This book has an academic feel. Packed with research and written with a scientific viewpoint, The Secret Language of Dogs is a serious work for pet owners who truly want to bond with and understand their dogs. It is a valuable toolbox of information for those who are training dogs. Understanding is, after all, a key ingredient in social bonding with both humans and animals.
This would be a good research book for junior high students studying about dogs.
Here are some additional dog-themed learning resources for the dog-lover in your family:
I give this book 4 stars.
Christian parents will adore this great copywork book that engages students in writing, coloring, reading, illustrating Bible verses from the book of Psalms.
The book also encourages children to study sight words found within scripture and write them out as practice.
Take a look at what you can find inside this special book . . .
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As an author who depends almost exclusively on spell check and editors, I wish I had had a book like this to learn from.
My 10 year old daughter struggles with dyslexia and speech/ language delays which makes spelling even more of a challenge. She doesn't always hear words as they are spoken, so trying to teach her from a phonetic base just wasn't working for us.
Dyslexia Games is our favorite new resource and we're enjoying trying out some excellent curriculum that is truly helping her.
In Master the Top 150 Misspelled Words you will find 45 spelling exercises that engage learners and support knowledge in a comfortable, casual way. Children will be asked to:
You can order your copy on Amazon for $24.95.
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Ashley Spires has written and illustrated an adorable, simple book with big impact and a message that matters.
Who doesn't experience feelings of failure, frustration and insurmountable obstacles?
The author knows this is a universal feeling and she does something amazing by not naming her main character but instead introduces her as "a regular girl". She could be any of us. We can all relate. This simple detail makes us root for her and (in rooting for her) we root for ourselves and subtly learn a life lesson in innovation.
The main character just wants to build the most Magnificent thing. She makes plans. Her dog assists. However, when her plans go awry she has a decision to make. Will she quit her goal or succeed against all odds?
This is an excellent book for children and sets an exceptional example especially for young girls.
Take a minute to watch the book trailer:
Aren't the characters just precious? I love her spunk. I have classified this book under both character and life skills categories because I believe it teaches the importance of perseverance, a crucial character trait that is very valuable in life. Perseverance and flexibility are life skills worth teaching at a young age and The Most Magnificent Thing is a sweet way of doing it.
Order your copy on Amazon ($4.49 Kindle/ $15.18 Hardcover) and then be sure to check out the free Teaching Guide that uses the book to teach students (grades 1-12) how to identify and organize their goals, observe social barriers and push through, apply perseverance strategies, think creatively and operate like engineers. Assignments are created at different age levels and vary in difficulty. It's a very good resource for expanding the learning opportunity of this book.
The author also encourages children to create something of their own and invites them to use #makesomething to show off their creations.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Most Magnificent Thing from Kids Can Press via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I give this book five stars
Publishing has changed so much since we were kids. It’s no longer just about the reading experience, but how the experience can expand into your reality.
This is Sadie is a simple story written by Sara O’Leary and Illustrated by Julie Morstad. The quiet pace and the gentle whimsy of the illustrations lend themselves beautifully to a cuddle session on Mom’s lap.
As a mom of a Sadie, you need to know that the name is very common with animals (especially dogs) and so, finding a human character with this name in a children’s book was extra special.
This is Sadie tells the story of a little girl who has a very active imagination. Sadie is very creative and the books she reads become inspiration in her playtime.
The stories she reads and the worlds they represent provide a fun escape for Sadie as she pretends her day away.
It’s a quiet lesson in the value of story, imagination and the ability to self-entertain.
Beautiful illustrations move the story along and bring humor and depth to the text. It has the potential to be just a relaxing book that is fun to look at, but like I said at the beginning, publishing has taken a turn.
Push the story right on into reality and allow your children to become Sadie and play out all of her adventures themselves. Print out the free Activity Kit for This is Sadie which includes a fox mask, alphabet bunting activity, paper dolls and paper flowers.
If you have a child 3-7 years old, they will most likely relate to Sadie’s playful nature and her ability to turn the simplest things into pure adventure.
This book will be released May 12th, 2015. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon,Barnes&Noble, Indie Bound, McNally Robinson, Indigo, Powell’s.
Visit the Author’s Website at http://thisissadiebook.tumblr.com/ . There is a lot to see there.
Also, hop by Julie Morstad’s site at http://www.juliemorstad.com/
Disclosure: I received a free copy of This is Sadie from Tundra Books via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I give this book four stars, not because of quality, but because it’s a book I’d probably borrow from the library rather than purchasing. My youngest is 7 though, so perhaps younger children would be more likely to read it again and again.
In any case, it is an adorable story with fun extras that could keep little ones busy and teach them the value of using their imagination.
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