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FIRST: Let’s Have a Daddy Day by King Kingsbury

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Let’s Have a Daddy Day

Zonderkidz (April 13, 2010)

***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of ZonderKidz for sending me a review copy.***

My daughter is a big fan of this book! The illustrations are quite eye catching and the book is a very easy read as it has a fun rhyming style.  My daughter enjoyed me reading this book and asks for it every night before bed. This book as simple as it may be illustrates a big lesson that whether plans don’t go as you wish that being together is what really matters in making wonderful memories together.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has written more than forty of her Life-Changing Fiction titles and has nearly sixteen million in print. Dubbed by Time magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen receives hundreds of letters each week and considers her readers friends. Her fiction has made her one of the country’s favorite storytellers, and one of her novels, Like Dandelion Dust, is under production for an upcoming major motion picture release. Her emotionally gripping titles include the popular Baxter family novels, the 9/11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest with their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. You can find out more about Karen, her books, and her appearance schedule at her website.

Dan Andreasen lives in Medina, Ohio, with his wife and three children. He has illustrated more than thirty picture books. When his daughter was asked by her first grade teacher, “What kind of work does your daddy do?” she replied, “He colors.”

Product Details:

List Price: $15.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310712157
ISBN-13: 978-0310712152

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If I Could Ask God Anything by: Kathryn Slattery {children’s book review}

I was given the opportunity to review ‘If I Could Ask God Anything-Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids’ by Kathryn Slattery as part of the Thomas Nelson Book Sneeze book club. This is a wonderful book that answers all sorts of questions that children have or may have when it comes to learning about God and the Bible.

This book is set up wonderfully! All the questions are broken into eleven groups; God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, The Bible, Christianity, Prayer, The Church, Christian Seasons and Holidays, Being a Christian Here and Now, Being a Christian Forever and Ever, and Big Questions.

Each of the questions asked are explained and always backed with scripture taken directly from the Bible in which is sometime listed or you can look it up yourself as a reference.

This book can be used for more than when those certain questions come up, but you can take this book and use it as a Bible Study to sit and do along with your own child or perhaps in a Sunday school children’s church class!

I know in the years to come, I’ll be using this book in my own home with my children. This book is recommended for children of all ages. I would say whenever your child starts asking the questions, it’s time to start looking to this book as I know each child matures in their own time.

Thank you to the Thomas Nelson Book Sneeze Club for providing me a copy of this book for review. I was not paid for my review and the opinions expressed are my own.

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The Adventures of Pookster & Bubs by Rhonda Funk {children’s book review}

In The Adventures of Pookster and Bubs, you’ll be introduced to sister Pookster and brother Bubs. Both in their everyday lives learn some pretty important lessons and principles to take to heart directly from the word of God.

In the story Pookster & the Unloose Tooth by Rhonda Funk, Pookster learns a valuable lesson about patience when it comes to loosing her two front teeth after forcefully causing one of her teeth to come out when it just wasn’t ready!

And in the story Pookster and the Practically Perfect Pickle, Pookster learns the importance of loving and unloving attitudes through her words which could be sour to those that are sweet much like pickles.

I’ve found each book to be illustrated perfectly by Eric Kieninger in a fun comic style. And with each of the books in this series a read along cd is included that is narrated by the author and her own children whom were the inspiration for these fun stories! I personally appreciated the sounds effects that were added to the reading of this story in which making it more visual to it’s readers and listeners.

I love that at the end of  each of these books, there is a section called What I’ve Learned and on the final page a Bible verses that relates to the lesson taught that your children can memorize if they so choose! And the fact that these books are perfect for both boys and girls alike is just another great feature.

I really enjoyed reading these books and I have no doubt that when my daughter is a little older that she’ll enjoy listening and reading these books as well. I look forward to more additions to the Pookster and Bubs series.

Pookster and the Unloose Tooth & Pookster and the Practically Perfect Pickle can be purchased from Amazon for $9.59 for paperback and 2.99 on the Kindle.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of these books for the purpose of reviewing them. Books were published by VMI Publishers. Copyright 2010. ISBN: 1935265407

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Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth N. Taylor

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Ken Taylor’s best-selling book is now updated with all-new bright and colorful illustrations and a larger trim size. Using the alphabet as a learning tool, the easy-to-use format of this beloved picture book connects Bible themes and verses that teach kids ages 3-7 Christian values. Each spread represents a letter of the alphabet and a Christian value or moral lesson beginning with the same letter. Kids are encouraged to find the lesson being modeled (or not) in the illustrations. They are also asked questions to help them apply the lesson to their lives. This book is sure to win the hearts of kids and parents alike.

My Thoughts…

This is one book that will be treasured for a lifetime, at least in my household. The illustrations really drew me in as each page is filled with bright colored images of children and their families in all sorts of situations and atmospheres. Illustrator Andrea Petrlik Huseinovic has done an excellent job in drawing readers in!

Author Kenneth N. Taylor has also done a great job in drawing both reader and listener in. On each spread, you’ll find  a letter of the alphabet with something that reads along like this “A is for asking. We ask when we pray. God is happy to answer and help us each day”, the illustration on the second page is then explained followed by questions and ending in a Bible verse!

I think this book would be wonderful reading anytime of the day for children of many ages. I love that there are questions that will challenge children to think about biblical concepts and character traits within themselves.

