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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Piglet Feels Small – A Review

Reviewed by Christian F. (3 years old) and his grandmother Karen Cioffi

Title: Piglet Feels Small
Written by: Jennifer Liberts Weinberg
Illustrated by: Josie Yee

Grandma: Why did Piglet feel small?

Christian: He couldn't climb the tree.

What else couldn't Piglet do?

Christian: Bounce high. Fly a kite

Grandma: Were there things Piglet could do?

Christian: Plant seeds. Pick berries.

Grandma: Did Piglet feel better when Pooh showed him what Piglet could do?

Christian: Yes.

Grandma: Did Pooh run out of honey?

Christian: Yeah.

Grandma: Who brought him more honey?

Christian: Piglet.

Grandma: What was your favorite part of the story?

Christian: I like that part – Pooh's looking for honey.

Grandma: Did you like this book?

Christian: Yeah. It's good.


Contact reviewer at Karen Cioffi-Ventrice

Co-Author of Day's End Lullaby

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bubble Print Art

by Amy M. O’Quinn

It’s universal! All children enjoy being creative! And here’s a fun activity that’s easy, yet a little bit different from your run of the mill ‘crayon and paper’ project. It’s called Bubble Print Art, and it combines two ‘kid favorites’—bubbles and paint.

What You’ll Need:

White Art Paper
Quart Containers
Tempera Paint (your choice of colors)
Liquid Detergent
Straws (not the bendable kind)
Shallow Pans
Spoon for stirring


1. Mix one-third cup of tempera paint with one-third cup liquid detergent in a quart
container; add water to fill the container and stir. Let the mixture sit
overnight. If you want to use several different colors, you’ll need to make a
different solution for each one in a separate container.

2. The next day, pour each color solution into its own shallow pan.

3. With an adult’s supervision, place the bottom of the straw into the color solution
and blow gently through the top of the straw to create bubbles. Be careful not to
suck any of the paint up into your mouth...remember to BLOW!

4. Next, carefully press a piece of paper onto the top of the bubbles. The bubbles
should burst and leave an imprint on the paper. You can create a fantastic design
using different colored bubbles.

Get creative and have fun with your bubble print art!


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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hop! Hop! Hop! – A Review

Reviewed by Christian F. (3 years old) and his grandmother Karen Cioffi

Title: Hop! Hop! Hop!
Written by: Ann Whitford Paul
Illustrated by: Jan Gerardi

Grandma: Who went hop, hop, hop?

Christian: Little Rabbit.

Grandma: Why was he hopping?

Christian: He's following Big Rabbit.

Grandma: What did Big Rabbit hop over?

Christian: Flowers. A puddle. A log.

Grandma: Was Little Rabbit able to hop over things like Big Rabbit?

Christian: No.

Grandma: Why wasn't he able to hop over the things?

Christian: He's too small.

Grandma: Did Little Rabbit figure out how to get past things?

Christian: Yeah.

Grandma: How did he get past the things?

Christian: He walked around them.

Grandma: Did you like this book?

Christian: Yeah.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Blast off to Healthy Eating!

by Terri Forehand

Kids, are you tired of being nagged to eat right?

Surprise your parents by choosing healthy foods all by yourself. Here are some tips to make good choices.

1. Know what the 5 food groups are. They are Breads and Cereals, Fruits, Vegetables,
Meat/ Fish, and Milk/ Dairy.

2. Pick 4... pick four fruits or vegetables every day. Ask your mom for them before
she has time to tell you. Pick 4 dairy items... milk, yogurt, or cheese. Pick four
times a day to drink a glass of water instead of juice or soda.

3. Pick 3 meats or proteins. Eat 3 meals each day. And limit your snacks to 3 a day
from one of the 5 food groups. Skip the sugar treats and see what happens.

Start the day off right by eating breakfast... it is the best meal of the day for jump starting your brain and giving you energy. Try it for a week without being nagged and see how you feel. My guess is you will really feel GREAT and your parents will think weird things are happening because they haven't had to nag. It'll be a hoot. Happy Eating!


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Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Backyardigans - Cops and Robots - A Review

Reviewed by Christian F. ( 3 years old) and his grandmother Karen Cioffi

Title: Cops and Robots
Adapted by: Erica David
Illustrated by: Zina Saunders

Grandma: What are Tasha and Pablo doing?
Christian: They're pretending to be bad robots.

Grandma: What do Tasha and Pablo want to do?
Christian: Change all the robots to bad.

Grandma: What are Uniqua and Tyrone doing?
Christian: They're the police officers. They have to stop them.

Grandma: How did Uniqua and Tyrone save Pablo and Tasha?
Christian: They turned the switches off.

Grandma: Do you like the flaps in the book?
Christian: Yeah, I did.

Grandma: Did you like this book?
Christian: Let's read it again. Let's read it again.

Note: We read it five times!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How to Slice a Banana BEFORE You Peel it!

by Amy M. O'Quinn

Can you imagine the look on your friend's face when she peels the banana you gave her and discovers that it's already been pre-sliced?

With a needle and thread, and a little practice, you can actually learn how to divide a banana while it's still in its peel!

Is that fun, or what? Here's how:

Instructions found at

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Who's Hiding, Josh? - A Review

Reviewed by Christian F. (3 years old) and his grandmother Karen Cioffi

Who's Hiding, Josh

Title: Who's Hiding, Josh?
Written by: Nancy Krulik
Illustrated by: Jason Wolff

Grandma: What is Josh doing?
Christian: He has to guess what's under the flaps.

Grandma: Is Josh Cute?
Christian: Yes. He's a bear.

Grandma: Where did Josh look?
Christian: In the park. In the zoo, too.

Grandma: What was your favorite part?
Christian: The peacock.

Grandma: What's under the peacock's flap?
Christian: Baby peacocks. They're in their shells.

Grandma: What was your favorite place that Josh looked in?
Christian: The beach.

Grandma: Did you like this book?
Christian: Yes. I did.


Karen Cioffi-Ventrice
Co-Author of Day's End Lullaby