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The Little Book of Great Dates is a simple yet straight to the point book that opens the door to building a closer relationship with your spouse. Let’s admit it, often romance and just spending one on one time with your spouse usually takes a a back seat often getting lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Greg & Erin Smalley, husband and wife team and authors of this great little book offer up practical, useful, and creative ways to rekindle romance and strengthen your marriage.
This book makes the perfect gift and it’s ideal for use to begin going through the first of a calendar year. There are fifty-two dates making that a total years worth of ideas and suggestions to follow. I believe you can pick this book up at anytime, skim through and pick a date suggestion that might work best for you and your significant other without following exactly the first date to the fifty-second directly. As long as it works for you and your spouse that’s all that matters.
Each date in the book starts with a quote, a title pertaining to the discussion topic at hand, a few date ideas, and questions. Not every date suggestion would work for everyone but it’s definitely a challenge to move a little bit out of your own comfort zone. Perhaps you and your spouse per the suggestions given may discover something completely new that you both grow to love sharing in together.
The Little Book of Great Dates includes some suggestions for special-occasion dates, couple’s anniversaries (first date, engagement, wedding), birthdays, and more. The book is small in size, imitation leather type bound so it could easily fit into a pocket or a purse and no worry of it getting bent up or destroyed. If you are on the go for an evening out already but are looking for discussion prompts, you could easily just pull this book out and read through one of the date topics together.
I believe this book is a great little resource for any married couple at any point in their marriage to pick up. Suggestions of dates and thoughts to ponder within these pages can spark a rekindling as well as continuing to strengthen any relationship. We should be encouraged to learn something new about our spouses every day and to fall back on some of our most cherished memories together in the past.
If you know a newly wed couple or if you want to bless a couple you know or pick it up for yourself, I would recommend it!
Interested in Purchasing? Little Book of Great Dates: 52 Creative Ideas to Make Your Marriage Fun (Focus on the Family Books) is available on e-reader as well as a imitation leather version for around $10.00.
**To facilitate this review,Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.” **
Slithery Snakes is a great book to use when teaching children about these beautiful and often mysterious creatures. The book features nine different species of snakes (Viper, Coral Snake, Python, Boa, Garter Snake, Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake, Rattler, Spitting Cobra, and Diamondback ) that are located in many different places from all around the world.
As you start reading the book, the first page you come across list a number of fun snake facts. I learned many facts about snakes myself that I had no idea about! For example, did you know that there are no snakes in Ireland or New Zealand? Also how about the fact that the worlds smallest snake is a Thread Snake which only measures in at 5 inches long.
As you continue on through the book there’s a page that basically gives a brief history of snakes and informs about how they’ve been noticed from long ago (It all started with Eve in the Garden of Eden). It also gives mention about how people have been captivated as well as quite frightened of their existence.
After the introduction, readers are introduced to one species at a time of the nine that are covered in this book. How the snakes are introduced are first by a two page spread of the nothing but the snakes colorfully patterned scales and a bit of information about the snake, giving readers just enough information to give a decent guess as to what species of snake it might be.
On the page following the guess of the type of snake, the particular species is then identified with a good bit of information from where it lives and what it eats, and more. There’s also a beautifully detailed two page spread illustration that features the whole snake in its natural habitat.
In ending the book, there’s a section of Fun Snake Words. Kids can really expand their vocabulary ( I know even I did)! There are also a few websites listed where learning even more about snakes.
Overall, I believe this book would be a wonderful addition to any home or classroom, especially for any snake lover. Other ideas for use is to have kids study the illustrations and try to draw the snakes! The close up illustrations of the scales would be pretty easy to mimic so I think this book has a ton of potential. I definitely recommend it.
Interested in Purchasing? Slithery Snakes can be purchased in Kindle ($3.99) or hardcover ($10.00) format as of this posting.
*I received the product mentioned above in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.*
Patone: Color Puzzles is an engaging book that is quite eye appealing. Children will learn all about primary colors and that they can come in a variety of shades. What really makes this book stand out are the playful, innovative, and simply irresistible illustrations. The hands-on appeal that this book is also a puzzle makes it much more desirable.
My preschool aged son adores this book. He’s a puzzle lover already so that makes this book that much more fun for him. He already knows his colors but I’m using it to show him that often the main colors can differ in shades that can be darker or lighter.
The colors found in this title are Yellow, Orange, Red, Blue, Green, and Purple. Each color takes up a full two page spread. On the left side of the spread, there is a one color illustration featuring many shades with lift-able puzzle pieces. Those puzzle pieces then can be matched and placed into the allotted patterned slots on the opposite page. The shades for example can vary from Tomato Red to Blueberry Blue. Each shade within the 4 section grid on the left also features the Patone number in where it can be found. Read the rest of this entry »