Saturday, October 21, 2017

Q & A a day for Grandparents

Q & A a Day for Grandparents is a unique way for grandparents to bond with a grandchild. The book begins on January 1 but the journal could be started on any given page and just continued until completion.

There are several things that are notable about this journal. First of all, the size is quite compact and a very manageable size for brief reflections while also making it easy to take along to fill out as time permits. The cover has a beautiful frame surrounding a place where a picture can be slipped (a picture of the child with the grandparent(s) completing the journal would be a wonderful idea).  Inside the book, the presentation page is titled, "My amazing grandchild" and offers a place to include date and time of birth, place of birth, height and weight, what the grandchild calls the grandparent and the grandchild's age when the journal was begun. Even with those baby details, I think the journal could be completed at any time over a grandchild's life.

With our mobile society, children aren't always living close to grandparents so I love this way of creating a connection with a grandchild (whether they live next door or across the country). Questions range from details about the grandchild, about the grandchild's parent and some about the grandparent themselves. What a beautiful way to record things that may not otherwise be known.  A grandparent has a way to pass along information and reflections that may otherwise be lost to time.

The journal would not even have to be completed in 3 consecutive years. It may be more interesting to complete year one before they go to school, then save year 2 for sometime during elementary school, and then the third year could be completed for a milestone birthday (10? 13? 16?).  However it is completed, the end result will be a treasured keepsake for any child.

This would make a marvelous gift for any grandparent. I think it would be an especially meaningful exercise for a grandparent to complete for an adopted grandchild. What better way to welcome a child into a family than to create a written record that helps fill in the history of their forever family and their treasured place within it?  It may even be more fun for a grandparent to complete it in secret and then present to their grandchild on a special occasion.

Buy a copy today and create a treasure for a grandchild!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Q & A a day for Grandparents from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The American Dream by Russell A. Baker

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Having a house well stocked with historical fiction, I was curious how The American Dream would measure up compared to our existing favorites.  I was extremely pleased with Baker's ability to make history come alive in a new and exciting way.  Not another cookie cutter time travel book, Baker introduces a bit of esponiage into the mix--drawing youngsters into a cat and mouse chase with one of history's villains.

The first in The O'Connor Chronicles, readers are introduced to sisters Kaitlyn and Kristen, Kaitlin's classmate Sam, and their history teacher and neighbor, Mr. Bacon. Mr. Bacon uses rather unconventional methods to help kids experience history.

One rainy afternoon as the O'Connors and Sam are hanging out, the trio is trying to figure out what to do. Kristin is always ready for an adventure and as they see a suspicious person nosing around Mr. Bacon's house, the kids feel compelled to go explore. They soon discover that Mr. Bacon is no ordinary neighbor and they are soon drawn into a world of high tech and secrecy.  The American Dream takes young readers on an historical adventure that will leave them begging for the next installment, Exceptional Americans!

I loved that Baker included interesting quotes at the beginning of each chapter--great food for thought. And there were just enough illustrations sprinkled throughout to help younger readers visualize the characters and events. This would make a great read aloud with family or a read alone for ages 8 and up.  I'm well past the target age and thoroughly enjoyed it myself! Grab your copy today and start living history!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The American Dream for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.