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God Loves Mommy and Me

At the end of  a long day, we sometimes need a reminder of how much God loves us. When the kids are screaming or when Mommy is grumbling it can be hard to remember that.  “God Loves Mommy & Me” is a beautiful children’s story about how God shows how much he loves us in the little everyday moments.

“God Loves Mommy & Me” is beautiful story that celebrates the love between a mother and her child, and the God who loves them both. It is a gentle reminder to parents and children of how much they are loved.

I love how the author, Bonnie Rickner Jensen, has taken the little everyday moments to show how much God loves us. Each moment is something that my children can relate to. One of our favourite things to do in the springtime is to blow the dandelion fluff, the story reminded us that it’s one of the ways that God shows us how much he loves us.

The story is full more great moments to share with your little one. All to often when it rains we become grumpy and upset. I love that the story shows the Mommy Bunny playing in the mud puddles with her little ones. It shows that God even sends the rain to show us that he loves us. Playing in the puddles at the campground is one of the things we do when it rains. People always look at us funny, but we still splish, splash and splosh. “God Loves Mommy & Me” reminds me that I need to cherish these moments with my children.

The illustrations by Laura Watkins, are beautiful. They are soft and have a comforting feel to them, absolutely perfect for bedtime. The characters are adorable, you can see the love that the mother rabbit has for her little one in every page. I love the expressions of Mommy and Little Bunny when they are playing on the slide. You can see the fear in Little Bunny’s eyes, and the look of encouragement on Mommy Bunny’s face.

“God Loves Mommy & Me” is a wonderful story to share with your children at bedtime, or anytime, to show them the special ways that God and Mommy love them. Purchase your copy today on Amazon or other major retailers.

 

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “God Loves Mommy & Me” from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

If You Were Me And Lived In…ISRAEL

This past Christmas a local church put on a “Walk through Bethlehem” where the children were able to explore a Middle Eastern Market. They had an amazing time exploring the shops, eating the food and playing children’s games. It really piqued their curiosity and they wanted to learn more. “If You Were Me And Lived In…Israel” is a book that take your little one on a journey to Israel where they can learn more of the customs and culture.

“If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel”  is another installment in the “If You Were Me and Lived In…” series. The books in this series take your child on an adventure to amazing lands that they may never be able to physically travel to. This book takes us on a fascinating journey throughout the land of Israel where we get to explore the customs and culture of the people who live there. Discover what you would eat, do for fun and even what you would call your Mom and Dad!

“If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel”  is an wonderful book for any armchair world traveler. I love how the author, Ms. Roman, has included a pronunciation guide for important or unfamiliar words.  Often young readers can be discouraged when trying to read large word, especially if they are from another language, the guide helps build your child’s confidence. I love that the guide is in the text as you are reading the book, as well as a complete alphabetical guide at the back of the book.

Throughout each book in the “If You Were Me and Lived In…” series, you will discover new words. We love the consistency that Ms. Roman weaves throughout the series, teaching us how to say words like, “Mom”, “Dad” and “Doll” in each book. This book was no different, and the kids are excited to Ima (Mommy) and Abba (Daddy) in the Israeli language.

My children enjoyed learning about the history of Israel. They were most interested in learn why they read from right to left, instead of the other way around like we are accustomed to. I won’t give away the reason, you’ll have to read the book to discover why for yourself!

“If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel” explores the land of Israel from a child’s perspective. I love how the book covers topics that all children can relate to and are interested in. Most children have enjoyed a game of soccer. My children found it interesting that children in Israel play it too, only they call it by a different name.

Both my children study Karate and we enjoyed learning that there is an the Israeli style of martial art called Krav Maga. It is something my children want to learn more about. It’s always an adventure to learn about different styles of martial arts, and I want my children to learn that there are more styles out there than just the one we study.

“If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel” is a wonderful journey through the land of Israel where your children can learn about their customs and cultures.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “If You Were Me and Lived In…Israel” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Rice and Rocks

Our little island is becoming more and more diverse. Each year there is a multi-cultural street fair where we celebrate the different cultures that are present on our island. It’s an amazing time where the kids can explore foods, activities, games, art and crafts, displays, music and performances. “Rice and Rocks” is a celebration of different cultures coming together around the dinner table.

