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13.6.14

Help Get Hess Trucks in the National Toy Hall of Fame

This is not a paid or sponsored post.  I have worked with Hess in the past and think that this would be a great thing to share with you all. All thoughts are my own.

Did you know that there was a National Toy Hall of Fame?
I had NO CLUE until recently... but let me tell you something now - I bet it would be amazing to see what all is in there... I look back at the toys I had as a kid and think they are pretty neat.. the nostalgia of looking at the toys my mom and dad played with is great and I think when Broxton is older, to be able to share with his kids the toys he LOVED as a child is going to be an amazing connection and journey.  I mean, think about it... who doesn't love toys?  Maybe not anymore, but I am pretty sure you did at one point in your life.

Let me tell you more about this Hall of Fame ...
It was established in 1988. 

It is housed at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.
Only 53 toys have ever been inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.
Nominations to the Hall of Fame can be made online or by sending a letter...
There is a certain criteria to be met for consideration...

·         Icon-status: The toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered
·         Longevity: The toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations
·         Discovery: The toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play
·         Innovation: The toy profoundly changed play or toy design. A toy may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.

Image - Hess Website


Remember when I reviewed the Hess Truck when the design was revealed?
Well, they are working to try and get the Hess Toy Truck into the Hall of Fame...
Why now?
This year is the 50th anniversary of Hess Toy Trucks and this would be awesome!  
I think Hess Toy Trucks are great... To be honest, when I told my dad about it ... and he saw Broxton's truck, he actually admitted that he was a bit jealous... He thought that the Hess Truck would make a great collection and he was a bit upset that he did not start a collection years ago.  He even mentioned " Hess is a name that has been around for a long time" and also something about these trucks will stand up to rough play with kids!  They are quality made!  If you know my dad, you would be shocked.  He doesn't collect anything (unless you count the 20+ coolers he has gathered through the years!  Can never have enough for a tailgate!).. and he sure enough doesn't have toys laying around these days...  I was tempted to purchase him a truck of his own to start a collection now, although it would be a bit late in life... but I knew my mom would not let that fly!  

So- do you want to be a part of history?
Head on over to the Toy Hall of Fame nomination page and submit your reason why you think Hess would be a great addition to their collection!  
(You can also visit the Hess Toy Truck Website to look at their collection through the years!)

12.6.14

Mens Vaseline - Great #FathersDay gift idea #Giveaway (ARV $150)

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Remember how I told you Marc was such a fan of the Vaseline Mens lotion?  Well, he was sure enough surprised when I gifted him a nice grooming kit for an early Fathers Day gift!    If you know Marc, you know that he CONSTANTLY has dry hands and is always putting lotion on his hands and feet...   Ever since he received his first Spray Lotion from Vaseline, he always has one near him.  He keeps one by the bed for when he gets ready for bed and when he wakes up.. and then he keeps another bottle in the living room for when he is just relaxing with the family!  

Key Features and Benefits:
       A convenient 360° continuous spray lotion that moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds
       Skin will feel instantly soft and moisturized – not sticky or greasy
       Fast to apply, quick to absorb
       Targeted spray dispenses lotion quickly and evenly to leave skin feeling great

I was given the opportunity to work in a review of Vaselines Spray line and a nice "grooming kit" for Fathers day...  I was so excited, since he travels with work and everything, he needs a nice little travel bag...  He has a small one that he uses, but to be honest, they have not ever really lasted that long... I think because at times he tries to pack it full of everything he may need and there really isn't that much room...
Until I won wife of the year award for this year!
You know how I said I gifted him with a nice grooming kit?
Yeah - well let me just tell you about it...


The box arrived and I was honestly thinking it was going to be a little rinky dink travel bag...
Nope- it was a nice heavy duty one!
It is a nice sized black bag that has an inside zippered pocket (sort of 
small)  and then an additional outer zippered pocket as well.  It is long (and wide) enough to place not one, but two of the Vaseline spray bottles in the bottom, with PLENTY of room left over...  So much room inside that they surprised us with a really nice Casio G Shock Watch inside! 

