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Come Here, Cleo ~ A Barefoot Book Review

Come Here Cleo
Written by: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by: Caroline Mockford
Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4
Board Book; Full-color illustrations; 24pp;
6.5 x 6.5 inches

A board book that exemplifies minimalism at its finest! 
One sentence for each page.
One subject and one verb.
One thought throughout the whole book!
This book is about Cleo, the Cat and her movements in and around her surroundings. It is a catchy board book that is very easy to remember. From the moment Cleo wakes up to the time Cleo starts to play and bounce around the yard, every reader will absolutely remember the actions that Cleo, the Cat is doing throughout the book.
The illustrations perfectly fit the idea of minimalism.
Caroline Mockford’s brush strokes on watercolor are simple yet conveys a brilliant rendition of the main character Cleo, an orange-striped Cat. Her choice of colorful background on each sturdy page of the book, adds a more striking appeal to the young reader.
Great book for readers who are learning about simple action words!

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The House that Jack Built – A Barefoot Book Review

The House that Jack Built

Illustrated by: Diana Mayo

Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4
Paperback; Full-color illustrations; 24pp;
10.25 x 10 inches
I could literally memorize all the lines of this book by now! Who wouldn’t if you are reading this book every single day with your child? My daughter just loves everything about the book ~ especially all the rhyming words, repetitive lines (which are very easy to memorize) and the sounds of each of the characters in the book which it makes it even livelier and more interactive.
This book also is a good proof of the saying “Don’t judge the book by its cover.” When I first got this book from the mail, it really didn’t interest me that much. I am not sure why but the cover, despite its vivid color and the carefully designed drawing of a house with a man on it wasn’t that appealing upon its first sight. To me, it didn’t look as if the book was interesting at all. In fact, I felt like that book would just contain like some barnyard animals and the usual word-picture identification of the animals that you could see in the barn. But, boy I was wrong!
This book is totally the opposite of my first impression. As soon as I went through the first page, the lines that slowly builds up from one incident to the next give the book a sense of interactivity. The book is also predictable in such a way that the reader would be able to instantly get the series of events as it unfolds. As the events build up, so as the characters. It’s like opening a present with the best surprise at the end of the wrapping paper!
The CD is the best part of this! All the characters that are involved in each line gives out a particular sound which is beneficial for readers who are trying to associate words to sounds and vice versa. My daughter loves it whenever the words cat, dog, rat, cow, maiden and man come up because she could then make the sound that the book initially presented! It is a nice way for her to associate these sounds and remember these to connect to a particular word.

Barefoot Books – a Review by Kim from ‘What’s That Smell?’

Kim, from Accidental Mommies wrote a wonderful review about the Barefoot Books and about the book, “Off we go to Mexico”. You can view the whole entry by clicking on the link below

or you can read the post here:



Barefoot Books – a review

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What is Barefoot Books?
From their site:

This is what we care about: first, we’re convinced that it’s never too early to introduce children to other cultures. We believe too that children can appreciate high-quality art, and enjoy the music as well as the meaning of language from a very early age. They deserve the very best, and they are dependent on their elders to help them make connections — between themselves and others, between nature and culture, between learning and living.

So we create books, CDs and other gifts that offer high educational value and are lots of fun. They’re designed to last, but above all, they are meant to be shared and enjoyed.

I was sent a Barefoot Book to review called Off We Go to Mexico! An Adventure in the Sun by Laurie Krebs and Christopher Corr.

Our take on a Barefoot Book:

I have to admit that when i first opened the book and looked through it, I wondered if my son, who is 4 would be interested in it considering there are Spanish words and he’s just started mastering the English words. My concerns were quickly put to rest, however, as we started reading it.

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The book is laid out in a way that when you have the book open to any particular set of pages, the page on the left has a series of words with their Spanish translations and the page on the right has the continuing story that uses the words from the left page. We started out with Jake reading all the English and me reading all the Spanish. He really enjoyed the story and spent a lot of time looking at the pictures saying “look, she’s got a baby” or “hey, a fruit hat!”

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About halfway through he wanted to switch with me and had me reading the English parts and he read the Spanish parts. He was really getting a kick out of it and was very patient when I tried to get him to pronounce everything right – or at least as right as this non-Spanish speaking person could!