“Rice and Rocks” is a the story of a young boy named Giovanni who goes on a magical adventure around the globe with his Auntie and pet parrot.  Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner and his grandmother is making a traditional Jamaican dish of rice and beans or “Rice and Rocks” as Giovanni calls it. He is worried that his friends will think the dish is weird. His favourite Auntie comes to the rescue and takes him on a magical adventure around the globe where they visit other places where people eat “Rice and Rocks”.

“Rice and Rocks” is a story that celebrates friends, family and family traditions. I love that Giovanni’s family has a Sunday tradition of eating together as a family. There is no better way to connect together with loved ones than around the dinner table, I love how this reflects how we eat together as a family for supper as well. My children don’t always want to eat at the table with us, and this story shows that it’s not just “Mom’s rule” that they have to eat the table, but that it’s something that families all over the world do together.

The author, Sandra L. Richards, takes us on a journey to Japan, Puerto Rico and New Orleans in the United States. We discover that there are similarities between every culture. Giovanni discovers that “Rice and Rocks” is a meal that is served in various forms around the world. I love how this teaches us that while we are all different, if we look closely we can find a common thread, and it’s that thread that can bring us together as family and friends!

The illustrations are wonderful, full of energy and bright colours. I love the image of Jasper, he looks like he would be the perfect traveling companion.  I found the text difficult to read on my tablet, but it was much easier to read in the Kindle Cloud Reader on my laptop.

The story offers so many opportunities for conversation with your children. Take the time to discuss what traditions you have a family and which ones are your favourite. My favourite question to ask the kids is about what “new” tradition they would like to start.

“Rice and Rocks” is an amazing adventure that spans the globe and celebrates the things that bring us together. Visit the author’s website for teacher resources or connect via twitter, Instagram, FacebookGoodreads or LinkedIn.

 

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Rice and Rocks” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day

When you are having a bad every little thing can feel like a disaster of epic proportions. It can be difficult to see the problem for what it really is. Learning how to evaluate a situation is a life skill that was all need to learn. “One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” teaches us all how to see a situation for what it really is.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is the story of a group of forest friends who learn a valuable lesson about how put things into perspective. When Squirrel is running along a tree limb, she trips and falls losing all her acorns in the river below. Squirrel is upset and frustrated. Rabbit listens to Squirrel’s troubles and offers a solution. He tells her to rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. When Squirrel tries Rabbit’s suggestion she soon discovers that losing her acorns may not be all that bad after all.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is a fun story with an important lesson for us all, not just kids. When something “terrible” happens to us, we need to take a moment and really evaluate the situation. The author, Ms Roman, offers us a way of rating how bad things are using a scale of one through ten, one being no problem at all and ten being the worst thing ever! When we are feeling overwhelmed we should take few moments to really think about how bad something truly is, we may discover that thing may not be all bad. In the grand scheme of things few things are ever truly a 10, there usually a positive to be found somewhere.

I had the opportunity to read this to my son’s kindergarten class. They understood right away how to use the rating system. As the animals in the story shared their troubles, the children in the class tried to guess where things would be on the scale. At first they would guess a high number, surely losing all your acorns is a terrible thing, worthy of a ten.  When the story was finished the loss of the acorns was rated between a one and two. After we finished the story, the kids decided to rate their own problems. They were pretty quick to discover the “upside” to things.

The illustrations are beautiful, full of bright colours and fun forest friends. The only thing I disliked was the choice of font. I found the all caps style of font slightly difficult to read, but this is just my personal preference and doesn’t affect the book in anyway.

“One To Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day” is a great story to help children learn how to put things into perspective. The One-to-Ten scale is a simple way for your child to feel more empowered when faced with a difficult situation.

Connect with the author:

Author’s Website: http://caroleproman.com/
Author’s Blog: http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks
Twitter: @caroleproman
Amazon.com: “One To Ten Squirrel’s Bad Day”

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones

I’ll often tell my children that they have a Guardian Angel watching out for them, especially when they’ve done something that should have rendered them injured. This has made them curious to know more about Angels. “Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” is a great introduction for little ones who are just beginning to explore their faith and want to know more about Angels and what they do.

