Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

14.2.14

History of the World with Google Earth

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Normally I get excited about the different books Broxton gets to review, but this time... I am totally stoked to get to review this book... and maybe a bit more for me than for him.  I know, I know, I am just telling the truth!!!
We were recently sent the book, History of the World with Google Earth and I am so excited to dive into this book!  I was all giddy with excitement when I read the opening pages... 


To be honest, from time to time, I like to " go on vacation" and I will sit online and google different images and information about different area's that I would love to visit one day.  
I mean, how much money am I saving as I jet set all over the world through the internet???  Well - now I can have a bit of fun with Broxton as we "fly" all over and get to have an adventure that is more than just looking at the pictures. We went to New York City, Mississippi and England tonight alone!!
In this book, you start and have puzzle challenges.  
There are 11 different time periods that you will visit. 

As you visit, you get to to do many activities.  Some of them are word search, some are spotting things in pictures... that is just in the book!  There is also a paragraph telling you about the area and time - but then you go online (based on the coordinates) and learn even more about the area!!!
It has been so fun and that was just skimming over the book!  I plan to take work on one area per day... just as an added bit of fun for us to "explore" the area around us!  

Do you ever "travel" through the internet?  

13.2.14

Love is....

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If you are looking for a way to say " I LOVE YOU" for the one that has everything, you can always make a quick run to grab this book- Love is me buying you this book by Waldo Pancake.  I gave it to Marc (as an early gift) and he looked at me like I was crazy...  Of course, he did not flip through it, but instead I held up a few pages and make him look at me while I made silly faces...  
For sure this is a book for those with a sense of humor and that don't fall into the whole mushy-mushyness of Valentines day...
Image from - AMAZON
Love Is Me Buying You This Book is the hilarious new collection of ways to tell your special someone you love them, from acclaimed visual and print artist Waldo Pancake.


Affectionate yet witty, this beautifully designed little book is perfect for those who are seeking a special gift for their spouse, friend, or lover—without the mush.

In Waldo Pancake’s sarcastic, to-the-point and laugh-out-loud form, the sentiments on each page of Love Is Me Buying You This Book include brutally charming witticisms:

·       Hate is me not buying you this book.
·       You had me at whatever it was you just said.
·       When I put my arm around you, sometimes it’s to rest my arm.
·       You bring out the best in me.*
o    *Worst also might be brought out.
Best known for his eye-catching style that’s sure to make anyone smile, Waldo Pancake returns with Love Is Me Buying You This Book, featuring hilariously sarcastic, arrestingly poignant messages characterized by his own special brand of humor.

Who's in the Tree? (He sure doesn't belong!)

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I am a fan of (some of)  the lift the flap books since kids seem to really enjoy them...   With the latest one we were sent, I loved the whole thing... It is totally different, in that the things hiding behind the flaps are not what you would expect... but then as you turn each page, the previous hidden character is now tucked into the corner of the page... As we go through the book, we meet several characters and then at the end, there is a "summary" of sorts to make sure that the reader was able to correctly name all the different characters!  



Who's in the Treeby Craig Shuttlewood.

An elephant in the sky? A peacock in the sea? Are creatures hiding where they shouldn't be? Lift the large flaps, follow the romping rhyme, and find each face that's out of place. Graphic artist Craig Shuttlewood whisks kids from desert to forest to ocean deep—and finally to the zoo, where the only one who doesn't fit is YOU! His outstanding debut introduces the idea of where animals (and humans) live-and will delight kids over and over again.

Are you a "lift the flap" fan? 

Ella Jenkins- ABCs and 123s

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Having a preschool aged little one, we get to listen to a wide variety of music... 
Some is enjoyable, while others make you hope the batteries run out on the cd player... 
We were sent the "123s and ABCs" cd from Ella Jenkins and Broxton was having a great time listening to it on the way to school.  

The songs on the cd:
Easy as ABC
Johnny Had One Friend
One, Two, Three, Four, Five
One, Two Buckle My Shoe
One Potato, Two Potato
Eight Clay Pigeons
Counting from One to Ten in Spanish
Counting in Swahili
One, Two, Three O'Leary
Numbers and Alphabets
ABC's
And One and Two
Ten Green Bottles
Farmer Brown had ten Green Apples
The Rabbi teaches ABCs / English ABC Song
This Old Man

Out of all of them, we seem to both like the Farmer Brown had ten Green Apples the best!!!!

Chicago-based Ella Jenkins has received many awards over her long career, including a2004 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, ‘cELLAbration,’ an album of Ella’s songs performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock, Riders in the Sky, Tom Paxton, Cathy & Marcy, Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, and others won the 2005 GRAMMY for best children’s album. In 2013, Ella kicked off the Lollapalooza festival kid’s stage. She was the first woman and first children’s musician to receive the ASCAP Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 and in 2009 earned a United States Artists award. She is one of the first African American women to have a TV show, when in the 1950s she hosted “The Totem Club,” a weekly children’s program broadcast in Chicago. Her “Me Too Series” films were featured numerous times on “Sesame Street,” and she has also appeared on “Barney and Friends” and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Her 1966 album ‘You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song’ is the best-selling title in the history of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and is part of the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
Parents and educators continue to rely on Ella's inviting style to lead sing-alongs with children. She has won multiple awards from Parents' Choice, the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) and the American Library Association.

12.2.14

Wonder Years Finally Coming to DVD

*** NOT A SPONSORED POST - but I am THRILLED like you just do not know... So, I had to share with you!!! ***

Honestly, I am SO EXCITED about this...
I actually signed a petition at some point to have the Wonder Years on DVD, so this makes me so happy...
Oh and yeah... I bought the entire show on DVD -  just to get it and see that it was a crappy recorded version...  Anyways- this makes me happy!!!!


