Dumpy to the Rescue! By Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton. Illustrated by Tony Walton. Book Review.

 Click here to buy Dumpy to the Rescue! (My First I Can Read)

This is an “I Can Read Book”so I wasn’t expecting it to be big on plot. I was surprised to see it was published in 2004. It has the look of a much older book. I expected something a little less ‘traditional’ than an old red dump truck and a white male farmer with a white boy assisting him especially when you consider the diversity of children reading early books. Even the illustration style seem to be from the 1960s.

Dumpy is the farm truck. He brings hay for the cows, oats for the horse, chicks for the corn, but then can’t find the baby goat. As the farmer searches for the goat and feeds more animals, he discovers missing nuts, roses, milk, apples and even a hat. He finds baby goat in the barn full from all the food he has pilfered.

Just because the book is an early read, doesn’t mean it can’t have zest. Even with such a simple plot, the illustrations could’ve had punch and made children laugh. I honestly think most children would be bored stiff reading this.

When posting this review, I discovered there is a whole series of Dumpy books. Oh, well. Different tastes for different readers I guess.

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My Videos for Kids, Parents and Teachers on Youtube Bonnie0904

https://www.youtube.com/user/Bonnie0904

Preschool to Kindergarten – counting to 5 for teachers and parents- Counting to 3 on the Cheap

Preschool to Kindergarten – counting to 5 for teachers and parents – Counting to 5 on the Cheap

Preschool to Grade 1 – counting for children – Sing to Ten and Down Again

Preschool to Grade 1 – counting, number recognition ideas for teachers and parents- Play and Learn with Number Mats

Preschool to Grade 1 – physical activity & more for children – Come On. Let’s Play.

Kindergarten – numbers, shapes, counting for children- Do You Believe in Fairies (not narrated)

Preschool to Grade 2 – classification of animals & more for teachers and parents – Educational Play with Animal Puzzle Mats

Kindergarten to Grade 3 – animal rescue, fractured folktale for children – The Gingerbread Man

Kindergarten to Grade 3 – (book read aloud) – focussing on the task at  hand, nutrition for children – Never Send Callie

Grade 1 to 3 – sound, a balanced life, problem solving – Too Quiet, Too Noisy 

Grade 1 – mixing paint colours – Mixing Colours

Grade 1 to 3 – human body for children – The Fascinating Sense of Taste

Grade 1 to 3 – human body for children – The Sense of Smell

(The other senses will be coming soon.)

Grade 1 to 2 – opposites for children – Opposites #1

Grade 1 to 2 – opposites for children – Opposites #2

Grade 1 to 3 – animal rescue, fractured folktale for children – Three Little Pigs are Rescued

Grade 1 to 3 – (book read aloud) worrying – Then the Tooth Fairy Won’t Come

Grade 1 to 3 – traditional fairytale with legos & graphics for children – The Snow Queen

Grade 2 to 4 -(book read aloud) gratitude brings happiness – Rayne Shines

Grade 2 to 4 – fractured fairytale told in rhyme with fashion dolls for children – The Real Princess (The Princess and the Pea)

If you would like me to create a video on a specific topic for children aged 1- 10, please leave a comment.

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Little Free Library Update

Those of you who have sent me books fore review know that they go into my Little Free Library for my neighbours to enjoy. (If you would like information on this, go to https://bferrante.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/get-featured-on-my-blog/) Unfortunately, in one of those typical northern Ontario winter events, the temperature went from-5C to -33C within a day and made the plexiglass in the door buckle. Dampness began to seep into the books.

The box needed rejuvenation anyway. Even though I used at least 8 layers of protection, the red ink on the quotes ran and blurred. So I scraped it down, my husband gave it a rough sanding, and I started over. I finished the pictures today. Tomorrow I’ll do a bit of touching up, add more glitter (of course), and start putting on protective coats of Varathane.

Here’s how it looks so far. I’m actually pretty pleased with what I was able to do with pens and brushes despite my Parkinson’s tremor.

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img_0901The back.

After, I realized it seems male-dominate, but there are actually four females and four males. Three of the females, however, are tiny. Do you know who they are?

 

Click on the covers for more information or to purchase the book.

Books featured on my library walls:

    

    

  

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Got a Reluctant Reader? – Try Ninja Seals Book 2: The Metal Menace by Joe Yang

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Joe Yang is a children’s book author, web cartoonist, and a huge fan of seals. And because he also loves storytelling, Joe’s also passionate about combining off-beat humor with those curious creatures. His goal is to encourage children, particularly young boys, to develop an interest in reading.

Ninja Seals Book 2: The Metal Menace, is his second book. 

