Monday, February 6, 2012

Magic Monday - Penguins and Memory Aids...


Mr.Popper’s Penguins: What is not to love about penguins? And when they are as adorable as Mr.Popper’s penguins with wonderful names to boot, that is just perfect. This book is exactly that – a perfect little book that is great to read-aloud, great for any age (I loved it) and a perfect size (not too long and not too short) - with illustrations that catch your eye, penguins that pop out of the pages, and the most endearing characters (human and animal).
Mr.Popper is a house painter who has lived all his life in Stillwater. When he is not painting (and many a time, when he is painting too), he spends his time daydreaming about travelling to far-off places. He loves reading about them as well and watching any movies he can – his favorite destination are the two Poles of the earth. One winter day, he receives an unexpected gift from Admiral Drake, an explorer – a penguin – and this penguin that he names Captain Cook – changes Mr. Popper and his family’s life. Soon, a lonely girl penguin arrives courtesy of the aquarium and this is followed by the arrival of ten baby penguins.
How these dozen penguins and the Popper family interact and act forms the rest of this book. A book which is a must-read if you have not read it yet, no matter how old (or young) you are!
Rating: A
Reading level: All ages!
Disclaimer:Thank you to OpenRoad for sending me a digital review copy via NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read this book. 



I Before E (Except After C) for Kids: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff: This is definitely a useful book to have with you. It is full of simple tools that are fun as well helping you remember facts and rules in various subjects including geography, history, math, reading, spelling and music.  As you thumb through the book, you can find acronyms, acrostics and rhymes to help you along. Kids will love the memory aids as they will appeal to their sense of humor with ‘I Am A Silly Person’ to remember the five oceans – Indian, Arctic, Atlantic, Southern, and Pacific!
For example, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally helps you remember the order of math operations – Parantheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction
There are fun mnemonics to remember the presidents, planets, rules of math and music and more.  This book is written with kids in mind but adults definitely will not mind having such a useful memory aid next to them.
Both my nine year old and I enjoyed this book and will be using it to remember cool facts and to learn how to remember too. The fun illustrations throughout the book also help reinforce the learning!
Rating: B+
Reading Level: 9 years and above

Disclaimer:Thank you to Reader's Digest for sending me a digital review copy via NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read this book.

Mr.Popper's Penguins goes towards Read-to-Me Picture Book Challenge
I Before E goes towards the Non-Fiction book challenge at KidLitFrenzy 

Monday Memes:

What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. It is a time when we share what we've read, currently reading, or what is up next on our reading list.
Completed reading:
A whole lot of romances – one of my favorite types of books to read! – caught up on the Malory series by Stephanie Laurens – if I can actually get around to reviewing them all, will do it
The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan – finally !! – review coming soon
Books reviewed here today
Currently reading:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
The Lilac House by Anita Nair (digital ARC)
Next to read:
Lots to pick from…


3 comments:

  1. I haven't seen the movie either of Popper's Penguins, but I'm hoping to. I love me some penguins too!!

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    1. I have to see the movie as well.. My son watched the movie and has read the book and he loved both..

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  2. i before e sounds like a great book to have! I don't mind reading it to see how much general knowledge I have at the moment.

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