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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}.

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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Tyndale Hands-On Bible NLT {review and giveaway}

337692: NLT Hands-On Bible, Softcover NLT Hands-On Bible, Softcover

By Tyndale House

Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations. The Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. This new edition features updated tip-ins, a more portable size for kids, an attractive cover, and online parenting helps. With hundreds of fun, memorable activities and the full New Living Translation text, the Hands-On Bible is packed with activities and experiences that invite kids to crawl inside the Scriptures and “do” God’s Word!

My Thoughts

The Hands-On Bible will bring joy and delight from both boys and girls. This is one cool Bible that I wish was around when I was growing up! This Bible is more than just a Bible as it includes a huge variety of activities, crafts, fun facts, science projects,  and many more great things that are sure to get your child to engage! I love all the extra content added as I know it’ll impact kids to learn even more about the Word of God as they take each of the extra activities pertaining to the lesson to heart.  Also, this Bible would be fantastic for family Bible time, as it can get the whole family to come together in learning about our God and savior!

To this date, I have found that the New Living Translation of the Word one of the easiest to read so I praise this Bible for sticking with this version for kids.  This Bible is packed full of so much information from how to use the Bible, to understanding and living the truths told, key verses to apply and take to heart, Biblical character bios, dictionary/concordance,  full color maps, and so much more! I can’t say enough about this Bible!

The Hands-On Bible is a a wonderful gift idea for any family that has children and it’s a perfect gift all around that I’m sure will greatly be appreciated by kids of all ages.   With MYHANDSONBIBLE.COM the whole family can be involved with the Hands-On Bible. You can download free music, get family devotions, and much more.

View a free sample of the Hands-On Bible. You can find Hands-On Bible at many wonderful stores.

Win a copy: One of my readers will have a chance to win a certificate to use toward the purchase of a free Hands-On Bible (Hard Cover).

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Disclosure: I was sent the Hands on Bible for review purposes because of my membership with the Tyndale Blog network all thoughts and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.

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Indestructibles {review & giveaway}

It’s not often that I’ll be so excited to go off and purchase a whole set of books but Kaaren Pixton has redefined the world of books for babies and parents alike with her fantastic variety of titles in the Indestructibles series!

I wish I had known about the books when my first child was much younger, she would have loved them and I wouldn’t have had to worry about her destroying any books. We all know that little babies love to gnaw and are a bit rough trying to master those fine motor skills. Books get left destroyed and not all at usable for your next child or grand kids! So it’s fantastic news that there are books now out that can take the wear and tear of young babies!

Indestructibles is honestly every parents answer for books even if they don’t know it yet!  Their line of books are completely baby safe!  They are water-proof, tear-resistant, and baby-durable! These books don’t have any words but do feature very stimulating illustrations of birds, bugs, and more. My two year old daughter actually loves when we look through them together and we make up our own little stories. So honestly people, these books are great for all ages, just let your imagination take you.

We plan on purchasing the rest in the series because we know without a doubt that baby number two is going to love them! These books are wonderful keepsakes and would make wonderfully unique baby shower gifts! I consider them a real steal for only around four to five dollars each!

Win It: Indestructibles is generously offering  a set of three books to one of my readers! (USA and Canada only)

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Disclaimer: I was sent a book from Indestructibles to review. 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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