My son loves books. He loves to read them, and he loves being read to. Not a night goes by without a bedtime story…several, in fact. I foster his love of reading with frequent trips to the library, book subscriptions, and visits to the book store. We recently received some books from Silver Dolphin Books, and I am loving the quality of these books. Better yet, was the easy-to-read text in both books we received. Both books were hardcover with thick pages too, making them durable enough to withstand rough toddler hands.
Here’s a quick overview of the Silver Dolphin Books. We absolutely loved them both – and I can’t wait to get some more!
Totally Monster: Best Friends
The Totally Monster book series features fun, feel-good flaps and surprises on each page. Kids can learn about various types of opposites and extremes, and that friendship lasts through thick and thin, as they read along with Totally Monster: Best Friends. Everyone needs a friend to lean on–including monsters! Whether happy or sad, quiet or loud, little monsters need friends. And it’s especially nice to have a best friend to share all of the little details of life with. Big and small monsters alike will be thrilled from head to toe with Totally Monster: Best Friends!
Pretend & Play: On the Farm
Children are transported to Farmer Jack’s farm for a tour that includes a variety of adorable farm animals. From the smallest field mouse hiding in the barn’s hayloft to the tall brown horse peeking over his stall door, every animal has something to say. Children learn about animals as they select the correct animal to complete the image and also engage in small counting games—such as how many butterflies can they see among the cows—helping to build numeracy skills. A 3-D barn is revealed at the end of the adventure. The book comes with four illustrated puzzle pieces featuring the farm animals to fit into each scene.
I especially love the apps that accompany the Totally Monster and Pretend & Play series. My son is probably on the tablet more than anyone in the house, and I love finding new, educational ways for him to play. These book series are perfect for him because he certainly knows how to scroll through the pages!
Totally Monster App Series
Far from frightening, the adorable monsters of the Totally Monster app series introduce young readers to a variety of everyday situations, utilizing the bold and imaginative illustrations of former Disney animator Sue DiCicco.
In Totally Monster: Best Friends, the two little monsters reinforce the message of what it means to be, and have, a best friend and how best friends stick together through anything. Children will learn how great it is to have a best friend to the end through the monsters’ high jinx and fun adventures.
In Totally Monster: Feelings, children learn that monsters can be blue and have good and bad days, just like us. Young children can learn to identify and express their feelings and emotions along with the monsters in this imaginative book.
And in Totally Monster: Manners, children learn that it’s important for everyone, even monsters, to have good manners. Children will enjoy the antics of the monsters as they learn how to be polite, help out, and make friends, and how much more fun it can be when we all play together.
Pretend & Play App Series
Pretend and Play: Toolbox, where youngsters help to build a new birdhouse for Birdy. By selecting the correct tools—a saw, hammer, screwdriver, or pliers—to complete the on-screen images, app users learn the different jobs that each tool performs as well as how each job is important to completing the project. The end result, a stunning 3-D birdhouse, is reward for a job well done in addition to the personal satisfaction of completing the project!
Pretend and Play: Firefighter, a captivating introduction to the heroic tasks that firefighters perform. Children assist the app’s firefighter in saving the day by choosing the correct element for putting out a kitchen fire, saving pets from a burning home, and removing a fallen tree. The app imparts elementary fire safety in addition to an understanding of some of the many elements used by real-life firefighters. Upon completion of the challenge, children are rewarded with the creation of their own 3-D fire truck.
Pretend and Play: On the Farm, where children are transported to Farmer Jack’s farm for a tour that includes a variety of adorable farm animals. From the smallest field mouse hiding in the barn’s hayloft to the tall brown horse peeking over his stall door, every animal has something to say. Children learn about animals as they select the correct animal to complete the image and also engage in small counting games—such as how many butterflies can they see among the cows—helping to build numeracy skills. A 3-D barn is revealed at the end of the adventure.
Fostering a child’s love of reading starts early – and I’m glad my boy has caught on quick.