The Dream Ten: David’s Miracle

*Disclosure: I was given a free eBook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

I wrote a review of the second book of The Dream Ten the other day and today I’m going backwards and reviewing book one. The first book of the series by A.D. Erving is The Dream Ten: David’s Miracle.

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I really enjoyed this book and I think Connor enjoyed it as well. As I wrote in my previous review, each book seems to be about a different player on the team. The second book was about Tony but told from Larry’s point of view. In David’s Miracle David is the narrator and we get to see how the Dream Ten formed.

I found the story to be engaging and there was plenty of basketball in this one for the basketball fans. At the beginning of the book we learn that David is sad about not making a certain basketball team and he almost gives up basketball altogether. However, eventually he ends up playing again because he truly loves the game and finds others that love it as much as he does and they end of forming the Dream Ten. I think this sends a great message that you shouldn’t give up on something you really love doing.

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The book is a chapter book that is easily read. There are a few pictures throughout and for some reason I remember the pictures much more in this book than in book two. I definitely recommend checking this book out, especially if you have a young basketball fan. You can find The Dream Ten: David’s Miracle on Amazon.

Where’s Tony?

*Disclosure: I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

The Dream Ten is a series of books by A.D. Erving. The second book in the series is called Where’s Tony?.

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The book was different than I expected. The Dream Ten is a basketball team and each book in the series has to do with one of the team members. I was expecting more of a basketball related book but found that it had more to do with one of the team members going missing and their search for him. Towards the halfway point of the book Tony goes missing and it is because his entire family was arrested and deported. Tony was not deported with the rest of the family and the team works together to find him and get him released.

I did find the book interesting though and the first half had enough basketball in it to make the first part interesting for Connor. I’m not sure what age I would recommend this for. I find it to be kind of like a middle grade book however the fact that Tony went missing because his family got deported makes me think that maybe it is better for kids that are a little older. It is an easy read though and even with 21 chapters you can get through the entire book quickly.

You can check out The Dream Ten: Where’s Tony? on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!


Abigail and the Sahara Desert Adventure Review

*Disclosure: I received this eBook for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Today I am reviewing another eBook by Tali Carmi. The book is called Abigail and the Sahara Adventure.

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This book reminded me of the Terry Treetop books also written by Tali Carmi. In this book a little girl named Abigail goes to visit her grandparents and then uses a magical bike to go on an adventure. In this book Abigail visits the Sahara Desert.

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The book is a cute and short picture book. Along with being entertained by the story kids will get a very brief introduction to the Sahara Desert. I would recommend this book for kids up to age 6.

JT Says:

JT said that he really liked the bike in this book. He said he’d like to go to the toy store, bowling, the zoo, and somewhere that he can see the whole ocean if he had that bike.

You can check out Abigail and the Sahara Adventure on Amazon.

Brain Fitness- Pathwords Game Review

I was sent a free Brain Fitness Pathwords game from Think Fun in exchange for an honest review. The outside of the box calls it a “word search extreme”. I would say that word search extreme describes the game pretty well.

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Once you open up the box you’ll find a book with 80 challenges, the puzzle pieces, and an instruction booklet.

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There are four challenge levels- beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert.

In order to solve each puzzle you need to cover the entire area with your puzzle pieces and each section you cover has to make a word. Some of the challenges will tell you which puzzle pieces you need to solve the puzzle but others only tell you how many pieces you need.

Here is the very first challenge:

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As you see the words can go forwards or backwards and sometimes you’ll find a word that will not help you solve the challenge.

Here is one that doesn’t tell you which pieces you need:

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Some of the puzzles are made even harder by using symbols instead of letters. This next challenge you used pictures of cats and dogs.

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One of the words here is bulldog.

One of the words here is bulldog.

The game is recommended for ages 12 and up but I think younger kids could try playing as well. The boys enjoyed trying to solve the challenges and wanted to take it with us on vacating last month. Even JT who is 5 just enjoyed trying to fit the puzzle pieces on without really paying attention the words.

Pathwords would make a great gift for anyone that loves doing word searches or for those that love doing different brain exercises. It might also be a good tool to work on spelling or vocabulary. Make sure to check it out on Amazon or the Think Fun website.

Green Smoothies eBook Review

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I received a free copy of the eBook Green Smoothies: The Weight Loss and Detox Secret by Jonathan Vine. The book has over 50 recipes and a lot of tips about making smoothies and what to add.

The boys love smoothies; Connor especially because he knows they are healthy. We had fun trying out the smoothie recipes. Here are a few that we tried:

Apple and Spinach

This had apple, spinach, yogurt, honey, ginger, and lemon.

This had apple, spinach, yogurt, honey, ginger, and lemon.

We liked this one but I thought that the yogurt flavor was a little too strong so I started putting less than called for in other recipes.

We liked this one but I thought that the yogurt flavor was a little too strong so I started putting less than called for in other recipes.

Minty Avocado

The ingredients here are avocado, yogurt, almond milk, mint, and agave nectar.

