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February 2, 2011

Charlesbridge Children's Books Review

Charlesbridge has released a series of new Children's books for Spring of 2011 and DD received a couple of them to review. As many of you already know, DD loves books, she can not get enough of them. Because we read to her daily, she gets tired of the books fairly quickly and wants us to buy her new books all the time to change things up. The morning her new books arrived, she actually asked if she could buy new books, so these books could not have come at a better time.

DD received While You Are Sleeping to review.

See what one moment in time looks like across the globe.

As one child goes to bed, another child is waking up on the other side of the world. With each page turn, readers see the same moment in time in nine different countries: the United States, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, India, Thailand, Haiti, England, and Brazil. The lift-the-flap feature makes the “big idea” concept of time accessible to young readers. Open the book to a child reading before bed in Alaska, then lift the flap on the opposite page to see someone in Nigeria getting dressed to start her day.

Durga Bernhard’s simple text and whimsical illustrations make While You Are Sleeping a perfect read-aloud–especially for bedtime. Back matter includes a map and author’s note explaining time zones and highlighting the different countries featured in the text.

An excellent resource for all areas of the curriculum, this book invites readers to learn more about the cultures, people, and places in the world around them.

We like this book because it serves several purposes. Not only that it teaches time zone and explaining what people are doing at the same moment in nine different countries, it also shows DD what different kids are doing. The book gives quickly glimpse of what life might be like for another kid in different country. For instance, a little girl might be milking a goat. DD did not know anything about milking a goat before, so that's something new that she has learned.
The second book DD received to review was Will You Be Mine? A Nursery Rhyme Romance.

A hardworking cat, an ingénue dog, and a collection of Mother Goose rhymes combine in this charming Valentine picture book. Our romantic leads meet, court, propose, and wed, then honeymoon to London to visit the Queen.

We thought this book was a fun read. Using nursery rhymes, this children's story tells a love story between a cat and a dog. DD's favorite part was the wedding planning and the wedding event itself. She loves that there is a dog, a cat and a pig as bridesmaids. The book is fun to read aloud and we think it would be great as Valentine's Day gift for your kids.

To buy the books we received to review, please visit your local bookstores or buy them online at Charlesbridge

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


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