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A Father’s Love {Book Review}

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A Father’s Love is a level two I Can Read! retelling of the familiar Bible story of a father’s love for his child. This specific title is part of the I Can Read! series based on the bestselling NIV Adventure Bible. Young readers learn about how God’s love for us is never-ending through this tale that highlights the importance of family relationships and forgiveness.

My daughter was really interested in this story. She said sometimes she would rather go off and have fun instead of doing chores. Well, that’s kinda exactly what the son in this story did. He decided he wanted to go spend his inheritance and have what he thought was a lot of fun in his life. We see the consequences of his careless decisions when hard times hit and those he thought were his friends wouldn’t help him. He sees how bad his choices were in spending all he had and he returns home. My daughter thought the Dad would be upset and mad but instead saw that true love forgives just like Christ forgives us and is always there with open arms.

My six year old had no stumbling over words nor needed any help with pronunciation in reading. I like that she’s learning fundamental truths of her faith. At the end of the book there’s a page that a page that features People in Bible times. There’s a Bible verse about being lost than found along with another Bible verse area called Words to Treasure which can be used for a memory verse if so desired.

I would recommend this book! It’s a great way for a child to learn about the Bible that’s on their level. The illustrations are appealing and add well to the story and the bit at the end is a great reminder of what was just read. Good when read alone or with the whole family! Though I would recommend reading together so if your child has any questions, you are there to answer them.

Interested in Purchasing? A Father’s Love (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible) can be purchased on Amazon.com for $3.99 as of this posting.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz. I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Miracles of Jesus {Book Review}

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The Miracles of Jesus is a book that is part of the I Can Read series based on the NIV Adventure Bible. In, this collection we see not just one miracle that Jesus did but three which included The feeding of the 5,000, Jairus’ daughter, the healing of the sick woman. My 6 year old daughter is eagerly growing in her Faith and this book shows her how Jesus spread the love of God through miracles and teachings to the people. After reading this book aloud she told me that this love of God is still ever present to this day and that anyone that has faith and believes would receive it!

This is a I Can Read! level 2 reader which means children may need help with reading it. This level tends to present high interest stories for developing readers. My daughter was able to read nearly all of the stories by herself, only needing help with words like Galilee and the name of Jairus. She didn’t know the story about Jairus’ daughter but was excited to tell me she knew about Jesus feeding the people and of the woman that was sick. She also pointed out that the illustrations showed other miracles done which were of Jesus healing the blind man and helping a man that couldn’t get up walk again.

In this reader there are 32 pages. Every page features well done illustrations that aren’t goofy or over the top. The stories are broken up into just two as when Jesus is speaking with Jairus that is when the miracle of healing the sick woman happens. The book isn’t wordy and the sentences shorts. At the end of the book there’s a page that a page that features Did You know? with a short bit of information about the miracles Jesus preformed, there’s a Bible verse and an area called Words to Treasure which can be used for a memory verse if so desired.

I would recommend this book! It’s a great way for a child to learn about the Bible that’s on their level. The illustrations are appealing and add well to the story and the bit at the end is a great reminder of what was just read. Good when read alone or with the whole family! I happy my daughter was so taken with it and she thinks all kids her age should read it.

Interested in Purchasing? Miracles of Jesus (I Can Read! / Adventure Bible)can be purchased in paperback format on Amazon.com for $3.99 as of this posting.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz. I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift: Christmas Reads for Children from Zonderkidz!

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It’s December and during this time of the month, I like pulling out all of our favorite Christmas & Holiday titles to read with my family. This year I’m excited to have three new additions added to our collection from Zonderkidz. Why not check them out and see if you might want to share these with your family too!

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The Legend of St. Nicholas
The true story behind the legend of Santa Claus
Ages 4-8

In The Legend of St. Nicholas, the new artwork, created by Marley and Me illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, captivates audiences and tells the story of a young man named Nicholas, who was moved by the plight of the poor and needy. Nicholas spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. This gentle Christmas book introduces the original St. Nicholas and offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves. The final pages in the book include fun Father Christmas traditions in other lands.