The end of the book has a map and some information about Mexico today and its history. He was very interested in the map and its relationship to the USA. Even after I got up to take care of my daughter, he was still going back through the book looking at the pictures and every once in a while repeating some of the Spanish words.

Overall I am very impressed with the Barefoot Book we received and am going back to the site to look for more. It certainly inspired more interest from my son than other books have and I really like that it will promote in him an appreciation for other cultures and instill some additional language skills in him early on, when he is soaking up so much information. Both the art and the story in Off We go To Mexico! are captivating and this book is sure to be on his shelf for many years. It certainly spans a wide age range with its bright and colorful images, the story, and the history and information about Mexico in the back of the book.

If you are interested in Barefoot Books and their award winning children’s books and would like more information or to purchase them, you can visit their website:Barefoot Books and check out all the other wonderful books they have to offer. You can also visit the Barefoot Books Blog for information about their books and special offers. In addition to books, Barefoot Books carries CD’s and educational gifts designed around the same values as their books.

The Barefoot Books opportunity:
barefoot booksAnother interesting aspect of Barefoot Books is the ability for anyone looking for a work from home opportunity to sell Barefoot Books by becoming a Barefoot Books Stallholder. For more information about how to become a Stallholder and to register for FREE, visit this page: Sell Barefoot.

Here are a few of the benefits:

  • Start your own creative business with low start-up and running costs. Experience not necessary!
  • Sell in homes and your local community (online or offline), and create a community of customers who also love Barefoot and share our values
  • Give back to your community by fundraising for the school or organization of your choice
  • Earn immediately with upfront discounts, free products, monthly bonuses and fantastic special offers
  • Enjoy prizes, incentives, workshops and get-togethers… and simply doing something you love
  • Mentor other Stallholders and create your own Barefoot community
  • Embrace creativity and bring something a little different to traditional book-selling from storytelling and craft activities to children’s art and writing competitions, the Stallholder program allows you to explore your own creativity and create a community buzz!

Whether you are interested in the books, the business opportunity, or both, I recommend that you visit their site and see all their wonderful books! And if you and your children already enjoy Barefoot Books, I’d love to read your comments about them!

Barefoot Books Affiliate Write-up – by Mira Burns

Mira Burns, the author and owner of “A Moment to Exhale” blog joined recently as a Barefoot Books Stallholder. In one of her posts, she wrote about her relationship with her son when it comes to promoting early literacy. As a teacher herself, she knows that reading is one of the most precious gifts that a parent can give to her child.

Read on her write up below. Please be sure to check out her blog at:

A Parent’s Great Gift To A Child by Mira Burns


Very early on in my son’s tender age I already saw his love for books. He would always take my hand and press it against his book as if asking me to read it to him. Until now, I see how he gets very enthusiastic and excited at just about any book he gets hold of. He can sit and browse through the pages of books for a long time, longer than other boys his age would normally do. He has relatively long attention span and he listens very well. He also picks up quickly when I identify pictures for him in a book. When I take him to the library for story telling sessions, he listens and participates. His love and interest for books made me encourage him even more. I read to him at least 15 minutes everyday, I watch Baby Einstein dvd’s with him and explain what’s going on. I demonstrate to him how animals and things sound like and basically talk and do interactive play with him a lot.

Recently I was introduced by a friend to Barefoot Books, a company started by two mothers who abandoned the security of corporate world to do something that they believed in. They wanted to publish children’s books that are quite different from the rest. They took a big risk and wondered about whether anyone is going to listen or if anyone would ever buy their books. But their strong belief and great conviction in the values they cared about gave them the determination to pursue their dreams. They are convinced that it is never too early to introduce children to other cultures. They believe that children can appreciate high-quality art, and enjoy the music as well as the meaning of language from a very young age. Children deserve the best, and they are dependent on their elders to help them make connection between themselves and others, between nature and culture, between learning and living. They need their parents’ and teachers’ interest, involvement and time.

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As I learn more and more about Barefoot Books, I know this is exactly what I want my son to grow up with. As a stay-at-home mom, I take my job as a teacher to my son seriously. I believe that what you teach a child can shape him into what he will become when he grows up. I always find ways on how to engage my son’s imagination and enhance his development. I not only look for books with eye-catching designs but also with great contents and high educational value. Although I always say that my son drains all my energy during the day, it is all worth it when I see how he is learning new things and getting smarter every day. I find comfort at the thought that the involvement and quality time I spend with my son’s learning are paying off.

