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New Ways We Can Learn on Wednesday

We’re back with our (almost) weekly educational products review. We’re all over these great games, toys, books, DVDs and CDs that NAPPA(National Parenting Publications Awards) has shared with us. If you’d like to learn more about NAPPA, visit their website, like their Facebook page and keep stopping by here on Wednesdays for more interesting new products for your children and the entire family. Today’s product reviews comes courtesy of Julie Kertes, NAPPA General Manager.

Spell It! Spell to Win!; $29.99; Ages 8+; www.blueorangegames.com

This clever game is perfect for competitive wordsmith families. A felt-lined tin box is the arena for rolling lettered dice, shouting out words in specific categories that contain the letters rolled, and scoring chips. Themed plays inspire quick thinking; i.e., “Things in a Home” using letters M – I – A – F- Y?  Family. A NAPPA honors award winner, Spell It! Spell to Win! is all-inclusive and fluid, and rises to the linguistic levels of the players.

Click here now to order your very own Spell It game.

New Ways We Can Learn on Wednesday

GETTING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER VAN GOGH

Today Good Reads With Ronna is excited to introduce a new weekly educational products review. We’re all over these great games, toys, books, DVDs and CDs that NAPPA(National Parenting Publications Awards) has agreed for us to use.  If you’d like to learn more about NAPPA, visit their website, like their Facebook page and keep stopping by here on Wednesdays for more interesting new products for your children and the entire family. Today’s product reviews comes courtesy of Julie Kertes, NAPPA General Manager.

Master Kitz®; $29; Ages 4 to 12; www.kidzaw.com

Give your children an early appreciation of art with Master Kitz® by Kidzaw. These kits include everything needed to re-create masterpieces such as Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night or Sunflowers, Gustav Klimt’s The Tree of Life, Monet’s Water Lilies and Hokusai’s The Great Wave of Kanagwa.  The re-usable art toolbox contains paints, a specially designed roller, re-usable stencil, art paper, educational materials and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Children will learn about each painting and its history and be encouraged to create their own interpretation of each masterpiece.

World Without Fish is NAPPA Gold Winner!

photo_39029342The results are in and it’s no surprise that World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky has won a Gold Medal from NAPPA. For ordering info and more winners, visit the NAPPA website.

World Without Fish

By Mark Kurlansky, illustrated by Frank Stockton; Workman Publishing, 2011; $16.95; www.workman.com.

photo_39029322This book has been called the Silent Spring for a new generation, and that’s not an exaggeration. Unlike most ecological books for young readers, it’s neither preachy nor condescending, but uses straightforward, powerful writing to pull the reader into caring about the perilous state of our oceans and sea life. The nontraditional format, including sections in graphic-novel form, keeps this fact-filled book lively. And Kurlansky brings you right into the worlds he’s writing about, whether under-sea with the fish or above with the fisherman.

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