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Reviews May 2015 of  Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

Reviews May 2015 of Children’s Movies

Reviews May 2015Inside Out

Pixar’s animated movie Inside Out focuses on Riley, a girl who is uprooted to San Francisco when her father starts a new job. Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Her emotions are plunged into chaos as they compete for control of her mind. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. (Released: tbc)


Reviews May 2015 of Children’s Games

Snow White on iOSsnow white

British publisher Nosy Crow have made a succession of beautiful fairytale apps for kids, with Snow White being the latest. All the classic elements are here – dwarves included – with playful interactivity that never distracts children from reading the story. Seamlessly blending all of the classic elements of the Snow White narrative with ingenious, story-friendly forms of interactivity, the app places an emphasis on reading for pleasure with interactive elements that enhance, rather than detracting from, the story.

Reviews May 2015 of Children’s Books

the seven sacred poolsThe Seven Sacred Pools (Adventures of Tee-la and De-Nar in the land called ONE Book 3[Kindle Edition] by Leia Stinnett

A mysterious dream inspires De-Nar and Tee-la to explore a mystical place on a nearby mountain. When the curious friends come upon seven pools with water of different colors, Sumat, their master teacher, is waiting to teach them about the Seven Sacred Rays through their favorite element — water. If your children love water, this is a great magical introduction to one of the planet’s fluid elements. Suitable for children aged 2 and above.

Reviews May 2015 of Children’s Music

Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well – Jennifer Gasoithrow a penny in the wishing well

2013 Grammy Award Winner and two time Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Jennifer Gasoi is a well known children’s performers and recording artists in Canada. ‘Throw a Penny in The Wishing Well’, Jennifer’s Grammy Award Winning sophomore release, is a collection of 18 children’s songs offering up a warm introduction to swing, blue-grass, doo wop, gospel, klezmer, Cajun and calypso. Get grooving with the children in the front room!

About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior, intuitive counsellor and life coach. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or




Feb 052015

February 2015 Review of Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

February 2015 Review of Children’s Movies

February 2015 ReviewShaun the Sheep Movie

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

February 2015 Review of Children’s Games

Dino Dog – A Digging Adventure with Dinosaurs! for iPhone and iPadFebruary 2015 Review

Join Dino Dog Doug and Bonnie the Bear as they travel the world in search of amazing dinosaurs. In this exciting digging game your children explore deep underground, finding fossils, cleaning bones and assembling whole dinosaurs they can collect and keep in their very own museum! Learn all about the mighty Stegosaurus, the huge Tyrannosaurus, the flying Pteranodon and more while playing through fun, colorful levels and engaging activities all wrapped around a hilarious cartoon story with Bonnie and Doug.

February 2015 Review of Children’s Books

February 2015 ReviewA Castle Full of Cats by Ruth Sanderson

The queen’s cats have taken over the palace, and the king has had enough! Beloved artist Ruth Sanderson brings her signature detailed and lush style to this humorous story of royal compromise. Told in rhyme, and with dozens of cats on each page, this gorgeous book is sure to have cat lovers of all ages purring!

February 2015 Review of Children’s Music

The Gift of the Eagle (Summit Records)February 2015 Review

The Gift of the Eagle is based on a musical curriculum which teaches about stringed and percussion instruments, as well as about the various style periods in music history. The story is a fantasy about a black cat who wants to discover what to do with her life. She is shown the world, a variety of times and places throughout history, by a magical eagle, as she searches for her own special talents and a way to use them.

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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counselor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or

Dec 242014

December Review 2014  of Books, Music, Games, and Movies For Children

December Review 2014 of Children’s Movies

December reviewPaddington

The adoreable, marmalade-loving Peruvian bear, Paddington, finds himself in England where he is taken in by a young English boy and his family after being found a London train station. A live-action feature based on the series of popular children’s books by Michael Bond, Paddington is an enchanting, quirky English film that children and adults alike will enjoy. Released: 16 January in the USA

December Review 2014 of Children’s Games

Sweet Dreams! For iPhone and iPadsweet dreams

Help your kids drift off to zzzzz with the ‘Sweet Dreams!’ app. Kids can watch cat, giraffe, tiger and all the child’s other friends drift off to sleep with slow and gentle caresses by touching the screen. A soft, music-box background and the sound of the animals’ yawns will help children become tired. ‘Sweet Dreams!’ can easily be personalized for different bedtime situations. Parents can decide how many and which animals can be lulled to sleep when the child pets them.

