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Children’s Corner — The Marvelous Mud House

7 Dec

Ben and his American family live in a hungry ranch house where they are always wanting more. But then they travel far across the world to Kenya and visit the marvelous mud house where George and Mama George live. There, among the mango trees, they discover a marvelous lesson about what it’s like to be full of joy instead.

 

 

April Graney is the author of The Marvelous Mud House, a whimsical true story about finding contentment and joy based on her family’s trip to Kenya. Her passions are pointing her own five children towards the grace of God, serving in ministry at New Life Ranch in Oklahoma with her husband, and teaching children and parents about God’s heart for the world and those living in poverty. She enjoys early morning runs with friends, growing tomatoes and herbs, taking naps, drinking coffee, blogging and attempting to be an artist. She has a master’s degree in Biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and has taught Bible study methods to teenagers, and spoken at leadership camps, and mother/daughter retreats. Her blog is http://www.aprilgraney.com.

Alida Massari is an award-winning artist who studied Illustration at the European Institute of Design in Rome. She finds inspiration from ancient art and architecture. She describes her work as modern with an ancient atmosphere.

My Impressions:

With bold and richly colored illustrations and a message of joy in all circumstances, The Marvelous Mud House is the perfect addition to your home library. The story centers on two very different families — one in Kenya and the other in the United States. There is an obvious difference in the economic state of each family, but it is the contentment in want versus discontent in plenty that will make an impression on your kids. George and his Mama have a faith that God will provide and they find joy in all aspects of their life. The Smith family, on the other hand, are always hungry for more, even when their cup overflows. The contrasts are excellent and will make your kids (and you!) think about the many blessings they enjoy, and perhaps spark creative ways to help others! The book provides a Parent Connection that will assist you in leading a discussion including truths found in the Bible. There are Kenyan words to learn and actual artwork from George’s village to enjoy.

Although not a Christmas story, The Marvelous Mud House is the perfect book to read during the weeks leading up to Christmas because of its focus on God and His provision. Consider making this one part of your family read-along this holiday season.

Highly Recommended. 

Audience: children 4-8.

To purchase, click HERE.

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

 

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Children’s Corner: Angel on Assignment

15 Nov

If your family loves the Elf on the Shelf and you want to keep the fun going, check out Angel on Assignment. It’s a children’s activity book that offers a Christian alternative to the elf, teaching children about the angels who watch over them, not just at Christmas but all year long.With beautiful illustrations and rhyming verse, Angel on Assignment takes readers through the angels’ roles in the Christmas story and presents the ways guardian angels look out for boys and girls today — and how children can act as angels in disguise for friends who need help. See how many angels your child can find — some are hiding!

At the end of the book, you’ll find detailed instructions for making your own angel. When you’re finished, you can introduce your angel to your elf and let them keep an eye on things. Then post a photo of your creation to the book’s Facebook page, and check out the angels that other families have made!

Wanda Carter Roush, a mother to five and MiMi to three, has homeschooled her children for the last twenty plus years. A former Sunday school teacher and children’s church director, she has used stories of angels to communicate God’s love to children.

The idea for Angel on Assignment came to Wanda while caring for her youngest daughter, who has severe epilepsy. While the Elf on the Shelf was fun, she wanted to instill a mysterious hope in her child’s heart that would last a lifetime. Wanda believes the angels catch the little ones when they fall and have caught her little one who “falls” often. Wanda’s hope is that this book would stir an awareness that angels are among us.

