Category: Book Reviews

Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection {Book Review}


Christmas in Apple Ridge is a three in one collection containing The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, and The Dawn of Christmas. If you love Christian themed Amish romance novels, I promise you’ll probably enjoy this heartwarming holiday collection very much.

I can vouch once I started reading this collection it was hard to put them down! I really enjoyed how each of the stories were uniquely different and yet were all tied together beautifully by community and character. The author did a fantastic job in painting the Amish giving us a wonderful visual and taste ( there are full recipes in the books!) of the Amish community!

Many traits are shown and displayed out this book . I love that the characters are real and the story doesn’t stray from that fact with God all things are possible and will work out for the good for those that love and chose to serve him (even when we can’t really see it!). Having a second chance in the eyes of God is the greatest gift. In this readers realize forgiveness and knowing and accepting that gives us the chance to keep on living life and loving those around us.

Overall these books are a fun, light-hearted read. They were a bit predictable in how the stories came to pass but none the less, a joy to read. What girl doesn’t love to read a tenderly sweet love story? I’m looking forward to seeing what other great book Cindy has in store for her fans!

Buy it: You can purchase Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, NEW! The Dawn of Christmas
at for print at $12.00 and for Kindle $9.99!

Disclaimer: My copy of Christmas in Apple Ridge was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery {Book Review}

Authors: By Margaret Weitekamp with David DeVorkin,
illustrated by Diane Kidd, in association with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery is a must have title for any school or home library. If a child you know has wondered about what Pluto really is and why it isn’t called a planet anymore, this book will completely answer their questions in an entertaining and whimsical way. Though if your child never knew Pluto was at one point called a planet, this is a great lesson in history to fill them in on everything that has come to pass to date pertaining to Pluto! This non-fiction picture book is geared toward children ages 5-9 years old though could even be enjoyed and understood by younger children as well.

My take on this book overall is an extremely positive one. The information alone is right on level for children to understand everything they need to know about Pluto! My daughter whom is nearly five years old and currently is fascinated with science and astronomy really enjoyed this book. And after reading it to her, I know the information stuck. She randomly comes up to me and reminds me of things we read and she learned. For instance she was telling me just the other day how cool it was that an 11 year girl came up with the name for Pluto and it was neat kids could do big important things like that and maybe she could one day too!

The illustrations in the book are fun, whimsical, and will no doubt capture the attention of visuals learners quite well. My kids loved that the planets, moons, and icy world had faces with plenty of character. Near the end of this story there’s a section titled “The People and Telescopes Behind the Story” and in this section, there’s actual photos of the scientist, the stars, and more that are taken from the historically accurate source. There’s also a “Who’s Who” area that gives a little more information about the planets and people mentioned in the book as well as helpful “Glossary” too.

Readers and educators will like that there’s a list of suggested reading, website, & journals for young people to continue their studies of the icy world and planets in the solar system! As a homeschooling mom of two, I’m completely and utterly impressed with this title and will be highly recommending it!

Interested in Purchasing?  Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery is available for pre-order for $16.95 at Book will be available at most retailers and bookstores on March 12th, 2013!

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Abrams Books for Young Readers in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

“Humble Heart: A book of Virtues” by Amy Meyer Allen {Book Review}


I’d been looking for a book for awhile now that could help me teach my children character building skills and biblical virtues. Not just any book though, I wanted something with likeable characters and that was also colorfully eye catching to all kids. The readability also needed to be high and the comprehension of the words written simple to understand. I was pleased to find an existing book such as this in Amy Meyer’s Humble Heart: Book of Virtues.

The virtues found in this book are Humility, Love, Thoughtfulness, Faithfulness, Mercy, Encouragement, Comfort, Courage, and Joy. Each virtue is represented by a separate Humble Bumble character. The characters are really cute and you’ll find those such as Felicity the Frog, Lancelot Lion, Carolina Cat, Daniel Dog, and several others.

At the end of each virtuous character story, there’s a Bible Verse that’s taken from the New Living Translation Bible. The included Bible Verses could be used at home or in a classroom setting as verses for young children to memorize! The stories are short but not overly. There’s plenty of bright bold illustrations to display what’s being read accurately and that’s key in any child geared book.

My son age 2 and my daughter age 4 1/2 years old really like this book. They’ve asked at bedtime for it several nights in a row. I like having a question time after we’ve read one of the virtue stories. It’s been interesting to hear their thoughts and examples of ways they could act the virtue read out for themselves or to give an example of a time that they did. This is a great book and I recommend it highly!

Want it?  You can purchase a hardcover copy of Humble Heart: A Book of Virtues on for $10.79 and it’s eligible for free shipping. You can even take a sneak peak inside!

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Tyndale Blog Network on behalf of the publisher, Tyndale Kids, and the author, Amy Meyer Allen, in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

The Museum by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds {Book Review}

museumbkThis book opens with the line “When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart! “. This line gives you a feel of what to expect in the pages ahead. In the story we are taken on an exciting journey throughout a museum of art by a girl full of energy and emotion.Throughout the pages our young guide twirls and whirls from various work of arts and shares what feelings they invoke within her. Emotions such as curiosity, joy, elation, and hunger! As well, as actions such as making silly faces, giggle fits, standing up on her tippy toes to name a few. Ultimately as the book comes to a close as our guide discovers a blank canvas and is inspired and energized by all that she saw and felt as to create her own masterpiece.I was very excited to read this book to my 4 1/2 year old daughter whom has a love for creating, drawing. This book has opened the door to inner thoughts, emotions, and expression toward all kinds of art work within her. I’ve found her flipping through the pages a few times since getting this book as she’s also asked me to read “the art” book on numerous occasions.

The words and writing in “The Museum” flows well and is written in a rhythm that’s easy to read. I also found the artwork illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds to fit the story perfectly and grasp and tug at the readers thoughts and emotions quite well. I am very impressed with this title and am looking forward to whatever new titles Susan opts to put out in the future.

This book is recommend for children ages 3 years old and up. The book is hardcover and there are 32 pages. This would be a wonderful title to present to a child that loves to create. I also would recommend it if you are planning a trip to your local art museum to ready them for things they might see.

Want it?

You can pre-order The Museum at Abrams Books for 16.95 or on right now for $11.53.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Abrams Appleseed in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.