Guardians of the Galaxy: Beginnings Book Review + update

 

Guardians of the Galaxy: Beginnings is a book about the Guardian’s of the Galaxy from the very beginning. You can see my review below as well as the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie trailer which is in theaters TONIGHT!

18774185.jpgWe loved Guardians of the Galaxy: Beginnings. The book starts out explaining all about Peter Quill as a child and his origins. It explains about his father and how he had to leave Earth. Peter quickly determines he must journey to space to find his dad.

The illustrations were great and the reading wasn’t too complicated. It’s a very happy story and I didn’t find anything wrong with that. It’s perfect for any Guardians of the Galaxy fan.

Follow along and learn about Peter’s determination to find his father and how the Guardians of the Galaxy are formed with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket.

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Favorite Wordless Picture Books

It’s no secret that I LOVE wordless picture books. Here are some reasons why…

  1. They can promote more discussion than books with words do.
  2. For early readers, it allows them to read books on their own while retelling the story and developing new vocabulary.
  3. They help children with story structure and comprehension.
  4. They can inspire children and help develop writing skills when they write the story out on paper as to how they interpreted it.

There are so many wonderful reasons to read wordless picture books. Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and visually appreciate these books. It can give early readers a break from reading words as well.

This post highlights some of my favorite picture books I’ve read recently. You can see them below along with my reviews…


23309640.jpgFloat by Daniel Miyares is a wordless picture book about a boy and his paper boat. It’s a rainy gloomy day and he decides to head out to play in the water with his paper boat. Follow along in the story to see how his day with his paper boat unfolds.

The illustrations are dark and rich throughout most of the book. One thing I love about picture books is how they make you think and then you want to restart the book all over again. This book reminded me of how much I loved rainy days as a kid. We were pleased with the ending.

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Our absolute favorite parts in the book were the inside covers that included instructions for making a paper airplane and a paper boat. 4 stars

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Tarra & Bella-An Unlikely Friendship

I love a good animal story and this one has to be one of the most touching animal friendship stories I’ve read. It’s a story about an elephant named Tarra, and a dog named Bella.

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Tarra in her earlier life used to be a circus performer and believe it or not, was the only roller-skating elephant in the entire world. Because of her talent, she made multiple appearances in movies like Annie and even popular TV shows.

In 1995, Tarra was moved to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. It’s a place that simulates the wild, where elephants can retire. The sanctuary that started on roughly 200 acres of land has now grown to over 2,700 acres for elephants to enjoy and live in peace. You can learn more about the Elephant Sanctuary by clicking this link:

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Not long after Tarra’s arrival, it was time to pair up and find a friend. Well, this is what most elephants do, but Tarra didn’t discover a buddy like the other elephants. She was the only elephant out of the group to remain solitary, until something unusual happened.

One morning, when Tarra woke up, she saw something strange. It was a dog named Bella sleeping along her side. But, when Tarra got up, so did Bella! When Tarra started walking, Bella walked right along with her. Soon, they became inseparable.

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Sandwiches!: More Than You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food by Alison Deering & Bob Lentz

Sandwiches!: More Than You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food is a sandwich making cookbook for middle grade kids.

The book contains recipes for over 50 different sandwiches including wraps, subs, and bagels. It covers what is a sandwich, tools used, and use of equipment including the oven and panini press. The book even explains the differences in knives.

One of my favorite elements in the book is the use of history, trivia, and facts pertaining to each sandwich. There’s so much to learn here and in an entertaining way. The instructions for each sandwich are easy to follow and include side options for each. I especially appreciated the substitutions that are included for different dressings, cheeses, and condiments. Substitutions are even given for people who have allergies.

This is a great book for kids to gain confidence in making meals for themselves. All the recipes are easy with only a few possibly needing adult supervision. This would be a nice addition to a cookbook collection. I’m certainly adding it! Continue reading “Sandwiches!: More Than You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food by Alison Deering & Bob Lentz”

Educating Children about the Holocaust

Why is it so important that we remember the Holocaust and how can we educate children about it so that it’s never forgotten? 

Anytime you have an atmosphere filled with hate, genocide has the potential to become a reality. We are still living in times of hate. Racism, prejudice, and cruelty to others isn’t in the past. People need to remember this hate can evolve into something much worse and a repeat of history is something we don’t want to revisit.

By introducing and educating our children about the Holocaust and other acts of cruelty, we can instill in them the importance of recognizing the difference between right and wrong. Time continues to pass and this is something we need to continue to act on now more than ever. We simply can’t pass it off like it’s a fragment of history that isn’t significant anymore. It’s crucial that we remember and reflect on it.

I’ve recently come across some wonderful children’s books to help educate about the Holocaust and WWII. You can see them below, along with my ratings. There are many other books to discover on the subject, but these are a few that I think are essential tools, some of which are newly published in 2017. Continue reading “Educating Children about the Holocaust”

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Radiant Child

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Radiant child by Javaka Steptoe, a book about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, was awarded the Caldecott Medal as the most distinguished picture book for children earlier this year.

The book takes you through Jean-Michel’s childhood and all of his inspiration and ideas about how he wants to be an artist. He’s influenced by books, art museums and at times his mother.

We thoroughly enjoyed the story which becomes emotional at times. The illustrations were very well put together and keep the reader interested. I especially enjoyed the back biography page which has many more facts about him.

This book is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner.

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For teens and young adults, there’s a documentary called “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”, which is extremely revealing and explains much more about his life. It’s excellent and worth watching for those who want to learn more about him. The documentary was directed by Tamra Davis, a friend of Jean-Michel. It’s loaded with insider interviews including Jean-Michel and gives the viewer scads of pictures of him, video of Jean-Michel working, and his art. There are also interviews with people who interacted with Jean-Michel during his career. The documentary features interviews with Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger, Tony Shafrazi. Fab 5 Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Maripol, Kai Eric, Nicholas Taylor, Fred Hoffman, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Suzanne Mallouk, and Rene Ricard, among many more. It also includes an uncut interview with the filmmaker Tamra Davis.

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Moonshot:The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

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BlurbSimply told, grandly shown, here is the flight of Apollo 11. Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts, clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats. Here are their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon. Here is a story of adventure and discovery — a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.

My Review:

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca is the story of the first American manned moon landing, Apollo 11 in 1969. It’s told in a simple manner and doesn’t contain too many facts for young readers.

The illustrations are very detailed and the story is written in poetic form.

From Earth to moon and back again, it’s the perfect book for young elementary readers.

For older kids, there’s the more complicated story including facts and troubles they endured on their trip toward the end. In addition, the documentary/film “Moonshot” on DVD by The History Channel, is perfect for older kids and adults. 5 stars.

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