Review: Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow

Rachel's Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors BookRachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book by Giselle Shardlow

My toddler and I love this book, in fact, it’s hard to tally which of us has asked to read it more often.

A few of my favorite things (about this book):

– Creative illustrations: There is a brilliant texture and complexity to the illustrations in the book. Newspaper print peaks out behind wallpaper and clouds. And the rich colors and patterns create a wonderful sense of calm throughout the story.

– An active read: My 3 1/2 year old asks for the yoga mat so we can do all the poses while we read the story. He loves to try his own version of the poses too and invents his own names for the new positions.

– Helpful details: Included in extra pages are a full list of the yoga poses used in the story and a Parent-Teacher Guide with tips on how to help a child enjoy yoga safely.

Rachel’s Day in the Garden is a new favorite in our household and I’m sure it will be in any household with young yogi.

Note: I received a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Debbie Young’s Reading Life Reviews Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin

What an honor to be the first children’s book review posted on a new review site, Debbie Young’s Reading Life! Debbie Young is not only an author herself but an active member of the Alliance of Independent Authors as Commissioning Editor of their Author Advice Centre blog and shares marketing advice on her blog, Off The Shelf Book Promotions.

This is one of the most in depth reviews I’ve read and I really appreciate Ms. Young’s insights and comments on all aspects of Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin. My favorite line from the review highlights the way the book can “encourage readers” and notes: “As well as providing  a jaunty rhyme that makes the tale tootle along nicely and which will encourage readers gaining confidence to read the story independently, the book provides interesting facts about Wally’s new friends.”. As a children’s book author, I can’t think of a better compliment than inspiring children to read themselves!

The full review post can be found here: http://debbieyoungsbookblog.com/2015/02/25/wally-the-warm-weather-penguin-by-stephanie-m-ward/.

Bound4Escape Reviews Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin

Love this review by Bound4Escape! The reviewer notes that a visiting five year old enjoyed the map of the Galapagos Islands and the photos in the Fascinating Facts section. It was my goal in writing Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin to introduce children to the unique animals in the Galapagos Islands, so of course this just made my day 🙂

Visit http://bound4escape.com/2015/02/09/book-review-wally-the-warm-weather-penguin-by-stephanie-m-ward/ to read the full review.