling back in time and to a new location with a Guide Book. They must work through the guide book in order to return home. This is a graphic novel, with great illustrations that will entice kids. They are detailed, and often have funny jokes thrown in. I liked the format with the graphics at the top of the page and an open page of the guidebook at the bottom with facts about whatever is happening in the story. It is not overwhelming, but quite informative. I appreciate that Linda Bailey differentiates between the fact and fiction in the book and gives further facts at the end. The illustrations do a good job of illustrating some of the information given in a fun way. I thought this was an excellent introduction to Viking lore and history. I will be watching for more in this series. This book would be a great addition to a school, classroom or family library. Reluctant readers would love this series. The publisher, Kids Can Press, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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10 Reasons to Love A ….by Catherine Barr, Hanako Clulow

This series is wonderful for children or those that want a brief overview of a specific animal. It looks like there are six books written so far, not sure if there will be more. Lion, Bear, Penguin, Elephant, Turtle and Whale. I have read two so far.

10 Reasons to Love a Lion5 Stars

Published June 12th 2018 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Readers learn about the lion’s habitats, their families groupings (pride), their appearance and general facts about their lives. Even though, they are the top predators, their lives are threatened by trophy hunters and human usage encroaching upon their territory. I also did not know that porcupines are a danger to them and they are one of their favourite foods. Each page features a beautiful drawing, filled with color and, of course, lions, as well as text and labels on other animals, as well as plants. 10 Reasons to Love a Lion is a book that teachers would love to include in their classroom library, as well as school and public libraries. It is not difficult to read, so young readers will also enjoy reading this one independently. I highly recommend this book and series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions are my own.

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10 Reasons to Love a Penguin5 Stars

Published June 12th 2018 by Lincoln Children’s Books

This series is wonderful for children or those that want a brief overview of a specific animal. The book lists 10 things about penguins, some you might be aware of, some you might not. I knew about the tobogganing, and father’s hatching eggs but I did not know about salty sneezes, the march for their babies, and that they gather in colonies so big their poo-stained ice can be seen from space. As in the other books in this series, each page features a beautiful drawing, filled with color and, of course, penguins, as well as text and labels on other animals, as well as plants. This book would be a hit in family, class, school and public libraries. Just the thing to peak an interest in animals and our world. I highly recommend this book and series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions are my own.

 

Leaf Litter Critters by Leslie Bulion

Leaf Litter Critters5 Stars

My Review: If you know a child who loves bugs, or one who enjoys gardening or someone that is interested in composting or decaying debris, then this is the book for them. Full of information about how things decay and breakdown told in a variety of poems in a variety of formats. From bacteria to worms to pillbugs we learn how they adapt and live in the decaying piles and help the environment. The back of the book was full of amazing information. Facts about the different poetry styles (some I was not familiar with), a glossary, experiments and other resources will allow the reader to further investigate. The illustrations are wonderful and add so much to the information. My grandson kept asking about the pictures and wanted to know what they were called, what they were doing and if there were any outside in our back garden. Definitely a winner in his eyes. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via netgalley.

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The Seal Garden (My Great Bear Rainforest) by Ian McAllister

357971944 Stars

My Review: The Seal Garden by Ian McAllister is a wonderful non-fiction, nature book with gorgeous photographs taken by the author. This is the third book in the “My Great Bear Rainforest” series. The book tells us about a storm and how the animals in the rainforest take shelter. It then introduces the reader to the Seal Garden. It is a special area of underwater vegetation in the Great Bear Sea off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, where seals and other animals can go to be safe from storms and predators. It tells how the seal garden protects marine animals from the storm as well as from predators. When a pod of orcas appear, the seals take protection in the kelp until the orcas give up and leave. We learn about other animals that also live in the Seal Garden. The pictures of the garden are beautiful and the seals look so playful. The book would be a great introduction to underwater life, ecosystems as well as for anyone who likes animals and wants to learn more about the ones in the Pacific Northwest. Great for primary students and classes. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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Children’s Non-Fiction Books

Discover Ancient Egypt
by Amanda Trane

Paperback
Published October 24th 2017 by Xist Publishing
4 Stars

This is another book in the Discover Series published by Xist. They are multiple authors and subjects. It is a non-fiction early reader book about Egypt. The pictures are large and simple, not a lot of extra detail unless it aids in the text. Simple facts are stated in simple language. A good book for early readers, especially those who are interested in ancient lands, mummies etc.. It is nice to see non-fiction books in this reading range. A good addition to school, family and class libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

 

Great Polar Bear by Carolyn LesserGreat Polar Bear
by Carolyn Lesser

Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Seagrass Press
4.5 Stars
This story is fiction, but it is scientifically accurate so it is close to a non-fiction book. It shows a year in the life of a full-grown male polar bear. It shows how he travels, hunts, eats, mates, helps teach the young to fight and gradually gets thinner and thinner as the seasons progress, until he starts over again. This book could easily be used when studying Arctic Animals, Ecosystems and Global warming and its affect on wildlife. The story is told in freeform poetry style which is very lyrical and easy to read. The illustrations are wonderful. They are torn paper with some painting. A great addition to a public, school or class library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
LandformsLandforms (Beginning-to-Read: Earth Science) 
Hardcover
Published July 1st 2017 by Norwood House Press
4 Stars
Landforms by Mary Lindeen is an informative, non-fiction book in the Earth Science Series. The book provides an interesting way that is easy for children to understand about landforms, types such as hills, valleys, ponds, oceans etc., and how they change such as volcano eruptions, erosion etc. There are facts given during the reading are accompanied by wonderful photographs. This is also an early reader book that will help to reinforce reading skills and build confidence. At the back of the book it lists the high frequency words as well as content words that can be pre-taught or discussed if the book is being read aloud. The section at the back for parents and teachers gives suggested activities for connecting concept as well as resources for further investigation. A good book for a primary classroom learning about landforms and their changes. If using this with older readers, it could be an introduction to the topic and provide a jumping off point for further research and investigation. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

Mind Your Manners: Giggly Guide on How Not to BehaveThe Giggly Guide of How to Behave at School
by Walter Foster Jr. Creative Team

Hardcover, 96 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Walter Foster Jr
4/5 Stars
“The Giggly Guide of How to Behave at School” is a great book that kids will love. It does a great job of explaining to students how to behave at school. The illustrations are hilarious as they show what might happen if you don’t follow the rule or display proper manners. This book covers some really important and basic safety rules, such as keeping your hands to yourself, not playing in the restroom, and sitting properly in your chair. There are also general behaviours such as not making fun of people that are different, walking in the halls and on stairs, and not playing with your food. As I mentioned above, the illustrations that accompany the text are bright and entertaining and are a great addition to the story! This book would be useful in home and school libraries where you can read about proper behaviour without sounding preachy and with the kids having some fun, that way they will remember better. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

The Little Red Wolf

The Little Red Wolfby Amélie Fléchais  (Author, Illustrator)

Original Title: Le petit loup rouge
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Lion Forge (first published June 2014)
5 Stars

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Howl Like a Wolf: Why Animals Do What They Do – and How You Can Do It, Too!

Howl Like a Wolf: Why Animals Do What They Do – and How You Can Do It, Too!by Kathleen YaleKaley McKean (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 80 pages
Expected publication: March 6th 2018 by Storey Publishing, LLC
5 Stars

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Courageous Women Rebels

Courageous Women Rebels (Women's Hall of Fame Series)by Joy Crysdale

Published April 15th 2013 by Second Story Press

5 Stars

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Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust

Hedy's Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaustby Michelle Bisson, El Primo Ramon (Illustrations)

Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Capstone Press

5 Stars
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