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Litfuse Publicity: God’s Crime Scene for Kids by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace

Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

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crime1About the Book:

Hone your reasoning skills as you investigate evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation.
In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.
In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

crime2About the authors:

J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of “Cold-Case Christianity: God’s Crime Scene,” “Forensic Faith,” and “Cold-Case Christianity for Kids.” He has a master’s degree in theology and is the founder of Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.

Find out more about J. Warner and Susie Wallace here.

My Opinion:

This is a fantastic book for children using a ‘real-life’ mystery, Detective Jeffries helps the children in his Junior Detective’s Academy to prove God’s existence. The book has a lot of pictures which is great for visual learners and CSI assignments in the margins have children digging into the Word for clues and answers. There are detective definitions, a tool for their ‘bag’, and digging deeper areas in little boxes in the margins. Visit Cold Case Christianity for Kids to view videos and print off pages to make a detective notebook that goes along with the book. Even I enjoyed this book and it gave me more ideas on how to talk to my children when they ask about God.


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Aneko Press: Christmas Time by Sue Murray Barksdale

About the Book:

Since Christmas is such a captivating time of year, it’s the perfect setting for telling children about the miracle of the Lord Jesus Christ’s birth. Using selected passages from the first chapters of the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Christmas Time – It’s All About Jesus tells the story of Jesus’ birth in a delightfully poetic and child-like way. The sensational illustrations create an unforgettable image, so a child can always remember the true meaning of Christmas.

As an added bonus, Pastor Russ and Sue have developed devotionals to be used by families to enrich their Christmas celebrations. These are complete with attributes and names of Jesus, questions for discussion, and activities to do as a family to share Christ with those around them. Coupled together, this story and devotionals will enhance your celebration of Christmas during the season and all year long!

About the Author:

Sue Murray Barksdale has been a pastor’s wife, mom, and educator for over 30 years.  She and her husband Russ live in Arlington, Texas, where Russ pastors the multi-site The Church on Rush Creek, a multi-site church. Sue has a BS in Elementary Education from The University of Houston and enjoys teaching at a public charter school in their neighborhood.

Russ and Sue consider their relationship with their grown children and spouses and their six beautiful grandchildren as one of the greatest blessings in life! Their desire to leave a legacy of Christ-centered lives motivated them to write this book for their own family and all the children in their sphere of influence. This is Sue’s second book, her first being G.I.F.T.S.: A Prayer Book for Kids and Those Who Love Them.

My Opinion:

Before I begin this review I want to apologize, I’m very late – this is a child’s Christmas story book and as we approach the Resurrection seems a bit out of place but I want and need to write this. This is a very cute story recounting Jesus’ birth in a good Biblical way, it doesn’t try to weave in Santa, trees or gifts but sticks to why we really celebrate Christmas. The illustrations are cute and child like with the characters also taking on a child like appearance, something young ones can relate too. The story is short which is great for young attention spans who usually can’t sit still for long periods.

At the end of the story are five short devotionals using the letters in the word glory – “Jesus came as a Gift, the Light, as the Only door, we can Rejoice in Him, Yes to God’s promises.” In each devotion there is a short reading, a prayer and family activities, one is to pick a favorite song about God and go caroling in the neighborhood. As always the activities are tweak-able, and as a home-school parent, I’m good at making things that won’t work the way their written, work for my family. This is a very cute children’s book and I have to say it’s the best at sticking to the Biblical account as I’ve seen in awhile.

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Kregel Tour: Bible Stories Gone Crazy by Josh Edwards

About the Book:

Eight Bible stories are depicted in bright color and comic, cartoony illustrations. There is a sentence or two explaining the scene at the top, and then details to spot, mistakes to find, and questions to answer along the sides of the picture, such as, “Did Noah’s workmen REALLY have power tools?” and “How many rabbits are in the picture?” Children will love scouring the illustrations to find the answers and spot more amusing details in the busy artwork of Emiliano Migliardo.

The stories are Noah and His Great Ark, Moses Crossing the Red Sea, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Big Fish, Feeding the 5,000, and Man Through the Roof.

