Giveaway of 3 Zondervan Books for Kids & 3 for Teens!

I have a wonderful giveaway today.  There are two sets of books–one for kids and one for teens.  Enter one giveaway or both!  These would be wonderful to give to your kids for Easter, or for any other occasion!

The Kids Set (for preschool-age 7) has

The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg (illustrated by Richard Cowdrey) The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith, by Mike Berenstain 101 Bible Stories from Creation to Revelation (illustrated by Dan Andreasen)   Zondervan books 007 In The Legend of the Easter Egg, we follow the story of a little boy whose sister has become very sick.  He goes to stay with friends while she gets better.  While there he learns about why Easter eggs remind us of Easter.  A chick breaks out of its egg, just like Christ broke out of the tomb. The boy understands about Jesus and His sacrifice and gives his life to Christ.    On Easter morning he runs to see his sister who is now better to tell her of his new faith in Jesus.  It’s a pretty, hardback book. Zondervan books 008   Book reviews- Daniel, Noah, Berenstain Bears Keep Faith, Veggie 018 In The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith Brother and Sister Bear find out that their science-loving friend Ferdy Factual doesn’t believe God created the world.  It’s the first time Brother and Sister encounter someone who thinks that you can’t believe in or trust God if you are a scientist. Brother and Sister love science, too.  They love to learn about dinosaurs and fossils, to look at the stars with a telescope, and to look through a microscope at germs.  But when they are looking at the moon through a telescope with Ferdy, Sister mentions that God did a good job.  Ferdy tell them that not only does he not believe that God created everything, he doesn’t even believe in God.  He only believes in things he can see and test and prove. The bears talked to their parents about it.  Mama tells them that they have to have faith.  Now that’s a hard concept for young kids to understand!  So, the next day they go to visit Preacher Brown to see if he can expain it better.  They learn that faith comes from reading the Bible, feeling God’s love for us, and in seeing the beauty of God’s creation.  Preacher Brown also tells them that Daniel in the Bible had faith that God would save him from the lions.  Faith in God is trusting in his love.  Brother and Sister Bear decide at the end of the story that faith in God is important to them. I love how this book shows that you can be a “scientist” and have faith in God at the same time. Book reviews- Daniel, Noah, Berenstain Bears Keep Faith, Veggie 020 Book reviews- Daniel, Noah, Berenstain Bears Keep Faith, Veggie 019     Zondervan books 013 101 Bible Stories From Creation to Revelation is a Bible story book.  There are 3 things I really like about this book that make it unique from other Bible story books:  half of the stories are from the New Testament, the illustrations are more realistic (not cartoonish), and it has a higher reading level.  It is perfect for reading to children or for independent older readers to read to themselves.  Each facing page has one page of the story and one page of illustration.  Hardback book with 217 pages. Zondervan books 014 Zondervan books 015

The Teens Set has

All In Student Edition by Mark & Parker Batterson

Gods at War Student Edition by Kyle Idleman

and a choice of one of these Bibles:
Young Women of Faith Bible, NIV (Hardcover)

Or
NIV Bible for Teens (Blue)

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Enter one or both giveaways below on the Rafflecopter!  Winners will be chosen on Saturday April 5 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email. Two different winners will be chosen (can’t win both giveaways).

Congratulations to the winners:  Liz and Sara!

(Disclosure:  I received copies of all the above books in order to write these reviews.  This post also includes affiliate links.)

 

Review of “The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith”

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Today I have a review of The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith, a new book by Mike Berenstain, the son of Jan and Stan Berenstain.  I am so happy with the new Berenstain Bear books which are part of the Living Lights series by Zonderkidz.  God is honored in these books.  :)  And Papa Bear isn’t the dolt that he was portrayed often in the older books.

In The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith Brother and Sister Bear find out that their science-loving friend Ferdy Factual doesn’t believe God created the world.  It’s the first time Brother and Sister encounter someone who thinks that you can’t believe in or trust God if you are a scientist. Brother and Sister love science, too.  They love to learn about dinosaurs and fossils, to look at the stars with a telescope, and to look through a microscope at germs.  But when they are looking at the moon through a telescope with Ferdy, Sister mentions that God did a good job.  Ferdy tell them that not only does he not believe that God created everything, he doesn’t even believe in God.  He only believes in things he can see and test and prove.

The bears talked to their parents about it.  Mama tells them that they have to have faith.  Now that’s a hard concept for young kids to understand!  So, the next day they go to visit Preacher Brown to see if he can expain it better.  They learn that faith comes from reading the Bible, feeling God’s love for us, and in seeing the beauty of God’s creation.  Preacher Brown also tells them that Daniel in the Bible had faith that God would save him from the lions.  Faith in God is trusting in his love.  Brother and Sister Bear decide at the end of the story that faith in God is important to them.

I love how this book shows that you can be a “scientist” and have faith in God at the same time.

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(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to write this honest review.)

