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{Holiday Gift Guide} Barefoot Books Children’s Books Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Barefoot Books has a great variety of children’s books for all ages including really great award winners.  Not only do they publish wonderful books and stories, they also offer great features on their website.  You can check out their Barefoot Books Podcast Storytimes and their Fun Digital Videos (under crafts and activities).  These videos are also found on YouTube and Podcasts on iTunes.  I have worked with Barefoot Books in the past and was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them again on a review.

I received two books from Barefoot Books for my family to enjoy.  The first book is called The Boy Who Grew Flowers.

Written by Jen Wojtowicz
Illustrated by Steve Adams
This is such a lovely story about friendship and know matter how different a person is, friendship is always there.  This story is about a boy named Rink and yes he grows flowers.  He doesn’t grow them in a way that normal people grow them but he actually grows flowers all over himself.  After every full moon, his mother has to clip the flowers off of him before he heads off to school.  He lives with the rest of his “strange” family.  They all have special talents too.  His uncle can tame rattlesnakes and his brothers and cousins are all shapeshifters.
Rink was a quiet boy at school and didn’t talk much.  He sat in the back of the classroom and none of his other classmates never really talk to him either.  There was a new girl in his classroom named Angelina.  She wanted to talk to Rink herself and he liked her too.  She always wore a flower behind her ear and he really liked that.  She came from a dancing family and when she kept telling everyone “no” when they asked her to the school dance, he wondered why.  Rink figured it was because one of her legs was longer than the other so she couldn’t dance.  He helped her out by making her a pair of slippers that made her stand evenly and they ended up going to the dance together.  They both told each other about their secrets including the secret behind the flower behind her ear.
The illustrations are really great and I love the story.  They pictures in the book brighten up the story and keeps kids interested in the book and makes it easy for them to follow along with the story.  I think the art work in the illustrations are absolutely amazing!
The age recommendations for this book are 4 to 10 years.  It’s a great story for young ones to understand and I think it’s perfect for a 1st or 2nd grader to read by themselves.  I love how it shows kids that no matter how different a person is, they are still a person.  It’s really heartwarming and teaches kids how to help each other and make a good friend along the way.  Acceptance is valuable.  My older kids love this story and I think it’s great to have a fun, magical way for them to learn the morals of this story!
The second book that I received was Alligator Alphabet.  This book is a board book filled with animals and each letter of the alphabet.
Written and Illustrated by
Stella Blackstone and Stephanie Bauer
Alligator Alphabet is great for ages 1 to 4 years.  The text in the pages are very simple which makes it perfect for little ones especially when they get to about 3 or 4 years old.  It makes it easy for them to learn how to read the words on the pages.  I think it’s a very colorful book and I love the shapes, colors and pictures that are found inside.  Each letter on every page has an illustration of an animal that starts with that letter.  A is for alligator, B is for bear, and so forth.
Aren’t the illustrations just darling!?  I love the artistic look to the pictures.  I think it gives younger kids a more colorful experience.  I love how they can learn both the upper and lowercase of each word too.  Sometimes alphabet books leave one or the other out.  I think this book makes reading fun and our youngest absolutely adores turning the pages himself.  It’s a very durable board book that will last and makes the alphabet fun.  Learning the animals are also fun!
My kids love these books!  As a mom, they both get a big two thumbs up! 
Buy It:  Visit Barefoot Books to buy your favorite books for your family today!   
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About Nicole Anderson

My name is Nicole and I write DustinNikki Mommy of Three. I enjoy writing product reviews and hosting giveaways. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 20 years and we have three kids. When I am not terribly busy running someone to band or soccer practices, I find some time to write. I also like to write about my kids, family and life. My family enjoys the outdoors - hiking, canoeing, and exploring things we haven't seen or been before. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!
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152 thoughts on “{Holiday Gift Guide} Barefoot Books Children’s Books Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

  1. I follow your blog publicly with Google Friend Connect as ReggieMann

    I would like to have Clare Beaton’s Action Rhymes and Clare Beaton’s Nursery Rhymes

    ReggieM1961 [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. my email jssewingmom at gmail dot com
    I follow your blog,fb and I signed up for the newsletter! The boy who grew flowers is my wish

  3. following @liveBarefoot on twitter @left_the_stars

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  4. I follow via GFC (Carole Spring) and the book I like is Herb The Vegetarian Dragon.

  5. I would love to get Fireside Stories, Mrs Moon Lullabies for bedtime, and Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales just to name a few.

    I follow you publicly via GFC-DanelleJohnson

    danellejohns at gmail dot com

  6. I am a follower by GFC and I would love to read the fireside stories book.
    staceylowe at comcast dot net

  7. I'm a follower and I'd love to try I spy the sun in the sky.

  8. I follow (psychdog) and I would love to read The Adventures of Odysseus with my son.
    hickenfam at hotmail dot com

  9. We're Roaming in the Rainforest looks like a really neat book! Thanks for the chance to win!


  10. I entered your Yoplait Smoothies and KitchenAid Blender giveaway.
    susaaan {at} gmail {dot} com

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