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Baby Baby

Reading together with your child creates memories that last a lifetime. I can still remember sitting by my grandmother, as she sat in her rocking chair by the window, reading “Scat Scat Little Cat”. I don’t remember much of the story, but I remember the time that I spent with my Grandmother and she meant the world to me. I hope to create these special memories with my children by reading to them every chance we get! “Baby, Baby!” is a book that you can read with your tiniest little one and start creating those special moments of your own.

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“Baby, Baby!” by Diane Stortz is a short rhyming poem about those every day events, a giggle, a nap and even a sneeze, that happen in each baby’s life. Each moment of their day is full of wonder, and this story is a celebration of those everyday moments and ends with a reminder of the biggest wonder of all…that we are ALWAYS loved by God.

The message of the story is important for everyone to know. No matter what we do, we are always loved by God. We don’t have to do anything “extraordinary” to receive His love, He loves us just for who we are!

The illustrations are simple, showing a baby doing various every day tasks. I love that it repeats the word Baby. When my children were tiny, they loved anything to do with other babies (and still do).  Each activity that the baby does in the story is something that most little ones do every day. As you are reading the book with your baby, have your baby clap and smile and of course be totally selfish and take advantage of kisses and cuddles!

Most babies love to look at themselves in the mirror, which is what makes the last two pages of this book very special.  The text simply says, “Who does God Love? God loves ________.” Your child is able to see his own face in the mirror and know that we are talking about him, not some random character in a story.

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The book is incredibly sturdy. We had read the book in the car, and it landed on the floor. I love putting board books through tough tests by putting them through everyday situations that kids will put them through, so I left it there for a little over a week. It was stepped over and on and things were dropped on it. The book is still in great condition. You can see a few marks on the cover, but that’s it. The pages didn’t bend or crease. The mirror is excellent, showing your child’s face clearly with very little distortion that is found in lesser quality books.

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Is there a message to be found in here for Mom and Dad? Sure there is. One page reads, “Baby reaches. Baby hides.” It made me think of how often we reach for things we shouldn’t and then spend time hiding from ourselves and from God. Perhaps it’s a reach, but it reminds me that God not only loves my baby, He love ME too!

“Baby,

Baby!” is a fun book that is perfect for sharing with your little one! For more information visit their Amazon.com page!

** UPDATE: As per the rules, the winner of this giveaway has already won this prize on another blog so we are hold the giveaway again!

The great folks at FlyBy Productions are offering my readers a chance to WIN their own copy of “Baby, Baby!”. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and closes  October 13, 2016 4:00AM EST. VOID where prohibited by law.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, 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

The Great Carp Escape

TheGreatCarpEscapeI grew up hearing the words from my Grandmother, “You are beautiful, just the way you are.”  My Grannie was a firm believer that God has created each and every one of us perfectly…no matter how imperfect we believe we may be!  How often in my childhood did I not approach a group of potential new friends because I felt I wasn’t pretty enough or had the right clothes.  Sometimes it is hard to look past the outside appearance to see the beauty within.

“The Great Carp Escape” written by Irish Beth Maddock is a beautiful story about two siblings who learn a lesson in compassion and true beauty.  Beth and Paul love living by the lake.  They love playing in the sand and exploring the area.  One day while exploring the area by the Weeping Willow they become afraid when they discover an ugly, scaly, mustached fish and refused to go near the area any more.  When a flood creates a life-or-death situation for the ugly carp will Beth and Paul overcome their apprehensions about the fish to help save them?

“The Great Carp Escape” has a wonderful Christian message for us all. Very much like the message my Grannie taught me, Ms Maddock teaches our children that compassion and caring should not only be extended to those who meet our standards of defined beauty and popularity, but should be extended to everyone.

“The Great Carp Escape” has another message of what we can accomplish when we work together.  While the task of saving the carp seems huge and impossible for Beth and Paul soon the community rally’s around them and the impossible becomes a reality.

My favourite lesson in the story is what Beth discovers when she looks past the outside appearance of the carp.  They really are beautiful in their own way.  It is a great reminder to look past what someone looks like on the outside to who the person is in their heart.  How often do we as a society get caught up in appearances and forget to look for the true beauty within?

