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Roofus the Rooster Shouted Cock-A-Doodle-Do All Day Long by JoAnn Hazeldene (Book Review)

Is Roofus’s love for crowing annoying to others?

Young children will enjoy and identify with Roofus the rooster. Roofus struggles with how others perceive him. He demonstrates emotional intelligence byidentifying and managing his own emotions as well as recognizing the emotions of others.This book encourages children to empathize with others and to compromise while maintaining a positive self-concept.

This easy-reader draws in the audience using repetition and language patterns, within a fun and interactive sing-song poem. The story introduces literary concepts such as plot, onomatopoeias, syntax, and prepositional phases. Children will not only interact with the print but actively participate in the story. The animal sounds are color coded for easy prereader participation. Parents and teachers will want to act out the story using movement and sounds.

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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.


Roofus the Rooster Shouted Cock-a-doodle-do All Day Long is a silly storybook encouraging viewer participation. 

If you live on a farm or have visited one, you know that some animals are very vocal. Roosters, for instance, love to greet the day, but their cock-a-doodle-doos do not stop when the sun is at its highest point. Like in real life, the rooster in the story shouted hello at first light and several other points in the day. 

First, the rooster woke the farmer, who told the bird, “Shhh!” Then, it moved to the fenced-in area where the rooster’s bellowing hello scared four horses. The rooster also startled several birds on a electrical line and annoyed a fluffy white cat. The rooster visited other animals, each having similar facial expressions to the loud cock-a doodle-doo. While the rooster didn’t think twice about his loud vocals, others did not appreciate his loud squawking. 

Readers will see a reaction written in bold, colorful letters at each pitstop. These reactions will repeat, in order, at the next location. For example, when the farmer said, “Shhh,” the word was repeated on stop two under the new sound: “Bang clang, shhh.” The story structure promotes child involvement, prediction, and memorization. The simple, repetitive text makes this story perfect for beginning readers. 

Roofus the Rooster Shouted Cock-a-doodle-do All Day Long is a wonderful book with humorous illustrations and predictable text. Parents and educators can use the book to teach toddlers their animal names or sounds. It can used as a starter book for young readers. 

Adult readers might notice the drawings looked pixelated. Children six years and younger will not notice or care about the graininess. The text was crystal clear, though!

 I recommend Roofus the Rooster Shouted Cock-a-doodle-do All Day Long to babies-first grade.  


Heart Rating System:
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Score:  ❤❤❤❤

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I am an elementary school teacher turned author. I love to read books to children, and I have an appreciation of what makes for a good read-a-loud story. I love sharing stories with children that are fun and intriguing.

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Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm by Helen McKeon (Book Review)

In this heart-warming story, Charlie sets out on a journey to a nearby farm and learns a valuable lesson about making friends. Despite his initial struggles to connect with the farm animals, Charlie discovers the joy of finding common ground and breaking down barriers through play.

Perfect for children ages 0 to 8, this charming tale will capture young readers’ imaginations and inspire them to be patient and open-minded when making new friends. Whether reading to your child or letting older kids read it themselves, “Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm” is a must-read for anyone looking for a fun and educational children’s book.

Looking for an engaging children’s book that teaches the value of friendship and inclusivity through play? Look no further than “Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm”!

Get your copy today and share in the fun!

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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.


Making friends can be tricky for all ages. Children get into cliques, and new members of a class, team, club, or school frequently shy away from introducing themselves, fearing rejection. Like in Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm, there will be times when rejection happens, but this rhyming story teaches children to persevere. One day, with patience, they will find a friend. 

Charlie the chicken called the city his home. His home was loud with tall buildings, the polar opposite of the life he longed to live. One day, Charlie decided to walk to a nearby farm. Children will love the illustration of a hat-wearing chicken kicking up his foot while a couple of mice dine close by on a plate of pancakes topped with blueberries. The other drawings were also brilliantly drawn with bold color choices. 

When Charlie finally arrived at the farm, he met many animals, but also a challenge. Every animal he meets ignores him, including a hen. Charlie felt like he was doing something wrong. Children who’ve experienced the new friendship woes might wonder if they are “doing something wrong” too. They might want to “give up” like Charlie almost did. 

Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm teaches children that making friends takes patience. Also, friends come in all sizes, colors, and shapes! 

Amazon lists Charlie the City Chicken Visits a Farm by Helen McKeon for listeners birth to six years. This age bracket is perfect for multiple reasons. Babies will love the colors! Toddlers can use this story to learn farm animal names and their corresponding sounds. Three and four-year-olds will adore listening to the chicken’s adventure. Finally, the simple, rhyming text is perfect for new readers (five and six-year-olds). 

I recommend you share this story with your child and class. Teach them to treat others with kindness.  


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

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Helen McKeon is a self-published children’s book author and illustrator who dabbles in romance and alternative history on the side.

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Mickey on the Move Farming by Michelle Wagner (Book Review)


Mickey is on the move again!
He and his mom take pride in farming and gardening together, doing everything from raising chickens to growing delicious fruits and vegetables in their backyard orchard.

Mickey, who was born with deafness in both ears, has overcome obstacles to fully enjoy the great outdoors.

His Aqua Cochlear implants allow him to hear and appreciate the beautiful sounds in nature without the worry of weather dampening his day!

Join Mickey for another adventure!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
I haven’t seen picture books that are solely dedicated to children who are deaf or wearing Cochlear implants. Many children NOW have a character that resembles them or their lifestyle. I know they’d be thrilled to finally see themselves and their condition in a book for their age bracket. 

As an adult, I was familiar with Cochlear implants and their function. However, I never considered weather as a factor that might destroy them. I never knew researchers and developers had created an aquatic version so children could play out in the rain, swim, run through a sprinkler, or do any other water-related activity. What a brilliant and magnificent device! 

Finally, Mickey can do all the things hearing children can do without fear, and his mother is beside him, encouraging him along the way. They played in puddles, water the vineyard together, went sailing, and much more. Mickey’s life is full of possibilities, no more restrictions, as it should be. 

If your child has Cochlear implants or is considering them, I encourage you to share Mickey on the Move Farming with them. Even if your child doesn’t require implants to hear the world around them, I encourage you to share the book with them because they might have a classmate who wears them. 

I think children as young as two will love the fun illustrations by Jenny Phelps. There are some images and activities they’ll be able to recognize: chickens, water, ear, and boat, to name a few. First and second graders should be able to read most, if not all, of the text. 


Heart Rating System:
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Meet the Author:
Author Michelle Wagner

Michelle Wagner is a full-time realtor, mom, and award-winning author who dedicates her time and energy to charities and events supporting children with hearing loss. Michelle takes pride in assisting families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special-needs child in a typical environment.

After discovering that her son Mickey was profoundly deaf in both ears, Michelle made it her mission to provide Mickey with the tools to ensure that he would live his best life. Today, Mickey, who wears bilateral cochlear implants, plays tennis and is currently in eighth grade at the St. Helena Montessori Farm School, where he is thriving and is social with his friends. Michelle makes sure that Mickey has the courage to be his optimal self. Michelle is donating 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of Mickey on the Move Farming to the Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund.

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