Things that may provide a catalyst or inspiration for a child to read.
A trip to the zoo or aquarium
Visit a farm
Watch aircrafts arrive and depart the airport
Check out the trucks at a truck-stop
A day at an amusement park
Tour the docks, harbors, or beaches
Count the cars of a passing train
Go to a sporting event
Tour a factory
Attend a racing event or car show
Help with baking
Visit a library or bookstore
-Reviews and Testimonies

Children’s Bookwatch
Volume 5, Number 1
January 2010
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Reviewer's Choice

The Legend of Thompson the Gazelle
Mister Wilson, author/illustrator
A Story Plus
P.O. Box 1174, Pine Lake, Georgia 30072
0977847748, $15.00,

"The Legend of Thompson the Gazelle" is a recent release in the A Story Plus series that entertains, educates and inspires elementary age children and others. The beautifully illustrated story about Thompson the Gazelle is completed by the Plus content of a listing of morals of excellence, bio-geo section about science and history, puzzles, coloring page, fun facts, tests, inspiration, certificate, song lyrics, and more. "The Legend of Thompson the Gazelle" is a fantastic tool to educate, entertain, and inspire children who in turn will develop an appetite for more fun learning experiences.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-112

Children’s Bookwatch
Volume 20, Number 5

May 2010
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Reviewer's Choice

The Arrival of Grand Princess Leandria
Mister Wilson, author/illustrator
AStoryPlus Children Books
P.O. Box 1174, Pine, Lake GA 30072
0977847756, $15.00

"The Arrival of Grand Princess Leandria" is one of the latest releases from A Story Plus series, dedicated to entertain, educate and inspire elementary school- age children. Filled with colorful panels of bright illustrations and action packed story clips, "The Arrival of Grand Princess Leandria" is a profoundly moral tale, teaching that forgiveness is more valuable than intolerance and hatred. Additional educational activities are incorporated at the end of the book which cover morals of excellence, science and history, reading, coloring, word puzzle to expand vocabulary, and much more. There is even a set of song lyrics which reinforce the key theme of the book set to rhythm. "The Arrival of Grand Princess Leandria" is a submission from the All New Standard of Children Books, which has also included the recent "Arron The Royal Archer" by the same author (097784773X, $15.00).

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129

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Age and grade are but two similarities that a set of children may have in common. Surely the differences are far greater in number and possibly in variance degrees. Still many educators, researchers, publishers etc. believe that children books should adhere to age and grade restrictions. Surely age and grade has been researched enough to justify the continuation of this practice. Perhaps its merits are in protection and safety.

But if a book has been limited in context, it can only nourish with what it has been loaded to deliver. If a child is hungry for more, ready for more, eager for more, the limits of the book may impede their learning.

For instance when told a story of a caterpillar, the child might as early as age two be capable of memorizing the stages of the caterpillar as it transforms into the butterfly. But if this information is not providing by the book, then the children’s learning is unnecessarily postpone. The story is not as empowering for the children as it could have been.

It may be argued that the stages are receive are hollow shells for the children because they won’t understand their context or application. But do children really understand the many contexts and applications of numbers or colors.

Like all learning the first step makes way for the next step. It’s a shame that we allow children to step up and wander upon a plateau until their age or grade grants them the right to the next step or steps.

We often fail to nourish children’s hunger and it diminishes or is fulfilled with perhaps a less desired pursuit. It is better to provide a challenge in a story that will help the children’s growth verses providing them with too little and perhaps stunt their growth.
As children learn more, their experiences enlarge their capacity to learn even more.