Outer Zippered Pocket
Inside Zippered area
Casio G SHOCK Watch
To be honest, I was excited to be getting more lotion for him... (He works with his hands all the time, who am I to hinder him from having nice soft hands for me to hold and for him to play with Broxton?!)  The bag was a great addition to the gift and then the watch put it over the top!  He was so excited for it all and you can imagine how much he loved being treated to an early Fathers Day!

Do you want to win a nice set like this for someone you know and love?
It will not arrive in time for Fathers Day...but it would make a great "just because" gift...Or you could even give the lotions to him now and save the watch and travel bag for another occasion!

Marc says that the Fast Absorbing is his favorite, but truth be told, he loves them both as he really has no preference over them, just as long as they continue to get the job done - which is to moisturize his skin and not leave a greasy feeling ! 

Prize Pack -
ARV- $150 


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With an all star cast like this, why not make it a movie night soon?  


Black Nativity
Struggling to pay the bills, single mom Naima (Jennifer Hudson) sends her teenage son Langston (Jacob Latimore) to live with his estranged grandparents, Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) in New York City. At first Langston resents their strict household, but with the help of new friends — and a little divine intervention — he embarks on an inspirational journey of self-discovery that brings the whole family together.

11.6.14

Son of God

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I have not yet seen Son of God, but I did want to share this release with you.  I will be watching it soon, so stay tuned for my review!  


SON OF GOD brings the story of Jesus' life to audiences through compelling cinematic story-telling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, this film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score. SON OF GOD shows the life of Jesus from his humble birth through his teaching, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Led by an all-star international cast, SON OF GOD boasts phenomenal performances from Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as Jesus Christ, Roma Downey as Mother Mary, Darwin Shaw (Casino Royale) as Peter, Sabastian Knapp as John (28 Days Later) and Amber Rose Revah as Mary Magdalene (From Paris With Love). Oscar® and Grammy® winning composer Hans Zimmer unites with acclaimed vocalist Lisa Gerrard – along with Lorne Balfe – to create the majestic musical backdrop for this epic production.

The Blu-ray and DVD release will feature an unprecedented Spanish-language version ofSON OF GOD that will feature the voices of popular Latino actors Eduardo Verastegui (“Bella,” “The Butterfly Circus”) as Jesus, Blanca Soto (“Porque El Amor Manda,” “Eva Luna”) as Mary Magdalene, Jacqueline Bracamontes (host of “La Voz Mexico” “Sortilegio”) asMartha, Karyme Lozano (“For Greater Glory,” “Quiero Amarte”) as Claudia, Giovanna Acha (“Beverly Hills Chihuahua”) as Young Mary, Latin Grammy Award winner Alexander Acha asJoseph, Adal Ramones (“Saving Private Perez,” “Bailando por un SueƱo”) as Simon, Carlos Ponce (“Rio,” “Couples Retreat”) as Thomas and Academy Award®-nominated Adriana Barraza (“Babel”) as Mother Mary. Verastegui also serves as executive producer of the Spanish language version of the film.

Perfect for Father’s Day gift giving, SON OF GOD will be available with a one-of-a-kind 24-page photo book and more than one hour of captivating bonus content, including a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at life on set, as well as cast, producer and director interviews. Additionally the release will feature Son of God: Reborn, which includes a docu-story in English and Spanish titled “Christians Today” that delves into the legacy of Christianity and the role of Jesus in the new generation.

*Outstanding Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie or Special; Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries or a Movie, 2013.

