Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dances of India Children's Book Review

Maya and Leela Present: Dances of India is a beautiful cultural children's book representing the dances, rhythm, and music from India. My child is enthralled by this book because it has two of his favorite elements in children's books: animals, and music. Each animal is a dancer performing with instruments, and drawing you in with the colorful illustrations.  
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links, if you make a purchase through this link I will receive a small monetary compensation. Thank you! 

This book is perfect to expose your child to India's culture through music, and dance. What I love about this book that it offers so many cultural learning opportunities for children.  You can research and make the instruments, or sway, dance or jump with the dance.  We also enjoyed looking for India in the map, and learning more about his 1st grade teacher's culture. She's from New Delhi, India.  

We enjoyed this book so much that we're actually going to gift a copy to our son's teacher who we know will truly enjoy this book with her own children at home. 

Maya and Leela have done an excellent job, and this book is a keeper! 

Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep Childrens' Book Review


Mary had A Sleepy Sheep by Julie Dweck is a new spin-off on the classic Mary had a little lamb!
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Mary had a sleepy sheep, and as much as she tried, and tried to wake up her sheep she couldn't! How about dancing, or turning the lights up bright? Perhaps hosing it down with water? Poor Mary, nothing really worked! 

My 6 yr. old was giggling, and laughing as we read this book together. He was captivated by the illustrations, the rhyming prose, and trying to find the sneaky mouse hidden in each page!

We're big fans of Julie Dweck, and I love how she can make children's story come alive with the activities!  There's much fun to be had while reading her books! This is a great addition to our home library. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Native American Corn Husk Dolls and Navajo Sand Art

This month we're celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a beautiful Navajo sand art activity and Native American corn husk dolls.
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