Saturday, December 30, 2017

Book Review of The Girl Who Said Sorry By Hayoung Yim Illustrated by Marta Maszkiewiez

The Girl Who Said Sorry
By Hayoung Yim Illustrated by Marta Maszkiewiez
Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) December 30,2017 12:31am




  • Publication date: October 5, 2017
  • Publisher: Rhyming Reason Books
  • Book Length: Rhyming Reason Books
  • ASIN: B075KHM4B6



  • Book Description:

    Too girly or too boyish. Too thin or too fat. Too quiet, too loud. Be ambitious, but don’t hurt feelings. Be inquisitive, but don’t interrupt. Be outspoken, but don’t be bossy. Most of all, be yourself—but be a lady.

    What’s a girl to do in a world filled with contradicting gender expectations, aside from saying sorry?

    The way we teach politeness norms to children is often confusing, changing based on gender—and can have lasting effects. And while everyone should be courteous and accountable for their actions, apologetic language out of context can undermine confidence and perceived capability.

    Within the subtle yet beautiful illustrations and powerful rhyme of "The Girl Who Said Sorry", developing girls will learn that self-expression and personal choices can be made without apology, and with confidence. 

    50% of profits from this book is donated to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign dedicated to empowering young girls to take action on global issues



  • Book Review:


  • The Girl Who Said Sorry

    Author: Hayoung Yim 

     It’s hard enough growing up be confused from so many different opinions of who’s right, who’s wrong, what’s right and what’s wrong. When do we apologize or when do we stand up for ourselves and stop apologizing? Children growing up in our society have in my opinion a lot of difficult decisions to make with peer pressure in the mix. How do they handle it without hurting someone’s feelings or getting their own feelings hurt? 

     I feel that this very short story of a young girl being confused trying to please everyone, apologizing at everything she does thinking its what would make everyone happy. Only it just makes things more confusing and for a little girl growing up it’s hard to find your bearing at such a young age. This story of Hayoung Yim should help a confused girl a general direction of figuring out what she should actually be sorry about and how young girls should be comfortable being themselves and have fun.


    About The Author:


    Hayoung Yim is a third-wave feminist, environmentalist, advocate for evidence-based public policies, and diverse writer. A UofT graduate in political science and English, she strives to highlight issues to developing children in an approachable manner. She lives in Toronto, Canada, where she dreams about implementing social change through popular culture. In her spare time, she likes to travel through time and space.


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    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    Book Review of P.I Penguin And The Case of The Christmas Lights by Bec J. Smith

    P.I. Penguin
    And the case of the Christmas Lights
    By Bec J. Smith
    Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) December 28,2017 8:02am




  • Publication date: December 3, 2017
  • Publisher: Aulexic
  • Book Length: 27
  • Age Level: 4 - 12
  • ASIN: B077XH7TJY


  • Book Description:

    This happy holiday, P.I. Penguin wants to create a very special Christmas lights display. Even with his string of bulbs, his lonely home looks stark and stoney. But after a tour through the decorations of his native animal friends, and the help of a visiting lyrebird, P.I. Penguin discovers the seasons secret answer to his question, "What makes Christmas lights special?"

    A short walk on, young P.I. Found
    the tawny frogmouth camping ground.
    The canopy glowed all around
    and from the trees he heard a sound.
    "A Merry Christmas, little blue.
    We are delighted to see you."
    "What brings you to our rendezvous?"
    "I'm looking for a light breakthrough.
    What makes your lights so special?"

    All P.I. Penguin books include dyslexia-friendlyformatting for easy reading and are particularly suited to dyslexic readers young and old. This particular story is ideal for ages four to ten.



  • Book Review:


  • P.I. Penguin
    And the case of the Christmas Lights

    AuthorBec J. Smith

     This is the time of year of the holiday season we know as adults it can be stressful and sometimes lonely. Children unconsciously not realizing this. They don’t understand  how adults find that Christmas decorating can be overwhelming . Bec J. Smith wrote a cute rhyme Christmas book for young children of a penguin name P.I. He’s feeling the holiday decorating stress. P.I. Goes to search answers of how to make his Christmas lights look wonderful and delightful.

     P.I. follows lights of his friends, light decorations decorated to their fashion. He notices that simple nothing elaborate lights that shone so brightly with pride of their creators. Their lights are special to them, there was no hidden answers it was all about being together. It was sharing the holiday and decorations that was the special part of that answer that P.I. was looking for.

     This is a cute simple rhyming book for young children to learn how important to share the joy of something special.

