BOOK REVIEW + AUTHOGRAPHED Copy of Blooming Rose Blasts Off by Lauren Piland
Book Title: BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Jan 10, 2023
Content Rating: G for all kids.
Rose loves to write, draw, and play―but what happens when she has to face a project she’s never done before?! With encouragement from her best friend, Brady, and some brainstorming with Dad, does Rose’s rocket launcher project turn out to be less than stellar or out of this world?!
When I saw this gorgeous cover, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this tour. Purple is my favorite color and I love how vibrant this book is. The illustrations are well done and bring the story to life allowing the reader to experience the book alongside Rose.
In this book, Rose is tasked with building a rocket for a school project. Convinced she doesn’t have the skillset to do this, she procrastinates. I identify with Rose and recall how easy it is to put of things we know we can’t accomplish. With her best friend’s support and sound advice from her dad, Rose learns she does indeed have the skillset to accomplish this.
I love the message of this book. Rose learns several valuable lessons – critical thinking and the importance of facing our fears – to complete her project.
I also enjoyed the creative activities and learning bundles. These are the perfect way to engage your little reader!
As a former second grade and elementary art teacher, Lauren Piland is a Louisiana native turned Texas homesteader who knows the importance of engaging read-alouds both in class and at home. After taking a step back from the classroom to raise her second child, she realized the gap some campuses face between the undersupported emotional struggles of students and the overwhelming responsibilities of teachers. “When we can use tools such as books and relatable characters to open up those more meaningful conversations, both at home and in the classroom, it aids in that process of peeling back layers of getting to know each other better and building trust,” says Piland. “Children need to feel seen, feel heard, and feel protected. And we do that by tapping into our emotions.”
Piland also wanted to further support teachers by including ready-to-use, curriculum-based exercises to go along with each book that focus on learning objectives such as reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary building and word mechanics exercises, writing prompts, whole group projects and STEM exercises with differentiated versions for students in Pre-K all the way to fourth grade.
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