Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wallie Exercies Children's Book Review

Reading books in our home is a fun family activity we do together all the time. With our 7 year old reading so well she is really into being the big sister who reads to her little brother. So, when we had the chance to review Wallie Exercises my kids were so happy and with there being a dog it was even better.

About the book:
Wallie is mostly a wonderful dog, but his super-laziness has become a problem. So his boy convinces him to go on an adventure to get fit. With a little help from a big friend, Wallie learns how to exercise. Will he enjoy the change from pudgy pup to healthy hound or will he return to his lazy ways? Learn important fitness concepts while following Wallie on his hilarious journey to get in shape. A special section with more information and original exercises (performed by Wallie) will get every kid (and pup) excited about exercise.

About the Author Steve Ettinger:
Steve Ettinger, C.S.C.S. is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist,Certified Personal Trainer. Originally from Southern California, Steve has always been interested in sports, fitness, and the workings of the human body.  Concurrent to his studies and fitness training, Steve also directed youth sports programs and was the assistant soccer coach for a high school soccer team. During his time in college, he earned a personal training certification, strength and conditioning certification, two soccer coaching certifications… and his degree. Since leaving Boston, Steve has lived and trained clients in Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, and currently, New York City.  He continues to actively volunteer in youth athletics and coach soccer while running a private training business in Manhattan.

In January, 2011, Wallie Exercises (written by Steve Ettinger) was released.  In an effort to create a powerful teaching tool for children and resource for parents in the fight against childhood obesity, Steve teamed up with illustrator Pete Proctor to create the innovative picture book.  Without abandoning the most important components of a well-made picture book (colorful, engaging illustrations and succinct, flowing text) the book serves as both an educational tool for children and a valuable resource for parents and teachers.

 About the Illustrator Pete Proctor:
“I’ve always been interested in the visual arts.  My first attempt at writing/illustrating a  children’s book took place when I was in 3rd grade.  I was given an assignment to write, revise, and illustrate my very own story.  So, being the creative kiddo that I was, I wrote the story of a brave 3rd grader – hired by the FBI – who had unlimited access to miniature vehicles and weaponry, with a mission to protect the United States from foreign and domestic enemies.  Let me tell you, it was a thriller!

As I progressed through prep and collegiate schooling (and calmed down from the FBI story), I completed courses in Drawing, Oil Painting, Sculpture, and Design.  I also served as editorial cartoonist for my college newspaper, the Baker Orange (Baker University, Baldwin City, KS).  So what did I then to with all this art training?

Well, I became a middle school teacher!  I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and spent eight years teaching 6th graders in Wichita and Louisburg, Kansas.  That was after student teaching 1st grade and  spending a  year as a substitute teacher (a position which I found actually very fun and exciting).

But life leads us in different directions and our path meanders and veers us all over the place.   With a great deal of family support,  I decided to fulfill a lifelong dream – I am currently a dedicated stay-at-home dad and freelance illustrator.”

 In our home we aren't what you say lazy but we aren't over active either. We are a more in between family. But, as a mom I always have a fear that my little ones are going to want to sit watch tv or play video games while eating chips instead of playing and being active. With this book I think it is a great way to show your little ones how much fun you can have while exercising and also how great you can feel while doing so and afterwards as well. Also it is really cute to see the kids trying to do the funny exercise moves that is done in the book. This is a great book to talk to your kids on their level about the importance of exercising.

You can Purchase: From either Barnes&Noble or Amazon.com average price range is between $11.-$16.00.  
~Reading level: Ages 4-8
~Hardcover: 32 pages
~Publisher: Active Spud Press; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
~Language: English
~ISBN-10: 9780984538805
~ISBN-13: 978-0984538805
~ASIN: 0984538801
~Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches

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