This was a beautiful children’s book that provides a lovely story of friendship, family, and responsibility. Mia and Nattie’s relationship shows a beautiful bond and understanding between a girl and her sheep.
Nattie is a sheep that was born a little different than the other sheep. Mia sees something special in Nattie and takes care of her, watching her flourish, and noticing a special gift that Nattie has.
I love seeing children’s books that inspire children to love who they are. There are so many influences in the world pushing people to be the way others are, and it is important to remember that being you is special too.
Lunk is a chicken who wants to be special. He is given a magical object that allows him to be the version of himself that he thinks will be better. When he visits his friends though, they don’t even recognize him, and they don’t believe that Lunk is standing in front of him. Lunk learns that being something he is not, isn’t as great as he thought it would be.
This is a great book for kids to learn a variety of lessons! ✔️ Friendship ✔️ Making new friends ✔️ Being in a new place ✔️ Bullying ✔️ Doing the right thing
Salsa is new to the neighborhood and meets Chips. They spend time playing in the dog park near their homes. They come across dogs that can be new friends, and other dogs that are not so nice. One day Salsa comes across a dog in trouble, but it’s one that was not nice in the past. What does Salso do?
I love when children’s books address real-life situations that kids have to deal with. I think that it is so important to address these issues and provide the opportunity to learn and be better!
Cluck and Fluffy are an unlikely pair in this farm-yard story. Cluck is a new rabbit that has been placed in the chicken coop for a short time. The chickens are mean and shun him, making him feel like an outcast. When one chicken finally decides to befriend Cluck, they show that being mean and hurtful is not the right way to act.
Friendship can come from the most unexpected places. Any children’s book that helps kids be accepting of others is a five-star in my mind!
Goat Girl lives on a boring, mundane farm where everything is extremely ordinary. Goat Girl is NOT ordinary. She likes adventure and trying new things. When she runs into Merle, she thinks he’s a cowboy because he’s a COW and a BOY. Merle, however, does not want to be called a cowboy. Goat Girl refuses to give up on pulling Merle out of his shell, and the two of them become quite the adorable pair.
PINTO! is the only horse to complete a 1912 – 1915 horseback journey to visit all forty-eight state capitols with the “Overland Westerners”. This book takes that real-life event and tells it through the eyes of Pinto. I really enjoyed M.J. Evan’s choice to make the horse the narrator of this story. It did create a fictionalized feel to the story, however, it was obvious that she had worked hard to research and provide real information surrounding this historic event.
I loved the amazing connection between Hunter and his horse. I felt deeply connected to their bond, and I think it’s something horse-lovers are going to absolutely love as well!
How I Felt:
In the Heart of a Mustang introduces us to a young boy, Hunter, who has just found out that everything he knew about his father was a lie. Instead of his father being a soldier who died for his country, he is a convicted felon. Hunter is devastated by the lies, and at the shattering of a figure he deeply respected and looked up to. Heading to the Promise Ranch to find peace, Hunter encounters a horse that can help him mend what has been so deeply broken.
I really enjoy seeing children’s books that help them to understand and manage their emotions. Adults struggle to handle their emotions sometimes, so helping a child to understand something can be extremely difficult. The Adventures of Gunner the Poodle Pony is a wonderful book that introduces grief for a child in a way that is uplifting, and I loved that.
Gunner, a very special dog, is heading to work at the Hospice center. He enjoys helping people feel better when they are sick or sad. He meets Stella at the center, a young girl who is visiting her sick grandmother.
Stella and Gunner become fast friends, and Gunner helps Stella to understand her emotions and help her to feel a bit better. He promises to tell her more stories when they see each other again, which makes me think there might be more Poodle Pony books coming!
How I Felt:
I thought this story was written so that it is easy for a child to understand. It is told through Gunner’s perspective, which makes it fun for a child, but Stella’s emotions are easy to relate to.
Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday had so many elements to the story that are great for children! There was family, doing the right thing, trying to help, and being honest. I loved how all of these topics were woven into the story!