December Review 2014 of Children’s Books

December reviewSparky’s Bad Spell by Ruby Nash

At Mrs Mothwick’s Magic Academy, Sparky and Carl have been trying really hard to learn magic, but it’s just not working. To make matters worse, the Grand Council of Wizardry and Witchiness are coming to inspect the school. Unless Sparky can master his magic tricks, he will get in big trouble – and the school could even be forced to close. But then a mysterious witch appears, and offers Sparky and Carl the solution to all their troubles. But is Miss Daisy really who she says she is?

December Review 2014 of Children’s Music

Kings & Queens of the Forest: Yoga Songs for Kidsyoga

‘Kings & Queens of the Forest’ blends upbeat, danceable music with get-up-and-move yoga inspiration for kids. The album includes 13 joyful folk/pop originals and 13 bonus Yoga Tracks with instructional voice-overs, as well as a lyric booklet that guides parents with illustrations of Kira’s kid-friendly yoga routines. Kira’s fun and easy-to-follow yoga instruction teaches self-awareness, improves balance and strength, and builds confidence.

 About the Author

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of. 

Sep 202012
Review: Books Music Games & Movies for Young Adults and Children
Game: Fairy Magic
Do fairies really exist? Yes they do and you can find them not only in the back of your garden, but in your child’s bedroom, under the pillow and even taking a sneak peak in your kitchen fridge 😉 In fact fairies appear wherever you are, in just the tap and slide of a finger with Fairy Magic, an augmented reality game for children, available on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Fairy Magic enables the player to use their Apple device as a lens through which fairies hidden in the world can be found.Using the magic of Enchanted Reality, players can catch beautifully-crafted animated fairies around them, photograph them in the real world, chat with fairy princesses and queens, and play games with them. There are over 50 different fairies, spanning seven different fairy clans, to collect and play with. To interact, you simply hold your device in front of you, and you can catch fairies by tapping next to one of them and circling it with your finger. There are hours of interactive fun for kids with this app as fairies will teach you their names, make fun of your voice and pose for photos with you and your friends – all set within a magical soundtrack. And the enchanted world of fairies isn’t just for children either, so when the kids are in bed, you can take back your Apple device and unlock the inner fairy in you, if you so wish!
Movie: Disney’s Aladdin
A flying carpet, a shape-shifting genie and a powerful lamp takes magic to dizzying heights in Disney’s animated version of this Arabian folk tale. The movie tells the story of street kid, Aladdin, and his pet monkey Abu who roam the streets of the mystical city of Agrabah scraping a living. A by-chance encounter with Princess Jasmine sets Aladdin on an epic life-changing journey. But the course of love at first sight doesn’t run smooth as Aladdin finds himself thrown in prison by the evil Jafar, advisor to the Princess Jasmine’s father, the Sultan. In prison, Aladdin becomes muddled up in Jafar’s plot to recover a mysterious old lamp with magical powers that will allow him to rule the kingdom. As with all Disney classics, you can expect colourful animation, catchy tunes and characters that include a loveable rogue, a villain and a pair of lovebirds. But the fun truly begins when Aladdin and his sidekick take to the Cave of Wonders to retrieve the lamp, where they discover the comical genius that is the Genie, voiced by comedian Robin Williams.
Music: Puff the Magic Dragon
Puff the Magic Dragon – the Peter, Paul and Mary song – may date back to the 1960s but this kids classic has been transformed into all kinds of versions throughout its decades of existence. The lyrics tell the story of the ageless Puff the Magic Dragon, who lives by the sea in the land of Honalee, and befriends the little boy Jackie Paper. The pair become great friends as they frolic together travelling in a boat with billowed sails, crossing paths with noble kings and princes, and watching pirate ships lower their flags for the roaring dragon. But as little boys grow up, Jack loses interest in the imaginary adventures of childhood and leaves Puff sad and alone. In spite of its sad ending, Puff the Magic Dragon is a catchy and memorable tune for kids which also helps to capture their imagination through music and verse.
Book: Jack and the Beanstalk
This traditional English folk tale tells the story of Jack who lives with his mother: they have no money and little more than a cow to their name. One day, Jack is told to sell the cow but he sells it for some beans. Although his mother is angry, the beans are actually magic beans. Jack awakes the next day to find that the beans that his mother threw out of the window have turned into a giant beanstalk, and so Jack’s adventures in the land of the giant’s kingdom begin bringing him ‘riches’ to take home. But that’s not without a villain getting in the way – enter the giant ferociously chanting: ‘Fee-fi-fo-fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead. I’ll grind his bones to make my bread’. It is an infamous line that kids will grow up to remember and the tale itself is a great introduction to rhythm and rhyme for pre-school children.