You can purchase a copy at Kregel Publications.

My Opinion:

I enjoy interesting ways of presenting Biblical truths to my children and when Bible Stories Gone Crazy popped up to be reviewed I knew I wanted a copy for my home. The overall goal is to get children interested in learning more about the Bible and the history inside, so Scripture references are given so that children and adults can easily find the real account of what is going on in the pictures. There are also many mistakes in Emiliano’s drawings, and while some may take offense of some characters that resemble KISS in a book on the Bible, for us it was humorous because my husband enjoyed KISS. There are questions around the picture such as “Did a rock band really play when the walls fell down?”, obviously for the adults the answer is no, but the goal is to get children digging into the Word, and for non-churched children this book will have a way of resonating with them.

Children should also be on the look out for all the teddy bears hidden through out the book – an answer guide in the back will tell how many bears are to be found in which story. The heavy laminated pages are durable and can withstand some heavy use and are very smooth, which may be appealing to children who have sensory issues. The hardcover book lays flat when opened to allow full viewing of all the pages and their illustrations, which is great for children who may get frustrated at not being able to see the whole picture. All three of my children, ages 13, 11 and 9 enjoy looking at this book and it kept two of them busy in the back seat on our eight hour drive to vacation. I definitely recommend this book to really get children of all ages engaged with the Bible and all the history of the Christian and Jewish faith that is contained within.

(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Kregel Tour: Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch by Susan K. Marlow

About the Book:

Join Andrea Carter for more adventures in nineteenth-century California!

The independent tomboy Andrea Carter and her beloved horse, Taffy, were first introduced in Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home in 2005. Since then, popular author Susan Marlow has penned five more books in the Circle C Adventures series, filled in Andi’s early years with the Circle C Beginnings series, and started a chronicle of Andrea’s teen years in Circle C Milestones.

Published to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this positive role model for girls, Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a collection of short stories inspired by fan questions that fills in many of the gaps between Circle C Beginnings and Circle C Adventures. Taking place between 1873 and 1880, each story is prefaced by an explanatory note that pinpoints the action of the story in relation to events in the existing Andrea Carter books.

Wholesome fun, and with a clear Christian message throughout, Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a must-read for fans of the series and a fun introduction for those who haven’t yet discovered these historical gems.

You can purchase your copy at Kregel.

My Opinion:

Even though we own all the Circle C Beginnings books I haven’t read them all, sadly, however this book was a fantastic read even if one hasn’t read the Beginnings or the Adventures series. Reading this book now has me wanting to go and read the other series because it was just that good, and even if you haven’t this book still flows and makes sense. Susan tells which book the story precedes, such as in Chapter 1 “Britches Are Not for Little Girls” she tells the reader that it is set in September 1873 which means this story takes place the autumn before Andi’s Pony Trouble. The book is divided into two parts – the early years and the in-between years, part one has four chapters and part two has seven chapters. Some of the stories are somewhat sad (like the one that gives us more of a glimpse of Andi’s dad before he passed away) and others are filled with adventure or just a great character lesson.

Short and a fast read, I read it in one afternoon this book kept my attention the whole time, which I rarely do when reading a child’s book as I have books of my own to read. I love Susan’s down to earth way of writing, simple enough for the youngest reader but yet intensive enough for the older girl who needs a bit more to her stories. Full of well developed characters from the other books, big on using God and how we should act in our lives as Christians, this book has many character lessons for the young and the young at heart. Whether you’re new to the Andrea Carter books or are an old fan this book will fit right in with your books on the shelf and curl up and enjoy a great story or two.

(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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ZonderKidz Review: Love Letters from God Bible Stories by Glenys Nellist

About the Book:

What child does not love to receive mail? What if that child could receive, open and read his or her own personal mail from God? The Love Letters from God will invite them to do just that! Accompanying each story in this unique children’s Bible is a very special and encouraging letter, each tucked away in its own lift-the-flap envelope, just for them. Written for children ages four to eight, the Love Letters from God includes eighteen of the most popular Bible stories—nine from the Old Testament and nine from the New Testament. Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how each letter elaborates on the Bible story being told. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words To You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a mere memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope. This book will culminate in an invitation for the children to write their own RSVP to God.

