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Holiday Gift Guide * Fun and Friendly Calligraphy for Kids

Book:  Fun and Friendly Calligraphy for Kids Author: Virginia Lucas Hart Paperback: 120 pages Publisher: Ulysses Press (2017) Language: English ISBN: 9781612437224 Reading Level: Ages 7-12; Grades 2-3 Price: $15.95 Purchase: Online or at local retailers I myself was parochially educated.  The Palmer Method, its whorls and zigs, came before I learned to print.  I can still see its script posters bordering my classroom.   Strangely enough, the only printing I saw was in  books.  The beauty of good penmanship cannot be in dispute.  It is an art.  I have heard and read in horror too many times how cursive […]


Holiday Gift Guide * Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!

Book:  Where’s Waldo?  Destination:  Everywhere! Author:  Martin Handford Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Candlewick (September 14, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9780763697266 Reading Level: Ages 5-9; Grades Kindergarten-4 Price: $19.99 Purchase: Online or at local retailers I like books. I like getting them. I like giving them. Note: Not ALL books are meant for heavy reading. That’s why I am wrapping up Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere! and passing it on to a grand kid. While some claim Waldo has no real educational value, I disagree. Mind games are fun confidence builders and worthwhile boredom busters. New games, new searches along with 12 […]


Holiday Gift Guide * A World of Information

] Book:  A World of Information (non-fiction) Author:  Richard Platt Illustrator:  James Brown Hardcover: 64 pages Publisher: Candlewick Studio (September 28, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9780763693480 Reading Level: Ages 8+; Grades Kindergarten-12 Price: $25 Available: Online or at local retailers Brown and Platt put together a fine 2 page per topic non-fiction reference book, easy reading and high on interest.   To me A World of Information is an excellent table book (hard-covered, over-sized, non-fiction pictorial) that entertains and inspires social conversation.  Books are a treasure.  What they hold is knowledge.   In all my years, I have learned a […]


Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Opens Thanksgiving is gone, and Christmas will soon be upon us.  Time to start thinking again about holiday shopping.  Don’t get caught in the rush.  Start planning now.  My 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is now open online.   Please feel free to contact me if you are a company/brand/website, and want your product or service featured.  Package options and pricing are below. Gift Guide Categories: Books Clothing Entertainment Health and Beauty Household Hobbies and Toys Jewelry Pets Travel And more…. Feature options include: Reviews–non-refundable full-sized product/gift card with min. $25 value Giveaways–additional to review; min. one winner of min. $10 […]

Holiday Gift Guide * Knightology

Book:  Knightology (non-fiction) Author:  Dugald A. Seer Hardcover: 30 pages Publisher: Candlewick Press (November 14, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9780763698485 Reading Level: Ages 10+; Grades 5-6 Price: $24.99 Purchase:  Online or at local retailers With a subtitle like “A True Account of the Most Valiant Knights,” what middle school student would not be curious about what tales lie between its covers? Its sealed envelope invites, its peekaboo insets tease. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a mere novelty volume. It is an interactive, comprehensive tell-all far better and more interestingly written than any middle grade social studies offering. The […]

Holiday Gift Guide * Wild Zoo Train

Book:  Wild Zoo Train Author:  Carmela Lavigna Coyle Illustrator:  Steve Gray Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher:  Muddy Boots (October 1, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9781630763060 Reading Level: Ages 3-7; Grades Preschool-2 Price: $15.95 Purchase: Online or at local retailers My first days ever in school were in a split class of first and second graders.  I quickly and quietly turned the pages while the rest of the bluebirds, robins, and sparrows kept on task.  Cautioned not to read ahead, I yearned to be able to read the real second grade books.  Pre-primers and primers like Dick and Jane just did not […]

Holiday Gift Guide * La La La Land: A Story of Hope

  Book: La La La Land:  A Story of Hope Author:  Kate DiCamillo Illustrator:  Jaime Kim Hardcover: 72 pages Publisher: Candlewick Press (October 3, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9780763658335 Reading Level: Ages 4-8; Grades Preschool-3 Price: $17.99 Purchase: Online or at local retailers I remember early elementary school How and Tell.  My, my, how so many parents and parent figures would have felt had they knows the secrets that little children so often held in!  Everyone needs to be able to express  their feelings–good and bad. Through a cinematic–like sequence illustrations, the soft yellow and purple colors of night almost […]