Today I’m doing something a little different on the blog. Usually I stick to reviewing Young Adult novels with an occasional Adult title thrown in, but when Candace @ Candace’s Book Blog and CBB Book Promotions asked if I’d be interested in joining this blog tour, it was an easy decision. I’m always looking for ways to get my kids involved. So today I’m reviewing two of Stephanie Tara Lisa’s books, I’ll Follow the Moon and Snowy White World to Save with the help of my 6 year old. I’ll also be sharing with you how my family celebrates Earth Day, since it is a special day in our household. Oh, and there is a giveaway or two. 🙂
On a quiet, moonlit beach, a baby green sea turtle stirs from a dream of home. Slowly, slowly, with a tap, crick, crack, the baby turtle embarks upon a mysterious nighttime journey. Gentle, tender verse and enchanting illustrations carry this tranquil tale from sand to sea.
“I liked the book I’ll Follow the Moon because it is a repeating book and I liked the turtles in the pictures. The book was about a turtle having to get out of his egg and find its way out of the dirt and soil. He went to the water and he had to follow the moon to find his mom. ” -my 6 year-old
I thought this book was ADORABLE! The author combined a sweet rhyming tale with this beautiful phrase repeated through most of the book.
As a mom, this cause my heart to do some serious clenching. My 6 year old was able to read this comfortably by himself, only needing help with a couple words and the illustrations are perfect. The story is also educational, teaching little ones about the birth of turtles and how they find their way. This is one to read over and over to your children and would make a wonderful bedtime story.
It s a headline we all have seen: Global warming is melting the Arctic. Once the Arctic sea ice has vanished, the majestic polar bear, a magnificent creature who needs the sea ice to survive will vanish, too. The ice is home to the bears, as well as to their primary food source, the ringed seal. Polar bears feed, mate, travel, den, and give birth on the ice. Some scientists say polar bears will be extinct within fifty years if something isn t done, and soon.
“The things I like about Snowy White World to Save are that it’s a ryhming book and that in one of the pictures the polar bear is swimming. I learned that polar bears need to have ice because if there was no ice they would probably die. So you should save energy by turn of the light when you leave the room and don’t watch too much tv, read books.” -my 6 year-old
Beautiful artwork accompanies this journey through the lives of a polar bear and her cubs. There is an overall message here and I felt this book provided me with a great outlet to teach my kids about global warming and what it means for our animals, such as the polar bear. We were able to have a great discussion and make plans about how we can help conserve energy. Teachable moments through the words and pictures in this book make it a wonderful addition to your children’s library.
I’ve always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.
Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn’t have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!
Since then, I’ve come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy– those are the things that stay forever in the mind.
I’ve lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I’m an adult, I’m still as silly as ever.
Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you’ll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always. -Stephanie Lisa Tara
As an extra, I thought I’d share with you how my family celebrates Earth Day. Three years ago, we were gifted with my youngest on this very day. And every year since then, we celebrate by going to our local zoo! Here are a few pics of my Jacob, though since Earth Day isn’t until next week, these are from a separate trip (we go quite often).
It’s a special occasion to see the polar bear go in the water, but she just so happen to dive in this day for a couple minutes while we were in the underwater viewing area. I think she knew how special the picture would be this time. 🙂