Saturday, February 20, 2016

Molly Mouse and the Bear Cub by Melinda Kinsman is Filled With Entertaining, Educational and Interactive Activities for Kids!

“Molly Mouse and the Bear Cub” is part of the “Top of the Wardrobe Gang” children’s book series by Melinda Kinsman. It’s the first that I’ve read in this series.

This book begins by introducing readers to the Top of the Wardrobe Gang and explaining that they’re a “team of cuddly toys who love writing for kids.” Right away, Ms. Kinsman is adding a wonderful kid-friendly element into her story. What child doesn’t love stuffed animals? She also lets children know this book includes a puzzle they’ll have to solve throughout – a special key has been hidden within the book’s pages and kids have to find it as they read along. This is a clever way to add a fun activity that will engage kids right from the start of the book.

© 2016 Melinda Kinsman

As the title suggests, Molly is a mouse who meets a sad, scared bear cub who shows up at her door late one night. The little bear cub explains to Molly why he’s so sad and scared, and the reasons touch upon many of the same things that most children worry about.

Of course, Molly is nervous about helping the cub at first, but when she hears the cub’s sad story she knows she must do something. She rallies her friends and together they find several solutions to help the little cub solve his problems.

© 2016 Melinda Kinsman

The author has added so many interesting and interactive components to this book. Ms. Kinsman has written a clever, engaging and educational book for children. Children should have no trouble relating to the story. Aside from solving the “find the key” puzzle on each page, there are several puzzles for kids to solve at the end of the book. On an educational level, Ms. Kinsman talks about bears and hibernation. I love the colorful illustrations! Each depicts a cute and cuddly animal that might resemble something in most any child’s stuffed animal collection.

I’m looking forward to reading Ms. Kinsman’s other books. I highly recommend “Molly Mouse and the Bear Cub” for parents, grandparents and caregivers to share with the children in their lives. 

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton


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