Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Who Pooped in Central Park? Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson

Who Pooped in Central Park
Scat and Tracks for Kids
By Gary Robson

Learning to identify an animal by their scat and tracks helps one connect with nature. Reading through Who Pooped in Central Park you realize that even in the busy city of New York  there's lots of wildlife to be found. In this adventure, Emma, Jackson, Lily, and Tony take a stroll through the park meeting different folks, each who passes a bit of  knowledge on to them. The first person they meet is Lawton. Lawton teaches the kids about rats. Off to the side, in The Straight Poop box (a box that shares random information pertaining to the story) Gary encourages the reader to clean up after themself by throwing trash away and reminds young readers to never approach a rat despite how friendly it may appear. Back to Lawton, so Lawton teaches the kids to identify rats and then a muskrat is spotted. Lawton enlightens us that a muskrat isn't a rat despite the word rat being used in it's name. The kiddos wander away from Lawton and head on their way. They discover many other interesting animals along the way, of course,  identifying them by their scat and tracks.

Click on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading my review.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Born Wild In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park by Henry Holdsworth

Born Wild in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
By Henry Holdsworth

If you are a national park animal lover than this book is for you!!!!   The photography is absolutely beautiful! Henry has captured some of God's most beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Not only does he capture the animal but he also highlights what is going on around the animal at the time which makes you feel as if you are there. With his skills he captures the reflection of the evening light on the water as the trumpeter swan family swims, the speed of two elk calves as they get out of dodge fast, the steam rising from the Yellowstone River as mama and baby bison cross (don't put a bison in your car y'all!),and in my favorite picture Henry takes a beautiful shot of a moose calf in a November blizzard. Now this picture is my favorite because Henry actually catches ths blur of the blizzard!!! Last year, when my family and I relocated to MT, was the first year for me to experience an actual winter. In TX, we'd get maybe a month of winter, a mild one at that, and if we got lucky we'd get an inch of snow that would cause schools to shut down and everybody to wreck in the ditch. Totally different world up here! Last year, TX got maybe three days of winter. Seriously, my friend gardened pretty much year round!

Hop on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to read the rest of my review.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Acres & A Dream The Book by Leigh Tate

5 Acres & A Dream The Book
The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead
By Leigh Tate
(Doesn't that cover just make your heart stop!!! Loads of eye goodies!)

Have you ever read a book that encouraged and inspired you so much that it was pretty much impossible to put it down? Well Leigh's book, 5 Acres & A Dream, was that kind of book for me. I read it in one weekend. Seriously! I'm the kind of the gal who takes the opportunity to read whenever it is presented no matter how small.
It's time to brown meat, let me read this while staring my meat.
Car ride?! Hold on let me grab my book! I call shotgun!!! But mom you always get shotgun!!!!
Kids staring at the wall? Time for chapter 3!!! OK, I'm not really  that bad all the time. 
But seriously, y'all, I devoured the book!!!

Hop on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to read the rest of my review. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Home Economics: You CAN Sew! By Modesty Matters

Home Economics: You CAN Sew!!!

Modesty Matters has put out an excellent sewing curriculum! They also have a quilting one! How exciting is that!

Their curriculum is designed to teach you sewing fron start to finish. If you are brand new to sewing or a struggling seamstress than this is the thing for you! Regardless of whether you are a visual learner or not you'll benefit! The curriculum comesin a spiral bound book with the lessons and excersices wrote out in text. At the back is your DVD set and your project CD. I encourage you to both read the text and watch the video to not only reinforce what you read but also because some things are only mentioned in one or the other (not major things).

 You are taught the basics such as sewing machine parts, threading your sewing machine, and operating it. Alongside these lessons is homework that is aimed to help you remember what you have learned. From here you go on ti learn the difference in fabrics, the difference in threads, coordinating colors, the importance of ironing, how to pin and cut a pattern, and finally sewing that pattern. Now of course I did NOT list everything you'll learn. By the time you complete all the lessons you'll have sewn three projects alongside your virtual teacher.  I can guarantee with this course you'll be confident behind your machine and will be wearing your own handmade dress before you know it!

