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Free Disney Story Central Book

My children and I love to read. This past Easter my daughter received three paperback books as a gift and couldn’t have been more excited! She seems to always have her nose stuck in a book! My son loves technology and he loves to be read to, so the StoryCentral app from Disney is perfect for him, combining both of his loves!

Right now, Disney Story Central has a free eBook, “Toy Story: A Spooky Adventure”.  Simply enter PIXAR0946263  to snag your free book!

God Loves Daddy and Me

Everyday is full of moments where God shows us how much he loves us. We are often to busy to take notice, but they are there. “God Loves Daddy & Me” is a gentle reminder to for daddies and their little ones to take notice of those special times that God gives us.

“God Loves Daddy & Me” is a wonderful story about the bond between a father and his child, and the God who loves them both. It will remind both dad and child of how much they are loved.

The author, Bonnie Rickner Jensen, has written a book about the special moments that we share with our children everyday. We often take these moments for granted and the story reminds us that each of these moments are a gift from God. Each moment the author shares with us is a moment that most children can relate to – taking walks, doing chores and even acting silly.

The illustrations are simply beautiful. They are soft and have a comforting feel to them, absolutely perfect for bedtime. I love the expressions on the faces of the characters as they go about their day. The illustrator does an amazing job showing the love that Daddy and Little Raccoon have for each other.

In the summer we love to roast marshmallows over the campfire, just like Daddy and Little Raccoon. The story reminds us that we need to take the time to cherish the moments with each other, they don’t last forever. My favourite moment in the book is where the author reminds us that God loves us even when things are going wrong. I love the lesson that this teaches our little ones about loving each other. The love between parents and children goes beyond right and wrong, it’s a love that lasts forever.

The best part of the day for Little Raccoon and Daddy is when they spend time in prayer. It’s a great reminder that we need to take the time to Thank God for all the things, big and small, that he give us.

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Disney Story Central FREE book!

It’s been a busy week-end here. We’ve traveled to the mainland for a cheer competition and our girls did amazing! After a busy day at the venue, we needed to have a little down time. There is no better way to relax than with a great book! Disney Story Central is offering “Walt Disney’s Grandpa Bunny” for Free from April 1 through April 7, 2017!

Use code BUNNY2017 to download your free copy of “Grandpa Bunny”.

If you aren’t familiar with Disney Story Central down the app from iTunes or the Google Play Store. Go to Menu and click “Redeem Code”. Enter BUNNY2017 and start reading your book! It’s as easy as that!

 

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.

Get social with the author! Visit her Website, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, or purchase her book on Amazon!

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.

Brave Girls 365 Devotional – A Year of Devotions for Brave Girls!

I recently overheard a conversation between my daughter and husband.  They were discussing how we need to put good foods into our body to grow strong and healthy. It started me thinking about how we need to put “good” things into our minds and hearts, to grow strong in our faith and knowledge of God. “Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a great way to put faith-filled thoughts into the heart and minds of your little girl.

“Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a daily devotional filled with 365 devotions that encourage your daughter to spend time daily in God’s word. She will join the “Brave Girls” – Faith, Hope, Glory Honor and Gracie as they explore God’s word and how he is working in their lives.

Each devotion follows the same format. They are all dated and cover 1 to 2 pages. The length is great for reading any time of day. My daughter tends to read her devotions just before bed, but the length is perfect for reading just before school as well.

Each devotion starts off with a title followed by a scripture verse. I love it when my daughter reads her Bible, but she often gets frustrated when directed to find a particular chapter and verse. The scriptures are written directly at the top of each devotion making it easy for her to learn what God has to say to her, without the frustration of trying to find it in the Bible.

The devotions are written in everyday language and use situations that most girls can relate to. Your little girl will discover amazing things about God’s love and how it applies to her life. Each devotion will help build her faith and draw her closer to God. She will learn that with God’s power working in her, she can do anything. No matter how difficult the situation, God is bigger!

Each devotional ends with a “Prayer Pointer”.  These are a great addition for any believer in Christ. If your little one struggles with starting her own conversation with God, these pointers are a great place to start.

My daughter is 7 and she would like more colour and images in the book. It is very “pink”. I think older girls will like the more mature feel to this devotional.

The “Brave Girls 365 Devotional” is a wonderful daily devotional that will grow your child’s faith and encourage her to grow up strong in God’s word. It is available at most major retail outlets including Tommy Nelson.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.