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Hop-A-Long Schoolhouse Review

Have you had a chance to read my review of Hop -A-Long’s Schoolhouse or perhaps you have purchased the DVD in the Simply Stacie Open Sky Store? If so, you are already enjoying the wacky antics of “Hop-A-Long” and his side kick “Shoo Fly”. This popular children’s entertainment company has added several new releases just in time for the holidays including the books “Manny the Monarch”and “For Pete’s Sake”by David Hoss and Teresa Russell.

My children are exposed to a lot of children’s books on a daily basis and are becoming much more “discriminating.”  My boys loved “For Pete’s Sake” which is a fun and entertaining story with an environmentally friendly message. Pete the Python has come to school to visit Ms Greenway and her class with an important message. The story itself is delightful and the rhymes reminded me of a Dr. Seuss book. Any story with a snake in it is really going to get my sons’ attention and both boys were instructing the family to turn off lights and the television when not in use. “Manny the Monarch” was my daughter’s favorite of the two books and all the kids laughed as Manny became upset that the Bricabrac family had taken over their mountain resting spot on their transcontinental journey south to Mexico. It really opened the discussion because my children were asking questions about global warming and Manny’s journey.

I was very impressed with the esthetic appearances of the books when it arrived and my husband who is a printing press operator told me that what I liked is the “perfect bound spine”. Between you and me… is a really nicely made book with 100% recycled paper. The illustrations by Michael Fiebrich are colorful and the characters of Pete and Manny are charming and loveable. You just want to cheer them on throughout the stories. I liked that the book is a larger size than normal with equally large sized illustrations. It is the first time that I can remember that my three children sat quietly through two books without declaring that they “can’t see” because someone is blocking the pictures.

Hop-A-Long’s Schoolhouse currently has a great gift idea with their Holiday Bonus Package. You will receive the 3 episode DVD of Hop-A-Long’s Schoolhouse, a music CD that goes with songs from the DVD, a poster and BOTH books in this review, “Manny the Monarch” and “For Pete’s Sake.” You can also purchase these titles separately and with a personalized inscription…either or both of these would make a wonderful gift.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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