Category - Literature

Operation Beautiful Review

Operation Beautiful CoverI first met Caitlin Boyle, from HealthyTippingPoint.com at the Ball Canning Event I blogged about in July. I sat at a table full of food bloggers/”foodies” and was the only one at my table using the wrong fork I’m sure! Although, I personally was a little intimidated to be amongst the bunch each one of the girls I sat with, including Caitlin were very inclusive and personable. Although none of the bloggers at my end of the table were moms I even got a chance to talk about the girls, which, as some of you know I can’t get enough of.

After meeting Caitlin and checking out her website, and social media outlets, I found out that she had written a book. Actually, it’s not just A book, it’s a very special book, Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at a Time. Operation Beautiful is an amazing, inspirational book that, (in my opinion,) should be on the coffee table in every home.

Why would I be so bold to make such a statement?? Here’s why:

I believe in self. I am a strong believer that every person, no matter what background, what race, gender, economic status, or hardships in life, can change their life for the better and find peace and happiness. Now I may sound like I’m delusional, but I know several people, Caitlin Boyle for one, and the many participants in the Operation Beautiful Movement who agree with me. Read More

Testing for Kindergarten Review

Testing-for-KindergartenKindergarten has already begun for some children, but for others preparation is just beginning. Some parents prepare their children a few months in advance, others a year, and still others a couple of years, depending on where you live.

Testing for Kindergarten; Simple Strategies to Help your Child Ace the Tests for: Public School Placement, Private School Admissions, Gifted Program Qualification, by Karen Quinn is a must have for parents of pre-schoolers.

Karen Quinn knows first hand the struggles of preparing her children for schools and getting into the tough and sometimes “throw-down” competitive New York Schools, so she’s a pretty amazing source if you ask me. I’m just glad she wrote a book with all of these tips and tricks on school. Read More

A Bunny Filled Review

Max and RubyIn Scholastic Storybook Treasures; The Rosemary Wells Collection, 8 beloved stories come to life. You’ll enjoy watching 2 DVDs full of the original Max and Ruby stories plus newer family favorites, “Noisy Nora,” and “Emily’s First 100 Days of School,” included.

Max and Ruby, Ruby and Max…if you’ve ever watched their videos or show on television you basically know all the words to the song. Little Miss A loves these two bunnies. I actually wrote about them forever ago wondering where their parents are, but that’s another topic.

We loved all 2.5 hours plus of Rosemary Wells stories, but our favorites are, “Max’s Chocolate Chicken,” where silly Max gobbles up the Easter chicken while hiding from his big sister Ruby…hopefully Baby C doesn’t get any ideas from mischievous little Max. Read More

The Finger Prince Review

The Finger PrinceImagine a world of roaming around the kitchen playing with fun characters like the Cotton Candy Cowboy or Petey Peanut Butter. Each character has their own adventure, but watch out, something big is around the corner! All this and more are in The Finger Prince by Peter Begley.

I love how the beginning pages in The Finger Prince explain each finger print character in detail, with fun and whimsy. Then, dum…dum..dum, enter the scariest cleaning utensil you’ve ever met.

The Finger Prince is recommended for children ages four to eight, and I certainly see why, with “Monster Sponge” on the loose. “Monster Sponge” actually scared me a little bit as I read the book, so I didn’t let my three year-old Miss A even see it, to be on the safe side. Read More

The Mommy Files Review

Kind of like my mommy journey, the book The Mommy Files: Secrets Every New Mom Should know presented by SheKnows.com and written by Jen Klein started off within a mom group. This is a great book for brand-new, first-time moms, but don’t expect to get much out of it if you’ve already been through motherhood.

When I first became a mom, no amount of babysitting or nannying prepared me quite enough for the responsibility and blessings that motherhood would bring.  Just like all the other moms we were figuring it out as we went. That’s where this book comes in, if you want a little insight to motherhood, author Jen Klein has survived it all, changing diapers in not-so-quaint places to finding baby food in the most unlikely places.

The Mommy Files features quotes from both famous and real moms and adds some She Knows secrets from SheKnows.com, a site for women that covers many topics including parenting. This book reminds me a lot of what a girlfriend’s Cliff Notes for the book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. From morning sickness to potty training and beyond The Mommy Files cover the details of having a baby, but it also covers the “nitty gritty,” that most books don’t touch on. Read More

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Review

WimpyKidMovieDiary Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes of a movie? The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary not only documents how the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie was made, but really tells the story of how any movies are made from start to finish.

