Friday, March 5, 2010

Barefoot Books Review

We LOVE books! Our house is full of books! I especially love interesting children's books that tell a fun story while teaching something as well. Barefoot Books has tons of books like that and they were very kind and generous and sent me 4 of their books to review!

Arthur of Albion
Discover the rich and lasting tradition of King Arthur. The stories and historical details in this gift collection relive the wonder of the Knights of the Round Table, Lancelot and Merlin, the quest for Excalibur, and Guinevere and the ladies of the court. Includes full-color map of realm of Albion.

Ages 8 and up

Retold By: John Matthews

Illustrated By: Pavel Tatarnikov

(We gave this one to Gavin and he thinks it's awesome, especially the map)

Mama Panya's Pancakes
A Village Tale from Kenya
Glimpse into a Kenyan village with the story of Mama Panya and Adika’s market day, and learn an important lesson about community and the rewards of sharing. Includes a helpful map, facts about Kenya, Kiswahili greetings, and even an easy-to-make pancake recipe.

Ages 4 to 10 years

Written By: Mary Chamberlin, Rich Chamberlin

Illustrated By: Julia Cairns

(All of the kids thought this one was cool.)

The Barefoot Book of Pirates
Set sail with seven piratical tales brimming with adventure in this collection drawn from sources around the world. From mysterious and spooky to friendly and funny, the tales emphasize the qualities of bravery, imagination and compassion. Book with CD editions include stories read by Richard Hope.

Ages 4 to 9 years

Retold By: Richard Walker

Illustrated By: Olwyn Whelan

Narrated By: Richard Hope

(Riley and Asher are both intrigued by this book.)

The Story Tree
Tales to Read Aloud
Delight in reading these quirky tales aloud to the under-five crowd. Each of the seven stories imparts an important lesson while using humor and lovable characters to keep listeners engaged. Book with CD editions include stories read by Hugh Lupton.

Ages 3 to 7 years

Retold By: Hugh Lupton

Illustrated By: Sophie Fatus

(This is a great naptime and bedtime book for Asher!)

Here's the Barefoot Books story of how they came to be...
Explore. Imagine. Create. Connect. Give Back. That’s what Barefoot Books is all about. It’s exploring other cultures, our planet, ourselves. It’s making time for make-believe and letting imaginations run wild and free. Most of all, it’s about using the power of stories to nourish the creative spark in everyone and strengthen connections with family, the global community, and the earth.
Barefoot Books began with two mothers who wanted their children to have books that would feed the imagination, while instilling a respect for diversity and a love of the planet. Today, we are a world-wide community of writers, artists, storytellers, musicians, and others who are committed to providing timeless stories and captivating art that can help children become happy, engaged members of a global society.

Join us. Live barefoot.

I was so happy with all of the books and the kids all loved them too! They have books for babies through 12+ years, so you can find something for all of your children and they even have them categorized by age so it's easy to find something age appropriate. These books would be really awesome for homeschooling families because of the great educational aspects of them, but are just as exciting and beneficial for non-homeschoolers. I love Barefoot Books. Not just the books, but the company and the things it does, such as their Books for Africa program that you can find out more about here. So go, check them out and take a look at all the awesome books they have to offer. You're sure to find something your kids will love!

Disclosure: I received these products for free for review purposes. My opinions expressed in this review were honest and genuine and I was in no way persuaded by the company involved.


Veronika said...

Great books! I love Barefoot Books.
The Story Tree is one of my (many) favourites.

Donna-Lee said...

Our family has been enjoying Barefoot Books for several years. Recent favorites include The Barefoot Book of Knights, The Tear Thief and Driving My Tractor.