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Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Carlie Del Gallo

Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer's EggsDinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot say enough GREAT things about this author! She is super talented in not only writing wonderful adult stories, but these children’s books are nothing short of a work of art. This is the latest set of books that I have read by this author, and I loved that this is 2 books in 1 bundle! The illustrations and the story line make this a fun book for all ages of the family to read and enjoy with one another. I cannot wait to order my friends the hard copies to have them read these books to their children as I know that they will LOVE these books just as I have!

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Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Elizabeth Rose

Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer's EggsDinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a super cute, two book download about two dinosaur friends working together even when they have different ideas. The illustrations are great, too.

In the first book, Conifer (a female T-Rex) notices that a volcano is erupting and wants them to run to safety but Spike (a male ankylosaurus) wants to give the volcano a present. The friends work together to figure out what to do.

In the second book, Conifer is sitting on her next of three eggs when Spike runs to warn her that there is a fire. This time Spike is ready to run but Conifer can’t leave her eggs or carry them all to safety. Again, the friends work together on a solution.

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Dinosaur Friends: 2 Books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifers Eggs by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Micalah Weatherholtz

Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer's EggsDinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dinosaur friends is actually 2 books in 1, A Present for the Volcano, and Saving Conifers Eggs. They were both adorably cute, and adventurous. This duo Conifer and Spike show wonderful problem solving skills that are great for young readers to learn. In A Present for the Volcano Conifer wants to run away and hide from the volcano, but Spike says the volcano is just sad and needs a gift. This shows how we all have a bad days and may be feeling just like that volcano but with a little understanding and thoughtfulness we will always feel better in the end which is what I took away from this book. In Conifers situation she was trusting in her friend Spike and was able to overcome her fears. In Saving Conifers Eggs Spike was the one who had to overcome his fears and help Conifer get her eggs to safety, away from the fire, even though he cannot swim. By staying calm the duo are able to solve their problems step-by-step. Having 3 eggs but only two hands could be solved by carrying the whole nest. When the threat of the eggs breaking came up Spike was able to take down a tree and clear them a path in the end using the tree as a raft to carry them down the river. I really enjoyed sharing these books with my kids. We homeschool so these books broached many topics in one making that much easier for lesson planning. We were able to talk about the history of dinosaurs, how they lay eggs, and how they became extinct. Volcanos. Teamwork. I can absolutely recommend these books!

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Oliver by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Barbie England

Oliver: A Story about AdoptionOliver: A Story about Adoption by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oliver has been adopted. After he get in trouble one day, he starts thinking about the reasons his birth parents could not be the ones who are taking care of him. He also contemplates what his life could be like with out his adoptive parents. I think this book would be a good resource for kids who may need help to start a conversation about adoption. It brings up reasons for adoptions in a way that a child would be able to understand. The illustrations are not in color though. Visually, it might appeal to a child’s eyes more if it was more colorful, but the content of the words is quality.

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The Mind-Reading Hat (Invisible Magic Wand Book Six) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Barbie England

The Mind-Reading Hat: Invisible Magic Wand Book SixThe Mind-Reading Hat: Invisible Magic Wand Book Six by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Caspian is the main character in this Children’s book. His grandfather gives him a present on his “Un-birthday.” He also receives a stone from his mother. These two items work to help and Caspian learns that they both have a function to help him solve problems. While he is wearing the hat, he can hear the thoughts of other people and animals. Caspian’s neighbor makes him a pecan loaf which he really enjoys. While visiting the neighbor, Caspian hears, with the help of the hat, that someone needs his help. Using the hat and thinking stone will help solve the problem and help Caspian find his final present. I think the text feature of the print that is the actual thoughts that he is hearing will help children make sense of the story. These characters are adorable.

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The Mermaid and the Rainbow (Mermaid Science) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Barbie England

the mermaid and the rainbowthe mermaid and the rainbow by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story has some science experiments that kids can replicate easily. The information is presented in an engaging and factual way. I think that it would encourage kids to investigate more and ask questions. This and the related titles are all good resources for teachers to support science curriculum. Trezzie (the mermaid) is Maia’s imaginary friend who helps to show Fig (Maia’s human friend) how to see air, and how to use water and a mirror to make a rainbow. This is a wonderful children’s story!