When we were flipping through my kindle for something to read, the kids immediately picked out the cover of this book. The story has beautiful illustrations.  They match up with the story perfectly. My children thought that the Dad in the story, looks an awful lot like their vision of Jesus. The whole feeling of the book is warm and comforting, perfect for reading anytime…especially bedtime.

Check out the trailer for the book.

For more information on “The Great Carp Escape” please visit:

Website: http://www.irishbethmaddock.com/
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Amazon.com: Great Carp Escape, The

 

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The Great Carp Escape” in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl – Review

dragonwitch When the world you know starts to crumble, what do you do?  Do you have the courage to stand up and fight, or do you flee?

The House of Lights has been hidden for centuries and many do not believe that it’s real.  Children’s stories tell of  the Smallman who will open the doors of the House of Lights so that everyone can hear the Sphere songs once again.  The Smallman’s time has come, but who is he?

The Dragonwitch is desperately searching for the sword that has slain her twice, once more and she will die her final death. Who will defeat the Dragonwitch before she grows to powerful?  Who has the power to wield the sword?

Dragonwitch, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the fifth book in the “Tales of the Goldstone Wood” series. This is a very interesting tale. At it’s face value,  it’s a fantasy novel but it has an underlying Christian theme  This isn’t immediately apparent, or at least it wasn’t to me.    It wasn’t until halfway through the tale, that it suddenly hit me…

God has created each of us.  Although we may not appear perfect in our own eyes, we are perfect in his.  He can take even the most “insignificant” of us and use us to show his Love, Mercy and Might to all people.Another element is the theme of truth.   The tale of the House of Lights is just that, for many people, a fairy tale.  Something to be read to children and left at that.  Like the tale, many choose not to believe the stories of the Bible.   “What you believe cannot affect the truth of the matter”.   (page 52)  No matter what you personally choose to believe, it cannot affect the truths told in the Bible.I also see how the reference to the “House of Light” could be Heaven and that, just as the the citizens in the story are waiting for the Smallman, we here on earth are waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ.  Dragonwitch took me longer than usual to read.  There were times that I become confused and frustrated to the point where I would put the book down, but something kept pulling me back.  I needed to know what was going to happen…I believe that if I read the earlier books things may have made a bit more sense, by the end of the story everything started coming together for me.

For anyone looking for a new fantasy series to I would recommend taking a look at this one.

For more information on Dragonwitch please visit:

Website: http://anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @aestengl
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Anne-Elisabeth-Stengl/120543861335559
Amazon.com: Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood Book #5)

 

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.

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The Secret Keeper – Beverly Lewis – Review

The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper When I look around my house, I see an abundance of electronics, toys and so many modern conveniences that I’m sure I couldn’t live without!  Sometimes I sit back and wonder if I would be able to live without these things and although I’m sure I COULD live without them, I positive that I wouldn’t like it very much!

This is so unlike Jenny Burns, a young English lady whose sole desire is to become Amish.  She longs to live a “simple life”, and makes the difficult decision to sell all of her worldly possessions and move to Hickory Hollow where she hopes to be able to fulfill her dream and become Amish.

Before Jenny can be baptized into the Amish faith, she first must go through a time of Proving.  While learning the ways of the Amish she becomes friends with some of the younger folk who are interested in the world she left behind.  They entrust her with a secret that threatens her dream of becoming Amish. Will Jenny find the strength to succeed in the Amish ways?

The Secret Keeper is the fourth book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, but it can be read independently.   The author, Beverly Lewis,uses descriptive language to weave a tale that draws you into the Amish culture. She teaches us that you can turn your anxieties over to God and he will carry you through your troubles in the time that he sees right for us.  She tries to instil in the reader the idea that you don’t need all the fancy things in life to be happy, you can be happy with what you have.

To learn more about “The Secret Keeper” by Beverly Lewis please visit:
Website: http://www.beverlylewis.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialbeverlylewis
Amazon.com: Secret Keeper, The (Home to Hickory Hollow Book #4)

 

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.