Review “Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero” I Can Read book with the Veggie Tales

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Today I have a review of Review of Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero. It’s an I Can Read book with the Veggie Tales.  It’s Level 1, for beginning reading: simple sentences for eager new readers.  I had two eager new readers in my house who wanted to read it!  What is really nice about this particular book is that it has 3 books in one.  Each book is around 30 pages, making the whole book about 90 pages.  It’s hardback and has really colorful, fun illustrations.

Each book begins with a Bible verse which relates to the theme of the story.  The first story is Pirate in Training by Karen Poth.  Junior Asparagus goes to visit the Pirates who don’t do Anything because he’s tired of working so hard in school.  He wants to play games and nap all day.  He learns that being a pirate is hard work.  He has to learn to do math and read maps.  They encourage him to finish school in case he might learn about something else he’d like to be.

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The second story is LarryBoy and the Mudslingers by Karen Poth.  The theme of this story is forgiveness.  Here we see that the Bad Apple is back.  She decides to execute her evil plan.  At the water park Curly throws mud balloons at people, who think their friends did it.  Everyone starts getting mad at each other.  Finally, LarryBoy decides to intercede.  But when he gets hit with a water balloon, even he gets mad!  Alfred discovers that it’s a trap, and they’ll never stop begin mad until they forgive each other.  He says, “Your anger will stick to you. . . like MUD!”  When they forgive, the mud trap loses it’s grip and everyone is friends again.

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The third story is Listen Up, Larry by Karen Poth.  In this story we see Detective Larry and his partner Bob.  They’re on a new case where Junior gets his report card with all U’s for “unsatisfactory.”  Bob and Larry went to Junior’s school so they could see what was going on with Junior.  He wasn’t listening in class.  They head back separately to Junior’s house.  But Larry wasn’t listening to Bob when he gave him the directions.  He arrived at Junior’s house really late.  Junior had already learned his lesson about listening, though.  He never wanted to be lost like Larry!

 

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My kids really enjoyed reading these books to me.  They had a few difficult words in them, but I like that because it challenges them.  I also liked the messages of the stories:  working hard, forgiving others, and listening to others and to God.  We’ll definitely get more of these books to read.

(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan Publishers in order to write this honest review.)

 

 

 

 

Review/Giveaway “My Story: Daniel” and “My Story: Noah” Sticker Books

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Well, let me start out today’s review by telling you that my kids were fighting over who was going to get these Bible sticker books!  Oh, my–I wish we had gotten 4 instead of 2!

We have also reviewed 2 others in this series and the kids loved those as well.

My Story: Daniel and My Story: Noah tell the stories of these 2 great men of the Bible.  The pages are filled with cartoon drawings and cute sayings.  I love how the stories teach young children about these men and their great faith and obedience to God in spite of adversity.  Daniel refused to quit praying to the Lord even though the law said he could be thrown to the lions.  And then when he was throw to the lions, God honored Daniel’s faithfulness by miraculously protecting him!  Noah followed God’s direction in building the ark even when it seemed like a crazy thing to do.  He and his family were the only ones saved when the flood God sent destroyed the earth.

After the story, there are 2 full pages of stickers that the kids can put in the book or anywhere else.

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I will say that my 8-year-old daughter was disappointed with the following illustration in the Noah book. She said, “That’s not what the ark looked like.  There was lots of room for the animals.”  We really don’t like these “fairy tale” type drawings of the ark, since the Bible is so specific in giving the size of the ark.

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But when she saw this drawing she said, that’s better!

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There is a Sticker Journal in each book where the kids can place some of the stickers.  The green spots show them where a sticker should go.

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See the great variety of stickers?  Animals, people, decorations, items.

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See Flipbooks of My Story: Daniel and My Story: Noah

*The books are paperback.

*ages 1-4

*Engaging Bible stories told in first-person perspective

*Includes 50 story-themed stickers that kids can use throughout the book

*A great value at $4.99:

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Review of Egglo Entertainment Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs

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Today’s review is from Egglo Entertainment.

We received Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book).

We also got The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book audio download, also know as Adventure Audio Book), Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls, and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide (Curriculum).

Age Range: This product can be adapted to work with any age, but is ideal for roughly ages 4-13.

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We did quite a few different things to prepare for this review. Keep reading to see if these products would be an asset to helping your family understand more about Christ’s resurrection this Easter or if you’d like to use it with a group such as a Sunday School, homeschool co-op, or outreach for the community!

The first thing we did was put together the glow-in-the-dark plastic Easter eggs. There were 12 in the box: a dozen eggs! :) They are the same size as typical plastic Easter eggs, and you can fill them with candy, Scripture cards (included in the Program Guide), or anything else you’d like! We charged them up by putting them out in the sun for a couple of hours. Then after the kids cleaned up the basement we had our Easter egg hunt down there at night when it was dark. It was suggested that the kids have flashlights or glow sticks while doing the egg hunt as an added safety feature (won’t run it to each other, for example).

The eggs don’t glow extremely brightly. It’s really a fun idea, and works in great with the teaching that Jesus is the Light of the world that I’ll expand on more later in the review. But I do wish they glowed brighter. I wonder if it might be neat to have battery lights or something to make them brighter. Nevertheless, my kids had lots of fun searching for them. They did it over and over!