SON OF GOD Blu-ray and DVD special features include the following:

 Son of God: Reborn
  30 Minute Docu-Story Christians Today
  Jesus for New Generation
 Making of Video (includes Spanish version)
 Son of God Set
 Compassion Video

Disney Planes - Not Just The Movies #DigIntoReading

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When Disney Cars came out, we were all hooked! It was the movie that we could get the big brothers to watch with Broxton and everyone loved it, so when Disney Planes came out, I was so excited!  Broxton loves planes and since it was from the makers of cars, I knew we were in for a treat.  If you are not familiar with Disney Planes - you are missing out... We loved the movie and even have some of their toys now!  Well, I have recently discovered that there is a Disney Planes - Fire and Rescue Movie headed to theaters on July 18th.  We read other Planes Books, so I feel as though I know the story a bit...
But, before we head to see the new movie, we can read up and for sure know all about them!
Image - Amazon
Disney Planes - Meet the Planes - 
Ages- 6-8
A jacketed hardcover guide to the characters from the Planes franchise, from Dusty to El Chu to Skipper, with everyone else in between! Meet the Planes will give detailed descriptions of everyone's favorite planes, including trivia and fun facts on more than 100 characters. Plus the book jacket reverses to reveal a poster of all the characters.

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Disney Planes - Fire and Rescue Read Along Storybook and CD
Ages- 6-8
Follow the thrilling adventures of Dusty Crophopper and all his pals in this exciting read-along. Complete with music, sound effects, and character voices, kids will love this new high-flying story.

Out of both of the books, I would say that the Meet the Planes book is BY FAR my favorite!!! I love it, it is like a picture encyclopedia of all of the characters from both Planes movies... (With a glossary at the end)  Now, I need to see if there is a Cars one out there, as it would be a great addition to!

Have you seen the Planes movie?  Are you planning on seeing Planes - Fire and Rescue when it comes out in July?

Fact or Fib? You Tell Me... @SterlingBooks

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Technology is all around us, but I enjoy a nice hard copy book ALL THE TIME.  I used to take our tablet when we went places, such as the doctor, to keep Broxton entertained... but that started to really bother me... So, I was happy when the Fact or Fib books from Sterling Publishing showed up in the mail.
First of all, the size of these are perfect!  They are around 5x7 and perfect to throw in my purse!
We have taken them with us to dinner and to doctor appointments...

The thing I have noticed?
I am having to do things a bit different... In the book, they give you a 3 statements -  then you turn the page and it tells you which 2 are facts and which one is a fib... Broxton was not really understanding what I meant when I was telling him one of the statements I read was false, so we started changing the way we read it and instead of making him guess the true/false I would just read them to him.. Telling him from the start what was true and what was false.  I enjoyed it as I learned all sorts of information that I never knew before.  

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Fact or Fib?
Ages - 8 and older
Find out about science and the world around us . . . all by playing a game! Each book in this brightly illustrated and entertaining new series gives kids (and adults, too!) lots of chances to test their smarts. 
How much do you know about dinosaurs, bugs, and animals? Play a round of “Fact or Fib” and find out! Stegosaurus had the smallest brain of all the dinosaurs. An ant can lift a ladybug. There are about four million dogs in the world today. 
Which of these is true—and which isn't? Each “fact or fib” features three statements—but only two are totally true. Make your choices, turn the page, and see whether you're right or wrong, along with more cool facts about the topic.
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Fact or Fib? 2 
Age - 8 and older 
Find out about science and the world around us . . . all by playing a game! Each book in this brightly illustrated and entertaining new series gives kids (and adults, too!) lots of chances to test their smarts. 
What's right and what's wrong?: Mars is the hottest planet. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. Some modern artificial hands are controlled by the patient's own muscles. Check it out, take a guess, and see how you do! These fun fact books cover space, the human body, and technology.   
Each “fact or fib” features three statements—but only two are totally true, while the third is outrageously false. Make your choices, turn the page, and see whether you're right or wrong, along with more cool facts about the topic.

Do you take books along to read when you go places, or are you more into electronics now?

10.6.14

Fishing Gear from #DuckDynasty Equals Awesome #FathersDay Gift!!!

