REVIEWED BY: Marguerite Zelle
MY RECOMMENDATION: YES
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WEB ADDRESS: http://www.allystoybox.com/
BLOG DESCRIPTION: This web site was created to give parents and caregivers detailed reviews of toys, games, books and other kids’ stuff from a real mom’s perspective. I’m a stay-at-home mom and have a young daughter, Ally. All the products reviewed on this site are ones my family has lived with and played with on a regular basis.
The Mom Tips, which are also featured on the site, are ideas that I have tried and tested myself. Some of the tips are my own and some were passed on to me by my friends, who are also moms.
MY REVIEW: Despite its title, this blog has, to date, concentrated more on reviewing books than on toys, movies or other stuff. Nevertheless, there's plenty of good books here, so moms with young kids will enjoy reading this blog and discovering new books to read with their little ones. There's a post every five days.
Book recommendation: Lulu and the Brontosaurus
Lulu and the Brontosaurus (By Judith Viorst) – Lulu always gets what she wants. So when she asks her parents for a brontosaurus for her birthday, she throws a major fit when they say “no. ” Lulu packs a suitcase and heads out into the forest to find her own brontosaurus. And she actually finds one. But unfortunately, the brontosaurus doesn’t want to be Lulu’s pet, he wants Lulu to be HIS pet. Lulu decides she doesn’t like the idea of being a pet, outsmarts the brontosaurus and escapes. And later when she and the brontosaurus meet up again, they realize that neither one of them wants to be a pet but that they can be friends. During the story, Lulu realizes also that being polite and sweet is much better than being selfish and throwing tantrums. This is a chapter book, but the chapters are short and funny, and feature interesting black and white illustrations. I would recommend it for kids ages 5 to 8.
The book recommendations included on this website are books that my daughter Ally, now age 5, and I have read and enjoyed together. I recommend the books that stand out to me as excellent children’s books for writing, illustrations, originality, story and characters. Ally and I hope you enjoy them too!
--Book recommendation: Lulu and the Brontosaurus
--Book recommendation: Children Make Terrible Pets
--Book recommendation: Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl
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--Book recommendation: The Nutcracker: A Magical Pop-up Adventure
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