So this is why I decided to be an affiliate and sign up with Barefoot Books, I am one with their goals and aspirations for little children. I give Barefoot Books two thumbs up for their great works. For all mom bloggers out there with little children, I am inviting you to be a part of this great community of educators and share their creative books, CD’s and other gifts that offer high educational value and lots of fun. Becoming an affiliate of Barefoot Books, not only give you the access to own great books that help enhance your children’s development, but it also gives you some earnings on the side. JOIN BAREFOOT NOW!

Barefoot Books Affiliate Write-up (by Shera S.- A Frog in My Soup)

One of the newest Barefoot Books affiliate is Shera S. from A Frog in My Soup. She started to promote the Barefoot Books Affiliate Program on her blog and would like to invite everybody to stop by her blog. Check out the full entry of her post below and if you would like to enter her giveaway, please visit her link below:



July 9th, 2008

Start Your Own Business Square ButtonLive barefoot … imagine!  That is the whole vision of Barefoot books in one little statement.  I was recently introduced to Barefoot Books by Alpha Sanford when she contacted me about their products.  I was definitely interested and as you may have noticed it didn’t take me long to decide it was a great company to promote (see my sidebar button).

I had started by asking Alpha to share why she loves the company so much!

All the books that they publish speak to what I want my daughter to learn! The colors, the vocabulary, the diversity of people and characters presented are just amazing!

Barefoot Books offers award winning Children’s Books, Music CD’s, Gifts and more. They have many books that are great sellers, but their Whole World Book was featured on Oprah and is very popular. Alpha’s daughter’s favorite book though isAnimal Boogie (which I plan to order very soon)!

You can see Alpha’s Barefoot Books site  She also has a wonderful Barefoot Books review blog and I encourage all of you to visit that as well to get some great first hand information about Barefoot Books – go to and be sure to leave a comment letting Alpha know you were there.

Alpha has offered a copy of Barefoot Books’ board book Bun Bun, the Middle One. If you’d like to enter to win this be sure to visit her Barefoot Books store and take a look around (they have a great summer sale going on right now with books up to 80% off, but only through July 15th).  Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what your favorite product at Barefoot Books is!

Available to ship to US and Canadian addresses.  This contest will end on July 21st.

June Giveaway!!!!




If you would like to win a copy of this book, please leave me a COMMENT on this post, stating which of the books that I have reviewed is the best. Include a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. The deadline for the entry is July 11th. The winner will be announced on July 15th!

If you are a blogger and would like to share this contest on your blog please feel free to share this.

Thank you!

I will be doing a series of giveaways throughout the year.  Please leave me a message if you would like me to sponsor a giveaway in your blog. Email:




Bear Series – BEAR ABOUT TOWN (Board Book Review)

Written by: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by: Debbie Harter

When I signed up for the Barefoot Books Stallholder program, I was given a starter pack that contains all of the Barefoot Books Best Sellers of all Time. One of them, is this board book (but also comes in Paper Back Edition), BEAR ABOUT TOWN.

Just like my previous post about BEAR IN A SQUARE, the main character that the author Stella Blackstone puts in the spotlight is the BEAR. To give a more detailed look of the bear, I will try to describe to you how the bear looks like: The bear in this book is portrayed as friendly, engaging and always on the go. The bear has a smooth and even skin tone that appears clean and inviting. The bear does not look scary at all. In fact to me, it does not give the impression that he will growl and give the reader a look that says, “Go away!”. This bear looks huggable and throughout this series, the bear seems to be smiling even though the mouth is not visible because it is hidden under the bear’s nose.
Each page of the book contains the same language format as the previous Bear book, which is simple, direct and one-sentence per page. In this book, the Bear goes to different locations in the local geography introducing places in the neighborhood such as the bakery, the swimming pool, cinema, gym, toyshop and the park. As the Bear goes around these neighborhood locations, the days of the week are also introduced. Each day of the week, the Bear visits one area until Sunday comes, where the Bear’s activities are done. At the end of the book, there is a map which can also double up as a maze for an additional activity for the readers to do. 
Recommendations to use for:
1. introducing the DAYS OF THE WEEK
2. local geography
3. possible play time activities
4. identify things that are associated in a certain local destination