You can purchase a copy of this book at Zondervan.

My Opinion:

I enjoy books that bring Bible stories to life and make them relate to children’s lives – they are a great way to start instilling Biblical truths into the very young so they can grow in the faith.  The idea behind this book is very cute – God is writing a letter to the child reading the book and relating back what is written in the story such as Jonah and the Big Fish, Daniel in the lion’s den, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection and others.  The lift the flap idea works with those children who need to do to learn as well as the child who likes to see as they learn, and the darling illustrations are cute and attention keeping.  The pages are quite thick and heavy duty which will help in the repeated flap lifting and page turning the young children often do, making this a book that should hold up to routine and constant use.  If I were to use this with a child I would read the Scripture given at bed the night before and then the next morning read the story book with letter so it is a continuation.

Like all Bible Story books this one is written in simplistic fashion to make it easy for young children to understand and with that does come a couple concerns.  In the Adam and Eve letter there is the following, “I will only remember how much I love you…because you are my precious child, and nothing you can do will ever stop me from loving you.”  While I know this is a simple child’s book, I do think that children need to understand that there are things that can cut them off from God forever such as not accepting Christ’s gift on the cross and denying God – God does love us but we can cut ourselves off from Him. There is also a name given to the boy who had the fishes and loaves when Jesus fed the 5,000 – while this may seem petty, I don’t like the idea of adding to Scriptures even if it is just an added name or like in the story of the Birth of Christ telling how “The pigeons cooed a chorus. The mice squeaked a melody.”

As I said I did think the overall idea of the book is a great one, and one could easily expound on ideas for their own children, such as the communion wine, as most churches I’ve gone to don’t use real wine and we don’t use leavened bread.  Even though this is a child’s book we still have to be careful what we teach our children are God, His Word and His Son – of course it also needs to be done age appropriately as well.  This is a cute, interactive book which will appeal to many Christians and it’s easy to tweak or subtract the ideas that don’t completely line up with the Bible 100% – if I were reading this aloud to a young child I would omit using the name Nathan in the feeding of the 5,000 but that is just me.  Check it out for yourself in a store before you buy.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Book Review: 3 Carole P. Roman books

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I am combining these three books into one post as they are all by the same author and since I’m late getting them out I wanted to do this review in the fastest way.

About the Book:

Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard’s steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain’s up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask. When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They’re all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky? A charming, engaging tale about doing what’s right, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is the latest installment in Carole P. Roman’s award-winning pirate series. The first book, Captain No Beard-an Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, received the Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 award and the Star of Remarkable Achievement. The series presents real-life problems in an imaginary setting and encourages discussion with both parents and educators

My Opinion:

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ll know that I’ve reviewed other Captain No Beard stories and when the newest, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis arrived on my doorstep I was very excited.  Captain No Beard, AKA, Alexander once again sets sail with his mates, Hallie, Cayla and the other menagerie of excited animals on board the Flying Dragon ship.  The premise is that Captain No Beard wants to capture and bring back the Aurora Borealis to his own bedroom so he can see it again and again, but the whole crew gives him a lesson in why he can’t do this – because to take something that doesn’t belong to you is stealing and it’s wrong.  I’m not sure why his mom hasn’t taught him this lesson yet but at least his ‘crew’ knows right from wrong and helps to steer him right.

Full of imaginative details this is yet another fun book that teaches character lessons for children and it’s good for all children as it can be used by Christians as well as those who are not Christians as it has no religious leaning.  Once Captain No Beard and his crew moor back in his room, they use their imagination to create their own Aurora Borealis without stealing the real one.  Lesson learned.  While I do prefer to use character building books that also focus on our faith this is still a very good way to add to those lessons learned and my son likes that there is a boy in the story he can relate to and the bright illustrations keeps both the reader’s and the one being read to attention.

About the Book:

You’ll never guess what crazy dish the ancient Incan kings ate. But you can read all about it, and more, in If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru, the latest book in Carole P. Roman’s fun travel series for kids.

