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Explore the World of Amazing Giant Dinosaurs with DK Canada

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Showcasing dinosaurs at their biggest and best, Amazing Giant Dinosaurs, will be the best introduction into the world of dinosaurs for your child.

Explore the World of Amazing Giant Dinosaurs with DK Canada

About Amazing Giant Dinosaurs

Featuring new colorful artwork and special gatefold pages to show dinosaurs at their biggest and best, Amazing Giant Dinosaurs will delight budding archeologists of all ages. From the tallest plant-eater Brachiosaurus to the sea monster Elasmosaurus and its air-bound flying friend Quetzalcoatlus, this dinosaur book has the largest animals of the Triassic through the Cretaceous periods covered. It also includes remarkable dinosaur records and a comprehensive glossary.

Our Thoughts

This is a beautiful, fifteen page hard cover book that features seven of the top best and biggest dinosaurs that roamed our planet.

Geared towards a younger child (anywhere from three to twelve), the book features bold images that seem to jump off the page. This interactive book features pop up pages that your child will love to pull open and discover even more facts and images of these creatures. Children will learn where and when they lived, what it liked to eat, size, what their name means and key facts about this specific dinosaur. The pages are perfect for little hands that get excited and tend to turn pages too fast as they are also hard and easy to turn and unfold (no ripped pages here).

This is a fantastic introduction to the world of dinosaurs for young children. It will get them excited and ready to learn more about these beautiful, yet dangerous, creatures that walked our planet.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon and Chapters.

Rating: 5/5

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Prehistoric Comes to Life in Ultimate Dinosaurs from DK Canada

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A visual and informative exploration of the monsters who once ruled the Earth, Ultimate Dinosaurs explores the prehistoric world.

The Prehistoric Comes to Life in Ultimate Dinosaurs from DK Canada

About Ultimate Dinosaurs

A visual exploration of the monsters who once ruled the Earth, this book explores the prehistoric world through photographic galleries complemented by lively, informative text, making it a delightful reference tool for children and adults alike.

Travel along a conveyor belt to see a prehistoric timeline, piece together the parts of a missing dinosaur at an archaeological dig, or discover the secrets of the Stegosaurus by looking at a close-up of its skeleton. In Ultimate Dinosaurs readers will learn more about the beasts of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Eras — including what dinosaurs ate, how they defended themselves, and what might have made them extinct.

My Thoughts

This large, hard covered book will make the perfect gift for your child who loves everything dinosaurs.

Unlike other books, this book gives you an in-depth look at all aspects of dinosaurs, not only their history and names but also an examination of their bodies and senses. Want to learn more about their skeleton, soft tissues, communication, defensive and offensive weapons and even their hunting as a pack? Then this book is for you!

The book has beautiful images that either fill the page or become part of the story (puzzle pieces of the dinosaurs images in the ‘piecing it together’ section) but the images do not distract from the important written aspect of this book, which I think is so important. This book is covering new and incredible information that you don’t tend to find in a child’s dinosaur book so you don’t want the images to be too distracting.

We loved this book from start to finish, as a family we all learned something new which is so important –  every time you open a book it should capture, teach and inspire a passion. This book does that for children (and adults!), inspiring them to learn more and perhaps take an adventure to your local museum to help them put the whole picture together.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Back to School Help with A Visual Guide to Math from DK Canada

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Key math vocabulary and concepts for young children explained simply in A Visual Guide to Math.

Back to School Help with A Visual Guide to Math from DK Canada

About A Visual Guide to Math

Clear, accessible pictures and diagrams support this first introduction to numbers, calculating, measuring, geometry, and data-collecting, making basic maths skills easier to understand. Packed with key terms and useful tips to help remember as well as practical examples of math in daily life, Visual Guide to Math is ideal even for reluctant kids. Place value, number bonds, multiplication tables, and fractions are just a few of the math concepts explained and reinforced in a variety of ways for children with different learning styles.

