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Kregel Tour: David Sticker Book by Karen Williamson


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I was provided a wonderful story book from Kregel to read with my children and review – and I have to say my younger two really loved it.  In this book the story of David is told, you know the story, a shepherd boy sent to fight Goliath and killing him and then he ends up becoming a king.  This book makes the story a bit more palatable for young children, which is nice because they don’t need all the ‘gory’ details but stays true to the Word of God and the story of David.

 

The book comes with four pages of stickers so that as you read you can or your children can place the stickers to the story so they feel a part of it.  There are no numbers, and while it’s easy to tell where some of the stickers go, it may have been a good idea to somehow number or separate the stickers according to which page they go on in the book.  Once you are done with the stickers the backing pages can be removed, without harming the book and you will have a beautiful story book that your child helped ‘illustrate’ the book.

 

The illustrations done by Amanda Enright are delightful and whimsical while at the same time lending a realistic air to the book, in this way I think that both younger and older children will enjoy the book.  This would be great for an Easter gift, birthday or just as a way to introduce the story of David, a shepherd boy who eventually became king.  You can find this book for $5.99 at Kregel and  Amazon.

 

Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for writing a review, no other compensation was provided, nor was a positive review expected.  I’m disclosing this according to FTC regulations.

 

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FIRST Tour: My First Handy Bible, Text by Cecilie Olesen and Illustrations by Gustavo Mazali


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:
Cecilie Olesen
and illustrated by:
Gustavo Mazali
and the book:
My First Handy Bible
Hendrickson Publishers (January 31, 2012)
***Special thanks to Rick Roberson for sending me a review copy.***
SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

My First Handy Bible aims to communicate God’s character and His love to the youngest of children, ages one to three. Beautifully illustrated in bright full color, My First Handy Bible has a cheerful padded hardcover with 61 child-friendly hardback pages and a handle and clasp that make it easy for small hands to tote and manipulate. The timeless stories are retold in simple sentences by author and artist Cecilie Olesen, illustrated by author and illustrator Gustavo Mazali and designed by Ben Alex, a C. S. Lewis Gold Medal winner author and designer.



Website for Book

Product Details:

List Price: $12.95

Hardcover: 61 pages

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (January 31, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 8772473045

ISBN-13: 978-8772473048

AND NOW…SOME SAMPLE PAGES (Click on images to enlarge):


 

My Opinion:

 

This is a cute little Bible with the most familiar stories told in child friendly formats and illustrations.  The handle is sturdy and children will enjoy carrying it with them to church or from shelf to couch.  Scripture where each story can be found is included, and the overall story is very short which makes it great for those busy bodies who just can’t sit still for very long – but enough to begin instilling God’s truths to their bodies.  This would make a great gift for a little one this Christmas season.

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Simon and the Easter Micracle: A Traditional Tale for Easter by Mary Joslin


About the book from the cover:

Simon was just an ordinary countryman, coming to Jerusalem to sell his produce.  But on the same day a man was being led to his crucifixion, and Simon was swept into the commotion.

A traditional folk tale that goes to the very heart of the Easter story.

My Opinion:

I was very happy to get this book and read it to my children as the most important part of Easter isn’t the baby chicks and bunnies but about the real reason we celebrate this solemn time – it’s about Christ’s death upon the cross and His rising from the death to defeat it, not for Him but for us!  Too many books focus on the secular points of this Holy day so when I get a chance to add a solid, Biblical look at Eater in book form I long to add it to my collection.  All three of my children enjoyed the story and it opened up discussion with my 7 year old who, last year, accepted Christ as her Saviour and other ideas about Easter.  The beautiful illustrations done by Anna Luraschi give the book an old time feel and while giving a good picture of what is happening in the story, isn’t cluttered or overwhelming for the child who has a hard time focusing.

I will say that while it’s a great story to read about Easter, while we do know that a man name Simon from Cyrene was commanded to carry the cross when the Lord dropped it, the brief conversation never actually says why Christ was being crucified and never once does it mention Christ by name.  My oldest and I thought that maybe we skipped a page as something seemed to be missing from the end –  but my younger two were completely fine with the ending – maybe I was expecting a bit more of a finish with the story ending with Christ’s resurrection but it mentions only that Simon, the farmer knew that a miracle had happened.

I really did like this book, it is great for the younger set who maybe do not need a graphic detailing of Christ’s death and the parents can use the ending to discuss about Christ’s coming back to life.  It’s not so much for older children who are better able to grasp the graphic and gruesome nature of His death and resurrection, however I’m very happy to have this as part of our Easter readings and of course whenever we need a gentle reminder of what Christ did for us.

ETA:  As I go back and read what I’ve just written, I must say after thinking over it and the book, I am a bit more upset by the fact that Christ wasn’t mentioned by name and just about anyone, as I said above the miracle appears more to be about chicken eggs than about the real miracle.

**I was provided a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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FIRST Tour: God Gave Us Love board book, by Lisa T. Bergren


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

 

Today’s Wild Card author is:

 

Lisa T. Bergren

 

and the book:

 

God Gave Us Love board book

WaterBrook Press; Brdbk edition (December 20, 2011)

***Special thanks to Laura Tucker, WaterBrook Multnomah Publicity, for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

LISA BERGREN is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty books, with more than two million copies sold. A former publishing executive, she now splits her time working as a freelance editor and writer while parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of the family’s next visit to Taos.

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SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable.

In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because…

“Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”

This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.” Now in a sturdy format, ideal for the littlest hands at storytime, bedtime, or anytime. Would make a great Christmas gift!

Product Details:

List Price: $6.99
Reading level: Ages 0 and up
Board book: 22 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Brdbk edition (December 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307730271
ISBN-13: 978-0307730275

Here’s an excerpt from the first book in the series: God Gave Us You (Board Book). (Click on images to see them larger):

My Opinion:

My children have loved these books and so when I had the chance to see the board book version, I jumped on it.  The same beautiful story is told in this board book for even the youngest readers to enjoy with the same beautiful illustrations through out the book.  I can’t wait to bless a little child in my life with this beautiful board book version.

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