Monday, September 26, 2016

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- September 27, 2016

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

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My Favorite pets By Gus W. For Ms. Smolinski's Class Children's Book {Review and Giveaway}

We had the opportunity to review this hilarious children's book called My Favorite Pets: By Gus W. For Ms. Smolinski's Class. This book was written by National Book Award winner Jeanne Birdsall and illustrated by New Yorker Cartoonist Harry Bliss.

About the book:

The text of this book is the report that Gus has written for his teacher, Ms. Smolinski. He was supposed to write about his favorite pet. His family has seventeen sheep, so he chose them to star in his report. On each page, Gus is sharing little details about the sheep, some of which are hilarious by themselves, while other details become much more humorous when paired with the illustrations on the page. For instance, we learn that, " A boy sheep is a ram. He has horns."

And then on the next page it states, "The horns do not come off." Which is quite true of course. Then we add the picture:

Throughout the book, Gus is getting himself in trouble while learning things sheep do and do not like, what they can and can not do. These poor sheep and Gus's brother are at the mercy of the curiosity of a young boy who tends to take things too far and not really think through what he is doing.

What did we think of it?:

First of all, I LOVE that it is written as Gus's assignment and that we get to see the notebook lines on each page. Occasionally, the text also includes talk bubbles of what his parents are saying to him. It is a hilarious book with wonderful illustrations that really "make" the story.

I also thought it was very creative that the title page, which is like the cover of the report, is also found at the conclusion of the story, with the grade he received plus a note from the teacher.

What do the kids have to say?

Tabitha: I think it is cute and funny and a good lesson not to have sheep for pets, unless you're a farmer or very good with sheep.

Amelia: It is weird. 

Hannah: I think it was silly. I think the silliest part was that the horns don't come of boy sheep.

Harold: My favorite part was a silly part. The part when he put the scarf on the sheep. 

About the author and illustrator:

JEANNE BIRDSALL is the author of the New York Times bestselling Penderwicks series. She resides in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and an assortment of animals, including a dog named Cagney. You can find out more about Jeanne, her books, and her animal friends at

HARRY BLISS is a cartoonist for the New Yorker. His self-titled daily cartoon, Bliss, is syndicated internationally. Harry also illustrates books for children. They include A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech; Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig; Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee; Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, as well as Bailey and Luke on the Loose, both written and illustrated by Harry. Harry lives in Vermont. Learn more about him at

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books (  The book retails at $16.99. Release date: July 5th, 2016. The book is suitable for young children, 3-8 years of age.

Giveaway Time!

Great news! I have been given the opportunity to offer a giveaway for one person to win their own copy of My Favorite Pets by Gus W. For Ms. Smolinski's Class.

All you need to do is enter in the Rafflecopter form below. 
There are only 2 simple mandatory entries, with the remainder of the entries being optional. 
Remember, you do not have to do the extra entries, but they will increase your odds of winning. 

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over. 
The giveaway runs September 26 through October 9th.

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!

 By entering the giveaway, you understand and agree that your contact information will be shared with the sponsor.

Disclosure: I received a hardcover copy of  My Favorite Pets by Gus W. For Ms. Smolinski's Class in exchange for my honest review. No further compensation was given. This did not in any way influence my review. I only recommend products I use personally and feel will be a good products for my readers.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Field Trip Friday: Questing For Marvelous Migrating Monarchs

Well, we finished our butterfly unit several weeks ago, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to attend this fun homeschool event. Not only did we learn more about Monarch butterflies than we had learned in our My Father's World curriculum, we also learned how to tag the butterflies. And Tabitha was thrilled to be the one in her group to actually catch a butterfly. They worked together to tag it, then she got to release it.

First some pictures of the nature center.

Crawling through the bear cave.

Learning to catch and tag a butterfly.  They practiced on plastic butterflies.

Heading outside. Harold was the first one to spot a caterpillar.

Then we spotted a chrysalis. This is the first time I have seen one out in nature.

Tabitha caught a butterfly!

Gently removing it from the net.

Writing down the identification info from the tag sticker.

Deciding whether it is male or female.

Tagged and ready to go.

Another group caught a butterfly and gave Harold a chance to hold it.

Then we found some milkweed pod.

We ended our trip with a visit to the Arch Tree.

Linking up to:

Chestnut Grove Academy Field Trip Friday Blog Hop

Also realized this went well with The Daily Post's Photo Challenge for Quest.
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