Saturday, May 14, 2011

Outdoor Summer Fun Books: Explore Your Backyard - Review & Giveaway-2Winners



I came home today to find a package containing two books from Blue Apple Book for my kids to check out.

Product Description

Bugs by the Numbers features an amazing array of insects: butterflies to termites, dragonflies to walking sticks.  What makes this book a true stand-out is that these incredible insects are ingeniously engineered out of numerals.  Each entry also includes fascinating numeric facts about its subject -- like how a flea can bite up to 400 times per day or that a queen termite can lay 1 egg every 15 seconds! This eye-catching and imaginative book for kiddos ages 6-12 features 9 die-cut gatefolds and text that is fun, funny and informative!

Product Description

How Things Work in the Yard describes the inner workings of just about everything that's right outside a youngster's back door -- including acorns, bubbles, puddles, ants, fireflies, clouds, birds and even dandelions (did you know they close at night and then open again in the sun?).  Just right for kids ages 4-8, creator Lisa Campbell Ernst deftly strikes the right balance of detailed yet easy-to-understand language and cleverly labeled drawings to inventively explain the functioning of objects that may seem quite ordinary to us grown ups but rather extraordinary to our children!



What I Can Tell You: 
Both books are wonderful additions to anyone's book shelf but especially if you have kids who are naturally curious about the world around them. I have two kids and Goddess is much more interested in all living things and how things work. While handsome loved looking at and reading the books. They were just books to him although he loved the numbers that made up the bugs in the Bugs by Number book.

Goddess however, loved everything about these books. She loved the facts about the bugs and has looked at them with us more than 10 times in the past three days.

In the How Things Work in Your Back Yard, she loved the facts about dandelions.  We both loved the fact that it was called a "bright yellow flower" because for years she has been hearing from everyone that it is a "weed".  Fireflies are also a favorite of hers and she can't wait to try one of the experiments in the book that says, "If you mimic a flashing pattern with a small flashlight, a firefly may land on your hand".

I love how they break it all down between pictures and information. Kids don't want to read about how a wheel works but if you break it down with examples and tidbits of facts with graphics, they will read. It breaks up the education part, making it fun.

In The Bugs By Number Book, I loved the way the used number facts to create the bugs but more than that, I found the information really fun for kids. The big, bold bug created with numbers that correspond to a fact, such as the ant which was made up of 2's because ant's have 2 stomachs. I also loved the fold out pages which I feel makes learning fun and interactive.

These are great books and we at Maria's Space, highly recommend them.

The Giveaway:  Two lucky winners will receive a set of the above mentioned books.

Sponsor: Blue Apple Books

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