Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back to School

Do you have a child going back to school soon?  Here are some great tips at the Barefoot Books website for helping your child have a successful transition to a new or first school year.  These tips are from Kathryn White, author of one of Barefoot's new titles - Ruby's School Walk.

Join Ruby on her way to school and see the world her mom cannot see. In an old house, she spies bats with red eyes peering out and scary witches that flit about. And these aren’t the only dangers on her path: tigers, crocodiles and mighty beasts abound! "I must be brave, I must be strong," chants Ruby as she musters the nerve to scare them off; but will it work?
Ages 4 to 7 years
Written By: Kathryn White
Illustrated By: Miriam Latimer
Hardcover $16.99 

My daughter goes to pre-school all year round because I currently work full time, but she definitely has days when she doesn't want to go to school so this book is on my wish list!  

Monday, August 23, 2010

Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Barefoot Books has created a new video from one of their books, this time a new twist on an old classic - Knick Knack Paddy Whack!

From the Barefoot Books website:
Sing along with this rollicking take on a traditional tune that introduces instruments and counts from one to ten. There are educational notes about instrument families as well as a simple music score at the end. Book with CD editions include song sung by acclaimed children's performer SteveSongs.
Ages 3 to 7 years
Illustrated By: Christiane Engel
Sung By: SteveSongs

This book has everything we've come to expect from a Barefoot Book - colorful illustrations, a diverse cast of characters, music we love to sing and dance to, and a fun introduction to learning.  This is another book that I can see my three-year-old daughter enjoying and benefiting from for years to come; right now she loves the music and the counting, and eventually she will also learn all about the differences between brass, woodwind, stringed, percussion, and keyboard instruments from the educational notes at the end.  Who knows, eventually she may even play the song herself on a musical instrument using the music score in the back of the book!

The hardcover version of Knick Knack Paddy Whack is available for $16.99 and the paperback version is $9.99 - both come with a CD that contains the song.  I know you will love this book as much as we do!