Friday, February 7, 2014

The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games by J.J. Ferrer

I stumbled upon this treasure of a book, absolutely thrilled to find all of the lost games we played as kids. The memories are all bound together in one amazing book. Remember Cat's Cradle string game? Red Rover? Kick the Can? Burlap Sac races? Horse? or Catch-a Coin. I couldn't resist picking this book up and sharing these forgotten games with my kids. I highly recommend purchasing this one!

Perfect for all ages
Two big thumbs up

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford

A delightful discovery! I'm pretty sure I'm the only one on earth who did not read these back in the 70's My 8 year old son and I have been loving these books. The Wombles are exactly the creature you wished you could meet when you were a child. The Wombles live in warm cozy burrows and are a cross between and teddy bear and a mole (in my opinion). You can't help but fall in love with them. Cleaning up the 'Human Beings' messes and using their rubbish is how the Wombles survive. Filled with laughter and adventure, you won't be able to put these wonderful books down!

4 big thumbs up!
Great for 5+

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

This book review goes out to all my homeschool/unschool friends. You may find a bit of yourself in these pages.

This particular book I found at our local kids bookstore and was drawn to it. I wanted to read it to the boys but ended up digesting it all on my own.

The story has a coming-of age element but mostly appeals to the heart. Connection and support for each other is what drew me in. The story revolves around three young teenage kids who come together for two weeks one summer for an amazing total eclipse of the sun but it was much more than that. My heart expanded after reading it.

Make sure you have tissue for the ending.......happy tears.

Two heart warming thumbs up!
Recommend 10+

The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman

The boys and I commute to Karate three times a week so audio books in the truck are a must! This story was read by the fabulous Graeme Malcolm and it entertained us for a couple weeks worth of commuting.

The story begins in a cornfield where a beloved scarecrow has been stolen and arrives in another field on a cold rainy night only to be remarkably brought to life. A young orphan boy befriends him and the adventure begins. Hilarious, heartwarming and adventures galore. You will not be disappointed by the thread of events which brings the scarecrow's journey full circle.

We all give this story 6 big thumbs up!
Excellent for kids age 7+

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Falcon is an oddball kid that doesn't really fit in. One day he gets on a bus and it takes him to a magical island where everyone is a monster. It's a school for monsters and Falcon will soon discover things he never knew before. Filled with mystery, humor and suspense.

Two big 12 year old thumbs up!
Ideal for kids 12+

Roland Wright Future Knight by Tony Davis

Roland Wright is the under-dog. He's not what you would call 'Knight' material but what Roland has is a terrific will and spirit. This will and spirit takes Roland far and catches the attention of some very important people. Humorous and adventurous, my young son loved this book and the books that follow.

Two big thumbs up!
Recommended for kids 6+

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

I read this book to my 7yo son and he was very intrigued by it. "A spring of water that can make you live forever", this was the experience of one family who accidentally drank from a magical spring. It was a short read but filled with  "what will happen next"!

A young girl happen to meet this odd & and enchanting family only to find herself left with choices. It is a love story but not your typical boy/girl love story. A love story about life.

We both give this story two thumbs up and recommend this read for kids 7years and older.