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LULU the Tiger Loves Ice Cream: A Children’s Book about Self-Esteem, Cooking, Sharing and Social Skills (Cooking Adventures) by Ann Lee  

About the Book

Lulu the Tiger is invited to Hal Hippo’s pool party and is asked to bring her favorite dessert. Lulu has fun making her favorite ice cream. She makes chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors. What desserts will her friends bring to the party and will they share her love for ice cream?

Read this fun, yummy tale about friendship, following directions, and sharing. Since it’s written in rhyme, it serves as the perfect circle time, story time, or bedtime text. And remember – even if you’re left without a scoop of ice, there will always be a friend or two who will gladly share their ice cream with you!

LULU the Tiger Loves Ice Cream is one of five children’s learning books in a series by Ann Lee. Lulu the Tiger has numerous experiences and teaches essential lessons about friendship, life, and education along the way. All of the stories are well-written and entertaining for kids. Lulu is invited to a pool party in this story, and she brings her favorite dessert, ice cream, with her.

Lulu has a number of other animal companions with whom she enjoys playing. At the pool party, they all have an exciting time. When Lulu drops an ice cream cone, they learn about sharing.

The book is written in rhyme, which attracts children’s attention. The images are cute and appealing to young ones.

At the end of the book, the author gives a simple ice cream recipe as well as coloring pages.

My granddaughter has quickly become a fan of the Lulu stories, and she begs that they be read to her every day!

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other by Argyro Graphy

About the Book

Bentley is about to board a rocket for the trip of a lifetime.

His friends however are not allowed to join him as they are “different” Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other teaches children about diversity and inclusion.

Children, and adults alike, should:

  • celebrate individuality
  • embrace our differences
  • accept one’s abilities and not focus on their disabilities
  • recognize and respect diversity and
  • promote inclusivity

Too short, too tall, curly hair, no hair, dark skin light skin, walking or wheeling, children will see themselves through the diverse characters known to Bentley as ‘his friends’.

A great conversation starter for parents, teachers, and educators, Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other reinforces the importance of being different, and that we all matter and we all belong.

Children’s favorite kindness advocate, Bentley, is faced with a decision to follow his dream or stand by his friends.

A great gift for any child that may wonder why they are different, why they are excluded, or perhaps question their self-worth.

Recommend by psychologists as a wonderful resource to share with children with special needs reinforcing their belief that they are just as important as anyone else and that we all must celebrate our abilities and not focus on our disabilities.

Argyro Graphy’s final installment in the Inspiring Children’s Series, featuring Bentley Hippo, expresses the need for everyone to accept each other regardless of their differences or disabilities.

Bentley’s friends planned a wonderful surprise for him as a way to say thank you for all his help. The friends were all very excited and hoping to share in Bentley’s surprise, but a uniformed man was rude to everyone.

Each main character has a difficulty to face. Bentley the Hippo is vision impaired; Toby the Elephant has diabetes and kidney issues; Jaxon the Monkey has ADHD; Marty the Lion has alopecia and Daisy the giraffe has autism and impaired hearing. Along the way, in earlier books, these friends have encountered other children with disabilities such as cancer.

The author has done a skillful job of conveying how words and tones can harm and hurt one’s feelings. I like how Bentley sticks up for his friends. However, I felt his tone was a little too assertive, especially if he is a child. Granted, the adult he was talking to was very rude, and Bentley was much kinder.

In the end, Bentley taught someone an important message on kindness and acceptance.

The final book of this series is, like all the others, a helpful tool for teaching children valuable lessons. The illustrations are rich and vibrant, created in a pleasing, eye-catching way that is sure to keep children engrossed and drawn into the story.

I received The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Accept Each Other from BookSirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to be Patient, by Argyro Graphy

About Book

A loud knock at the front door has Bentley startled.  Who could it be?

An excited Jaxon, rambles on not making any sense.  Racing ahead pointing in the distance, Bentley follows this silly monkey.  A large crowd has gathered making it impossible for Jaxon to see what the fuss is all about.

Sprinting to the front of the line, Jaxon is stopped and directed to the back of the line by the ticket agent.  Frustrated, Jaxon looks around, waiting for the right moment.  Determined, he makes a mad dash. 

Inspiring Children to be Patient teaches:

the importance of waiting your turn

understanding the meaning of being patient

identifying ways to stay calm

respecting others around


Bentley has his hands full with this hyperactive monkey.  The illustrations and expressions will have you giggling in this entertaining and educational story.  

The fourth in the Inspiring Children Series, this makes a wonderful gift for any occasion, and a great addition to classrooms, libraries and daycare facilities.