Covering everything a young child needs to know, this unique reference book follows the curriculum and provides a strong foundation for math skills through the rest of the school years. A perfect homework help to support children as they take their first steps in math and build confidence.

Back to School Help with A Visual Guide to Math from DK Canada

Our Thoughts

Math is by far one of the most important subjects you can help your child with. Math is all around them everyday, even if we as adults say we never use it. It is also a subject that some children may struggle with, I know I struggled with fractions as a child – I still dread when my eldest comes home with them!

This book introduces key math concepts used in the early stages of school that can assist you as a parent to understand what your teacher is teaching your child AND support their learning at home. I am not going to lie, math has changed a lot since I was in elementary school. There is a stronger emphasis on students learning math vocabulary, which is quite different from the right or wrong that I was used to even in elementary school. While it took me a while to understand why they teach them this way, it makes sense – children need to understand and express math in different ways in order to fully understand and grasp the concepts they are learning. These are the basic math skills that they will need to build on as they get older.

This book covered many of the topics and more that my child learned in grade one – from counting, orders, patterns, comparisons, adding/subtracting, differences, money and measurements. It also contained some topics he hasn’t touched upon yet such as multiplying, division and my dreaded fractions!

The book uses child friendly font and size as well as bright and age appropriate pictures to help explain the introduced concepts. It is written in an easy manner that allows you to read aloud to your child and assist them with each concept. It gives you the why behind each concept and asks if you can see how items are related. You can use these as teaching moments to really ensure your child is grasping the concept. It also contains practice questions that you can work on together as well as using as a guide to create more practice questions.

Math is an important part of your child’s school life and setting them up for success at a young age is crucial. This book is an important guide and resource for parents and children to help understand these math concepts that your child will use throughout their school years. This is an important book to have and use not only as the kids go back to school but throughout the year as well.

You can purchase a copy of this book on DK Canada and Amazon.

Rating: 5/5

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Explore the World Around You with Look I’m a Scientist from DK Canada

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Look I’m a Scientist, is an activity book that will get little ones discovering amazing everyday science as they play their way through 14 exciting experiments found inside.

Explore the World Around You with Look I'm a Scientist from DK Canada

About Look I’m a Scientist

Look I’m a Scientist is bursting with fun hands-on learning experiences that will get children playing, discovering amazing everyday science, and excited to try the experiments again and again. The 14 activities are easy to prepare, set up, and create, and visual step-by-step instructions and a charming design make it the perfect STEM activity book for parents and their little ones to share. From an iceberg animal rescue to stretchy slime and a science wizard potion, kids can pour it, mix it, feel it, and more, as each sensory-friendly activity becomes an ever-so-exciting science experiment.

Little ones have the ability to look, touch, smell, taste, hear, and, above all, play their way to scientific discovery and amazement.

Explore the World Around You with Look I'm a Scientist from DK Canada

About the Series

DK’s Look series of exciting and educational STEM books focuses on the sensory experience of practical learning and play, and finds the science in everyday activities. Hands-on learning experiences tap straight into kids’ insatiable curiosity and sense of wonder. Perfect for children ages 3–6 and formatted with a padded cover and toddler-tough pages, the series encourages children to develop independence, and improves their critical thinking, investigation skills, and motor skills as they play their way to scientific discovery and amazement.

Explore the World Around You with Look I'm a Scientist from DK Canada

Our Thoughts

Our kids have enjoyed their time off from school – playdates, day trips, soccer, swimming and more. This week we have spent quite a bit of time helping them get back into school mode by going to bed earlier, waking up at school time, packing school bags and practicing out of word books.

