Monday, November 29, 2010

Book Review- The Wonderful Book

By Leonid Gore
Published by Scholastic Press
Released on November 1st, 2010
Ages 3-6
5 Stars- Great for Young Readers

Deep in the woods, a rabbit finds a mysterious object. "What is this?" he asks. "It looks like a wonderful house for me." And he wriggles inside for a nap. Later he hops away and a bear lumbers by. "What is this?" the bear asks. "It looks like a wonderful hat for me." And he puts it on his head. One by one different animals find the object and transform it into whatever they need it to be. But it's not until the little boy comes along and knows exactly what it is. It's a wonderful book! And all the animals gather around to share the truly wonderful story that's inside (quoted from Goodreads).

This is such a great book for young readers and those who can't yet read. The Wonderful Book is the story of a red book found in the woods, and what each animal large and small thinks it is as they come upon it. The book is a hat, a house, a picnic table and more. When the little boy finds the book towards the end of the story, he sits and reads the story to all the animals who thought this wonderful red book was something else.

My kids loved finding out what each animal did with the book. It's an engaging read for pre-school aged and K aged kids. Any book the captures my children's attention and makes the laugh out loud is one I highly recommend picking up.

Book Review- Star Wars: Millennium Falcon: A 3D Owner's Guide

By Scholastic Books
Released on September 1st, 2010
Source- Scholastic
5 stars- A Must Have For All Fans

This novelty format dissects the most famous ship in the galaxy section-by-section, revealing the ship's secrets and special modifications.

Includes technical notes from Han Solo as well as a detailed overview of each of the ship's main functions.

This is a must have for any Star Wars fan. The Millennium Falcon is a great 3-D book that breaks down the ship page by page. As you turn each page you will find a description of the various parts of the ship, and in so doing, build the ship back up to reveal it's bottom side when you're done with the book.

Younger readers may not be able to read what all the descriptions are, but they can enjoy the lively pictures on each page, along with the 3-D picture of the Millennium Falcon. I recommend this book for Star Wars fans of all ages.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Book Review - Zero

Author/Illustrator:  Kathryn Otoshi
Publisher: KO Kids Books (September 15, 2010)
Reading Level: Ages 4 to 8 years
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Description from GoodReads:
Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !" "Those numbers have value. That's why they count," she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside. She watches One having fun with the other numbers. One has bold strokes and squared corners. Zero is big and round with no corners at all. "If I were like One, then I can count too," she thinks. So she pushes and pulls, stretches and straightens, forces and flattens herself, but in the end she realizes that she can only be Zero. As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others.

 In searching for books to use with young children to build number sense, I discovered Zero by Kathryn Otoshi.  This is a companion to her book One.  I was drawn in immediately by the slick black cover with silver brushstrokes spelling out the word zero.  As I read through the story, I quickly realized that this was more than a numbers book.  Otoshi had also created a story around self-esteem and worth.  Zero is feeling inferior to the other numbers but eventually she learns that trying to imitate the appearance of the other numbers was not going to work.  Zero eventually learns that she can pair up with numbers to make even bigger numbers such as 10, 20, 30, 40....100, 1000, etc.  

I decided to explore how I could use this book with a classroom of kindergartners.  With the book as inspiration, I played with developing three activities that supported their ability to play with both single digit numbers and counting by 10's.  And then in honor of "Zero the Hero" (a regularly celebrated day within our kindergarten classrooms for every 10th day), we tried out the activities.  The children loved hearing the story.  The staff and I divided the children into smaller groups and rotated them through the hands-on lessons.  Children were engaged and eager to learn and had a blast.  This would definitely be one book that we would keep as part of our books to support math and learning.

Thank you Kathryn Otoshi and your book, Zero.  It was the perfect compliment to our Zero the Hero Day. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Book Review-The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Author: Tom Angleberger
Publisher: Amulet Books (April 1, 2010)
Reading Level: Ages 9 to 12
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Description from GoodReads:
In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

From the time I first purchased this book, I have had a hard time keeping my hands on it. First my niece took my copy and read it, and then one of my teacher's son swiped it from my office. Even when I purchased a second copy, it seemed that more students kept wanting to borrow it. This is a great sign for the book, but it wasn't boding well for my getting to read it. When one of my copies came finally came back, I resorted to hiding it so I could finally read it myself.

