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Skywatch Friday: Pumpkin Skies

Pumpkin Sky Sunrise
 I enjoy the fall season around this time of year. We bring out our autumn decorations and place them around the house and the front entry way. Usually we have pumpkins and gourds growing around the ranch but this year we chose to visit a pumpkin farm instead. One particular October morning here in SoCal, seeing this warm sunrise was a pleasant surprise!

orange sunrise
 The sky seems to change so rapidly from one minute to the next but the mountain silhouette pretty much stays the same.
 eastern sky view


 You can tell it's getting lighter as the orange colors begin to fade away. I like the color orange more and more. It's a "pumpkin sky" morning for sure. Photos for Skywatch Friday


photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net



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 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Review: BJ Bear's Adventure at Sea Life Aquarium


Review: Bj Bear's Adventure at Sea Life Aquarium

 About The Book

 


BJ Bear's Adventure at SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad, California: An Unofficial Guide for Kids, Their Families & Friends (BJ Bear Adventures Book 1)

 Why in the world would a bear decide to visit an aquarium???

Find out in this wonderfully imaginative marine life adventure for kids ages 2 to 10. (A must for families planning a visit to SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad, California OR for those who want to get kids excited about aquariums!)

Along the way, discover: 
  • How BJ Bear managed to pad about an aquarium without scaring other visitors silly 
  • The fish that "smiled" at BJ Bear 
  • Why BJ Bear feared venturing into The Lost City of Atlantis tube 
  • Fascinating fact about Leopard Sharks 
  • BJ Bear's favorite "wild and crazy" SEA LIFE Aquarium creature 
This bear's-eye view of an aquarium contains 40+ captivating photographs --- some breathtakingly beautiful, others just plain "cute" --- spiced, of course, with BJ Bear illustrations! You and your kids will enjoy looking at your favorites over and over --- while planning "your" aquarium visit!

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"Suddenly, BJ Bear saw something that made him laugh out loud. He quickly covered his mouth with a paw!"
Pajama Cardinal Fish
Pajama Cardinal Fish

 Why I Like The Book

 

If you're planning a road trip to Legoland's Sea Life Aquarium or any aquarium in the near future, then you'll want to read this fantastic unofficial guide book. What a wonderful introduction to the magical world of so many beautiful sea creatures, along with 40+ stunning photographs to see marine life up close. It all begins with a curious Bear named BJ, believing he could walk right inside the place and be invisible. Chuckling to himself because no one could see him, here's a list of some of the fish BJ saw and that our grandchildren like:

Pajama Cardinal Fish
White Sturgeon
Moon Jelly
Porcupine Puffer Fish
Giant Pacific Oysters
Sea Anemone
Giant Spined Stars
Giant Spider Crab
Cow Nose Rays
Horseshoe Crabs

What I liked most about the book is that it is so engaging for the children and their families. This moves the story line forward with many educational fun facts to explore. For example, we learned that the White Sturgeon can live to be 100 years old, and an Octopus has 3 hearts, blue blood and can change the color and texture of its skin. My favorite line in discovering this very interesting place that houses many colorful sea life is, "That fish smiled at me!" Get the book and truly see if a Giant Spined Star looks like a plump cookie sprinkled with sugar! This is a great book, very informative and I recommend to friends.

5/5 stars!

 About The Author (Marya Charles Alexander)

 

 


A former long-time resident of South Pasadena, California, Marya is a fervent booster of Carlsbad, California -- known for wonderful people and fabulous attractions -- her home for the past 10 years.

And although Marya has developed a reputation as a rabid fan of the Carlsbad High School Volleyball program, she is better known as the editor/director of the website, SoloDining.com™
www.solodining.com

Check out the illustrator, Ros Webb at  https://www.facebook.com/roswebbart

We've been to Legoland but since I live in SoCal and have read the book, I plan on taking my grandchildren to this aquarium!

BJ Bear's Adventure at SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad, California: An Unofficial Guide for Kids, Their Families & Friends (BJ Bear Adventures Book 1)

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Review: Frog on a Log




About The Book

Kids Book: "Frog on a Log" - rhyming counting books for children is a must have for kids who love numbers and finding things. If you love picture books for kids then you will love our full color, full page pictures. Learning to count is one of the basic foundations of math and children's books usually don't include the layering effect that his book does. More than just a counting book, each page adds visual items for your child to find then in the latter half of the book, takes them away again in reverse order, helping the beginning of subtraction but in a visual way that young children can grasp. If your child loves to find hidden objects then this book is for you.

Using the numbers 1 - 10, Frog on a log is a kids counting book that will not only teach your child to count, but the concepts of addition and subtraction, long before they can understand the actual processing of numbers.

Visually appealing with bold colors, the illustrations add new things each page. In rhyming verse, our poor little frog who is sitting quietly in his pond, gets more than he bargains for.

If you watch closely, his emotions change slightly with each page as he becomes more and more frustrated, that is, until things start disappearing!

Frog on a Log is one of many rhyming children's books that Diana F Acheson has written. If you are looking specifically for rhyming picture books for children, then this book will also teach your child colors, numbers and matching concepts.

Repetition is also a feature of the text which has been shown to be really important for young children in learning language and sequencing.

Delightful enough for very young children 2-4 or also fun for older children to find objects that are hidden all over the page, this one of many counting children's books will have your child coming back time after time.

Frog in his pond with unexpected guests.

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"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!"

Short post, I know. I've been busy making sure all my little ones have their costumes for upcoming school and church events. Weather has changed a bit here and the aroma of Fall activities is in the air!

So, what are you reading these days?

 Review: Why I Like The Book (Frog on a Log by Diana F Acheson)

 Little ones will enjoy meeting a frog who lives peacefully in his pond. There's many shapes and colors to discover. This is a very engaging book for children to find objects and lost animals, like fish, bees, spiders and leaves around the pond. Plus, they'll learn addition and subtraction by counting from 1- 10. The rhyming with repetition is easy to remember with colorful nature scenes to enjoy. My youngest grandson loves this one.

5/5 stars!

Rhyming Picture Books For Children : "Frog on A Log" (Illustrated Children's Books to Learn Counting)

LadyD Books: Turtle

We happened to spot this local turtle sunning himself on a log in a nearby pond. My grandchildren enjoy the Franklin The Turtle series and I posted a review, Franklin and the Thunderstorm


LadyD Books: Morning Sunrise

A glorious 'turtle sunrise' from the eastern hills of SoCal. Photo for Skywatch Friday

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“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis