Review: Guardian Angel Publishing
What is one love language that all homeschoolers speak? Books! Guardian Angel Publishing offers a wide variety of books, both entertaining and educational, geared toward children ages 0-12 years old.
Earthquake!, colorfully-illustrated and written for ages 6-9, is filled with interesting factoids and information about earthquakes written in a kid-friendly language. At times, it seemed a bit over-simplified until I reminded myself of the age-range for which it was intended. Although some of the references were a bit obscure (such as an earthquake feeling like being on Disney’s Space Mountain, which wouldn’t mean much to someone who hadn’t been on Space Mountain), this 30-page book contains tips and hands-on projects to prepare kids for the possibility of an earthquake, as well as information about the science of earthquakes for those studying the subject. There are also fact and preparedness charts and lists for kids and parents.
Earthquake! is available as an eBook ($5.00), a CD ($9.95 + $5.95 s/h) or a print book ($11.95 + $6.95 s/h).
Hamster Holidays is a 26-page book that uses a group of playful hamsters to introduce kids ages 5-12 to nouns and adjectives. The book starts with a simple little poem designed to help kids remember the definitions of these two parts of speech, followed by a story about the hamsters. In the story, the nouns are written in blue and the adjectives in red, making them easily identifiable.
Following the practice story are games, activities and a study guide to help reinforce what’s been learned. I appreciated that the study guide contained practical grammar tips, such as how to determine if you should add s, es, or change the y to an i before adding es in order to make a noun plural.
There are crossword puzzles, a word search and other similar activities for additional practice. You can purchase Hamster Holidays in the following formats: eBook ($5.00), CD ($9.95 + $5.95 s/h) or a print book ($10.95 + $6.95 s/h).
Maybe We Are Flamingos is mostly for entertainment, but contains an element of education about flamingos. The story, written for kids ages 3-6, is about two baby flamingos, Flora and Fernando, who aren’t the same color as all the other flamingos. They wonder if something is wrong with them or if they aren’t really flamingos, until they learn that it’s maturity and what they eat that makes them pink.
After their minds are at ease that they’re with the right family, they have fun imagining what they might look like if they ate other things, such as broccoli, hamburgers or tacos. Maybe We Are Flamingos is available as an eBook ($5.00), CD ($9.95 + $5.95 s/h), a print book ($10.95 + $6.95 s/h), or a DVD book video ($9.95 + $5.95 s/h).
Andy and Spirit Go to the Fair is another mostly-for-fun book in a series about a physically challenged boy and his horse-pal, Spirit, an albino mustang. In this story, Andy and Spirit are participating in the 4-H equestrian events at the state fair when they are faced with challenges that require them to work together. Following the story, there is information about 4-H clubs and programs for rescuing wild mustangs. A portion of the proceeds goes to charitable organizations that train horses to participate in therapeutic work with physically challenged children and adults.
You can purchase Andy and Spirit Go to the Fair as as an eBook ($5.00), CD ($9.95 + $5.95 s/h), a print book ($10.95 + $6.95 s/h), or a DVD book video ($9.95 + $5.95 s/h).
No Bones About It was probably my favorite of the books that I reviewed because of it’s usefulness. Written for ages 8-12, this 30-page rhyming book, with it’s sidebars full of factoids, helps students (and their parents) memorize the names of the bones that make up our skeletal system. Probably because I don’t know the names of all the bones myself, it never occurred to me to try to help my kids memorize them. No Bones About It would make a great addition to a unit on the human body.
No Bones About It is available as an eBook ($5.00), CD ($9.95 + $5.95 s/h) or a print book ($10.95 + $6.95 s/h).
You can visit Guardian Angel Publishing’s website to view their complete line-up of book for children.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Actual results may vary.
I love reading your reviews. That No Bones About It looks good.
My kids would be some of those that don't know what riding on Space Mountain feels like, but they already know what an earthquake feels like anyway ;-).
I am curious about the "bones" book. Does it give scientific names or common names? And, I'm also curious as to how detailed they get – like do they talk about tarsals and metatarsals, or just phalanges? 🙂
@ School for Us — Okay, you're already over my head asking about scientific and common names, because I'm not sure I'd know the difference. Then again, you might give me a scientific name and I'd be all like, "Oh, yeah. I knew that."
That being said, it calls the toes phalanges, then mentions the tarsal. It calls the knee cap the patella, then says that means the knee cap (hey, maybe I do know the difference between the scientific and common names).
For the forearm, it lists radius and ulna, for example. I know that it doesn't list all 206 bones within the poem (like the individual facial bones, for example), but it lists all the major ones. The poem is followed by a chart that points out, on a skeleton, 36 bones, from head to toe, that stars with phalanges (followed by metatarsal and tarsal) and go up the the skull, which includes mandible, malar, orbit, etc.
Does that help?
Yes, that does help! And, sorry I wasn't more specific. I was trying to figure out if they listed the common names (like knee cap) or the scientific names (like patella). I'm glad to see they do both! It sounds like a great book.
No problem, Dana. Sometimes you have to s-p-e-l-l things out for me. 😉 I'm glad it helped.
I love to read the books of Guardian Angel Publishing because they offers an interesting selection of childrens books geared at ages 0-12. They are unique in all publications.