Bear Series – BEAR IN A SQUARE (Board Book Review)


Written by: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by: Debbie Harter


This is one of the books that is included in the Bear Series that is written by Stella Blackstone (I believe there are six of them, and each of these books are also written in Spanish edition). I have seen four out of the six books in this series and each one of them is phenomenal. The four books that I have seen and read to my daughter are the following: Bear in Sunshine, Bear about Town, Bear’s Busy Family and Bear in a Square.

I remember the very first Bear Series that I read – and I saw it in my doctor’s office waiting room! I honestly got hooked on it for my daughter and wanted too buy the full series for her!  That particular book was “Bear in a Square”, which happened to be my daughter’s most-wanted book this week.

I can see why it is her favorite of the week. First, the words in each page are simple and direct. Each page asks the reader to be interactive with the text as well as the pictures. It asks the reader to find the particular shape that is hidden in the page. For her age, one direct sentence to learn and identify shapes is all that she needs to learn the concept of shapes. There are exactly 10 different shapes that are presented on this book. It goes in the order of: square, heart, circle, rectangle, moon shape, triangle, diamond, zigzag, oval and star.

Secondly, I think she is fascinated with the bold and fantastic colors that are embodied in each of the pages. The BEAR in the book is always present in all the pages as part of the search. Not only that but the scenes where the shapes are hidden are diverse. An example is, “Find the hearts in the queen’s hair” and the scene on this page is a castle with a vivid picture of a queen with two hearts on her hair. Other scenes that are used are the school, the pool, the sea and the cave.

This book can be used in so many different ways. As the book progressed to different shapes, the number of shapes is also increasing. First there is only one square to find, then 2 hearts, then 3 circles…and so on until the last shape which is the star with the last number of 10. A child can easily identify what is also asked on the text, by checking on the right hand side of the book to see what shape is being asked for. A child can also self-correct himself as to the number of shapes that are present in each page by looking and comparing the number of the shapes on the right hand side to the number of shapes the child has identified.

What I like about this book is that my daughter really sits down until the end of the book and gets to enjoy each page of the book. I guess, what goes in her mind is that the pictures are so real, they are almost “touchable” to the eye. 



Barefoot Books MUSIC CDs

I just love the fact that Barefoot Books has thought of incorporating diverse music from around the world in collaborating with PUTUMAYO KIDS music. This just adds more spice to what one of the things that Barefoot Books promote, which is multiculturalism. Putumayo is a company that  introduces music in a more global manner by putting together music from other cultures that are upbeat and inspiring throughout the international community. Putumayo kids is one of the leading music company that is committed to bringing the global scene through music. They have been in the market since 1993 and envisions to grow more with their culturally authentic labels.

So, some of the music CDs that are included in the Barefoot Books catalogs are found below. The information that are written in each of the CDs were gathered from the PUTUMAYO KID’s site. Please feel free to read them and share your love of  music throughout the globe.



Item No. 9781587590801
Barefoot Partner: 
Putumayo World Music
Specifications: 5 x 5.5 inches

Running Time: 39:11


Sing Along With Putumayo includes entertaining and informative liner notes in English, Spanish and French, with song lyrics, artist biographies and Nicola Heindl’s distinctive colorful illustrations. The celebratory spirit of Sing Along With Putumayo will bring the whole family together.




Item No. 9781587590658
Barefoot Partner: Putumayo World Music
Specifications:5 x 5.5 inches   

Running Time: 40:30

African Playground is filled with great songs by artists from Senegal to South Africa, including a previously unreleased track by world music superstar Angelique Kidjo. Children and their families will love the upbeat rhythms and appealing melodies on this musical tour. Parents and educators will appreciate the accessibly presented cultural information and musical fun facts.

African Playground includes entertaining and informative multi-lingual liner notes, song lyrics, cultural information, a music glossary and colorful illustrations.