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As a kid, I have memories of going fishing with my grandparents...  and it always puts a smile on my face... Now, I would not think of getting near anything that has to do with fishing... but I do want Broxton to be able to make memories like that... Unfortunately, he won't be making those types of memories with his grandparents... but - no fear... He will be able to make them with his daddy!
Marc has been talking about going fishing for quite some time now, but I always had something to say about it... I thought fishing equipment would be really expensive and I could not justify buying poles and what not for a one time thing!  Luckily for us, I was sent the Duck Dynasty Rod and Reel Combos for review... the first thing I noticed?  They are actually affordable!!!  For UNDER $50, you can get a rod and reel set for daddy... and one for a "fishing buddy" ... as well as the tackle wallet to get you started!
That was a bit surprising to me, I guess I was thinking it was going to be more expensive for that...
I love that it has the Duck Dynasty camo with their logo on it...   and I know that Marc and Broxton will love that too!  (We are HUGE DD fans here!)

Image Credit - N VISION PHOTOGRAPHY 
The Zebco Duck Dynasty 5'6" ML Freshwater Spincast Rod and Reel Combo features a fiberglass rod designed for strength and light weight with an EVA handle for comfortable gripping, while 4 line guides plus the tip help keep the line moving smoothly. The push-button antireverse reel is prespooled with 10 lb. line and features a stamped steel handle with a plastic knob. A 2.75:1 gear ratio allows for steady retrieves, and an adjustable drag ensures smooth control. Camo pattern. 2-piece design. 100 yards/10 lb.

Features and Benefits

  • - 2-piece fiberglass blank offers strength and light weight
  • - 6" EVA handle provides a comfortable grip
  • - 4 line guides plus the tip help keep the line moving smoothly
  • - Line weight: 2 - 6 lb.
  • - 2.75:1 gear ratio for steady retrieves
  • - Adjustable drag provides smooth control
  • - Push-button antireverse reel offers ease of use
  • - Prespooled with 10 lb. line
  • - Stamped steel handle with a plastic knob

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The Zebco Duck Dynasty 6' M Freshwater Spinning Rod and Reel Combo features a fiberglass blank for strength and light weight with an EVA handle for a comfortable hold, while 5 line guides plus the tip help keep the line moving smoothly. The antireverse reel is prespooled and features a collapsible handle with a plastic knob. A 5.3:1 gear ratio allows for fast retrieves, and an adjustable drag ensures smooth control. Camo pattern. 2-piece design. 190 yards/8 lb.

Features and Benefits

  • - 2-piece fiberglass blank offers strength and light weight
  • - 7.25" EVA handle provides a comfortable grip
  • - 5 line guides plus the tip help keep the line moving smoothly
  • - Line weight: 6 - 12 lb.
  • - 1 ball bearing ensures smooth reel operation
  • - 5.3:1 gear ratio allows for fast retrieves
  • - Adjustable drag provides smooth control
  • - Antireverse reel with an aluminum spool
  • - Prespooled
  • - Collapsible handle with a plastic knob
  • - Camo pattern
  • - Includes a tackle wallet


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Image Credit - N VISION PHOTOGRAPHY
Besides having a great Rod and Reel for the physical gift to unwrap, think of all the memories waiting to be made! This just might be one of the best Fathers Day gifts yet!!!  You can purchase these Duck Dynasty items from Bass Pro Shop, as well as Academy Sports!

Do you FISH in your family??

Good Questions - About the Solar System #DigIntoReading @SterlingBooks

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Third post on the awesome series of books we were sent from Sterling Publishing...
It is their "Good Question" series and I think it is a great one that I already had to brag about to a friend of mine.  The books are recommended for different ages, with the books I am reviewing today being recommended for ages 6 and up.  Look, our kids don't get younger... so these will be great for him, even if it is recommended for older ages right now...  BUT - we are getting into the whole solar system thing already, so it is still great to have on hand for him to learn now!
Questions in these books range from " What holds our solar system together?"  to "Which planet has a cloud named Scooter?" as well as "What creates our weather" or "Does Earth move under our feet?"
If you are looking for a great selection of books that will educate your children that are far from "textbook material" make sure you check out the Good Questions Series!