Joe is a full-time Argentine Tango instructor, and teaches at tango festivals throughout the US. In a partnership with occupational therapy researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Joe also teaches tango to patients in treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Click on the cover to buy the book from Amazon.

Title: Ninja Seals Book 2: The Metal Menace

 

Blurb:

Alx (pronounced “Alex) and his cousin Scooter are two ordinary seals by day, and ninja seals by night! One evening, while busy in a workshop, someone – or something – starts banging on the front door!

Before they know it, Alx and Scooter are caught up in a chaotic nightmare where they are once again forced to take action as ninja seals. This time, they’re up against a large, metal monstrosity! What is its purpose? What does it want? And how will the ninja seals be able to stop it?

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Age level: 5-9

Other purchase links:

Bookbaby

Barnes & Noble

Social media links:

website: http://www.sealcomics.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sealcomics1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sealcomics/?fref=ts

 

Note: This promotion was written by the author.

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YouTube Channel for Parents and Teachers

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I must admit my YouTube channel was a disaster, book trailers mixed in with aimless videos, author read alouds scattered throughout, no playlists, and no sections. I finally learned how to organize it and have created three public playlists.

  • Book Trailers: I’m a little behind in this but at least half my books have a promo trailer.
  • Author Read Aloud: I have three full children’s picture books available for viewing and listening. I will be adding some things to this playlist as well.
  • Tips and Hacks for Parents, Teachers & Writers: This is going to be my focus for the next while. I plan to add a new video every couple of weeks focusing on inexpensive or free learning activities that are kind to the environment, encourage active movement, and incorporate more than one learning style. Most will be on literacy. Here’s my first one.

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I hope you can take the time to check it out, give me a thumbs up, comment, or share.

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Little Free Library on Humber Street

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Today’s my birthday and my wish has come true. I’m getting a “Little Free Library” to share with my community.  Unfortunately, when we moved, I did a major purge of my fiction books so stocking it will be a challenge. If you have any books you are willing to donate, please let me know and I will pick them up. You are, of course, welcome to participate. The Little Free Library will feature books for all ages. (No erotica please.) I will hold a launch day when the official sign with my charter number arrives in 2-3 weeks. Thank you.

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What’s in a Name?

Having a photocopier makes teaching a child so much simpler than when my children were young. Here is a quick and simple way to use lacing letters to help a child learn his or her name.

Tape the letters down on a piece of paper and photocopy it.

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You may have to glue several pieces of paper together depending on the length of your child’s name. Cut out the letters and mount them on stiff paper.

Your child puts the plastic letters on top of the paper image as if completing a jigsaw puzzle.

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If you have already taught your child to orally spell their name using my singing technique, now is a good time to teach them to touch each letter as they sing it.

 Click here to buy Hooper Humperdink? Not Him!

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and Hooper Humperdink, Not Him! (Reviewed here) by Dr. Seuss  are great follow-up or introductory books to this activity.

 Click here to buy Chrysanthemum

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Anyone for Pizza?

Where has all the time gone? When we moved in August I wrote a series of blog posts knowing that I would be busy redecorating, renovating, etc. There were fifteen windows needing treatment in our new home. I thought I had enough blog entries to get me to the middle of February, but it turns out I was a month off. I haven’t had much time for reading, other than books on decorating, but I thought it was time for a bit of diversion anyway. So… Now for something completely different.

Well maybe not completely.

Here’s a fun way to expose your child to reading. You can buy, from Melissa and Doug, or make a pizza set like the one in my photograph.

Then sort and label the parts. I also added dessert because what’s pizza without dessert? As your child creates pizza according to your specific tastes, she is exposed to the words taped to each bin. This is a lot of fun and can be incorporated into other types of play.

Older children can have separate bins for each of the toppings.

I took pictures of toppings from the internet and printed them on transfer paper (for t-shirts). Then I cut them out and ironed them on to pieces of felt. The pizza crust is felt glued to a piece of cardboard and rolled up felt sewn around the edges. The white and red sauce are just simple pieces of felt. The breadsticks are rolled up pieces of felt sewn shut with fat wool. The dipping sauce is a piece of cotton in a tiny measuring cup.

I lined a used pizza box with felt and covered it with clear sticky paper. This turned out not to be such a great idea as it is difficult to open and shut. If I did it again, I would simply ask for an extra empty box when I bought pizza. I also should have planned to make the pizza small enough to fit inside her toy oven.

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There are numerous books about pizza that would make great follow-up reads, even one about Curious George.

You can also take the easy, quick way and buy a Melissa & Doug pizza set.

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