An exciting introduction to world cultures written for young readers ages three through eight, this new expedition takes kids to South America and gives them a colorful glimpse into what living in Peru is like. Highlighting a myriad of topics, including language, cuisine, climate, and history, this book teaches kids about diversity while also revealing to them the important truth that we are all connected.

Parents, grandparents, and teachers alike will love opening their children’s eyes to the world around them in a fun and easy way—and they’ll be happily surprised when they end up learning a few things themselves. Fair warning, parents: your kids will want to start celebrating a new February holiday after reading this book. But don’t worry. You can always tell them you’re making a certain special, royal Incan dish for dinner.

My Opinion:

It seems lately that I’ve been reading a lot about the people of Peru, so it sort of delighted me when I picked up this newest addition in Carole P. Roman’s series, If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World.  Of course, it’s a child’s book so it’s not as definitive as the other books for adults I’ve read recently but I like the basic intro which is good for children of all ages – older children can use it more as a intro to lead them to more information.  While I do enjoy these books I must add that it claims that the people of Peru have lived there for “over ten thousands years”, this is just a bit of FYI for my readers, who like me, believe in a Biblical view of Creation and don’t see the world as being that old.  One other tidbit was that I cautioned my twelve year old as it mentions one of her favorite animals being used as food, this would upset her.  Otherwise, this is a great look into the life and culture of Peru and like Carole P. Roman’s other books in the series it give the pronunciations of words within the text and there is a glossary at the end as well.

About the Book:

It’s never too early to start teaching children about the world around them. In If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece , early learners get a taste of what their life would be like if they lived in Greece while being introduced to the birthplace of democracy. This book is the latest installment of the educational series about the cultures of the world that speaks to young children about the topics that interest them, such as the foods people eat, the names of boys and girls, and the activities that children their age living in a foreign land are likely to engage in. This exciting visit to Greece also introduces the important concept of democracy to children and highlights some of the other cultural contributions that Greece has made to Western civilization. Basic information is offered in a playful way that won’t overwhelm children.

My Opinion:

My mother-in-law’s family comes from Greece, there is a long story there but I won’t include it in this review for If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the Worldbut it was neat to read this with my children and learn a bit more about Greece especially on my 8 year old son’s level.  This book touches on the Olympics and how wars would literally stop so that the men could compete in the sporting events and watch, maybe we should have more Olympics?  I have to say that I’ve never heard of Greece being called “the cradle of western civilization” so I’ll have to do some more digging on that one since their are older civilizations who existed before Greece and I’ve always been told Mesopotamia has that distinction.  With the in text pronunciations and the glossary at the end, the reading is easy and the hard words are easily learned and said correctly – although the Greek language is a hard one to decipher.  The illustrations provide pictorial ideas of what is being presented and hold the attention of those gathered around the book.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Book Review: Beyond the Attic Door by Tracy Del Campo

About the Book:

The year is 1925, and the nation is at odds as the “trial of the century” approaches. Mr. John Scopes, a schoolteacher, has been arrested for teaching evolution. Creationists and evolutionists are debating the existence of God and the authority of the Bible. Many believe religion may be doomed.

Meanwhile, eleven-year-old Lulu and her seven-year-old brother, Buddy, are visiting their grandmother in the Missouri countryside. On a dark and stormy night, they sneak into the attic workshop of their uncle, a brilliant scientist and inventor, and suddenly find themselves on a harrowing journey through time.

Join Lulu and Buddy on this incredible adventure filled with history, humor, and hair-raising excitement, as they discover the meaning of faith: Beyond the Attic Door.

You can purchase a copy at WestBow Press.

My Opinion:

This is a very short book at just 102 pages – I read it in the time I waited at my son’s Cub Scout Den meeting, so about 1 hour.  I really enjoyed the book, as it takes place leading up to the time of the Scopes trial – a time when those who firmly believed in the inerrant  Words of the Bible against those who wanted to toss God’s Word out the window.  Lulu and her brother, Buddy, have traveled to their Grandma’s house and as a time of simplicity leads to lots of outdoor time even during the hot temperatures of summer – time moves slower.  The author captures this ideal perfectly and the love the family has for each other, even though Lulu and Buddy don’t always get along – the love radiates from the pages – love for each other and love of the Lord and His Word.