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Good Question - Why Does Earth Spin?  
Age Range - 6 and older 
Where is planet Earth—and how big is it? Does the ground move under our feet? What would we find if we dug down all the way to the Earth's core? And why is the sky blue?  Children will discover the answers to these and other must-know questions about our amazing planet.

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Why is there life on earth? How did Saturn get its rings? Which planet is biggest, which one's hottest—and which has a cloud named Scooter? Take a trip into outer space to learn about the asteroid belt, Martian volcanoes, dwarf planets, and other fascinating facts about our universe.


Don't forget to check out the other Good Question books that we were sent for review!    

9.6.14

Good Questions - Butterflies, Senses and Plants - Oh My! #DigIntoReading @SterlingBooks

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I introduced you to a few books from Sterling Publishing Good Questions series yesterday and today we get to explore a few more!  I really love how each book is full of all types of information and is sure to have people of all ages learning something they might not have known before.
In the books I am reviewing today, we learn more from their science / nature line.  
A couple of the questions throughout the books:
"Why do some caterpillars have spiky hairs on their bodies?" and  "How is a butterfly different from a moth" or "Why can't you tickle yourself" and "How does breathing help you smell?"  or even "Why are the stems of trees covered with bark" and "Why do some flowers smell bad?"
I actually learned a few things too!  
I really enjoyed these books and the added bonus on these are that the end of the books have a list of websites to visit and other books to read!  

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Good Question - How Does a Caterpillar Become a Butterfly?
Age Range - 7 and older
How does a caterpillar turn into a beautiful butterfly—and how much must it eat before it changes? What is a chrysalis? How does a new butterfly break out of its cocoon? Is it true that butterflies can taste with their feet? Budding scientists will delight in following this favorite creature's lifecycle and discovering the role it plays in nature. 


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Good Question - How Does the Ear Hear?
Age Range - 7 and older
What are the five senses? How do they help keep us safe? Why are two ears better than one? Why do some people need glasses? Why does food taste worse when we have a cold? And WHY can't we tickle ourselves? Find out in this SENSE-sational book! 

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Good Question - How Does a Seed Sprout?
Age Range - 7 and older 
What is a seed—and will all of them eventually become plants? What happens to plants in winter? Why do leaves come in so many sizes and shapes? Do insects help plants, or harm them?  A virtual garden of information grows here for young readers to enjoy. 

8.6.14

Swamp People Adds Spice to #FathersDay

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Trying to figure out Fathers Day gifts is one of the hardest things to have to do!  At least in our house, if daddy needs or wants something, he doesn't have the patience to wait for it... and it is so rare that he needs or wants anything, that it is normally bought right then.  So by the time Fathers Day is here... Gift ideas have gone out the window!  
UNTIL THIS YEAR!!!!   Remember that Marc is from Louisiana  - when Swamp People first came out, he had to watch it whenever it was on... even if it was a repeat... His work schedule has him gone so much now, so at least I can "bring the swamp" to him!  If you have not heard yet - - - Swamp People now has a "sauce" line now that is sure to get your taste buds screaming for more!   Fans of all ages can enjoy this, so grab dad a great Fathers Day gift that he can share with the whole family!!!  
If you are near a Bass Pro Shop, head on over to grab a few bottles today... If you are not near one, you still have time to order online!  


THE SWAMP PEOPLE SAUCE LINE: 

Tree Breaka Cajun Steak Sauce:
When your meat calls for a “tree breaka, not a tree shaka,” go for the craveable kick of Swamp People Tree Breaka Cajun Steak Sauce. Made with the perfect blend of traditional steak sauce flavors and Cajun seasonings, this meat sauce is a perfect partner for meats, poultry, seafood, or side dishes. Or use it to enhance your stews or signature sauces. Swamp People Tree Breaka Cajun Steak Sauce is a delicious, savory sauce inspired by some of your favorite un-savory characters! 