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    Friday, November 3, 2017

    Bookreview Of THINK AND PLAY THE SOCIAL SCOUTS WAY: FIREFIGHTER LEO TO THE RESCUE! By: Heather Marenda-Miller & Amy Wilhelm Illustrated By:Alen Haljevac

    THINK AND PLAY THE SOCIAL SCOUTS WAY:
    FIREFIGHTER LEO
    TO THE RESCUE!
    By: Heather Marenda-Miller & Amy Wilhelm  Illustrated By:Alen Haljevac
    Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) November 3,2017 6:08 pm





       





    • Publication date: August 28, 2017
    • Publisher:Social Scouts LLC
    • ISBN-10: 1635351162
    • ISBN- 13: 978-1635351163


    Book Description:

    Think & Play the Social Scouts Way™: Firefighter Leo to the Rescue! is an interactive reading adventure for children ages 3-7 intended to stimulate imagination and dramatic play. Vibrant illustrations, thematic based vocabulary and bonus cut-out sequence pictures help children with all different learning styles follow along and join in with Leo as he pretends to be a firefighter. This book can be used successfully with one child or within a group setting. Both children and adults alike will love to Think & Play the Social Scouts Way™!

    Book Review:

    THINK AND PLAY THE SOCIAL SCOUTS WAY:
    FIREFIGHTER LEO
    TO THE RESCUE!

    Author: Heather Marenda-Miller
    And
    Amy Wilhelm 
    Illustrated By
    Alen Haljevac


    Children’s books play a great part in a child growing up and learning to read, and understanding the meaning of sharing. Reading Children's books can also help a child learn to use their imagination to their fullest extent and explore the vast possibilities. For example, by going off on a adventure with their newly opened imagination. Books can also be shared,  be read together or just while lounging and relaxing.

     What’s so wondrous about children’s books is the inspiration of what a child may want to grow up to be. Books are one of a child’s best advisor, a coach as I may say to what they dream of becoming when they grow up.

      Amy and Heather has created a children’s book “Firefighter Leo To The Rescue”, it’s a great learning book of how a child name Leo learns to pretend to be a firefighter. Leo helps to explain to the reader of what a firefighter is and what their job entails.It explains what a firefighter job is and also everything about them. Then Leo knows what he needs to imagine to be a firefighter, it’s something he can use his imagination to play by himself and have a good time. 

     The illustrations are well thought out to and and helps teaches young readers how to pretend and to have fun of being a firefighter. This book has  also sequence cards to play with to put in order of what comes first in firefighting playtime and corresponding shapes to show to ‘Plan, to Play and to Put it Away’. 

     I enjoyed this book very much with its smart illustrations and the fun way of learning about Fire firefighters and how to have fun with your imagination.


    About The Authors:

    Heather Marenda-Miller 


    Born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Heather received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She moved to Southern California from Chicago in 2006 for better weather and the beach. In 2009 she met her now husband, Lewie, a California native and thus, Los Angeles became her home. Heather is a current California licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. She specializes in treating children ranging in age from birth to 5 years. With a high interest and much experience treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Heather is also particularly interested in children who are gifted and/or Twice Exceptional (2e). Heather is the owner and director of Speech Me, LLC and the co-founder and co-director of the Social Scouts™ program. In October of 2017, Heather also added “author” to her title.
    As a practicing speech-language pathologist, Heather treats clients with a vast array of diagnoses and disorders, enjoying the uniqueness each child brings to her clinic. Working closely with children and their families is why she loves being in private practice. Heather enjoys utilizing her creativity and developing new and innovative activities on a daily basis and uses what a former client’s mother coined as “The Marenda Method”- an eclectic approach combining the various techniques she has learned throughout her years as a clinician with her own creativity to ensure the best and most effective and individualized techniques for each child she treats. She continues her education by attending numerous conferences on various topics each year and has been recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by earning the ACE award for Continuing Education.


    Amy Wilhelm 


    Amy Wilhelm was born and raised in New York and earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2000. Her graduate studies led her to the west coast where she attained her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge in 2002. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of California in speech-language pathology. She has remained a resident of Los Angeles where she is currently the owner and director of Splash for Speech, Inc. and the co-founder and co-director of the Social Scouts™ program. In October of 2017, Amy also added “author” to her title.
    Amy has always had a passion for working with children and has made the pediatric population the core of her caseload. Since the completion of her graduate studies, she has engrossed herself into her career and strives to provide the best quality of speech therapy possible. Amy has extensive experience working with children with a wide variety of communication challenges and diagnoses, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, various genetic syndromes, developmental delays, speech and language delays, deaf and hard of hearing, and articulation problems. She continues her education by attending numerous conferences on various topics each year and has been recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by earning the ACE award for Continuing Education.

