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Children’s Non-Fiction Books: Mini-Reviews

My Favorite Pet: Ponies

My Favorite Pet: Ponies

by Victoria Marcos

4 Stars

Victoria Marcos has written many books in the “My Favorite Animal” series, and is now writing “My Favorite Pet” series. These books follow a similar make up. There are some great facts and wonderful photographs of Ponies to illustrate the information. This book teaches children about caring for ponies, what they enjoy eating, and where they live. There are also some fun and easy quizzes to review and reinforce what was read. This is a fun series for very young readers, and the layout is interesting, with questions throughout for readers to discuss with adults. A good non-fiction book for young readers and listeners to learn about ponies. The relatively easy and repetitive text makes this a great reader for beginning readers to develop their confidence. The back of the book has a table of contents and glossary to assist children in the reading and understanding of the book. This would make a nice addition to class and school libraries. The publisher, Xist Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.

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Around The World in Every Vehicle

Around The World in Every Vehicle

by Amber StewartDuncan Beedie (Illustrations)

3 Stars

I grabbed this book because I have a grandson who loves cars, trucks, planes and boats. The Van Go family (a family of red pandas) has decided to go around the world for summer break.

The illustrations are a fun and cute cartoon style that kids should find interesting, but they are so busy and I found them a bit distracting. The family started their trip by driving their blue van across Europe from England to Turkey. They take rides on buses, metros and boats as they tour cities they stop in, as well as having a book or journal to compare things such as taxis in various countries. They also take planes and other transport methods as they go beyond Europe. My complaint was that there was too much tied up in this little book. Things were mentioned and there was a small picture but then they moved on. I would have loved to have seen them in a rickshaw or tuk-tuk in India, and I can’t believe the creators passed up those opportunities. I really don’t think this book lived up to its title. Despite these areas of disappointment, the book does introduce many types of transportation all over the world. My grandson wanted to know what the various types of transportation were called and used for, if I had ever used them, if he would ever get the chance to ride in them, but he was not really interested in this story. This is not one I would necessarily recommend. The publisher, Quarto Publishing Group – QEB, generously provided me with a copy of this book. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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Knock Knock Boo Who? by Brenda Ponnay

Knock Knock Boo Who? (Illustrated Knock Knock Jokes for Kids)

by Brenda Ponnay

4.5 Stars

My grandson loved this book. He tells the corniest jokes, many that his Nono tells him, then he repeats them, often incorrectly and laughs like he is hilarious. He thought the jokes in this short and cute book were also hilarious. I am not sure if he go them all or not, but with the cute illustrations, it was a hit for sure. The book is centred around Hallowe’en but can be enjoyed year round. Overall, I would recommend this book to children, but warn their parents ahead of time, these jokes might be repeated over and over and over and over……. The publisher, Xist Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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My Favorite Animal: Frogs by [Marcos, Victoria]

My Favorite Animal: Frogs

by  Victoria Marcos

4 Stars

Victoria Marcos is the author of several non-fiction series beginning with “My Favorite”. I really enjoy reading them to my grandchildren. This book has some great photos and facts about frogs. It is geared to young children (4 to 8) so they can learn about frogs and it does just that. It is simple with just enough information that it will not overwhelm them. They will hear about where they live, their bodies, what they ear etc. There is some difficult vocabulary in this book that the younger listeners will need an explanation for, but primary students learning about animals and the various classification of them (mammals, birds, amphibians etc.) should be okay with it. I think this is a great book and series for a school library. There are many young children who do not want to read fiction and this series would definitely give them something to read as they are developing their skills. I can see this peaking a reader’s interest enough that they search and read more. The publisher, Xist Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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Buzzing Bees: A 4D Book

Buzzing Bees: A 4D Book

by Melissa Higgins

4 Stars

I enjoyed this book and couldn’t believe how much I learned. My grandson, was actually a bit scared of the book as he does not like bees. He was quite interested in learning that there are bees that do not sting. Many books about bees focus on honey bees, but this book showcases 12 different types of bees from around the world. Each two page spread provides information such as habitats, colonies, what they eat. to they sting, size and general global distribution. Most types of bees are illustrated with color images and close-ups. There is some general information about bees as well. Readers will learn many new scientific vocabulary terms in this book, which are defined well in the glossary at the back of the book. If you are looking for a book to introduce the types of bees to children, this is an excellent book to use. This is another non-fiction book that would appeal to younger readers, especially those who do not want to read fiction (i.e. boys in particular because they love bugs). A great addition to any library or primary/junior classroom. There is an app that connects to this book that will enhance what is included, but as this was an ebook, I was not able to use this function. The publisher, Capstone, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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Nature Crafts by Fiona Hayes and Creative Adventures in Cursive by Rachelle Doorley

These two books are both wonderful additions to a family, school or classroom library. They are all about creativity, crafting and homemade gifts. I thought they were both especially timely with Christmas coming. I love homemade gifts from my family and these books have several suggestions.

Nature Craft5 Stars

Published August 14th 2018 by QEB Publishing Continue reading “Nature Crafts by Fiona Hayes and Creative Adventures in Cursive by Rachelle Doorley”

Mini-Reviews: Children’s Non-Fiction

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Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night

by Mark Wilson

4.5 Stars

Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Storey Publishing, LLC

Owling was a fascinating and complete look at owls. This book was written in a clear but detailed manner illustrated with beautiful photographs. The faces of the owls staring out at the reader was mesmerizing at times. The book began with general information about owls, continued on with specific owls found in North America, then how to find owls which included a section on owl pellets and homes. One thing I remember about owl pellets was getting to dissect one as a student in elementary school and I though it was so interesting. Finally the author shows us about working with owls to protect them and learn more about them. I learned quite a bit about owls reading this book, which really surprised me. This would be a great book for any public or school library, where children love to read about and learn about animals in our world. Owls seem to be one of those animals that attract a lot of questions and interest, so, read this book to satisfy your curiosity. The publisher, Storey Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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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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