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Polar Animals Coloring Book by Jorge (Book Review)

Dive into the frosty wonders of the Icelands with our ‘Polar Animals Coloring Book for Kids Ages 4-8: Featuring Pookie the Penguin and Tushka the Polar Bear.’ This engaging book not only offers a delightful coloring experience but also provides fun educational facts and activities about Arctic Hares, Reindeer, Sea Otters, Arctic Wolves, and Wolverines.

What to expect inside:

• Enjoy 50 individual designs showcasing polar wonders.
• Designs are single-sided, featuring adorable characters like Pookie the Penguin and Tushka the Polar Bear against detailed Arctic backgrounds.
• Learn about polar animals with age-appropriate backgrounds, including icebergs, snowflakes, and igloos.
• Mazes, Shadow Matching, Freehand Drawing, and over 40 fun educational facts about the polar regions.
• Large paper size format tailored for small hands to explore and learn.

This isn’t just a coloring book; it’s an immersive Arctic adventure that enhances your child’s creativity and knowledge. The book includes inspirational messages about friendship and self-esteem, inspired by characters from the award-winning book ‘Pookie and Tushka find a little piano.’

Activities and educational facts about the polar regions and its unique inhabitants will captivate young minds, making this book a perfect gift for young explorers. Order your copy today and let the polar coloring and learning journey begin!

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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 


This coloring book differed from others on the market. The most significant difference I noticed was the cool facts accompanying almost every page. Ex. “Icebergs are like gloating mountains made of ice! Even though we see only a small part above the water, most of the iceberg is hidden below!” Here’s one more “cool fact”: “Arctic hares change the color of their fur from brown in the summer to white in the winter, helping them hide from predators like foxes and owls.”

The cool facts are found on nine get-to-know-the-character pages, such as Vale the Arctic Hare and Pookie the Penguin. They’ll located on the polar matching games, mazes, and drawing pages. Watch your kid get excited as they recognize scenes from the series! 

The 50 individual designs are a perfect activity for days when it’s too cold outside. There are large images with plenty of open space, which would be perfect for toddlers. There are smaller objects requiring precision and double-page coloring scenes. While a toddler could also scribble on these, these coloring pages would be ideal for three years and up. 

Need a break from the cold or screens? I recommend this coloring book and every reading book by their talented creator (Jorge). 


Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤

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Meet the Author

Jorge (or Jorge Antonio Tello Aliaga for short) is a writer and illustrator born and raised in Lima, Perú. He has created books, toys, and apps that have received several awards including a “Children’s Book of the Year” award. His experience includes having worked for Apple, Adobe, Cisco and Oracle.

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“Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn” and “Petunia Perks Up” by Once Upon A Dance (2 Book Spotlight)

Unicorns and Horses and Snakes, oh my!

Interactive movement wrapped up in a charming story of sibling angst, anger management, compassion, and triumph. Grown-ups sit; kids move and practice dance fundamentals. Fed up with her annoying sister, Naomi storms out of the castle, only to discover a unicorn in need of help. With a sense of purpose, she quickly forgets her anger.

This is part of the Dance-It-Out! series, pandemic creations by an award-winning dance teacher and her Ballerina daughter. Ballerina Konora joins each page with instructions and photographs to help readers learn the dance moves.

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Gentle movement and meditation soothe and center as listeners “connect with this charming character and her vivid imagination”…Young listeners will love the interactive component of this series and will feel like a calm princess by the end. (Reedsy)

Petunia woke to yet another rainy day, and she feels particularly gloomy about being stuck inside. By letting ordinary objects and elements of her daily routine spark her imagination, she finds a happy calm she wants to share.

Throughout the Dance-It-Out! 12-book series, Ballerina Konora helps listeners connect with movement and focus the breath in quirky tales by an award-winning dance teacher, turned award-winning author, and her ballerina daughter.

Each Dance-It-Out story is an interactive kids’ storytelling adventure to ignite movement, joy, and imagination.

The Dance-It-Out movement journeys are ideal for dance, pre-ballet, creative movement, preschool, daycare, early learning, physical education, homeschool, kindergarten, or first-grade activities. The full collection features diverse characters. Audiobooks make a great gift for kids interested in dance, ballet, gymnastics, or yoga, or reluctant listeners who enjoy getting up and moving around.

With kind characters, subtle life lessons, and a positive role model in Ballerina Konora, teachers love the kid-approved, ready-made, easy additions to curriculum and lesson planning. Children at home adore the stories that “young readers will return to again and again” (Reedsy). 

In this volume, concepts include breathing, body part isolation/relaxation, energy, swinging, swaying, falling, qualities of movement, speed, and posture, and integrates with themes such as princesses, fairy tales, imagination, elephants, ice cream, boats, gardens, flowers, or cats.

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Meet the Team! 

Once Upon a Dance is a mother-daughter team who share a passion for dance and storytelling. Teacher Terrel and Ballerina Konora create books that spark imagination and inspire children to move, breathe, and connect. Four series span ages 3-12: 

   • Dance Stories with Props (for age 3+) (2023)
   • Dance-It-Out! Creative Movement Stories (4-9)
   • Dancing Shapes: Ballet and Body Awareness (6-9)
   • Ballet Inspiration & Choreography Concepts (8-12)

Once Upon a Dance was named a top 10 author of 2022 by Outstanding Creator Awards, and they’ve been honored by over 40 book awards, 1000+ 5-star reviews, and a Kirkus Star. They donate all royalties to charities supporting the arts, animals, environment, or people. Visit DanceStories.com for more info.