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(Photo credit for above glow-in-the-dark picture: Tiffany Cones)

I really loved the book called The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure by Darcie Cobos. It’s paper back and 39 pages long. The illustrations are wonderful! The story tells of 3 children who are sent through time on a sort of treasure hunt. They are discovering glowing Easter eggs (see a theme here?) and learning new Bible verses which they immediately find ways to apply to their lives. What I liked the best was to see how the selfish kids grow through their experience and become more like Jesus by the end of the book. It’s a fairly long story and was enjoyed by my elementary-aged kids. It was too mature for my preschoolers and too young for my middle-schoolers.

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We also received the audio version of the story The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure on MP3, so the kids could listen to the story when I wasn’t able to read it to them.  It’s 30 minutes long and read by Dick Wells.  There are little chimes to let the child know when to turn the page and some music on the audio track.

I found that The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide was very thorough and will be an extremely valuable asset for anyone planning an Easter egg hunt outreach at their church or home. You’ll find 60 pages which includes How to use the Guide, Tips for Decorating, Snack Suggestions, Devotion, Opening Activity, Story Options, Question & Answer, Bible Application Activity, Tips for Using the Story The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure, Bible Memory Verse Activity, and Egglo Hunt Guidelines.  There are also many pages of printable invitiations, decorations, posters, and coloring pages!  The theme of the event is Jesus is the light of the world and the reason we celebrate Easter.  Every activity, devotion, Scripture verse, decoration, game, and even the snacks relate to the theme.  We made a couple of the food items which would be nice for a snack table. Here are “torches” with pretzel sticks, marshmallows, and sprinkles. We sang “This Little Light of Mine” holding those. Next we had mini bagels with cream cheese and cucumber slices to represent the empty tomb.

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Finally, we received Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls.  This were small plastic and paper scrolls with a Scripture verse.  These are the perfect size for putting inside the Egglo eggs.  See below for pictures and examples of the verses included.

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*Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs ($9.99)

*The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure($9.99)

*The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book audio download, Adventure Audio book) ($2.99)

*Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls ($4.29)

*The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide (Curriculum) ($14.99)

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Review of The Revolutionary War Adventure (Our America Series) by Sue Kilbride

Once again Sue Kilbride has hit a homerun with her historical fiction book series! Today’s review is of The Revolutionary War Adventure from the Our America Series.

I was excited to read this book because I loved her previous books so much. We find brother and sister Finn and Ginny once again traveling back in time in search of their parents who are stuck back there somewhere. This time they end up in the Revolutionary War period. The time travel remote keeps taking them to different places and events of the Revolutionary War. Every place they go the twins find relatives who help them and let them be involved in the war effort. Some of the things they do are: witness the Boston Tea Party, travel on Paul Revere’s ride, see the first fighting at Lexington, hear the Declaration of Independence being read, cross the Delaware, and witness the surrender for the victory of the Patriots.  We learn a lot about the terrible conditions back then–the illness and insufficient supplies that the soldiers had.  It gives us a greater appreciation for all they did to fight for our freedom.

Finn and Ginny don’t just meet relatives, but also some of the other great heroes of the war such as Paul Revere, John Hancock, and George Washington.  I love the “extras” that you find in the book: The Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Timeline of the Revolutionary War events, reprint of the Declaration of Independence, bibliography, and the Historical Notes where Susan shares about which characters in the book were her relatives and what events and conversations were actual and which ones she took liberty with.

The Revolutionary War Adventure is well-written, fast-paced, and exciting to read.  Susan is a great writer. It’s 120 pages, so not overwhelming for younger readers. I would recommend these books for ages 10-15. They are definitely a great supplement to early American History studies!

To see a full description of the series, go here!  And for you homeschoolers, there are also free pdf activities to go along with the books on this page of Susan Kilbride’s website Funtastic Unit Studies so you can make it a full unit study by doing enrichment activites: geneology, science, games, cooking, and crafts.  There is also a free pdf of Revolutionary War activities to go with the book here.

On March 10th, 11th and 12th, the Kindle versions of the last three books in the Our America series will be on sale for 40% off–only $2.99!   Just click on the Kindle version of the book, and you’ll see the sale price.  (I’ll send out a reminder on those days–just be sure to like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter or Pinterest)

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Also, there’s a 25% off SALE of ALL Susan Kilbride’s paperback books:

  The Pilgrim Adventure (Our America) (Volume 1)

To celebrate the publication of The Revolutionary War Adventure, on March 11th & 12th all of Sue’s paperback books will be on sale for 25% off! Just go to the Special Orders page of the Funtastic Unit Studies and type in the code: HAVY4KRQ at checkout to receive the discount. Orders will be placed through CreateSpace, a division of Amazon.

Susan has also written a science book called Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers See my review of it here.