In 2014, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life -- the premiere marketer of classic TV on DVD -- will release THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SERIES to the home entertainment marketplace.  The most requested TV series never to be released on DVD, which ran on ABC from 1988-1993, garnered multiple Emmy® Awards, a Golden Globe® and a Peabody®, and was named by TV Guide as one of the "Top 20 Shows of the '80s" will make its very long-awaited debut in the second half of 2014.  To best serve the numerous fans of the program, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life has launched WonderYearsDVDs.com, the official site for all updates, exclusive content and pre-orders.
  
"The Wonder Years has long been the most requested TV show yet to be released on DVD, and we're thrilled to have the incredible opportunity to bring this iconic show to its many fans," says Jeffrey Peisch, the Senior Vice President, Entertainment Programming & Marketing for StarVista Entertainment/Time Life.  "As we've done with many other classic TV shows, the series will be treated with the care and attention it fully deserves after all these years, with deluxe packaging, robust extras and a lot more.  We're really big fans of the series, too."

Were you a Wonder Years Fan????

Finding Friends - Lost and Found

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Lost and Found is really a " magical tale of friendship" and we really enjoyed it.  
I decided that it was a great time to settle down and try and enjoy a slower paced show for a bit.  That is exactly what we did!  I really did not know what Lost and Found was about, but decided to check it out...  
This is a cute DVD about a little boy that find a friend in a lone penguin.  
The cool part to me was that it was "Originally inspired by the real-life story of a little boy in Belfast, Ireland, who somehow managed to sneak a penguin out of the zoo during a class trip and all the way home to his bathtub before anyone noticed, LOST AND FOUND tells the unforgettable story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep.  Assuming that the unexpected visitor must have lost his way, the thoughtful and determined boy takes up the noble task of bringing the penguin back home - even if it means rowing all the way to the South Pole! But when the pair finally arrive at their destination, the boy soon discovers that maybe the penguin wasn't really lost after all.  Maybe he was just lonely... And maybe he wasn't the only one. "
We thought it was a very cute story and would recommend for everyone to watch.
( This will be one that we watch at night, as it might be a great way to relax before bed! )


Ringling Bros Circus and Weather Issues

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For those in or near Atlanta - you know the nasty weather we are dealing with right now... 
I wanted to share with you the latest information for those that might have had tickets to the opening night of the circus.  

ATLANTA – Feb. 12, 2014 – Due to inclement weather, the Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m. performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Built To Amaze!”  at Philips Arena has been cancelled. Ticket holders for the February 12th performance can exchange their tickets at the Philips Arena box office, One Philips Drive, Atlanta, 30303, for one of the following performances:

  • Show  Times:
    • Thursday, Feb.13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at 11 a.m.3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at 11 a.m.3 p.m.

Every ticket holder will receive the utmost attention to exchanging tickets in regards to the seat location of their original ticket. Ticket holders for the February 12th performance who cannot attend one of the other 11 performance options should contact their original ticket purchase location for a refund.  

For additional information or questions, please contact - 
Philips Arena box office at 404-878-3000

Is that my cat?

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Although I am not really a "cat fan,"  I did think that Is that my cat was a very cute little book for young ones.  The illustrations and story line were very simple, but eye catching too!  I think that this would be a great book for young readers, as the words "is that my cat" are used several times throughout the book.  Adding for needed repetition to teach reading.  
As I said, the illustrations were simple too, it was cute for the story, but not so much as to distract.  The story was cute and it ended differently than I expected!  (No, I am NOT going to tell you, you have to read it!)



“Is that my cat? It can't be. My cat is a slim, sleek pussy cat.” But something's up with this rather large kitty—the same one who used to fit through the cat door, climbed trees fearlessly, and always wanted to play. Now, it takes two hands to pick her up, and now this fussy eater finishes all her food! In true Jonathan Allen style, the story unfolds little by little, page by page—keeping us guessing right until the end, when we get a BIG, happy surprise.

11.2.14

Richard Scarry's Books for Young Readers

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As the weather here is getting nasty, I am so excited to get to break out a few new books for Broxton to enjoy!!!  Just today we were able to read two books from Richard Scarry and Sterling Publishing.  Broxton isn't really familiar with the characters, as he has never seen the show... But, he did have a couple toys that he used to play that was based upon them.  He enjoyed them and it was great that he wants SNOW and one was about the kids wanting snow too!!!
I really liked the books, as they were "Great Big Schoolhouse Readers" and perfect to add to our growing library.  Seeing as he is about to turn 5, we are starting to learn about these different "level" books.  We were sent a Level 1 and a Level 2 book for review.  
For those new to the "level" books- 
Level 1 - Introduce your child to reading 
Level 2 - Your child starts to read
Level 3 - Your child reads with help



Huckle has a shiny new red sled—but what he doesn't have is snow. After many funny attempts to find a solution to his problem, Huckle and his pals decide to do a “snow dance.” And guess what? It works! This Level One story will delight beginning readers even as it teaches them to sound out simple words. 


Sally Cat has a cold. One, two, AH-CHOO! Mr. and Mrs. Cat have colds, too, and so does almost everyone at school. It's up to Huckle and Lowly to take care of them all—and that means some messy, silly, Scarry-style fun! But by day's end, Huckle and Lowly are so tired that, oh no: two more to go AH-CHOO! 

Are you familiar with Richard Scarry?
 
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