Read.Explore.Learn.-Animal Alphabet Books

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    My Book Tie-Ins of the Week:    


This week my blog posts have been all over the place. I usually try to pick books for Read.Explore.Learn that fit the weekly theme. This week’s books are just plain fun. They are all written by Giles Andreae and Illustrated by David Wojtowycz. JDaniel loves the bright colors of the illustration and the funky starfish that appears in the one of the books.

ABC Animals Jamboree is a great alphabet book with wonderful rhymes about each featured animals. JDaniel loves the jelly fish. The jelly fish’s eyes and smile make him laugh. The jiggling the jellyfish likes to do it something he also finds fun.
The rhymes are fun and entertaining for both of us. It is fun to read about each of the animals. Some of the rhymes are told from the animals’ perspective. We really enjoyed these.
Commotion in the Ocean and Rumble in the Jungle are much like ABC Animals Jamboree. They do in fact contain some of the same rhymes. It was fun to read them with JDaniel and see if he recognized them. Both books contain a lot of new animals along with the old ones.
The copies of these books I received were board books. JDaniel loves to read them over and over again. I am so glad they are well made. JDaniel received a book about fire trucks from my mother in-law for his birthday and the binding has already been broken. These look like they will last.

Rumble in the Jungle is filled with animals JDaniel is familiar with. We learned a few new facts about each and loved the text layout. It changes from animal to animal.

The Commotion in the Ocean features the starfish JDaniel loves. He learned a lot about ocean animals while searching for the starfish. He is very concerned about it hanging out near the shark’s mouth and in the Arctic where it is so cold.

What we did with the books:

We had to make jello after reading about the jellyfish. JDaniel really wanted to make something that would  jiggle. He loved stirring the liquid jello in ice cubes to cool it down.

There is a picture of the underwater animals in the darkness in Commotion in the Ocean JDanel loves. We took out I-Pad I won from The Activity Mom and drew dish on a black background using a program called Doodle Buddy. JDaniel loves the program and it is free from the iTunes Shop.

Disclaimer: I was sent all the book listed above to review by Tiger Tales Books. I was not compensated for mentioning Doodle Buddy.


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  1. says

    Those look like great books! I can see why JDaniel loves the illustrations – the cover illustrations make me smile! :) Visiting from Mom Loop. Deb @

  2. says

    You won an ipad? Saawweeetttt! That is what I want to win next. I just won a Flip camera from SITs the other night! …and I won a Kindle awhile back. Third time is the charm right? :) Have a good weekend.

  3. says

    The books sound great, D. I love reading to our little one. I haven’t made jello with her yet. Must try that. And that iPad app Doodle Buddy sounds fun. Will have to try it. Have a lovely weekend!


  4. says

    What a great resource of ideas. I keep meaning to do “this” as we read so many books but I just have too many projects going on and it requires some planning. Thanks for the visit!

  5. says

    Those books look fabulous! THis is such an awesome link-up – love all the fab ideas for things to do with littlies!

    (stopping by from MomLoop)

  6. Stephanie says

    We have Commotion in the Ocean and Rumble in the Jungle and my boys love them. Great books! I have linked up but it’s my first time and I managed to mess up and put my name instead of the post’s name …sorry!

  7. says

    We have been proud to be publishing books by the wonderful team of Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz. These board books are great additions to our list. Thanks so much for reviewing them!
    We have posted a link to your blog on facebook and twitter.
    Happy Reading,
    Elizabeth Bennett
    tiger tales

  8. says

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I was happy to click over and find this neat meme. :) I linked up, and now I’m going to go visit some other links.

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