Welcome to National Geographic Kids Week here at Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
I am beyond excited to be featuring some amazing books from National Geographic Kids all week this week. Each day this week we will be sharing with you a different book and the good news is that you will have a chance to win each of these books in five separate giveaways (open to the U.S. only, sorry). The folks over at National Geographic Kids have generously agreed to provide two copies of each book for five giveaways. That means there will be 10 WINNERS! Thank you!
Be sure to come back each day this week to enter a new giveaway for a different book. All of the giveaways will close on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Without further ado, let us begin with Book #1: Koalas.
Title: Koalas (National Geographic Kids) | Author: Laura Marsh | Publication Date: January 7, 2014 | Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: With a seemingly permanent half-smile on their face, koalas are appealing to boys and girls alike. Filled with adorable photos, and carefully leveled text, this level 1 reader introduces beginning readers to these furry creatures, from cub to adult, exploring where they live, what they eat, and even the way they say “hello” –by touching noses!
1. What is the book about? This book is all about koalas. It has lots of pictures and you learn lots of things about koalas like they carry their babies in a pouch, they have two thumbs, and lots more.
2. What do you think of the book cover and the images inside the book? The pictures of the koalas were adorable and I loved them alot.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book? I loved everything about this book. The pictures were great and there were some things in the book I already knew about because we went to Australia last year. I liked how they showed how words are pronounced like “aw-STRALE-YUH”.
4. What are some of the things you learned from the book? I already knew a lot about koalas but I did learn about the scent patch that only a male koala has. They use it to rub it on trees to tell other animals that it’s their territory. I also learned that koalas sleep 18 hours a day and eat 5 hours a day and only have 1 hour left in the day. What do they do with that hour?
5. Overall, what did you think about the book? I loved it and it was the best book ever. When I was looking at the National Geographic catalogue, the first book I wanted was Koalas.
6. Who do you think would like this book? Everybody would like this book especially kids who like fuzzy, cuddly animals.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: I knew that when my son saw Koalas in the National Geographic Spring Catalogue that he would be all over the book. Even though the book is a Level 1 National Geographic Reader, I knew this was the book for him. Koalas is all about … you guessed it … KOALAS! As with most National Geographic publications, Koalas features absolutely stunning photography of all kinds of koalas in all kinds of poses. Every time we flipped the page, both my son and I went “awww….” Koalas are, hands down, the cutest animals ever (except when they are new born joeys and are hairless and look like tiny little aliens).
Aside from the beautiful photos, this little 32 page book is filled with facts about koalas from what they look like, parts of their bodies and their function, where they live, what they eat, how they care for their babies, and what they do all day (i.e., basically sleep and eat). The book includes pronounciation guides for some of the trickier words like eucalyptus and Australia and introduces words relevant to koalas like marsupial, habitat, and mammal providing definitions at the end of the book.
Finally, the National Geographic Society is dedicated to the conservation of the planet including all the living creatures it sustains; therefore, there is a little section about the dangers koalas face including the encroachment by humans into their natural habitat leading to injuries and deaths. There is a little write-up about the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie in New South Wales which is dedicated to helping injured and sick koalas. Needless to say, my son has a clear vision of what he wants to be when he grows up (apparently I can live in an apartment beside him in Australia where he will be working as a koala rescuer).
My Bottom Line: Koala features stunning photograph, interesting facts about koalas, fun little jokes and activities, and the introduction of new concepts such as marsupial, mammals, and habitat. I highly recommend this fantastic book to children who love furry and adorable animals ages 4 years and older.
* This book was provided to me by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *
* Giveaway: Koalas *
Prize: There will be two winners who will each receive a print copy of Koalas by Laura Marsh.
Contest ends: April 6, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: United States
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by National Geographic Kids and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.