That said, I wanted more – it was very simple, so it would be a good read aloud for younger children and a quick entertaining read for the older child.  I would have liked to have more detail about what all Lulu and Buddy experienced before their dad and uncle came through to grab them back.  I won’t give too many spoilers, as I hate that in a review, but the whole time machine idea intrigues me or maybe I’ve watched too many BBC shows, it would be great to go back in time – see the world as God creates it by speaking, the Flood, and even Christ as He works His earthly ministry.  I hope that Tracy writes more books along these lines because I know my family and I will be reading them!

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Book Review: The Feather Chase (A Cousins Mystery Book) by Shannon L. Brown

About the Book:

Twelve-year-old cousins Sophie and Jessica don’t have much in common. Sophie loves hiking and her small town. Jessica would rather be shopping in a city. The only mystery is how they’ll be able to spend the summer together.

Then they find a briefcase in the forest with a surprise inside. When they hear footsteps behind them and bad guys run after them, they have no choice but to work together to solve the mystery of The Feather Chase.

Visit Cousins Mystery to purchase your own copy today!

About the Author:

Award-winning journalist Shannon Brown had the idea for a mystery for kids—a briefcase full of feathers—pop into her mind while driving on a busy freeway.
The Feather Chase, the first book in the Crime-Solving Cousins Mystery series, was published in 2014. After writing more than 600 articles about almost every imaginable subject including opera, Daniel Boone, and her specialty of jewelry, Shannon switched her focus to marketing her book and writing the next book in the series. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she now calls Nashville home.

If you’d like to connect with Shannon you may visit her website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

My Opinion:

Usually when I set out to read a book that is geared towards ages 8 to 12 I make sure not to set my hopes too high because usually they are written in such a simplistic manner that would honestly insult my 10 and 12 year old daughters.  That is not the case with Shannon L. Brown’s book, The Feather Chase, and I am so excited to be able to share this book with you because it is just fantastic!  At first I didn’t think I’d like the cousins as one seemed a bit too bossy and the other a bit whiny, but as I kept reading the cousins really grew on me and I think the reason for that is that they are respectful both to their parents, aunt and uncle as well as others around them.  That is hard to find in books for children today, as most of the children seem to act like their parents don’t know anything and treat others like they are dumb.

Since this is a children’s mystery book it isn’t as mysterious as an adult book would be but it definitely garners enough suspense to get one’s mind wondering what is going to happen next and the ultimate whodunit.  While I also only limit myself to only the Christian genres, this book in and of itself is not Christian, so it can be read by those who share my faith as well as those who don’t.  There is no ‘religion’ in this book, and even with that absence it was quite enjoyable and as I said the girls were enjoyable characters as they got along well even though Jessica doesn’t like nature and Sophie isn’t fond of make-up and primping.  One thing I will mention is that Jessica does have a bit of a crush on a boy her age named Tony, there is no hand holding or kissing, but it’s evident when Jessica ‘forgets’ how to talk or blushes when he is around.

The other aspect I liked about the book is that even the adults while maintaining their authority also respect the girls and help them as they seek to crack the mystery and solve the case.  While some may think this is only for girls since the main characters are girls, I can see boys liking it given the mysterious plot involved – it would make a great read aloud for the entire family.  I also want to mention if you visit Shannon L. Brown’s website you’ll find a need little download to keep track of the clues as you read and then you have to predict if they are real clues or a red herring – lends a little educational flair to the book.  Another exciting item to not is that she also offers a lapbook, for those who homeschool or who know me, we enjoy lapbooking in this house so I was very excited to see that offered to readers – it’s available as a PDF download for $7.00 on Shannon’s website.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws


Kregel Tour: Look Inside The Time of Jesus (A lift-the-flap discovery book)

About the Book:

Keep enquiring young minds busy with these detailed depictions of Bible history, and a glimpse behind the scenes with flaps to lift on every page. Brief text explains the setting, and references events and stories from Jesus’ life. The book covers the first Christmas, illustrations of a synagogue and carpenter’s workshop in Nazareth, fishing in Capernaum, farming and shepherding in the hills of Galilee, homes of the wealthy and everyday people, the temple in Jerusalem, the way of the cross and the first Easter.

