Board Book Series: Our World, Mexico, Brazil, India, Italy

Our World Mexico by Cynthia Harmony

Our World Mexico
by Cynthia Harmony (Goodreads Author), Claudia Navarro (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

A young boy tells us all about a normal day in Mexico, from the delicious breakfast all the way to bedtime when they say, “Buenas Noches!” The boy gets a besito (kiss) from his mother and hops on a bus to school. He plays with his amigos and then has a snack of pan dulce (pastry) with his abuela (grandmother). After a bath and brushing his teeth, it is time to snuggle up for some dulces sueños (sweet dreams).

I grew up in Mexico as a child, and I can indeed verify that this is exactly like a normal day in Mexico! What a sweet trip down memory lane! And now I’m craving some pan dulce. haha!

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Our World Board Book Series Review

Our World by Aya Khalil

Our World: Egypt (Board book)
by Aya Khalil ( Author), Magda Azab (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

In this colorful board book, a little girl begins her morning with hugs from her mother and father (Mama and Baba) and has a hearty breakfast of bread and ful (a breakfast dish of beans). She visits her grandparents (Geddo and Teita) and sings and dances with them. She watches the boats, buys fruit at the market, and finally goes to bed after a wonderful day in Egypt.

Our World by Aunyarat Watanabe

Our World: Japan
by Aunyarat Watanabe (Illustrator), Emily Satoko Seo

5 out of 5 stars

In this board book, two siblings wake up for an energetic morning in Japan. They greet the morning by saying “Ohayo!” They exercise under the cherry blossoms, have a delicious breakfast of rice with pickled plum, and visit the market to do some shopping. They bow politely to each person they meet. A visit to the garden shows us beautiful bamboo water fountains. In the evening, it’s time for a relaxing bath and a peaceful night on their traditional Japanese floor mattress.

Our World by Evelyne Holingue

Our World: France
by Evelyne Holingue (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator), Margaux Carpentier (Illustrator)

4 out of 5 stars

Children in France take their “dou-dou” stuffed animal toys with them for all types of activities. They eat breakfast together and say “miam miam” (yum). They count all the dogs at the park “un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq.” They listen to street musicians, eat at a fancy restaurant, play coucou (peekaboo), and finally settle down for a peaceful night of sleep.

I love all these beautiful board books that teach children about different cultures around the world! At the back of the books, there are explanations about the words that are in a different language, along with guides to learn how to pronounce them correctly.

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Board Book Reviews: Sunny Days and Snow Days

Sunny Days by Deborah Kerbel

Sunny Days
by Deborah Kerbel (Author), Miki Sato (Illustrations)

5 out of 5 stars

From dawn to the setting sun, children enjoy the beautiful sunshine! The sun helps a seed to grow. The sun puts freckles on our cheeks. The sun makes the ocean waves “flash and glimmer”. The evening sun makes the shadows stretch long. And finally, a beautiful pink sunset closes the day and it’s time for bed.

Snow Days by Deborah Kerbel

Snow Days
by Deborah Kerbel 

5 out of 5 stars

From the first snow of Winter to the last slushy melt of Spring, the different types of snow are perfect for children to play in! The children can make snow angels, skate on the ice, build snow forts and snowmen, and have a snowball fight. But some types of snow are not so fun, like sleet and hail. It’s difficult to shovel snow off the driveway. Even so, it certainly is lovely to see all the holiday lights sparkling on a blanket of snow.

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4 Board Books from Tiger Tales

Bedtime for Duckling by Amelia Hepworth

Bedtime for Duckling
by Amelia Hepworth (Author), Anna Doherty (Illustrator)

4 out of 5 stars

Duckling is looking for a new place to sleep. She tries fox’s den, but it’s too muddy. She tries frog’s hollow log, but it’s too damp. Owl offers his nest up in a tree, but it’s too high. Finally Duckling finds the perfect place to sleep- her own mother’s cozy nest!

Duckling is such a cute little character! The story is sweet and engaging, and I love the die-cut openings in the pages. You get to peek through to the dens and warrens of all the little animals on the next page, and it’s very clever the way the illustrations from the previous page line up.

