Tuesday, November 24, 2009

For Faithful Friends / Review

Author: Marilyn E. Randall
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Lulu.com (October 17, 2009)
Ages: 4-11 years
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0557100410

My Review:

Written in verse, this is the story of a turtle who is hiding because of the fear he feels inside. He is frightened of almost everything in life; scared all the time. His only friend is a little mouse who visits him everyday and gives him some wise advice that helps him find faith, meaning in life, and the courage to live fully. Well-written and beautifully illustrated by the author, this book is a must read for a timid child or anyone who enjoys a meaningful story with lots of heart.

(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stop It!

Author: Sally O. Lee
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (October 26, 2009)
Ages: 4-7 years
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439261148

My Review:

Stop It! is the story of Anabel and her brother, George, the bully. Every time Anabel wants to play nicely, George is there to cause a little chaos. He seems to always want to make Anabel unhappy! Something happens, though, which causes George to rethink his negative actions.

This is a short, easy to read, children's book which is well-written, and illustrated by the author. I highly recommend it for young children.

(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chin and the Magic Stones

Author: L. J. Salazar
Reading level: Ages 7-12
Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: iUniverse.com; 1st edition (February 24, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0595531571

Book description from back cover:

Ten-year-old Chin loves to dream about having grand adventures. But nothing much ever happens in the sleepy little city of Kirkland, Washington, so Chin usually ends up playing with his loyal dog, Eagle, and reading thrilling stories. But one afternoon, both their lives change forever.

While helping his father out in the yard, Chin discovers a shiny rock near the garden pond, and he picks it up. Once he does, Eagle begins to talk! At that moment he realizes that the stone holds magical powers. But why is it in his yard?

My Review:

This fun adventure story is a wonderful read for boys, especially. When Chin finds a magic stone and his dog, Eagle, begins to talk, he knows that things have changed in a drastic way, but how and why are the questions he begins to explore. This is a magical story that will delight ages 7-12 and hold their interest throughout the entire book. It also teaches kids to trust themselves and believe in positive results.
(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Laceyville Monkeys Say the Right Words

Author: Harriett Ruderman
Illustrations by: Beverly Luria
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Illusion Press, LLC; 1st edition (March 1, 2009)
Language: English

Book Description:
Harriett Ruderman is delighted to introduce The Laceyville Monkeys, Say the Right Words ... a new book designed to communicate to young children everywhere the power and magic inherent in speaking kindly and saying the right words. The book stars three most unusual and endearing young monkeys: Eva the ballerina, Sheva the singer, and Keva the gymnast. Say the right words and watch them perform! Their owner, Miss Hepzibah Mott, brings her beloved monkeys to Laceyville for the big talent contest. You'll meet George the Gorilla, who plays the piano, Jake the Snake who charms all with his cobra dance, Dizzy the Lizard who parades and prances, comedians Bob and the Frog and his friend Tillie the Tortoise, and silly old Granny Scott who says the 'wrong' words and is utterly embarrassed at the results. These characters and others are part of the Laceyville cast, created to entertain and amuse children with their antics and fun, while emphasizing the importance of warm caring words of encouragement and love. The Laceyville Monkeys is written in rhyme and encompasses 32 pages of vividly illustrated characters and scenery that capture the charm and essence of the story.

About the Author:

Harriett Ruderman is a communications professional who has seen the magic of what words can do in reaching goals and fulfilling dreams. Her company, Harriett Ruderman Public Relations Inc, has been saying the right words for top international clients for many years. The Lacyville Monkeys is her first children's book, dedicated to bringing the power of words of encouragement and love to children everywhere.
My Review:
In this beautifully written and illustrated children's book you will meet, with delight, Eva the ballerina, Sheva the singer, and Keva the gymnast. You will also meet their owner Miss Hepzibah Mott, along with an assorted group of other interesting characters. Miss Mott has brought her monkeys to Laceyville for a special talent contest, but will they perform? The book which is written in rhyme teaches the art of speaking kindly to family and friends. It will delight children and may even become a family favorite.
(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How God Makes Babies / Review

Author: Jim Burns
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764202103
Ages: 6-9 years

Book Description:

Author Jim Burns believes the key to instilling in children a healthy, values-centered view of sexuality is to start the discussion early--being open and honest at every stage. The Pure Foundations series is already guiding parents of preteens and teens through potentially awkward conversations. Now two fully illustrated books--one for pre-readers and one for early readers--complete the series.
How God Makes Babies is an age-appropriate introduction to basic sexuality, helping children ages 6 to 9 understand that God created males and females differently and with a purpose, emphasizing that God is a part of each family from conception to death.

