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MUSIC REVIEW: Stevesongs–Marvelous Day

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As I write this I’m listening to this fabulous cd for the first time in awhile and I’m enjoying it like a kid! Seriously, when I’m having a less than stellar day, I can listen to the title song “Marvelous Day” and find my happy place and suddenly the day isn’t so gloomy looking anymore.

I am very particular about kids’ music, and I have had many many opportunities to compare, as I have been reviewing kid cds for my local parenting resource site for years (many many MANY which were sent to me for review that didn’t make it to the site because they were just awful).  I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is by far one of the BEST kids’ music albums I’ve ever heard.

Steve, besides being a cutey patootie:

(we see him on the interstitials in between PBS kids shows)
has a fabulous voice, cheery & likable personality, fantastic music with excruciatingly catchy beats and mood enhancing lyrics, the ability to write silly lyrics that really appeal to children (and children-at-heart, like me!) and he even throws in a wide variety of instruments into the mix that make the music feel robust and not dumbed down like so many albums for kids. Many of his songs are even educational, and they don’t sound contrived like many of the “educational” songs I’ve endured.

I cannot say enough about Steve Roslonek (aka “Mr. Steve” or “Stevesongs”). This guy knows kids!

I see on his website that he has 7 albums in total…guess I need to save up my money!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Tail of Emily Windsnap

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My daughter and I just loved this story about a little girl (Emily) that finds out she is half mermaid. Her mother is phobic about water and doesn’t allow her daughter to ever enter the water even though they live on a houseboat surrounded by water! When she finally does experience being submerged in water Emily finds out that it causes her to turn into a mermaid! At that point her story gets really interesting as she learns her father (who has been absent from her life) is a real-live mer-man! Adventures ensue as she makes friends with a mermaid her age & seeks out her long-lost father underwater.

I can’t say enough about this book…its so well written from a literature perspective (future “classic”!), as well as the plot keeps you wanting more. Luckily there are 2 more books in this series! At the writing of this, we’ve read the 2nd book but not the 3rd…the 2nd was equally good and I expect the 3rd to be as well.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mysterious Benedict Society

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This was an AMAZING book! My daughter and I were absolutely on the edge of our seat reading this together (I read it aloud to her when she was 8). I recommend it to everyone! Here’s my original review of this book.

It does have a sort of dark feel at times…but nothing that got to the point that I felt we shouldn’t be reading it. I’m very particular in the books I read aloud to my children, and have even stayed away from books like Harry Potter (so far…we will read them when I feel my children are ready) because of what I’ve heard from friends about the violence and intensity in them. This book did start to go in that direction at times, but never over the top, in my opinion. It had just a touch of violence in it (a child gets beaten briefly at one point, for example) but its very brief, not drawn out, and its not irrelevant to the story or the characters.

The story tells of a small group of children that are chosen to be a part of a group of gifted children with a mission: to infiltrate “The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened”, and find out what’s REALLY going on there.

Abbreviated From Amazon:

After being trained by Mr. Benedict and his assistants, the four travel to an isolated school where children are being trained by a criminal mastermind to participate in his schemes to take over the world. The young investigators need to use their special talents and abilities in order to discover Mr. Curtain’s secrets, and their only chance to defeat him is through working together.

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 512 pages
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