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Adventures in Learning with Malibu Book Series

malibuI rarely talk about projects I’ve been involved with when I post on this blog, so as not to appear biased in any way. But I must share my thoughts on a book series I’ve been pleased to edit and proofread. The 6 books make up the Adventures in Learning with Malibu series and they are aimed at children ages 3 and up (so, pre-K through first grade, primarily).

The motivation behind the books is a real rescue dog named Malibu. Author Candina Ann’s mother rescued Malibu and the author has kept a promise to her late mother to share the pup’s story with as many people as possible. She’s chosen to do this by creating a series that is designed to help teachers and parents to awaken little minds to the basics of learning in a very colorful, easy, and fun way.  The books (such as the one pictured in this post) are very homespun and easy to relate to, and cover learning the alphabet, numbers 1-20, colors, shapes, object names, and  the latest book, number 6, is a 200-page coloring and activity workbook that combines the best of all previous 5 books into a jam-packed learning adventure that also contains new surprises.

With the holidays approaching, and as school starts, if a birthday is approaching, or really, for no particular occasion at all, what a great way to playfully jump-start a child’s education?  And I think that the books could give an extra edge to a child who isn’t old enough to attend school but is still interested in the colorful design, the adorable Malibu (who plays a starring role in the series), and the fun activities.  I think one or all of the books would make a thoughtful gift from a family member or friend.  And no, I don’t make a percentage on books sold — I’m posting this because I believe so strongly in the gentle power the series can have!!

The author is doing book signings – check for locations and get more details on the books at her Facebook page – Malibu’s Place.  There is info on all the books there, too, as well as any updates on activities and upcoming plans for books.

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Millie and Cupcake by Mildred Potash

  I don’t often review children’s books, but this one appealed to me because I’m an animal lover.

It’s the story of Millie, a shy young girl who likes to spend time in her room with her imaginary friends. She loves animals but her parents won’t let her have a pet yet, for fear she’s too young to take care of it.

One day, the family (Mom, Dad, Millie and 12-year-old brother George) moves to New York City. As they are settling in, Millie hears a noise in her closet. It’s a small black and white rat.  Instead of being frightened, she bends down to pet the rat, who is scared and hurries to the back of the closet.

Each day, Millie leaves cheese for the rat, until one day it takes the cheese out of her hand. She’s convinced she’s found the perfect pet and sets about making a bed out of Mom’s empty shoebox. She names her newfound friend Cupcake.

She shares the story of  Cupcake at Show & Tell in school and does very well because her shyness disappears as she lovingly discusses her pet. The teacher calls to tell Millie’s mom and dad how well she did. When her parents tell her this, Millie is convinced she’ll be asked to give up her beloved Cupcake. Instead, they congratulate her on her responsible attitude.

Just when all is well, Cupcake disappears, devastating Millie. But this is a children’s story and there is a happy – though surprising – ending. The book is short and sweet and the illustrations are colorful and truly add immeasurably to the development of the characters.

There are some important messages in the book about moving to a new location, the brother/sister relationship, and pet owner responsibility. It also teaches a love for all creatures, even those not conventionally considered “acceptable.” The book is great for children

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