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Children’s Corner — Say Goodbye to The Grand Duchess of Greed

18 Oct

Join Bibleman and His Team as They Take on the Grand Duchess of Greed! 

“It’s MY money, and you can’t tell me what to do with it!” Uh-oh, sounds like somebody is having second thoughts about paying their pledge to the Youth Group Fundraiser — and Lila is a member of the group! That sparkling Greed-dust must have something to do with it. Bible story: Elijah & the Widow. Key verses: Matthew 6:1-4

To purchase, click HERE.

My Impressions:

Teaching your child about the value of generosity can be a daunting task in a world that is filled with the temptations of pretty stuff. B&H Kids have made it a bit easier with a Bibleman Adventure, Say Goodbye to The Grand Duchess of Greed. In this book suitable for elementary school-aged kids, Bibleman and the Bibleteam uncover a plot to turn generous kids into greedy kids. The Grand Duchess of Greed is disguised as a friendly little old lady, but her real desire is to tempt and deceive. Main character Lila learns her lesson with help from Bibleman, and so will your child! This easy to understand story can be used during family reading time or to develop your child’s reading skills. At the end, Bible verses are shared to explore what God says about being generous. Questions focus on developing the concepts shared in the story and scripture.

Both fun and instructive, Say Goodbye to The Grand Duchess of Greed is a recommended read!

Recommended.

Audience: school-aged children.

(Thanks to B&H Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Children’s Corner — The Great Missing Flag Caper

9 Oct

The most patriotic symbol of The United States of America is the flag. Imagine America Johnson’s surprise when she finally got picked to be on Flag detail at her school and her first day on the job the flag disappears! Where could it be? Who took it? Join the search with America and her classmates as they learn some interesting fun facts about “Old Glory” in The Great Missing Flag Caper! Warning . . .  the search takes a turn that’s so disturbing America turns down Mac n Cheese for dinner! Now that’s a big deal!

 

 

MaryTherese Grabowski is an award winning former TV journalist. Her years of covering the military, government and politics helped keep civics top of mind for this admitted Air Force brat. Her love of patriotism and talent as an emcee afforded her the opportunity to entertain our troops overseas for 15 years in the Operation Seasons Greetings morale tours. “MT” was the 2009 Spirit of Bob Hope Award nominee for the United States Air Force Reserve. Patriotism is deep rooted in her soul. The notion to write the Spirit of America patriotic children’s book series came about when she asked her young niece, “Can you tell me who makes up the presidents cabinet?” The response was “Why do I care who makes his furniture?” So, although humorous Grabowski realized we are missing kids at an earlier age teaching them the basics of civics which they are usually taught in tenth grade and that is two years before these students are eligible to vote.

Her fourth book is now available! The Great Missing Flag Caper has America Johnson soliciting help from her fellow students to find Old Glory. The flag detail found an empty closet one morning when they went to get the flag to raise it in front of the school. Find out all kinds of flag facts and etiquette in this patriotic adventure!

The first three books in this series of twenty-five to date are Liberty on the Loose in the White House, America By George, and Your Vote Counts – and they are available everywhere.

Grabowski and her illustrator Michelle Graham-Fricks are making this a “movement” to educate students earlier on the basics. “If you can take historical events and information and present them through creative story telling you just might hook these kids.” Grabowski’s main character America Johnson takes young readers on patriotic adventures that are fun and educational. Each book has a quiz at the end helping young patriots to not only be more prepared for that civics class down the road, it gives new birth to patriotic pride that seems to have been lost lately.

Be sure to visit WWW.SPIRITOFAMERICABOOKS.COM for more information on author/illustrator school visits, book signings and the newest in the patriotic adventures!

Grabowski is available for books signings, readings, speaking engagements and as an emcee.
contact “MT” at : soabookseries@gmail.com.

My Impressions:

One of my fondest memories is of my two sons participating in the lowering of the flag at Mount Vernon. They were so proud to be serving their country in that way! Sadly, patriotism and respect for our flag are at a downturn nowadays. So MaryTherese Grabowski’s 4th book in the Spirit of America series, The Great Missing Flag Caper, is especially timely. The book features the very patriotic America Johnson, an elementary school-aged girl who has been chosen for flag duty. She is bubbling over with enthusiasm as she shares her knowledge on the history of the American flag. When she reports for duty with 3 other kids, she gets a lesson on the rules that surround the handling of our flag. But the flag is missing and the kids go on a quest to discover just what happened. Fun illustrations accompany this fast-paced book. The facts of our flag are shared in an easily understood way with emphasis on pride in our country. The bit of mystery will keep young readers intrigued as well. I liked that the people depicted in the book are from diverse backgrounds too. There is a quick quiz shared at the end to reinforce what your child learns. All in all, this is a great book for children. It would be especially good for the classroom — public, private, or homeschool.

Recommended.

Audience: elementary school-aged children.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to BookCrash for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — Little Jesus, Little Me

4 Oct

Jesus was a baby just like me.

Jesus learned to walk one step at a time just like me.

Jesus once was a little child too! With sweet and simple text and colorful illustrations, helps your child learn to connect with Jesus at an early age and learn about God’s great love. Perfect for parents and grandparents to share with children, this book will soon become a favorite for your little one!

Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

Lizzie Walkley graduated with a degree in illustration in 2004 and has been lucky enough to have had a career as an illustrator ever since. Working in-house for greeting card companies for 10 years has taught her to be adaptable in style as well as the importance of sticking to briefs and working to tight deadlines. Since going freelance and joining Advocate in 2014, Lizzie has enjoyed working on a wide variety of projects, from children’s book and greetings card illustration to toy designing. She is hard working, reliable and endeavours to communicate at all stages of the brief. She works from her home studio in Gloucestershire and has a nice man and a little girl.

