Children’s Author Claressa Swensen Made Me An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

Children’s Author Claressa Swensen Made Me An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

The lovely author Claressa Swensen made me an offer I couldn’t refuse this week. The offer was to read children’s books and let her know what I think. Well, I happen to love giving opinions and reading children’s books. Below are three books she shared with me.

My girl’s loved the middle book the best. I guess they could start their own blog to tell you about it, but I thought it would be a little faster for me to let you know on here.

Dino Dino Doing Homework by Claressa Swensen

This book is reminiscent of the Llama Llama Books by Anna Dewdney. I say that as a huge, huge compliment as we really love those books around these parts. The rhyming scheme feels natural and leads you through the story in a sing song happy way. When reading to my daughters I slipped effortlessly into the characters and the flow of the story while reading aloud.

The moral of the story was (spoiler alert) that you should do your homework before all the playing. This is definitely a book we will revisit when we get back into the school year. I absolutely love the illustrations. The simple, bold pictures and colors feel like a relief to my eyes. That seems an odd way to explain, but it just brings me joy the way the layout of words and pictures go.

 

Teensy The Littlest Fairy by Claressa Swensen

teensy
There she is! Our favorite little lady!

This book turned out to be the favorite of my daughters (4 and 6) in the three we read by this author. I was happy to see the range Claressa Swensen has when we moved into this book. This story was not rhyming. The main character named Teensy was displeased with her size.

I thought that I knew the direction this story was going and it threw me a little curveball. How fun to still get surprises from a children’s book at my (slightly older) age. The story encourages eating vegetables and it actually packs a nice bit of info on the different tastes.

Again I have to take a moment to give the illustrator a pleased shout out. My girls fell in love with the fairy drawings, the caterpillar, and the butterflies. We were pretty excited by this book.

 

Nap Time With Harry by Claressa Swensen

This book was a happy story about twin siblings and their dream car friend Harry. I very much liked the encouragement this book had to sleep. To be fair I am a huge fan of sleep, so there was a natural appreciation for this book right off the bat.

Honestly my daughters were wanting to read about Teensy again while I read this aloud. I really wanted them to be taking notes on how happy Tony and Tina were about nap time. I can’t fault them for still thinking about their new friend Teensy. Having been introduced to a few new character friends today it’s only natural to pick favorite.

I don’t know if I mentioned this previously, but the illustrations are a stroke of genius. A great team up with the author. I look forward to reading this one a few more times. This story is a good send off to bed time with the rainbow slide and Harry. We talk often about happy things we are going to dream about to keep any scary dreams away. This book brilliantly gives us some more things to imagine as we drift off.

You can find these stories on amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=claressa+swensen. 

Find Clarissa’s Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ClaressaSwensenOfficial/

Also please check out her site https://www.youngsterskids.com/

Author Claressa chatting up Teensy the Fairy.
Author Claressa chatting up Teensy the Fairy.
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What Have I Been Up To?

Well, hello there. I have neglected this blog a little this week. I have good reason. I am writing for a new site and below you will see a link to my first post:

15 Things That Make Raising Girls Hard

Give it a read and let me know what you think. I am trying super hard to impress them, so I’m not sure what we do to for that… but help 🙂

Also I can’t remember if I let you guys know or not, but I did a guest post on the blog below. She is a funny lady, so if you are looking for someone laugh with/at:

Guest Blog: Workout Tips

Last, but not least I wrote some tips about finding your favorite child:

10 Questions to Help You Decide Which Child is Your Favorite

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My Big Tree Children’s Book

My Big Tree Children’s Book

Sometimes having this blog pays off with really neat opportunities. Today is one of those days. A lovely lady named Maria has written a children’s book and she allowed me to read the book to my daughters. I got to review it. If I could go back in time and tell my younger self who adored reading that I was going to get to do something like that– I might not have been so sad about how slow I ran the mile for the physical fitness test. Time travel was not to be back then, but today for you a review of the My Big Tree Children’s book.

Here is my review on this book:

“My Big Tree is a new favorite book at our house. This story has seamlessly woven together a plot including animals, colors, counting, and an important lesson. I read this book with both my four year old and six year old daughters. My six year old was able to read it to me and my four year old enjoyed counting out the characters. I am a sucker for a book that grows with the children to keep them learning.

The message was fantastic. The grass is not always greener, and this was an easy way to help the kids see. The whimsical illustrations perfectly paired with the “voice” in the writing to meld into the perfect story that I will love reading with my kids over and over again.

This book reminded me of my favorite book when I was younger called The Poky Little Puppy’s Counting Book. I loved counting out the different critters and objects in that book to my mom. I saw the same joy from my children when reading this book.

There is no doubt in my mind that this book has earned its place as a favorite in our family and I will be on the look out for additional books from Maria Ashworth to add to our library. ”

Also if you want some more info please click here for a cute little trailer for the book.
Book will go on sale August 9th. Book will be available from the publisher, Amazon, B&N along with brick and mortar. Ask your bookstore to order if not available. 
 A magnetic story board to accompany the book is available at her website. 

Links:

http://www.clearforkpublishing.com

http://www.mariaashworth.com

My Big Tree
My Big Tree Back Cover with a picture of that lovely Author!
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What Did People Even Do Before?

What Did People Even Do Before?

I had a mini panic attack the other day when I went to go pick up my friend and thought I forgot my cell phone. No, it’s not because I realized that I don’t have any friends and I was driving up to a strangers house. How rude of you to assume such things. You’re already forgiven. I can’t stay mad at you.

Why Panic?

I panicked because I didn’t know how I was going to get her to come out to the car without texting her on my cell phone to come out of her house. I am not going to pretend I am a genius because by now you know that isn’t the case. I truly thought “how will she know I am here without the text?” While I placed my hand on the window sadly considering how I could lose a friend from this situation. What did people even do before?

What Did People Even Do Before?
“I forgot my cell phone and my friend is in the house. ” *tear

Other Options Available

I mean sure there are other options when I think about it now. Even so, I would have hated to be that annoying honker that lays on the horn to get someone. I couldn’t walk up to her door like a… like a savage. I could have tried to run the car up to her garage door and lightly tap it like a knock, I suppose. I’ve never been accused of being a natural at driving, or even a good driver. The benefit/cost analysis on that one may not come out in my favor. I have heard you can smoke gophers out of their holes, but that seems extreme to get someone to take them to volleyball.

If I’m being honest, these ideas didn’t even run through my mind. I was absolutely lost at how I could signal her to get out. Technology has stunted my mind. If it has done that to my brain I can only imagine what the rest of you are going through. Scary stuff. Again I ask what did people even do before?

I’m A Survivor (ish)

I fear for my children. If we have an hour long power outage, I picture it coming out like this:  My husband will find us cooking pizza on sticks over our burning couch. The kids will have mud smeared on their faces and sling shots strapped to their belts. I will have made a skirt from leaves and made a hat from a raccoon that I caught in the field 3 blocks away from our house. I may or may not demo three walls of our dwelling. What? I get claustrophobic in these survival situations. All I’m saying is someone check on me if there are any outages. Also check on me if I have a phone… and check on me if I forget my purse. You know what, can we just hire someone to follow me around? It’ll be a load off everyone’s minds.

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