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Board Book Review: Baby Cakes

Baby Cakes by Theo Heras

Baby Cakes
by Theo Heras, Renné Benoit (Illustrations)

5 out of 5 stars

In the board book, children are trying to bake little cakes, but the kitty keeps getting in the way! They get out all the ingredients, and mix the salt, flour, and baking powder. Kitty tries to spill the flour! They add butter and sugar. Maybe a little sugar gets on their hands and they eat it. The eggs are accidentally broken on the floor, and kitty licks up some of the egg! The children mix in the milk and vanilla, and the cakes are ready to bake. They add a delicious frosting and it’s time for tea!

This is such a cute little book! The text is very simple and short, just right for tiny readers. The whole book has such a soothing and calming atmosphere, and the antics of the kitty are so hilarious!

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Board Book Review: Mi Primer Emocionometro

Mi Primer Emocionómetro by Susanna Isern

Mi Primer Emocionómetro
by Susanna Isern, Mónica Carretero 

5 out of 5 stars

Drilo el cocodrilo tiene un medidor de emociones (el emocionometro) que puedes usar para determinar tu emoción actual. Para cada emoción, hay un amiguito que nos habla de esa emoción. Ya sea que esté feliz, triste, enojado, celoso, asustado o enamorado, el medidor de emociones lo ayudará a navegar esas emociones fuertes.

En la parte posterior del libro de cartón, hay una rueda de emociones real que puede girar para mostrar su emoción actual. Y hay un lugar en la rueda para mostrar si la emoción es fuerte o ligero. ¡Me encanta que hace que el libro sea especial!

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Board Book Review: Where Are You, Little Pig? (Spanish and English Editions)

Where Are You, Little Pig? by Margarita Del Mazo

Where Are You, Little Pig?
by Margarita Del Mazo, Laure du Faÿ

1 out of 5 stars

The wolf searches for little pig in the tree, behind the rock, and in the house. The reader can see little pig hiding, but the wolf cannot. Little pig keeps running to a new hiding place, but when the wolf finally finds him, little pig says, “I told you I don’t want to play hide and seek anymore!” and little pig runs away from the wolf.

I’m not really sure what is going on in this board book. I don’t get the joke. I guess we are supposed to be worried that the wolf is chasing the pig for nefarious reasons (to eat him or blow down his house like the Three Little Pigs story), and then we are supposed to be relieved and find it funny that is was actually just hide and seek all the time. But that wasn’t really clear.

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Yoga Tots Board Book Series Review

Brave Bear by Tessa Strickland
Yoga Tots by Tessa Strickland

Brave Bear (Yoga Tots)
by Tessa Strickland

Yoga Tots: Happy Tiger
by Tessa Strickland, Estelí Meza

5 out of 5 stars

Children in the illustrations follow the movements of a polar bear and tiger cub to do calming yoga poses. They reach and stretch and slowly breathe in and out.

The illustrations are really cute with bright colors! The text does a good job of explaining the poses, and the artwork clearly shows what movements you are supposed to make in each pose.

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Picture Book Review: Pop a Little Pancake

Pop a Little Pancake by Annie Kubler

Pop a Little Pancake (Baby Rhyme Time)
by Annie Kubler (Illustrator), Sarah Dellow (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator)

4 out of 5 stars

Two toddlers make pancakes from their playdough, singing a song as they toss the pancake in the air, sprinkle sugar on top, and even squeeze lemon juice onto the pancake.

I love that this board book has the sheet music for the song on the back cover, so that if you read music, you can play and sing along.

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Board Book Review: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes... by Annie Kubler

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…
by Annie Kubler

5 out of 5 stars

This is the perfect board book for little babies who are just learning to identify parts of the body. The children in the artwork touch their heads, shoulders, knees, and toes, and then move on to eyes, ears, mouth, and nose as well. As you sing the song, you can point to each area of the body and dance along!

I really like the bright colors and simple design of this book. It’s perfect for catching the attention of little readers!

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