Giveaway by Jennifer Laurens

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Want to win these AMAZING Ts and Bookmarks??? Jennifer Laurens is giving you that chance!!  Head on over to her BLOG and enter to win these!  I’m already there 🙂

Children’s Book Review: Desert Digits

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Desert Digits; An Arizona Number Book by Barbara Gowan, Irving Toddy (Illustrator)
Publisher:  Sleeping Bear
Published:  August 31st 2006
Hardcover, 40 pages
Reading Level: Ages 4-8 

Jackrabbits, coyotes, hummingbirds, and desert scorpions all make memorable entrances in this delightful illustrated Arizona number book. Former park naturalist Barbara Gowan and talented Navajo artist Irving Toddy guide young readers through the varied natural wonders of this great state.

This picture book goes through the number system, from 1 to 15, and then it jumps up to 20 and continues in increments of 10 until 100. Each number is then corresponded with an element that represents the state of Arizona in some way. For example, for number 70: “Beads of shell, discs of silver, and chunks of turquoise are created into 70 pieces of jewelry worn by Indian girls and boys”. Also, with each number, the main thing that is being counted is then given a little description on the side. For example, the hummingbird is counted for the number 6 and then a brief description about the hummingbird’s speed, what it eats, and the best place to see hummingbirds, is given.

This book does a pretty good job of being an instructional tool to learn how to count while making the process a little easier for children (and their parents) by connecting the numbers with real life animals and objects. This picture book would be perfect in a school setting. It could be used in the lower grades in programs that focus on learning how to count and/or elements of Arizona. This could also be used in a public library setting for a program that focuses on the west, Arizona, desert, etc.

Outside the obvious benefits of this picture book, the illustrations are very beautiful as well and do a great job of capturing what Arizona and the desert look like. 

My Rating:

In My Mailbox (18)

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** In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where you can share what exciting books you have bought, checked out, received, etc.

 ~ Bought ~
((doing good on my New Years Resolution and haven’t bought anything))
   ~ Won ~
 Sinful ~ won via For the Love of Reading
Claire de Lune & Swag! ~ won via Mel’s Books and Info
Wither (ARC) ~ won via Ramblings of a (Future) Librarian

Releases This Week: February 27th – March 5th

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Blood of the Rose (Tudor Vampire Chronicles #2) by Kate Pearce  (2/28/11)
 Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins (3/1/11)

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes (3/1/11) **2011 Debut Author
Clarity by Kim Harrington (3/1/11) **2011 Debut Author

River Marked (Mercedes Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs (3/1/11)
I Am AJ by Cris Beam (3/1/11) **2011 Debut Author

Subway Girl by P.J. Converse (3/1/11) **2011 Debut Author
Illegal by Bettina Restrepo (3/1/11) **2011 Debut Author

The Liar Society (Liar Society #1) by Lisa & Laura Roecker (3/1/11) **2011 Debut Author
Unlocked by Ryan G. Van Cleave (3/1/11) **2011 Debut Author

She Said/She Saw by Norah McClintock (3/1/11)
Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon (3/3/11)

WINNER of Facebook Contest

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I first wanted to thank everyone for entering my first ever giveaway and following my new Facebook Page.  You guys are awesome!  That being said…. I have randomly chosen the winner using 

The 12th person to comment and followed my page was……………..

I have emailed Kelly and she has 48 hours to respond with your choice of book at Book Depository (up to $10)
Thank you again everyone and Don’t Forget to enter my Vampire Diaries Giveaway! Just click on the image below – ends 3/12/11!!

Children’ Book Review: Do Princesses Have Best Friends Forever?

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Do Princesses Have Best Friends Forever? by Carmela La Vigna Coyle, Mike Gordon & Carl Gordon (Illustrators)
Publisher:  Taylor Trade Publishing
Published:  December 16th 2010

Hardcover, 32 pages
Reading Level: Ages 4-8

In the first new Princesses book in four years, Carmela LaVigna Coyle celebrates friendship as two girls play dress-up, make forts from blankets and sheets, stomp in the mud, and generally do all the things that best friends do. Let’s make two bracelets with a double pink heart/And THEN we can wear them when we’re apart. I wish that our play date would never, ever end/That’s how it feels when you have a best friend.

Two best friends, during a play date, ask if “everyday things” are things that princesses are able to do.  Can princesses stomp in the mud and then clean their toes off? Can they sing while on their way to the zoo? Can they get ice cream and they can play dress up?  Most importantly though, if they hurt someone’s feelings it is their responsibility to apologize to them? 

These two cute girls start out doing very girly-princess-like things (playing dress up) and gradually move to doing more ‘adult’ things (making friendship bracelets) and knowing that even princesses have responsibilities. 

This book is very cute and perfect for young girls to learn that friends are important, as well as the responsibilities that come with having friendships.  While it is not hinted in the writing itself, the illustrations show these two girls coming from different cultures: one is black and the other is white.  This in turn adds to the theme of the book that friendship can cross color/culture boundaries.  

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My Not-Yet Book Review of Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead


I have just finished the last book in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy Series, Last Sacrifice. My brain is a jumble right now in thinking about how to review this book… it will be a few days before I can come up with the right way to describe how AMAZING this book, this series, and the author and her writing are.  I want to make sure that I can give enough justice to this.  All I can say right now is that if you have no read this series, drop EVERYTHING you are doing now and START! I was blown away and I know you will be too.  My full review will be up soon. 

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