We are readers in my family. We’ve enjoyed reading to our kids since they were babies and it is a big part of our bedtime routine every night. Finding age-appropriate books that keep the interest of our kids and parents is something we are always on the lookout for. We make weekly trips to the library, loading up on dozens of books at a time for each child. It is nice to have books for our kids to keep on their book shelves too. We were happy to review a couple Dian Curtis Regan books for both our kids.
The Snow Blew Inn Review
The Snow Blew Inn is a delightful book on putting others needs first. It is all about a little girl cat who lives with her mom at an Inn. Emma eagerly awaited her friend’s arrival for a sleepover. Instead, a snow storm came and brought with it many weary, cold travelers. Emma’s mom graciously welcomed each and every traveler, even when the inn was full. Emma’s mom gave up her bedroom for a set of guests.
Emma continued searching through the window for her friend’s arrival. She began to worry about her safe arrival. When a fox family came, looking for a room, Emma took compassion on them. She thought that if her friend needed a place to stay, she would want someone to take them in and Emma gave up her room, decorated for the sleepover to the Mama Fox and her daughter fox.
Shortly after Emma and her mom settled down in the living room on the hard floor for the night, Emma’s friend and her mother arrived. It was a joyous event for Emma and they even invited the Fox girl to join them for the best sleepover ever. This book is full of great examples of selflessness, generosity, and hospitality. I love how Emma, the daughter follows her mom’s example without being prompted.
I asked Elizabeth, my 5 year old what she liked about the story, she said she liked when the friend came and the sleepover began. Even so, reading stories with good morals behind the stories is good. The message gets though. My husband didn’t like the name of the book, he thought the concept was too hard for the kids to understand with the play on words of “Inn”. However, that is the only negative I see with the book.
Rocky Cave Kids The Dragon Stone Review
My son is a very imaginative boy who loves to be read to. He is the one who always ask for one more story at night. Now that he is in 1st grade, he is actually reading on his own and also, he is ready to start chapter books.
Rocky Cave Kids The Dragon Stone is for kids ages 7-9. This exciting book is so descriptive that my son barely noticed the limited illustrations. I think it is great for kids to be exposed at an early age, by at least 1st grade to chapter books so that they can learn to use their imaginations to visualize a story as well as to remember and practice comprehending longer stories.
This book is right up Elijah’s ally with dinosaurs, prehistoric animals, and magic stones. Dian Curtis Regan does a fantastic job capturing kids’ attention from the beginning to the end of the book. We read a couple chapters a night with Elijah and are about 1/3 done. He has enjoyed this book and I know your kids will too. Being that the main character is a girl and the setting is in prehistoric times with dinosaurs, this is an excellent book for both girls and boys.
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