This book would make an excellent addition to any home and I highly recommend it!

I give this book 5 stars!

You can purchase Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC’s to Help You Grow at Christian Book for 11.99!

This book was provided for review by the Tyndale House Publisher.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Joy Berry Books Review

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SER_OVR_FEW_1(1)Raising kids is hard, I have a 17 month old and I already know this first hand. Though this age can be very challenging in teaching my daughter certain issues, other life skills can already be will instilled into her by watching mommy and daddy’s actions. I try not think too hard about the future and enjoy the now. Though, I am always looking for great resources (especially books) in helping to raise a well mannered and responsible child.

I was asked by Debbie Bookstaber from Joy Berry Books if I was interested in reviewing and checking out their books for myself and I am very glad that I did!

About Joy Berry…

Joy Berry, pioneering educator, trusted child-development and parenting specialist, is the bestselling author of Joy Berry Classics for children with more than 250 titles and 85 million copies of her books sold. Joy Berry’s lifelong mission is to help kids help themselves by providing the information and motivation children need to lead responsible lives. Simply put, Joy Berry knows and understands children. Read more about Joy Berry

My Thoughts…

I was sent a book or two from each of the six series offered at Joy Berry ranging for children ages 1-12. The series are as follows;SER_OVR_TMA_1(1)

  • Teach Me About, for Ages 1-3
    (basic concepts of responsibility through simple and fun books, read-alongs and songs)
  • Let’s Talk About, for Ages 4-5
    (Learning to handle and manage emotions)
  • Help Me Be Good, for Ages 5-7
    (promotes good and responsible behavior).
  • A Fun and Easy Way, for Ages 7-10
    (tools and methods that help kids handle the responsibilities that come with school, friends and family life at this age)
  • Winning Skills, for Ages 11-12
    (focuses on responsible behaviors that lead to success.)
  • Good Answers to Tough Questions, for Ages 6-12
    (an open and honest approach to  difficult circumstances and ways to turn negative experiences into positive ones.)

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The two books I sent from the “Teach Me About Series” are “Teach Me About Bedtime Board Book” and“Teach Me About Mealtime Board Book”. I like the fact that each of these books comes with a companion CD which includes songs and a read-along of the story read by Joy herself!

I’ve been reading the Bedtime Board Book before bedtime each day and my daughter and she seems to really enjoy it. She points to the pictures of the little girl in the story brushing her teeth, and when she sees the little girl in her bed my daughter lays down on her pillow. It’s too cute. I am hoping that with the determination of myself and the encouragement of this story, that  my daughter will adjust to a bedtime routine as  for the last month or so, bedtime has been anything but scheduled making it hard to peacefully sleep and rest in the evenings.

I’ll be starting potty-training soon and am looking into Joy Berry’s book on potty training called, Do-It-Yourself Potty Training Kit For Big Girls. This fantastic resource includes; Potty Book, CD, Instructions, Helpful Hints, Progress Chart, Progress Stickers, Diploma, & Push ‘N’ Play Sound Button that sounds of words of encouragement when your little one does her duty! ( note that this kit is also available for boys too!).

SER_OVR_GATQ_1(1)I give these books a mom rating of 5 stars!

Joy Berry books would be great additions to any families home, school, library, and even church! I can’t help to think that these would be great gifts to give during the Holiday season as well!

You can purchase Joy Berry’s Books directly from the website or online at Amazon Joy Berry Books: Great For Children.

Disclaimer: I was givenseveral books for review from Joy Berry’s Books . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stores by Godfrey & Grudina

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My Story Bible: 66 Favorite Stories

By Jan Godfrey & Paola Bertolini Grudina / Tyndale House

Pique your 3- to 6-year-olds’ interest about the Word of God! This colorful storybook features charming illustrations that will capture kids’ attention and a writing style that combines imaginative text, repetitive phrases, and engaging descriptions to bring the characters alive. Your children will remember these popular and lesser-known Bible stories for years to come. 144 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

My Thoughts…

I don’t know what more you could ask for in Bible Story book than what this book has to offer.  Jan Godfrey author of this book, has done a wonderful job in breaking down sometimes difficult to comprehend Bible stories .  The simplicity of this book is perfect for children to read on their own as well as being read to during family Bible time.

Throughout this book, you’ll find 66  stories taken from Genesis all the way to Revelations.  You’ll learn about Noah, Moses, Jesus, Naaman, and more. I love that stories that may not be commonly heard at church like the story of Naaman are added into the mix.

Being a graphic designer myself and a fellow believer, I appreciate the beautiful faith inspired illustrations by Paola Bertolini Grudina, in which I am sure children will as well.

I imagine when reading through these stories that children will have engaging questions, which is wonderful in growing their knowledge in God and challenging whomever may be reading the book to answer.

This book is written for 3-6 year olds. I’m waiting to read it to my daughter but I am sure we’ll both be enjoying it together for years and years to come!

I highly recommend this book!  It’s a wonderful way to share many Bible stories with your children or the children in your life.  It would also make a wonderful gift!

Stars 5 *****

Take a Peek:

Feel free to read the first chapter at Tyndale Media Center. (PDF file)

I am a reviewer for Tyndale Media Center. You can browse other Tyndale for Kids Books at www.tyndale.com/kids.

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