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Brave Irene – William Steig

Brave Irene celebrates grit.  It is a terrific children’s book that includes great vocabulary, engaging illustrations, and a powerful message.  This one is a winner!
 

A Chair for My Mother – Vera B. Williams

A Chair for My Mother is a quiet book that packs a powerful punch.  After a house fire, Rosa, her mother and grandmother work together saving their coins in order to purchase a new chair for Rosa’s hard working Mom.  This book celebrates working hard for something, family, and community.

A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition Book Cover A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition
Vera B. Williams
Juvenile Fiction
Harper Collins
August 1, 1984
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Get Outside: A Journal for Refreshing Your Spirit in Nature – Ink and Willow

While this complimentary book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.


Get Outside Book Cover Get Outside
Ink & Ink & Willow
Ink & Willow
March 2, 2021
224

Way Back Wednesday ~ Damn Delicious: 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes – Chungah Rhee

This post was originally published on February 10, 2020.

I originally found Chungah Rhee’s blog (Damn Delicious) and was delighted with the results whenever I tried one of her recipes.  Then I found her cookbook which includes some favorites from the blog as well as many other outstanding recipes.  Although all of the recipes are fairly straightforward, each one has a complexity of the flavor not traditionally found in “easy” recipes.  This one is a winner!

Damn Delicious Book Cover Damn Delicious
Chungah Rhee
Cooking
Oxmoor House
September 6, 2016
240

Jesus Saves: The Gospel for Toddlers – Sarah Reju

Jesus Saves is a delightful board book that shares the gospel message in an age appropriate way.  Simple text coupled with the colorful, engaging illustrations make this book a great read-a-loud.  The final two pages of the book provide biblical support and suggestions regarding how to share the gospel message.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

 

Jesus Saves Book Cover Jesus Saves
Sarah Reju
2021-03
20

Way Back Wednesday ~ Ish – Peter H. Reynolds

This post was originally published on February 9, 2010.

Ish is another gem written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.  Deceivingly simple text and pictures provide a powerful message in this follow up to The Dot.  Ramon loves to draw more than anything else in the world until his brother makes a mean spirited comment about his efforts.  A comment that Ramon takes to heart to such a degree that he no longer wants to draw at all.

Little does Ramon know that his artistic efforts have found a place of honor in his sister’s room.  Marisol sees the potential in each picture.  A stunned Ramon questions his sister as to why she would want the pictures especially since they do not look exactly as he would have hoped.  She quickly points out that the vase of flowers looks vase-ish.  Ramon is so soon able to see the art work in a whole new way – approaching it “ish-fully” rather than focusing on making it just “right”.

A great book for children as well as adults.  I love it!

God Made Me in His Image: Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies – Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb

God Made Me in His Image is another title in the God Made Me Series.  This book presents God as our creator, and shares insight into God’s loving design in the creation of each of our bodies.  Each book in this series includes a section filled with biblical guidance for parents and offers additional information and resources which aid in discussion with your child in relationship to the topic addressed in the text.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

 

 

God Made Me in His Image Book Cover God Made Me in His Image
Justin Holcomb, Lindsey Holcomb,
February 22, 2021
32

Happy Easter!

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Way Back Wednesday ~ Our Favorite Easter Book

This review was originally posted on April 1, 2015,

Reading this book has become a special Easter tradition for our family.

The Flowering Cross was a very quick favorite for our daughter.  It is a touching Easter story which focuses on the transformational power of God’s love.

Katie is a six year old little girl who truly loves God.  She displays her unconditional love and kindness to her neighbor Jack who is known throughout the neighborhood for being “mean”.  Soon her kindness not only brings out kindness and gentleness in Jack but also a willingness to accept God’s love.

The illustrations in this book are amazing.  They bring the story to life with the use of vivid color and detail.  They truly enhance the story for the reader.

Bible verses as well as faith imprints which include discussion starters are found throughout the book and provide a terrific addition to the story.  Additionally, directions on how to create a flowering cross are also included at the end of the story.  This was particularly appreciated by this reader since our daughter has become keenly interested in the idea of our family making a flowering cross!

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

The Flowering Cross Book Cover The Flowering Cross
Beth Ryan
Juvenile Fiction
Tommy Nelson
2010-03
32

God Made Me for Heaven: Helping Children Live for an Eternity – Marty Machowski

The God Made Me Series is filled with impactful books for families to enjoy together.  God Made Me for Heaven is no exception.  Creatively shared through the frame of a grandmother discussing her hope of Heaven, this book shares the gospel message in an easy to understand manner.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.   All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

 

 

God Made Me for Heaven Book Cover God Made Me for Heaven
Marty Machowski
March 8, 2021
32