 

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” by Allia Zobel Nolan is a board book for children that introduces them to the Angels we read about in the Bible. The book covers both the Old and New Testaments, retelling stories of how Angels interacted with Elijah, Daniel, Mary and many others.

The illustrations are beautiful created by Alisa Massari. The colours are rich and each image has a comforting feeling. I love how the author shows the emotion in the faces of each being illustrated. While we don’t know exactly what an angel looks like, I like how the author depicts them in a way that is familiar to what my children are accustomed to seeing. The pages are sturdy cardboard, perfect for little hands to hold.

Each story is short, covering about 4 pages. Read one story at a time or the whole book. Each story shares a scripture reference so that you explore each story in more depth.  The stories in “Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” are told so that even the littlest child can understand. They read wonderfully out loud making them perfect for sharing at bedtime or Sunday School.

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” shares the stories of the Angels in the Bible, sharing their messages of love from God. I love how the first story of “Abraham and the Three Visitors” tells us that while the three visitors looked like men, they were really Angels. This story is a great time to talk to your children about the Angels we may encounter in our own lives.

“Angels in the Bible for Little Ones” is a wonderful introduction to the Angels that we read about in the Bible. The book is available at most major retailers including Zondervan Publishing.

 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

 

 

Would you like to know? Collection

I’ve been taking my children to church since they were born. They’ve been learning about God, Jesus and the Bible for as long as they can remember. The have heard the story of the Nativity and Easter each year, and love to hear them over and over again. The lessons started off simple and now as they are getting older, they are asking more and more questions. The “Would you like to know? Collection” is a great way for my children to explore their faith on their own time.

“Would you like to know? Collection” is a set of six books for children to help build their Christian faith. Each book will encourage your child to explore key concepts of the Christian faith, such as who God is and How to pray in a way that they can understand.

 

The boxed set contains:
“Would You Like to Know About God?” – This book begins with an introduction to God and continues to answer questions that children have about God like “What does God Look Like?” and “What does God do?”. It ends with the assurance that God loves us and his love will never change.

“Would You Like to Know How to Pray?” – This book explains why we pray and how we can start talking to God. There is a sample prayer at the end the helps guide your child in a simple prayer.

“Would You Like to Know Jesus?” – This books explains who Jesus is, why he is important and how we can come to know him as a friend. It shares a Bible verse that is familiar to many of us, John 3: 16.

“Would You Like to Know the Bible?” – This book tells us what the Bible is, what it consists of and how we should use it.

“Would You Like to Know the Story of Christmas?” –  This book is a simple retelling of the very first Christmas and what it means for us today.

“Would You Like to Know the Story of Easter?” – This is a simple retelling of the Easter story from Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem, dying on the cross and rising again.

The illustrations in each are colourful and remind me of the books I used to read in Sunday School as a child. Each book includes a presentation page which makes it perfect for giving as a gift or an award.

Our least favourite book is the “Would you like to know The Story of Easter? , we found that it wasn’t as clear as it could be.  The book does tell the story of Easter and how Christ rose from the dead, but we found that the last couple of pages could have used a little more detail.  It says “At Easter we remember that Jesus died…and that he is alive forever!” We feel that this brief summary is missing the detail that he rose from the grave.

Our favourite book is “Would you like to know How to Pray?”. Sometimes my children get stuck on where to begin when they start to pray. The sample prayer at the end of the book helps them begin their prayer and then finish using their own words. I love how open ended it is, and listening to how my children talk to God and hear what is on their hearts.

“Would you like to know? Collection” would make a wonderful addition to any child’s library. Matthew 13: 23 says “ But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” This collection of books helps sew the seeds of God’s word in your child’s heart.

I received a complimentary copy of “Would you like to know? Collection” from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Ellie Camps Under the Stars

The snow is melting and spring in in the air! The kids are excited for camping season and are counting down the days until we head out to the campground.  Until that happens, we’ll be planning our summer vacation and all the adventures we take! Maybe we’ll find some inspiration from Ellie and her friend Pudgy as we read “Ellie Camps under the Stars”.

“Ellie Camps under the Stars” by Marci and Elle Fair is the 6th installment in “The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant” . Ellie the Elephant and her best friend Pudgy the Penguin go on a camping adventure and explore the world around them. They set up a tent, go hiking, play games, make s’mores and go star gazing. What do Ellie and Pudgy discover in the world around and about themselves?

