NEIGHBORS: The Yard Critters TOO by George Held

Discover which critters could live in YOUR neighborhood.

After reading the beautifully written and highly entertaining NEIGHBORS: The Yard Critters, Book 1, I was really looking forward to sitting down with my granddaughter to read this, the second book in this series. As I looked at the cover, before I even opened it, I could tell I was not going to be disappointed.

Yet again George Held has done a wonderful job writing enchanting rhyming verse which not only captivated my little one, but also taught her many interesting things about some more new critters which she might find in her yard, or neighborhood.

Being a family of nature lovers, this book with its beautiful illustrations is a wonderful way to introduce her to the natural world and it very quickly captured her attention.

Included were some critters which are common, like the ladybug, sparrows and crows, and there are others who although not rare, are shy, like shrew and field mice. There are night time owls, and prickly characters like the porcupine, cheeky chipmunks, nasty ticks, beautiful humming birds and of course the crafty coyote, each described in the author’s wonderfully magical way.

I love the way this book brings the natural world around us to life, offering amazing insights into our animal friends, also, I love that it gently teaches the reader that all nature has a place in this world.

I highly recommend this book for parents, grandparents, and care givers to read to their young charges, and also for the children themselves to read, enjoy, and treasure, when they are able to.

About the Author:
 
George Held
GEORGE HELD, poet and writer, is a seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He has published seventeen poetry collections, including a trilogy of chapbooks on nature themes, and he has served on the board of the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, New York, since 1991. His work appears in such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Notre Dame Review, Confrontation, and The Writer’s Almanac (Garrison Keillor). Educated at Brown (B.A.), University of Hawai’i (M.A.), and Rutgers (Ph.D), he was a Fulbright lecturer for three years and is a former professor at Queens College, City University of New York. He lives in New York and Sag Harbor. 
About the Illustrator:
 
JOUNG UN KIM, illustrator and designer, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated many picture books for children, including The Grasshopper Hopped [Golden Books/Random House]; Hen Hears Gossip [Greenwillow/Harper Collins]; and the first book in this series, NEIGHBORS The Yard Critters Book 1. She lives in Southern California.
About the Book;
 
Children’s picture book, with collaged illustrations and short, accessible poems about some of the wild animals, birds, and insects we often find in our suburban yards, city streets, and country house landscapes. Included are the Ladybug, Crow, Sparrow, Coyote, Shrew, Hummingbird, Tick, Field Mouse, Owl, Skunk, Porcupine, and Chipmunk. Companion to NEIGHBORS The Yard Critters Book 1. Underlying message again is that all critters have a place in nature.
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A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z written by Simone Da Costa

Colourful, educational and fun to read.

A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z By: Simone Da Costa

About A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals: Using the names of animals that start with letters in the alphabet in rhyme, making each story silly and easy to remember the alphabet.

It is an instructional book but one which is cleverly disguised as a rhyming, animal book. children will unknowingly learn the alphabet, be introduced to animals new and known, and pick up the subtleties of rhyme.

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that children love and need attention, reading to them is an excellent way of giving them just that. Having read this book, I could not think of a better way to spend special time together with a young child than laughing and having fun exploring its pages.

Each letter of the alphabet has its own page, with a bright illustration. The writer and illustrator have combined to make this a magical book for children, using some well know, and some more  unusual creatures and a funny, silly rhyme to help the child remember each letter. Then, as an added bonus, at the end, there is a fun quiz to do.

Reading the silly rhymes, it occurred to me that it would be very easy and great fun, for the reader and child, together to elaborate on each one of the rhymes, expanding it into a story perhaps and enriching, even more, the whole experience for both.

I would recommend this book to any parent; it is educational and fun, combining funny creatures, silly rhymes and beautiful illustrations into a book which is a joy to read.

About Simone Da Costa: Simone Da’ Costa is a writer, author, self-publisher and freelance magazine writer. Simone has written many articles for several North American Magazines. She has published two books, Remember to Pray and 2013 Hummingbird Day Planner. She recently debut her first children’s book, A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z and it has already received rave reviews.Simone operates a blog called Simone’s Blog – Depicting the writer in you. It’s mission is to help authors/writers express the literary art of writing and its evocative quality that gives them much joy.

Blucy by Julia Dweck

Available for pre-order Blucy by Julia Dweck illustrated by Erika Lebarre

The pre-sale, runs from 7/15-8/14. During the pre-sale, customers will receive a 20% discount off the price of the book.

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When Mandy goes to the pound to pick a kitten, she immediately knows that Lucy is the one for her.

Very quickly though Mandy discovers that she has a special kitten who can change different shades of  blue with her moods, so she decides to renames her Blucy. We follow the entertaining and funny adventures of this stubborn kitten as she explores new things and discovers that she loves everything blue! For added entertainment in the back there are fun facts about cats and a find the object game.

Julia Dweck has a wonderful talent for writing children’s books in rhyme, this is a really enchanting story which has been beautifully illustrated by Erika LeBarre.