My Review

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo, Inspiring Children Series, by Argyro Graphy, is an impressive series of stories for children. The newest addition is no less impressive.

Bentley’s friend, Jaxon, a monkey, comes to Bentley’s house one morning so excited Bentley can’t understand him. As Bentley follows his friend, there are many slip-ups in Jaxon’s behavior. Jaxon causes mishaps such as making everyone’s ice cream fall on the ground. Jaxson gets in trouble because he can’t stand still. Bentley figures out Jaxon is a very impatient monkey.

After recognizing and understanding the problem, Bentley helps Jaxon figure out how to stay calm. Jaxon and Bentley’s other friends, Daisy, the giraffe, Toby, the elephant, and Marty, the lion, also help Jaxon.

Graphy’s story will explain to children and help them understand how their disturbing and distressing overexuberance and impatience impact and affect everyone around them, including themselves.

The illustrations, by Michael Reyes, are striking and vibrantly portrayed. The appealing pictures are eye-catching and attention-grabbing with their rich, intense colors, which are sure to appeal to young kids.

The author aptly shows youngsters how to accept others for whom they are, in addition to helping them without unkind criticism, bullying or judgment. The Bentley Hippo stories are effective means of conveying these lessons to children.

I received The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to be Patient from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Little Possum and Little Sweetpea-Little Sweetpea teaches Little Possum a Lesson by Halle J. Ladd

Halle J. Ladd has written a likable children’s story about two unlikely friends.

Little Possum loves to eat sweet peas. He hides in trees to sneak up and eat the sweet peas. However, Little Sweetpea doesn’t want to be eaten, so she shows Little Possum where the delicious blackberries are.

The images are singular and unusual in that they are hand-drawn, which lends an air of captivating charm to each one.

Children can glean several lessons from this sweet story about becoming and being friends-lessons such as problem-solving, working together and give and take.

The story is short, thus ensuring it will hold a little one’s attention.

I received a copy of this book from AuthorsXP For Readers and Authors. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Miranda, Queen of Broken Toys Written and Illustrated by Andrea Tripke

About Book

Publisher’s Summary

Miranda is unlike all of her friends. While her friends love getting new and shiny Miranda Queen of Broken Toystoys, she sees beauty in the broken and unwanted ones.

Becoming the Queen of Broken Toys, Miranda often feels lonely until one day a boy shows up at her gates.

An extensive toy search and some unexpected raspberry-tea- and-tomato-and-cheese-sandwich-disaster change her life forever.

Miranda, Queen of Broken Toys is a humorous yet heartwarming story dealing with lacking values in today’s throwaway society, accompanied by quirky illustrations.

Andrea Tripke typically illustrates children’s books, but with Miranda, Queen of Broken Toys, readers are introduced to her debut as an author.

I love the subtle lessons sprinkled along the way. Children can learn from this enchanting children’s story.

The illustrations are winsome and full of deep, cheerful colors. Attention to detail in each drawing highlights a flawless tale of renewal and purpose.

Andrea Tripke takes a lonesome little girl and gives her and her broken toys a reason for existence while helping a little boy along the way.

Prepare for a wonderfully sweet and insightful adventure as you follow Queen Miranda in her Kingdom of Broken Toys.

I received this book from LibraryThing . However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Goodnight written by Lauren H. Kerstein, Illustrated by Nate Wragg

About the Book

Rosie the dragon and Charlie are ready to tackle bedtime—dragon-style

Rosie the DragonRosie the dragon’s bedtime routine has been a little bumpy lately. But not to worry! Charlie is prepared with his lists, rules, and fire extinguisher—everything a boy needs to help guide his pet dragon (and best friend) to a peaceful night’s sleep. But with bath-time bubble trouble, fiery-hot pajamas, and stuffed animal search-and-rescues, tucking this dragon into bed is not an easy task. And what happens when thunder strikes? Snuggle up with this adorable duo as they conquer bedtime the best way: together!

Charlie and Rosie, Charlie’s pet dragon, are best friends and superheroes. However, Rosie does not like bedtime!

Enchanting, vivid pictures illustrate all the mischief Rosie gets into to avoid bedtime. Poor Charlie has his hands full!

The antics are laugh-out-loud funny, but also, in some cases, a little scary. (I don’t want to give any spoilers.)

Rosie’s creative and sometimes unintentional consequences while trying to avoid bedtime may cause some parents to feel the story sets a bad example. Yet the story is not written to teach as much as to entertain. Little children may recognize themselves and Rosie’s antics in the story. Even though some of the shenanigans could hardly be duplicated, Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Goodnight does offer an opportunity to teach the importance of bedtime.