Our Thoughts…

This is a wonderful book that explains and illustrates the Legend of Santa Claus well! My daughter recognized the art by Richard Cowdrey from recently having read The Legend of the Candy Cane and having enjoyed that tale, was eager to read this one too!

We meet a young boy and his father out doing some last minute Christmas shopping. The young boy was not entirely eager to get shopping done for his siblings. He was busy pondering the idea of getting himself  something with whatever money he had left over. He however comes across a mall Santa telling other kids the legend of St. Nicholas and rethinks his choice.

The story kept my whole family captivated from start to finish. The message that it’s better to give than receive is very present and also that of the greatest gift we could ever receive, Christ Jesus.

The Bible verse James 1:17 is included at the ending of the book which reads, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”.

I would certainly recommend this title and plan on pulling it out to re-read every Christmas season!


firstchristmasThe First Christmas Ever
Retelling of the Christmas Story
Ages 6-10

A simple retelling of the Christmas story, from the angel’s visit to Mary to the shepherds’ joyful praise of the new born Baby, this small format paperback, The First Christmas Ever is sure to be popular with young readers. Using the vibrant and popular artwork of Dennis Jones, families can share this timeless story of God’s love each holiday season.

Our Thoughts…

This retelling of the very first Christmas is done well. The illustrations are very kid-appealing! The colors aren’t dull but not overly vibrant either. I found the imagery to be rich and satisfying! There are full pages of illustrations, 4 panels on one page, and other variations.  All done quite well and kept the story moving along.

I appreciate the accurateness of the story. For example, it’s accurate as in the sense that the wise men didn’t show up to visit Jesus as soon as he was born. Often we see the shepherds along with the Wise men all at the stable together.  It was nice to see this done right!

This book is great for reading to children or having a child read it on their own. My six year old daughter read this book with ease all by herself. I will be pulling this one out to read during Christmas this month as well as for years to come for my children!


xmasstoryThe Christmas Story for Children
by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill
Ages 5 and up

Follow the events of Jesus’ birth as you read this lovely picture book written by Max Lucado with Randy Frazee and Karen Hill and illustrated by Fausto. The Christmas Story for Children tells readers about the birth of a special baby whose story is filled with love for us all. Young readers as well as their parents will appreciate the beautiful words and artwork that convey the message that we are loved and cherished.

Our Thoughts…

This book doesn’t just follow the event of the birth of Jesus but goes well beyond that. I frankly was quite surprised but over all delighted. The story begins with introducing us to the people of God, the Jews whom had been awaiting a Savior. It ends shortly after Jesus gets baptized and begins his ministry.

The illustrations are very attractive and the story written quite elegantly. The book paraphrases Biblical text . I feel the three people involved in creating this book did an excellent job.

The age recommendation for this story is ages five and up. I would possibly recommend it for children a little older than that. There’s quite a bit of text, and I question attention spans. Though you could break up reading this book into parts over several days.

I like that we see Christ’s birth, baptism, and beginning of His ministry. This displays who Christ was and is to us. It gives children more than the journey of Mary & Jospeh and baby Jesus being born. I feel this makes it an excellent  choice for reading during the Advent season.


Disclaimer: I received complimentary copies of Zonderkidz Christmas books  for this posting. I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Weird And Wonderful Creations {Book Review}

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Weird and Wonderful Creations is a 4 books in 1 collaboration from the Made By God series! This engaging non-fiction children’s book gives a up close and personal look at many different types of insects, animals, and plant life! My nearly four year old son and my six year old daughter really like this collection! I do too, knowing they are learning about science, nature, and creator God of all living things through fascinating facts and information. I’ve found this collection to be a great assest in our homeschooling and plan on incorporating it into many different unit studies for both of the kids.

