Saturday, September 12, 2009

Guardian Angel Publishing

Guardian Angel Publishing publishes books for kids, schools, and families. Their many books are available in both e-book and print versions and sell for $5 (e-books) to $11. I reviewed the following books:

image The Sum of Our Parts: No Bones About It, by Bill Kirk is a delightful introduction to the skeleton. The text is in rhyme and names most of the bones of the body. This would be a fun and easy way for a child to memorize the names of bones. The margins contain “factoids” with more even more information about the skeleton. This is a book we will surely read over and over!  I love anything that makes memorization more fun!

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Stubby’s Destiny, by Dixie Phillips, is a cute story told from the point of view of the donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem. The illustrations (by Kim Sponaugle) are charming and the story has the inspiring message for little ones that “even the small and insignificant can be used in great ways.”

      image Earthquake, by Susan J. Berger, is a great fact-filled explanation of earthquakes and their causes. We studied earthquakes last year, so this was a good review book for Emily. Earthquake contains scientific explanations, facts and figures and emergency preparedness information, including a lengthy list of items to put in a  earthquake emergency kit. Generously sprinkled throughout the book are colorful pictures—both serious and humorous—and silly touches to keep the child’s attention. Also included are hands-on projects like science experiments and crafts. I think you could easily use this book for a mini-unit study.

 image Hamster Holidays: Noun and Adjective Adventures, by Cynthia  Reeg is a month-by-month rhyming storybook featuring kite-flying, dancing, reading, hat-wearing hamsters. The pictures are cute and the nouns are adjectives are color coded. The use of nouns and adjectives is explained to help the child pick them out in the story. The last several pages of the book contain worksheet-type activities for identifying and using nouns and adjectives. I think this is a fun way to learn or reinforce grammar for first to third graders.

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We Are Flamingos, by Safari Sue Thurman, is a cute story about two baby flamingos who are alarmed because they don’t look like the rest of their flock. The story is a bit predictable (reminiscent of The Ugly Duckling), but most preschoolers would enjoy having this as part of their library.  It  is a feel-good story with some funny touches that also educates  the reader  about the life cycle of the flamingo.

To read more reviews of these and other books from Guardian Angel Publishing, visit the  TOS Crew site.

 

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