Overall, the story is cute and enjoyable. The illustrations are bright and are true to the adventures. Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Goodnight is a picture book. The story should be easy for a beginning reader with a little help from a parent or sibling. It’s a cute story to read to children from Pre-K up.     

About the Author

Lauren Kerstein is an author and psychotherapist. She is a Jersey girl at heart who currently lives in Colorado with her husband, their two dragons…er, daughters, and their rescue dog. Lauren is the author of the Rosie the Dragon and Charlie picture book series (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions). Her latest picture book, Lauren H. KersteinHOME FOR A WHILE (Illustrated by Natalia Moore/Magination Press) moves into shelves February 2, 2021. Lauren also writes books in her field. Lauren is one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek, a judge with Rate Your Story, runs a critique business, and is a long-time member of 12×12 and SCBWI. Her writing goals are simple. Read voraciously. Embrace feedback. Grow each day. Work hard. Be passionate. Write courageously. Touch children’s hearts. You can visit her at www.LaurenKerstein.net and follow her on Twitter and Instragram (@LaurenKerstein) and FB (https://www.facebook.com/laurenkersteinauthor).

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up by Argyro Graphy with Giveaway

About the Book

Ever feel like quitting? It is a choice we make every day; go on or give in! Bentley hippo meets children facing daily struggles and challenges that are both visible and not so visible. His biggest and most important lesson is convincing Julia, a patient in a hospital room to Never Give Up. This heart-warming, inspirational story is perfect to teach children that a bad day is not a bad life. Dreams do come true. Things will get better. So, pick yourself up, shake yourself off and believe that if Bentley can do it You Can Do It. Bentleythehippo.com

MY THOUGHTS

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up, by Argyro Graphy, is a good book to use to encourage children if they have a disability or are going through a tough time medically. The animals and children share about their own disabilities, including those that aren’t seen, in order to show not everyone, (indeed no one) is perfect!

The pictures are appealing, vibrant and cute. They do a good job of illustrating each animal or child’s disability or illness, while at the same time the characters explain the same. As they are reading, or being read to, children will be able to better understand compassion and friendship towards others. I feel one of the greatest lessons to learn is optimism and that every day is not a bad day. These are among the many valuable lessons to be learned from Bentley Hippo and his friends!

The book is recommended for ages 3-8. However, I feel it is better suited to ages six and above as the subject matter may be a little “heavy” and scary for younger children.

I received  The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Giveaway

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Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson

My first thought upon beginning to read Bird Hugs was how wonderful to read a book that focused on how a perceived disability could become a welcome ability. I didn’t change my mind upon finishing the book.

Many members of my family work, or have worked/volunteered, for a residential facility for physically and mentally handicapped adults. Reading this book gave me a warm feeling at how sweetly this story was written and illustrated.

The illustrations are so cute, from Bernard the bird, to the sad orangutan and all their friends. Children will learn about a lot of different kinds of animals by reading Bird Hugs.

I was disappointed with the formatting, however. Perhaps it’s only a problem for the Kindle edition, but you must constantly turn the book from portrait to landscape and back again.

I received this e-book as an Amazon First Reads selection. However, I was not required to write a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Bernard isn’t like other birds. His wings are impossibly long, and try as he might, he just can’t seem to fly. He’s left wondering what his wings are good for…if they’re even good for anything at all. But a chance encounter with a dejected orangutan leads Bernard to a surprising discovery: that maybe what makes him different is actually something to be embraced.

About Author

Ged Adamson is a children’s author and illustrator. He lives in London with his partner Helen and son Rex.

Adorable Story-Penguin and Moose By Hannah C. Hall

Penguin and Moose, by Hannah C. Hall, is an adorable book and is charmingly and delightfully illustrated by Anna Chernyshova. 

Penguin discovers he has a problem most birds don’t have. His best friend, Moose, is more than willing to help him remedy the situation. After all, what are friends for? Thus, begins one of the cutest children’s books I have read. Penguin and Moose is geared toward the preschool to 3rd-grade level (approximately 4 to 8 years of age). However, it will definitely delight readers of all ages.

Friends are precious and wonderful. The story of Penguin and Moose not only clarifies but also spotlights their importance in a delightful and enchanting way.

Hannah Hall helps children learn more by using a Bible verse to further the point, but she does it in a non-preachy way.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Worthy Kids. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Penguin and Moose by Hannah C. Hall

This is one of the CUTEST stories, with a Fantastic message for children. If you have a child, know a child or work with children-check it out. I’ll have a review Monday. In the meantime, enjoy this cute “teaser”  film!!