Familius ABC Primers and Counting Books

Let's Count Georgia by Christopher Robbins

Let’s Count Georgia
by Christopher Robbins, Volha Kaliaha (Illustrations)

4 out of 5 stars

Children will learn to count up to ten with these special things about the State of Georgia! The Masters Golf Tournament, the Braves baseball team, and those famous Georgia peaches all make an appearance, along with gators, oak trees, dogwood trees, and old Civil War cannons. Some of the places mentioned are Tybee Island, Jekyll Island, and historic downtown Savannah.

I loved this book about my home state of Georgia! It’s so fun to teach my little nieces about these famous things and places around Georgia, and they get to practice their numbers too.

I love the colorful illustrations and cute designs. Every page is so attractive, and the beautiful trees and beaches are wonderful!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

G Is for Georgia by Christopher Robbins

G Is for Georgia
by Christopher Robbins, Volha Kaliaha (Illustrations)

4 out of 5 stars

This ABC Primer teaches children about places and things in the State of Georgia while they practice their alphabet. Some of the places mentioned are the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Atlanta, the Etowah Indian Mounds, Jekyll Island, historic Westville, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Red Top Mountain, Savannah, Tybee Island, University of GA, Yonah Mountain and Vogel State Park.
Other famous Georgian things included are the Atlanta Falcons football team, the Georgia Aquarium, dogwood trees, and of course our famous Georgia peaches!

I love that many of the things included make you want to find out more and look up information about these historic sites. This book ends up being educational beyond just toddlers learning their alphabet, because it inspires you to do some research and find out about all these interesting places!

However, I wasn’t sure why they included the I-285 Interstate that winds around Atlanta. Why is a highway notable? I had never heard of the Lunchbox Museum. And they included “quilting” and “white-tailed deer” but those are not unique to Georgia. I guess I just don’t understand some of these choices.

I love the cute illustrations! Every page is so colorful and bright, sure to be attractive to young kids and capture their attention.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

C Is for Car by Ashley Marie Mireles

C Is for Car: An ABC Car Primer
by Ashley Marie Mireles (Goodreads Author), Volha Kaliaha (Illustrations)

5 out of 5 stars

Learning the ABCs with the names of famous car models makes it more fun! D is for the Delorean, and P is for Porsche. J is for Jeep and H is for the Hudson Hornet. Going way back into the past with the Ford Model-T and every car in between, this book is sure to capture the attention of your car-loving preschooler.

I love the cool illustrations! Every page is so colorful and bright, and the designs of the cars are very recognizable.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

G Is for Gardening by Ashley Marie Mireles

G Is for Gardening
by Ashley Marie Mireles (Goodreads Author), Volha Kaliaha (Illustrations)

5 out of 5 stars

This book will get you excited about working in the garden as your preschooler learns the ABCs! First you need all the right tools; G is for gloves, W is for wheelbarrow, and T is for trowel. Then you need to learn about the types of plants; V is for vine, F is for flowers, and O is for orchard. And you need to learn about how to properly care for a garden; M is for mulch, S is for seeds, and Y is for yard design. Don’t forget some little friends who might visit your garden (B is for bees)!

There were actually a couple of words that I had to look up some more information about, like “aeration” to aerate the soil, and “xeriscape” which is a landscaping style for arid areas with cacti and stones that need very little water. Even the adults will learn something about gardening in this book!

I loved the beautiful illustrations and the cute characters who are working in the garden. Every page is colorful and full of growing things!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Classic Book Review: The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane

3 out of 5 stars

A “youth” enlists in the Union Army during the American Civil War with visions of glory in his mind, but he runs away like a coward in the first skirmish. As he moves as far as he can from the battlefield, he encounters wounded men headed toward the hospital. He hears their stories of courage, noting that they wear a “red badge” of their own blood. He is ashamed but finds ways to excuse his behavior in his own mind. He has an altercation with a fellow soldier, who gives him a minor wound on his head. At last he finds his way back to his own regiment, joining them again, pretending that he got his wound in battle. The next day when the regiment begins to move forward into battle again, the youth wonders if he will have the courage to stand and fight this second time.

I really hated the graphic descriptions of violence and dead bodies and disgusting wounds. It’s very descriptive and made me nauseated.