(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to write this honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)

Review of “My Timeless Locket: The Miracle of Freedom” by Anna Alden-Tirrill

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I’m happy to review today My Timeless Locket: The Miracle of Freedom by Anna Alden-Tirrill today.  It’s the third book in the Annie’s Adventures Series.

This book really surprised me as it leads the reader into an adventure of historical fiction and science fiction–both of which I love!  It was really fun to read.

Annie, a 13-year-old homeschooled girl and only child is living in Scotland with her parents.  They are from America but have been living different places in Europe since her father is an astronomer who is offered short-term teaching and research assignments at different universities.

While in Scotland Annie finds out that she is related to the famous Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace. She meets other relatives and receives an heirloom (a locket) that has been passed down through the centuries.

Meanwhile, Annie’s father finds out that his astronomy research project has been compromised. The next thing they know the family is in Washington D.C. meeting with the President at the White House and other higher-ups at the Pentagon.

They need Annie to do something amazing to help save history. I don’t want to explain much more because it might ruin the story for you. But it’s a fun science fiction element, which is made to seem totally plausible and realistic. :)

I will say that although my 10-year-old daughter loved the first two books, this one wasn’t up her alley.  I think she may just need a couple more years on her and she will enjoy it.  Annie, the main character, is 13, so that’s probably closer to a better age for reading it.

The main characters are believers, so Christians will enjoy the fact that the people pray and talk about God’s involvement in their daily lives. Annie is also a homeschooled student, so homeschoolers will enjoy that aspect.

I recommend this third book in the Annie’s Adventures series: My Timeless Locket. I have book 4 which I will be reviewing in the next month or so. Check out the review for book 1 here and book 2 here.
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Review/Giveaway Precious Moments Little Book of Bedtime {Link Party}

Today I have a review and Giveaway! of the Precious Moments Little Book of Bedtime published by Tommy Nelson Publishers. I really like this little padded board book for ages 1-4, and so does my sweetie pie.  It’s the perfect book to read before bed.

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You’ll find 18 poems each accompanied by a scripture verse or quote.  One of my favorite lullabies is included: the traditional Welsh folk song “All Through the Night.”  There are also poems and prayers about thanking God for the day, saying good night to the sun, asking God to bless the animals, bath time and putting on pajamas, getting hugs and kisses and a story before bed, asking God for sweet dreams, and to be blessed while the child sleeps.

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I have always loved the Precious Moments drawings, and you’ll love them as well in this book.  There are kids sitting around a campfire, looking up at the moon, lots of animals and stuffed animals, and kids from around the world.

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A few of my favorite scriptures are included: “Come to me, all of you who are tired. . . . I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 “He has put his angels in charge of you.  They will watch over you wherever you go.”  Psalm 91:11 “When you lie down. . . your sleep will be sweet.”  Proverbs 3:24

 

Check out the flip book here.

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Shhhh.  Time for nighty-night.  :)  

 

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(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tommy Nelson Publishers in order to write this honest review.)

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1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

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Review of “Let’s Visit Dublin” a Bella & Harry book by Lisa Manzione

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Today I’m reviewing Let’s Visit Dublin, a Bella and Harry book by Lisa Manzione, illustrated by Kristine Lucco.

This year my kids have been studying world geography, and we happen to be studying Europe this month!  I was so happy to receive Let’s Visit Dublin since I had a feeling it would supplement our studies in a special way.  And it has!

Let’s Visit Dublin is the eleventh book in The Adventures of Bella and Harry book series.  It’s hardback with a paper cover and 35 pages long. The other books currently in print are Let’s Visit Paris, Let’s Visit London, Let’s Visit Athens, Let’s Visit Edinburgh, Let’s Visit Istanbul, Let’s Visit Venice, Let’s Visit Cairo, Let’s Visit Barcelona, Let’s Visit Rome, and Let’s Visit Jerusalem.  They plan on releasing 3 additional titles in 2014: Let’s Visit Maui, Let’s Visit St. Petersburg, and Let’s Visit Vancouver.

I found Let’s Visit Dublin a very charming book!  It’s written from the perspective of two little dogs who travel with their family to visit different cities of the world.  In this book, they visit Dublin, Ireland.  The two dogs Bella and Harry explain to each other about the different special features of the country of Ireland and specifically of Dublin.  And I’ll confess I learned a lot I didn’t already know!

Bella and Harry teach us about famous landmarks like the Ha’penny Bridge, Trinity College Library, O’Brien’s Tower, and the Blarney Castle.

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We see some of the beautiful landscapes such as Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher.  We also learn about the myths of Ireland—leprechauns, the famous giant Finn McCool, and what happens when you kiss the Blarney Stone.  I loved learning about the Book of Kells, which holds the four Gospels from the Bible and was written over 1000 years ago!
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We also learn some basic facts about Ireland, such as its nickname and where it is on the map.  The dogs get to experience and authentic Irish meal. (It would be fun to have the recipes in the back.  Maybe they could include those in future books!)

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And that’s not all, we also get to meet some of the special birds of Ireland.  The last page leaves us with a  list of Irish Gaelic words and phrases.