You can purchase your own copy at Kregel.

My Opinion:

This is a very educational book that is not only pleasing to auditory learners but also to those who learning through touch and doing – with each flap the child lifts another new fascinating fact is learned.  The vibrant colors and illustrations are pleasing to the eye and keep the reader’s attention.  As far as I can tell everything is Biblically sound, although I must admit I had only been told there was only 1 angel in the Jesus’ empty tomb so I had to go look that up and sure enough there were two angels. The book is hard cover and looks beautiful on the shelf or in a book basket (I need a few book baskets!) and will put up with some rough and tumble wear from young children, although the flaps will not put up with a lot of rough housing, it will be a teaching moment to children in how to be gentle with their books.

Beginning at the birth of Christ, their home in Nazareth, Lake Galilee, all the way up to the Easter story of  Christ’s Resurrection children will delight in learning more about their Savior and grow with Him as they age.  There are 16 pages and the book measures 8.75 inches by 10.55 inches which makes it a manageable size for most children.  I would think this would make a wonderful Christmas gift for a child or grandchild in your life or even a birthday or anytime present – if you want to make the Bible come alive and show a child a glimpse of Jesus’ life in their age appropriate way, this is a great way to do that.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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Book Review: Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper by Burton W. Cole

About the Book:

Mysterious footprints in the snow. Vanishing mittens, misplaced eggs. A pink, purple, and orange paisley sleeping bag on the move. Something’s definitely amiss in the chicken coop, and wackiness runs amok on Bash Hinglebobb’s blizzard-blasted farm. While Bash is inventing such contraptions as a snowball catapult from inner tubes and underwear, his cousin Beamer Boxby, a city kid at heart, must help newcomer Lauren Rodriguez figure out why God lets horrible things happen to good people.

Can Bash’s Farmin’ and Fishin’ Book (the Bible) be believed when it says, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God”? What about when fire rolls through an animal building. Or when a kid’s lost her dad? It’s time to find out—with a little help from an ice-skating pig.

Find out how to purchase at Amazon or at B&H Publishing.

My Opinion:

I had the chance to review Bash and the Pirate Pig back in 2013 so when I was contacted to review Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper earlier this year I jumped at the opportunity.  Geared towards boys ages 8 to 12 years old the story of Ray and his cousin Bash never fails to amuse even the oldest reader – I’m an adult and enjoyed the cousins antics although I wasn’t so happy that the parents seemed non-existent much of the time.  It’s been snowing, a lot, and so the boys as only boys can do set out to gather a basket of fruit – Fruit of the Spirit that is.  As boys gathering the Fruits takes on a life of it’s own as hospitality leads to a coop fire, a search and rescue mission for damsels in distress for goodness turns into a real rescue and more.  Ray is more reserved than his cousin and while he knows he shouldn’t follow his cousin’s lead, he does and then wonders why – the boys ultimately realize they’ve forgotten to ask the Lord about any of their ideas to help others as they work on gathering their Fruit.

As I said previously, the parents seem non-existent most of the time, Bash’s mom doesn’t really seem to know what to do with her very imaginative son and her nephew so outside they go.  It’s mentioned several times she gets a nervous eye tick whenever she thinks of what they might get into.  Ray’s parents drop him off and leave him for a week and we don’t really ever hear of them and Bash’s dad tries to discipline but it’s usually a grounding to their rooms.  So I know it’s a kid’s book, but it would have been great to have more parental involvement – the most I read in this book was when the community couldn’t make it to church due to a blizzard and they all meet at Bash’s house to hold home church. Simple illustrations done by Tom Bancroft decorate each new chapter and the whimsical drawings add to that chapters feel. Overall, it’s a great book and ultimately the boys realize their mistakes and genuinely repent – since I’m always on the watch for good character building, godly books for my children, this one fits the bill and I know it will be read and re-read over the years.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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