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Picture Books from Tiger Tales

Supermouse and the Volcano of Doom by M. N. Tahl

Supermouse and the Volcano of Doom
by M. N. Tahl, Mark Chambers (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

Supermouse patrols through Mouseopolis, stopping bad guys and saving the day! But there are so many crimes and accidents and dangers that Supermouse can’t handle it all. There is just too much daring-do to do! He begins to interview some possible superheroes to join him in the newly-created League of Remarkable Rodents. At first, he is not sure if their particular talents will be useful in the crime-fighting business, but they quickly prove their worth when a massive fondue cheese volcano begins to erupt right outside the city!

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Book Review: Always, Clementine

Always, Clementine by Carlie Sorosiak

Always, Clementine
by Carlie Sorosiak (Goodreads Author)

3.5 out of 5 stars
Clementine is a lab mouse. A genetic experiment has given her super-intelligence and she does her best to solve every maze and puzzle that the team of scientists give her. Clementine befriends a chimp named Rosie in one of the lab cages. When a scientist with a guilty conscience sets Clementine free, she begins a wild journey to prove her worth and hopefully save Rosie from the lab too. In the meantime, Clementine writes letters to Rosie (which are never written or posted) and tells Rosie all her adventures.

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Book Review: The Philosophy Resistance Squad

The Philosophy Resistance Squad by Robert Grant

The Philosophy Resistance Squad
by Robert Grant

3 out of 5 stars

Milo begins the school year at his new school, one of the highest ranking schools in the world. He and his two best friends are thrilled to have been accepted into this elite school until they meet the headmaster, Dr. Pummelcrush. The older students act like mindless zombies, going to classes, eating the disgusting food, and never breaking any rules. Milo begins to suspect that they might be brainwashed. He discovers a garden hidden away on the school grounds. In the garden, he meets a teacher who used to teach philosophy (before the school banned the class because it made students think for themselves). Milo and his friends start to learn all they can about philosophy, hoping that an open mindset will help them to resist being brainwashed.

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Graphic Novel Review: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars by Ethan Sacks

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
by Ethan Sacks, Will Sliney (Illustrator)

2 out of 5 stars

I ended up DNFing this book after reading other reviews that say that Han Solo and Chewbacca are only in the first chapter. So I read the first chapter, tried the second chapter, got bored and gave up.

I don’t super love the art style. Han looks like his face is all distorted or something. The aliens look cool, but that’s because they are supposed to be distorted and weird-looking.

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Trilogy Review: The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien

5 out of 5 stars

Frodo learns that a magic ring that was left to him by his Uncle Bilbo is incredibly dangerous. The wizard Gandalf warns Frodo that the Dark Lord is searching for the ring, and Frodo must leave his home in the Shire. A few of his loyal friends accompany him through the wilderness, hoping to discover a way to destroy the evil ring.

Every time I reread this trilogy, my heart soars and I get inspired! I just love the deep spiritual themes about friendship, grief, duty, honor, love, and courage. There have been many times in my life when I have faced a difficult circumstance and I found courage and hope in the examples of these characters. There is so much meaning behind every scene. There is always another layer to unpack and explore. I especially find encouragement in the Christian themes and imagery. Tolkien’s writings are saturated with faith.

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Book Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)
by Joanne Fluke (Goodreads Author)

3.5 out of 5 stars

Hannah is the owner of the Cookie Jar bakery. When the delivery guy is late, she goes out to the alley and finds his body. Her brother-in-law is the police detective on the case, and he asks for Hannah’s help. She hears all the gossip at the bakery and their small town neighbors might be more willing to talk to her than to a police officer. Hannah begins to poke around, discovering secrets and mysteries, but only one clue will eventually lead to the killer.

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Book Review: If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis

If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis by Alister E. McGrath

If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life
by Alister E. McGrath

4 out of 5 stars

The author postulates what subjects might arise if you had lunch with Lewis. Taking quotes from Lewis’ written works, we can guess what direction the conversation would take and generalize things that Lewis would probably say. However, this is not a book of imagined dialogue. It is a compilation of generalizations and paraphrases about what the author thinks Lewis would be likely to think and say on certain topics.

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Manga Review: Hamlet

Manga Classics by Crystal S. Chan

Manga Classics: Hamlet (Modern English Edition)
by Crystal S. Chan (Adapter), William Shakespeare, Julien Choy (Artist), Michael Barltrop (Goodreads Author)

4 out of 5 stars

This manga adaptation of Williams Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the perfect way to introduce Shakespeare to readers who might feel intimidated by the original play. The text is modernized, but still captures the original style of Shakespeare. The entire play is intact, and all the beauty of Shakespeare’s words comes through wonderfully in this modern adaptation.

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