Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles by Carole P. Roman

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The Synopsis:

Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving and friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination.

Join the Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.

Review:

This was such sweet book! The family values presented here as well as the learning experience and use of imagination definitely sold this book for me!

The way the siblings talk to one another and the lesson learned at the end, is a fabulous way to bring youngsters together and learn from a good book. The frog’s life-cycle was also nicely illustrated and explained so kiddos get to learn and see what frog’s look like throughout their lives.

I liked how the author showed that even though siblings can be bothersome sometimes (*innocent smiley face*) they are worth every minute of their trouble! The only thing that could have made this book better would be the illustrations, I feel that if the illustrations would have been more “crisp” and the colors deeper, the book would have engaged the younger audience better, but I still loved this book (and so did my 2 year old brother!).

I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Recommended to all parents (or siblings) as a fabulous kid’s book!

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Patriots, Redcoats, and Spies by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead

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Synopsis:

When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose. Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, but the road to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles; including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail.

Review

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies is an excellent book for ages 10 to 12 that I would suggest, to homeschooling moms, to read while studying the Revolutionary War.

It is full of wonderful information, as well as a well painted picture of what it may have looked like (on the level of middle-school), and is just an all around engaging book. The readers will be able to understand the easy writing of the author(s) and the characters are easy to connect with.

Some of the scenes do get vivid but they never exceed the limit of a good, wholesome, middle-grade fiction book. Boys especially will love reading this book, but I’m sure that there are many girls who would also equally enjoy this story.

I rate Patriots, Redcoats and Spies 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this book especially to home schooling parents, as it is a great book to assign (or read aloud) to your young student when studying the Revolutionary War.

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