“Ellie Camps under the Stars” takes your child on a camping adventure, from hiking through the mountains, setting up a tent to making s’mores. Your child will discover all the fun things they can do while camping.

The illustrations are simply adorable, done in a scrapbook style, using a combination of “real-life” photos and scrapbook elements to create amazing imagery that any child will love.

“Ellie Camps under the Stars” has many lessons to teach us. As Ellie and Pudgy set up their tent we learn about teamwork and perseverance. This is a great time to talk to your kids about how they can work through difficult situations. Do you get angry and quit or do you take a moment to laugh and enjoy the moment for what it is?

We also learn about caring for the environment. After  Ellie and Pudgy have their meal they are careful to pick up all their mess. Take a moment to talk about why it’s important to clean up after yourself especially when you are exploring the world around you.

One of my favourite thing about Ellie and Pudgy is that they can have amazing adventures without the use of technology. They spend the day and evening together without using a tablet, cell phone or a computer. Instead they enjoyed the world around them and spent the evening making s’more and gazing at the stars. I love how the author’s take the time to show us both the Orion and the Big Dipper. My son can not wait for the first clear night so that I can show him the constellations in the sky.

“Ellie Camps under the Stars” is a fun story about two best friends who have the most amazing adventures together. Visit the author’s website for information or Amazon to purchase.

 

**Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Ellie Camps under the Stars” in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

“Rufus Finds a Home” by Theodore Jerome Cohen

My children love animals and their little hearts broke when our cat passed away last May. While they understood it was time for “Buddy” to go to heaven, they are having a hard time understanding why we haven’t gotten another pet. For us (the parents) it’s an easy decision for two reasons –  my daughter is allergic to cats, and feels so much better now that our home is pet free and we are gone so often we don’t have time to properly care for the dog that my son so desperately wants. “Rufus Finds a Home” is a book that helped me show my children that sometimes the most difficult decisions are sometimes the best decisions.

“Rufus Finds a Home” by Theodore Jerome Cohen is the story of a beautiful and playful Golden Retriever and his aging owner Charlie. Things are changing for Charlie and Rufus. Charlie is finding it more and more difficult to care for Rufus properly. He experiences memory lapses and sometimes forgets Rufus outside, and when Rufus wants run and play, Charlie is unable to play with him like he used to. Charlie makes the difficult decision to find a new home for Rufus. Will Charlie find a new and loving home for Rufus before he moves in with his daughter?

“Rufus Finds a Home” that will tug at your heartstrings. It is a story of true compassion, caring for others and doing the right thing even when it’s a heartbreaking decision. Your heart breaks for Charlie that he has to give up Rufus. Your heart leaps for joy for Rufus, that he has found a home with some children who are able to run and play with him and for the friendship that Charlie and Rufus will have for years to come with a little help from his new friends.

“Rufus Finds a Home” is geared to children in Grades 1 and 2. The illustrations are simply adorable and will appeal to any dog lover out there. Rufus is shown doing the laundry, playing fetch and even wearing bunny ears for Easter! The illustrations added so much to the story. My son who is just starting to read, was able to use the images to help him figure out the story on his own. Both children loved to reach out and touch each image, almost as if they were trying to pet Rufus.

The story is so relevant to our family right now. My son wants a dog more than anything in the world, but like Charlie in the story, we just aren’t able to give a dog all the things that it needs to be happy and healthy.  Having a dog in our lives right now, just isn’t something that would be kind nor fair to any pet. My son and I talked about why Charlie decided to give up Rufus and compared it to our situation. He drew a parallel between Charlie moving into his daughters house and us heading out to the campground during the summer months where dogs are allowed but have very restricted freedom.  We talked about how Charlie forgot Rufus outside one day and the dog had to wait for Charlie to remember to let him in and compared it to how we aren’t home during the day and a dog would be left all on his own.  “Rufus Finds a Home” helped my son understand that right now, while we would love a dog dearly, a dog needs more than just love. While it is a difficult decision to not have a pet that my son would love with all his heart, we need to do what is best for that pet and not let our own selfish wants get in the way.

