KID'S REVIEWS
By Lyda Whiting

 

 

 

MILTON'S SECRET
Written by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman,
Illustrated by Frank Riccio
Milton is enjoying school this year. But then a bigger boy pushes him on the playground, and threatens to do it again tomorrow. That night, Milton is so scared about tomorrow that he has trouble falling asleep.

In the morning, Milton discovers his cat Snuggles has been hurt by a mean dog. Once Snuggles is cleaned up, Milton is surprised that his cat is purring in his arms. Grandpa explains that cats live in the Now, and that is why Snuggles can be happy now even though he was scared earlier. What does Grandpa mean? When Milton goes to sleep that night, he dreams of the ice cream lady, who teaches him about the Now. It takes Milton sometime, but once he knows the secret of living in the Now, Milton is not scared any more.

The contemporary spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and co-author Robert S. Friedman have brought the concept of the bestselling "The Power of the Now" to this inspiring story/span> for children. Thought-provoking and appealing, this book is a wonderful teaching tool for parents and teachers. The beautiful full-page illustrations bring life, energy and color to the story. The pictures add another dimension to Milton's spiritual journey, and bring the reader deeper into Milton's world.

Children and adults will be glad they discovered Milton's wonderful secret.

Highly recommended for ages 3-8.

Published by Namaste Publishing, this book is available at your local bookstore.

 

JOHNNY ARTTHE ART OF JOHNNY SWAGER
Written and illustrated by Johnny Swager
Johnny Swager has a fresh new approach to painting ‹ which is not surprising, since Johnny is only seven years old. Johnny's art includes landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits of people and animals created in hisown special way.

Some of these paintings are representative and detailed, while others are free form, giving the impression of the scene in swirls of color and shapes."Pear Dice Beach" is a lovely watercolor of tropical bliss. "Fish in the Bubble" smiles shyly out at the reader.

"January House" captures a swirling snowfall and the cozy feeling of home."Pete" the parrot's plumage glows with vibrant colors. "Peper & Chip" the kittens have so much personality that children will want to pet the page."Stretch" the giraffe is a blur of movement. "Grammy's Whiskers" is a cat portrait with an Asian feel.

This book is whimsical and charming, and Johnny is certainly a talented artist. Perhaps more importantly, this is a reminder of how a child can blossom as an artist when given access to good art supplies and when theirwork is treated with respect.

Johnny's art is sure to inspire readers to create their own Masterpieces, and even their own book of art.

Recommended for ages 3-7.

Published by Enfantino Publishing, this book is available at your local bookstore.

 

1-2-3 DRAW DOGS
Written and illustrated by Freddie Levin
This fun book gives children step-by-step instructions for drawing dogs of all kinds as well as wolves and dingoes. It teaches children to begin each drawing with three basic shapes (circles, ovals, and eggs), which are placed to be the head and body of the animal. Details are added a few at a time, to create a Chihuahua or a Siberian Husky.

The book starts with a short list of basic supplies, drawing tips, and an introduction to basic shapes. There is a note for parents and teachers, reminding them that drawing gets better with practice.

The rest of the book is divided into sections, including  working dogs, wolves and dingoes, small dogs, large breeds, and mutts. The dogs are drawn in all kinds of poses: sitting, standing, jumping, and playing. There is anindex at the back to help young artists find the dog they want to draw.

Children will love learning about different breeds of dogs.. The book includes information about where the breed comes from, and what they were bred to do. They will be fascinated by the stories of famous dogs like Barry, the famous Saint Bernard who rescued forty people in his lifetime. This book will encourage children to explore their creativity, as the dogs are appealing and simple to draw. There are also other books in this series, showing children how to draw dinosaurs, horses, cars and trucks, mythical creatures, and more.

Recommended for children ages 5-9.

Published by Peel Productions Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore.

 

IF I WERE A FISH AND OTHER OCEAN SONGSFOR KIDS (CD)
Written and Sung by
Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders
This lively CD includes thirteen songs that will have children singing along with the catchy lyrics and dancing to the bouncy rhythms. Children will behaving fun while learning about the amazing life in the oceans and our connection to them. Best of all, the songs include sounds from the marine animals and the ocean environment so children can experience the beauty ofthe ocean world for themselves.

Children will meet unusual animals with "Oxford the Octopus" and "Sea Otter Groovin'." They will discover walruses, sea lions, and seals in "the most slippery parade in town": the "Pinniped Parade." They will hear humpback whales sing "The Most Incredible Songs".

They will wonder at the size of the largest creatures on earth with "So Big! Blue Whale.".They will explore different ocean environments with "The Tide Pool Song" and "Kelp Forest Dancing."

They will be captivated by "Fascinating Sharks" and travel along with gray whales in "Migration." They will hear dolphins talk to each other in" Clickety-Clack" and how baby turtles hatch and crawl to the ocean with" Here We Go". Children will become advocates to help "Keep the Oceans Clean."

At turns bouncy and silly, and relaxing and calming, this CD is a great balance between entertainment and education. The Laguna Ocean Foundation featured one of the songs in an educational DVD. Children, parents, and teachers will have a great time on this wonderful musical journey into the sea.

Recommended for ages 2-7.

Published by Little Ones Music, this CD is available at your local bookstore.

 


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