In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Tommy is determined to figure out if Dwight is pulling a fast one on all his classmates or if his created puppet has the wisdom and insight of Yoda. Tommy is your typical sixth grader with the regular concerns about schoolwork, and whether the girl he likes actually likes him back. Dwight is a bit of an outsider or oddball among this group of students and somewhat strange. Most would say he isn't bright enough to actually dispense Yoda like advice? Should the others take his advice or stay far away?

The story unfolds as a collection of first-hand experiences that the students have had with Dwight and his Origami Yoda puppet. These snippets are sprinkled with doodles/caricatures of the students and side comments from Harvey (another student who doesn't believe in Origami Yoda). What unfolds is a series of situations that are plain hysterical. It truly does seem that Origami Yoda is wiser than his creator but will Tommy listen to the advice and ask Sarah to dance?

The short chapters, the funny scenarios, and the doodles all make for an attractive read. I was amazed how many of my independent 2nd graders readers actually devoured this book quickly and found it fascinating. My 4th to 6th graders grasped it on a totally different level but found it equally engaging. This is one of my top middle grade reads of 2010 and makes for a great gift.

Who would I recommend this to: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is a great next step for fans of The Diary of A Wimpy Kid or Big Nate.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Book Review- Where The Buffaloes Begin

By Olaf Baker
Drawings by Stephen Gammell
Published by Puffin Books/Penguin
Released November 6th, 1985
Ages 5-9
5 Stars- A Fabulous Book

Follow Little Wolf to the fabled lake in the south where the buffaloes begin. Watch the huge beasts surge out of the water and onto the prairie, as Little Wolf leads them to a victory against the enemies of his people. A Caldecott Honor Book. Illustrations in black-and-white (quoted from Goodreads).

Filled with beautiful black and white pencil drawings and a story about courage and self Filled with beautiful black and white pencil drawings and a story about courage and self mastery, Where The Buffalo Begin is wonderful story to have both at home and the in class room. The story begins with Nawa, the wise man who's the oldest member of the tribe, as he tells his people about the legend of where the buffaloes begin.

This is such a wonderful story about Little Wolf, a fearless 10 year old who has dreams about the great Buffaloes. Like his dreams, he wants to see if the legend that Nawa tells is people are true. When Little Wolf finds these giants, they end up turning him into a hero who saved his people from an almost certain death from the Assiniboin warriors.

I was thrilled when I found this book and it's one I highly recommend! It's one of history, legend and allows the reader to become apart of Little Wolf's world and witness the courageous thing he does to save his people.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

While we're enjoying the day cooking, cleaning, being with our family and friends, we want to take a moment and thank you for being apart of our blog! We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book Review- Ground Hog Weather School

By Joan Holub
Illustrated by Kristin Sorra
Published by Putnam & Sons (Penguin)
Released on December 24th, 2009
Ages 5-8
Source- The Author
5 Stars- Awesome Read

The must-have book for Groundhog Day—and the rest of the year!

With pop-art illustrations, a tongue-in-cheek tone, and a riot of detail, kids learn all the important aspects of Groundhog Day. And where better to learn it than Groundhog Weather School!

Professor Groundhog opens a school so groundhogs can learn to accurately forecast the weather each February. Following along with the amusing cast of students, kids are drawn in by the thoroughly engaging tale while they learn fun facts about different animals (groundhogs in particular), seasons, weather, and predicting the weather. With funny asides and a comic-style approach to the illustrations, this informational story presents a fresh look at Groundhog Day through the eyes of the animals who live it each year.

This was a fantastic read. Not only did it teach my kids about the history of Groundhog Day in a fun and enchanting manner, but I learned a few new things as well. Joan did a fantastic job at incorporating science/weather and little bit of history in a fun, educational manner, as Groundhog teaches a few other mammals how to help him be a weather reporter on Groundhog Day. He does this by teaching them about Groundhog Day, learning about weather, the seasons, hibernation and talking about a few other famous Groundhogs.