The ingredients here are avocado, yogurt, almond milk, mint, and agave nectar.

This one had a nice color and smelled really good but I did not like it at all. Apparently I don't like the flavor of almond milk. I also think it needed more avocado.

This one had a nice color and smelled really good but I did not like it at all. Apparently I don’t like the flavor of almond milk. I also think it needed more avocado.

Watermelon and Spinach

Ingredients for this one are watermelon, spinach, lemon, mint, coconut water, and coconut cream.

Ingredients for this one are watermelon, spinach, lemon, mint, coconut water, and coconut cream.

We also liked this one but it would have been better with a sweeter watermelon. You could really taste the coconut in this.

We also liked this one but it would have been better with a sweeter watermelon. You could really taste the coconut in this.

Arugula and Raspberry

This one is Arugula, raspberry, yogurt, agave nectar, and fresh orange juice. This one was okay but I didn't like the taste of the Arugula in the smoothie. Next time I would use spinach instead. The boys did not like this one at all.

This one is Arugula, raspberry, yogurt, agave nectar, and fresh orange juice. This one was okay but I didn’t like the taste of the Arugula in the smoothie. Next time I would use spinach instead.

Spiced Pumpkin

This one was made with pumpkin, ginger, pear, maple syrup, fresh orange juice, and yogurt.

This one was made with pumpkin, ginger, pear, maple syrup, fresh orange juice, and yogurt.

This one was surprisingly good. Connor tried a pumpkin smoothie at a smoothie place before and we did not like this. I think since I used fresh raw pumpkin that may have made a difference. The pear flavor also went really well in this.

This one was surprisingly good. Connor tried a pumpkin smoothie at a smoothie place before and we did not like this. I think since I used fresh raw pumpkin that may have made a difference. The pear flavor also went really well in this.

These are just a few of the many recipes in this book. We didn’t love everything we tried but these recipes make great starters and can be easily altered if you find you don’t like something. You also might be surprised that you really enjoy a certain combination that you didn’t think you would like. With so many options in this book everyone is bound to find some good recipes to enjoy.

Here is the link for the eBook on Amazon. Go take a look and if you decide to get the book let me know what your favorite smoothie combinations are.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

FarFaria Story App- Review & Giveaway

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*Disclosure: I received a free 6 month subscription to FarFaria in order to post a review and host a giveaway. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

FarFaria is an app for kids that contains over 800 books and adds 5 new books a week. The app is recommended for kids ages 2-9. Both Connor and JT love this app. When you open up the app it shows you you’re recently read books, new books, and popular now. It also currently has a category for stories for fall and bug out.

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The boys looked through the books on the homepage when they first opened up the app but they really enjoy pressing explore and picking an island. When you click on explore you’ll find a map with several different islands. There is Animal Kingdom, Adventure Island, Mt. Make Believe, Fairy Tale Falls, Classics Grove, Bedtime Bluffs, Preschool Playground, Genius Jungle, Goodland, Looney Lagoon, and Sing Along City. The boys’ favorite island is Adventure Island, however, they’ve also been reading stories from Fairy Tale Falls the past two days.

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Once kids have chosen a book they have three options for reading it. They can choose auto play, read to me, or read myself. The difference between auto play and read to me is that you have to turn the pages if you choose read to me. Auto play goes through the entire story automatically. You can however pause, exit, or start over for both options.

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FarFaria also uses reading levels. Reading levels go from A-S which is Kinder through Grade 4. There is also PK for Pre-K level and songs which don’t have a level. When you open up a book it tells you on the front page what reading level it is. You can the click on it to get a description. There I also a parent section where you can learn more about all of the reading levels.

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The boys’ also enjoy adding books to their favorites. This allows these books to be read offline.

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You can try FarFaria for free. This allows one story to be a read a day. An unlimited subscription costs $4.99 a month. One lucky reader will also be able to win a free 3 month subscription to FarFaria by entering our rafflecopter giveaway.

Here are the links to check out FarFaria as well as the link to the rafflecopter:

FarFaria Website

ITunes App Store

Google Play

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Good Luck!

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Amazing Facts about the Moon Review

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Amazing Facts about the Moon is another eBook by Dan Jackson that we received for free in exchange for an honest review.

This is another space themed book; this time about the Moon. We wrote a review on Dan Jackson’s Amazing Facts about Astronauts and this one is pretty similar. It’s an easy to read non-fiction book that is great for kids that want to learn about space and the Moon. There are a lot of interesting facts in the book. None of them are in-depth but it’s good to use as a starting point for a general overview of the Moon. The pictures in the book are mostly stock type photos but regardless they are still great examples of the Moon’s surface, eclipses, and the phases of the Moon. I recommend this book for kids up to about age 8.

Our favorite amazing facts:

My favorite fact from this book is that the Moon is getting further away from Earth every year. I had no idea this was happening.

Connor’s favorite fact is about how long it takes the Moon to orbit Earth.

JT’s favorite fact is that it is so hot during the day and then super cold at night.

If you’d like to get this eBook for your kids make sure to check it out on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.