My Impressions:

Little Jesus, Little Me is a great way to introduce your child to the concept of Jesus being just them, fully human, while being God’s Son. I loved the parallel illustrations — the left hand page depicting Jesus and the right hand page depicting children of all races — showing how similar contemporary children are to Jesus who live long ago. Simple illustrations in muted colors are just right for the littlest reader. Perfect for bedtime, Little Jesus, Little Me will be an often requested book by your child or grandchild.

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner — If You’re Happy And You Know It (A Sing Along Book)

27 Sep

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap) If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap) If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it! If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

Read or sing along with your little one’s favorite song! If You’re Happy and You Know It pairs adorable illustrations with the lyrics of the familiar children’s song. This newest board book in the beloved Sing-Along series also features a padded cover perfect for little hands, and is sure to delight children and parents alike.

 

About Illustrator Barbara Szepesi Szucs (in her own words and from her website)

Usually, everybody says that as a child he/she already knew what she/he wanted to become. At the beginning I didn’t see this clear what I wanted to be, because drawing meant to me much more. I did it from dawn to dusk.

I drew when I was standing, sitting, eating. I was scrabbling in hundreds of ways, it was a part of my life.

I also learnt to play music and I almost became musician, but in the last moment I chose graphic design, and I said to myself: this will be my way.

I learnt in an art secondary school, then I applied to MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design – Budapest), where I’ve done my graphic designer degree.

Now I’ am working as an independent graphic designer and illustrator.

My Impressions:

My children are all grown up now (they are 27, 26 and 24 — oh my!), but I remember when they were preschoolers full of energy and ready to go! Getting them to sit still for story time was a challenge. The newest book in the Sing Along series from Zonderkidz, If You’re Happy and You Know It combines the needed release of pent-up wiggles and giggles with a colorful board book with cute illustrations. This book encourages kids to move as it engages a number of senses. My kids loved this song when they were young, and I think your special child will enjoy moving, singing, and reading along with this sturdy board book. Great for the preschool set!

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

Children’s Corner — God Made The World

20 Sep

Charming illustrations help infants and toddlers discover God’s natural world, from dolphins to foxes to kittens! This squishy fabric book features crinkle cloth for sensory development and hours of baby fun. God Made the World also includes a child-safety mirror so baby can see herself and know she’s a part of God’s design.

For parents, a Velcro closure keeps the book shut, and a hanging tab can attach the book to a stroller, purse, or toy so it can go wherever they do. It comes packaged in a bag to keep it clean and includes a header card for easy hanging display.

Debbie Rivers-Moore is the author of several children’s picture books, including Tractor Ted, Lamb Loves Springtime, and God Made The World.

My Impressions:

It is never to early to share about God with your children. And now the littlest member of your family can have his or her own book that speaks of the love God has for all His creation, including them. God Made The World is a colorful, soft cloth book filled with cute pictures that has the added feature of crinkly noise. My kids loved that when they were babies. As your child hold this book (and probably stuffs it in his mouth too!), you can whisper truths about God in his little ear. The last page of this book is a mirror — to reinforce that along with the world, God made them too! I am excited to share this book with the newest addition to our family, and I think you will be too.

Recommended.

Audience: Infants and Toddlers 

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to Kregel for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner: Ready, Set, Find Noah’s Ark

13 Sep

Noah has an important job. He needs to build a huge ark and fill it with animals too. Now there are things and animals along the way he needs your help to find, like the hammer, the hen, and the hedgehog. Are you ready to help Noah? If so, on your mark, Ready, Set, Find! Read the classic story of Noah’s Ark in this engaging look-and-find book for young children.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

Ready, Set, Find Noah’s Ark combines God’s word with a fun picture book for your preschooler. The account of Noah’s building of the Ark, the Flood, and God’s provision for Noah’s family, complete with Bible references, is accompanied by colorful illustrations. As your child hears about this beloved Bible story, he or she can search for the small details within each picture. The pictures are fun and will engage your kids. Be sure to point out what the people and animals are doing on each page. Great for teaching about God and expanding your child’s vocabulary, Ready, Set, Find Noah’s Ark is a recommended read!

Recommended.

Audience: preschoolers.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Children’s Corner: 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories

30 Aug

Children will love these timeless 5-minute Bible adventures, featuring classic stories of Noah’s ark, Daniel and the lions, the birth of Jesus, and more! With text and art from the bestselling Adventure Bible brand, more than 30 stories come alive with bright, colorful illustrations and fun, interactive elements. Each of these stories can be shared in just five minutes, making this collection perfect for families on the go, children learning to read, and bedtime. 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories features a cover with eye-catching foil.

 

 

My Impressions:

I had a conversation with a co-worker about the challenges of getting children to read. Her son is a visual learner and has trouble with comprehension. Because he is uninterested in what he is reading, he rushes through assignments, losing both the ideas behind the stories and the joy that reading can bring. 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories may just be the right kind of book for those struggling like my friend’s child. Each story is boldly illustrated bringing favorites from the Bible to life. The vocabulary is challenging, but fun, with lots of words that cause a child to visualize the scene presented. For example, in the first story in the book, The Adventure Begins, the water that God created is described as trickling, bubbling, and whooshing. Fun and vivid! There are over 30 stories from both the Old and New Testaments and each takes just a short time to read — perfect for those who are learning to read or struggling to maintain attention. But . . . I bet your child will not be able to stop at just one! There is an added bonus at the end of each story — a truth to meditate upon and a Bible verse to memorize. So whether you are looking for a book for family reading time or a book to help stimulate your child’s love of reading, 5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories is a great choice.

Recommended. 

Audience: children ages 4-8.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)