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“Amos Likes To Jump teaches young ones the value of individuality, and why being “you” is the best way to be. The story, created by author Margaret Lowder, is heart-warming and fun. The illustrations, by Ellen Davis, are bright and energetic – just like Amos himself! This quality board book is substantial in size, and durable enough for children of all ages.”
FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: The story is precious! Children will love joining Amos on his JUMPING adventures and will giggle with glee as he jumps so high that he soars up in the sky! His jumping enables him to make friends with birds and other animals.
This generously sized, glossy board book takes me back…back to a time when I remember having tiny hands and holding a book like Amos Likes To Jump was pure joy. It is super sturdy. The story itself has catchy rhymes that will be easy for little ones to join in with when reading out loud as a bedtime story, or anytime!
The illustrations by Ellen Davis are delightful! Vibrant, vivid, fun, engaging, everything children’s book illustrations SHOULD be! I found them to be captivating. If I was enthralled with them, imagine how the little ones will enjoy them!
Amos Likes to Jump also has an activity book which accompanies it!
This book definitely brought back some wonderful memories from my own childhood when I loved nothing more than to read a book and find that on the first page it said “This book belongs to:” and there was a space to print my name. I took great pride in carefully printing my name, as most children do!
There is a page where children can practice printing their upper and lower case letters, with drawings on each page that little ones will enjoy coloring. Other activities include mazes, matching, numbers and letters, tic-tac-toe, free-hand drawing and more – all with an Amos The Dog theme!
Remember “Connect the dots?” Oh how I loved that! There is a “connect the dot page” and various activities on all of the accompanying pages. The activity book is 10 pages with activities on each side of the page which makes it 20 pages.
You can find more information about the book at www.amosthedog.com and on Facebook . On the Facebook page, treat recipes, upcoming book signings and readings, and the antics of Amos himself are highlighted.
AMOS LIKES TO JUMP
GIVE-AWAY!!! One lucky reader of our blog who is 18 and over and RESIDES IN THE U.S. will win a copy of Amos Likes To Jump as well as the accompanying Activity book (an approx $20 value!) Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below, GOOD LUCK!!
In Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park, it’s Monday and a new dog, Muttley, arrives at the New Orleans park all the way from “Minn-ee-a-po-lis”. All Muttley wants to do is make friends, but the group of friends that he meets (Rex, Ginger, Champ, Princess and Buddy) are all pure bred dogs who have been coming to the park since they were puppies. Their group has been formed, and they are less than eager to offer an outsider admittance to their “exclusive” group. Especially one who came from a “dirty pound.”
In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park in exchange for my honest review.
It is quite rare for me to approach an author and ask if I may review their book, (I am contacted directly by the author or publisher for the vast majority of the books that I review), but when I saw the cover of Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks in my Netgalley email, I just had to contact Author Janice Wills Kingsbury and ask if I could review her book. Look at the cover and you will see why!
Yes, the dog on the cover is a Shetland Sheepdog, which made asking Author Janice Wills Kingsbury if I could review her book a complete no-brainer!
Lexi Goes On Vacation is not only beautifully written, but has colorful illustrations that were designed to capture children’s attention and imaginations.
Lexi Goes On Vacation is more than just an adorable story for children. This precious tale conveys Kingsbury’s love of her rescue dogs (and shows how with love, patience, understanding and training, they all can make fabulous family pets!), and the challenges they bring. It restores faith that people can be honest, and do the right thing, and the bonds of family and community.
It also highlights the importance of including more than one phone number, in the event the dog should ever become lost, (Spoiler alert!! As Lexi did in this book!) My stomach churned with Janice’s when sweet Lexi goes missing. Children will be concerned at the idea of Lexi being alone, hungry and frightened, (as he was before the Kingsbury’s adopted him), but parents can be assured that the story has a most happy ending!
As a former teacher and School Psychologist for 18 years in the public school system, Kingsbury has succeeded in creating a book for children that will appeal to a variety of interests and reading levels. The story contains a universal theme which most children will be able to relate to. From personal experience, children tend to be drawn to the gentle and most attractive appearance of Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies, (Because the two breeds are similar in appearance, children and adults tend to confuse Shetland Sheepdogs with Collies, and will think of Lassie, but Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies are NOT one and the same. They are two totally different breeds). For anyone who has watched and loved “Lassie Come Home”, when children read, or are read, Lexi Goes On Vacation, I have a feeling that they will be clapping with glee when Lexi is reunited with his loving family as I know I did with Lassie.
Anyone who has loved a Shetland Sheepdog will tell you they are one of the most sensitive, loving and playful breeds on the planet. As an adult, when I read this book, I immediately thought of my own “Sheltie Boy” and how I would feel if he ever became lost. That being said, you do NOT have to be a Sheltie lover to enjoy this book, you just have to have a heart, and a love of dogs. You know, you already do, or you wouldn’t be reading this review!
I give this warm, loving and delightful story 4 Sheltie paws up!
Janice Wills Kingsbury has generously offered FIVE of my readers who reside ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD a chance to win a copy of Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks.
The give-away is open NOW and will end on Thursday, April 23rd at 5pm.
To Enter:just leave a comment telling me you wish to be entered! That’s it! Good luck!
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