    About The Author:


    Alen Haljevac came to Los Angeles in 1994 with a passion for illustration, design and fashion. He earned his degree in Advanced Fashion Design from the FIDM in Los Angeles. He gained his experience working for various entertainment and design companies. Currently he is working in the toy industry. Alen feels extremely excited to be part of the Social Scouts™ book project, working with an amazing creative duo such as Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm.

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    Friday, October 20, 2017

    Book Review of Jorie AND THE GOLDEN KEY By: A.H. Richardson

    Jorie
    AND THE GOLDEN KEY
    By: A.H. Richardson
    Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) October 20,2017 10:39pm




  • Publication date: November 26, 2015
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Book Length: 254 
  • ISBN-10: 151887388X
  • ISBN- 13: 978-1518873881



  • Book Description:

    When Jorie and Rufus planned another summer of adventuring, they didn’t plan on sharing it with a snooty, stuck-up, bossy 10-year-old Nigel. When the Wizard Grootmonya calls on Jorie to remedy another disaster in Cabrynthius — the theft of the Magic Stones, Jorie grabs the Gold Key and the three children descend to the enchanted land beneath the Tarn. There they find more extraordinary adventures that bring them face to face again with the wicked Lord Fodomalk and his evil butterfly. Their troubles grow as the fiendish dragon not only snatches Nigel, but confines him to a cold dank cell with the illusive Professor Schrinch (yes, he’s still alive and as sneaky as ever). Jorie and Rufus — and the persnickety Nigel — are joined by all their old friends in this rollicking tale of magic, strange impersonations, and hair-raising exploits. They help Master Nigel with his confusion of the world beneath the Tarn and discover strengths in their new friend that even he didn’t know he had. Aside from spurts of jealousy from Rufus and impatience from Jorie, Nigel learns about bravery and friendship as he struggles with belief and enchantment. Follow this feisty threesome back to the evil, dark world of Shyloxia and the beautiful, bright world of Cabrynthius, where live all manner of creatures, naughty and nice. Do they recover the Magic Stones? What does that Gold Key open for them? Do they survive the shadowy world of nasty characters? Do Jorie and Rufus accept Nigel into their world? And what about Chook — that beloved baby dragon? And if you want to know how Jorie and Rufus survived their first summer adventures, pick up your copy of Jorie and the Magic Stones.

    Book Review:

    Jorie
    And The Golden Key
    Author: A.H. Richardson 


    Jorie and the Gold Key’ is a second book of a series that A.H. Richardson wrote of enchantment, adventure and fun. No matter how old your child is they’ll love the continuation of Jorie adventure with Rufus. This book has no barrier of age or gender, wether if you’re a boy or a girl there’s something in this story for you.

     This children fantasy tale has a parallel of good and evil. Underneath the tarn to the land of the Wizard Grootmonya in the mythical wonderful land of Cabrynthius. Then to Shyloxia the evil land of Lord Fodomalk who is after poor Jorie again for a magic key. Our young selfless heroes face another daring quest that they face with a young self absorb boy, Nigel who thinks he knows everything and looks down on what he can’t see. Together they enter the tarn and as soon as they are there the story takes a unexpected turn and now they quickly have to find out what the purpose of the key is and rescue Nigel from the evil Fodomalk.

     This fantasy book is remarkably outstanding for any gender and all ages. Even though it is written for children there is meaning, a message to be learned. There are some hard words for a young reader but that what makes learning and growing with reading so wonderful, it’s how there mind developed and hunger for more.  I also just want to mention how striking and theatrical the cover of the book strikes me, great job. Finally, I highly enjoyed ‘Jorie and the Major Key’, I had a hard time putting the book down knowing the struggles that our young heroine and heroes was up against. I know you’ll enjoy following this epic series as I have and so will you.



    About The Author:


    A.H. Richardson is a treasured storyteller, whose unlimited imagination conjures up challenging and unforgettable characters, both good and evil, that dare children everywhere to delve into their own imaginations and learn to rely on courage and bravery to win the day. Born in England (yes, there are dragons there too), the author has always loved tales of flying and mythical magical creatures. She once tried to pin wings on her pony, quite sure that he could then fly! She is the daughter of the famous composer, Clive Richardson, who always encouraged her to write, even as a small child. She paints and sculpts, plays guitar, is a linguist, acted in films and on stage, and has trained dressage competitors. She is the proud mother of three grown sons and grandmother to three active, loving grandchildren. At present, she keeps a horse named Amaretto and writes her fabulous fantasies from her adopted home in Tennessee near the picturesque Smoky Mountains. It is there that she writes happily about the indomitable Jorie and her adventures.

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