From the Back Cover:

Laying the Foundations for Healthy Sexuality An Age-Appropriate Resource for Ages 6 to 9 Children's curiosity often prompts them to ask questions you, as a parent, don't feel ready or able to answer. But it doesn't have to be that way. Dr. Jim Burns, family expert and award-winning author, offers a valuable resource for those uncomfortable--even dreaded--conversations. With biblical, age-appropriate information and illustrations, How God Makes Babies introduces children ages 6 to 9 to the basics of human sexuality. Answering the question of where babies come from, it also emphasizes how children are a part of God's wonderful plan for families. Though not always easy, opening this discussion early helps you lay a solid, godly foundation in your children's lives. By reading this book together, you are giving your children the tools they will need throughout their lives to make God-honoring decisions about their bodies, their self-image, and their relationships. Don't wait until it's too late. A life of purity can begin today. Jim Burns, PhD, founded the ministry of HomeWord in 1985 to bring help and hope to struggling families. Jim hosts the radio broadcast HomeWord With Jim Burns, which is heard daily in over eight hundred communities nationwide, and speaks to thousands around the world each year. He is an award-winning author, whose books include Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have three grown daughters and live in California.

My Review:

Questions about sexuality can prove embarrassing for some parents, so this is just the book to help with those intimate issues. The book is biblical based and age appropriate. Why leave your child's sex education to someone else when you can give them the information they seek through reading with them, How God Makes Babies.

(Thank you to BethanyHouse for my review copy.)

God Made Your Body / Review

Author: Jim Burns
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764202111
Ages: 3-5 years

Book Description:
Author Jim Burns believes the key to instilling in children a healthy, values-centered view of sexuality is to start the discussion early--being open and honest at every stage. The Pure Foundations series is already guiding parents of preteens and teens through potentially awkward conversations. Now two fully illustrated books--one for pre-readers and one for early readers--complete the series. God Made Your Body provides the basic foundation that God created our bodies and wants us to honor Him with our bodies. Through engaging text and eye-catching, kid-friendly illustrations, children ages 3 to 5 will learn that boys' and girls' bodies are different--and those differences mean boys and girls can grow up to become daddies and mommies.
From the Back Cover:
Laying the Foundations for Healthy Sexuality An Age-Appropriate Resource for Ages 3 to 5 Children's curiosity often prompts them to ask questions you, as a parent, don't feel ready or able to answer. But it doesn't have to be that way. Dr. Jim Burns, family expert and award-winning author, offers a valuable resource for those uncomfortable--even dreaded--conversations. With biblical, age-appropriate information and illustrations, God Made Your Body introduces children ages 3 to 5 to the basic idea that God created our bodies. Addressing topics such as how boys and girls are different, it also emphasizes how each child is unique and special to God. Though not always easy, opening this discussion early helps you lay a solid, godly foundation in your children's lives. By reading this book together, you are giving your children the tools they will need throughout their lives to make God-honoring decisions about their bodies, their self-image, and their relationships. Don't wait until it's too late. A life of purity can begin today.

My Review:
This is a beautiful book that has age-appropriate information and illustrations which are biblical based. As all parents know, children start asking questions almost as soon as they can talk. God Made Your Body will give you the answers they need about their sexuality.

(Thank you to BethanyHouse for my review copy.)

