Around the World on Eighty Legs: Animal Poems Review

When I initially made the decision to home educate my three young children I was terrified. I had a wonderful conversation with a friend of mine who is a teacher and asked for her best piece of advice. I will never forget her words that seemed so simple, “just make sure that you read to them a lot.” I am so grateful to her for her words of wisdom because my passion for reading has proven to be the key to my children enjoying their education. My favorite resource for books has always been Scholastic which consistently provides the highest quality books and learning materials for children. I have always been very appreciative at how affordable Scholastic books are and our personal library continues to grow with both classic and new stories.

I recently had the opportunity to read several new Scholastic book selections with my children and wanted to share a few of our favorites. Around the World on Eighty Legs: Animal Poems by Amy Gibson is a highly entertaining and fun-filled educational children’s picture book that transports readers to animal habitats around the world. Visit the Arctic, the Amazon, the African Savannah and the Australian Outback as children are introduced to a fascinating group of animals including the familiar cheetah and the not so familiar takin. My children are ages 3, 4 and 5 and absolutely love when I read this book to them. Every time we read it together we seem to discover a new fact or interesting piece of information. Since my children love animals, this book really captures their imaginations and has led to many interesting and fun discussions about animals and their habitats. The illustrations by Daniel Salmieri have really elevated the text of this book and bring the world of the animals to life brilliantly. Written for ages 4-8, this new picture book is a wonderful animal adventure that is sure to delight little ones everywhere. List price $18.99

We are also enjoying several other Scholastic book titles including Bible Stories for Boys, Bible Stories for Girls, Count My Kisses Little OneThe Mitten, Miriam’s Cup: A Passover Story, The White House and I Love You Always and Forever.

I really appreciate Bible Stories for Boys and Bible Stories for Girls by the American Bible Society because it has been difficult for me to find bible stories that are age appropriate for my young children. These two books are focused on nine biblical stories with inspirational men and women such as Adam, Noah, Moses, Jesus (stories for boys) and Deborah, the bible’s only female judge and Mary the mother of Jesus (stories for girls). Each board book is nicely padded and the cover and illustrations feature glitter and colorful pictures that bring the biblical stories to life. What a wonderful gift idea for Easter or as a present for a new baby! List Price $9.99 each.

For President’s Day, we had the opportunity to read selections from Scholastic’s Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times by David Rubel. This comprehensive encyclopedia is appropriate for both younger and older children (targeted for junior high school ages) as I was able to adapt the information to their age level. It is packed full of interesting and useful information and my children enjoyed looking at pictures of George Washington and learning about Mt. Vernon. I anticipate that this is one book that will remain well used throughout the years at the front of our bookshelf.

Scholastic has a wide selection of books for children of all ages and you can view the entire selection at the Scholastic Store. If you are looking to update your child’s home library or stock up on some new titles for summer reading then I highly recommend Scholastic books.

*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions based only on my experiences wtih 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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