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About literarycreature

Hello world! I am an avid reader of children books, adolescent books, and adult sci-fi and action; Who am I kidding? I just love to read! I am currently enrolled in a program to get my certification to teach elementary school. I am also working on a adolescent fiction novel. I hope to one day be a published author as well as be the best educator I can. I love to review books. I currently have a challenge going on to read 1 book a day for a year. Although I just started it, I feel good about the direction I am heading with it. The books I am reviewing are more so the younger children picture books, however, if someone wants me to review their book for an older child, I would love to put the review in my blog. If anyone has any suggestions for books they would like reviewed, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Skinny Fiber

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Jade

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Weight loss support and Skinny Fiber Supplement

Skinny Fiber is a supplement used to assist with weight loss. It has 3 key ingredients which work together to help achieve this. It has Glucomannon which is an appetite suppressant;Caralluma Fimbrita which naturally controls hunger and increases stamina;Cha De Bugre which is used for appetite control, increasing metabolism, and helping with some diseases. It also has a protein enzyme blend and digestive enzymes which break down carbs into energy, helps digest proteins and fats, break down starch, protein, plant fiber and helps with digestion of proteins. Simply, the enzymes help remove toxins that build up from the body. I ordered a 30 day supply. At first I didn’t see results. I did notice that my mind was more clear and my cravings for sweet things were down. I got on the scale and I had lost 5 lbs. I decided to take the 90 day challenge and I purchased the 90 day supply. I started taking the capsule 3 times daily, 30 minutes before each meal. I was fuller, had more control over my hunger and cravings, and my energy sky rocketed. You know I was drinking 2-3 energy drinks a day. I am down to 1 energy drink every other day and that is mainly because my body was addicted to them and I was getting headaches from not drinking them because I didn’t need them. That is when I made the choice to become a distributor because I learned for myself that it worked. It is even linked to helping a lot of things. I’m trying to get my mother to try it because there have been links to it helping with Fibramyalga and she has it. So, I may just be getting into it but I have seen some positive changes with my mentality because of it. I went in thinking that nothing was going to happen, and when I was proved wrong and shown that it does work, I was ready to spread the word. It is $59.95 for one bottle. They have a special going on right now for those wanting to take the 90 day challenge for buy 2 get 1 free. If you are interested in ordering, here is my business page and you can learn a little more as well. http://literarycreature.SkinnyBodyCare.com OR if you just want to join a facebook group for weight loss support, you can join my group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/113727232298817/?fref=ts

The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer

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There are some things that I really love about this book. I bought it for my son to read to his dad. He is 8, transitioning from 2nd to 3rd grade. It was easy for him to read and comprehend what he was reading. Another thing that I love about this book is the illustrations. They are really well done and portray a minority family which is something that isn’t often seen in these sort of books. It was a fun read and I enjoyed listening to and watching my son read this story to my husband. It has a mixture of narration and dialect. I liked that he was able to use his “narrator voice” and switch to a “dialect voice.” I’d definitely recommend this story. 🙂

Jade

The Walk Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

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The Walk Back Home is a cute little story about a boy from Earth who flew into space with his airplane. He ran out of fuel and landed on the moon. A martian also landed on the moon after his spaceship engine broke. The rest of the book talks about an adventure that the boy and martian go on to help them both get back home.

I am a first grade teacher. I read this story to my students for a Read-Aloud. They loved it because they were able to make predictions based on what we were reading. They connected with the characters because they too have had to help a friend do something.

The illustrations are done with water colors. They are clean and demonstrate what is being read on the page. The one complaint I do have about the book is on a few pages, the words are stuck on a part of the page that is dark and the letters are also dark. So, it is a bit hard to see, especially if a child was to attempt t read it on their own. I do recommend it as a read aloud.

Jade

I’m back!

Good afternoon! It has been an extremely long time since my last post. I have been through a rollercoaster of events. As the school year is coming to a close, I would really like to pick up where I left and continue my children’s book reviews. So, be on the look out for my next book review! I am a first grade teacher and read a LOT of books to my children. So, I will start publishing reviews to these books that I read to them. I will also try to explain how the kids reacted to the story. Enjoy your Sunday!

J.P. Kuhn

Will be back and updated by Sunday

Good evening everyone! I just wanted to let ya’ll know that my reviews will be coming and be caught up by Sunday. I apologize for the delay in things but my son just started school, our pet just passed away and I was trying to get everything squared away before I start school on Monday. I hope all is well!

