Monday, January 19, 2009

Nana Star and the Moonman

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out the products and giving you my honest opinion.

Nana Star and the Moonman is the second book in the Nana Star series published by ee Publishing and Productions. You can purchase the book alone or as a set with an adorable light-up Moonman Lovey that plays music.

The authors of the Nana Star series are dedicated to inspiring character in young children. The story begins with the first book, Nana Star. (A pretty, posable Nana Star doll is available as well.) You can watch a video of the entire story on the Nana Star website. In the first book, children are introduced to Nana Star as she discovers a lost baby star. Nana Star then begins a journey to take the baby star back to her home in the heavens. Their adventure begins in Nana Star and the Moonman, when Nana finds herself afraid of the dark. This is when she meets the Moonman who tells her,

"I am the Moonman and I will be with you always. Even when you can't see me, I am with you, watching over you."

I'd like to mention here that God is not mentioned in the Nana Star stories (*though the authors do mention God being the only one to make things perfect in a challenge to the kids that I've explained in more detail below). This doesn't generally bother me in a children's book, but since the Moonman makes the above the statement, I like to take the time to talk to the kids about how even though the Moonman is a fictional character, he reminds us of how God is always with us and watching over us, even though we can not see him now.

The Nana Star website is filled to the brim with activities like coloring pages, songs, and videos. I particularly appreciated that the site even includes lesson plans for both of the books that include simple math activities, language arts activities, etc. that you can do with your little ones.

My older kids were excited by a cute challenge that the books offer as well:

*"All Nana Star stories feature a mistake because Nana Star believes in life we all make mistakes, yet, even with those mistakes, we can still create something beautiful. She reminds us that only God can make things perfect!"

If the kids find the mistake and write a letter to Nana Star describing how to fix it, they will become members of the Nana Star Little Twinkles Club and receive an autographed picture of Nana Star with certificate. I now have four carefully written letters sitting on my desk waiting to be mailed off.

My little ones like the Moonman Lovey. His face lights up which reminds me of the little glowworm dolls and he plays the Nana Star theme music when you squeeze his tummy. Here, I snapped some pictures of Baby L with the Moonman, but truly this cuddly doll has captured the heart of E2 who occasionally wants to sleep with it.

You can purchase a Moonman Gift Wrapped package which includes both the Nana Star and the Moonman book and the Moonman Lovey for $50.95 or purchase them separately.

For more reviews of the Nana Star products, be sure to visit the TOS Crew blog.

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  1. Shanna,

    I put a link to your review in mine; I wanted to link to someone who had the Moonman lovey. I have 6 kids, ages 17-1...How are you doing all of this with all littles?!

    Be blessed,

  2. I checked out the site when I saw it was coming up for review. I read the same comment on the website that you quoted by the moonman and was instantly turned off. But it was better than it appeared then? I was so relieved when we didn't get that one.

    I'm drowning shanna! How ARE you doing all this?

  3. Thank you for such a thoughtful review. The pictures you included are adorable! We are very glad you had the opportunity to review Nana Star and the Moonman and hope your children continue to enjoy the book, lovey and activities on the website.

    Blaphs and Blessings,

    ee publishing and productions



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