Book Review: Wilbur Wolf by Sally Lee Baker

A fun read-aloud tongue twisting tale brought to you by the letter “W”. Wilbur Wolf worries when the winter wind whistles wildly through the willows in the Wyoming wilderness. Number 23 in a series of ABC alliterative stories, “Wilbur Wolf” emphasizes each letter “w” or “W” with a bold font. Children will enjoy the fun story while learning the many uses of the letter “W” and finding the hidden letter in each picture.

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My Review

This is the first book in the series that I’ve read. Each book in the series focuses on a letter of the alphabet. Obviously, “W” is the focus in Wilbur Wolf. I was impressed by how many “W” words the author was able to use while coming up with a story that children will enjoy. The illustrations are also cute and will help keep the attention of young children.

Wilbur Wolf worries about everything, even the wind! Wyatt is the smartest wolf in the pack, and he decides that Wilbur worries because he has no self-confidence. Wyatt comes up with a plan for the wolves to help Wilbur and, in turn, will keep him from disturbing everyone with his worries.

This my favorite kind of children’s book. It is fun to read, it teaches children about the letter “W” and it teaches about self-esteem. That makes it triple good!

About the Author

Sally Lee Baker is incredibly excited to announce that she has been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Finalist in the Children’s Fiction Category for her books, “Toni Tanager” and “Vinny The Vegetarian Vulture”.

Out of hundreds of books that were entered into the Book Excellence Awards competition, her books were selected for their high quality writing, design and overall market appeal.

To view her complete award listing, you can visit: https://honorees.bookexcellenceawards.com/#!/Toni-Tanager-Childrens-Fiction/p/143373756/category=36034731 and/or https://honorees.bookexcellenceawards.com/#!/Vinny-the-Vegetarian-Vulture-Childrens-Fiction/p/178508618/category=46250245

“Toni Tanager” was released in 2018 and is about Toni Tanager, a small bird, who teases two three-toed tree toads until Terri Tanager takes her to task to treat the tree toads like she would like to be treated.

“Vinny The Vegetarian Vulture” was released in 2019 and is about a vulture who claims to be a vegetarian. The virtuous Violet Vole videos Vinny to vet his claim.

The books are perfect for elementary students and teachers who want to increase vocabulary.

You can get copies for yourself on Amazon or by ordering through your favorite bookstore.

Sally Lee Baker, storyteller, author and illustrator wrote her first tongue twisters for kids using the letter “B” in a Writing for Juveniles class in college. After marrying, raising two girls and then reading to grandchildren, she was inspired to write alliterative stories using each letter of the alphabet.

Not knowing where to turn for a good illustrator, Sally attempted some drawings herself. After several efforts she surprised herself at being able to draw characters which she could scan on to her computer to color and manipulate through a drawing program. By the time she wrote the “H” alliterative story she was able to do all the drawing on the computer alone.

As library clerk at her local public school she had many opportunities to read to students and note which books were well received and which were not. With one daughter and family near Edmonton, Alberta, Sally takes advantage of visits there to read in other public schools.

Sally and her husband, Ted, have retired as missionaries, from SEND International and live near their other daughter and family in Faro, Yukon Territory of Canada.

Website: https://sallyleebaker.wixsite.com/books
Twitter: Sally Lee Baker

Book Review: The Alphabet Game by Gita V. Reddy

This is how it works. All the letters in the words have sounds. For example, if you start at a word, Zebra and ask the child to identify any letter in it, say B, a click on B will take you to B for Bear. A click on any letter in Bear will take you to that letter page. This way the child’s attention is engaged for a longer period and he is refreshing all his letters in a fun way.

The book also doubles as a regular ABC book.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several books by this author and this is my favorite so far. It can teach the ABCs just like any other ABC book but it can also be interactive and teach them in a different way. For example, you can click on any letter in the Table of Contents, such as W. When you click on W, “W is for WOLF” with a picture of a wolf comes up. Below the picture, it tells you to click on the letter F in WOLF and it goes to “F is for FISH.” Each page also gives the option to go back to the Table of Contents.

This is a great tool for learning the alphabet but is also fun to read after the alphabet is learned!