Available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle here: http://www.amazon.com/Blucy-The-Blue-Cat-ebook/dp/B00DY7GNY8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374487068&sr=8-1&keywords=blucy+by+julia+dweck

A great rhyming dog story for children by Olyn Warfield

Omar Blue and K-9 Town, U.S.A. by O. Warfield

 

http://www.amazon.com/Omar-Blue-K-9-Town-USA/dp/1452892318/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351242910&sr=8-1&keywords=omar+blue+and+k9+town+usa

Available in paperback and Kindle format.

 

Written by a new American writer, this book tells the tale of Omar Blue a Blue Doberman and his pack.
When Omar Blue decides to settle down, he picks a place and names it K-9 Town, U.S.A.
With his best friend Major Diggs, a Lab-Dalmatian cross and the pack of about 50 assorted breeds of dog they build a community with true pack spirit, teaching their puppies right from wrong, protecting each other and building relationships.
This book, cleverly written in rhyme, is so easy to read, and each chapter teaches different values to its readers, through the adventures of the various dogs.
As a dog lover it was great for me to see the different characters, and traits of the various breed types portrayed in the stories.

I can’t wait to read book 2, “Led By An Eagle,” which has recently been released on Kindle ebooks.

Agabus & The Golden Spear by Greg Messina

 

A lovely children’s story with a very special message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a lovely captivating story, written in rhyme.

As children follow the adventure of Agabus one stormy night, they not only enjoy a great story but also learn how he overcomes his fears and finds inner strength and knowledge.

I thought this was a lovely book, beautifully illustrated by this talented author and I hope Agabus has many more adventures.

Available at Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Agabus-Golden-Spear-Greg-Messina/dp/1490330712/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372323930&sr=8-1&keywords=Agabus+%26+The+Golden+Spear

On Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DGHYSJ8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1372323930

and at Barnes & Noble here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/agabus-the-golden-spear-greg-messina/1115671484?ean=9781490330716

 

Where Are the Dino’s written by Julia Dweck and illustrated by Bob Ostrom

A bright and imaginative rhyming storybook about Dinosaurs.

Available here http://www.amazon.com/Where-Are-the-Dinos-ebook/dp/B00C3O6T2Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364742610&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=where+are+all+the+dino%27s+by+Julia+Dweck

Everyone knows that children love asking questions, but when a guide takes a group of children around the zoo, he is unprepared for the deluge of questions asked by one particular little fellow.

Children are fascinated by dinosaurs.

Why are there none at the zoo?

What do they like to do?

Find out how he answers all the questions, and then enjoy the extra things to do and learn at the back of this wonderful, brightly illustrated book.

My Dog’s Got Fleas by Julia Dweck

 

My Dog's Got Fleas

Available on Amazon Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/My-Dogs-Got-Fleas-ebook/dp/B00B05M39K/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_img_1

Bright and colourful this funny rhyming story is about a dog, which has fleas. However, these are not just ordinary fleas, these are rare, each with its own specialised name and job description.

Nevertheless, fleas are fleas, and must be got rid of, but how?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Julia’s books have some lovely illustrators but Mark Aardvart has to be my favourite, the book is so amazingly colourful!

Caarina the Cooking Fairy

A bright, magical book available in Kindle format.

 

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When the Fairy Queen announces a feast is to take place, Caarina the Cooking Fairy is given the task of cooking for it. She is so excited, but all her wonderful creations are being twarted.

Will Caarina discover by who, before it is too late?

A lovely, funny, rhyming story, containing a very important message and beautifully illustrated by Gemini.

Led By An Eagle by Olyn Warfield

This is the sequel to Omar Blue and K-9 Town U.S.A., and continues the adventures of Omar Blue a magnificent Blue Doberman and his canine pack.

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Omar-Blue-Saga-ebook/dp/B008S2H7IU/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

This is available in paperback and Kindle format

 

Having set up home in K-9 Town, Omar decides to take his pack to visit his clan. Despite reports of Booby’s Mountain Lion pack being about, everyone is excited especially the puppies, and led by an eagle they set off.

The journey is filled with excitement and danger but even with the aid of the Seers can they stay safe with Booby and his Mountain Lion gang tailing them? Find out in this exciting rhyming story told by a very gifted new writer.

O. Warfield has a dream; to be able to get the `real’ Omar Blue, Major Diggs and Sophie-Jean Therapy Dog training and certification. She and her daughter Joy will be taking them to adult and children special needs facilities, hospitals and senior assisted living communities where they will form part of a special event, with readings and surprises.

I for one hope her dream comes true!

 

 

The Hairy Dogmother by Julia Dweck

This is a lovely story by Julia Dweck, beautifully illustrated by  Delfin Barral.

 

 

 

 

 

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Available in Kindle format.

 

Marlee’s a kind little girl who wishes she could be a princess.

When she befriends a fuzzy dog, she decides to calls him Harry and takes him home for some food. But Harry is really The Hairy Dogmother. Marlee discovers he can speak, and he makes her dream come true, transporting her to a magical place, but, after a while she is returned home, after all, Fairy Dogmothers know best!

This is a lovely bright, colourful; rhyming book which is a pleasure to read and, I am sure will be enjoyed by children worldwide.