Monday, October 19, 2009


Author: Sara Jackson
Reading level: Ages 3-7
Paperback: 26 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 28, 2009)
ISBN-10: 143924281X

Book Description:
A dog named Jack, lives with his other animal friends on a ranch. After seeing what mischief he can get himself into, and not finding any, he falls asleep. He dreams of being chased by a giant squirrel. When he falls down a hole, he lands in his toy box, on top of his favorite squeak toys. While playing with the cow, the others (horses, pigs, and ducks) start to grow and move around. Soon all the squeak toys circle Jack and he must find a way out. When he sees an opening, a large duck blocks his path. Jack and the duck try to out bark and out quack each other. Pretty soon Jack sees an opening and makes a run for it. As he does, all the squeak toys vanish in a puff of smoke and a cow sneezing on him awakens Jack. Thinking the cow is his squeak toy, Jack runs inside the house and looks inside his toy box to see if all the squeak toys are there.
My Review:
In my experience, all children love dog stories and this one will certainly hold their attention.
Jack is a very happy dog who loves to play and get into mischief-- until he goes to sleep under a tree and has a dream that his toys are giants that have come alive. He awakes, though, to find his small toys are still in his toy box, just as he left them.
This well-written, nicely illustrated book will delight young children.
(Thank you to the author for my complementary review copy.)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Messy Tessy / Review

Author: Leah Orr
Illustrated by: Josephine Lepore
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (August 18, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1438993986

Book Description:

While babysitter Aunt Fran is asleep, Messy Tessy finds humorous and amusing ways to entertain herself. With every turn of the page you will enjoy the mischief that unfolds.

My Review:

Tessy is not a messy little girl--she just likes all of her toys in the same place when she goes to find them. She's a well-loved child who is very creative, although, some do call her messy.

Messy Tessy is a story all children will be able to relate with. It is told in poetic verse, in a very simple format. The illustrations are captivating.

This is book number three for Ms. Orr. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Enchanted Library

Author: Karen Andrea
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Legend/YouWriteOn
First edition (8 Dec 2008)
ISBN-10: 1849231826
Ages: 6-12 years

My Review:

Young Max Milford has been in and out of several foster homes since his parents' accident. There have been lots of disappointments, but he has now come to live with his grandfather. Max can't believe this will last long either, although everything changes for him when he finds an old deserted library of misfit books--misfits just like him.

I enjoyed this unique children's adventure story by author, Karen Andrea.

(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Llama Who Had No Pajama

Author: Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by: Betty Fraser
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 68 pages
Publisher: Sandpiper (April 1, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0152055711

My Review:

What an adorable book! It contains 100 poems that will delight any young child. Poems like Birthdays; The Birthday Bus; My Sister Saw A Dinosaur; Hello Rain; and Cookie Magic are just a few that every child can relate to. This is absolutely one of the best children's poetry books around.
My grandchildren love it.

Monday, August 31, 2009

That Book Woman

Author: Heather Henson
Pictures by: Davis Small
Reading level: Ages 4-9
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Atheneum (October 7, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1416908129

Cal is not a kid that likes to read. In fact, he's a kid who lives in the remote Appalachian Mountains where there are no libraries. The only books he and his sister have available to them are the ones brought by horseback every few weeks by the Book Woman.

Cal's sister, Lark, is a bookworm who loves reading more than anything. She could sit all day with a book. Cal just doesn't understand why she likes to read so much, until one day he begins to wonder what makes the Book Woman ride through rain, wind, and snow to deliver the books. When he finally understands her dedication, it changes Cal's life forever.

Written as poetry, this book not only will inspire children to read, but it also gives a small glimpse into the courageous Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky. The Pack Horse Project was created in the 1930s by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in order to bring books to the young people of the Appalachian Mountains.

I give it 5 stars for being unforgettable.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dude, That's Rude! (Get Some Manners)

Author: Pamela Espeland & Elizabeth Verdick
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; illustrated edition edition (January 15, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1575422336

Book Description:

Kids today need manners more than ever, and this book (part of the Free Spirit Laugh & Learn[TM] series) makes it fun and easy to get some. Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations while keeping young readers entertained on every page. Kids learn Power Words to use and P.U. Words to avoid, why their family deserves their best manners, how to yawn, how to burp, how to meet new people, how to treat a guest and be one, the right ways to use phones (including cell phones), school manners, mall manners, body manners, potty manners, the Top Ten Table Manners, and the essentials of e-etiquette (politeness online). It may seem like light reading, but it's serious stuff: Manners are major social skills, and Dude, That's Rude! gives kids a great start.

