Would Make a Cute Board Book - "Terry Treetop and the Little Bear" e-book Review




In case you don't know, I LOVE books. I am one of those that LOVES the feel of an actual book between my hands and I enjoy the turning of the pages. But, I also like the fact that I can carry more than one book in some battery-powered device that I can take with me on the bus, or to the park, etc. From a young age my king has had that love of books also. You should see his collection so far. It's kind of impressive for a two-year-old. LOL

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So when I received Tali Carmi's "Terry Treetop and the Little Bear" from Ebook-Pro (for free, btw) I was pretty excited to sit with him and read this new book. The book description on its promotional page read:


Want to take your kids on a spring adventure?
"March 21, the first day of spring!Wonderful things this day will bring."
In this book, Terry Treetop is about to play with a little bear that came into his back yard, when the bear's mother calls him back to the woods. But something went wrong and the little bear was in danger.
Will Terry be able to save the little bear?
Will they play together after all?
This beginner reader’s eBook, the 5th in the Terry Treetop best sellers series, will teach your child about the signs of spring, and bears that leave their den in this season.
Your kids will enjoy full-color illustrations of Terry and the bear cub. This book is written especially for you and your kids aged 2- 8, with simple text and 17 colorful illustrations.
The story is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers.
The first thing I noticed was, of course, the cover but ON the cover is a cute illustration of a red-headed curly-haired little boy. Obviously, I IMMEDIATELY liked him. LOL He and a bear cub are embracing each other with purple flowers surrounding them. The illustrations (courtesy of Mindy Liang), as well as the font on the cover, are super cute. So, as I'm sitting there with my king so far I am liking this book. 
Terry Treetop and the Little Bear

While he spoke to his dad for a moment, I skimmed the e-book. Basically the story is about Terry, who likes to climb trees hence the "Treetop", befriending a bear cub. He sees this cub hanging around and wants to play, but then momma bear shows up. Terry keeps his distance until...well I won't ruin for you, but something happens, the situation gets resolved, and Terry does something he feels proud of and momma bear learns something.

I feel that there may be some that have issues with the story. One of these is that Terry goes near the bears. This is NOT a problem where I live, but I know there are some people that live in areas that you MAY come across a bear and they're not exactly the Yogi and Boo-Boo kind. 

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So, to read a story about getting near wild bears, like I said, may be issue for some people. But, the way I see it: it's a story,an opportunity to teach real from not real. In this story Terry got close to the bears, in real life you don't. Although thinking about it this goes for all animals that the child doesn't know. I've been teaching my king that although we have dogs, it's not safe to get close to dogs he doesn't know. So, take the story as a starting point for this kind of conversation with your child.

In full disclosure, I do not own a Kindle. I buy Kindle books and read them through the Kindle Cloud Reader. One of the main issues, I had with the book was not the story, but the formatting. It's a bit off. If this would've been a tangible book I'm sure it wouldn't have been a problem, but it's an e-book and I have to review as one. When you're reading the illustrations and their section of text aren't completely aligned. What I mean is, we'll see the illustration and only some of the text that pertains to it. I have to swipe (and lose the illustration) to finish the text.

I don't know how you read to your kid, but I don't just read. As I read I like to add my own flair (◠∀◠✿). I'll add some more lines (and questions) from the illustration and I found I couldn't do that with this e-book in the beginning. I'm not sure if there's an extra page in there that shifts everything, but it did irk me. Like I said though, this is at the beginning. Because one of the illustrations that follow has shorter text, the ones after fall "into place". 

I know it may seem like nothing, but I'm picky. None of the other children's books I have on the Kindle Cloud have had this issue, so when I came across it, I NOTICED. Out of curiosity, I went ahead and got the "Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg" e-book and skimming it briefly, the issue is sadly much more evident in that one. (I am well aware this has nothing to do on the author, but if it was a "regular" book ad the pages were to fall off in my hands, I would say it).

That being said, I enjoyed the story and my king did, too. As always, he'd point to the different things I'd mention from the illustrations. If I were to have bought this as a board book, I would've been happy with my purchase...as long as the pages didn't fall off. (◠ᴗ◕✿)




DISCLOSURE: This e-book was a gift from Ebook-Pro in exchange for my review. The views and opinions expressed in this video are solely my own. I am not an expert on any topic, product, or service. These are my honest opinions on my experience with the topic, product, or service being reviewed. This post also contains affiliate links because...you know, I'm a blogging stay-at-home-mom. (◠ᴗ◕✿) You can read the full disclosure on my disclosure and privacy policy page here.






 

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