Mudda Fricka Horseradish Barbecue Sauce:Troy Landry’s famous, “Choot ’em mudda fricka” is immortalized in tasty barbecue sauce with Swamp People Mudda Fricka Horseradish Barbecue Sauce. This mildly sweet sauce has a serious kick of horseradish for signature barbecue taste that’s incredible on wild game, chicken, pork, seafood, or whatever you pull out of the bayou. Makes a great marinade for grilled meat or dipping sauce for fries or seafood. 

Pierre Part Inhospitable Hot Sauce:Add a dash of Swamp People attitude with the Pierre Part Inhospitable Hot Sauce. Inspired by Pierre Part, Louisiana, home of History Channel series “Swamp People”, this perfectly balanced hot sauce is created especially for Cajun fare with a blend of garlic, habanero, and cayenne pepper seasonings. Swamp People Pierre Part Inhospitable Hot Sauce has a hot pepper kick that’s as spicy as it’s bayou heritage.

Louisiana "Critter" Marinade: 
No matter what kind of wild game is on your menu, Swamp People Louisiana “Critter” Marinade will bring out the best flavor. Inspired by the History Channel "Swamp People" series, this marinade for meats or wild game has a spicy-sweet taste that’s also delicious as a dipping sauce. Makes a great gift for hunters, grillers, Cajun cooks, or Swamp People fanatics. 

WHICH FLAVOR SOUNDS BEST TO YOU???

Good Question- Civil War and American Pioneers #DigIntoReading @SterlingBooks

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Are you smarter than a 5th grader?  Do you remember what all you were taught in school?  I know I don't remember that much ... I know that is sad to say, I know the basic things for survival and common sense, but as far as the other facts that we were taught, I have a hard time remembering any of that!
I get paranoid when I think about Broxton starting school ... Will it come back to me, or will I be up late night reading through his books to know what to prepare for the next lesson?  
PLEASE - TELL ME Moms and Dads... HOW DID YOU DO IT?  

Luckily for Broxton, Marc loves History and all of that good stuff - so he is set when it comes to that subject.  To be honest, the older I get, the more I see that I am enjoying the little bits of information I am relearning!   I think I will be reading each section at night when he goes to sleep, so I can be prepared for the next days questions.. but until then... we have a new set of books to help out!

I am so happy to have a great relationship with the people over at Sterling Publishing...
They sent me part of their new series of books - Good Question!
In each book, we are presented with a great deal of facts, but it isn't as boring as it used to be to me.
I love that they incorporate a photograph or an artistic illustration on every other page.
On one page, you have the question (or questions) being asked... with the answer below it... and on the opposite page, an image to accompany what we read about.
The end of the book also presents us with a time line of the subject we just read about!

Up first?  We have two books that fall into the HISTORY category:

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Good Question - What Was America's Deadliest War?
Age Range - 7 and older 
Who fired the first shots in the American Civil War? Where were the fiercest battles fought? How did Lincoln free millions of slaves with one document? Acclaimed author Martin Sandler answers all these and other “must-know” questions about the war that pitted brother against brother and tore the United States apart.


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Good Question - Who Were the American Pioneers?
Age Range - 7 and older
Westward ho, with the American pioneers! Why did pioneer families risk it all to move west? Who settled the frontier towns of the Wild West? Did pioneer children go to school? Kids will love learning about the dangerous journey, the Gold Rush, the building of the railroad, cowboys, and much more about this important period in US history.

Both of these books reminded me of facts I had long ago forgotten (or maybe I never learned them, I am still not sure!)  Questions range from "What did the pioneers pack into their wagons?"  to "What was gold fever?"  or "Why did the South rebel?"  and "Did young boys fight in the war?"  You are sure to have inquisitive kids wanting to learn more!  I think that the text/images rotating back and forth was a great way to keep their attention!

I am very excited to see what other books come out in the GOOD QUESTIONS series!
(Come back tomorrow to learn about a couple more I was sent for review!)  
 
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