Cleo The Cat: Children's Book Series

I love my cat and my daughter has beautiful cats. Have a look... Do you have any cats at your house?

Did you know that Barefoot Books has quality children's books in board book and paperback format?
You can find them to purchase for $6.99 at My Marketplace

Here's a list of the Cleo The Cat series:

 My Thoughts:

1. Cleo The Cat
"Cleo the cat is a great book for preschool aged children as it offers fun, colorful illustrations, an easy-to-follow story line, & an lovely animal as the main character. This will certainly engage young children & make them need to read."
2. Cleo's Alphabet Book
"This book is colorful and straightforward to read, and keeps babies guessing by not revealing the name of the object being featured for each letter of the alphabet."
3. Cleo's Counting Book
 "What makes this counting book so delightful is that it is filled with adventure in counting outdoor animals like dogs, frogs, birds and trees. What fun to count to ten and then back again! It's easy for children to focus on the main character, Cleo the bright orange cat. The interaction of little ones learning how to count through repetition is rewarding for both parents and children, sure to bring smiles on faces!"
4.  Come Here, Cleo!
"Come Here, Cleo is the telling of a day in the life of a playful orange cat. The bright colors, fun rhyming, and simple read make this a great book for very young children."
5.  Cleo and Casper
"Cleo and Caspar conveys a simple but touching message even to the youngest kid. they get anxious when someone different comes into our world but with time they come to appreciate their presence. The simple and colorful pics convey the message in a way that delights all ages."
6. Cleo's Color Book
"Red, orange, the colors with help from Cleo! This poetic rhyming journey will teach youngsters how to recognize and generate colors on their own!"
Wishing everyone a very warm and bright New Year!
-- LadyD with Barefoot Books

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

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Barefoot Buzz: Smithsonian 2010 Notable Books for Children

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Who's in the Garden and The Arabian Nights were selected as notable books for children by Smithsonian magazine which is written for modern, well-rounded individuals with diverse interests. It chronicles the arts, history, sciences and popular culture of the times.

"In the pages of this year’s titles, one may travel backward—or forward—in time; find the rewards of courage, hope and creativity; observe what it means to beat the odds or make a difference. Conjuring up settings from a Maine cottage, shuttered snug against winter, to the forests of Kenya or the hidden mountain canyons of Tibet, each book evokes a world where we may discover our shared humanity.
The age categories listed below are, of necessity, arbitrary. Adjust any choices to the age and reading level of the individual child."

Who’s in the Garden? By Phillis Gershator, illustrated by Jill McDonald
An inventive lift-the-flap book reveals the creatures hidden in the green world of furrows, blossoms and flourishing vegetables.
Large Board Book $14.99
About the Book:

Very engaging book for toddlers with bright illustrations and rhyming text.
The Arabian Nights by Wafa’ Tarnowska, illustrated by Carole Henaff
The Lebanese-born author offers a magnificent new translation of eight tales from the legendary story cycle, based on a 14th-century manuscript.
For ages 8 and up.

About The Book:
Each story is presented as being told by Shahrezade in order to save her own life from a murderous, grieving king. This adds an overall mood of suspense as the reader engages in the story.
You can take a peek at more lovely books, puzzles and puppets online for all your family gifts at

Hope you'll be spending quality time reading children's books together over Christmas vacation. 

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Barefoot Books!
-- LadyD

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

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National Poinsettia Day: December 12 and Barefoot Books Review: The Miracle of the First Poinsettia

La flor de pascua (Euphorbia pulcherrima)Image by Cebolledo via FlickrThe poinsettia is a beautiful flowering shrub native of Mexico.  The poinsettia is the most popular and best-selling potted plant in the U.S.A.  The global popularity of the plant was actually spread by an American who introduced the plant to the U.S. and it is named after him:  Joel Roberts Poinsett.  December 12 is  National Poinsettia Day.

Barefoot Books offers a great hardcover children's book:

The Miracle of the First Poinsettia


A Mexican Christmas Story

Celebrate the season with this touching tale of the story behind the first poinsettia in Mexico. Young Juanita may not have much money, but she does have a lot of faith and her trust leads her right into a miracle. 
Ages 4 to 9 years

Written By: Joanne Oppenheim
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Illustrated By: Fabian Negrin 
Beautiful water color and oil illustrations!

You can order this book for $16.99 at:

This is a great contribution to any class room. It's for the middle grade reader and for sure, a great read aloud book. Read together, ages 4-8 and read alone, 7-10.

It's beautifully written and the illustrations are so gorgeous. You will want to get the book and let it be a tradition in your family every Christmas!

It is Christmas Eve (la Noche Buena). Everyone is happy ... even Papa, who just lost his job. Juanita is sad. True, there are no extra pesos for toys or candy, but more importantly, she doesn't have a gift to bring to church for the Baby Jesus. When everyone went in for services, Juanita stayed outside. A stone angel in the garden helps her find the perfect gift. She is skeptical of carrying weeds into church, but she does as the angel suggests. Will people laugh at her? This is a picture book story with a folk legend about how the Poinsettia became part of Christmas

This Christmas, order this wonderful book!
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 Fun Activities for Kids:

1.  Christmas Poinsettia Coloring Page for your youngsters:

2.  Poinsettia Paper Flowers

3.  Christmas Poinsettia Napkin Rings

4. Preschool Lesson Plan for the PoinsettiaHistory and crafts

5. Clothespin Ornament

Have a blessed Christmas,
-- LadyD

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

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