 

xoxo,

Jade

YOU CHOOSE by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart

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Hello everyone! I’ve had a lot of messages asking what happened to the blog. I left off letting you guys know things were hectic and to make things even crazier I’ve been back and forth between the doctor for my son and myself since August. I think things are finally starting to settle so I am going to try and catch up. Please bare with me if I’ve promised a review as I am REALLY behind with school, the doctors and my sons extra curricular activities. I will try to get all the way caught up as soon as possible. Prayers for stability in my life is greatly appreciated. 🙂

Sharratt, Nick. You Choose. Illustrated by Pippa Goodhart. Tulsa: Kane Miller, c2012.

This book mainly done in illustrations. The story is as the title indicates, about choosing. The story goes through several scenarios from being hungry and choosing the food you want to choosing what to wear. The level of this picture book looks like it could easily be read by an early reader, not necessarily an emergent reader. Lots of common sight words that are soundable are used, but there are also words used such as “wear” that children may need help with. This is also suitable as a read aloud book. The sentences are in big, bold, black letters at the top.

The illustrations take on practically the whole page. At first, the illustrations seem extremely busy, but as you go on you realize that its not as busy as originally thought. The illustrations are aligned with the text in that when they ask you to choose shoes, they have 50 different pairs of shoes to choose from. Some of the characters that are in the illustrations have idea bubbles with comments, but these characters aren’t shown through out the book.

I think this is an adorable book and would recommend it! 🙂

Arthur Pong And His Smelly Song by Jose Fernandez

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I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I thought it was really cute in a stinky sort of way 😉 At first I was a bit confused with no ending punctuation the I caught on that it was being wrote as a poem. I’m not too knowledgeable on the terminology here, so I’ll explain it. It was four sentences but no punctuation and in rhyme per page. The rhymes was done pretty well. There was one exception when I felt the words were a bit forced, but other than that it all rhymed and flowed nicely. This book is a silly type of book sort of like captain underpants. It tells the story of Arthur and how he creates music and well you’ll have to read it because I don’t want to give too much away. Each page has a title and each title is included in a table of contents at the beginning. 

 

There are simple illustrations done on each page to go with the text. Unlike the cover, the illustrations in the actual book aren’t in color, but rather shades of white and grey. It doesn’t take away from the story, but seems to allow focus on what is going on in the illustrations instead. The drawings are silly and represent the story well. Some of the illustrations are surrounded by white space where as some are boxed in with a light shade. I would recommend this book, but maybe towards an older crowd of maybe 6 and over because there are terms used such as “fart” and “poo” and I know some parent’s don’t really want these words put into young learners vocabulary right away. If you don’t have a problem with that, then read ahead because this one is sure to bring on the giggles!!! 🙂

 

xoxo,

Jade

Little Bird Lost by Kate Larkinson and photos by Steve Larkinson

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Good evening friends! So sorry it has been so long since I’ve reviewed. I’ve been a busy busy BUSY bee!

This story is a picture story like all of the books I review, but to be honest it is different! Usually the books have their words and then there is the illustrations. This photographer took the time to photograph a photo for each page. Each page has dialogue that goes in rhyme, but not necessarily ending on that page; basically page turners! The text is extremely easy to understand and although it is not a “young readers” book. It has short and simple sentence structure. I think a young reader would have no problem getting through it. I will let my son be the judge of that for reading time tomorrow!

Back to these wonderful photos! I can’t imagine the amount of time it took for the photographer to sit by this nest and gently snap these photos without scaring them and making them fit into the story. It is amazing how the text and these actual photos go hand in hand. I can’t praise this photographer enough. I urge all of you to go to Amazon and pull it up. It’s such a cute story about a bird family that will sure to bring smiles and sweet dreams to your little ones!

 

xoxo,

Jade

Cat Days by Alexa Andrews and illustrated by John & Wendy

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Andrews, Alexa. Cat Days. Illustrated by John and Wendy. New York: Penguin Young Readers, c2012.

 

This book is a level one young reader. This is truly a young reader versus some of the other ones I’ve come across. The vocabulary is very simple and easy to sound out. The pages are repetitive to give children a chance to remember words. The break this book into sections, but not necessarily chapters. Then each section they run with the theme. For example Cat Plays section has a few pages about the cat playing. The story is predictable which also helps with retention for young readers. It also uses ideas that most children are familiar with.

 

The illustrations are bright and simple. They use very simple shapes to make the pictures and it doesn’t distract the reader from the text. Everything is outlined in either black or grey. There is very little usage of white space, but they use color space in its place. The pages that have the section titles are the only ones that have white space usage.

The story doesn’t have much of a plot, but it does a great job with simple words and familiar territory for young readers.

 

xoxo,

Jade