Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Guardian Angel Publishing

Guardian Angel Publishers desire to provide "fun, affordable and educational eBook computer experiences", as well as printed books for preschool through elementary age children. They carry picture books through chapter books that are available as ebooks, print books and on CD. They've stated on their web site that they are in the midst of releasing picture books to be used on the iPhone and/or iTouch via the app; iKids Play. That could be a really sweet addition to their publishing format for those with iPhones wanting to keep their young one occupied on the go!

I received five e-books for review; Stubby's Destiny, No Bones About It, Andy and Spirit Go the the Fair, Earthquake and Hamster Holidays. My first impression was not good but that's honestly because I seriously dislike reading books from the computer. I love ebooks for activity type books, where it's easier to print what's needed, but not so much for sitting at the computer and reading to my children. I'm just not a fan.

And yet, I really want a Kindle or Sony Reader. Perhaps I don't make a lot of sense. Probably, but there you have it. I'm just not a big fan of the e-book format.

I decided to put my issues to the side and just read the books for content. They were all varied in content, showing that this site does offer many different choices. I found the first, Stubby's Destiny, to be rather clunky and heavy handed but could see a toddler enjoying the illustrations and story. No Bones About It was more enjoyable to me. It's full of goofy illustrations and facts about our bones, along with a great rhymes. "Remember the tarsals, way down in your feet? Instead, hands have carpals. Phalanges repeat". Love it!

While I was reading through No Bones About It, it occurred to me that owning this in ebook form could be a benefit. This would be a great book to print off, cut up and use as the basis for a Lapbook or other project involving the skeletal system. Hmmm...

Andy and Spirit Go to the Fair is the only small chapter book in the mix. It's the story of a boy in a wheelchair and how he overcomes his disability by riding in the horse show at the State Fair. This is an admirable premise but the story is a little shallow for me. A child in the same situation as Andy may enjoy seeing a similar child as the main character of a story but there really isn't a lot of depth here.

Earthquake is another one that would be nice to use for Lapbooks or other projects. It contains illustrations and facts about Earthquakes in small bits of easy to read text. I like the science based books from this publisher. They are cute, full of information and could be used in more ways than just simply reading aloud.

Hamster Holidays: Noun and Adjective Adventures has more traditional illustrations and is pretty darn cute. Each page is a new month and features the hamsters celebrating an obscure, crazy holiday (Potluck Picnic Day? Monster Madness Day?). Nouns are in blue and adjectives in red. There are puzzles and activity suggestions included at the end of the book. This could be the jumping off point for tons of fun with K-3rd graders. Not only could you read through it and practice discovering the nouns and adjectives, you could also use this to teach the months of the year- even celebrating the crazy holiday along with the hamsters. I can't wait for Food Sport Day. GRIN.

I liked three out of five of the books and, as the saying goes," three out of five ain't bad". These range in price from $5 - $12, depending on the book and the format. I've added the summaries of each book below. Click on the photo of the book you're interested in to be taken directly to that page or check out Guardian Angel Publishing for a list of all the books they carry.



Stubby's Destiny
Author: Dixie Phillips www.floydslighthouse.com
Illustrator: Kim Sponaugle http://www.picturekitchenstudio.com

'“Stubby’s Destiny” is an inspirational story about a defeated donkey, Stubby, who feels he was born wrong. He was just about to give up when divine destiny tapped him on the shoulder. He was chosen to carry the King of Kings upon his back. “Stubby’s Destiny” will bring hope to hurting children who feel their situation is hopeless."

NO BONES ABOUT IT!
The Sum of Our Parts Series
Author: Bill Kirk www.billkirkwrites.com
Artist: Eugene Ruble

"Learning the bones in the human body can be a challenge for anyone. Using this clever learning tool in rhyme may be just what you’ve been looking for, no bones about it. You’ll be amazed at how fast you will be able to learn them from head to toe. Study the bones, find fun factoids, take the quiz, discover the mystery bones."


ANDY AND SPIRIT GO TO THE FAIR
Book 2 of the Andy & the Albino Horse Series


"Andy and Spirit’s world expands as they grow together and experience things neither would have had the opportunity to do alone. The two become heroes to each other as they meet and accomplish challenges Andy never thought possible before the two of them became a team. 10 illustrations, 2100 word storybook, 24 pages. Three extra pages of activities about 4-H and wild horse management."


EARTHQUAKE!

Author: Susan J Berger www.susanjberger.com
Artist: Eugene Ruble

"This book about Earthquakes empowers your kids with information and preparedness. What causes earthquakes? Can we predict them? How are earthquakes measured? How do we prepare for them? There are lots of fun factoids and a few experiments. (Learn how to make your own seiche.) What was the biggest earthquake? Find out here."

Hamster Holidays:
Noun and Adjective Adventures
The Pet Parade Grammar Series
Author: Cynthia Reeg www.cynthiareeg.com
Artist: Kit Grady www.kitgrady.com

"A troupe of hamsters celebrate a year of hare-brained holidays in their unique hamster style. The book highlights nouns and adjectives on each page, as well as exploring opposites. Activity pages include scrambled words, match-up and crossword puzzles—plus much more. Grammar becomes fun and games with hamster helpers."


1 comment:

Dixieland57 said...

Thanks for the review. I appreciated your insight.
Dixie Phillips

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