Monday, September 30, 2019

BAD DAY by Ruby Roth - How To Deal With Tough Times! | Children's Book

Bad Day book

Bad days happen to all of us. Everyone experiences tough times, even little ones. But what to do when you are feeling down? In the book Bad Day written by popular children's book author Ruby Roth, we follow the story of little boy Hennie. His day involves a cascade of things going wrong. First, he had a bumpy ride, lumpy sock, then it was getting worse, a lost spoon and upset stomach. Later, a yelling teacher demanding attention in her class and award fall in front of Hennie's classmates!

The boy wants to be alone to cope with his feelings. He is grumpy and dumpy, asking everyone do not disturb and stand out. Hennie draws an unhappy face on a paper bag and puts it on of his head. The struggles are real, the boy moves around the room trying to find peace and calm down. Then he tries to find solution to his frustration like disappearing for a year and exaggerating things. Then the boy walks through his bad day and realizes that he really had tough day and he should not be hard on himself. Runaway is not a solution and may be treating things differently can help.

So Hennie takes first step and draws Smiley Face on his paper bag, then he declares that he is strong enough to deal with his feelings. The most astonishing fact the little boy gets from his bad day experience is that he can control his feelings. He decides how he wants to feel now, tomorrow and in the future no matter what is going outside, what he hears or sees.

Teddy liked the story so much, kids need to learn how deal with bad days and cope with negative thoughts. I think the author perfectly caught the moments of struggles and feeling down. There are also grey and color pages to reflect the boy's mood. We liked how the story ended and what Hennie learned from his bad day and shared with us:
  • You need some calm time to think about your bad day and how you feel
  • You should look at your day from another perspective, re-live or recap like see it from another point of view as if it was another person
  • Be gentle on yourself
  • Only you can control your feelings no matter what other people say or do
  • Take actions, it can be simple one like drawing a smiley face on a paper
  • Bad Days teaches you some good lessons and you are getting stronger
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

My First Quiz Picture Books For Little Ones | Back To School

My First Quiz Picture Book

Kids love learning new things. I remember the time when Teddy was younger at the age when he couldn't read yet, but loved browsing through books, looking at the pictures and pretending he knows how to read.

My First Quiz Picture Books are fabulous new books from Clever Publishing. They are designed for babies over 12 month and toddlers. The books are bigger in size, with colorful illustrations and engaging content. They are made in a format of quiz and intended to be educational, interesting and fun. Each book contains 150 questions to answer.

My First Quiz Picture Book helps to build kids' first words and vocabulary. The questions in the books are split by categories like Play, Wear, Hear, Feel and others, mostly about children's world, what surrounds them like "What do you wear when it rains?" or "What do you put on your toast?" Each question is presented as a picture with a question(s) and sometimes with a funny description. The answers to the questions can be found on the same page at the bottom also in a picture form. 

My First Quiz Picture Book

The second book, My First Quiz Picture Book of Animals, offers a whole set of questions about animals to answer for little ones. For example, "Who hides in the sea grass?" or "This insect has lots and lots of legs!" The book has different categories like At Home, The Garden, On and Under The Ice (that's really interesting), The Farm and other. Bright colors and cute images of animals catch children's attention right away. There are over 150 animals to learn about through the book.

These are types of book kids come to check over and over again. They encourage little ones to learn something new every time time they open them, observe, think, ask even more questions, laugh, realize and discover. When kids learned something new from the books, they can play quiz games with parents or siblings. That will be a lot of fun.

For more information about My First Quiz Picture Books and other interesting books for children, check Clever Publishing. You can also find them on Amazon and Goodreads!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I Don’t Like to Eat Ants by JTK Belle 🐜🍽️πŸ₯ͺ| #ChildrensBooks

I Don’t Like to Eat Antsby JTK Belle

If you have a picky eater or someone bored of eating the same food all the time, then I Don’t Like to Eat Ants by JTK Belle is great story to read. It starts with two anteaters arguing about their food habits. Anteater One does not want to eat ants anymore because they are sticky, not sweet and no fun. Anteater Two disagrees, he thinks that anteaters should eat only ants, it is good for their health. Anteater One is not convinced and decides to switch to eating cinnamon bun, grilled cheese sandwich or chocolate cake. Second anteater thinks this is a bad idea because new food can give a tummy ache. Plus, they do not have teeth to eat this kind of food.

Nothing can stop Anteater One from eating new food. It looks like he tried different types of food before.  He replies that he can cut buns and sandwiches in pieces and then chew them. Or he can make a salad from flowers and plants.