My children really loved listening to this book.  The illustrations are watercolors and they’re beautiful.  Each of the landmarks and special places and things of Dublin are drawn.  The only suggestion I would have is that it would be nice to also have a few actual photographs.  I wouldn’t want them in place of the illustrations though!

I’m sure that my kids learned more about Dublin with this book, just like I did.  I highly recommend this book (and others in the series) for anyone teaching their kids about world geography, if you’re planning on traveling to any of these cities, or if you  just want a new type of picture book to read.  I also received copies of Let’s Visit Istanbul and Let’s Visit Rome.  We loved those books, as well.  My oldest daughter said she wants to get Let’s Visit Paris next!  You’ll enjoy visiting  their website www.BellaAndHarry.com where you can find interactive games, coloring sheets, and lesson plans!

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(I received a complimentary copy of Let’s Visit Dublin, Let’s Visit Istanbul, and Let’s Visit Rome and monetary compensation in exchange for this honest review. )

From House to Home {Link Party}: Review of Veggie Tale readers

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I have 3 new readers in my home and am constantly on the look out for new books that they can read on their own.  Today I’m reviewing 2 of those books:   Larry Makes a Choice and  All Is Fair When We Share, both by Karen Poth.  These books are paperback, 32 pages, “I Can Read!” books published by ZonderKids.  The reading level is “1″ which means they have “simple sentences for eager new readers.  These readers for perfect for my 3 kids who have been working on their reading for 1-2 years.  They are definitely not the “cat sat on a rat” type of books.  Some of the words were a bit challenging for all three of them.  You’ll find words like “friendships,” “canyon,” and “detective.”

One of the things that the kids really enjoyed about these books were that they had the Veggie Tales characters.  Larry is always funny, and Bob is helping everyone to do the right thing.

In Larry Makes a Choice Larry is a cowboy who needs to drive 100 cattle over the mountain  to pass the test.  But the Scallions who go with him want to go through the canyon so they can get there faster.  Larry is afraid to stand up to them, but then he decides to leave the canyon so he won’t cheat.  After he leaves there is a dodge ball avalanche, and Larry is a hero who saves the Scallions!

In All Is Fair When We ShareLarry and Bob are detectives.  The new case is that Percy Pea’s Mighty Man toy is missing.  Percy and his brother have been fighting, and Bob and Larry are able to get them to make up and share.

We enjoyed these Veggie Tales “I Can Read!” books and will be looking forward to reading more of them!

(Disclosure:  I received both of these books free in exchange for this honest review.)

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Review of “The Redcoats are Coming” Imagination Station Book # 13

Welcome to the review of Imagination Station book #13:  The Redcoats are Coming by Marianne Hering and Nancy I. Sanders.   Once again I wasn’t disappointed.

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The Imagination Station books follow 2 cousins Patrick and Beth who travel back in time in Mr. Whittaker’s Imagination Station–yes, the same one from Odyssey if you are familiar with the Adventures in Odyssey stories.

These chapter books are written for early readers; they’re perfect for kids who are transitioning from picture books to chapter books.  It’s recommended for ages 7 and up, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 2.5.  There are 15 chapters and 132 pages.

The Redcoats are Coming has Patrick and Beth traveling to Concord, Massachusetts in 1775.  Their mission is to deliver a letter to Paul Revere.  While there they meet other famous men from history such as John Hancock and Samuel Adams.  The cousins learn about how the patriots are trying to protect themselves by collecting and hiding musket balls.  But it’s hard to tell whose side everyone is on.  There are secret codes that the Patriots use, but even then it’s hard to know whom to trust.  The story is fast-paced and easy to read.  There is tension when the letter gets lost (stolen?) and then Paul Revere isn’t able to finish his famous ride.  Will Patrick and Beth help out so that the Patriots will know that the Redcoats are coming?

One great thing about the Imagination Station books is that they help kids explore history.  Usually each book is stand alone, but you will find that The Redcoats are Coming is to “be continued!”  The next book is Captured on the High Seas.  Read more about it at TheImaginationStation.com.

Be sure to check out my reviews of the other Imagination Station books:   Book #11      Book #10     Books #8 and #9     Blog Tour: Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5

(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in order to write this honest review.  This post also contains affiliate links.)

 

Review of Richard Scarry’s Great Big Schoolhouse readers

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Last week I wrote about the wonderful resources I use to teach my kids to read.  But it’s always nice to just have some fun books that are written at a level that the kids can read to themselves.  So, I’m happy to review a couple of  Richard Scarry’s Great Big Schoolhouse readers today. The titles are Snow Dance and One, Two, Ah-Choo.

Snow Dance (Richard Scarry’s Readers Level 1) is a fun story written for Level 1 readers.  It’s described on the back as “Introduce Your Child to Reading.”  The hardback book is 23 pages long and is full of the wonderful Richard Scarry illustrations.  I have loved those books since I was a kid!  In Snow Dance, Huckle gets a new sled.  He tries to sled inside the house, but that doesn’t work.  So, he gets his friends together to bring a bunch of ice cubes to sled on.  That doesn’t work either.  Finally, they do a snow dance and the flakes start to fall!  Soon there is enough snow for all the friends to enjoy sledding!