We couldn’t wait to open this book – I loved science in both high school and at University and my kids seem to be following in my foot steps. They love to touch, explore and learn the whys behind everything. This book gives young children all that and more. It not only gives you great ideas to complete age appropriate science projects but also reminds children to touch the experiment, smell it, feel it – all very important parts of science, the observation. Why is it cold? Why did it get slimy feeling? Does it smell? All of these are very important steps in the scientific process. The experiments were all very easy to do with all of the materials being in your home (no special trips!). We loved making slime and snow but also freezing items, blowing wind, bubbles and potions. The list goes on and on! Our youngest didn’t want to stop making experiments so we have spent each afternoon in the last week doing one to two. The pictures are bright and perfect for little ones aged four to six. I loved how they also include a certificate at the end of the book for your Little Scientist! This is a fantastic resource for parents to garner interest and have fun with your children as they gear up for back to school. It helps to introduce important scientific concepts at home that they will be starting to learn in the FDK and grade one years.

You can purchase a copy of this book on DK Canada and Amazon.

Rating: 5/5

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Refresh Your Summer Goals with Low Carb on the Go #DKCanada

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Low Carb on the Go, contains more than eighty fast, healthy low carb recipes for busy lifestyles.

Refresh Your Summer Goals with Low Carb on the Go

About Low Carb on the Go

Low-carb eating is a sustainable lifestyle choice for people who want to lose weight, stabilize blood sugar, or simply avoid the afternoon carb coma. Fitting a low-carbohydrate diet into your busy day is easy with more than 80 meal and snack recipes bursting with modern, vegetable and protein packed ideas such as Chia Seed and Turmeric Pudding, Coconut and Vanilla Energy Balls, and Chicken Teriyaki with Cauliflower Rice. Discover tips and tricks for healthy meal prep, and the best way to store and transport your low-carb lunch to keep it looking and tasting fresh. Each recipe contains nutritional information, including the all-important carb count, as well as a handy guide to prep time and equipment you’ll need. With Low Carb on the Go, you can plan your low-carb diet and stick to it with more than 80 delicious, healthy meals and snacks for anytime, anywhere.

My Thoughts

I have been on a low carb, high protein and vegetable diet for the last three years. It has successfully helped me to lose and maintain a loss of just over one hundred pounds. When I first started the diet, I was afraid of all carbs – growing up in an Italian home carbs were essential right? But they also led me to a weight gain and being obese. What I didn’t truly understand was that carbs were not my enemy – it was the choice of carbs in combination with portion sizes (to this day I have a hard time with portion sizes and my kids constantly tease me about how much food I dish them when they say just a little please!).

Low Carb on the Go starts off with a great section on how low carbs is not no carbs and the difference between good and bad carbs. This is so important for all individuals to understand, whether you are following a low carb diet or not. It helps to understand the effects of bad carbs on our blood sugar and the way we feel overall after eating bad carbs (I am sure you can all relate to the crash and burn after a sugar rush?).

Variety is key to this diet – it can be so easy to get into a rut and then give up on following the diet. Trust me – I have done it myself so many times! Recipes can become boring, you want to stick with what works or you may not have enough ingredients to complete a recipe so you may just give up.

Planning ahead and keeping variety in your diet is so important – your body needs it! I liked how this book gives you recipe ideas for every type of meal – from breakfast to snacks to breads (yes breads!) to vegetarian and meat dishes. The recipes were easy to follow and are spread out over two pages. One page being an enticing photo of the completed recipe and the second an ingredient list and directions. Each recipe also contains a breakdown of the caloric content including carbohydrate count, protein, calories as well as many recipes have tips included to ensure the recipe comes out as planned. This is a great recipe book which will be extremely helpful in planning out and building on your low carb diet with its easy to follow instructions and simple recipes. It is a great starting point for those starting out on a low carb lifestyle.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon, Chapters and DK Canada.

About the Author

Sandra and  Mirko Stupning run the Low Carb Rezepte (Recipes) website, dedicated to everyday delicious low-carb recipes, which attracts more than two million unique visitors a year. The success of the website led Sandra and Mirko to publish their first e-book, The Low Carb Cookbook, to enthusiastic feedback. With a large social media presence (more than 130,000 likes on the Low Carb Rezepte Facebook page), Sandra and Mirko have successfully turned their collection of low-carb recipes into a high-profile brand. Sandra Stupning is a qualified nutritionist; both authors are passionate about cooking and healthy eating.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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