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Book Review: Where Does Love Hide?


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About the Book:  In Where Does Love Hide? children are reminded that they not only receive love but have the opportunity to share love. Looking under the fun, lift-a-flap feature, children will see examples of everyday love opportunities. Each page includes a memory verse and an example of a way to share God’s love. In life, children hear the words “I love you” repeatedly, often beginning before birth. However, because love is an abstract concept and young children are concrete thinkers, they must gradually learn to understand love by what they experience. In Where Does Love Hide? children are given the opportunity to see love in action and learn what love looks like. http://www.marymanzsimon.com/books.html

 

 

  • Age Range: 1 – 3 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Ltf Brdbk edition (January 1, 2017)
  • Cost: $6.99

 

My Review: This is another adorable book by Mary Manz Simon which takes a child on a journey of love with bible verses. It not only shows that we have for each other but the love God has for His children.

Where does love hide? is a fun book with lift-up-flaps that has the hidden answers under the flaps. Each flap reveals how a child can share their toys with their friends, being helpful and show kindness to others. Watch the excitement on a child face when you lift up the flaps to reveals what’s hidden.

A great message and lesson that parents can teach their children, to best understand love when they see it and learn to show it through everyday activities.

The illustrations by Hannah Wood are simple, bright and colorful because it helps tell the story. I highly recommend it.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

 

 

February 8, 2017 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon.


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God Made The Sun by Dr. Mary Manz Simon, illustrated by Lizzie Walkley

About the Book: God Made the Sun is a celebration of God’s gift of daytime to the world. Beginning with the first rays of sunlight and moving through the day, this book reminds little ones that God’s love shines on us just as the sun shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty diecut feature, the book will serve as a welcome reminder of God’s presence in our lives.

 

 

  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Cost: $7.99

 

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God Made the Moon by Dr. Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Lizzie Walkley

About the Book: God Made the Moon is a celebration of God’s gift of nighttime to the world. Beginning with the first sleepy yawn and ending with a bedtime prayer, this book reminds little ones that God’s love shines on us just as the moon shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty die-cut feature, the book will be a welcome addition to any child’s bedtime rituals.

 

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Cost: $7.99

 

 

My Review: The rhyming story shows the joy on a child’s face when they wake up in the morning to see the Sun outside their window. Its another day for them to come out and play with their friends. Splash and play in the puddles, looking cool by dressing up looking like a movie star, skipping, playing peek-a-boo. And when the weather is hot, they head to the pool to cool off. They find time to sit outside to have lunch. And when the Sun starts to slide down, they look forward to seeing the Moon.

While the Moon smile on the earth giving it light at night. The kids watch as the lightning bugs blink off and on like flashlights and crickets chirping. They know its time for bed when the Moon is out. Time for them to be thankful to God for all that happened throughout their day.

These are great books from the author who writes about the age appropriate biblical concepts that are woven around the recurring theme of how God loves and watches over us.  These books makes a perfect bedtime story for young kids. The illustrator captured each scene wonderfully with bold and bright colors. A must for your home library for kids.

 

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

October 15, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: My Toddler Bible


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My Toddler Bible by Juliet David and illustrated by Chris Embleton-Hall

 

About the Book: Fans of Chris Embleton-Hall’s cheerfully distinctive artwork will be eager to see this new Bible! Twenty stories–nine from the Old Testament and eleven from the New–are retold in a concise and friendly manner in a rounded, easy-to-read font. Very, very bright, and very, very fun! http://www.kregel.com/childrens-bibles-and-reference/my-toddler-bible/

 

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Candle Books (April 27, 2016)
  • Cost: $12.99

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My Review: My Toddler Bible contains the Old and the New Testament. The table of contents The old Testament has 9 stories starting with, In the Beginning, A Wonderful Garden, Noah and the Great Ark, Abraham Moves Home, Joseph and His Brothers, The Baby in the Basket, David and the Giant Bully, Jonah Learns a Lesson, Daniel and the Lions and Jonah Gets the Message. The New Testament has 11 stories, Good News for Mary, Old and New Kings, Jesus Helps a Little Girl, The Boy Who Gave Jesus His Lunch, The Searching Shepherd, The Loving Father, The Stranger Who Cared, A Farmer Sow Seeds, Two Builders- Two House, Jesus the King and Jesus Lives!