My 5-year-old daughter had fun reading Snow Dance.  She loved how the words were large, the sentences were short, and she was able to sound out most of the words.  (The most difficult words were the kids’ names.)

The second book we reviewed was Richard Scarry’s Readers (Level 2): One, Two, AH-CHOO!.

In the Level 2 readers “Your Child Starts to Read.”  I gave this one to my 7-year-old son to read.  It’s a funny little story about a class full of kids who have a cold.  Huckle and Lowly go from friend to friend trying to help them–giving them food, tissues, and get-well cards.  They have several mishaps–dropping a tray of food, tipping over a cart of oranges, and dumping a wheelbarrow of leaves.  And at the end Huckle and Lowly end up with colds as well.

My son really enjoyed this story.  Most of the words were easy for him to figure out.  I’m sure he’ll read it again and again.  :)

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There are many other Richard Scarry Great Big Schoolhouse readers, so we’ll be checking out some more of them!

(Disclosure:  I received complimentary copies of these two books to write this honest review.)

Review/Giveaway “One God, One Plan, One Life: A 365 Devotional” by Max Lucado

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I have a review and giveaway today of a devotional by Max Lucado called One God, One Plan, One Life. It’s specifically written for teens (adapted by James Lund), and I would even say it’s for teen boys. Some of the topics are deep, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend the book for children. The devotional book touches on issues such as purity, drug and alcohol abuse, and bullying.

I really like the way the daily devotionals read. They’re short enough to be accessible to this age group–it’s all on one page. It starts with a verse of Scripture which is written out. Then there are a few paragraphs (often with more Scripture mixed in). Finally, there is “One More Thought.” This is a call to action/application, an explanation, or something to further think about. Here’s one I liked from May 16:

“What’s really bugging you right now? Take a moment to look past the problem. Can you see God’s hand in it? Can you see how he might use your struggle as part of his plan? Think about what’s excellent in your life? Now look again–hope is on your horizon.”

The devotional book itself is hardback, 389 pages, with its own orange ribbon bookmark. The material has been adapted for teens and comes from 6 other devotional books written by Max Lucado. At the back you’ll find Notes (a list of footnotes) and 2 different Bible reading plans (30 Days with Jesus and 90 Days Through the Bible.)  You can see a Flipbook here.

Now that I’m through reviewing it, One God, One Plan, One Life is now with my teen son so he can use it each day.

I’m happy to have a copy of this book published by Thomas Nelson to give away! Please enter on the Rafflecopter app below. The winner will be chosen January 19 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email. 18+, U.S. only please.

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Review of “My Riviera Connection” by Anna Alden-Tirrill

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Today’s book review is of My Riviera Connection by Anna Alden-Tirrill.  It’s the second book in the Annie’s Adventure Series.  (You can read the review of the first book My Paris Connection here.)

We rejoin adventurous, 13-year-old, homeschooled Annie in Europe again, but they have left Paris and are now in the French Riviera.  One of the most fun parts about reading this book is that I have never learned much about this part of the world.  We become immersed in the perfume industry–visiting perfumeries and learning all kinds of things about the business.  Annie decides that she is very interested in becoming an investigative reporter and is able to join a lady we met in the first book–Vivienne who is an investigative reporter.  She takes Annie along with her as she investigates the theft of a perfume formula.  They track the thieves and learn all kinds of things to help out the investigation for the detectives.  This part is unrealistic–that they are in the midst of all the action– but makes the story more exciting. :)  They also travel to other areas of Europe, including the Vatican.  And they always find some time to sightsee–which makes you wish you could be there as well!

My only complaint about the book is that I don’t like the graphics/illustrations that are found on every page throughout the book.  They are distracting and not well drawn or designed.

I love how serving God and doing his will, along with Scripture, are sprinkled in throughout the book.  We know what is most important to Annie, her parents, Vivienne, and several other characters who are believers.  “Truth” is a main theme throughout this book (as “friendship” was in the first book).  My 10-year-old daughter loved reading about the perfume business and gave My Riviera Connection a thumbs-up! I would definitely recommend these books for girls who like to read longer chapter books (it’s 234 pages).

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Review/Giveaway of My Story: Joseph and My Story: David by Fiona Boon

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I have 2 new Tommy Mommy books to review (and Give Away!) today.  My preschoolers really loved these.  They’re called My Story: Joseph and My Story: David by Fiona Boon.  The stories are about the Biblical men Joseph and David.  They’re paperback and tell each story from the perspective of the main character.  The illustrations are engaging cartoon characters and the story style is a bit childish and slangish.  But the part they loved the most was putting the stickers in the book after we read the story!  Another great thing about these books?  They’re only $4.99 (or less) each!

Each book goes through the basic life story of the character.  For David, we meet his father, Samuel who anoints him as King with oil, King Saul, and Goliath.  We learn about David taking care of his father’s sheep and killing lions and bears.  Then he goes to the war camp and hears Goliath’s taunts.  David decides to fight Goliath with his slingshot.  The book does mention that David cuts off Goliath’s head (I usually leave that part out when reading it to my preschoolers.)