My Review:
Did you know that 8 out of 10 adults say that a lack of manners is a serious problem today? I should say, I'm one of those 8 out of 10. When I was a pre-teen my mother gave me a book on manners and insisted I read it. But that was several years ago and society has changed a lot since then.
Recently, I found this little book, Dude, That's Rude, on Amazon and thought how much fun it would be to review it on my children's book blog. So I ordered it and I wasn't disappointed. It may not be Amy Vanderbilt, but it's "way cool" and gets the good manners point across to children and adults alike.
The illustrations alone will hold anyone's attention and the way good manners are presented by the written word speaks to both pre-teens and teens. It addresses everyday issues like: power words and words that show you might be a clod; how to treat one's family; good school manners; and even mall manners. It discusses just about anything a kid needs to know about social skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will suggest it to my family members and friends.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Too Many Visitors for One Little House

Author: Susan Chodakiewitz
Illustrator: Veronica Walsh
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 11, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1419654705

After a new family moves into the neighborhood, the nosey neighbors begin to gossip about the large amount of company that's arriving. They are not happy with all the commotion it's causing and finally hold a meeting, deciding to take their issue to the city's complaint department. But before they go ahead with their judgemental plans, the family offers them a tray of fresh apple strudel and invites them to join their family reunion.

This delightful book gives parents and teachers an opportunity to talk to children about friendliness, tolerance, and being good neighbors. It is well written and beautifully illustrated.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Aurora of the Northern Lights

Author: Holly Hardin
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 22, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1432724398

Mistletoe was a maid who lived in the land of ice and snow until she met William. William wastes no time in asking Mistletoe to marry him and they soon journey south to a beautiful country which is green, warm, and charming. The couple settles into their new home, and have a baby they name Aurora.

Aurora of the Northern Lights is a delightfully illustrated children's Christmas book, written in poetic verse. It deals with many of life's realities, which I believe is suitable for ages 9 years and up.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Author: Judi Barrett
Illustrator: Ron Barrett
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Atheneum (April 1, 1982)
ISBN-10: 0689707495

This is one of the most celebrated and beloved children's books of all-time. It has sold over three million copies and a movie version will soon be released, which I can hardly wait to see.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs begins with Grandpa making pancakes for breakfast, and accidently flips a pancake onto his grandson's head. That evening, while still thinking about the pancake episode, Grandpa tells the children a tall tale about a town that has very unusual weather conditions. It's called the town of Chewandswallow.

In the town of Chewandswallow it rains soup and juice and snows mashed potatoes. The people of the town get their food from whatever the weather brings forth that day. Sometimes it even produces hamburgers and meatballs and all kinds of other good food.

This is an imaginative children's book that delights children of all ages with its creative narrative and expressive illustrations. No wonder it's being made into a movie! Absolutely delightful!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness

Author: Carol McCloud
Illustrator: Davis Messing
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Ferne Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0978507517

I love this concept. I've always heard about the glass being half full or half empty, but never heard of filling a bucket with happiness.

The book tells children that everyone around the world is carrying an invisible bucket. People are happy when their buckets are full and that we need other people to help us fill our buckets. Sometimes people are unkind and our buckets are not as full when that happens.

All sorts of things can help the bucket become full of happiness, like a smile, or someone caring about us. It gives children ideas on how to fill invisible buckets all around them and helps them understand how someone feels when we are mean or thoughtless.

This is such a sweet book with darling illustrations.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains

Author: Dawn Menge
Illustrated by: Bobbi Switzer
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 16, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1432711695

Wow, what a beautiful and unique children's book!

Each month Queen Vernita invites a friend to visit the Blue Ice Mountains. Upon arrival each friend gets to chose something they are interested in and learn about it. In January, Debbie learned all about crabs; in February, Thomas learned about sea otters; in the month on March, Christopher learned about glaciers; in April, Joshua learned all about wildflowers; and so it goes, with each guest, throughout the entire year.

This book offers a fun, painless way to impart knowledge to young minds. The writing is excellent and the illustrations are as well. I wish I could give this unusual children's book more than 5 stars!

(Thanks to the author for my review copy.)

