A Minute With Mandy: June Book Reviews Part 2

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We love books, especially this summer, so here is part 2 of our June Book reviews-- and there's a little something for everyone from your tiniest tot to you, yourself!

Brain Quest Workbook ages 5-6 Kindergarten. We all know summer is meant for fun'??no more teachers, no more books. Well, now that I'??m a '??grown-up'? I think summer is the perfect time for books. Best of all, you can convince your kids of this too with Brain Quest'??s Workbooks. There'??s activities ranging from writing practice pages to connect the dots using numbers to games (which are learning games'??score) . There'??s tons of stickers and pull-outs, too. Perfect for those long rides in the car going off to visit grandma- or the beach.


Mandy Gives it: Four Fish!




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Begin Smart'??s new line of books contains titles such as, Counting Duckies, My Little Baby, Round Balls-Round Balls, What Color Is Your Apple?, What Shapes Do You See?, and Where's Your Nose? are all perfect stroller books. They all have vibrant colors and interesting textures. What Shapes Do You See? is markedly engaging as there are tons of different shapes in every color to challenge your child on any level.

Begin Smart also has two other books which can be especially helpful: Lily'??s Potty and Pete'??s Potty.

Lily'??s Potty: Say, '??goodbye'? to diapers---for good. Something every parent can struggle with is potty training. Sometimes it'??s easier for the child than it is the parent, but all children need as much encouragement as possible while succeeding in this important life step. A tool that has proven to be quite helpful throughout the ages have been books. Adults do it, children
do it: everyone, at some point, has brought some reading material into the bathroom with them. The Lily'??s and Pete'??s Potty books are excellent motivators for your child to start using the toilet. Weather they'??re just starting to recognize the need to go, or they'??re already diaper free, these little stories will help them continue to grow in the learning process. Hang in there: there'??s always accidents, but before you know it, they'll be little pros.

Mandy Gives it: Four Fish!




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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Got an older set? This series is thrilling and mysterious and definitely keeps a '??bored'? kid distracted. The first book tells the tale of the country of Panem and how it'??s ruled by the evil Capitol. Panem is divided into 12 Districts and each one has to choose one boy and one girl '??tribute'? between the ages of 12-18 to play in the Hunger Games- the ultimate test of survival which results in a bitter fight to the death- on live television. Bringing up questions of governmental power and endurance, you won'??t be able to put it down. Once it'??s over, read the sequel, Catching Fire, which is just as good. (The last book, Mockingjay, comes out in August'?¦we can'??t wait)

Mandy Gives it: Five Fish!


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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen- This is a mysterious, historical romance novel for the adults while the kids are at camp or off with friends. It'??s fun- who doesn'??t love the circus? It'??s romantic- this passionate love story wants you keeping the tissues close. And it'??s easy to pick up and stop at any point because you'??re immediately thrust back into something exciting. No time to flip through the pages? Download it off of itunes- a great way to catch up on your reading may not be reading at all. Audio books have become increasingly popular with almost any title available.

Mandy Gives it: Four Fish!

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RATING SYSTEM
1 fish= not worth your time

2 fish= reading it once is enough

3 fish= borrow it, don't buy it

4 fish= worthy to add it to your collection

5 fish= classic! buy it for every child you know




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