Picture Book Review: Hello, Neighbor!

Hello, Neighbor! by Matthew Cordell

Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers
by Matthew Cordell
5 out of 5 stars

This book tells the true story of how Fred Rogers first began to be interested in television production, and how he began broadcasting the show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The story is told in a simple way for children to understand, but it captures the heart of the show through Mr. Rogers personality. He exhibited such a strong kindness and compassion that it reached people personally even through the airwaves of television. I love that this book expresses the true heart of Mr. Rogers and demonstrates just how special and original his TV show really was.

One of the things that is mentioned in this book is that Fred Rogers was a minister, and his faith played a huge role in the type of person he was and how he formed his famous TV show for children. The sincerity and love in every episode are beautifully represented in this book.

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Non Fiction Reviews: Brain Candy 2 and The Coolest Stuff on Earth

Brain Candy 2 by Kelly Hargrave

Brain Candy 2
by Kelly Hargrave (Goodreads Author)
5 out of 5 stars

“Have you ever wondered how strong a spiderweb is, or what rain on other planets looks like?” This book is packed with crazy facts and wild information to satisfy even the most curious minds! There are factoids about history, science, animals, inventions, mermaid legends, outer space, food, and sports.

The Coolest Stuff on Earth by National Geographic Kids

The Coolest Stuff on Earth: A Closer Look at the Weird, Wild, and Wonderful
by National Geographic Kids
5 out of 5 stars

This book gives cool facts about animals, history, science, sports, money, and extreme phenomena on planet earth. There are pages with incredible information about Stonehenge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Vikings, Pompeii, lightning, glaciers, hot air balloons, giant sequoia trees, robots, the Kraken, and beautiful monarch butterflies. The subjects are widely varied and wild!

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Non Fiction Reviews: Amazing Places and Incredible Animals

Barefoot Books Amazing Places by Miralda Colombo

Barefoot Books Amazing Places
by Miralda ColomboBeatrice Cerocchi (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

This book gives information about fifteen famous places around the world, beautifully illustrated with colorful drawings. The book includes the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the Colosseum, Easter Island, the Great Wall of China, and many more! Each landmark has a four-page spread with facts and history about the location, the people who built it, what to look for as a tourist, and how the structures are preserved.

Barefoot Books Incredible Animals by Dunia Rahwan

Barefoot Books Incredible Animals
by Dunia RahwanPaola Formica (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars

This book gives information about animals around the world with unique qualities and abilities. There are sections for different types of animals like predators, expert builders, devoted parents, and animals with camouflage. There are animals that glow, animals that migrate, and animals that are small but deadly. There is even a special section for animals that become unlikely friends, like the suckerfish that hitch a ride on the back of a seaturtle and clean the turtle’s shell.

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Book Review: Timeline Science and Technology

Timeline Science and Technology by Peter Goes

Timeline Science and Technology
by Peter Goes
4 out of 5 stars

This book gives an interesting timeline of human history, following the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, Ancient Civilizations, the Greek and Roman Empires, Chinese emperors, the Byzantine Empire, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution, up to the present time. The last pages are divided into each decade of the 1900s, giving more details about each year, right up to the year 2020.

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Non Fiction Review: Space Encyclopedia

Space Encyclopedia by David A. Aguilar

Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond
by David A. Aguilar (Goodreads Author)
3 out of 5 stars

This book puts the reader into an imaginary spaceship, the Stella Nova, complete with scientists and crew. We follow the ship’s log as we travel through the solar system and learn about each planet, asteroid, moon, and dwarf planet.

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Non Fiction Review: Nerdlet Animals

Nerdlet by T J Resler

Nerdlet: Animals
by T J Resler
5 out of 5 stars

Did you know that some frogs can grow hair? There is a lizard that can run on top of water, and moth that drinks the tears of other animals. The okapi look almost like zebras with the head of a giraffe on a short neck.

This is such an informative and interesting book! Every page is filled with amazing facts and information about each animal. There are also wild destinations around the world where you can see cool and weird animals on land and in the sea. I loved reading the short bios of famous and influential animal experts. Of course I had to take some of the quizzes to find out my animal personality and my animal super-hero name.

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Non Fiction Review: Southeast Foraging

Southeast Foraging by Chris Bennett

Southeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Angelica to Wild Plums
by Chris Bennett
5 out of 5 stars

This book tells you everything you need to know about identifying wild edible plants in the SouthEastern United States. There is information about the types of plants that are ready for harvest at different seasons throughout the year. You can harvest wild plants in meadows, mountains, by riverbanks, or by the sea.

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Non Fiction Book Review: Storey’s Basic Country Skills

Storey's Basic Country Skills by M. John Storey

Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
by M. John Storey
5 out of 5 stars

This book has everything you need to know about living in the country, and some things that city folks could learn about too.

There are sections about repairing your home, cultivating your garden, cooking in the country kitchen, and caring for your barn, livestock, and fields. Those sections are divided into smaller chapters with detailed information about installing windows and plumbing, cleaning rugs, harvesting vegetables, composting, keeping rabbits out of your garden, how to build a shed, how to keep chickens and dairy cows, and how to butcher your own meat and freeze it properly. These are only a few of the things included; there are dozens more with excellent advice and instructions.

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Non Fiction Book Review: Prepping 101

Prepping 101 by Kathy Harrison

Prepping 101: 40 Steps You Can Take to Be Prepared: Protect Your Family, Prepare for Weather Disasters, and Be Ready and Resilient when Emergencies Arise
by Kathy Harrison
5 out of 5 stars

This book gives instructions for how to prepare your family to survive an emergency situation. There are sections for:
Calculating how much water and food your family will need during an emergency.
How to plant your own garden, and store and cook the food you grow.
How to handle garbage, laundry, and sanitation in an emergency.
Protecting your electronics and having enough batteries.
Making an evacuation plan, or creating a safe room.
Talking to your children about emergency preparedness.
Survival tips on staying warm or cool in extreme weather.
AND a dozen other things that are helpful for not just surviving an emergency, but handling it with poise and intelligence.

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Non Fiction Book Review: The Stupidest Sports Book of All Time

The Stupidest Sports Book of All Time by Kathryn Petras

The Stupidest Sports Book of All Time
by Kathryn Petras , Ross Petras 
5 out of 5 stars

The book details the weirdest, craziest, and most insane things to happen in the history of sports. There are strange injuries, dumb quotes, and the worst bloopers on the field. There is a whole section devoted to the weird superstitions that players have, from eating the same thing before every game to wearing the same shorts (unwashed). And it’s not just limited to pro sports; there are also high school and college stats, as well as international oddities from around the world.

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