I really liked how unique this book is, as how often do we get to learn about one of less commercialized holidays. The illustrations are fun, the story is engaging and well written. I highly recommend this book for preschool, Kindergartner and 1st grade aged kids. My kids and I give this book 5 stars!!

Be sure to visit Joan's site to learn more about her other books here

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Book Review - Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu

Written by: Charise Mericle Harper
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released on: January 2011
Ages: 6 to 9
Source: netgalley
Rating: 5 stars - I highly recommend this book!

Synopsis (from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt): In this sixth installment in the Just Grace series, Grace and Mimi have a secret . . . Mimi is going to be a big sister. Then when Lily, a visiting four year old, turns into the Terrible Tutu, Grace can't escape her, and Mimi can't wait to be with her. Using all her empathy powers Grace shows Lily and Mimi the creative path towards a new friendship.
My daughters and I adore Grace and we were so glad that there's a new installment out.
Grace is so very true to herself and has a funny, sweet approach to life's problems. The diary format and the illustrations make the format easy and fun to read. The lesson within is one that I, as an adult, can be reminded of on occassion -- one of the value of friendship and family.
If you have a reader who loves Junie B. Jones, Clementine or Judy Moody, make sure you pick up the Just Grace books for them.

Monday, November 22, 2010

This Week's In My Mailbox

I'm really excited about the books we received this week for review!!

From Joan Holub:
* Goddess Girls, Artemis The Brave by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams, published by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Kids, to be released on December 7th, 2010.
* Ground Hog Weather School by Joan Holub, Illustrated by Kirstin Sorra, published by Putnam Juvenile (Penguin), released on December 24th, 2009.

From Scholastic:
* Shoe-La-La by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham, published by Scholastic, to be released on January 2011.
* Story County: Here We Come by Derek Anderson, published by Cartwheel Books, to be released on January 1st, 2011.
* Happy 100th Day by Susan Milord, Illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma, published by Scholastic, to be released on January 1st, 2011.
* Where's Walrus by Steven Savage, published by Scholastic, to be released on February 1st, 2011.

National Heritage Month & Books

For 2011 I want to make it a point to read and review books that celebrate that different heritage's that are celebrated here in America, on Mundie Kids. I think it's important for young readers to read about and be educated about the various cultures. This stems from a complete lack in hearing anything about November being Native American Month, when through out the year we hear so much about a few other heritages. To me, I think it's wrong to single out a few heritages through out the year and not the rest. The various heritages are what make our country so diverse. I'm most frustrated with a lack of acknowledgment for the Native American Month.

This stemmed from attending an elementary school Thanksgiving fest last friday we were we honored to have one of the boys in my son's class, come with his father and some of their family members, whom are also Native American dancers and dance. It was so amazing! Not only were the kids moved by it, but so were many of the parents. After the dance they talked about their costumes and their dance. It was truly one of the neatest things I've been able to experience. It was after we got and my son had a flyer on Native American dancers and culture, did I see written at the bottom that it's Native American month.

So, this next year I am making it a point to find books that we can read and review on here that will celebrate these heritage's:

  • February-Black History Month
  • March-Women's History Month
  • May-Asian Pacific Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month/Indian/Haitian Heritage Month
  • June-Caribbean Heritage Month
  • September 15-Oct. 15-Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October- Filipino Heritage Month
  • November-Native American Heritage Month

Each month during the specific heritage we will share our reviews. If you have any suggestions on some great books for us to read and review, please let us know!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Book Review - The Little Prince

Illustrated by: Joann Sfar
Adapted from the Book by: Antione de Saint-Exupery
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Company
Released On: October 18, 2010
Ages: 10 and up
Source: netgalley
Rating: 4.5 stars - I really liked this book. Go pick it up.

