Friday, April 10, 2020

Review: Full of Flavor and Stick to the Beat, both by Sophia Day

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Usually, I start posts with the book information, a short blurb and buy links before jumping into my thoughts. But today, I'm shaking things up a little...Can't stay boring!

Today, I'm presenting two books from the Mighty Tokens series from Real MVPKids Media, LLC. These books are thought for first level readers and designed to be read with the child and adult together. Each story is designed to address a certain topic, which readers can apply to their own lives such as self-esteem and determination. Now usually, I'm not a huge fan of such books and tend to steer clear as much as possible, but this publisher has caught my interest for several reasons.

These books are truly designed to help young readers grow more sure of their word skills. Before the tale begins, it's explained that the left side of each 2-page spread holds text which is slightly more advanced than the right side...which through the reading-together theory, encourages young readers while giving them a break before feeling overwhelmed. Difficult words are highlighted as well.

Even before the tale begins, the main theme is discussed with thoughts and pointers to settle readers' minds into the topic and raise a few questions before diving into the tale. Then, at the end, the topic is combined with moments from the tale and readdressed in a way which opens up to discussions. This makes it great for homeschoolers as well.

Finally, the stories flow nicely with characters and situations, which are easy to relate to. The tale feels natural and although the message is the main theme, it's still a fun story to read. Add in the huge variety of reoccurring characters in this series, and it's one that readers will not only see themselves in and relate to, but also one they can become familiar with and revisit other adventures without having to relearn new worlds and characters each time. It's simply a very well-balanced mix.



FULL OF FLAVOR
Mighty Tokens - Self-Esteem
by Sophia Day
Illustrated by Timothy Zowada
MVPKids Media, LLC
First Reader Book
32 pages
ages 4 to 8





Leo and his father are in the kitchen cooking a mighty delicious Italian sandwich. As father and son bond, Leo learns that it's not just the things he accomplishes that make his father proud. Find out what makes Leo beam with pride for being Full of Flavor in this story you and your child can read together.

   




STICK TO THE BEAT
Mighty Tokens - Self-Esteem
by Sophia Day
Illustrated by Timothy Zowada
MVPKids Media, LLC
First Reader Book
32 pages
ages 4 to 8



Faith discovers that with hard work and determination, she can do anything! Sticking to the rhythm her mother teachers her, she dances her way to achieving her dreams. Give your child the Token of Determination as you read this story together.







Mighty Tokens is a series for emerging readers to experience together with their parents. Children will learn valuable reading skills as their parents read one side of the page while the child is encouraged to read the other side. While nurturing literacy and building reading skills, parents will also reinforce positive concepts, such as determination and kindness, as they deposit tokens of affirmation into the "character banks" of their children, raising them to someday be mighty adults.

Discover their rich collection as well as a coloring contest and more HERE!


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