The stories are retold to help younger readers understand God’s words and the characters in the story. The words are simplified and interesting, with just the right amount of words per page to keep a toddler’s attention.  Your child wouldn’t want you to stop read until you have read every page. The book is full of colorful and bold pictures illustrated by Chris Embleton-Hall that helps bring the stories to life.

Overall, it is a well written book that will capture the attention of any child.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

May 16, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Bible Stories Gone Crazy!


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Bible Stories Gone Crazy!

About the Book: Eight Bible stories are depicted in bright color and comic, cartoony illustrations. There is a sentence or two explaining the scene at the top, and then details to spot, mistakes to find, and questions to answer along the sides of the picture, such as, “Did Noah’s workmen REALLY have power tools?” and “How many rabbits are in the picture?” Children will love scouring the illustrations to find the answers and spot more amusing details in the busy artwork of Emiliano Migliardo. The stories are Noah and His Great Ark, Moses Crossing the Red Sea, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Big Fish, Feeding the 5,000, and Man Through the Roof. – See more at: http://www.kregel.com/childrens-activities/bible-stories-gone-crazy/#sthash.fEFUekwK.dpuf

 

My Review: The Bible Stories Gone Crazy consist of series of stories like Noah and his Great Ark, Moses ad the Miracle Escape, Joshua Destroys Jericho, Daniel in the Pit of Lions, Jonah and the Monster Fish, Jesus Feeds a Huge Crowd and the Man Through the Roof!. Each illustrations depicting dozens or more people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location with bible verses and questions. Like, Did Noah have glass windows in the ark? Can you find Moses? What’s he carrying? Who gave Jesus his lunch? And so on.
Children will not only enjoy reading this book but enjoy taking an adventure with each charater as they make their way finding all the artist’s jokes and deliberate mistakes. This book is comically illustrated by Emiliano Migliardo.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

  • Age Range: 5 – 7 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candle Books (August 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781281904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781281901
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Cost: $9.02 @ amazon

 

About the Author: Josh Edwards has written a number of Bible stories and innovative activity books for kids, building on his experience as a teacher, an artist, and a father of three rapidly growing children. A Londoner by birth, residence, and preference, he has traveled widely and has always loved books and reading.

 

 

 

September 14, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Lift the Flap Bible.


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Lift the Flap Bible by Karen Williamson; illustrated by Louise Anglicas

About the Book: What’s under the flaps? Find out in this collection of eight very simple Bible stories in a large cased board book format. Each story is told across a double-page spread and there are flaps on every page. Bright, quirky illustrations full of wit and color from Louise Anglicas are perfect for this engaging introduction to Bible stories.

Stories are: Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Bulrushes, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Great Fish, Born in a Stable, Boy with Loaves and Fishes, The Lost Sheep, and Man Lowered Through the Roof.

 

Pages: 16
Size: 
8.25 x 8.25 inches
Published: 
2014
Rights: 
NA
Imprint: 
Candle Books

Price: $12.99
ISBN:  978-1-78128-130-7
Format: Board book

http://store.kregel.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3446

 

My Review: The Candle Tiny Tots Bible for Kids comes with eight best loved bibke stories from the Old and New Testament. These stories includes Noah and his boat, A basket in the river, Daniel and the lions, Jonah and the great fish and from the New Testament; Born in a stable, One boy’s lunch, Lost and found and A man through the roof. These stories are told across two pages with peek a boo flaps. Each flaps tells a different story.

The stories are simplified and interesting with bold and colorful pictures that helps bring the stories to life.

This book is the perfect size bible for young readers with its hard cover and sturdy pages. An inspirational book that would capture the attention of any child.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

February 23, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)


My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

 

My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

About the Book: My Little Life of Jesus introduces the story of Jesus’ life to 3-to 5-year-olds. It follows Jesus from His birth, being baptized by John, meeting the disciples and teaching them how to pray, telling His stories to people in nearby towns and villages, right through to His return to the heavenly Father. Illustrated throughout with adorable artwork from a popular Candle Books artist, there is also a map included to show the land where Jesus lived. This padded hardcover comes complete with a presentation page for gift or award giving.

 

My Review: My Little Life of Jesus is a story about the birth of Jesus to his death and resurrection. The contents starts with the very first Christmas, I will say the birth of Jesus since He was not born on Christmas day.   The accounts of Mary been visited by an angel, giving birth in Bethlehem and visited by the three wise men who brought him gifts.

Learn why Jesus came, not only to heal the sick but to spread the word of God. There’s a page in the book that shows a map of where Jesus lived, from Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, Jericho, Galilee, Nazareth and many more until his death.

