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Temba and the Dream Giver by: Pam van der Merwe {book review}

Temba and the Dream Giver
written by Pam van der Merwe
ISBN: 1935265512
Retail Price: $9.99

Book Description….

Temba is a boy who has many dreams. Owning a bicycle, and living in a safe neighborhood are two of his dreams. Temba’s favorite dream is to visit the ocean. He longs to hear the sound of the crashing waves and to taste the salty water. One day he enters a contest. The prize is a trip to the seaside by train! Temba believes in the Dream Giver; but as with any dream, he learns that obstacles may arise that threaten to steal a dream away.

My Thoughts…

Temba and the Dream Giver is a children’s book that is geared toward teaching kids to never give up on their dreams and to not lose heart when obstacles arise.  The Dream Giver in this book I’m guessing is portrayed as God but I really wish that was a little more clear.  I also had hoped to at least find scriptural verses since this book is published under a christian label so I was surprised to not have found any referenced. Over all this isn’t a bad book, the message is pretty clear “Dreams Can Come True”.

I would say this book is best geared toward children ages five years old and up. I would recommend picking up this one if you are looking for straight to the point character building story to share with your kids. Also I recommend being prepared to answer whatever questions your kids may have about who the Dream Giver is and about learning that sometimes things that they may really want for themselves may not always come to pass in which I really had hoped could’ve been addressed in this book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Temba and the Dream Giver by: Pam van der Merwe  from Bring it On Communications for this review.

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God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren {Book Review}


God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren is the sixth book in the “God Gave Us” series. This book is generally geared toward children ages 3-7 years old. After reading it myself, I found that it is full of a lot of food for thought in teaching our children.

The large colorfully illustrated pages in this book are sure to engage this visual interest of children. My daughter going on three this year really liked pointing out the images on each pages of the various bears. In this story you’ll find the mama bear taking her cub on a trip to a museum in order to teach him about bears living in different habitats that eat different foods, and she points out how they look different, even though they are all bears.  Through this lesson the cub and the children listening and reading this book will and will have learned the importance truths about God and his creation in making us all different and not the same and how to celebrate those differences and care for the earth around us.

This is a wonderful book that should be in every child’s library. I look forward to adding and reading the other titles in the God Gave Us series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL – A Pop Up Book {book review}

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 12 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Pop Har/Bk edition
ISBN-10: 031603973X
ISBN-13: 978-0316039734

About The Book…

This beautiful re-imagining of Charles Dickens’s timeless fable, A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book features artist Chuck Fischer’s richly painted depictions of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, brought to life in intricate pop-up scenes by paper engineer Bruce Foster. The entire text of A Christmas Carol is reproduced in five removable, illustrated, keepsake booklets. An introductory booklet provides a biography of Dickens and an illustrated feature on the enduring appeal of this beloved story. The perfect gift, A Christmas Carol, now in pop-up form, will brighten the holidays for young and old.

About Author(s)

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the most prolific authors of the nineteenth century. In his many short stories, plays, novellas, and novels, he created some of literature’s most memorable characters.

Chuck Fischer’s paintings hang in some of the finest residences in the world. His designs have been reproduced on holiday ornaments and home furnishings, including wallpaper and fabrics in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. He is the author of six previous pop-up books: The White House, Great American Houses and Gardens, Christmas in New York, Christmas Around the World, In the Beginning, and Angels: A Pop-Up Book. He lives in New York and Florida.

My Thoughts…

The Christmas season has always been one of my favorites. And there are so many reasons as to why such as I love giving much better than receiving anything back in return. I love how decorative people make their homes. I enjoy all the special foods! I enjoy celebrating the birth of our Savior! Trust me, I could keep going on and on.

A Christmas Carol Pop Up book is wonderful addition to my home library and will become as my children grow older a fun Christmas Tradition to enjoy each year! I can just see my children snuggling in a warm blanket on the couch or near the fire, sipping hot chocolate while munching on freshly baked cookies listening to their Daddy re-tell one of Charles Dickens finest works.  And how much more fun it will be staring at this beautifully intricate illustrated version!

You can purchase this timeless classic on Amazon for under $20.00! I highly recommend adding this wonderful book to your own home library to enjoy for years and years to come.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinions. The book copy information and cover image were provided by Hachette Book Group. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own.

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Otis & Sydney & The Best Birthday Ever {book review}

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 081098959X
ISBN-13: 978-0810989597

About the book…

Otis and Sydney are the best of friends. This year, Otis wants to do something special for Sydney’s birthday. So he decides to throw a surprise party and invite all their friends. He mails the invitations, decorates the house, and bakes a cake, but when things don’t go as planned, how will Otis make sure that Sydney has the best birthday ever?

A sweet and tender tale by the New York Times #1 bestselling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the Jellybeans series, Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever introduces young readers to two lovable bears who understand that friendship is the only thing needed to make any day special.

“Andreasen’s digitally colored pen-and-ink drawings nearly jump off the page, maximizing the similarities between the two unabashedly adorable bears and frequently arranging themselves in paneled vignettes whose balance further reinforces the harmony between the two—just right for this simple story of friendship for the very young.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Books don’t come much cozier or any less threatening than this.” –Booklist

About the Author…

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of When Sheep Sleep, the Jellybeans books, and Would I Trade My Parents? She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Dan Andreasen is the author and illustrator of The Giant of Seville and the illustrator of Sailor Boy Jig and many other books. He lives in Medina, Ohio.

My Thoughts…

Otis & Sydney & The Best Birthday Ever is a clever story of friendship put together story that will warm the heart of anyone. I enjoyed reading this book to my daughter! It’s been a great way to show and teach the benefits of being generous and kind to others in our own lives. In a twist of events in this story, things don’t quite go as planned but despite that, they have fun regardless and that’s what counts the most.

This is an adorable book that would be great to own. You can find this book on the Abrams Books website as well as many other sites online. You may also check your local bookstore if you are interested in sharing this book with your own children.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine  own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. Thanks to Abrams Books I was given a review copy to share my thoughts about.

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One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado {Book Review}

One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado

Thomas Nelson Publishers
Juvenile Fiction/Religious
SRP $14.99 US
Christian/Social Issues
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1649-6


Oh, the ways we can help with our hands!

I’ve been a fan of Max Lucado for awhile but never owned one of his children’s books until now.  It was no surprise when I fell in love right away with the book I was given to review by Max through Book Sneeze called One Hand, Two Hands.

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BookSneeze: 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs is one of latest of many books by  Stephen Elkins that we’ve been enjoying adding to our children’s home library. This book is filled with many colorful eye catching illustrations that are done by well known children’s book illustrator Tim O’Connor.

In this book, you’ll find 100 prayers, both well known and those you may have never heard before. Each prayer is introduced with a short story/devotional showing how each prayer can practically be applied each day. You’ll also find quotes and prayers from famous people and  Bible characters as well as daily prayer reminders.

I like that for each daily devotion you can also incorporate either of the two full length music Cd’s included. When using this book you can sing, read, and discuss with heart to heart talk, which overall makes a great devotion time for your children.

Another great feature is that in the beginning of the book there is a section that highlights ten verses that speak about prayer. I think it would be great to memorize these over the span of doing the devotion with your kids! I say this book is a definite must to own for young kids!

100 Prayers, 100 Praise Songs God Loves to Hearis available for purchase for {$14.99 at CBD.com}.

Disclaimer: I  received a copy of 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs for free to review for Book Sneeze.

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