Even though it is the end of the summer, it does not mean that the learning should stop! One way to learn during the summer is by reading books. DK Readers has so many great books for kids of all ages to keep the learning process going! My kids and I got to review four books from their collection: Colour Days, The Great Panda Tale, African Adventures, and Brain Training.
Out of all of the books my younger kids reviewed, they really got a kick out of Colourful Days. This book is at DK Readers’ Pre-Level – Learning to Read stage. They were more fascinated by big and colourful pictures than they were by the words on the pages. DK never disappoints where beautiful pictures are concerned! My daughter was co captivated by this page that she started pointing things out to us on the page and was talking about what she was seeing. We could not move on to the next page until she had explored this page.
My daughter also enjoyed The Great Panda Tale by Laura Buller. This book in the DK Reader series is at DK Readers’ Level 2 – Beginning to Read Alone stage. This book is about the story of Laruie, an Junior Zookeeper who works at the zoo shares with readers about the excitement of Zhen Mei, one of the pandas on exhibit at the zoo, becomes pregnant. She then lets readers in on what the zoo does to care for her and her cubs once they are born. My younger daughter fell in love with Zhen Mei and her baby cubs! She ooohed and ahhhed at them; telling us how cute the babies were to her. She also enjoyed seeing that the cubs were bottle fed to make sure they were getting enough milk. They enjoyed listening to me read this book to them.
Both of my younger kids also enjoyed African Adventure by Deborah Lock. This book is at DK Readers’ Level 3 – Reading Alone stage. African Adventures is the journal of a child that goes on a safari adventure with his family. This child shares information about the animals they saw, the tribes they visited, and the legends they learned. My children really enjoyed all of the beautiful photos of the various animals the child in this book saw while on his or her trip while on his or her safari journey. I really enjoyed the information the child in this story was giving readers. I also liked how the pages of the book were made to look like a journal. It added to the sense of adventure I got from reading this book.
I made sure my eldest child was not left out of this review! The both of us reviewed a book that older children and adults could find useful. It is called Brain Training by Tony Buzan. This book is supposed to help those that use this book to enhance their mind power through a series of brain exercises, tips, and other strategies. We tested the “Where Are You At,” some of the “Memory Testers” pages and some the “Visuaal Reasoning and “Spacial Awareness” pages to see how agile our mental agility was.
These pages were really great for both my almost teenager and me to get our minds to attempt these mental tests. For some of the Special Awareness tests, we were physically maneuvering the book around to try to figure out some of the questions. Some of these tests were easy, while others were a bit trickier to complete. The difficulty these test will vary based on where your own personal mental strengths lie. This book will be great my for my eldest for some areas of math like special awareness and verbal and visual reasoning. These tests will also help me to brush up on some of the math and memory skills I’ve lost over the years.
Overall, I am so happy with all of these books from DK! The Readers for my younger kids is getting them to want to read more than they usually do, and the brain training book will bet helpful for my eldest and I to keep our mind working out so we can improve our math skill and our memory retention. DK Readers has yet to let me down, and they are great to keep the learning throughout the summer and into the coming school year!
DK Canada Giveaway!
Enter to Win DK Canada DK Readers Books: Colour Days, The Great Panda Tale, African Adventures, and Brain Training.
Giveway ends on September 29th, 2014 at 11:59 ESt and only Canadian residents can enter.
Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.