Non Fiction Book Review: Take Me Home Forests of the World

Take Me Home by Pavla Hanackova

Take Me Home: Forests of the World
by Pavla HanackovaLinh Dao (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars
Charlie encounters animals that have been illegally smuggled away from their homes, and he determines to help them find their way back to their native forests. The panda goes back to the bamboo forest, the koala prefers a eucalyptus tree, the lemur finds a home in the spiny forest of Madagascar, and the sloth loves the heat of a tropical rainforest. There is even an otter who prefers the kelp forest underwater!

This book includes factoids about all types of forests. It has illustrations showing amazing animals and birds that live in each location. We learn about all the beautiful trees in each type of forest, and how the animals survive harsh climates.

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Non Fiction Book Review: Take Me Home Waters of the World

Take Me Home by Pavla Hanackova

Take Me Home: Waters of the World
by Pavla HanackovaLinh Dao (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars
Annie discovers several animals washed up on a beach and determines to help them find their homes again. The penguin returns to the polar sea, and the alligator returns to the wetland swamp, a piranha find his home in the Amazon river, and a little frog goes hopping into a lake.

This book includes factoids about all the types of bodies of water from rivers to coral reefs. It has illustrations showing amazing animals and fish that live in each location. We learn about all the weird and wild fish in the sea, and how they use disguises to fool their predators. We learn about the deepest lakes, the coldest seas, and all the cool oceans in between.

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Board Book Review: Cows on the Bus

Cows on the Bus by Tiger Tales

Cows on the Bus
by Tiger TalesValerie Sindelar (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars

The cows on the bus go moo moo moo, and the pigs on the plane go oink oink oink, and the dogs on the train go woof woof woof. This board book is the perfect sing-along story!

There are pull-out flaps that reveal hidden pictures of all the animals. I’m so impressed with the clever way that the pictures are hidden. It really is special and thoughtfully designed. Even the backs of the pull-out flaps have special illustrations on them that show a real attention to detail.

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Board Book Review: Let’s Pretend Animal Hospital

Let's Pretend Animal Hospital by Nicola Edwards

Let’s Pretend Animal Hospital
by Nicola EdwardsThomas Elliott (Illustrations)
4 out of 5 stars

In this board book, the veterinarians are busy in the animal hospital. They have to care for all kinds of animals from big horses to little bunnies. They need special tools like nail clippers, a stethoscope, and rubber gloves. They can set broken bones or just give a doggie a much-needed bath.

The children in the photos are caring for animals and dressed up like little vets. It’s so cute! Each page is full of bright pictures of different animals and the tools the vets use to heal them. And the pages all have different edges outlining the animals or background scenes, making it a lot of fun to turn the pages!

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Board Book Reviews: Zoom Rainforest Adventure and Dinosaur Adventure

Zoom by Susan Hayes
Zoom Dinosaur Adventure by Susan Hayes

Zoom: Rainforest Adventure
by Susan HayesSusanna Rumiz (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

Lin goes on an adventure through the rainforest, meeting all kinds of animals, and seeing amazing plants and foliage. She canoes down the Amazon river, hikes through the jungle, and sets up a camp near a beautiful waterfall.

I love the clever die-cut openings in this book! The illustrations are so colorful and vibrant, and each opening reveals something on the next page. I love all the little details in the background of each scene. When I was reading this with my little 3-year-old niece, she kept pointing out butterflies and monkeys in the background.

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Board Book Reviews: Count on Me 123, and A Caravan of Camels

Count On Me 123 by J.B. Frank

Count On Me 123
by J.B. Frank (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

This board book explores the different types of people that you can always count on. Firefighters, doctors, teachers, grandparents, friends: all these people will be there to help you when you need them. We count down from 10 as the book shows us people working, teaching, and healing.

What a sweet book!!! It’s just so adorable and meaningful to hear about the sweet siblings helping each other, and the moms and dads taking care of their children. I think it’s cool that the book ends by saying that you can also count on yourself, and there is a little mirror on the last page.

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Board Book Review: Farm Train

Farm Train by Susanna  Covelli

Farm Train
by Susanna Covelli 
5 out of 5 stars

This board book folds out to be 56″ long! The reader learns the sounds for each animal on the train. There are sheep, bees, horses, cats, frogs, bunnies, and mice, and a bunch more! And of course, the farmer’s tractor pulls the train along and “goes vroom vroom.”

This is such a cute book! I just love the adorable illustrations and sweet animal characters. It’s colorful and full of interesting little details in the background of each scene.

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Classic Review: Mystery of the Blue Train

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
by Agatha Christie
4 out of 5 stars

Poirot is traveling on the blue train when one of the passengers is murdered and a famous ruby called the Heart of Fire is stolen. There are several mysterious clues in the case that only the great Hercule Poirot can bring to light.

Poirot really is one of my favorite detectives! He definitely shines in this book, and I love the way that he is so protective of the innocent victims. He is wonderfully shrewd. His strong temperament pulls the story forward. Even if he is just having tea with some friends, every word takes on a special meaning when Poirot is part of the conversation!

I love the complex characters in this book! There is a lot of focus on unraveling their personalities and there are so many good scenes where they interact and react to one another. I just love the way each person has their own vivid and memorable personality.

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