KID'S REVIEWS
By Lyda Whiting

 

 

UNSTOPPABLE ME!
TEN WAYS TO SOAR THROUGH LIFE
Written by
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer with Kristina Tracy, illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick
How does a child develop a sense of their own worth and learn to make their own choices instead of trying to just fit in? How do they deal with the unknown and enjoy each moment as it happens? Dr. Wayne Dyer believes children are born with no-limit thinking, and wrote this book to helps them learn to become unstoppable as they reach for their dreams.

They are introduced to important tools for every stage of life, such as being persistent, embracing change, and letting go of worry and anger. Children will get the message that joy comes from expressing their creativity, giving to others, and being true to themselves.

The ten important lessons in this book are introduced with a rhyme to explain each concept. There is an example that children will relate to, and an illustration showing children how to apply the ideas in their own life.

This children’s book is based on Dr. Dyer’s book for parents, What Do You Really Want for Your Children? which helps parents lead their children by example to a happy and fulfilling life. There are questions at the end of the book to help start discussions on the messages. The colorful illustrations embrace cultural and ethnic diversity, and will charm children and adults alike.

Highly recommended for ages three to six.
Published by Hay House, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore.


THE DON’T-GIVE-UP KID AND LEARNING DISABILITIES

Written by Jeanne Gehret, illustrated by Michael LaDuca

Alex wants to be an inventor like his hero Thomas Edison. But he knows he has to learn to read first. The problem is that every time he tries, the letters seem to jump around on the page. His mother takes him to see a psychologist, who tells them that Alex just learns differently than most people. So Alex begins to work with Mrs. Baxter at school, who helps kids who learn differently.

Alex has fun playing a word game on a computer until the letters start to jump around again. He’s discouraged, but Mrs. Baxter tells him that Thomas Edison kept trying different things until he found a way to made his inventions work. Alex wants to be like Edison, so he doesn’t give up on reading, or on his inventions. He’s learned to be a “don’t give up” kid, just like Edison was.

This book is part of  “The Coping Series” of books by the same author, about likable children facing real-life learning and attention problems. At the back, there are resources for parents on learning and inventors, as well as discussion starter questions to help adults lead children to a greater understanding of themselves and the issues. The story is engaging and the illustrations help pull children into the story.

Recommended for ages three to six.
Published by Verbal Images Press, this book is available at your local bookstore.


DANNY THE DRAGON
MEETS JIMMY
Written by Tina Marie Turbin, illustrated by Aija Jasuna

Jimmy finds a green and white shell at the beach. When he picks it up, it talks to him. He shows it to his sister Sally and their parents, but the shell doesn’t talk to them. Jimmy knows it is a special shell, and he takes it home.
After they help Mom and Dad put away the beach things, the children try to get the shell to talk. But it doesn’t say anything. During dinner, Jimmy puts the shell on the table. The shell starts to rock back and forth, and suddenly a long green tail pops out of the shell. Danny the dragon comes out of the shell.

He explains that when the shell has been out of water for a while, he grows bigger. He gets smaller when he is wet, and that is how he fits into his shell. Everyone is startled, but the family welcomes their unusual guest and asks him to stay with them. The neighborhood children have fun playing with Danny, and look forward to more adventures with their new dragon friend.

Lively and fun, this book will delight small children with its  funny characters. The full-page illustrations fill the book with color and movement. Kids will want a dragon of their own!

For ages three to five.
Published by Imagination Publishing Group
, this book is available at your local bookstore or www.dannythedragon.com


BLUE ORANGE GAMES
PRODUCES AN EXCITING NEW GAME FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES...
BENDOMINO –
DOMINOES WITH A TWIST

Bendominoes are like regular dominoes, but their innovative curved design puts some new twists to the traditional game. As well as matching the dots on the dominoes, players must fit the curved pieces into the pattern they are creating as they play. As the game curls across the table, sometimes turning back and forth like a snake, and sometimes turning into itself in a semi-circle, each game creates a new and different pattern.

This simple difference takes the traditional game of dominoes to a new level of fun. The players must match the pieces by number but also by fit. Sometimes a piece is placed in an open position, and the next piece can twist to the right or to the left. Sometimes a piece is in a closed position, and a new tile can only twist in one direction to fit. The game ends when a player has used all of their pieces, or when both ends of the game are blocked and no new pieces can be placed.

Each number of dots is color-coded, so young children can match the colors while improving their counting skills. This game helps children develop shape recognition, hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and visual perception. Older players will also hone their strategic skills, as they try to block their opponents by changing the direction of the curves.

Highly recommended for ages five to adult, and for two to four players.
Published by Blue Orange Games
, this game is available at your local retailer, or www.blueorangegames.com



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