Synopsis (from Houghton Mifflin's website): For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince has captured the hearts and minds of its readers. The whimsical story with a fairy tale touch has sold over 80 million copies in 230 languages. This exciting graphic adaptation features beautiful, new artwork by Joann Sfar. Hand-chosen by Saint-Exupéry's French publishers for his literary style and sensitivity to the original, Sfar has endeavored to recreate this beloved story, both honoring the original and stretching it to new heights. A vibrant, visual gift for longtime fans and those experiencing the story for the first time.

Joann Sfar is a "force of nature" according to and he has produced over 100 graphic novels since the early 1990s. He's just the perfect illustrator for a beloved book like The Little Prince. I shared this book with my 11-year-old son and for me it was a wonderful way to re-live a much loved story from my tween years.

A classic story like The Little Prince takes on new meaning when you read it as an adult. You understand the subtle message of how we, as adults, need to hold on to those little magical pieces of childhood that make us still wonder at the world around us. Sfar's illustrations bring a freshness to the story and make it more modern and very accessible to this generation of young readers.

If you know a reluctant reader, I would highly recommend this book for them or for youself. So go on, sit down with a cup of tea and flip through this vividly illustrated graphic novel and remind yourself that we do need to look at the world through a child's eyes once again.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Book Review - The Secret Lives of Princesses

Illustrated by: Rebecca Dautremer
Published by: Sterling Publishing
Released on: June 2010
Ages: 6 to 8
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 stars - I highly recommend this book!

Synopsis (from Sterling Publishing): Go beyond Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella! Some princesses are well-known to all children—but others, equally magical (and sometimes, a lot funnier) have remained anonymous, mysterious, and far from the fairy-tale crowd.

Now these captivating ladies are finally stepping out of the shadows where they’ve remained hidden for far too long. With wit, sublime humor, and beautiful art, The Secret Lives of Princesses introduces a bevy of royal daughters to the court of young readers. While it alludes to some of their more famous sisters, this large and lusciously illustrated compendium presents such unique and unforgettable characters as the petite Princess Claire Voyant, who can see very far into tomorrow (but muddles her predictions); Princess Oblivia, who forgets everything and misses all her appointments; Princess Tangra-La, who does the tango, the fandango, and any dance that comes her way; and Princess Babbling Brooke, who chatters on and on about everything and nothing. Plus, you’ll learn about such princessy matters as the language of fans; coats of arms; and how not to offend dangerous fairies who cast evil spells.

Poetic, often humorous, and always enchanting, this is the perfect collection for princess-loving girls who long for more than just the traditional fairy tale.

I bought this story book for my two daughters and I have to admit that I loved it as much as they did.

The illustrations are gorgeous, detailed and very whimsical. Look for example at Princess Oblivia (pictured on the left) and then read the accompanying text:
She misses all appointments, never catches the train on time, and arrives at the theater either one week early or three days late.

She is related to Cinderella who was so absentminded that she completely forgot that her carriage would transform into a pumpkin and her dress into rags when the clock struck midnight.

Isn't the prose perfect? Well, just wait until you meet the other princesses: Princess Somnia, Princess Do-Re-Mi and others. To take a peek inside the book, click on over to the gallery on their website here. And if you have a princess in your life or if you are a princess, be sure to check this book out.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Magnificent 12 Winner!

WOW, I'm totally late on posting our winner of the SIGNED copy of The Magnificent 12, from Harper Collins Childrens. Our winner is....

#4- Kelsey Opsal!!

CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who entered! Thank you so much to Harper Collins Childrens Books for the great giveaway. Be sure to enter more of our great giveaways going on, which are posted in our right hand side bar.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Book Review- Bess The Book Bus

By Concetta Payne
Published by Mirror Publishing
Released on September 13th, 2010
Ages 4-9
Source- Concetta Payne
4 Stars- It's a Great Read

Everyone calls me "Bess the Book Bus" but I am NOT A PASSENGER BUS! I am a VERY SPECIAL BUS! My creator and dear friend, Jennifer Frances, named me in memory of her nana, Bess O'Keefe. She taught Jennifer the importance and joy of reading. Jennifer's dream is to deliver free books to all the children that don't have access to them. That is why I'm a VERY...VERY...SPECIAL BUS! When you climb on board Bess the Book Bus, you will find stacks and stacks of children's books waiting to be delivered to as many children as possible. Come on board Bess the Book Bus and I will tell you about my many adventures as I traveled on my long and wonderful journey.

