Book Review and Giveaway: A Beauty Collected ABC Book


A Beauty Collected: A Captivating ABC Book to Discover the Beauty Around You is a book that focuses on objects found in nature. Photographed and written by Los Angeles-based world-traveling mom, Rachel GarahanA Beauty Collected  showcases familiar objects in their rawest form.

I loved sharing this book with my 3-year old. My inquisitive daughter loves memorizing and pronouncing, so this book is a lot of fun for us to read. After I read the book to her, she likes to “read” it back to me, which is always entertaining.

Parent tip: read the glossary before reading the book together with your child! It will help you answer a lot of the wonderful “why’s” asked during story time!

Here are some things I loved about the book:

It teaches awareness


The first pages of the book talk about learning about the world around you by paying attention to detail, slowing down, and observing from every angle.

Think outside the grocery store aisles


Objects, such as carrots, shown the way you would see them in nature and not in the grocery store. Beautiful, harvested carrots in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Learn similar words for objects


When children learns new terminology, it opens up their mind in a similar way to learning a new language.

Learn where things come from


Simple, yet effective descriptions combined with beautiful imagery teach so much.

About A Beauty Collected

A Beauty Collected written by Rachel Garahan, released September 6, 2016 and published by Familius

headshotAbout the Author: Rachel Garahan is an LA-based photographer and creative consultant who has spent her career building brands while photographing people and places around the world. As an intrepid traveler, Garahan is no stranger to the outdoors, most recently spending two months living on the beaches of Nicaragua with her husband and infant son. While she calls Los Angeles home, Garahan was born and raised in Vermont and spent her young adulthood traveling through Australia and the South Pacific before graduating from the University of Arizona with a BA in Journalism. A Beauty Collected is Garahan’s first book set to be released in September 2016 by Familius. The book is an ode to nature, inspiring children and readers of all ages to look closer at the world around them. Garahan lives with her husband, two dogs, and one- year-old son, Benjamin River. You can find her on her personal blog One Part Gypsy or on instagram and pinterest: @onepartgypsy.

About the Publisher: Familius is a family and parenting media publisher devoted to creating content that helps build strong values and happy families. As a digitally savvy, multi-media publisher, we share our family-driven content in multiple formats, including print, e-books, videos, apps. Through, we also provide an online community where parents can seek out and share advice and access a wealth of contemporary parenting content, tools, and resources rooted in traditional family values. Let’s Talk Family.

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Disclaimer: Westside Mommy did not receive monetary compensation for this post. A complimentary copy was provided in order to facilitate this review. As always, opinions are 100% my own. All images used with permission by the publisher.