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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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(Little Blessings) Who Made World by: Kathleen Long Bostrom, Illustrated by Elena Kucharik

whomadetheworldWho Made the World?
by Kathleen Bostrom
Illustrator Elena Kucharik
Juvenile Nonfiction/Religion/Christianity
Ages 3 – 6 – $9.99

Product Description

Little Blessings question books help young children understand basic truths about the Christian life. Perfect for ages 3-6, Who Made the World? addresses questions such as: How long did it take? and What did you make first? Scriptures that support each answer are provided in the back of the book. Parents can use this book as a fun tool to answer questions their little ones may have about God’s word.

My Thoughts:

Who Made the World?“ is one of the latest books by author Kathleen Bostrom. In this book, you’ll find that it  favors the on going theme in all the Little Blessings books, addressing common questions. Each story book covers question like “Where Do I come From, How Should We Thank God, and What did God make first and last?”, all commonly asked by younger children withing the ages of 3-6  in their search of learning more about God and creation.

The illustrations by Elena Kucharik, draw children in and correspond well with the story being told with animated behavior and cheerful colors.

One of my on going  favorite features is that at the end of the book as well as in any of the Little Blessings books is the of Bible references section. These references go along  with the story which was written in rhyme, an ingenoius way to help children remember what was read.

I look forward to collecting more of the books in this series to share with my children.

I highly recommend this book for those of you wanting to meet children on their level of learning about the Word of God. This book makes for a wonderful resource for parents, Sunday school teachers, and even grandparents.

View PDF File of Who Made the World? Bostrom/Kucharik

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The Jesus Book by: Stephen Elkins

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By Stephen Elkins
Illustrated by Claudine Gevry
Juvenile Nonfiction/Religion
Bible Stories/General
$16.99 US/Hardcover
Thomas Nelson
Thomas nelson.com

About the Author

Stephen Elkins is a best-selling author, musician, and Grammy-nominated producer. He is author of the 100 Bible Stories series and Read-n-See DVD Bible. Claudine Gevry illustrator of over sixty books including “The Jesus Book”. Her whimsical style is shown throughout this book.

About the Book

The Jesus book is one of the best resources and educational guides that I’ve seen for children on the market!  Author Stephen Elkins makes understanding everything we need to know about Jesus very simple by breaking it down in the following seven sections:

* Who Jesus Is
* What Jesus Did
* What Jesus Taught
* When It Happened
* Why It Happened
* How It Happened

A very useful time line is  included  in the When it Happened section starting the readers in Genesis and ending in John. Located in the Where it Happened section you’ll find colorfully illustrated maps that show were Jesus walked throughout his journey. In the What Jesus Taught section you’ll find that Jesus liked to minister to those around him with parables and you’ll see how he taught us to pray. In the Why and How it happened section, children will learn why Jesus was sent to save us and how it happened.

Each mini story of explanation is backed with scripture  that you may choose to look up in your own Bible to show children how what they are being taught is also in the Bible. I think it’s never to early to teach children to look to the Word of God for answers that  they may be seeking.

A fun thirty song filled cd by the Wonder Kids is also included  featuring well loved Bible songs like Stand Up For Jesus, God is so Good, and Do Lord just to name a few of the wonderful tracks.

My Thoughts

Stephen Elkins has done a wonderful job with this book. Illustrator Claudine Gevry also does a great job in bringing to life each page with her colorful eye catching illustrations.  The music cd is a great addition as many of the songs I grew up listening to as a child!

I am looking forward to sharing this book with my children, as I know many questions that may be asked or pondered about Jesus will be answered. This book would be great for home, church, and even school use. I give this book 5 stars!

I review for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers

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(Little Blessings) What is The Bible by: Kathleen Long Bostrom, Illustrated by Elena Kucharik

978-1-4143-2012-0What Is the Bible?
Author Kathleen Bostrom
Illustrator Elena Kucharik

Product Description
Little Blessings question books help young children understand basic truths about the Christian life. Perfect for ages 3-6, What Is the Bible asks and answers questions about the Bible, such as: Who wrote the Bible, who is the Bible about, how do you read the Bible? Parents can use this book as a fun tool to answer questions their little ones may have about God’s Word.

