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Kidís Reviews

by Lyda Whiting

 

CHILDRENíS SPIRIT ANIMAL CARDS
Written by Dr. Steven D. Farmer with Jesseca Camacho
Illustrated by Pamela Anzalotti

The turtle counsels you to take your time. The lizard suggests you spend some time dreaming. The horse encourages you to trust your feelings. The swan reminds you that you are beautiful just as you are. Each animal offers guidance in its unique way.

This set of animal spirit cards is a lovely tool for children to connect with the gentle spiritual guidance of totem animals. Each card has a simple message and an evocative image of the animal in its natural environment. There is also a booklet with card layouts, an expanded message for each card, and suggestions for activities to integrate the message into every day life.

The images on the cards are colorful and appealing, and can provide a focus for meditation on the qualities and wisdom of each animal. Each animal is pictured in its natural environment. The paintings are realistic and yet evocative of the magical essence within each creature.

The booklet offers suggestions for drawing one card, and for doing simple two-card and three-card spreads. A guide for parents is also included.

Children will be enchanted by the images and the gentle guidance from the animals on these cards. Parents and children can help each other reflect on the messages from the animals and feel their connection to the beauty and spirit of the natural world.

For ages 6 and up.

Published by Satiama, this card set is available at your local bookstore.

 
THE MEGASAURUS
Written by Thomas and Peter Weck Illustrated by Len DiDalvo

King Limalot and his bear subjects were in trouble. The Megasaurus had come to Beandom, and was eating his way through the kingdom. The king asked his wisest advisors, but ignored the suggestions of little L. Joe Bean. The bears tried making towering piles of pancakes, but that didnít fill up the monster. They tried shooting arrows, but that just made the monster mad. They tried building a huge wall, but the monster just tore it down. Finally, the king listened to the plan of L. Joe Bean to trick the Megasaurus into believing that an even bigger monster was in the kingdom, and his favorite food was a Megasaurus. Will this new plan save Beandom?

This fun story is full of action and excitement. Children will love the colorful characters and the funny illustrations. The illustrations are large and vibrant, and are sure to appeal to young children. There is also an underlying message about following your own ideas even when others donít listen to them.

This is the first book in a series by this father and son writing team.

For ages 3 and up.

Published by Lima Bear Press, this book is available at your local bookstore.

 
HOW BACK-BACK GOT HIS NAME
Written by Thomas and Peter Weck
Illustrated by Len DiDalvo

Lima Bear and Whistle-Toe the rabbit got an urgent message from their friend Plumpton the opossum. Plumptonís back was suddenly invisible! The friends try to figure out what to do. But while they were trying to help, Whistle-Toe got caught in a cage.

The others could not get to him without being seen and trapped by the children with the cage. But Plumpton was invisible when he lay flat on his face. So he was able to get his friend to safety. Plumptonís problem had become an asset.

This book is full of silliness, as the friends try to help each other and keep ending up in one predicament after another. The large colorful illustrations add to the fun.

There are suggestions for activities, including writing disappearing messages with lemon juice, at the back of the book. There are also discussion aids to help children respect others, and see how our differences contribute to our world.

This book is part of a series, featuring reoccurring characters and life lessons, by this father and son writing team.

For ages 3 and up.

Published by Lima Bear Press, this book is available at your local bookstore.

 
ITíS ALL ABOUT CHOICE: GETTING BACK IN THE GAME!
Written by Herb D. Trainer Illustrated by Taillefer Long

Danny loved to play basketball, and he had been on the team at his old school. But a few months spent watching TV and eating too many sweets had affected his body, his game ó and his confidence.

He wanted to play ball with the kids at his new school. But one of the boys teased Danny about his weight and refused to let him play. Danny felt miserable. He wanted to get back into shape and play basketball again, but he wasnít sure how to start.

And then he meet the Cardio Kid and his Fat Fighting Force. They helped him learn about healthy food choices, and exercises to help Danny build muscle and burn fat. Danny liked what they told him.

But before the day was out, he met up with the Blubba Hill Gang. The gang tempted Danny to hang out with them and eat junk food and watch TV. Danny had to make some tough choices if he wanted to get back in the game.

This book uses fanciful cartoon characters ó the Cardio Kid is actually a heart with arms and legs ó as a way of introducing ideas about fitness and healthy eating. This entertaining story will encourage children to make healthier choices so they can get in the game too.

For ages 7 and up.

Published by IAAC Media, this book is available at your local bookstore.