“Isabella and Her Polka Dot Umbrella” {Childrens Book Review}

One of my favorite things to do is read with my kids. My daughter Lucy loves when she and I get to sit down and read together. So, when I was asked to review “Isabella and Her Polka Dot Umbrella,” I jumped at the chance.

The little girl in the story reminds me so much of my Lucy. Isabella is a very busy little girl, who has a hard time going to sleep at night. Her parents try everything they can to wear her out during the day: they buy her a trampoline, take her to gymnastics class, anything they can think of. Then, one rainy day, Isabella’s mom gives her a polka dot umbrella and sends her outside (along with their dog Elvis). The adventures that they have because of this umbrella bring her lots of joy and her imagination runs wild.

Lucy loved reading the story of Elvis, Isabella, and her polka dot umbrella. I am quite certain that if I gave Lucy a polka dot umbrella we would get the same results that Isabella’s parents did. 🙂

The graphics and colors in the book are amazing. The detail in the artwork is just beautiful, and every single page is frame worthy.

Lucy and I both give this book 2 thumbs up. We loved the story, we loved the pictures, and we loved spending time together reading it. It’s not too long, making it the perfect bedtime story, or it can be used as a tool to spark a conversation with your little ones. For example, you could ask your child, “What would you do with the umbrella?” or “Could you pretend an umbrella was your airplane?” or other questions.

I highly recommend this book to any family that loves to read together. Right now, you can purchase “Isabella and Her Polka Dot Umbrella” on Amazon for just $12.95. (And it’s eligible for free Super Saver Shipping!) It’s an excellent value, and would make the perfect addition to your home library.

Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog tour with Parent Reviewers on behalf of the author Carla Forrest. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Fly Danny, Fly! {Book Review – Ends 4/27}

I love reading to – and with – my kids. Instilling a love for reading in each of my kids is so important to me. I don’t just want them to know how to read, I want them to love to read. So, when I come across books like “Fly Danny, Fly,” I get excited and want to share them with my kids.

In the few weeks we’ve had this book, we’ve probably read it a thousand times. I’ve read it to the younger kids, Jace and Zander have read it to themselves and out loud, and Parker has turned page after page, telling the story in his own way.

Fly Danny Fly is beautifully illustrated and tells a wonderful story about a boy that sees a flying pig named Danny. No one else can see this flying pig, and many other kids make fun of this boy, and really hurt him with their words. Then, he meets a wonderful old lady that encourages him to believe in everything he sees and be happy. Shortly after that, he meets Grace, and a special friendship is formed.

This is a sweet little book with a  powerful message that tells kids it’s ok to believe in their dreams!

Fly Danny, Fly has received the Moms Choice Awards Gold Award, and part of their proceeds go to The Danny Did Foundation.

I just adore this book, and I’m certain you and your kids will love it too. Please take a few moments and learn more about the book by visiting their website: Pig Up Station

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book mentioned above from Pig Up Station in order to facilitate my review. Sponsor also sent over 3 additional copies of the book to give away to my readers. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way, and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

My Thoughts on The Lorax

I am a huge Dr. Seuss fan. In fact, there are many of his books that I have memorized just because I’ve read them so many times.

One book I haven’t read, though, is The Lorax. I’m not sure why I’ve never read it… aside from the fact that I didn’t even know it existed.

the loraxWhen word came out that The Lorax was coming to theaters, I knew we’d have to go just to see what it was all about.

I’ll be honest: The cast didn’t impress me much. I can’t stand Zac Effron or Taylor Swift. But, knowing I wouldn’t have to stare at their faces throughout the movie definitely helped with that. I do, however, love Betty White…. I just knew she’d add a special touch to the movie.

Last night was the girls’ turn to spend the night at their MawMaw and PapPaw’s house. Normally, hubby and I would leave all the kids for a few hours and go on a date. But, the boys and I all really wanted to see The Lorax, so we decided to drop the girls off and take the boys to see the movie.

Expecting the show to sell out, we headed to the theater early to get tickets. We took the boys out for pizza and then went into the theater.

We were in the largest theater there is around here, and I was surprised that there weren’t more people there to see the movie. It was less than half full. {Of course, as the lights went down and the movie started, more people came in – because no one can ever be on time for anything around here.}

The movie started, and Parker’s eyes lit up. For a 3 year old, a movie is a very big deal. He had his little box of popcorn on his lap, and he looked like he was in heaven.

I never heard another sound from him until the movie was over.

I just wish I could say the same thing about all the other kids in the theater… but I digress…

I absolutely loved the movie. There were a few slow parts, and my husband fell asleep at one point, but overall, it was an excellent movie.

My favorite part was the music – even though I don’t care at all for either of the “star” singers, the music still blew me away. It was fun and catchy. If I had known the words, I totally would have been singing along in the theater. I will definitely be getting the soundtrack for the movie and putting it in my car.

The storyline was fantastic – all based on Dr. Seuss’ quote, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

I don’t know how true the movie is to the book, since I have yet to read the book, but I think they did a great job of getting their message across without jamming environmentalism down our throats. They made me laugh, they made me sad, and they made me want to go plant a tree. {Which is funny, because the Georgia Environmental Department passed out seedlings after the movie. Great timing!}

I would highly recommend you take your kids to go see The Lorax. {Maybe you should leave your husband at home, though – it makes for an expensive nap.} I am so glad we took the boys last night. We will definitely be purchasing the movie when it comes out on DVD, and I’m off to search Amazon to find a copy of the original Dr. Seuss book to read with my kids.

Have you seen The Lorax? What did you think?

Blast Off to Rocket Town! {Review}

Rocket TownParker is all about anything that has to do with transportation: cars, trucks, boats, planes, tractors, trains… it doesn’t matter what it is. If it goes, he’s in love.

So, when I was given the chance to review a new book by Bob Logan called “Rocket Town,” I jumped at the chance.

The book is amazing. It’s a short, easy to read board book. The illustrations, however, are absolutely incredible! The colors and the excitement on each page are captivating and just a whole lot of fun to look at. I glanced through it myself first, and then I read through it with Parker. We read it once, then again, then another time. Each time, he got more and more excited. His favorite part of the book is the countdown…. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1….. BLASTOFF! He’ll shout it just as loud as he can, every single time! (I’ve learned to hide the book during the baby’s nap time!)

The rockets in Rocket Town aren’t your normal, every day rockets. These rockets are fun and unique, each one special in it’s own way. My favorite is the ice cream truck rocket. Parker loves the school bus rocket and the yellow truck rocket. (The yellow truck rocket is the one that gets to blastoff!)

Parker just loves this book, and I love that he wants to sit and look at the pictures, or read the book with me. Books like Rocket Town are a great way to get young kids excited about reading and instill a love for reading in their little hearts and minds.

The author and illustrator, Bob Logan, has worked as a story artist on feature animations such as Madagascar and Open Season, as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. His illustrations don’t disappoint! You’ll want to get your hands on a copy of the book just because of the illustrations. And at just $7.99, it is definitely worth every penny!

You can purchase Rocket Town on Amazon.com for $7.99 and it’s eligible for free super saver shipping. You can also get to know the author/illustrator on his blog: BoB LOGan

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Sourcebooks on behalf of Rocket Town. I received a copy of the book to get my honest and thorough review. I was in no other way compensated for this post.

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day TWENTY

Day Twenty: Books

My reading is limited to kids books lately. Here are just a few that read on a daily basis. Usually several times a day… 🙂

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