Saturday, July 2, 2011

Kid Konnection: Silver Dolphin Books & Giveaway

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you two new releases from Silver Dolphin Books that Booking Son absolutely adored!

Summary: Get under the skin, shells, and fur of the world's most fascinating wild animals--just by pressing a button!--with Amazing X-rays: Wild Animals. A dream come true for every kid who's wished he or she had X-ray vision, this book reveals fascinating details about the bones, muscles, and other inner structures of animals from all over the world. How can a cheetah run so incredibly fast? What is a polar bear's most important feature, and how does it help them sniff out their prey? By examining the 16 X-rays included in this book, kids can learn the answers to these questions and more, discovering the truly awe-inspiring ways that animals' bones tell the stories of their lives.-- Silver Dolphin

AMAZING X-RAYS: WILD ANIMALS by Jacqueline A. Ball is one very cool book! It's aimed at kids eight and up, but I think the "and up" includes parents. I absolutely loved the idea of this book and I definitely learned a thing or two while reading it.

AMAZING X-RAYS: WILD ANIMALS includes an envelope inside the front cover that contains 16 "x-rays" of various wild animals including a kangaroo foot, an otter, and a polar bear paw. The book also has a built in light box -- I told you it's cool! The reader can place an x-ray on the light box, press the big button, and see the details of each animal's skeleton.

In addition to having x-ray capabilities, AMAZING X-RAYS: WILD ANIMALS explains how x-rays (and MRIs) work. There are also pages devoted to each of the wild animals with information about how to read their x-rays as well as general facts about the animal. Each page also has multiple color photographs of the animals in action.

AMAZING X-RAYS: WILD ANIMALS is part of a new series of X-ray books. There is also an AMAZING X-RAYS: THE HUMAN BODY and AMAZING X-RAYS: PETS. I definitely need to add these books to our collection. I bet the human body one is truly "amazing!"

If your child is interested in science and animals, then I highly recommend AMAZING X-RAYS: WILD ANIMALS.

Summary: Includes: ABCs, Games, Stickers, Coloring pages, Counting, Colors, Shapes, Drawing... and more -- Silver Dolphin

The next book that Booking Son had fun with was the SUPER COOL BIG BOOK OF ACTIVITY FUN! This book reminded me of the activity books that I loved as a kid... but better because it has over 150 stickers. There were coloring pages, mazes, letter tracing, connect-the-dots and much much more within this big book!

In reality, this activity book was geared towards ages four and up, and Booking Son is going on seven. However, he still had fun doing many of the activities and matching the stickers to the pages. He sat down with this activity book one morning a few days ago and it kept him entertained for well over an hour.

As a mother, I really appreciated this book because it makes learning fun. It goes through each letter of the alphabet and allows kids to practice writing both capital and lowercase letters. In addition, there are different activities to test that the child knows what the letter sounds like as well as games and puzzles that test colors, shapes, etc. I'm not even sure that Booking Son realized that this little book was teaching (or at least reiterating) some basic fundamental concepts.

The SUPER COOL BIG BOOK OF ACTIVITY FUN is full of fun and educational games for preschoolers and kindergartener. Keep it in mind for car or plane trips or just to keep children's early learning skills active during the summer.

Silver Dolphin Books has so many terrific kids' books and you should take a look at their entire catalog -- you'll understand why when you get to the next paragraph. I also encourage you to follow their blog as well as their Twitter and Facebook accounts to learn more about their selection of books.

Silver Dolphin Books have graciously offered to giveaway a book of your choice from their website to one lucky Booking Mama reader. To enter, just fill out the form below before July 15th at 11:59 p.m. ET. I will randomly select and notify the winner the following day. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. addresses only. Good luck!

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of these books and for the giveaway.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


bermudaonion said...

All of those books sound amazing! I have to admit I'd like to take a peak at the x-ray book - it sounds awesome!

The Glorious & The Brave said...

THanks for the opportunity to win. The X-Ray book looks fascinating!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love books for kids that teach as well as entertain!

Louise said...

I love reading kids nonfiction books too. The xray one sounds amazing.

Anonymous said...

My little guy is three and ADORES science-y non-fiction stuff. The x-ray book looks amazing!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I wasn't familiar with this publisher -- now following them on twitter, thanks!