My son did his own review of “Rufus Finds a Home”, check out his video to see what he thinks and then do a little “Rufus” craft along with him!

“Rufus Finds a Home” is a story to read to any animal lover. It is a book that will help teach your child compassion and about caring for others, humans and animals alike. Check out “Rufus Finds a Home” on Mr. Cohen’s website to learn more.

 

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Rufus Finds a Home” in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna – #WhenWeLastSpoke #FlyBy

“Welcome to Fireside, Texas – Where no strangers are known! Home of the free and the brave, and the everlasting polite person. We never take the last cookie. No one eats beets, but we thank the hostess for them, anyway. Population: eight hundred forty-seven. Climate: cheerful and cozy. Main industry: minding our children and our neighbours business.” (page 7 “When We Last Spoke”)

I live in a place similar to this. Everyone knows everyone and when you need a helping hand there is always one, two or three offered.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else. “When We Last Spoke” brings to life a small southern town where you are never a stranger for long.

“When We Last Spoke” by Marci Henna, tells the tale of two sisters, Juliet and Evangeline. The girls were raised by their grandparents, Walt and Ruby, after their mother leaves them to follow her dreams in New York City after their father dies in the war. Walt and Ruby love the girls and do their best to protect and raise them, but they can never erase those feelings of abandonment. A rift tears the girls apart and only after the death of their grandparents do they being to find each other again.  As the girls spend time in Fireside, Juliet hopes that healing memories will smooth the rough roads ahead.

“When We Last Spoke” is a touching story that will pull at your heart strings. Ms. Henna will transport you to a another time and place through her very descriptive storytelling.  She will make you feel a full range of emotions from tears to laughter. She shares in vivid detail the characters memories and personalities to the point where you feel like you are really there, sharing in the moment.

The book is full of down home folksy sayings. I have mixed feelings about this. Without them I feel that the book would loose a little of it’s “small town” feel, but at the same time I found it detracted a bit from the story for me.

“When We Last Spoke” will bring to mind how each experience in our lives, helps to make us who we are today. We each have a choice to make,  do we let those experiences makes us bitter or better?

“When We Last Spoke” is a book to be read with your feet up, a mug of hot chocolate in your hand and fire fire in the fireplace.

Check out “When We Last Spoke” on FacebookTwitter, GoodReads and FiresideTexas.com. It is available for purchase on Amazon, Softcover or
Kindle.

The eBook will be available for FREE on Amazon.com from Feb 20-24, 2017! 

I am having a giveaway of the softcover copy of “When We Last Spoke”. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and closes February 25, 2017 at 4AM EST.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 
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A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day

One of my fondest memories about my Grandmother is one of her sitting in her rocking chair in the kitchen and writing in her diary. Everyday without fail she would write about what she did, the weather and any special event. While she was alive she would allow us to read it, but after her passing reading it revives that special connection we always had. “A Spectacle of Glory” is a bit like reading my Grandmothers diary, creating a special connection with the author.

“A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day” by Joni Eareckson Tada is a daily devotional that will help you glorify God every day. Joni’s life hasn’t been easy, living 50 years as a quadriplegic, and dealing with chronic pain, Joni has learned the importance of glorifying God through the good times and the bad.  This devotional will help you discover God’s love and greatness in your life and how to showcase His glory to everyone around out.

“A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day” is a charming daily devotional filled with uplifting stories that cover many of the situations that make up life on earth. Joni’s love and faith in God shine through each devotion. It’s a bit like reading her personal diary.  As I read through many of the devotions there were times that I felt like  she was speaking directly to me, offering encouragement and insight into God’s word while she shares many of her personal experiences.

Each devotion is set up much the same way. It starts with the Date, followed by a scripture reference. I would recommend keeping your Bible handy so that you can look up the referenced scripture.   Then Joni’s thoughts. She shares words of thanks and praise to God, questions and word of acceptance and words of Love to our heavenly Father.

At the bottom of each page is a prayer.  This is a great addition for any believer in Christ. Sometimes starting a prayer is the hardest part. When you can’t find the words, this helps you start and you will find that the words just keep coming.

“A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining Through Me Every Day” is a great daily devotional that will help you showcase God’s glory every day in every way. The book is available at most major retailers including Zondervan Publishing.

 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.