I Don’t Like to Eat Antsby JTK Belle

This argument could continue but Anteater One challenges Anteater Two to try new things and invites him for lunch to a restaurant. A sever at the restaurant Anteater Three notifies that all bowls of ants are sold out and offers the guests a PB & J! Frustrated Anteater Two decides to try a peanut butter and jelly, just one little bite. Now both anteaters enjoy eating sandwiches.

I Don’t Like to Eat Ants is a lovely story to show that you never know what you'll like until you try it! It is written in rhymes, Teddy had fun time reading them loud. The book is nicely illustrated by Sabine Mielke and we liked funny ants' images at the bottom of some pages where ants expressed opinions on anteaters' conversations. I Don’t Like to Eat Ants is a hardcover book with glossy and smooth pages. It makes a wonderful gift to picky eater or everyone who is hesitant to try something new, just give it a chance!

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia Children's Book | This Little Street

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia

We love reading books about travels and adventures. Every book has something unique and special to offer. The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia by Audrey Smit tells whimsical travel stories about Lily, a young girl who is ready to explore the world.

Lily Huckleberry lives in a small village where flowers grow as big as trees. She is chosen to join Worldwide Adventure Society for her brave spirit and adventurous mood. Visiting Scandinavia is Lilly's fist choice as a member of secret travel society and she can't wait to join new adventures. The girl is welcome to Denmark and invited to Midsummer party! But adventures are not always about parting and having fun, so Lily takes risks to help her friends to save Midsummer Celebration.

Lilly  Huckleberry travels across Scandinavia to recover missing strawberries. She encounters many interesting characters, scary ones sometimes, magical and some familiar from fairy tales. It is amazing that so many creatures and people gladly help Lily in her search. Lily finds out that missing strawberries are somehow connected to Vikings and eager to determine why. Though it is scary to meet with angry Vikings as everyone thinks, but Lily is brave enough to ask questions and finds ways to deal with challenging situations. It turns out that Vikings are not that bad and scary as they seem, they want to join Midsummer Celebration but were never invited.

Teddy liked reading this book, he said he is like one of the Vikings. In the book children discover the Nordic culture through language, traditions and stories like Midsummer Celebration with flower crowns and the special strawberry cake. Some Scandinavian words are used in the story like “Mormor” or “Fika,” which help kids learn new things the same way as Lily learned throughout her journey. There are also iconic Nordic characters many kids familiar with like Little Mermaid, elves, the Swedish horse, Dala and Vikings. We enjoyed the book's colorful illustrations, there are lots of flowers, plants and trees. There are also many funny and lovely images like Vikings Report Card.

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia book comes in hardcover and is so fascinating Teddy wants to read it over and over again.

This is just first Lily’s adventure. Next stop is The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Japan. For more information about the book and upcoming releases, please visit This Little Street!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

HOW TO BUY A BABY Season 2 - The Journey To Becoming Parents | CBC Gem

How to buy a baby Season 2

Getting pregnant can be harder than it looks. For many couples the chance of getting pregnant in any given month is very low. Lots of them undergo fertility treatments which are emotionally and financially challenging. I thought having a baby would be easy when I was 'ready' but I was wrong. When you did not reach your 30s and could not have a baby that was a very stressful situation. You basically live in fertility clinic and your life becomes two itineraries you take every day: the work and the clinic. You cannot afford anything else, go on vacation, buy something big and expensive, because you have to pay for your treatments, this month, next month and so on.

Everyone around, family and friends do not believe you cannot get pregnant, they come to visit you with a bunch of kids and give various advice, crazy and ridiculous like eating some exotic food or meditating at night on a deserted island. Basically speaking, we did not need any advice, but rather a good laugh would save our days.

In August LoCo Motion Pictures released How To Buy A Baby Season 2 CBC Gem. Season 1 dealt mainly with themes surrounding infertility. The series follows a couple, Charlie and Jane, who gave up having a baby the fun way. They decide to take IVF treatments and survive in the world of emotional and financial pressures of infertility. Hard, easy, frustrating and funny, Season 2 takes an honest look at adoption.

The show How To Buy A Baby gives a humorous overview of the trials and tribulations of “getting pregnant” in the modern age and provides a voyeuristic view of a marriage under pressure and prove that even the most difficult experiences, can connect us to humanity and make us laugh!

