Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Fathers In My Life - A Heritage

I have been blessed to have my father in my life and I still grieve that he is no longer here where I can see his face, feel his hug, and hear his voice. But he isn't the only "father" that has been part of my life.

I'm a "long-lived senior" so there have been generations of fathers whose presence has enriched, blessed, and protected me throughout the years.

First, my father. What a joy to have him in my life throughout childhood and into adulthood! He had the privilege of getting to know all five of our children.

Sam Lennon Houston

Saturday, June 15, 2024

"It's Good To Be A Girl" A Celebration of All That God Made Girls to Be - [Review & Giveaway]

Young girls will learn that they have been carefully designed by God
and that whatever they do in life, they can reflect
 who God is by following Jesus.

My thoughts:  Beautifully written to show girls that it is good, it is wonderful, it is great to be a girl. Also, that a girl can do many things that years ago were thought inappropriate for them or that they were thought to be incapable of doing.

Girl's strength to be and do wonderful things can come from a relationship with Jesus and the God of the Bible. 

I think that this story book gives faith driven families an opportunity to show their girls that God the Father and His son Jesus empowers them to have the desire, strength, knowledge, and perseverance to be and do what their heart desires.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

A Nature Diary Series #4: My Tiny Life by Ruby T. Hummingbird & authored by Paul Meisel

Find it on Holiday House

My thoughts: 
Upon opening this delightful book I saw information on the beautiful, tiny hummingbird that is perfect for the parent to read prior to reading My Tiny Life to a child. It educates the parent (or older individual who is reading to the child) enabling them to better educate the child. Wonderful!

Then the story of this tiny life begins and it takes one through the year as the hummingbird emerges and develops into an adult that migrates to its Winter home and back to its seasonal, summer home. Such a strong tiny bird and such a wonderful life.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

2 Children's Books Embrace Emotional Support for Youngsters [Reviews & 1 book Giveaway]

Social Emotion Learning with New Picture Books!

Foster and teach social emotional learning with picture books that discuss self expression, believing in yourself, understanding your moods, making friends, and learning to be brave. Important reads for little ones to learn problem solving and emotional acceptance.

Terrible Horses by Raymond Antrobus & illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max | Ages 3 to 7

My thoughts:  An interesting take on sibling rivalry and strife within the home. The young boy is pictured next to his older sister. He wants to be with her, share her things, have her attention, play with her, and be with her. But all of this annoys her to the point of quarreling. 

The young boy is an unusual child in that he takes to "pen and paper" and begins to write and draw a story about horses. It is about a little pony and lots of big aggressive, fast-trotting, pushy horses - Terrible Horses. Each time the boy has an argument with his sister, he writes in his book.

Later the sister finds the book and it moves her to console and pay loving attention to him.

An interesting take on sibling rivalry.

About the book: In a relatable tale about two siblings at constant odds, a child discovers that expressing himself through stories can help resolve conflict and generate understanding. Secret word: support

My sister is cooler than me. 

I want her friends to be my friends.

I want her things to be my things.

For one little boy and his older sister, fights are always waiting to happen—when he takes something without asking, jumps on her bed without asking, even wanders off without asking. And when they fight, they don’t use words: it’s all push, pull, hurt, hide. To cool off after, the boy retreats to his room to write and draw stories—stories about terrible horses trampling and galloping, while he is a lone pony unable to compete or speak or sleep. One morning, the boy wakes up to find his sketchbook missing, taken by his sister. What now? Will this make things worse, or could it help them to finally understand each other? With empathy and simplicity, Terrible Horses has much to say about using creativity to rein in anger, reflect, and see life through someone else’s eyes.

Gray by Laura Dockrill & illustrated by Lauren Child | Ages 3 to 7

ISBN: 9781536235463
Hardcopy $18.88 US
My thoughts:  This is an absolutely outstanding book. Very simple. Very direct. Very caring. Very understanding. 

The child is young and is not feeling like he usually does. He feels off color or "gray." He is bewildered. His mother speaks kindly and understandably to him helping him understand that even though he feels off, or "grey," it doesn't mean the brightness or the other colors have gone away. 

She explains that she loves him no matter how he feels.

The illustrations on this sturdy book are bold, eye-catching, colorful yet infused with lots of gray to illustrate the point of the book. There are eye grabbing (and finger stabbing) cutouts on the pages that lend interest and artistry.

I totally enjoyed and recommend this book.

About the book: Poetic words, evocative art, and die-cuts throughout combine to explore a child’s moods through color—or the lack of color—and offer a reassuring message of love and acceptance.

Today I feel gray.

But that’s OK.

Some days you may feel sunshine yellow or orange-balloon bright. Other days you’re gray, or even night-sky black—like a dark scribble on a page, a storm in the clouds, or a puddle in the road. Gray is when you don’t feel like yourself, or like you don’t belong. But however you feel, there are big hugs (red) and loving lullabies (blue) waiting, and even the grayest sidewalk is a canvas for you to fill with the colors you choose. A tender narration from British spoken-word poet Laura Dockrill and subtle, spare artwork from former UK Children’s Laureate Lauren Child offer a comforting read for young children that addresses feelings of sadness and assures them that they are never alone.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Can You Find Me in the Bible?: Find the person who does NOT belong in the story by Andrew Newton & illustrated by Mario Gushiken [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780825448485
Hardcover $11.99
25% Discount

My thoughts: 
I just love Kregel's kid's books. Their activity books (find me books) are winners! In this new publication, Can You Find Me In the Bible? Find the person who does NOT belong in the story, children will need to pay close attention to details and it is a good way to differentiate characters in a variety of Bible stories.

Example: on the pages for Noah and the Ark, Daniel (you know, Daniel in the Lion's Den) is asking you to find folks and critters. And can you find Daniel. Daniel does NOT belong in NOAH'S story! You'll see Noah and you can find Daniel as well.

Monday, June 3, 2024

The Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God's Gift of Purity by Jennie Bishop [Review & Giveaway]


The Princess and The Kiss
25th Anniversary Edition

My thoughts: Originally published in 2000, this fairy tale styled story is a charming way to teach the value of keeping one's purity and saving one's special "first kiss" for one's spouse. In this story's case, the princess saves her first kiss for a special young man.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Toward the Dawn (Western Light, 2) by Mary Connealy [Giveaway]

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Despite trials that threaten their path forward, hope dawns for a future filled with love.

Kat Wadsworth and Sebastian Jones never imagined their lives would entwine so closely. Forced to flee on a wagon train from a vengeful uncle and an unknown gunman, they live in a hidden canyon with the family that rescued them. But as the days turn into months, they each have separate reasons for wanting to move back to society, and the best way to the independence they desperately crave might be through a marriage of convenience. Secret word: historical

However, settling into their homestead in Cheyenne, Wyoming, reveals a different reality for Kat. Her new husband becomes consumed by his inventions, leaving her feeling lonely and isolated. And just when they think they've left the danger behind, a mysterious attacker lurks in the shadows, threatening the new life they've built. Together, they must confront the perils from their pasts to forge a future with hope and the prospect of love.