Concetta Payne did a fantastic job at bringing Bess's story to light in her newest release, Bess The Book Bus. Bess takes the reader on her journey to deliver books to kids in need of them. She tells of some of her adventures, like the one time she had a flat tire and the nice man who pulled over to help them, to how happy she feels when children run towards her and get to pick out one book.

Bess the Book Bus is such an inspiring story, as there really is a Bess The Book Bus, which we've featured on Mundie Moms here What makes Bess so inspiring, is that she and her driver travel all over the United States bringing books to areas who are in need of them. It's a great read and one that will inspire young readers to help provide books for children who don't have access to them.

Here's more about Bess, The Book Bus:

Bess, The Book Bus was founded by Jennifer Frances in 2004, in honor of her Nana, Bess O'Keefe, who taught her the joy of reading. It's that joy that Bess The Book Bus takes to children who aren't privileged to have books.

Bess the Book Bus is dedicated to reading to children, promoting literacy, and getting books in to the homes of underprivileged children and families in the Tampa area. While our offices are located in South Tampa, the program itself is mobile. This year we have increased our services to include twenty-five Head Start programs, ten summer programs, The Spring, Metropolitan Ministries, Redland Christian Migrant Association, and an after school program. We also support three school libraries that do not have enough books to serve their population. -

Monday, November 15, 2010

Book Review- Thumb Love

By Elise Primavera
Published by Robin Corey Books
Received from: Random House Kids
Released on October 12th, 2010
4.5 stars- A Great Read for Thumb Suckers

Lulu was a thumb sucker. She and her thumb were very happy together—in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, Lulu and her thumb were best friends.

Despite the urging of her family and the teasing of her friends, Lulu just would not give up her thumb-sucking habit. That is, until one day . . . when Lulu made up her mind to stop. And to help herself and thumb suckers all over the world, Lulu developed a program—one with steps. Twelve steps, to be exact. Join Lulu in her quest to kick the habit as she goes through the steps in this funny and insightful picture book.

Told in a light-hearted manner and filled with good humor about a universal and important concern,
Thumb Love will be embraced by parents and caregivers alike. This is not an issue book but a story that will resonate with anyone who is—or was—a kid
(quoted from Goodreads).

This is such a great book for those who have been thumb suckers and for those who have thumb suckers. Lulu is a thumb sucker, and at an age where she should be out growing it, but feels too attached to her thumb to let him go. When she awakes one night from a nightmare of having buck teeth and unable to say words correctly, Lulu decides it's time to stop sucking her thumb, and comes up with a 12 step program to stop.

Lulu has a great voice and she's one my daughter loved reading about. We enjoyed reading about her program and what she did to stop sucking her thumb. It's not easy to stop, but with a little will power, not giving up and having support, Lulu shows readers they too can stop sucking their thumb.

Don't miss our blog post with Elise Primavera here

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It's a post where we share thebooks we've received this past week for review, borrowed from friends or the library, received as a gift, bought, or received to giveaway. You can find our IMM for Mundie Moms here

Katie's IMM:
* Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert,
* Where The Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker, Drawings by Stephen Gammell
* My First 100 Words, A Picture Word Book
* Animal Orchestra, A Counting Book by Scott Gustafson, Illustrated by Scott Gustafson
* M is for Maple Syrup, A Vermont Alphabet by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, Illustrated by Ginny Joyner
* M is for Majesty, A National Parks Alphabet by David Domeniconi, Illustrated by Pam Carroll
* Z is for Zamboni, A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier, Illustrated by Melanie Rose
* J is for Jump Shot, A Basketball Alphabet by Mike Ulmer, Illustrated by Mark Braught
* A is for America, An American Alphabet by Devin Scillian, Illustrated by Pam Carroll

From the Scholastic Book Fair:

* Star Wars (Lego) The Visual Dictionary
* Star Wars The Clone Wars 3-D *not pictured*

