• Apr
    28

    Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes Book Review by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom


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    Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes Book Review

    This post is a sponsor review. For full details read my disclosures found HERE.

    Gravy on my Mashed Potatoes

    My daughter Elizabeth and I were just over the moon to hear that the author of Matthew’s Monster’s and One Bright Monster, Stephanie Sisler, had released a new book. Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes is unlike either of her previous books, yet this book still uses Stephanie’s signature interactive storybook format.

    Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes (which you could also consider the icing on the cake with the cake being Matthew’s Monsters and One Bright Monster) is a touching storybook that brings to life the people around our child’s life. This book is full of writing prompts that tackle family, emotions, and feelings. There are boxes where your child can glue pictures in to create a magical way for your child not only to practice their reading and writing skills; but also to create a family keepsake that they will treasure throughout their life. Here is just a pinch of some of the writing prompts included in this book:

    • About Me
    • Family Tree
    • My Wish

    Here is my daughter Elizabeth doing several of the writing prompts. Being the budding artist that she is she opted to draw some of her pictures on some of the pages rather than use photographs that we have on hand.  So, to do this I gave her an index card for each of her illustrations. At the end of the book she ended up with some lovely photographs as well as her illustrations for her keepsake book.

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    As a mother of a 6 year old, writer, and creative thinker who strives to make learning fun I fully support and whole heartedly recommend purchasing your very own copy of Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes by Stephaine Sisler. Make sure to hop on over and purchase Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes today at the Creative Reading for Kids Store. Make sure to follow along with Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes on their Facebook page too!

    As an added bonus for reviewing Stephanie Sisler’s Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes book she has been gracious enough to provide one copy of her book to one of my lucky readers and for a limited time she has also given a discount code you, all of my readers, to save with as well.  Please enter my giveaway below or click here if you cannot wait to start using herGravy On My Mashed Potatoes book. Would you like to start using this book today? I have a coupon code that is exclusively for Enchanted Homeschooling Mom readers. Just enterEnchanted at checkout to get 10% off your order! Make sure to check out her other books while you are there as well.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my review of Stephanie Sisler’s latest book: Gravy On My Mashed Potatoes.  I hope if you select to use this storybook with your child it will help you make wonderful memories for years to come! Make sure to read my previous review of Stephanie Sisler’s storybooks and visit her site.

     

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  • Apr
    01

    One Bright Monster Book Review


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    One Bright Monster Book Review

    This post is a sponsor review. For full details read my disclosures found HERE.
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    I am so excited to share the big news with all of you that author of Matthew’s Monster,Stephanie Sisler (you can read my review of Matthew’s Monsters HERE), has once again knocked the ball out of the park with her brand new interactive storybook called One Bright Monster.

    Stephanie Sisler’s new book One Bright Monster takes us through the story of Sparky the Monster. Sparky is a young monster who is nervous to go to the school for the first time. All the other young monsters have learned about their monster talents that makes them special, but sadly, Sparky hasn’t yet. This touching tale is one that any child and parent could relate to, whether they are humans or monsters.

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    As many of you may recall from my previous review of Stephanie Sisler’s storybookMatthew’s Monsters, one of the unique aspects of the her storybooks are that they have a hands on approach to learning the details of the story as you read and learn them. I sometimes have to remember that reading is not just about learning to read the words, but also about your child being able to walk away from the storybook with a comprehension of what your child just read. To further enhance you’re your child’s attention to detail while reading One Bright Monster digs deep into reading, recognizing color sight words, remembering key details, working on vowels and consonant s, recognizing odd and even numbers, and of course, the magical coloring fun throughout the storybook. I love how many core skills were practiced in just this one book!

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    My 6 year old daughter Elizabeth is Stephanie’s BIGGEST fan. In my opinion One Bright Monster achieved its goal of pulling in my daughter’s interest, expanding her reading vocabulary and comprehension, and has created wonderful memories between my daughter and I that guarantees she will remember throughout the years. I think that the best way to share with you how this book impressed my daughter Elizabeth and about what it has to offer is to share some quotes directly from her:

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    “I liked the monsters. They were cool! Do you think they are real?” “I liked writing the names of the monsters! My favorite monster is Violet who washes the dishes.” “I liked reading it with my Mom.” “I liked coloring the castle.” “Needles the monster was cute and just like me!”