You can find the 1st Chapter .PDF here.

My thoughts…

In this book geared toward 3-6 year olds, you’ll find that answers to many questions about the Bible children commonly ask will be answered, making “What Is the Bible?”  perfect for eager young minds just beginning to learn about the Word of God.

The colorful illustrations by illustrator Elena Kucharik correspond well with the story. My daughter, though to young for this book at the time enjoyed pointing out out the children and animals by name found throughout the pages.  As you can see that even my 14 month old finds this book visually appealing, I’m sure older children will as well.

One of my favorite features is that at the end of the book, you’ll find a section of Bible references. These references go along  with the story which was written in rhyme, an ingenoius way to help children remember what was read.

I highly recommend this book for those of you wanting to meet children on their level of learning about the Word of God. This book makes for a wonderful resource for parents, Sunday school teachers, and even grandparents.

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Book Review: Read and Share Toddler Bible by Gwen Ellis

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by Gwen Ellis
Thomas Nelson Publisher
$14.99 US/Juvenille Nonfiction

Once again, another great title by author Gwen Ellis. The Read and Share Toddler Bible is a wonderful book geared to toward infants and toddlers. This hardcover book is filled with various well-loved Bible stories from both the new and old testament. Illustrations are beautifully done by artist Steve Smallman for both the bonus DVD and the Bible story book. At the end of each story there a small tid-bit of information for parents or grandparents to encourage discussion with children of each story read.

I really enjoyed watching the DVD with my daughter this afternoon. She was captivated by each story and was paying very well attention. She would say Baby when she saw baby Moses and Jesus. She said dog when she saw the dog running around with the shepherd in the Lost Sheep story. She would also say yum yum each time characters in the various stories would eat. She was also pretty captivated by the shiny angels. Though she is a little young to understand each story, I know we’ll be reading this book and watching the wonderful bonus DVD together as she grows to understand more and more each day.

I highly recommend both the New Read and Share Toddler Bible along with the accompanying 60-minute DVD for any parent or grandparent.

Reviewed by Erin L. Lowmaster
Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I review for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers
Read and Share Toddler Bible

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MJM- Making Reading Fun Review and Giveaway

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daypark 100_0725MJM Books does exactly what their slogan says, ” Making Reading Fun”. I was given the opportunity to review one of their three available titles to personalize specially for my daughter Melody.

I’ve come across other children book companies where you could include your child’s name so nothing new there but MJM Books takes it to another level and has were you can also choose what the child looks like in the book! How neat is that? I found the process easy as your first select which book out of the three available that you would like to purchase. I choose the book “A Day at The Park” because my daughter loves going to the park.

I think it’s great that you can preview the entire book on the site before choosing so you know what you are getting. After selecting my book, I then choose the sex of the child to be featured in the book followed with my choice of hair color and style, skin tone and eye color. I also included a special message which is optional to add, that read “To Melody from Mommy and Daddy”. It was so simple to create this book!

It didn’t’ take long for me to receive the book at all which means the processing is extremely fast. I like fact customers can track their book order straight from the MJM Books website by simply entering their email or order number!

I was impressed highly by the quality of the book I received and I am a big fan of  the brightly colored illustrations.  My daughter really enjoyed me reading this book to her she giggled and looked at me each time I mentioned her name. I have no doubt that this book will become a favorite and remembered in the years to come!100_0728

MJM is commited to taking care of the environment.  All of  their books are printed on 100% recycled paper. Also, each book they print is one-of-a-kind, which means that they don’t have any unused or wasted inventory! I think that is wonderful because  many companies out there waste a lot sending out samples to people with generic names on them.

MJM Books also contributes a portion of its volunteer time and proceeds to the non-profit, after-school tutoring program 826CHI in Chicago.  826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.  They provide drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

I encourage you to check out MJM customized children’s books. Each book is priced at $15.95 and if you order all three that are available, you’ll receive free shipping!  http://www.mjmbooks.com/index.html

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