Sewing is a lost skill that  can not afford to be forgotten. Modest clothing is getting harder and harder to find. While handmade items are not necessarily cheaper they are, depending on the seamstress, more modest, more feminine, and more unique than what the world has to offer.

If you are a homemaker or have a little homemaker in the making, that desires to learn the art of sewing, I could not recommend a better teacher than Modest Matters.

I recieved a course in exchange for an HONEST review.

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids by Jerome Pohlen

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kid
His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and thought Experiments 
By Jerome Pohlen

Albert Einstein is an interesting fellow. He had a decent childhood being raised by both his mother and father. Einstein's thought experiments were influenced by a book that a friend of the family, Talmud, had given him. Talmud would bring books to Albert on a weekly basis. Albert would devour these books and discuss them with Talmud. Eventually his mathematical genius was to high for the medical student, Talmud, to keep up with. This was the oush that got Einstein started on his adventure so to speak.

Click on over to my book devoted blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading the rest of my review. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids by Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids
His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities 
By Kerrie Logan Hollihan 

This book is an informative and interesting read. It starts off with Isaac's childhood and ends with his death. His childhood was tragic. His father, who Isaac was named after, died when his mother was six months with child. She then remarried a wealthy man. But the deal wasn't smooth. In order to marry this wealthy man she had to leave Isaac behind with his grandparents. At this time Isaac was 3. Hannah, his mother, did not return until Issac was 10. When she did return she had three new children. Isaac was with his mother a short two years before heading off to school. Out of 12years he was with his mother five. Depsite her abstinence he remained committed to her. He even gave her medicine when she was ill. Keep his tragic story in mind when reading about him. This effected him so much that he was awkward and withdrawn-my theory anyways.  A parent's attention and affection means so much.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Who Pooped in the Park? By Gary D. Robson

Who Pooped in the Park? 

I have dealt with poop quite a bit in my lifetime-cleaning up after animals, diaper changes during my baby sitting years, and now TONS of diapers in motherhood. But never once have I been excited over poop......until I seen this book! Seriously y'all! When the mail lady brought the package to me I may or may not have been jumping up and down and she may or may not have ran away from the mad woman who lives in a shoe with so many children! Ok, I'm exaggerating but by golly I sure was excited over fecal matter! 

This book is an  awesome book. It tells a tale of a family taking a rrip to Yellowstone. On the trip Dad and Mom teach Emily and Micheal about identifying animals using the clues they leave behind, specifically scat and tracks. Who doesn't love playing Sherlock Holmes with animal scat?! My kids do!

 We read the book as soon as it arrived! It was very informative. The illustrations, by Elijah Brady Clark, are well done. They match up with the authors descriptuon of the tracks making it easy to understand exactly what you're looking at and why. To explain what I mean when I say "why" I'll give a quick paraphrase from the story. The author describes a badger print and then explains why it looks the way it does, I.e. the badger has long claws that he uses like a shovel to dig his house.

 Gary teaches you how to identify deer, elk, badger, bison and even the dreadful bear! But that's not all!! There are other animals mentioned. I just don't want to spoil the book! He even teaches you how to distinguish between elk and deer by examining their scat. Also you can tell how close an animal is or what they've eaten by examining it. No, nobody in the book is poking around in poo with their fingers. They go about it in nore sanitary ways. 

The book also has a bit of history weaved in. You'll learn what indians used in place of firewood and the history of the word bison and buffalo. It's an informative read for anyone visiting Yellowstone, studying mountain wildlife, or who just dwells in the mountains. It's an easy read as well so it makes a great book for a second grade-ish reader and beyond. Gary handles the topic well and the illustrations are detailed yet appropriate. You won't be grossed out, I promise. Id you'll excuse me I'm off to look at the rest of Gary's series.  Head on over to a FARCOUNTRY PRESS to pick up your own copy. 

I recieved a copy in exchange for an HONEST review.