Dad of Divas' Reviews

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review - American Girl: Tenney Grant: A Song for the Season

American Girl: Tenney Grant: A Song for the Season




About the Book
The fourth book starring contemporary character Tenney Grant, a young singer-songwriter with dreams of country-music stardom in Nashville!




My Take on the Book
Another great Tenney Grant story that you will love if you loved the other stories that came previously. This was a fun story that gets Tenney in a whole new adventure. My daughter loved reading this for herself and is always excited about a new adventure for Tenney and you will be too.

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Book Review - The Princess Imposter

The Princess Imposter



About the Book
Princess Gabriella is accustomed to a certain kind of castle life. So when she wakes up one morning in a crowded hut, surrounded by squabbling fairy siblings, it takes all her princess training to maintain her poise and good manners.

Meanwhile, across the kingdom, Fairy Phleg revels in Gabriella's luxurious lifestyle. As long as she can fool the castle into believing she's the real princess-with a little help from her magical disguise-then she's set to enjoy three glorious days of sweets and comfort.

The mischievous fairies have placed a bet, and Gabriella is caught in the middle of it. Can she survive her time in the chaotic fairy household without failing the ultimate princess test and losing her temper? Phleg turns the castle upside down as she poses as Gabriella, but when an important guest arrives, will her antics unwittingly send the kingdom into war?

An upbeat and hilarious fantasy from the masterful storyteller, Vivian Vande Velde.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book with a ton of fun characters. Get lost in a whole new world and you will love the mix of supernatural and medieval, castles, magic and more. This is a funny story with a great story that you will not want to miss!


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review - Game On! Ready, Set, Play!

Game On! Ready, Set, Play!



About the Book
Ready, Set, Play is the essential guide to the all the funnest and coolest games that are appropriate for gamers ages 5-8. In this guide, readers will learn all the best tips and tricks for their favorite games like Minecraft, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Party Star Rush, Splatoon, LEGO Dimensions, and so much more. They'll learn some gaming basics, discover new games worth playing on console and mobile, and even be introduced to some of the cutest characters they can expect in the games they play like Kirby, Yarny, and more.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that offers you some cool tips from some of your most popular games! I loved finding tips for Zelda, Splatoon and more! The book was a ton and filled with a ton of great insights.


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Book Review - Super Fun Science: With Cool and Challenging Experiments

Super Fun Science: With Cool and Challenging Experiments




About the Book
Help kids become “little scientists” with this hands-on book!

The world is an amazing place, and children often have lots of questions about it. Tap into that amazing well of curiosity and teach children about different areas of scientific study; famous scientists; the tools they need to conduct experiments; how science impacts their world; and more. They’ll also learn the how’s and whys of energy, gravity, weight, light, and matter. Make a scale, bend light, trap gas, and more. Soon, kids will prove scientific facts for themselves by testing them out with these challenging experiments created especially for them. How cool!



My Take on the Book
I am always looking for awesome experiments to do with my own daughters and this book really allows you to become your own home scientist and allow your kids to learn and have fun too. The book has a large number of experiments that kids can do with you to explore so many different concepts. I loved how well the book was laid out as well as how well the experiments are explained. My daughters enjoyed doing the experiments that we tried and I enjoyed having the time to be able to do these experiments together! This is a great book that will encourage you to build strong communication and relationships which is always a good thing!

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DVD Review - Digimon Adventure Tri.: Determination

Digimon Adventure Tri.: Determination



About the Movie
Time has passed since Alphamon appeared and restoration has begun in Odaiba.

When another infected Digimon (an Ogremon) appears and begins to wreak havoc on Odaiba, Mimi and Palmon spring into action. But in their haste to show the world that there are good Digimon, their battle brings about unforeseen consequences.

The adventure now evolves once again ...



My Take on the Movie
If you loved chapter 1 of this series, now you are able to continue your love with Chapter 2 too! You get the same characters that you have grown to love in some amazing adventures. You also get a love story, drama, some mystery and more! My kids loved the pace of this series as well as the animation. If you have never experienced this series in the past I would highly recommend it to all!


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Book Review - FTCE General Knowledge Test Prep Study Guide





About the Book
Cirrus Test Prep’s FTCE General Knowledge Test Prep Study Guide: Exam Prep Book and Practice Test Questions for the Florida Teacher Certification Examination of General Knowledge will provide you with a detailed overview of the FTCE GK Exam, so you know exactly what to expect on test day. We’ll take you through all the concepts covered on the test and give you the opportunity to test your knowledge with FTCE GK practice questions. Even if it’s been a while since you last took a major test, don’t worry; we’ll make sure you’re more than ready!

Cirrus Test Prep’s FTCE General Knowledge Test Prep Study Guide: Exam Prep Book and Practice Test Questions for the Florida Teacher Certification Examination of General Knowledge includes:

A comprehensive REVIEW of:

READING
  • Reading Skills

WRITING
  • Language and Research Skills
  • Writing the Essay

MATHEMATICS
  • Numbers and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

…as well as two FULL FTCE General Knowledge practice tests.



About Cirrus Test Prep
Developed by experienced current and former educators, Cirrus Test Prep’s study materials help future educators gain the skills and knowledge needed to successfully pass their state-level teacher certification exams and enter the classroom. Each Cirrus Test Prep study guide includes: a detailed summary of the test’s format, content, and scoring; an overview of the content knowledge required to pass the exam; worked-through sample questions with answers and explanations; full-length practice tests including answer explanations; and unique test-taking strategies with highlighted key concepts. Cirrus Test Prep’s study materials ensure that new educators feel prepared on test day and beyond.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that will allow you to get a good understanding of the important concepts upon the test as well as practice the tests with questions that are great simulations for the real ones you will see when you take the test yourself. The book is also filled with some great tips and strategies from teachers that know the test. This is a great resource that will prepare you well from the FTCE general knowledge test!


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Book Review - Day of the Dead: 20 Creative Projects to Make For Your Party or Celebration

Day of the Dead: 20 Creative Projects to Make For Your Party or Celebration




About the Book Celebrate The Day of the Dead with 20 Fun Projects!

The growing popularity of Dia de los Muertos—The Day of the Dead—can be seen in the increased number of festivals, music concerts, art fairs, altar nights, arts-and-crafts events, costume contests, and candlelit processions (including the famed one held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery). Now you can bring the essence of Mexico's beloved traditions to your own themed party with this evocative guide that includes 20 practical projects. Learn the origins and rituals of this special festival and how to:


  • Create a respectful and beautiful decorated altar with projects for Flor de Muerto (marigold paper pom-poms), Calavaras (sugar skulls), Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead), Mezcal shooters, and more 
  • Find inspiration in traditional Mexicana Art and Artisania to create projects such as Papel picado (cut-tissue paper decorations), fairy light embellishments, embroidered napkins, and more.
  • Explore the spectacular look of La Catrina (Mexico's skeleton lady) with ideas for women's and men's costumes and instructions for facial art designs, a floral headdress, felt hat, and more 


You'll also discover other ideas for events with a Day of the Dead theme, including poetry readings, music, and dancing. Features a directory of Day of the Dead festivals and parades.



My Take on the Book
This is a great collection of activities, readings and more for any gathering, impromptu, party or the like for your own Day of the Dead celebrations. The projects that are provided are well laid out and are easy to follow and will really help you transform any location into one that is ready to celebrate this day!

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