“Ladybug Girl is sooooooooooooo awesome.” sighs my 8-year-old after we put down the last book in the pile. Yep, we read them all in one afternoon. It was a perfectly delightful afternoon.
My girls have some messages for you.
“Mama, can you tell them I like Ladybug Girl and Bingo the best. It’s so funny.” says my 6-year-old.
“Mama, tell them about The Super Fun Edition. I love it. The book jacket folds out into a poster and there’s paper dolls inside. They’re so awesome! And, they’ve got reusable sticker costumes for Ladybug Girl to wear.” says my 8-year-old. (I’ll tell you more about this one later.)
And I want to say thank you to Penguin Kids for sponsoring this post and giveaway.
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After reading the Ladybug Girl books, I paused. There are so many life lessons to learn from Ladybug Girl – not preachy life lessons – just simple lessons from a girl who always stays true to herself.
From Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, we learned that if you compromise with a friend, you can have so much fun! After all, it’s more fun to play with friends than to argue.
From Ladybug Girl at the Beach we learned that it takes some bravery to try new things. But, if you do, you can have more fun than you did did worrying about it.
From Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, we learned that friends care about how each other feels and it’s important to say you’re sorry when you hurt someone’s feelings – even if you did it on accident.
From Ladybug Girl and Bingo we learned that everyone has responsibilities and you can still have fun while taking care of those responsibilities.
From Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow we learned to always look on the bright side even when everything seems to be going wrong.
From Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma we learned that it’s best to always be yourself. You’re you and that’s what makes you awesome!
From Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate, we leaned that friends are better than even the most fantastic toys.
Thank you Ladybug Girl for showing us how to be kind, brave, and true.
Penguin Kids is celebrating Ladybug Girl books by David Soman and Jacky Davis with a brand new gift edition of the first Lady Bug Girl book. Ladybug Girl: The Super Fun Edition has been a favorite with my girls ever since it landed on our front porch. Not only do you get a hardback copy of Ladybug Girl, but it’s packed with other fun stuff. The book jacket folds out into an awesome poster of Ladybug Girl and Bingo. Plus, the best part ever as described by my daughters, it contains Ladybug Girl and Bingo paper dolls along with two pages of reusable sticker outfits in the back. The paper dolls have already gone on many adventures at our house.
I’m so excited that I get to give away a copy of Ladybug Girl The Super Fun Edition to one of you. (US based addresses only, please). You can enter below. Giveaway ends October 28, 2015.
Count Your Way Through Afghanistan by Jim Haskins & Kathleen Benson – This book will give your kids a good intro about Afghan culture and many of Afghanistan’s unique features. It was simple and kept both of my kid’s attention. We also loved learning to count to 10 in Pashto, one of the major languages of Afghanistan. This is a great introductory book.
I See the Sun in Afghanistan by Dodie King – I wish I would have know about this book when we did our project. It’s a perfect choice because it tells about the culture through the eyes of a child. I may now have read this book, but my friend Becky at Kid World Citizen recently reviewed it. Find her review here.
A True Book: Afghanistan by Ann Heinrichs – I love this series of books for the basic, age-appropriate introduction it gives about each country of the world. It may be a bit long for a younger child, but it’s easy to summarize and it has a lot of great photos.
Tweens and Teens
Extra Credit by Andrew Clements (appropriate for grades 3 through 7) – Sixth grader, Abby Carson, hates doing homework. But, when she finds out she’s in danger of being held back, she agrees to do an extra credit project, writing to a pen pal in another country. The letters flow back and forth between Abby and her pen pal, Sadeed and his sister Amira, from Afghanistan. This is a fantastic book that shows that despite cultural differences, we’re all the same. Read this one together if you’re looking for a book that will spark a lot of great conversations.
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (appropriate for grades 5 and up) – This book was good friends, really good. It’s the story of 11-year-old Parvana, who is living under the Taliban regime in Kabul, Afghanistan. After her father is arrested, Parvana is the only person in the family that is able to work and provide money. She’s only able to do this because she can disguise herself as a boy. The story is engaging and eye-opening. It’s a must read. Note: This is the first book in a trilogy. I have not yet read the other two, Parvana’s Journey and Mud City, but they are on my must-read list.
You can find our Afghanistan art project, watercolor tiles, here.
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alicewinks. The opinions and text are all mine.
Alice in Wonderland has seen many reincarnations over the years (150 years to be exact!) and Alicewinks is the latest. Not only does Alicewinks tell the original story, it is also animated with the original illustrations of several artists between the periods of 1901-1922. It’s beautiful and enchanting and my girls would not stop watching it.
Alicewinks is best viewed on an iPad, although you can view it on your Kindle Fire or Nook as well (as we did). We opted for the read along version since my oldest daughter is a beginning reader. If you prefer, you can just listen and watch without the words along the bottom.
So why should you check out Alicewinks? Well, it’s fun. Kids love the story. The illustrations are beautiful and perfectly animated. And, as we learned, it’s perfect for traveling. Load up the iPad with the story and suddenly you have something you can feel good about your kids viewing. The story is long; it’s the length of the original book. But, it’s perfect for a long car or plane ride. If your kids are not familiar with the story, Alicewinks is the perfect introduction. It’s also a fun alternative to those that are familiar with the story of Alice in Wonderland.
And by the way… it’s not just for kids! Any grownup with a love for classics would enjoy the beautiful illustrations paired with such a well-loved story. I think I loved it as much as the kids did!
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, Alicewinks brings the story’s classic illustrations to life for digital audiences through animated video and rich narration. To download this one of a kind iBook, visit iTunes.com/alicewinks
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alicewinks. The opinions and text are all mine.