Give the Gift of Reading: Three Scholastic Book Reviews

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Giving the gift of reading is one of my favorite gifts on my gift list. Books are a great gift for everyone of every age. You can always find a book to suit everyone's likes and interests, there's a variety offered at all price points and you can find them everywhere!

I recently read three exciting titles from Scholastic, Can You See What I See?, Wonder Struck, and The Scorpio Races that I'm sure will be top picks on everyone's wish list.

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Can You see What I See? Toyland Express, by Walter Wick is a picture book filled with picture puzzles for kids to search and solve. This holiday-themed book is filled with bright photographs where your children can enjoy searching scenes for noted items, while creating dialog about what they see. Our favorite scene, entitled Yard Sale, is chuck full of blocks, wooden soldiers, marbles and cars, and "three lost wheels from the Toyland Express. My kids and I loved listening to our three year old making up his own stories while reading the book. Can You See What I See? is filled with 12 different scenes, providing countless hours for children to get lost amongst its pages. SRP, $13.99, suitable for all ages.

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Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick, author of the Caldecott Medal Winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is an enchanting story of longing wishes and quests to find the answers to things they are missing. Written as two independent stories set 50 years apart, Wonder Struck is a two-fold story adventure. One told through words, the other through breathtaking pictures. Unique, riveting and often perplexing, Wonder Struck is wildly entertaining with its fast-paced language, quick plot shifts and rich artwork (over 460 pages!). You will feel nothing short of accomplished when you finish it. Suitable for ages 8 and up, SRP, $29.99.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Shiver, is beautifully poetic story of the trails and tribulations surrounding the most important day is an equestrian's life, Race Day. The imagery, short but strong paragraphs and variety of narrators, make you breeze through this nail biting, page turner. Maggie Stiefvater once again writes a heartfelt story, that leaves you longing for more with the characters, whom by the end of the story, feel more like friends. You don't have to be a horse lover to enjoy this beautifully woven reading journey. Click here for the video trailer. Young Adult, SRP, $17.99.

Michelle S. is a SAHM and self-described '??green'? fashionista. She is a NYC woman, turned burbs mama, raising her 2 B'??s in an eco conscious manner. She blogs about natural parenting and green living at www.everythingsabuzz.com. Find her on twitter @queentob.

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