Wednesday, July 19, 2023

*Review* Toad-Ally Steam by Pocahontas Carter


Genre: Children's 3-7
Published: July 5, 2023
Pages: 33

The tale follows six adventurous little frogs on a journey to D.C. to pursue their dreams of becoming human and working in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Along the way, they encounter various challenges but ultimately discover that their identity and abilities as frogs hold great value and importance and that they love themselves just as they are. The story reminds us that embracing our unique qualities and talents is essential rather than trying to be something we're not. TOAD-ALLY STEAM will inspire and delight readers of all ages.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This wasn't much of a story, but rather just a large group of toads that talk about the things in the STEAM field that interest them and that they'd like to study and become experts in. Even though it's not really a story, it does seem like a pretty good way to get kids interested in the STEAM fields, or even just to encourage them to explore what does interest them. 

The illustrations were bold and bright, showing the different areas of interest of the toads throughout. As this wasn't much of a story, I'd probably struggle with reading it multiple times, although if my children were showing particular interest in some of the fields, that might change my feelings on the matter. Overall I give this book 3.78 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Pocahontas Carter is a glam-ma and a mother of four. She is a woman of color with plenty of life lessons to use as a pathway towards the nurturing, growing and expansion of little traveling minds. Traveling minds can take you places, and Pocahontas Carter invites you, the reader, to travel with her into a world where her creative thoughts turn into words on paper. She is a DC native, attended John Burroughs Elementary and Taft Junior High. A graduate of McKinley Tech Senior High School (“Go –Trainers!”), she writes in a rhyming fashion with colorful illustrations and promotes empowerment through children’s literature.

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