Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review: Noah's Voyage

Noah's Voyage is the re-telling of the familiar story of Noah's faithful quest to obey the Lord's command and build the ark. Beautiful and captivating illustrations adorn each page and tell the story of this man and his faith in God.  

Published by ZonderKidz, it is another installment of the I Can Read! Series of books.  It is a Level 2 reader which means that it contains appropriate content and vocabulary that children ranging from ages 4 - 8 can assimilate.  My daughter finds this line of books fascinating and has questions to share though out the read.

Toward the middle of the book it states accurate Biblical content (which most children's Bible stories omit) such as:

* The earth was flooded for 150 days
* Noah was 601 years when the water dried up
* God's promise

This familiar story includes beautiful imagery which captivated my daughter's attention.  The pictures of the giraffes, bears, lions, tigers and rabbits are depicted so well.  Their expressions are humorous as well, cleverly drawing you into each page.

At the back of the book there are two sections which are a bonus.

* People in Bible Times - A short biography on Noah
* Did You Know? - A detailed description and dimensions of the ark

Sometime ago my daughter was gifted Zonderkidz, I Can Read! books for her birthday, and I am extremely pleased to be adding this one to our collection of Bible children's books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review: Moment by Moment

Moment by Moment a devotional journal for girls by Jennifer Flanders is a wonderfully made keepsake.  This journal is designed to record thoughts, jot down goals, write out prayers and lay on its pages all that your little one may have in her heart to share.

There are a plethora of writing prompts that will inspire girls to write or draw out their ideas.  There are over 190 pages to fill and document thoughts and special memories as well as meaningful occasions. The book is divided into sections such as Childhood Memories, Personal Favorites, Prayers and Graces.  There is also a section at the very end of the book, a calendar, in which you can record important dates, such as birthdays, weddings or family outings.

The charming and quaint illustrations are depicted lovingly throughout the book. There are Bible verses, written on every page, in stunning typeface through out the journal that corresponds with the writing prompt on the page.

This journal is done in such an impressive way and I highly recommend this book for gift giving. It is such a great resource to record delightful memories which can be looked back on and cherished for years to come.

If you would like to purchase your own copy to do with your daughter or would like to give it as a gift, it is available for purchase here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the BookCrash book review program. 





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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Review: My Sing-Along Bible

My Sing-Along Bible by Stephen Elkins contains 50 easy to understand Bible stories and 50 fun songs based on Scripture.    

Some of the stories that are included are ones that are common in children's story books.  The stories of Noah and the Flood, David and Goliath, and Baby Moses to name a few but also those which are not as common such as Balaam and the Donkey, Hannah's Gift, Double Blessing (Elijah taken up to Heaven).  I am pleased that these stories were also included along with God is Our Guide and Angels Watching Over Me.
Each story includes the following sections:
  • Let's Read - brief summary of the Bible story
  • A Biblical Verse - that corresponds with the story
  • Let's Sing - the words to the song
  • Little Lesson - overview of the story

The illustrations by Susan Reagan and vivid and colorful.  The drawing are whimsical and so very fun to watch.  Besides illustrating Biblical accounts she also included pictures of beautiful children engaging in day-to-day life activities.  They draw my little one into the story and she gazes at them with joy.

This book has 50 (FIFTY!!) sing-along lively and fun Bible songs for children that reinforce the stories in the book. It also includes two bonus tracks that include the books of the Old and New Testament.  This is a great tool to help little ones memorize the books the Bible along with the order in which they appear.

My soon to be 6 year-old daughter is enjoying her new book.  The size of the hard cover padded book, which measures about 8x8 inches is easy for her to grasp in her hands and turn the pages with ease.

Tyndale's quality of books geared toward children of Biblical content are superb and I recommend them to parents who are looking to expand their child's resources of appropriate Godly material. 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House. - See more at: http://www.tyndaleblognetwork.com/5_nav/guidelines.php#sthash.kToR95oA.dpuf

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review:Brave Queen Esther


Brave Queen Esther is part of the ZonderKidz, I Can Read, Adventure Bible Series. This book is at a Level 2 reading standard which the publisher states it is a high interest story for developing readers. This book is geared toward an audience of 4 to 8 year olds.

This book retells the familiar story of a young woman named Esther. She lives in the pagan land of Persia with her cousin Mordecai. As the King is searching for a wife, young Jewish Esther is chosen. Haman rises up as an enemy of the Jewish people and Esther discovers his sinister plot.

As with many books geared toward young children there are deviations from the Biblical account and this book is not the exception. However, it does give the parent the opportunity to read through the book of Esther straight from the Bible and expand on the message of this particular book of the Bible.

My daughter, who is five, read through this book in the first sitting. The pictures are very alluring, The colors are bright and vibrant. I love the facial expressions of the characters which eluded to the particular situation the characters found themselves in.

At the very end of the book there is a section called "People of the Bible". It gives further insight to who Esther and Mordecai are. And a "Did You Know Know?" section. This section describes the Feast of Purim and the Jewish traditions that go along with celebrating this annual feast. 

I do recommend this book to parents who look to build their child's library with books that direct them to the Word of God. I have several books in this series and I look forward to adding more ZonderKidz Adventure Bible Series books.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”