Monday, August 17, 2009

The green Green Pear

Author: Manjula Naraynan
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: AuthorSolutions (June 3, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1438969570

Book Description:

What can be done when a little, green Green pear doesn't love himself, and wishes he were, "anything but a green Green pear"? Make him learn otherwise, of course! This book is about one such green Green pear and the journey he takes to learn to love. Leading to the understanding that true love and learning comes from within each one of us.The illustrations that take you through the story are collages made out of mixed media, done by the author to maximum effect. The green Green Pear is a contemplative classic, teaching children of all ages to first start with loving themselves.

My Review:
The little green, Green Pear wanted to be more than a green pear--anything but a green pear! He wishes to be a red apple, a purple grape, a yellow banana, an orange orange, or a blue blueberry--anything but a green pear. He wants to moo like a cow, meow like a cat, baa like a sheep, oink like a pig, and bark like a dog. He can't do any of these because he is only a green pear.

The green pear goes shopping for a new coat. He tries on all shapes, but finally discovers he can only fit into a pear shape coat.

Eventually, he is given many of his wishes, but finds that in his heart he is still a green, green pear and becomes happy at last.

This is a wonderful book which teaches children, not only to love and accept themselves and others, but also teaches them many things like colors, shapes, and sounds through delightful illustrations and language.

A must read for children! 5 stars*****

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Jesus Book

Author: Stephen Elkins

Illustrator: Claudine Gevry
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Har/Com edition (August 11, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1400314631

Book Description:
The Jesus Book introduces kids to the life, teaching, wonder, and amazing love of Jesus.
Often kids know about Jesus but don't have a relationship with Him. This book offers kids "everything you need to know about God's Son" and encourages a lifelong relationship with their Lord. Divided into Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How sections, it offers clear explanations and easy understanding for young hearts. It will teach them things like who Jesus is: Jesus is God's Son, and He is also my friend. Where is Jesus? He lives in heaven, but He also lives in my heart. How does Jesus act? He acts with kindness and forgiveness, and He wants me to be like Him. Includes an audio CD with over an hour of songs about Jesus. This is a must-have for every child!

My Review:
The Jesus Book is the perfect book for explaining the story of Jesus to ages 4 years and older. It begins with the Old Testament prophets foretelling His coming, goes on to tell his birth history, what he did in his lifetime, the purpose of His birth, how we can have eternal life, and maps showing where it all took place. An audio CD of 30 Jesus songs is also included with the book.

Some chapters in the book are:
*Who Jesus Is
*What Jesus Did
*What Jesus Taught
*When It Happened
*Where It Happened
*Why It Happened
*How It Happened

Topics included are:
*He healed many
*He rose from the dead
*He brought salvation to the world
*He taught us to pray
*He taught us the golden rule
*Timeline: When It Happened
*When was Jesus born?
*Map of Israel
*Map of Jerusalem
*Where is Jesus now?
*Why was Jesus sent?
*Why did Jesus die on the cross?
and much more!!

This book was written to help children learn about Jesus and how they can have a lifetime relationship with him. It takes what could be considered complex questions and explains them in a way children can understand. The illustrations are also excellent and help tell the stories in each chapter. This book is a wonderful Christian guide for kids.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wally The Walking Fish

Author: Gary Lamit
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (May 28, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1439225419

Madison and her dog, a yellow Labrador named Cooper, live by the water. One day while Madison is fishing she catches a walking catfish whose name is Wally.

Soon Wally, Madison, and Cooper become friends. Wally introduces them to Betty the Beaver, and tells them about his cousin Frankie, the flying fish and other interesting nature facts.

The three friends continue to explore the water, beach, and forest until it is time for Wally to go home.

There were many fun wildlife facts in this delightful children's book--I even learned a few things myself! This is a beautiful book that encourages friendships and an appreciation for the natural world. A fun read with very nice illustrations.
(Thanks to the author for my review copy.)


Author: Lisa Woomer
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 17, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1432730207

Cookie is an impossible little girl. Even though her parents encourage her to eat healthy food, Cookie only wants to eat cookies!

One day Cookie actually turns into a cookie and faces some unpleasant side effects. It reminded me of the old saying, "You are what you eat."