I have never read or seen any of the Wimpy Kid series, but I really got into this book. If you are a fan of Wimpy Kid you will love this book. From creating the storyboard, to choosing the actors, to wrapping up the movie — all of your favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie minutes are here.

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary has a great notebook feel, with original Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawings that act as a narration in the book. You’ll enjoy the great color pictures sprinkled throughout sharing behind the scenes tips and tricks all about the film. Read More

Momover Review

momoverMomover, The New Mom’s Guide to Getting It Back Together by Dana Wood, with foreword by Veronica Webb, is a hysterically real-to-life account of motherhood, giving new moms some straightforward tips to recovery.Dana Wood is not only the author, but she is also a mother, wife, and is currently the senior fashion features editor of W magazine. Wood was also the health and beauty director of Cookie, touted as the stylish parenting magazine for the new, modern mom. Wood shares her own motherhood experiences, advice, and even mistakes in this amazing self-help like book. It’s something I’d recommend to all of my pregnant or new mommy friends. Read More

Basie and Paisley Reviews

Basie and PaisleyLet me introduce you to Basie and Paisley, Little Miss A’s new best friends. Basie and Paisley are two fun monsters. Now I know you’re thinking monsters equal scary, these two are far from that. I am definitely a protective momma bear and because of that Little Miss A has skipped many a Disney movie (sorry Walt). Daddy B and I feel that the villian in most kids movies are too scary for Miss A and sometimes even for us!! So needless to say these two cuties, Basie and Paisley not only captured Miss A’s heart but I fell in love with them too. Read More

U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids Book Review

UNIQUE Kids ReviewLooking for a book to inspire your 8-12 year old to become a leader? Debra J. Slover is the writer of both U.N.I.Q.U.E. and U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids. With illustrations by Darlene Warner, U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids book came to life.

Slover used a fable like story telling point of view to grow her points and ideas. Using farmers, animals, and places on the farm Slover illustrates how to become a strong leader.

I’m really an advocate for children learning how to be inspired although I’m not quite sure that every child should be or could be a leader. There were a lot of things in this book that I enjoyed and could see children 8-12, the intended audience for this book, liking, but there were also some things I could have personally done without.

Since the list of my dislikes is short and sweet I’ll start with those, but please keep reading because this book does have some great things to offer. My main issue with the book, being that it is written for children ages 8-12 is the style of writing. U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids is told in a very fable-like way using animals, and places to convey leadership concepts. Having been a child once ago and having a pre-teen sister I think the points would have been absorbed without the corny characters. I get what the author is trying to do by relating child-like symbolism, but again could have done without. Now, if this book was written for say children 5-8 I might say it was more appropriate, personally. Other than the tone of the story there were some great learning points throughout the book.

I enjoy that after each chapter there are questions about that chapter and leaves room for the reader to examine what they have learned from that lesson. I think this is a good opportunity for children to read and then absorb what they just read and think about how they might be able to integrate it into their lives.

U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids uses the letters U.N.I.Q.U.E. to illustrate how to become a leader. U – Understanding, N – Nurturing, I – Inventive, Q – Quality, U – Unstoppable, and E – Expression. Each of these points are taught by characters in the book from people, to animals who facilitate places around the farm to portray things the reader may have to overcome to become a strong leader. I enjoy the word play with U.N.I.Q.U.E and again feel that the chapter journaling will help the reader not to get too overwhelmed with each step.

I enjoyed that this book was not all words and gave some well done illustrations. The illustrations in this book are not only pleasing to the eye, but they also show the learning points in a fun way that makes it very easy to learn and remember. I can see a reader enjoying these as much as I did.

U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids has great symbolism and explains that everything has a meaning. It is definitely an in-depth book and I would recommend this more for a teacher or adult who is overseeing a leadership group, club, or class, rather than something you would pick up for your child. Again, I think it takes a certain personality and drive to become a leader and not every child is meant to lead otherwise the world would not work as it does.

What ways do you teach your child to be a leader?