We love reading but I also love activity books. You know the ones that encourage you to do something, make something or make you think a little more. If they can combine some of my favorite things then I’m even happier. With this in mind I wanted to share a few Summer Books for All Ages. I was sent a copy of each of these books to test out.
- The Battles of Tolkien: I remember as a kid my dad and I reading the Lord of the Ring series. It was so much fun to read The Hobbit together but now we can go further in depth in the world of Tolkien with this book.
Synopsis: The history of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional world of Middle-earth is filled with epic battles in an ongoing struggle between good and evil. The Battles of Tolkien recounts many of the greatest conflicts over thousands of years, from the earliest skirmishes of the Valarian Ages to the defining battles in the War of the Ring. Insightful commentary by Tolkien scholar David Day discusses how the people, tactics, and weapons influenced the outcome of each battle, and also how the legends of Middle-earth relate to the real-world mythology on which Tolkien based his famous literary creation. Maps and full-color illustrations help bring this rich universe to life, making it an invaluable reference book for Tolkien fans of all ages.
- Where’s Kitty? Dot-to-Dot: This is a perfect book for in the car. The kids were able to work together to go through the huge dot-to-dot pages and work together to make the picture come out as well as figure out where Kitty is now. I love that the kids discovered new places together.
Synopsis: From Rio to Paris, Kitty shows up in some unlikely places! These thirty puzzles will keep your tail twitching with more than 500 dots to join on each page. Find out if Kitty is stretching her legs on the Great Wall of China, passing the time in the shadows of Big Ben’s clock tower, or enjoying a lazy afternoon in the sun at the Taj Mahal. Connecting the dots to find Kitty can improve concentration, increase hand-eye coordination, and will provide hours of fun for all ages.
- For the crafter we received Zootopia Crochet and Star Wars Even More Crochet. I love these kits because not only do they come with the patterns to make all the characters featured but they also come with enough materials to make two of the patterns. I think this is a fabulous idea for a crafter that wants to expand their work. We’ve reviewed a few of the other crochet kits before including the Disney Princess one that Rae still sleeps with her little Princesses.
The Zootopia kit comes with enough materials to make Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. The Star Wars kit comes with the materials to make my favorite BB-8 and Jawa.