I liked that the book gave more detail story about the life of Jesus unlike some others. I also liked the added scriptures to the story. The illustrations are bright and colorful which will make it easy for kids to read.

Overall, a great book by the author Karen Williamson.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

January 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. The Time of Jesus.


The Time of Jesus

The Time of Jesus

About the Book: Keep curious young minds busy with these detailed depictions of Bible history, and a glimpse behind the scenes with flaps to lift on every page.

Jesus took his message to all kinds of people in all kinds of places—from the shores of Lake Galilee to the bustling streets of Jerusalem. This book takes readers right into the world that he knew, with appealing illustrations and flaps that open to reveal all kinds of fascinating details. Brief text explains the setting, and references events and stories from Jesus’ life. The book covers the first Christmas, illustrations of a synagogue and carpenter’s workshop in Nazareth, fishing in Capernaum, farming and shepherding in the hills of Galilee, homes of the wealthy and everyday people, the temple in Jerusalem, the way of the cross, and the first Easter.

 

My Review: The time of Jesus is a lift-the-flap discovery book that gives a brief explanation of Jesus’ journey from His birth to His death and resurrection. The story starts off in Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph arrival in the town looking for shelter. Jesus’ early days at home in Nazareth going to the Synagogue and how He became a preacher and choose His disciples to help him spread the message of God’s love and forgiveness. Jesus sometimes got invited to the homes of the rich who were intrigued by His preaching, one such person was Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Another important story in the book was the most important festival of the Jewish faith known as the Passover. The pictures show the people selling and buying at the temple in Jerusalem. At the Roman trial, religious leaders did not like Jesus or his preaching so they decided to plot His death, by having Him arrested and sentence to death. Jesus was crucified with two criminals on a hill named Calvary. The women visited the tomb but His body was gone.

The book does take you on a journey revealing all kinds of fascinating details behind the flaps. Each flap tells a behind the scene story which will make it more fun for the kids. The illustrations are colorful and bright. Great for Sunday school teaching and school library.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

  • Age Range: 5 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
  • Series: Look Inside: a Lift-the-Flap Discovery Book
  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson; Ltf Brdbk edition (October 1, 2014)
  • Cost: $10.83 @Amazon.com

 

Text by Lois Rock: Lois Rock is the Commissioning Editor for Lion Children’s Books, as well as a highly respected and trusted author in her own right, acclaimed in many different countries for her books of prayers, Bible stories, and non-fiction books about the Christian faith.

Lois lives in Oxfordshire, is married and has 3 children, all of whom are now grown up. She enjoys cycling and walking and has helped to lead church children’s groups for many years, an experience that she draws on when writing books for children. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/177078.Lois_Rock

 

 

November 17, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Noah’s Art and David & Goliath by Dr Mary M. Simon


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About the Book: Noah’s Ark Dry-Erase Activity Tablet helps children build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creative thinking while reinforcing Biblical truths!  Great for keeping little hearts focused and little hands busy!  Features complete Noah’s Ark Bible story as found in Genesis 7-8:18, Scripture memory verse, prayer for children, and early childhood learning skills!

 

My Review: This activity book not only takes the kids on an adventure with Noah as he and his family gets ready for the great flood, but they can help Noah build a new world.

Wow! I loved the Noah’s Ark Dry-Erase Activity book by Dr Mary M. Simon. She took this book to another level of learning. Kids can use the Washable DryErase to draw and write on.

The 14 dryerase activity pages features blank spots where kids can draw trees, animals, tools, and write on. They can help draw tools that Noah can use to build the ark, draw the type of animals Noah should take on the boat. Children can learn early K-1 math, counting and numbers, crossword countdown, count the crowd, follow the dots and also help Noah build a new world. I also like that it also reinforce biblical truths. I highly recommend this book for Sunday schools.

