Dick Punnett’s Talk-Along Book Series – Cherished By Children and Grandchildren

Teaching and entertaining children and grandchildren has continually been considered one of my preferred topics to write. Today I wanted to share with you some charming books that are sure to both educate and delight the youth of preschool to 7 years of age.

I’ll be honest; I was (briefly) confused when I found out that the books I wanted to discuss here were titled “The Talk-Along Book Series.” However, after receiving them and reading the full book, Name Lizzy’s Colors I completely understood. 😉

This book is so beautifully illustrated by Tom Dunnington, with brightly colored pages that ANY child, or grandchild would sure to be thoroughly entertained with every turning page. Also, Name Lizzy’s Colors was cleverly written and mastered with teaching in mind. Author Dick Punnett, has a special gift that encourages participation with three little dots that lead to rhyming answers on the next page; thus, came the name, “The Talk-Along Series.” Quite proficient with keeping little ones (drawn in) and enthused with the story.


The Talk-Along Book Series was originally published (in hard cover) in 1982 and consisted of five books; including the one mentioned above about a lizard misplaced to her environment and open to risk. The young children reading are asked to participate and supply a rhyming word to help keep Lizzy safe. Beautiful tale! <3

Dick has also written two other series of books which include, The Double Rhyme Book Series, and The Keepsake Coloring Story Books. However, The Talk-Along Series was the first reciprocal books recommended to schools. They were also best sellers due to the fact they were so academic with teaching things like vocabulary development, counting, adding, and colors, etc.

Dick Punnett's clever creativity and focus with this particular series was to make learning incredibly fun.


These adorable books are loved by Moms, Grandmothers, and teachers just as much as they are cherished by the kids. They make excellent gifts and are reasonably priced!


Directly From The Book… So Cute!!!! <3

I want you to know before we start,
Our story has a speaking part.
When you see the dots…
Try guessing the word.
That is the time for YOU to be heard.

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to write about such an impressive collection of books. Those are books that I’m quite certain will charm the socks off my two grandchildren for sure! Excited to offer the books to them. <3 <3

What truly impressed me was how the author himself, fully illustrated The Keepsake Coloring Book Series with his own drawings of pen and ink. Those paperbacks are particularly expressive and personally made for children as (just as the name says) keepsakes.

Dick Punnett was well known in the schools and gaining popularity now with the general public from all 15 books that he’s authored. Coming from upstate New York, he completed his studies at the Art Center School and Chouinard Art Institute and flourished into a writer/cartoonist for a Hollywood Animation Studio. It just goes to show that any books authored by him are sure to be favored by the kiddos. Dick resides in Ormond Beach, Florida.

You can find out more about Dick and his books on his website... http://www.dickpunnettsbooks.com/


Punnett’s books are offered as both paperbacks and Kindle e-books on Amazon 


Full book review to follow, (on a later date), including a video review.

Books Received For The Review Are As Follows:

Name Lizzy’s Colors

Help Jumbo Escape
Count The Possums
Help Dress Priscilla
Name Patty’s Pets

All Books Are Sure To Please!…Just so you know. =)

Thank you for reading!! <3

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Grandparents and Toddlers – Make It A Joyful Time


Some Parents and Grandparents dread the toddler years. Furthermore, some dread those years so much that it makes the situation worse. A child can sense if you are anxious or angry with them a lot more than you may think. So Grandma, you need to loosen up a bit, and I’m talking to myself as well here in this blog post. 😉



For my grandson, the toddler phase is just beginning. He’s healthy and all over the place just as normal as can be. And I sure wouldn’t change him for anything in the world. I love him so very much.



I’ve witnessed some very bad tantrums with my grandson already. And none of them will be the last one, I’m sure. I STILL remember when I was very little; the tantrums that I myself had…and they were pretty bad! lol



The key for Grandmothers to getting through the toddler years, (or some call those years the terrible 2’s and 3’s), is stepping back and taking a more positive approach. Also your attitude plays a HUGE role. Instead of thinking to yourself, “this is going to be a bad day,” you need to say (outloud) to yourself, “this is going to be a joyful day with my grandkids.” And mean it!



Think of some fun things that your grandchildren would love doing. Maybe it’s going to the park and (if your grandchild is a boy), trying out the new remote control truck they received for Christmas. Or maybe (and this is for the older ones) they got a new bike and they want YOU to go bike riding with them. Grandma, when was the last time you were on a bike? (for me, it’s been years) LOL However, what a goal that would be for me…going bike riding with my grandson! 🙂 How awesome that would be! Or maybe a trip to the zoo.



Below are a few tips for the toddler years


1. Go to your local library or get online and look up some books for some support for grandparenting through the toddler years. Or, look up getting through the terrible 2’s or 3’s. You WILL undoubtedly find a lot of books that will give you a lot of insight and the support you need.



2. Grandparenting groups would also be a good idea. You would be able to talk to many others that are going through the same thing. And you know what they say; “Two heads are better than one.” In this case, you will surely get a wide array of ideas on approaching the toddler years, and getting through them more effectively and easily.



3. What about toddler proofing your home? There are still some areas in (my home) that I have not child proofed! lol You know those plastic covers for electric outlets? That would be a great start for me, however I’ve not even done that. Also tying those cabinets together would be a grand idea. You know I bet there is some kind of gadgets for that now. And sure enough, I performed a quick search and found this. lol



4. Hang out outside. Let your toddler run around and run off a lot of the energy you wished YOU had! 😉 Let them play around in the dirt and perhaps help you with some gardening. It’s worth a try, don’t you think? Most toddlers (especially girls) would LOVE the idea of planting flowers or maybe even vegetables. Or what about getting a big group of kids to go walking. This would be ideal for the park. Also, get more social with this and have other Moms come along.



5. Try purchasing some brand new art supplies. This would be something that Grandma would even enjoy doing. Maybe drawing some pictures of the outdoors, or just plain coloring pages in a coloring book. Also, try looking up some fun crafts that you and your toddler would enjoy and could do together.



6. What about music? Try to make music fun and dance or just march in place to some toddler-friendly music. This would give both YOU and your little ones some good exercise.



7. Read books. Toddler-age kids love to be read to. Not just at bedtime or nap time. They enjoy books at any time. Make it fun for them and make faces as you read various stories.



Whatever you and your toddler does or enjoys doing together, always make it a learning process. Consistently teach them something new. Try to aim for teaching your grandchild something new at least every week. That sounds like a good reasonable goal to strive for. And above all else, have fun! 🙂


Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is passionate about her Grandmother status and loves to share photos, advice, Grandparenting Articles and Tips


Tammy also has been successful in the work at home industry for many years. She is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. She offers free job leads for the job seeker, as well as other work at home resources, work at home articles, tips, and more at http://www.onestopwebemployment.com