Sophie's IMM:
* Avalon High by Meg Cabot
* Narnia I Can Read Books

What goodies did you receive this week?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book Review- Edison's Gold

By Geoff Watson
Published by EgmontUSA
Released October 26th, 2010
Source- EgmontUSA
Ages 8-12 years old
4 Stars- A Great Middle Grade Read

Solving a centuries-old family mystery is Tom Edison's only hope to stop his family from moving to Kansas. but can the famed inventor's great-great-grandson pull off this whirlwind coup and discover Edison's secret formula for alchemy in time? Full of gadgetry, historical rivalries, secret societies, and bad guys galore, Geoff Watson's Edison's Gold is a thrilling quest for middle grade readers (quoted from the back of the ARC).

Edison's Gold is a fun, adventurous read for middle graders. Tom Edison is on a quest to find clues his great great grandfather left behind, and if he can find them in time, he can save his family from moving to KS, leaving behind the friends he's grown up. Not only that, he will be helping his family and restoring an honor to the Edison name. It won't be easy uncovering the clues and revealing the secrets that have remained hidden for years. Not knowing what the clues lead to, make the adventure that much more appealing.

This adventure is one that has lasted for decades, as a decedent of Thomas Edison's enemy is out to find what Tom is after. Now it's a race against time to make sure this formula and the treasure stay out of the wrong hands. What I enjoyed about Edison's Gold, is the historical fiction that is wrapped into this story, along with some great historical figures like Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Babe Ruth and more. While the story is set in present day, I liked that there were a few scenes that included the historical figures, allowing the reader to see what brought these historical greats together.

The characters are great and I enjoyed going on their secret missions and trying to solve the riddles with them. Their adventures take them all over NY and into some historical parts of town, and to some well known parts of town, were hidden passages lead to clues. While I didn't make the smart kid club in school, I felt like I was part of it with this trio.

There's plenty of adventure, danger and of course bad guys in this great debut. I think this will be most appealing to middle grade readers, as there's a little bit of everything in this book that will have the most reluctant reader enjoying it. I am looking forward to reading the sequel and I recommend picking up Edison's Gold.

You can find more about Edison's Gold and purchase a copy of the book by visiting Egmont's site here

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway-Little Scholastic Numbers & Zoo

Little Scholastic books are must have books if you have little ones and they would make a great Christmas/holiday gift for any little infant and toddler this year. Their bright colors, sturdy pages, and fun illustrations make them delightful reads and my little girl has loved them, even though she's right outside the recommended age group.


Bold and bright, this tactile board book features numbers to count and touch. Review basic numbers with this appealing, hands-on format!

Ages Baby to 2

The Numbers book is a great touch and feel book for infants. It's simplistic in it's words and illustrations, and it's vivid colors and different textures make for great sensory stimulation for babies and toddlers.


An intricately designed board book with colorful art that leaps off the page and can literally be pulled out of the page as well. Each spread is designed to nest a removable flash card. When all four flash cards are removed, they can be reconnected outside of the book to create a four-piece puzzle. Zoo is a three-in-one reading experience: book, flash card, and puzzle.

Ages 1 to 3

The Zoo book is a great sensory book for toddlers. With bright colors, soft touch and feel flash cards, and a vivid peacock puzzle to put together, toddlers will enjoy this book. Each removable flash card has a soft colored square on one side, and when flipped over is a puzzle piece. Both of my kids enjoyed playing with this book.


Both Little Scholastic's Numbers and Zoo books are ones I highly recommend. They're great for having at home and fit easily into any diaper bag/purse. I'm a huge fan of carrying books in my purse, as you never know when you'll be stuck in line somewhere, and books are a perfect distraction for my kids.

Thank you to Scholastic, we have two sets we are giving away!! To enter, please fill out the forum below. This is for US residents only please.


From the most trusted name in learning comes Little Scholastic, a developmental publishing program that introduces reading to babies and toddlers ages birth to three years. Each book features rhyming, repetitive, or predictable text, interactive components, and familiar subjects—all formatted to delight babies, toddlers, and parents. Visit for expert advice and articles, parenting tips, book information, and more.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~