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Game: The Legend of Zelda
Nintendo’s best selling role-playing and action franchise, The Legend of Zelda video game series adapts the Tolkien-inspired sword and sorcery to bring high fantasy action, adventure and puzzle solving for teens and adults alike. And in its 26 year history, it’s an adventure that has been passed down to generations of game players. The series, set in the fantasy land of Hyrule, revolves around the character of Link who is tasked with rescuing Princess Zelda. Whichever game in the series you are intending to get your hands on, expect dungeons, a Sword of Destiny and a variety of other items needed to rescue the abduction-prone Princess Zelda, and with a brilliant soundtrack to boot. The latest in the franchise, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Wii, launched to critical acclaim last year not only for its introduction of full motion controls offering the most intuitive play control of any game, but also for its more puzzling dungeons and freshness throughout the game play.
Movie: Harry Potter series
After ten years, eight films, four directors and over $6 billion at the box office, the Harry Potter movie series has gone a long way to bring alive the magic captured by J.K. Rowling’s novels with its tales of magic, friendship and action-adventure. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three main characters, the movies chart Harry’s humble beginnings as a wizard in training at Hogwarts School go Witchcraft in the first installment, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, to a full-on battle between Harry and his allies at Hogwarts and his arch-enemy Voldemort and his army in the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As with the books, the movies do get darker and more intense as the series progresses. Whether you are an ardent Harry Potter fan or not, it is hard not to be succumbed by the magic and adventure captured by the movies.
Music: B.o.B. – Magic featuring Rivers Cuomo (Atlantic Records)
Nowhere in the field of entertainment takes magic out of that fantasy world and mysticism and brings it to modern day life as much as music does. You’d be hard pushed to find popular music of today dropping lyrics about wizards, sorcery, witches brew and all that, unless it’s songs for children. Besides, who says you need to be waving a sword or wand and dressed in cloaks to have that magic in you? Which brings me to rapper and singer B.o.B., who rhymes about the powers of magic to woo the laydeez – ” I got the magic in me, Everytime I touch that track it turns into gold, Everybody knows I’ve got the magic in me, When I hit the floor the girls come snappin’ at me, Now everybody wants some presto” to having magical lyricism – “These tricks that I’ll attempt will blow your mind, Pick a verse, any verse, I’ll hypnotise you with every line, I’ll need a volunteer, how about you, with the eyes? Come on down to the front, and stand right here and don’t be shy, I’ll have you time-travellin’, have your mind babblin'”. Featuring Rivers Cuomo of rock band Weezer, B.o.B. successfully combines pop with hip hop on this chart-topping single that is fun both lyrically and musically.
Book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
One of the most revered children’s books of all times, C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the Narnia Chronicles. It centres on four children – Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund – who are sent from London to live with an old relative, Professor Kirke, in his country estate to escape the Blitz. As they all explore their new home, Lucy discovers a wardrobe full of musty old coats and mothballs which she soon finds out is is more than it seems – it is a gateway to the mythical land of Narnia – a snowy forest of land inhabited by unicorns, centaurs, fauns and the wicked white witch, who terrorises all. Lucy soon realises that Narnia, and in particular Aslan, the great Lion, need her help if the country’s creatures are ever going to be free again and to restore joy and light to the land. As the most popular of the Narnia Chronicles, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a great fantasy read for the young reader and a tale of bravery in the battle between good and evil.
Game: Fairy Magic, Copyright: Inlifesize
Movie: Disney’s Aladdin, Copyright: Disney
Book: Jack and the Beanstalk, Copyright: Little Classics
Music: Puff the Magic Dragon, Copyright: Macmillan
Game: The Legend of Zelda, Copyright: Nintendo
Movie: Harry Potter series, Copyright:
Book: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Music: B.o.B. Magic, Copyright: Atlantic Records
Reviews by Huria Choudhari
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