 

My Impressions:

The Elf on The Shelf craze hit long after my kids were grown, but I have followed the antics of these little interlopers through my friends. Funny and crazy and sometimes downright creepy, the Elf has infiltrated a lot of American homes. But while a fun tradition, the Elf has little connection to the real story of Christmas. That’s where Wanda Carter Roush comes in. This mother and grandmother created Angel on Assignment to show God’s love and care for people. The story begins with God’s plan — Jesus. It shows how angels brought the good news of Jesus’s birth and were there when He rose again. But Roush doesn’t stop there. In a narrative that flows with rhyming verse, the story of angels continues, letting children know that angels are indeed on assignment all around them, helping and protecting. Illustrations are colorful and perfectly compliment the narrative. While the message is hopeful, it doesn’t end there.  In addition, Roush includes instructions for making your own angel to place around your house to remind your family that God’s messengers are a part of their lives. With a fun craft project and a hope-filled story of God’s love, Angel on Assignment is a perfect addition to your Christmas traditions.

Recommended.

Audience: families 

To purchase, click HERE.

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

 

 

Children’s Corner: The Bedtime Book

9 Aug

Mama comes to tuck you in,

Pulls the covers to your chin,

Squeezes fingers, squeezes toes,

Lays a kiss upon your nose.

New York Times bestselling author Mary Engelbreit presents The Bedtime Book, a beautifully-illustrated picture book that pairs sleepy time text with Mary’s beloved, timeless art. From endearing poems and snuggly stories to sweet blessings and precious prayers, each page of The Bedtime Book features ways for you to read your little one to sleep. 

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country.

 

My Impressions: 

The Bedtime Book illustrated by the very talented Mary Engelbreit will be your child’s go-to book when the sun goes down and sleep beckons. Filled with whimsically detailed illustrations of creatures of all types, the poems, prayers, and stories all focus on the process of bedtime. I loved this book! The pace is slow and easy; the pictures sure to engage your child’s imagination. My favorite in the collection is titled Counting Sheep, a story sure to induce giggles and smiles. Perfect for snuggle time with your child or grandchild! The Bedtime Book is a great edition to your family library or the just right gift for the special child in your life.

Highly 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.)

Children’s Corner — The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Grans

20 Jul

In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran, the newest title in The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series, Mama, Papa, and the cubs decide it’s high time they honor Grizzly Gramps and Gran.

It’s almost Grandparents Day and the Bear family has never celebrated this special day before. So working as a team, the cubs, with a little help from Mama and Papa, come up with a fun and creative way to show Gramps and Gran just how much they are loved and appreciated.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions: 

The first Sunday after Labor Day has been designated Grandparents Day, and the Berenstain Bears will help you celebrate with Bless Our Gramps And Gran. In this book, the Bear Family shows their appreciation for their grandparents as well as sharing a favorite Bible story with a new perspective. Colorful and fun illustrations accompany the read-along text. Vocabulary is challenging enough for developing readers as they learn about Noah and his family while thinking of ways grandparents add to our lives. Kids will find the story engaging, and adults will have a chuckle or two as the Bear cubs put their own twist on Noah’s family. The book includes ways to celebrate Grandparents Day in your own family or church — love that!

Just in time for Grandparents Day, Bless Our Gramps And Gran is a great addition to your family’s library.

Recommended.

Audience: preschool — 3rd grade and their parents/grandparents.

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

Children’s Corner — BibleMan Flip Book

31 May

 

 

What’s better than a new Bibleman adventure? Two new Bibleman adventures!
When you open this Bibleman Flip-Over book, you’ll find two exciting stories and learn two lessons from God’s Word! Read about how the Bibleteam teaches obedience in Disabling the Disobey Ray. Then flip the book over to see them use faith to take on another villain in Lighting Up the Shadow of Doubt

1. Disabling the Disobey Ray (An Adventure in Obedience)
Let’s face it: Bibleman has a soft spot for Christian kids. And everybody knows it—including villain Luxor Spawndroth. So while it’s easy to lure the Bibleteam into rescuing kids in danger, the hard part for bad guys begins when the purple crew shows up. Will Bibleman be able to spot Luxor’s trap? Bible story: Adam & Eve. Key verse: Ephesians 6:1–2.