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Jungle Jim’s Coloring Book for Toddlers by Pixie Publishing House (Book Review)

ntroducing our “Alphabetical Animals” coloring book for kids, featuring Jungle Jim and his animal friends! This educational and fun-filled coloring book is designed to help children learn the alphabet and develop their writing skills while they explore the wild world of jungle animals. With each page dedicated to a different letter of the alphabet and a corresponding animal, children will have the opportunity to practice writing both uppercase and lowercase letters while they color in their new jungle friends. The book is filled with delightful illustrations of the animals in their natural habitats, providing an engaging and interactive way for children to learn about the animal kingdom. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or caregiver, this coloring book is a perfect addition to any child’s learning journey.
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This activity book has a lot going for it. 

1.) It teaches children both upper and lower case letters. 

2.) It spells out animal names using dotted letters so children can trace each one. 

3.) Plenty of dotted lines to allow children to practice their writing skills. 

4.) The images are large, with many white open areas.  

5.) The animal names are perfect sight words for beginning readers. 

6.) The book blends new words with familiar words, usable for several ages. Example: Money (recognizable) – uakari (possibly not identifiable) 

Most workbooks only reach one age bracket. Jungle Jim’s Coloring does not. Toddlers will love coloring the images. Preschoolers can color, trace, and use the book to learn and write the alphabet. Kindergartners can do every a preschooler can, but also practice reading and recognizing the words in print. 

I recommend buying this book for your home or childcare setting. 

Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤

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Happy Halloween Adventures: A Spooktacular Hardcover Activity Book by Aloha Pickles (Book Spotlight)

Get ready for a bewitching journey into the world of Halloween with the “Happy Halloween Adventures” Hardcover Activity Book! Packed with 85 pages of spine-tingling fun, this interactive activity book is designed to entertain and engage children ages 5 and up, without giving them nightmares.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of Halloween as you embark on a thrilling adventure through its pages. From playful pumpkins to mischievous ghosts, this activity book captures the spirit of the holiday with its delightful and engaging content. Each activity is carefully crafted to ensure a spooky, yet not-too-scary experience for young readers.

Inside, you’ll find an exciting array of puzzles, mazes, coloring pages, and more! Challenge yourself with mind-boggling riddles, navigate through intricate mazes to find hidden treasures, and bring your artistic talents to life by coloring in eerie scenes. With 85 pages of activities, there’s always a new adventure waiting to be discovered!

Perfect for both individual exploration and shared enjoyment, this hardcover activity book is a fantastic companion for Halloween parties, rainy days, or quiet evenings at home. It encourages creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, while keeping the Halloween spirit alive and thriving.

With its durable hardcover and high-quality paper, this book is built to withstand hours of fun and can be enjoyed year after year. Whether you’re looking for an engaging gift for a young Halloween enthusiast or an activity book to celebrate the spookiest time of the year, “Halloween Adventure” is sure to captivate the hearts and imaginations of children and parents alike.

Join in the Halloween excitement and unlock a world of not-so-scary thrills and chills with the “Halloween Adventure” Hardcover Activity Book. Let the enchantment begin!

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Dazzling Daisy Playing Outside In The Four Seasons by Risa Bardo (Book Review)

Dazzling Daisy is a picture book about an energetic girl who likes to play outside in 4 seasons and different weather— a perfect gift for young children who are inspired by outdoor adventure.

Daisy is a dazzling and cheerful girl who is always smiling. She always finds something fun to do! Daisy enjoys many activities outside of her home with her family and friends. Each page is filled with colorful and imaginative illustrations. Every page introduces new ideas and provides an opportunity to expand vocabulary!

It is an educational and fun story book for children aged between 3 – 6 years old.

This story was created by Risa and Mike Bardo who were inspired by the love for their children. This story is meant to inspire children to re-engage with outdoor activities.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.


Dazzling Daisy Playing Outside In The Four Seasons begins with Ollie, a red-headed woodpecker, introducing Daisy to readers. With her parent’s permission, Daisy enjoys spending time outdoors. Rain, snow, cloudy, or full of sunshine, Daisy is ready to enjoy what each season offers. Michael D Bardo’s fun illustrations show Daisy zooming down a hill on her side and chasing after butterflies with a net. He drew Daisy at the beach and the park. These are outdoor activities that a lot of children have partaken in. 

Risa Bard wrote a lovely story explaining the four seasons in a fun and exciting way that children will understand and enjoy. Young listeners will learn that spring rains help flowers grow. They also learn a new and creative use of a rain poncho. 

Summer means warmer weather and more time spent outdoors: parks, beaches, and water toy fun. This time also means more clothing choices, which Daisy adores! Me too! 

Michael D Bardo’s illustrative introduction to fall was very creative. I like how he spelled out “FALL” using leaves. The color choices were spot on too! Through drawings and text, children will learn that fall brings a color change in our leaves and layered clothing. It is also the best time to roll around in leaves and harvest all the big fruits and vegetables. The last part is a fun fact that many children might not know. 

Dazzling Daisy Playing Outside In The Four Seasons finishes the story with winter. Michael D Bardo gave us another magnificent introduction to the season, too. Depending on where you live, winter might mean snow and cold temperatures. With snow comes snowpeople, sledding, and snowball fights. The artist drew out each activity beautifully.

No matter the weather or season, Daisy is always ready to make the most of her day with family and friends. 

Dazzling Daisy Playing Outside In The Four Seasons is an educational and fun storybook for children aged between 3 – 6 years old. The author wrote the story to inspire children to re-engage with outdoor activities. It will do just that! 


Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤

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