Weird and Wonderful Creations includes:

  • Spiders, Snakes, Bees and Bats
  • Big Bugs, Little Bugs
  • Sea Creatures
  • Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants

There are well over 200 facts throughout the book! I learned a few new things myself. My kids have been going around mentioning things they’ve learned like how Spiders aren’t actually insects! That’s one that even I wasn’t aware of. Each featured animal, plant, or insect has about 6-7 pages dedicated to it solely. The layout is done well with facts and information on every page. The book is very colorful and the photos are excellent in detail offering lots of up close views!

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There are many creatures to learn about in this book such as snakes, spiders, butterflies, Bats, Bee, Butterfly,Venus Fly Traps, Lightening Bugs, Ocra Whales, Redwoods, and more! I asked my children if they had a favorite creature from this book but they said they enjoyed learning about them all. This one has been looked at a lot since it’s arrived.

The reading level for this book is geared toward children in first and second grade. My daughter whom is currently doing first grade work had no problem reading this book. In fact, when we first got it, she picked it up and started reading it all on her own! My son age four had enjoyed having this book read to him and looking at all the pictures. Overall, this is an excellent nature study book and I would highly recommend it to boys and girls!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz. I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Yuletide Ice Cube Fair {Book Review}

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I admit, it’s certainly fun to get swept into all the activities and gift giving and receiving but as long as we don’t forget the true meaning of the season. The Veggie tale book Yuletide Ice Cube Fair reminds us of the greatest gift of all. It’s not what appears to be the best, biggest or brightest but in fact the greatest gift is Christ Jesus who gives us life eternally.

My nearly four year old son and six year old daughter are getting older and getting excited for the Holidays and I certainly want to make sure they are reminded often of why we truly celebrate. I prefer to have books such as this one around to read to them and have them read on their own as a reminder. They really like the Veggie Tales so this book is must have for us.

In this story, the town is having a Ice Cube Carving Contest. In this contest they are instructed to carve what Christmas means to each of them. Each turn of the page kept my kids captivated. The story is written in rhyme and that kept the story flowing quite well.

My children liked seeing the different sculptures that were created by each of the Veggie characters. None of the sculptures were bad things such as Christmas feasts, trees, and the like. My kids piped up that they enjoyed many of those things themselves. Though only one sculpture truly captured why we celebrate the season!

In how the story ended, it’s a truly humbling reminder that the greatest gift came into the world in way that wasn’t elaborate in the worlds eyes. This book can be a wonderful conversation starter about sharing the love of Christ the greatest gift of all and living with a servants heart not just during the season but everyday!

This book is 24 pages long and it’s soft cover format and size of 8×8 makes it easy to bring along when out and about. I’m sure we’ll be bringing this book out every Christmas season!

Interested in Purchasing? Yuletide Ice Cube Fair (Big Idea Books / VeggieTales) can be purchased on Amazon.com for $3.00 as of this posting.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers 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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The Legend of the Candy Cane

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The Legend of the Candy Cane written by Lori Walburg & Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey is a classic you’ll want to pull out every Christmas season. The story beautifully and inspirationally takes an item associated with the Holiday season and uses it to tie Jesus Christ to Season. I’ll admit that after reading this story, I’m reminded of the great sacrifice that was made any time I see a Candy Cane.

The illustrations are gorgeous and do an exceptional job of drawing you in. My kids were both truly captivated with every turn of the page. The story starts when a man comes to town to open a store and with his arrival he is able to share the true meaning of Christmas with the town in a delightful and creative way. I didn’t believe the book was over my 3 or 6 year olds head. In fact, they’ve gone around telling other all about the candy cane from the shape to the colors on how it relates to the greatest gift they’ve received.

The story isn’t too long. There are 30 pages in this board book and it’s easy enough for my six year old to read all by herself. I’ll be putting this book out on the coffee table to be read every holiday season as a reminder of why we do truly celebrate Christmas. Ideal for 3-7 year old children but I feel anyone can be blessed by the story.

Interested in Purchasing?  The Legend of the Candy Cane can be bought in board book  version on Amazon.com for $9.99. There are however a variety of other versions ranging from $2.99-$12.00 that might work best for your own family.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers 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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