And while watching the comedy I hope you do not mind to enter our giveaway and win some goodies to celebrate the How To Buy A Baby Season 2 launch! For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below, the giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends September 15, 2019!

For more information about the series, please visit them on-line and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Dance Like Nobody's Watching With Sesame Street: Dance Party DVD Release | Shout! Factory

Sesame Street releases offer great content and educational materials. This month Shout Kids and Sesame Workshop released new DVD - Sesame Street: Dance Party. Everyone loves to dance, no matter how old you are and how skilled you are. From furry little monsters to BIG Snuffy, dance is one of the best activities with friends!

Sesame Street: Dance Party includes over two hours of fun stories inviting little ones to move and dance! Nina teaches her friends on Sesame Street the moves to dances from all around the world. Next, kids will get their groove on with all their favorite characters, learning the "Do the Dinosaur Dance," the "Elmo Slide," the "Robot Dance," and "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes"! Though "Head Shoulders Knees and Toes" is easy to dance, Teddy liked Robot Dance and Elmo Slide because with them you learn new moves.

The Feelingwells throw a family dance party, and when Zoe choreographs a ballet in "Snuffy’s Dance," the dancers have to work together to figure out how to make Snuffy fly through the air. It was most like science lesson, but they managed to have fun together.

The dance party continues as the Feijoo Sisters dance the Lambarena with Zoe, Jason Derulo shows Elmo and Abby Cadabby that "Dancing is Easy," Ernie creates a dance video with too many steps, Elmo and Prairie Dawn record a music video, and Murray shows off flamenco-, Irish step dancing-, and Bollywood-inspired moves in a "Murray Has a Little Lamb" mashup.

We like that the DVD presents various dance styles from around the world, and they are performed by regular kids like flamenco dance, Irish step dance, moves with West African beats, and ballroom dancing. A lot of celebrities appeared to join Dance Party with music, songs and dancing. Amy Ryan, Liev Schreiber, Maria Menounos, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, Sutton Foster, and Wendy Williams join the Sesame Street gang to sing "Elmo’s Got The Moves." More star power arrives when Ne-Yo sings “You've Got a Body,” encouraging everyone to get up and move. Janelle MonΓ‘e teaches Grover, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and friends "The Power of Yet" with a toe-tapping number.

There is also free 10 page printables to download to celebrate Dance Party release!

Sesame Street is celebrating its 50th year! Share your favorite Sesame Street memories – and maybe your favorite dance – with the hashtag #ThisIsMyStreet.

Sesame Street: Dance Party is now available on DVD & digital download. We are also giving away a copy to our lucky readers thanks to Shout! Factory. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and ends August 25, 2019! For your chance simply fill the Rafflecopter form below!

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Join The Jungle Bunch As They Face Their Biggest Challenge | Shout! Kids

The Jungle Bunch

The Jungle Bunch movie is an adaption of popular French TV series The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue. This animated feature offers a colorful animal adventures in a jungle environment. Once peaceful forest is almost destroyed by an evil koala called Igor. He uses exploding balls looking like mushrooms. The group of jungle leaders The Champs, including a tigress Natasha, decides to punish Igor and sends him to a desert island to live. 

Slowly the Jungle nature starts recovering from consequences of Igor's malicious intentions and destructive fire. Trees, bushes, grass, animals and insects are coming back. Maurice, a funny penguin, adopted and raised by a tigress Natasha wants to maintain order and justice in the jungle. So he forms The Jungle Bunch that includes Miguel the gorilla, Gilbert the capuchin, a bat Batricia and two toads. While The Jungle Bunch sounds good, the assignments they got are not always interesting and fun. Once they had to help the animal with skin problems, another time they got to tease baboons. Saving the world starts with small tasks to do and then grow to something bigger and more difficult!

Everything was easy until Igor came back and decided to destroy The Jungle again. He was so mad that The Champs did not accept him as a leader before and wants to burn everything again.

Maurice with his The Jungle Bunch face the biggest challenge to fight Igor and help to save the Jungle against fire and destruction. This time The Jungle Bunch has to team up with The Champ to stop Igor.

All the characters is this movie are animals. It was quite strange to see that tiger Natasha has a penguin son, and a tiger fish as a grandson. But in the movie it was very normal and no one ever questioned and asked why different animals form one family, and I like this the most!

The Jungle Bunch is coming to DVD and digital on August 6 from Shout! Kids, and it’s a jungle of fun for the whole family. We are excited to giveaway three copies to our lucky readers. The giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents and ends August 20, 2019!

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