In the Joseph story we learn about the coat that Joseph’s father gives him and that it makes his brothers jealous.  They throw Joseph into a pit and then sell him to be a slave.  Joseph is taken to Egypt and is eventually thrown in prison.  He interprets dreams there and is then able to interpret Pharoah’s dream about the famine coming to Egypt.  Pharoah puts Joseph in charge, and Joseph saves everyone by carefully storing food during the years of plenty.  Finally, Joseph’s brothers come to buy food, the families are reunited, and they all move to Egypt to live.
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My Story: Joseph and My Story: David

*ages 1-4  (I would say ages 3-7 because of the stickers and it’s not a board book.)

*Engaging art with stories told in first-person perspective

*Each book includes 45 story-themed stickers that kids can use throughout the book to enhance application and learning

 

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Review/Giveaway of Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado

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I have another Christmas book to review (and giveaway) – Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado, illustrated by Bruno Merz.

It tells the story of 2 mice in Bethlehem who hear from a donkey that a King is coming to their town.  They look everywhere trying to find him.  None of the other animals believe them.  Mama horse tells them, “I’m afraid this place is too common for a King.  No King would care about us.”

That’s the message of this book–that a King did care for us, that we aren’t too common for the King of Kings to come to us care about us!

Finally, the mice find Him in the stable, a newborn King born in Bethlehem.

You’ll enjoy this beautiful hardback book with your children this Christmas.

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Itsy Bitsy Christmas

*ages 4-7

*Shows children they are special and important to God, no matter how little they are

*Beautifully illustrated with warm, adorable animal characters

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Review/Giveaway of “Audrey Bunny” children’s book by Angie Smith

 

 

A wonderful book to review (and Give Away!) today: Audrey Bunny, a children’s story by Angie Smith

There are two things I especially love about this beautiful book.

First, the message is very important–to let kids know that we all have “flaws” and that we are special anyway.  In the story, the stuffed bunny is always left in the toy store and she thinks it’s because she has a smudge on her heart.  Kids have tried to clean it, but it won’t come off.  Even when Caroline picks her as her special birthday toy, she tries to hide it so that Caroline won’t reject her.  Poor Audrey Bunny.  We feel so sad for her not loving herself and realizing her worth.

Then, one day Caroline takes her to school for Show and Tell.  Audrey Bunny realizes that Caroline has told all the kids about the smudge and that is what helped make her special to her.  Audrey finally realizes that it was never necessary for her to worry about it so much.

Second, I love the beautiful illustrations by Breezy Brookshire.  The drawings are heartwarming and lovely.  :)

 

Bonus Feature:

At the end of the story there is a page to guide parents in discussing the lessons of Audrey Bunny.  You’ll find different Scriptures to read (and memorize!), questions to discuss, and an activity to do: Write a letter to yourself, from God!

Favorite Quote:

“Slowly and as tenderly as that first day, Caroline looked right into Audrey’s eyes.  Then she lifted up her bunny ear and whispered, ‘I’ve always known, Audrey Bunny. The spot over your heart made you beautiful to me.’  Caroline’s eyes glistened as she finished.  ‘I chose you, Audrey, and I love you more than you could ever know.’”

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About the Author:

Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer for Selah).  She’s a mom, blogger, and speaker and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.  Read more at AngieSmithOnline.com.

About the Illustrator:

Breezy Brookshire is the illustrator behind Clementine Pattern Co., Noble Rose Press, and The Breezy Tulip Studio.  She lives in Marion, Indiana.

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Giveaway:

I’m happy to be able to offer a copy of Audrey Bunny to a reader of I Choose Joy!  Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.  The winner will be chosen on December 1, 2013 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  U.S. only, 18+ please.

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Review “Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions: The Second Helping”

I have another devotional to review today!  This one is called Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions: The Second Helping (90 More Ideas Your Kids Will Eat Up). It was written by John Avery Whittaker (with help from Crystal Bowman, Trisha Goyer, Kevin Miller, Ed Strauss, and Linda Wurzbacher.)  Rather than being a kids devotional, it’s meant to read and done as a family.

In this simple paperback book you’ll find 90 devotions which are perfect for families to do around the dinner table.

Each one includes:

  • Mealtime Prayer–a fresh way to bless your food
  • Appetizer–a fun question or activity
  • Main Course–an object lesson or though to chew on
  • Table Talk–questions to spark interesting discussions
  • Vitamins and Minerals–a creative way to thank God for your time together or a reminder that God provides all we need.

What I like:

  • Each page is a single mealtime devotion.  It’s short and sweet and won’t be overwhelming–even to dads (or moms) who might feel uncomfortable starting this tradition.
  • The devotions will help the kids learn more about God and how to follow Him.
  • They’re fun and often have a “food” theme–to go along with meal time!
  • There are many interesting facts–like how long does the oldest living animal live or the proper etiquette for eating a roll!
  • Many contain jokes or a simple game or activity.
  • The “Table Talk” had some great questions to get kids thinking and talking, such as, “If you were a pizza, how many slices would you say belonged to God?” and “Does knowing that God hears your prayers make you want to pray more or less?”

