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God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren {book review}

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition
(August 10, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307446298
ISBN-13: 978-0307446299

About the Author

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than 1.5 million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their three children. Visit her website at LisaTawnBergren.com.

Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Our Thoughts…

God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren is book made up of three of stories in the God Gave Us” series.  The stories included in this treasury are God Gave Us The World, God Gave Us Love, & God Gave Us Heaven. Each of the stories are illustrated beautifully with full large page spreads by illustrator Laura J. Bryant.

In this book, we are taken on a journey of learning about God’s love and care  by a little Polar Bear cub. In each of the stories you’ll find that different family members of polar bear answer the questions that are pondered by the cub. The sort of questions that are asked and answered are those that children of a young age most certainly have or will eventually have. The explanations are done extremely well so as not to confuse in any way.

God Gave Us The World talks about 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.

God Gave Us Love teaches us about loving each other and that the gift of love itself comes from God. Three different types of love are explained in an easy way that all children can understand.

God Gave Us Heaven has Little Cub asking what’s heaven? This book does an exceptional job in explaining a question that may sometimes be hard to explain to a child.

We are fans of Lisa Tawn Bergen over here and what a blessing this book has been to our family. I would highly recommend it! I really enjoy reading this book to my children. My daughter loves having her bedtime stories so I welcome that this book even includes a ribbon place marker so as the next time we read we can continue to the next story without losing our place!

Lisa has also written God Gave Us You, God Gave Us Two, and God Gave Us Christmas. We can’t wait to add the rest of these exceptionally well written stories to our home library.

Buy it: You can purchase God Gave Us So Much: A Limited-Edition Three-Book Treasury on Amazon.com for just $13.59 and it’s eligible for free super saver shipping!

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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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Read and Share: Stories About Jesus By Gwen Ellis {book review}

Book Description

From the bestselling Read and Share® Bible, 13 stories from the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. These time-honored favorites include: The Man Who Ate Locusts, John Baptizes Jesus, Jesus Heals a Sick Boy, Jesus Brings a Girl Back to Life, Jesus Walks on Water, Jesus Loves the Children, Zacchaeus, A Blind Man Sees Again, Jesus Stops a Storm, One Lost Sheep, Jesus’ Best Friends, One Man Says Thank You, and Jesus Goes to Heaven.

Our Thoughts…

Read and Share: Stories About Jesus By Gwen Ellis is a wonderful book to share with your children! This book features thirteen well known stories about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ in a simple format that’s easy to understand for young minds but without taking away from the story. I’ve seen a lot of books that simply the stories way too much and am very happy that’s not the case with this book.

The illustrations done by illustrator by Steve Smallman are cheerful and welcoming. I think he portrays a visual to the story being told to the children in a great way.

Each story is presented on a a two page spread, the title is featured followed by scripture reference, and a short write up of the story. I really like that at the end of each story the author includes a question that you can ask your children about the story previously read such as “If you were one of the children who got to meet Jesus, what would you say to Him?”.

I’m loving the fact this a book I can read to both my children ages almost three and about a month old. I welcome the board book format of this book as this is why I can sit and read it to both my kids. I don’t have to worry about my baby boy or my little girl being too rough with the book. No torn pages here!

Overall this a great board book for little ones. This can be incorporated into a weekly devotion for your kids! I highly recommend picking this one up for your toddler & preschooler as it might be to simple for children any older than that!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Read and Share: Stories About Jesus By Gwen Ellis from BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson Publisher for this review.

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The Rose Princess and the Special Gift by Mike de Vetter {book review}

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: FishPond (January 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935265504
ISBN-13: 978-1935265504

Not far from here lives The Rose Princess in a kingdom ruled by her father the King. One morning she awakes to find a splendid package at the end of her bed full of gifts and a card from her father encouraging her to use the gifts wisely. Unaware of what lies ahead, the princess sets out on a journey of learning and adventure where she meets several people who are in need. Suddenly she realizes that the gifts she has received can help the others, and that she has to make a choice…keep the gifts to herself, or help others by giving the gifts away.

The Rose Princess and the Special Gift is a delightful treasure that teaches children the value of forgiveness and how their decisions can impact the lives of those around them.

About the Author…

Mike de Vetter is the co-founder and writer of Powerzone Productions, a children’s teaching curriculum which is being used across the nation of New Zealand. He leads a church in Tauranga, New Zealand and is married to wife Amy and has a daughter named Rosie Grace.

Our Thoughts…

The Rose Princess and the Special Gift by Mike de Vetter is a wonderful book that teaches children the importance of being generous with what you have as well sharing with others. A great character building book teaching such an impacting message!

My nearly three year old daughter is quite the fan of this book! She was captivated by the very colorful cheery illustrations as well as the story itself. I love when my daughter shows concern towards others and she was asking many questions about the people the princess came across in the story. My daughter has always been very observant of others and very vocal in her concerns so I was happy that this book really sparked her interest!

I recommend this book for the little princess in your own life and I know I personally am going to be looking for more books by this author.  This book is geared toward children ages 4-8 probably because it has a lot of words and the younger crowd just might not have the attention span for it.

Buy It

You can purchase this book at Deep River Books and you can also find it at Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Rose Princess and the Special Gift by Mike de Vetter from Bring it On Communications for this review.

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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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