    You might be asking yourself why and am I such a firm believer and fan of Stephanie Sisler’s storybooks? As some of you may know my daughter has struggled for the past few years with reading. While her reading skills have progressed at a normal pace she was not a confident reader due to a natural lisp that people around her made her feel uncomfortable about. Matthew’s Monsters was the first storybook that Elizabeth related to and engaged with and that was a magical result in my eyes! While I have read storybooks to both of my children since they were both 3 months old, Elizabeth loved hearing storybooks, but would only read to me for school credit, when she had too. Since reading Matthew’s Monsters and now One Bright Monster, Elizabeth is starting to read other storybooks to her dolly, our dogs, and to Beck.  She seems to have taken the stories to heart and has decided for herself that she can read and is doing it more and more. Stephanie’s out of the box approach is so engaging that no matter what reading level or style your child is currently at they will love her storybooks.  I thought that only Elizabeth would love these books, but it appears my 8 year old son Beck loves to do her books as well. Here is a picture of Elizabeth wearing her Matthew’s Monsters shirt that she decorated:

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    As a mother of a 6 year old, writer, and creative thinker who strives to make learning fun I fully support and whole heartedly recommend purchasing your very own copy of One Bright Monster. Make sure to hop on over and purchase One Bright Monster today at the Creative Reading for Kids Store. I have been given a special code to share with all of you that will give you 10% off your purchase. Just enter:

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    Make sure to follow along with One Bright Monster on their Facebook page!

    Thank you for taking the time to read my review of Stephanie Sisler’s One Bright Monster.  I hope if you select to use this storybook on your homeschooling journey it will be as helpful and fun for you as it was for Elizabeth and I.

    Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of One Bright Monster and a discount code for you, my readers, in order to give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.


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  • Oct
    29

    Book Review by Childhood Beckons


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    The book Mathew’s Monsters by Stephanie Sisler is a story and an activity all rolled into one. It is designed to test and strengthen reading comprehension while having fun! This book is about a young boy who imagines there are monsters in his room at night. It’s a cute story, full of wonderful descriptions, that had R giggling throughout.

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  • May
    21

    Win a Copy of Matthew’s Monsters


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    ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    My Mom instilled a joy of reading in me, and I love passing that on to me son! For as long as I can remember, I have stayed up many many nights reading in bed, and even though my little man is only four, I hope he too can take joy in reading one day. Right now, we are perfectly content to read together and talk about the books. I was recently contacted to review Matthew’s Monsters by Stephanie Sisler! This super fun book reads like a picture book but is actually an activity book. After a few pages the book gives the child a chance to answer questions about things that were read in previous pages. This allows the child to broaden their reading comprehension in a FUN way. It also asks you to complete pictures by coloring the monsters the colors that were previously mentioned. My little man and I had a blast with this book! It is a very colorful, fun and…. click here to read more.

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  • May
    21

    Book Review by J. Kummer


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     From Stephanie Sisler’s “Matthew’s Monsters: A Creative Comprehensive Exercise.”
    Book Review Written by: Julie Kummer
    This book is a thrill for the younger reader who lies anxiously in bed at night, trying to ignore the sights and sounds that create nightmarish nervousness.  It’s an excellent gift for a child, and works well for travel. It also passed most critical tester I know, and received the “Read it again, read it again comment” after only one reading.
    The author tackles several tasks well: creating interesting imaginary monsters, quizzing the reader on comprehension, and really spinning a fun storyline for an older child or adult reading along.
    The reader is asked to participate fully in the story by answering multiple-choice questions throughout the text and tested on visual recognition requests for more detail for each of the five monsters.
    “Matthew’s” illustrator, Kyle Grzelak, creates wonderful, detailed drawings for the Sisler’s story, as well as matching clues for the text. Grzelak has created an every boy, a child we feel we must know.
    Sisler uses sounds and texture effectively to add to the anxiety our six-year character, Matthew must feel. Discarded toys and wrappers are given shape and form, and most children will identify with the potato chip bags, basketballs, cars missing wheels and a guitar all plucked to make Matthew assume at least one monster is sharing his room.
    As our six year old hears different sounds and rustling from the corners of his room, the monsters in the book morph into distinctly different colors and shapes.   We move with the boy as he tries to describe their source and are given some choice descriptive sounds to flesh out his monsters, “stomp, plink, plank, then tip, tip, boom, roll, thump.”  The monster in his closet heard moving his shoes, must be trying them on; another monster checks a potato chip bag for crumbs.
    As we conclude the hunt for monsters, Matthew decides a flashlight will dispel some of his fears, as he explains, “Everyone knows monsters are afraid of lights.” He’s right, but not to spoil the surprise, I won’t identify the source of the frightening sounds.  Let’s just say that this little animal will calm most children’s fears about their own bedroom monsters.
    This book is a delightful way to address nighttime fear and restlessness and deserves to be read.
    Julie Ann Howell
    Publisher/Founder
    Peppertree Press
    The Pepper Tree Magazine
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