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Book Reviews by Eve: Find The Dots by Andy Mansfield

IMG_8462Now this is a fun book! My mother was a paper artist, so I was completely enchanted by the crafty pull, push, lift, twist and peek tabs. This book has clever tactile puzzles on each page as the reader is directed to search for a number of certain color dots. This book is challenging but with a bit of focus and some problem solving techniques, every dot will be found. I really enjoyed the splendid color palette. It is bright and engaging yet still soft on the eyes.

I highly recommend this fun and educational book. It can be read alone or together. Reading it together is such a great way to introduce problem solving, cooperation and to instill the joy of discovery in a calm, non-stressful way. My fifteen year old chuckled a few times while reading it and gives it a thumbs up!

Thank you to Candlewick Press for sending me a copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.


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Book Review: Striker, Slow Down! a calming book for children who are always on the go by Emma Hughes


This book is A+ adorable! The verses are, on a whole, well metered and really help to put you in the shoes of a very hyper, run around and bump into things, kind of kid (er…kitten). Striker is just go, go go; he is full of spunk and curiosity. After a bit of a tumble, he has to slow down and in that moment his mom jumps in and helps him center himself, bring his focus inwards, and from their the lesson about mindfulness is ingrained in him. This book is a great resource for any adult working with very young children on bolstering their social emotional learning and can be added to yoga classes and at home and classroom learning. The message is simple, but clear, and will encourage self-control, inner peace and a more positive outlook. Striker has a great sense of self . The book takes a fun and light-hearted approach to helping kids take control of themselves and to learn to slow down and smell the roses. The adorable illustrations by John Smisson just “POP” and add spot-on visual fun to Ms. Hughes story. #jkpbooks #emmahughes #mindfulness #johnsmisson

Full Disclosure: The publisher sent me a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.