This is a cute, very well-written children's book, that is sure to get the healthy food point across to its young readers, without frightening the child.
(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Turkey's Treat

Author: Marie Sanderlin Metroke
Illustrator: Victor Guiza
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 22, 2009)

It's snowing outside, and only four days before Christmas. Jeff is asking why his parents have not bought the holiday tree, and why there is no turkey in the "fridge." Jeff keeps begging until his family takes him out to find the perfect tree.

On the way home there is a stop for groceries and the "turkey" adventure begins when Jeff ends up in the emergency room. By the end of the book Jeff finds a special pet and the true meaning of Christmas.This is a cute, fun book for children, with delightfully animated illustrations.
(Thanks to the author for my review copy.)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Manners Can Be Fun

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Universe (May 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0789310619

Book Description:

If we want something we say PLEASE. We say THANK YOU if you help us or give us something or do things for us. Before we leave the table we ask if we may be excused. And say THANK YOU if we are told we may. Continuing the success of How to Behave and Why-with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, 50,000 in the last year and a half alone! -comes another gem from the trove of Munro Leaf. Considered his second most popular book, Manners Can Be Fun was first published in 1936 and is among Munro Leaf's acclaimed "Fun" series, which includes Grammar, Reading, and History. In his signature style of stick-figure illustrations and wholesome text, this charming guide, in which courtesy does not have to be a chore or a response to scolding, makes manners a delight to learn. With such characters as the Mefirsts and the Whineys, children can laugh while absorbing the elementary rules of thoughtfulness and etiquette. To listen, cooperate, act graciously, and share, among others, are invaluable lessons that should never be underestimated, and that help make happy, well-adjusted, and secure children who will one day grow up to be happy, well-adjusted, and secure adults.

About the Author:

Munro Leaf is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books. He is best known for The Story of Ferdinand, first published in 1936 and a bestseller ever since.

My Review:
I have just recently started collecting children's books, which I plan on reading to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Manners Can Be Fun, a book about courtesy, is my newest purchase. It carries a very simple message about respecting other people, including family members--an essential message young children can easily understand and should be taught in the home. The illustrations are those children themselves might draw, and I'm sure would relate to and enjoy. I'm very pleased with this sweet little book and can't wait to share it with my family.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Read and Share Toddler Bible

Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 7, 2009)
ISBN-10: 140031464X

This beautiful hardcover Bible storybook for infants and toddlers is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the Bible. It includes 40 Bible stories, colorful illustrations on every page, and a 60 minute DVD. I am giving it as a gift to all of my grandchildren and expect they will love the stories and the DVD.

It includes stories from both the Old and New Testament, including these:

*Adam and Eve and the Sneaky Snake

*Noah and the Big Boat

*A Baby for Abraham and Sarah

*Rebekah and the Ten Camels

*Joseph and His Brothers

*Baby Moses

*Davis and the Sheep

*Daniel in the Lions' Den

*Mary and the Angel

*Presents for the Baby

*One Lost Sheep

*A Little Boy with a Lunch

*Jesus Goes to Heaven

*Jesus Loves You

It also includes a presentation page where you can write the child's name and date given, plus a letter to the parents page, which explains how the book is written and the best way to use it. Also, after each story, there is a little suggestion box for parents on how to talk to your child about the story.

I would definitely recommend this little Bible storybook to anyone who wishes to raise a child early on the Holy Scriptures. I don't think you will be disappointed.

(Thanks to Thomas Nelson for my review copy.)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fairy Hunters, Ink.

Author: Sheila A. Dane
Perfect Paperback: 105 pages
Publisher: Dane & Dane, LLC.;
First edition (December 29, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0982095600

Product Description:
"Fairy Hunters, Ink." is about a small group of intrepid fairy hunters who go about finding fairies.And they are most unusual fairies. There are Button Fairies, Fire Fairies, Picnic Fairies and fairies of all kinds of things. The book is about fairies but it is also about the relationships between the characters themselves. It has been described by one reader as a combination of "Winnie the Pooh" and "Alice in Wonderland". The characters who thread their way through the book are Ashley, a most curious little girl about 5 years old; Big Rabbit, a stuffed rabbit (but not really stuffed) who is full of knowledge about carrots and many other things; Turtle, whom Ashley and Big Rabbit meet along the way as they chase a particularly mischievous Willow fairy and the narrator, Laura, whose age is never quite clear and who is always getting into trouble along with Ashley. They meet a lot of fairies and a few Gremlins along the way and they learn something about themselves as well. The book is full of word play and rhymes, silliness and seriousness. It can be read to a five year old or by a an eight year old or by an adult."