 

Cost: $4.95

Grade: K-1

 

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Learning Activity Cards: Noah’s Art

Noah’s Ark Dry Erase Flash Cards are a fantastic way to keep your child’s creative mind engaged while learning a wonderful story from the Bible!  Write and wipe-off cards offer 48 interactive activities that help to increase number recognition skills, practice fine motor skills, explore numerical relationships, develop math vocabulary, and reinforce counting.  An inspiring learning tool for kindergarten and 1st grade students! $5.95

Product Details:

  • 24 Dry Erase learning flash cards
  • 48 activities
  • 1 Bible story card
  • 1 answer key
  • Recommended ages, K-1
  • Dry Erase, Powered by Crayola

 

 

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About the Book: David & Goliath Dry-Erase Activity Tablet helps children build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creative thinking while reinforcing Biblical truths!  Great for keeping little hearts focused and little hands busy!  Features complete David & Goliath Bible story as found in 1 Samuel 17:1-50, Scripture memory verse, prayer for children, and early childhood learning skills. $4.95, PreK

http://www.dayspring.com/search/?keywords=David+%26+Goliath+

 

My Review: Same activity book as Noah’s Ark Dry-Erase Activity Tablet.

This book features a complete story of David and Goliath as found in 1ST Samuel 17:1-50. A 14 Dry erase activity pages with some blank spots where kids can draw a tent, stream, a king’s crown, stones and more. Children can write the alike and different between David and Goliath, draw a picture of someone who is younger and more. Learn memory verse and prayer. I also like that it also reinforce biblical truths. I highly recommend this book for Sunday schools.

 

 

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David & Goliath – Crayola Dry Erase Flash Cards

David & Goliath Dry Erase Flash Cards are a fantastic way to keep your child’s creative mind engaged while learning a wonderful story from the Bible!  Write and wipe-off cards offer 48 interactive activities that help to practice fine motor skills, explore visual differences, identify shapes, letters and numbers, and categorize and classify like objects.  An inspiring learning tool for pre-kindergarten students! $5.95

http://www.dayspring.com/search/?keywords=David+%26+Goliath+

 

Product Details:

  • 24 Dry Erase learning flash cards
  • 48 activities
  • 1 Bible story card
  • 1 answer key
  • Recommended age, Pre-K
  • Dry Erase, Powered by Crayola

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Guess Who Noah’s Boat.


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Guess Who Noah’s Boat by Matt Mitter and illustrated by Ela Jarzabek

About the Book: Children will love this interactive new telling of the Noah’s ark story. With fun, rhyming text, each spread asks kids to guess which animal is heading toward the ark. The answer is revealed under the cleverly designed flap. With eye-catching illustrations and easy-to-understand text, Guess Who Noah’s Boat is sure to become a favorite.

http://store.kregel.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3370

 

 

My Review: A fun bible story about Noah’s boat that kids will enjoy reading. This book will not only take your child on an adventure with Noah and his family, but help Noah guess who is hiding on each page in his boat by lifting up the flap.

A great fun book with bright and bold colors illustrated by Ela Jarzabek which helps tell the story.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way

 

 

Cost: $8.63 @amazon.com

Ages: 2 – 4

Pages: 10
Size: 
7.5 x 7.5 inches
Published: 
2014
Rights: 
NA
Imprint: 
Kregel Children’s Books

 

About the Author: Matt Mitter was born long, long ago in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has written dozens of children’s books, mostly in verse. Currently, he works and plays in the Bay Area.

About the illustrator: Ela Jarzabek lives in Katowice, Poland. She graduated from Cracow Academy of Fine Arts with a Master’s Academy degree in Graphic Design and a Second degree in Painting. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator. She loves working on watercolor paper with gouache, acrylic paints, and colored pencils and creating illustrations with funny characters that are bright and colorful.

 

 

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Candle Bible Handbook.


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Candle Bible Handbook by Terry Jean Day & Carol Smith 

About the Book: Travel through Bible history with this comprehensible exploration of the Bible, following the key narratives from Genesis to Revelation. Perfect as a child’s first Bible reference, he will travel through Bible lands and times and discover how the people lived: the foods they ate, the homes they occupied, the clothes they wore, and the work they performed. There are sections of study questions throughout to further learning, as well as glossaries and FAQs to help understanding.

 

My Review: I have reviewed a lot of the Candle Bible books and I was so glad that they had the Candle Bible Handbook. The Old and New Testamentsis packed full of facts about every book in the bible. It explains some of the mysteries of the bible. Why the bible was written and by whom. It also gives background information about the people and places of the bible. Each book is categorized according to the books of the law, poetry, prophets, history, letters of Paul, general letters and Apocrypha.

The handbook is full of lavishly illustrations with maps, time charts, photographs and panoramic illustrations. This is a very easy to read study guide not only for children but for adults as well. I highly have to recommend this book.

 

 

 

Author: Terry Jean Day & Carol Smith 

Pages: 256

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $17.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1859855865/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1859855865&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way

May 12, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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