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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.

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

Book Spotlight: Backyard Witch #2: Jess’s Story


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About the Book: The second book of the Backyard Witch series, by acclaimed authors Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, starring Ms. M, the witch who the Horn Book calls “a combination of Mary Poppins and a stand-up comedian.” A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean, Clementine, and the Food Network!

Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis—you name it, she loves it. But she’s a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her chef mother. When Jess’s mom gets a chance to work in a famous kitchen for a week, Jess and her friends, Sadie and Maya, try to help out by making dinner. And . . . let’s just say that it goes up in flames. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. She doesn’t save the day herself, but she helps everyone save it for themselves.

Short chapters filled with illustrator Deborah Marcero’s striking, lively black-and-white illustrations make the Backyard Witch series a must-have for young middle grade readers. Includes a recipe and information about cooking and gardening.

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Backyard Witch (Book 2)$
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062338419/jesss-story

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27246854-jess-s-story

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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


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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: 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

   

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