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The Mermaid and the Ice Cube Necklace (Mermaid Science) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Barbie England

The Mermaid and the Ice Cube Necklace (Mermaid Science)The Mermaid and the Ice Cube Necklace by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mermaid and the Ice Cube Necklace is a children’s story in the group that follows two friends and a mermaid. Maia is the one who can communicate with the mermaid, whose name is Trezzie. This book teaches factual information that may help teachers introduce or supplement science lessons on the states of matter. The art style is a nice complement to the content as well.

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Mermaid and the Water Magnifying Glass: a Mermaid Science Story Reviewed by: Jaimie Salmon-Colburn

Mermaid and the Water Magnifying Glass: a Mermaid Science StoryMermaid and the Water Magnifying Glass: a Mermaid Science Story by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is adorable. And who doesn’t love mermaids?! This book is about two friends playing by a lake (Fig and Maia). Maia can see the mermaid Trezzie, but Fig can’t. It can make this a bit strange when playing. Fig and Maia are playing with stones when Maia spots Trezzie swimming towards them. Trezzie places a small stone next to Maia, but when she shows it to Fig she says it’s to small for their tower. Maia thinks there is something about it because it came from Trezzie. When they look closer they can see that there is something on it, but they need a magnifying glass to see it better. Science to the rescue! Fig says she knows how to make one, and lists an item she needs. Fig doesn’t see Trezzie go into the lake and bring back an item, but it shows up next to her feet!! Fig makes a magnifying glass with the container and they can see what is on the rock. Maia says to show Trezzie, but because Fig can’t see her she lets Maia show her. It turns out that there is a fossil on the stone. Something similar to a Rolly-Polly. The bug that curls up with you touch it. The girls ask if there are more so they can each bring one home. Trezzie leaves and is gone a long time. Fig thinks she got lost and decides to head home. What happened to Trezzie? Does she come back? Do they get their fossils? Read the book to find out that and more!! This book was for my seven year old. She LOVES mermaids and this one is so cute! The story keeps her locked in until the end. And it’s fun to test out some of the science from the books! There are more than one book, but they can be read as stand alone with no problems. I love the added science in the book. That’s not something that is really taught at the younger ages so “sneaking” it in now can’t hurt!

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The Mind-Reading Hat: Invisible Magic Wand Book Six: Reviewed by Jaimie Salmon-Colburn

The Mind-Reading Hat: Invisible Magic Wand Book SixThe Mind-Reading Hat: Invisible Magic Wand Book Six by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a cute book! And I just love the idea of an UnBirthday surprise! Every year Caspin and his Grandpa share a special tradition of a surprise box under his bed for his birthday. This year there was 2!!!! What could that second one be? What could it mean!? He opens up the presents and of course is shocked at what he got. He doesn’t understand why those gifts, but he remembers from previous birthdays (other books in series) that sometimes the gifts are far from what he expects. He brings his gifts downstairs and on the way learns about the first one. After his grandpa explains the bigger gift his mother gives him a hint about the smaller one and rushes off. He smells something out in the hall that brings him to another surprise of the day. What will he do with his new surprises? And what adventures await down the hall? Read this cute children’s book to find out! My 7 year old liked this book. It wasn’t super long and it was a fun plot, so it kept her interest until the end. The illustrations are cute and younger kids can follow the story plot with the pictures easily. I would defiantly recommend this book to kids ages 4-8. Younger kids being read to and the older kids reading out loud. I would also recommend getting the other in the set, but you can read it alone.

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Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Gabrielle Lee

Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer's EggsDinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These two stories are quick and fun reads, the stories are cute and entertaining while they help to show the meaning of friendship. Little ones will enjoy the dinosaurs and their antics. Conifer and Spike learn to cooperate and to think out of the box to solve their problems. These stories help youngsters understand that working together will not only solve the problem quicker, but it will also help friendships strengthen. Alongside the stories are cute pictures to enhance the tales.

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