I feel we all should celebrate today by giving thanks to an amazing author… Dr. Seuss! This one man created several worlds that multiple generations have enjoyed. But most importantly he created worlds that intrigued children and encouraged their desire to learn how to read!
My favorites included One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham. And still to this day, it is a Christmas tradition in my house to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas! What about you, what were favorite Dr. Seuss tales?
By Rick Riordan. Format: Hardback. Read: May 2012.
This is the second installment in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. Percy Jackson is back in the midst of chaos, but he doesn’t remember anything from his life. His new friends, Hazel and Frank, have vital secrets about their pasts. The mythological worlds from Greek, Roman, and Chinese histories are condensed into a fun-filled, easy-to-read adventure. Rick Riordan has a gift for mixing the modern world and the mythological past from various cultures into action packed stories that will spark children’s interest. This is another amazing book, with an ending that will have fans counting down the days until the release of the third book.
Rick Riordan is an unbelievable story-teller, and one of my heroes in modern-day literature. He has a talent for giving children stories that interest them, and teaching them about the world of mythology at the same time. Tell me, do you have a modern-day hero of literature? Why is that author your hero? Do you have a preference for mythological stories?
By: Elizabeth Rooks. Illustrated by: Brandon Coleman. Format: Paperback. Read: July 20, 2012.
Rayne Queen Water Supplier of the World is a book about a spirited little girl, who dreams of being a queen. She goes on a journey to convince Dale the Dolphin, Bella the Butterfly, and others, that she is their queen. Rayne believes that she is rain, and supplies the world with water, but the animals do not believe her. Elizabeth Rooks has created an enjoyable children’s book that subtly teaches the importance of rain. This book reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are, in the fact that Rayne and Max share similar characteristics, and are out to rule the world! Young girls will enjoy Rayne’s adventures, as well as the wonderful illustrations. However, there are several big vocabulary words that younger children might have trouble reading. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to parents with young girls, as a book to read along with their daughters.
Note: Elizabeth Rooks provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her books, visit: www.ElizabethRooks.com
Have you had the pleasure of reading this book? Let me know what you liked most about Rayne’s spirit!
As always… Enjoy! ~Ariesgrl
By J. K. Rowling. Format: Hardcover. Read: July 2012.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a fairy tale book from the Harry Potter series. Fans who have read all seven books in the series, will know about this book and be very familiar with one of the tales. There are five tales total: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” and of course “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” Each tale is similar to a regular fairy tale, in the sense that there is a lesson to be learned, however Rowling adds her own magical flare to each. This is a must-read for all the Potter fans in the world.
I must warn you that this book contains spoilers from the series, so please (for my own peace of mind) read all seven Harry Potter books first. I have two favorite tales from this book. The first “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” has a wonderful life lesson, while “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” made me laugh out loud. Rowling has co-created a charity called Children’s High Level Group, and Scholastic has donated the net proceeds from the sales of this book, which is another good reason to go out and purchase this book. After you have read the book, let me know which tale is your favorite.
By Rudyard Kipling. Adapted by Karen Baicker. Illustrated by Davin Cheng. Format: Enhanced ebook. Read: May 2012.
When I registered my NOOK®, this book was automatically placed in my library. It is a cute story about one very curious elephant, who goes out alone in search of answers after all of the adult animals refuse to answer the elephant’s questions. It is an enhanced ebook, so there are several options available on how to read this story. The illustrations are spectacular, and as with most Children’s books, there is a lesson to be learned, however this lesson is for the adults.
By Seymour Simon. Format: Enhanced ebook. Read: May 2012
Fun Facts About Pets is an excellent book for young children. Since it is an enhanced ebook, it can be read by just the child or parent, read along with the child or parent, or even read to the child. I read this book by myself, and then had it read the pages to me. It is a bit long for the younger children, however the short, simple facts and cute pictures, should be able to hold a young child’s interest. This is a great book to encourage learning and reading for children. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages, even adults without children may learn a couple of new facts about these interesting creatures.