A Value Tales Treasury: Stories for Growing Good People – Spencer Johnson

Value Tales are considered extra special at our home because my husband has a collection of the original books from his childhood which he has been sharing with our daughter.  She loves the pictures and is fascinated by the stories of famous people who have encountered challenges that she has also encountered.  These stories make phenomenal starting points for family discussions.  This new treasury includes five of the stories from the out of print series and would make a terrific addition to any child’s book collection.

Frog and Friends – Eve Bunting

We are always on the hunt for independent reader books that feature colorful pictures.  Our daughter is delighted with our newest find ~ The Frog and Friends series.  It features Frog and his friends: Rabbit, Raccoon, Squirrel, and Possum who enjoy spending time together and highlights their adventures.  Each book is made up of three short stories and the text of each story is enhanced with the use of colorful pictures.

Crazy Dangerous – Andrew Klavan

Crazy Dangerous is very different than the books that I usually read.  It is a young adult novel that is in the “thriller” genre.  Although a bit slow to start, the book is a quick read that is hard to put down once you are past the first few chapters.  The story is told by a sixteen year old boy and captures his sense of humor.  Additionally, the plot is well developed and effectively explores good and evil.

Enter Today – 5/8-5/28!

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Litfuse Publicity Group, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.  For more LitFuse reviews of this book ~ http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/13492426

The Busy Life of Ernerstine Buckmeister – Linda Ravin Lodding

Poor Ernestine is completely over-scheduled and simply wants to enjoy being a kid and playing outside with her neighbor, but her parents want to make sure she “makes every moment count…” and “lives life to the fullest…”.  As a result, Ernestine and her nanny spend every afternoon traveling from one activity to another until one afternoon Ernestine has simply had enough busyness and takes matters into her own hands. 

This book is a a brilliant reminder of what truly is important and where the true joys of childhood are found. 

Happy Mother’s Day ~ 1 Day Deal Details

I hope you are enjoying a splendid Mother’s Day with your family!

I also wanted to alert you to a one day deal from Motivated Moms (a chore planning system).   They are having a Mother’s Day special this year – a code worth $3, good only on May 13th.  The code is MOTHER.  This makes the planner only $5, or the iPhone app only $4.99.



Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides – Kim Messinger, Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius

Turning Guild Trips into Joy Rides is a book of daily readings.  The focus is on identifying situations one cannot control and seeing the bigger picture.  Each entry uses a scriptural foundation and addresses a guilt trip to avoid and then a joy ride to take instead. Although the daily readings are brief they do a good job providing encouragement in developing a more positive, big picture perspective.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Litfuse Publicity Group, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual) – Doreen Cronin

As Mother’s Day approaches, M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual) seemed like a logical choice to feature.  This books highlights care instructions for Moms in order to attain peak performance.  The idea is cute, and the illustrations are darling.  Although this book could be enjoyed to a degree by young children, it was written more for grown ups.  Many of the situations described are laugh out loud funny for Moms but just don’t deliver for a young reader.