2. Lighting Up the Shadow of Doubt (An Adventure in Faith)
Cypher and Bibleman are going to jail!? Oh, they’re visiting some young men at a juvenile detention center. And Pastor Lewis is taking Logan there on Bible study day to visit his brother and meet Bibleman. Wait — who is that shadowy character in the waiting room? Bible story: Jesus & Peter Walk on Water. Key verse: John 8:12.

 

My Impressions: 

Keep your kids reading this Summer with the action-packed Bibleman Flip-Over Book featuring two stories inspired by God’s word. Especially good for elementary school-aged boys, this book has lots of superhero fun while pointing the reader to truth. The two stories, Disabling The Disobey Ray (obedience) and Lighting Up The Shadow of Doubt (faith) show Bibleman and the entire BibleTeam in action against the schemes of the bad guys. BibleMan always wins the day using weapons of truth. Each story begins with a Bible verse — a great way to reinforce Scripture memorization. Readers are then directed to read a passage of Scripture that the stories illustrate. There are several follow-up questions great for quiet reflection and sharing with the family. More verses are shared to further the quest for Bible truths. This book is a good way to introduce your kids to the spiritual warfare that surrounds the believer, with an emphasis on the power of God’s word and His Holy Spirit. Not scary in any way, its illustrations are those easy for kids to relate to and understand.

Whether your kids read this book on their own or it is used for family time, the Bibleman Flip-Over Book is a great addition to the family library.

Recommended.

Audience: kids ages 5-10.

To purchase, click HERE.

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

Children’s Corner: The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets

17 Apr

In the newest Berenstain Bear Living Lights title, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear love their pets Little Lady, Gracie, Swish, and Cutsie … they are just like part of the Bear family. So when Preacher Brown holds a special Blessing of the Pets service on Sunday, the Bear family joins in. But what starts as a peaceful gathering of Bear Country neighbors and their animal friends on the lawn of the Chapel — including dogs, cats, rats, goats, and even a snake or two — ends up needing a little heavenly intervention.

 

To purchase, click HERE.

 

My Impressions:

The Bear family is just like us! They work, they play, and they have pets! In the latest book in the Living Lights series, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets, everyone in Bear Country comes to church to ask for God’s blessing on very special members of their family, their pets. Large and small, common and unusual, the pets are present. I especially liked the scripture verse at the beginning of the book — The righteous care for the needs of their animals (Proverbs 12:10). It is a wonderful reminder to children about God’s creation and mankind’s directive to care for it. The book is filled with fun illustrations and there is plenty to cause a chuckle — pandemonium breaks out at one point. This book, targeted at children ages 4-8, is also a great way to get kids reading. If you have a pet-loving child in your life, definitely check out Bless Our Pets.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-8.

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

Children’s Corner: The Legend of The Sand Dollar

10 Apr

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Sand Dollar renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Chris Auer. With new vibrant artwork from Bad Dog, Marley illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Sand Dollar tells the story of Kerry, as her cousin Jack reveals to her the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.

 

 

Chris Auer, an Emmy nominated screenwriter, is the author Molly & The Good Shepherd, The Littlest Magi, the 2:52 Mysteries of Eckert House series, and he adapted The Legend of The Candy Cane for video. He teaches screenwriting and producing at Savannah College of Art and Design. Chris is passionate about storytelling and hopes to reflect the reality of God in the lives of children through story. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

 

My Impressions:

Scripture tells us that God reveals Himself through His creation. The Legend of The Sand Dollar by Chris Auer is a good illustration of that. Based on a popular poem of the Southeast, Auer’s book clearly and beautifully tells the story of Easter, the real story of Easter. While the narrative of this children’s book tells of Jesus’ work on the cross, the illustrations confirm the beauty of God’s world. I really liked that the story is passed from one child to the next emphasizing the easy manner of sharing about God. The author includes interesting facts about sand dollars and the original poem — good jumping off points for more exploration. The Legend of The Sand Dollar is perfect for family reading time, easily understood by young children, but with challenging vocabulary and sentence structure for the readers among you. I think this book will soon become a favorite for Easter and throughout the whole year.

Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4-10.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

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