My Review:
Childhood is a magical time, when it's still easy to believe in fairies and make-believe places. And for some adults we are still mesmerized by fantasy characters and the images that go with them.

Sheila A. Dane has written just such a book. It's filled with fairy adventures and whimsical illustrations by Rose Csorda.

Some chapters which are included are:
*Teacup Fairies
*Turtle Makes A Discovery
*Attic Fairies
*Flute Fairies
*The Clothes Hanger Fairies
*River Fairies
*Ashley discovers a Mud Puddle Fairy
*How we found a Picnic Fairy and a Picnic Gremlin

The book's size reminds me of a child's coloring book with large print and illustrations to match. A child would be very comfortable with the format and fascinated with the stories.
I have also reviewed this book on Amazon.com. If you like my review, please give me a "yes" vote.

(Thank you to the author for my review copy.)

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Patchwork Lady

Author: Mary K. Whittington
Illustrator: Jane Dyer
Ages 4-8
32 pages
Publisher: Houghton Miffin Harcourt Press

The Patchwork Lady lives in a quaint little house. She wear "plaid dresses, argyle stockings, and checkered slippers."

She braids her hair with colored ribbons and prepares her house, because company is coming. The Patchwork Lady tends her garden and arranges baskets of flowers for the table, decorates the house with streamers, and makes plum punch and chocolate cupcakes. Something special is going to happen.

This is one of my favorite children's books. My youngest daughter and I spent many days enjoying this together.

I know you will enjoy the old-fashioned spirit of the book and it's whimsical illustrations.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Too Too Many Tutus

By-Suzanne Davis Marion
Illustrated by- Marj Hales
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1439218471
BookSurge Publishing

It is almost time for little Christina's ballet class, but she doesn't know which of her many tutus to wear. She ask her mommy for help selecting one, but Christina is told to ask her daddy. Her daddy says she has too many, so it's too difficult for him to choose, too.

Christina finally gets a big idea from her brother Max. Which color will Christina choose--green, blue, pink, yellow, violet, or orange?

I highly recommend this colorful children's book to parents, teachers, and grandparents-- or anyone who wishes to share it with a special little girl who loves ballet. The story is sweet and the illustrations are beautiful.

(Thanks goes to the author for my review copy.)

The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut

Author: Paul Nowak
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Eternal Revolution (May 29, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0977223493

The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut by Paul Nowak is a children's book that packs between it's covers, truth, wisdom, and humor that even adults can use, and relate to. It is based on the works G.K. Chesterton, one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century.

This book teaches children to see everyday inconveniences as opportunities for joy and personal growth.

Chapters include:
*The Runaway Hat
*The Boy Who Wanted to See Giants
*A Trip to the Seaside
*The Easy Job
*Words to Know

Chesterton, a profound and prolific early 20th century writer, authored more than 100 books over his lifetime, and influenced many other great thinkers and writers like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Mahatma Gandhi.

(Thank you to the author for my review copy)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs

Author: Stephen Elkins
Illustrations by: Tim O'Connor
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 1, 2005)
ISBN-10: 1591452392

This book of bible stories, plus a bible song to go along with each one, is going to be a great hit with our large family. I am so impressed with it, that I am planning on giving it as gifts to my grandchildren.

The book is filled with bright, colorful pictures on each page and comes with 2 high quality CD's with 50 songs on each. Many of the songs are traditional and bring to memory a time in my life when I sang them with my six children, who are now grown up with families of their own. The songs on the CD's are sung in children’s voices which are sure to hold the attention of young people—toddlers and up.

This is a unique book that everyone in the family will use and enjoy. In fact, it would be perfect for Christian “family nights.” It would be a wonderful devotional tool and a fun way to introduce your child to bible scripture that will help them store faith and comfort in their hearts for a lifetime.This is the perfect book for parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, youth directors, and home school moms.

On a scale from one to ten, this would score a perfect 10. I highly recommend it.
(Thank you for Thomas Nelson for my review copy)