2004 ALA/ALSC Notable Recordings for Children Award
2003 Parents’ Choice Gold Award
“” 5-star Award of Excellence
NAPPA Gold Award 2003




Item No. 9781587592010
Barefoot Partner: 
Putumayo World Music
Specifications: 5 x 5.5 inches
Running Time: 37:01

Animal Playground is the latest release in the award-winning Playground CD series from Putumayo Kids. The new album presents a multilingual collection of animal-themed songs from around the world. The enhanced CD also includes an original music video for the song “No More Monkeys,” produced by Putumayo and shot on location in Trinidad featuring Trinidad-born artistAsheba


I will post other Barefoot Books Music CDs in my future write ups. In the meantime, this is it for now. Enjoy!


Barefoot Books in Spanish Titles (Stories)

A few days ago in one of the groups that I belong to, one lady asked if Barefoot Books sells Spanish books titles, and the answer she heard from me was a resounding “YES”. This inspired me to list down a few of the Spanish books that Barefoot Books have published. According to my Regional Manager, Laurie M., these Spanish books are at par when compared to other books that are written in Spanish. In fact, she mentioned in a phone conversation that a fellow stallholder who is from Puerto Rico is impressed with the way these books are written! Despite the fact that I can not pronounce nor understand the complete text of these stories in Spanish, I know that Barefoot Books live up to their mission of bringing exact if not almost exactly what every culture in the world has to offer to everybody. I must say that if children are learning how to speak another language, in this case Spanish, please feel free to check these books and I am sure you will get the most precise Spanish translation you could ever 



Retold by: Mary-Joan Gerson

Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez

Read Alone: Ages 4-9
Read Together: All Ages  



   Cha-cha-cha en la selva
(The Animal Boogie)
Written and Illustrated by: Debbie Harter  
Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4

Paperback; Spanish edition; Full-color illustrations; 32pp;
10.25 x 10 inches


De paseo por la selva
(Walking through the Jungle)
Written by: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by: Debbie Harter   

Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4

Paperback; Full-color illustrations; 32pp;
10.25 x 10 inches


El loro Tico Tango
(The Parrot Tico Tango)
Written by: Anna Witte
Illustrated by: Anna Witte     

Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4

Paperback; Spanish edition; Jacketed; Full- color illustrations; 24pp;



El nabo gigante
(The Gigantic Turnip)
Written by: Aleksei Tolstoy
Illustrated by: Niamh Sharkey    

Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4
Paperback; Spanish edition; Full-color illustrations; 40pp;
8.5 x 10.75 inches


Navegamos a Galapagos
(We’re Sailing to Galapagos)
Written by: Laurie Krebs
Illustrated by: Grazia Restelli    

Read Alone: Ages 6-10
Read Together: Ages 4-8
Paperback; Full-color illustrations; 32pp;
10.25 x 10 inches


Nos Fuimos Todos de Safari
(We All Went on Safari)
Written by: Laurie Krebs
Illustrated by: Julia Cairns    

Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4

Paperback; Spanish edition; Full color illustrations; 32pp;
10.25 x 10 inches


Nos vamos a Mexico
(Off We Go to Mexico)
Written by: Laurie Krebs
Illustrated by: Christopher Corr   
Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4
Paperback; Spanish edition; Full-color illustrations; 32pp;
10.25 x 10 inches


Abuelita fue al Mercado
(My Granny Went to Market)
Written by: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by: Christopher Corr   
Read Alone: Ages 6-10
Read Together: Ages 4-8
Paperback; Full-color illustrations; 24pp;
10.25 x 10 inches


El milagro de la primera flor de Nochebuena
(Miracle of the First Poinsettia)
Written by: Joanne Oppenheim
Illustrated by: Fabian Negrin   
Read Alone: Ages 4-9
Read Together: Ages 4-8
Hardcover; Spanish edition; Jacketed; Full-color illustrations; 32pp;11.75 x 9.25 inches 



Juan y los frijoles mágicos

(Jack and the Beanstalk)

Retold by: Richard Walker

Illustrated by: Niamh Sharkey

Read Alone: Ages 4-9
Read Together: Ages 4-8


Paperback; Spanish edition; Full-color illustrations; 40pp;

8.75 x 11 inches



La gallinita roja y la espiga de trigo – Book

Retold by: Mary Finch
Illustrated by: Elisabeth Bell

Paperback; full-color illustrations; 32pp;
8.5 x 10.75 inches