What I didn’t like:

  • I kept wishing the devotions would get a little deeper.  Maybe I was hoping more for a Bible study and not a simple mealtime devotion.
  • There wasn’t always a definite Scripture to read for each devotion.  I think it would have been even better if it were printed out right in the book so that there would be no excuse for not reading it if you couldn’t locate a Bible.

You can read the table of contents, introduction, and first 7 days of devotions here!

(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in order to write this honest review.)

Review/Giveaway “Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids” by Sarah Young

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Today’s review is a kids devotional called Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids by Sarah Young, adapted by Tama Fortner.

The first thing you will notice about this beautiful book is that it has a soft, thick leather-like cover.  The bird looks like it’s sewed on!  It will be a fun book to pick up to read each day.

But the second thing you’ll notice is that the devotions inside are very touching and inspiring.  The book is adapted from the original Jesus Calling Devotional and has the same themes and scriptures as the adult version.  So, if you as a parent are doing it on your own, you will love sharing this book with your child.

One thing that’s so special about the devotions in this particular book is that they are written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you.  Here is an example from November 12:

“This is a time of plenty in your life.  Your cup overflows with blessings.  Enjoy this time–it is My gift to you.  . . .  Instead of trying to work for My blessings, I want you to receive them thankfully.  I give good gifts because I love to see your joy when you receive them.  So open your hands and your heart, and accept My blessings gratefully.  This brings Joy to you and to Me!”

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*ages 8-12

*Now available in a beautiful leathersoft package

*Written in kid-friendly language

*Children and parents will share the same devotional themes for each day’s reading

*Deluxe package makes this a perfect keepsake or gift for special occasions

See the Flipbook here.

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Review of 3 New Adventure Bible Titles

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I have three new titles from the Adventure Bible brand to share with you today.

First, the Adventure Bible Storybook, Deluxe Edition which includes a beautiful 285-page hardback book and a set of 2 CDs. The CDs contain the entire Bible storybook and enhance it wonderful readers who use special voices as well as music and sound effects. My younger kids LOVED listening to the CDs in the car! The stories are written simplistically, for ages 4-7, and include some extraneous information not found in Scripture which may be confusing. For example, telling us that Daniel in the lion’s den could hear the lions’ tails swishing back and forth. That would be my only complaint with these well-made resources.  I tend to prefer reading the Bible rather than storybooks to my kids, but I do feel this was a great way for younger ones to start learning about the wonderful people and history in the Bible.  I’m glad we have the CDs, too, because they can listen to them and follow along in the book on their own.  In addition to the story, you’ll also find “Adventure Discovery” which gives an interesting fact related to the story and “Words to Treasure,” a great verse  to memorize or meditate on!

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Next, is a great book called the Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the Bible. I think this was my favorite of the three titles. It’s comic-book style, hardback, and 204 pages. Here’s the premise:

“When an archaeologist on an expedition in the Holy land disappears, his four children try to find him with the help of his assistant and an offbeat tour group run by two zany guides whose mission, it turns out, is to lead kids from all over the world on a life-changing quest for the truth. Soon the group is visiting ancient cities, exploring important geographical sites, and traveling back in time to experience biblical events firsthand–with the help of RSPs (Really Smart Phones). Along the way, the children look for clues to their father’s whereabouts and learn about ancient Bible times and witness important historical events, like the parting of the Red Sea, the building and filling of Noah’s ark, and the crucifixion of Jesus. As they continue searching and their father is not to be found, the kids are tempted to give up. But finishing this crazy tour may just be the key to finding their father–and learning what life is all about!”

Here’s what you’ll find in this great book:

  • A fun storyline of the kids with the tour guides traveling to different times and places throughout biblical history
  • Commentary from the adults as to what the events of the Bible mean for us today
  • The gospel is shared!
  • Photographs of certain things referred to in Scripture, such as the animals and architecture and things found from archaeological digs
  • Maps
  • Great art (such as Michelangel’s “The Entombment”)
  • The back has a Reading Guide to the Bible (tells you where to find things), The Apostle’s Creed–explained, Scripture index and Subject index for the book, and Image Guide

I really, really like this book!  It’s surprising to me because I typically don’t like the comic book style at all.  But I’m going to have my 7-year-old son read it and study it next year when he becomes a little better reader.  He’ll learn a lot!  I might also have my 11-year-old son use it for his Bible Study.  I love all the commentary that’s included.

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Finally, I reviewed the Adventure Bible Book of Devotions. In this paperback book you find 365 single-page devotions perfect for kids ages 8-12. Each day includes a Scripture, short story, and application questions. It’s an easy way for young kids to take responsibility for growing in their faith by reading it to themselves each day. Or it could be used by a parent in leading devotions with their kids.

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(Disclosure: I received the above books and CDs complimentary from the publisher in order to write this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)