How I Felt:
The characters center around a brother and sister, Bugsy and Aly. Bugsy believes that he is only able to play golf well with his special golf ball. He doesn’t have the confidence in himself to be able to play well without it. Aly has a good heart with well-intended actions. I liked that her emotions showed a real love for her brother. She wanted him to do well but also wanted him to see that he could believe in himself.
It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! is really focusing on how differences are okay and make each one of us special. I loved the way this is woven into the story with such perfection!
How I Felt:
The Story was so wonderful! Our secretly unicorn friend, Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is trying to hide that he is a unicorn from all his horse friends. His secret is shown to the reader early on in the book through the words, which I read to my daughter twice to see if she caught on to what the story was telling her. And she did. “Oh, HE’S a unicorn!” she said. She really enjoyed watching as Cornelius kept his secret hidden and watching his ultimate surprise to the entire town at the end.
The Illustration was so exciting. Bright colors and excellent details were added to each page making the book so enjoyable for a young reader to follow along as they are read the story.
I specifically LOVED that a map was added to the beginning of the book so the reader could envision the book’s location Hoofington. Adorable!
Overall, this was a wonderful story that we enjoyed greatly. The message of loving yourself and being true to yourself was so through the words, it was a powerful story that we will be reading again and again.
To Read or Not To Read:
This is a great book for a preschool to middle elementary school age readers. The story is bright and colorful with the words and the illustrations. It’s one you won’t want your littles to miss!
Where to Find This Book:
It’s Okay to be a Unicorn by Jason Tharpe is available at these sites.
Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is a fabulous horse with a wonderful, helpful personality…except that he’s not a horse. He has a secret that he hides under his hat. He’s a unicorn living in a town where the Mayor has forbidden unicorns.
We follow Cornelius all week as he helps all his friends with everything they need for the big event, Hoofapalooza. Cornelius is also getting ready, as he has been asked to perform!
The big day comes, and he looks out at the crowd with all of his friends and decides that everyone will like him for who he really is, so he has a big reveal, removing his hat . . . and the crowd roars with love and applause.
It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! by Jason Tharp
Target Reader: Preschool – middle elementary
Page Count: 40 pages
Pub Date: February 4, 2020
I was provided a free advanced reader’s copy of this book. I am leaving this honest, unbiased review voluntarily.
I loved the message in A Bird with Udders! It’s a book about celebrating how each animal in the book is unique and special, but the message really asks a child to think of what makes them uniquely them. It was beautiful.
I am different you see and so very happy to be uniquely me.
A Bird with Udders: Celebrate Unique you! by A.T. Waverly
How I Felt:
I just LOVED this book. I so appreciate a story that helps a child see that their differences are special. They do not need to be like all the others, they are wonderful the way they are. The Bird with Udders does just that.
The Illustrations: I am in love with these simple illustrations. They were bright and colorful. The story focuses on a different special animal on each page and there is a perfect illustration to go with it. I liked that it sparked thought in my daughter. She wanted to talk about each animal as we moved through the story.
The Writing: This is a rhyming story and I really liked the way it was written. The cadence of the story flowed really well. I wasn’t stumbling over words and everything rhymed well. The story was easy for my daughter to understand and would be easy for any young reader.
Overall: This book had a wonderful message for children with illustrations that are fun and bright. The story is exciting and helps a young reader use their imagination.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend A Bird with Udders for any young reader! It is perfect for preschool through kindergarten children and should be read with the child.
Where to Find This Book:
A Bird with Udders by A.T. Waverly is available at these sites.
A Bird with Udders introduces the reader to a unique animal on each page. A cow with pink spots and a bird with udders and so many others. The story tells us how each animal is unique and proud of it! It’s a great story to help a child celebrate being themselves.
Just the Facts:
A Bird with Uddersby A.T. Waverly
Publisher: Independently Published
Pub Date: January 14, 2020
I was provided an advanced readers copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.