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Lazy Hazy Summer Reading

It’s been observed that kids will lose some reading abilities over summer if they don’t keep up. Terms like summer loss, summer setback or summer slide implies that it’s easy to lose scholastic skills over the lazy hazy days of July and August. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Yes, kids cringe at the thought of learning during the summer, but there are ways of making this unwelcomed activity not only beneficial, but refreshing and fun. It all starts with interesting books and Candlewick Press has copious titles to choose from. Here are three new books that kids will enjoy reading.

The Pawed Piper

The Pawed Piper is a book dear to us. We love cats and have adopted many abandoned and abused felines over the years. We currently have four cats and this book fits our family perfectly. The Pawed Piper is about a little girl who has a storybook about a cat. Shes loves this cat and is eager to have a one of her own. She sets out to attract a cat by putting things cats would love to play with or eat or sleep on. Her grandmother has a cat named Hector and he was the first cat to try out all the things the little girl set out for them.

But it didn’t stop there, soon there were dozens of cats in the little girl’s room. In fact, 67 cats showed up. Although she was in her glory, the missing cat poster made her realize that these cats have homes and people who love them. She had to give them all back, much to her disappointment and sadness. But, something good did happen. Guess! The story is charming and the illustrations are colorful and captivating to young readers. This purrfectly delightful book is recommended for children ages 2 – 5.

How To Be On The Moon

How To Be On The Moon is an interactive storybook about two characters, Anna and Crocodile. They are great friends and together they decide they are going to the moon. It’s going to take a lot of planning, some math calculations to build a rocket, construction, lots of sandwiches and a whole lot of patience. Crocodile is the practical one, where Anna is the dreamer with a wild imagination. She is not going to let anything stand in her way. Whatever it takes, she’s willing to do.

Kids will count with Anna, learn about gravity and not be afraid to run with their imagination. The illustrations are bright and colorful and lend themselves further discussions. Recommended for ages 2 – 5, but fun for anyone to read.

Firefly Home

Firefly Home is an interactive book about a little firefly who is lost. Little Florence is trying to find her way home and this book gets young readers involved in helping her out. She looking for that familiar glow of home so when she sees a bright light, she is hopeful. From the moon to a lighthouse to a train to a big city, Florence is deeply sad because these other lights are not her home. She decides to make a wish, and what a surprise, a shooting star! No, that’s not it, it’s even better.

Little children will have compassion and empathy for the little firefly as they help her make her way home. It’s an endearing story with a great subject, pleasing illustrations, and a happy ending. Recommended to kids ages 2 – 5.

Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.

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