 

 

About the Author

Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for children and adults. She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres. She has written mysteries, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and even an animal tale for children.

Ms Reddy was born in India, is a post graduate in Mathematics, worked in a bank for twenty-six years, is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neuro-electronics, and loves literature. Yes, her life is as mixed up as the multiple genres she writes. 

She enjoys trying her hand at new things and spending time with her family, and LOVES walking in the rain.

Visit her website: www.gitavreddy.com.

Book Review: The Pajama Zoo Parade by Agnes Green

It’s time for jammies, blankies, and snuggles with a cozy bedtime story.

Your little one will love to go on an adventure night after night and see something new each time in this adorable, colorful storybook. 
Little baby zoo animals ready for bed make their way to dreamland, but not before they go on an adorable, colorful pajama parade.

It’s time for bed… Hip hip hooray! Let’s all give a cheer! The day is through. We’ve had such fun. Now sleepy time draws near. Before you drift away to dream, let’s check in at the zoo. I hear they’re having a parade and a pajama party too! 

Who’s the favorite tonight?

Happy Oliver the Octopus in his snazzy red PJs? 
Or maybe Polly Panda and her bright yellow jammies? 
It could the very sleepy Wally Walrus!
Each night, little lovable zoo animals walk through vibrant illustrations with whimsical, engaging rhymes by author Agnes Green, making bedtime an amusing adventure. 
Just like Kimberly Koala, who indeed is a snuggle bug, cuddle up with your little one and get ready for a good night’s rest with this entertaining, educational story.
Sleepy little zoo babies march off from A to Z in beautiful illustrations that tell an endearing bedtime story and create a truly engaging learning experience.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Pajama Zoo Parade is a children’s book that is geared toward reading at bedtime. All of the zoo animals are on their way to bed and show off their pajamas on their way. They’re listed from A to Z in the parade from Albert the Alpaca to a Zebra named Sally. Every page is beautifully illustrated. 

All of the animals are cute, some are funny. The text is rhyming and the there’s so much to see that it will absolutely keep a child’s attention. After going from A to Z: 

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About the Author

Agnes Green is a passionate children’s book author, poetess, and mother, known for her uplifting, engaging storylines and relatable, lovable characters. To Agnes, children really are what her life is all about (her family, vocation, aspirations).

From her early childhood, Agnes had an affinity for the written word, which was fueled by her vivid imagination. About a decade ago, when searching for her oldest son’s first books, she decided to transform her passion into a vocation

Currently, Agnes serves as the Founder of the soon-to-launch independent publishing house, April Tale Books. Her debut book is in entitled “Today I’m a Monster.” In the near future, she will be releasing “The Perfect Potty Zoo” and “Ellie’s First Day in Class.” As a dedicated mother, she is a proud part of Parent’s Club, when kids and parents create crafts and read together.

When she isn’t crafting children’s stories, Agnes Green enjoys dancing, practicing yoga, and going on adventures. She also has an avid interest in psychology. Above all, she cherishes spending quality family time with her three beautiful children (a 10-year-old, 4-year-old, and 15-month-old). More often than not, her children influence her new story ideas and inspire her to be her best version daily. 

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Book Review: Grocery Store Alphabet Game by Teresa Stern

2015-09-11_19-19-34Title: Grocery Store Alphabet Game

Author: Teresa Stern

Genre: Children’s Books

Publication Date: 2014

About the Book

The Grocery Store Alphabet Game is about a little girl who doesn’t like to go grocery shopping. Mom decided to make a game that would be fun for her daughter. Mom and Daughter take turns finding everything from A to Z while they shop and discover how fast time went by while they had a lot of fun together. This is an excellent book for those just learning the alphabet, or for those beginning readers.

My Review

The Grocery Store Alphabet Game is a children’s book about a girl who gets bored grocery shopping so her mom makes a game out of it. While her mom shops, they find items in the store that start with the letters of the alphabet starting with A. They talk about each item as they find it and there are cute illustrations to go with each item as well. By the time they get to Z, they’re done shopping! 

What a great idea! This is a cute book that also helps children learn the alphabet. It’s also a fun game that children and their parents can play when they go grocery shopping and it can be different every time they play.

 

Available on Amazon.