Book Review: How Winston Delivered Christmas

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From the publisher: When a mouse named Winston finds a lost letter addressed to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, he sets off an unforgettable journey to personally deliver the letter to Santa! How Winston Delivered Christmas is a heart-warming story, organized in twenty-four and a half chapters, to share during the countdown to Christmas. Starting on December 1st, children can read a chapter a day, and each chapter is followed with a fun and festive holiday activity to complete. This illustrated advent story tells of the adventures of an adorable mouse and how a good deed can lead to a very happy ending. 

From me: Don’t search Pinterest for Advent activities this year. This book is the way to go. You get 24 1/2 stories all leading up to Christmas and a slew of activities to keep you busy every day. This is the kind of book that makes me wish we had little people in our house again. So much fun!

Book Review: Between Worlds Folktales of Britain and Ireland

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You’ll be waiting until October for this gem. I already pre-ordered it for our mythology section at home. It’s not on Kindle, but you’ll want it as a book anyway. I’d say it’s just scary enough (spooky is a better term for most of the short stories) for kids that are school age.

German fairy tales gets all the attention, and I’m pretty happy that this compilation made it to print. There are 48 stories, some famous and some new ones, all re-written in modern language so that you could be hearing it from your neighbor or your grandmother. Folk tales are one of my secret weapons in tempting kids into a history study.

These stories have fairies, boggarts, and, changlings (my favorites) all in stories that are perfect as fireside or bedtime stories. The black and white illustrations only add to your own imaginations. I’ve got nothing negative to say on this one.

September Kid’s Book Round Up

This is so cool!

First up we’ve got a ginormous book/fold out timeline that’ll look awesome on your wall all the while making you and your kids a bit smarter. Smithsonian teamed up with Sarah Albee and William Exley to give you the North American historical timeline you never knew you needed. Maybe you did know, searched previously and couldn’t find one? Well, on October 1, 2019 your dream will be realized. This is serious history in a fun illustrated 8 long feet of art package. This will take you from 13,000 BCE up until 2019 (today). I was gifted an actual hardcover review copy and we’ll be hanging the timeline up with its 2nd side facing out because we just happen to be studying American History this year and that’s where we’re starting. You could leave it in the book and read it like a book too. Either way will work.

Another great reference book to have on hand.

The National Geographic Kids Student World Atlas is another book that I think every family should have on their shelf. Yes, I do know that you have Google and Alexa to ask these kind of questions to. You don’t need reference books just for looking things up, you also can use them as simple browsing tools. Kids still need to know how to use an index and how to skim for information. This book makes both easy to learn and succeed with in minutes. We used it just last weekend to look up information about hurricanes. We’ll also be using our copy alongside our geography studies this year.

Sometimes 5 minutes is exactly long enough for a story.

If you are shopping for the holidays (I know, I know, I’m not either, I think people do, I just don’t know any) this is a book you may want to consider for the preschool set.

Things I love:

  • the puffy oversized cover
  • the muted yet still colorful illustrations
  • Actual short 5 minute stories
  • Stories so good I’ll want to read two or three
  • This is under $10 on Amazon and looks like it should cost much more.
Speaking of Xmas, this is an entire Advent story+ activities all in one book!

From the publisher: When a mouse named Winston finds a lost letter addressed to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, he sets off an unforgettable journey to personally deliver the letter to Santa! How Winston Delivered Christmas is a heart-warming story, organized in twenty-four and a half chapters, to share during the countdown to Christmas. Starting on December 1st, children can read a chapter a day, and each chapter is followed with a fun and festive holiday activity to complete. This illustrated advent story tells of the adventures of an adorable mouse and how a good deed can lead to a very happy ending. 

From me: Don’t search Pinterest for Advent activities this year. This book is the way to go. You get 24 1/2 stories all leading up to Christmas and a slew of activities to keep you busy every day. This is the kind of book that makes me wish we had little people in our house again. So much fun!

So fun you won’t realize that you are learning code-breaking at all.

Set up with six missions this book is the perfect solution to anyone looking for some fun math/logic time. We’re going to use our copy on Fridays when I sub in “practical math” into our class time. This is the first in a series that the publisher marks ages 7-12 but I’d include 13 year old kids in 8th grade too.

The back of the book includes a section of solutions and a certificate of achievement. If you aren’t homeschooling this is a great book to have on hand for waiting rooms and vacation days. We just started it and it’s a big hit with my teen after the first mission.

Hot off the presses! You can order it Sept. 17, 2019!

This is the newest title in the growing list of Science Experiment books (the Genius at Work Series) by Sean Connolly. We’ve read a few and the thing that stands out about them is that the experiments work, they don’t require hard to find items and they are fun!

Each chapter presents some technology, tells why we humans invented something to help us with this task and then you get to do an experiment that shows how awesome it is. We’re going to dig into this book as time allows but we already have post-it bookmarks on the soda bottle rockets and one for a holographic video!

Mary Wears What She Wants: A Book Review

This picture book biography took me by surprise. I mean that even though the author graciously offered me a review copy, I wasn’t expecting to be so blown away by a picture book! I’ll admit to being pretty excited about the author offering to inscribe it to my own daughter, also named Mary, who has a long history of being opinionated about gender neutral clothing.

Mary Edward Walker born in 1832 was a woman who what she wanted and what she didn’t want. Her independence went far beyond clothing as she graduated from medical school in 1855 and then went on to volunteer in the army during the Civil War.

However, it all started with pants. Mary didn’t want to wear dresses all the time. As you can imagine, people in her community were shocked. The 4-8 year old set will probably be amazed that this was ever the social norm.

The artwork is spectacular and even in this short book kids get a real sense of what Mary was like in person.

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley