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We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

recommended age 3-6

hardcover 40 pages

My opinion:  The “chooser” idea doesn’t sit well with me. (I am not comfortable with this idea) I also don’t like the illustrations that shows “choosers” being represented as a furry balloon, bubble kind of critter. The writing is reminiscent of the Dr Seuss style of rhyming. I would enjoy a child’s picture book that address free will/ choice making with more emphasis on the importance of making good choices and the consequences of bad ones minus an actual “chooser” which there is not.

Confusing review? Well, that’s an appropriate word to describe this book. Confusing. Not recommended.

 

Tyndale House Publishers provided an advanced reader copy of All is Bright in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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January 3, 2017

 

Book Description

Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it. In this delightful padded cover board book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, children can follow along with Toucan––with a great big nose––as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely.

My review:

Short rhyming story in an 18 page board book. Good illustrations. I like how our body parts are shown a specific purpose. (like knees to climb trees) Shows a child how they are special. Written from a Christian perspective.

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

Padded Hardcover, 192 pages, suggested age 2-5 years

Find your favorite Really Woolly® storybooks combined into one beautiful book that you and your little ones will love to use at bedtime. With a simple 5 minute format, the Really Woolly 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury will allow you to spend quality time with your children before they drift off to sleep and won’t leave you exhausted when they beg for just one more story.

A nice collection of bedtime readings with soft colored illustrations and big type. Each bible story -a subject more than a story- has a scripture, a poem, and a prayer. Your favorites are sure to be read over and over.

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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Hardcover, 32 pages, ages 2-4

Meet a determined little spider who can’t seem to spin a perfect web. Whoosh goes the wind as it blows each web away. But one thing Walter can spin is shapes and one day he spins the most spectacular shape of all. It’s better than perfect – it’s a truly wonderful web.

I love this spider! This is a great picture book that my little reviewer and I both recommend. (It’s the one I pick when it’s “my” turn to choose) It entertains with a wonderful story and with beautiful illustrations. It teaches basic shapes and the concept of perseverance. Good book to choose for fall, an active spider season. More from Tim Hopgood on Amazon.

WALTER'S WONDERFUL WEB

What’s your favourite book, of those that you’ve written?
Books need all the enthusiasm and energy you can give them to ever be published. So I always say the book
I’m working on at the moment is my favourite. http://www.timhopgood.com/about/

Tim Hopgood/ Macmillan provided these two titles to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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I Can Be Kind: My First Manners Book

Paperback, 16 pages, recommended ages 4-7

Scripture teaches us to love our neighbors by treating them with kindness and respect. One aspect of kindness includes manners. Parents are looking for fun, creative ways to teach their children polite behavior in a society where rudeness is often the status quo. We believe I Can Be Kind is a great resource for parents, grandparents, and Sunday school teachers as they seek to develop these behaviors in their children.

This paperback has standard book-weight pages and the flaps fold out to extend the page. There is a sentence about having good manners and a bible verse under the flap. Although the text is good, we have been “reading” without the text. The illustrations provide enough example and the flaps are fun.

I Can Be Kind: My First Manners Book includes the following good behaviors: using kind words, helping with chores, waiting for a turn, saying please and thank you, helping someone, and having a great attitude.

Tyndale House Publishers provided an advanced reader copy of I Can Be Kind in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received.

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18 page board book, Zonderkidz August 2, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Blessings celebrates fall and shows little ones there are blessings all around us, especially in the pumpkin patch! The sweet rhyming text by Kim Washburn and whimsical illustrations by Jacqueline East bring autumn alive for readers young and old as they take in the fun of the fall season and remember how much they have to be grateful for.

Simple and predictable rhyme story. Neither the rhymes nor the story were very interesting. The illustrations provided lots to explore and are what made the book any good at all. The mention of God’s creation and the blessings that a pumpkin patch brings are the two Christian themes in this toddler board book.

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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26 page paperback by Kerry Alison Wekelo

This activity book shows children of all ages what writing, creativity, and imagination can do when brought together; and the wondrous things they can discover with the addition of activity. The goal is to teach through encouragement, inventiveness, and movement; as together they can pique the interest of all children.

Kerry is a self-proclaimed Jill of all Trades. As a writer she has published countless articles on wellness and leadership. Kerry has authored “Audrey’s Journey” a children’s book series focused on living with compassion and joy, the “Pile of Smile Activity Book” to give away free while children undergo cancer treatment, and “If It Does Not Grow Say No – Eatable Activities for Kids.”
The workbook style of this paperback encourages child participation. Recipes, mazes, puzzles, questions, and more. Recommended for preschool and elementary school aged children.  Non-judgmental presentation of healthy eating choices.
My conclusion – this small paperback seems more like a pamphlet with limited recipes, mazes, puzzles, questions, and not much more.

Kerry Alison Wekelo provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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