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.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Book Review: Only God Can Make a Kitten

Only God can make a Kitten written by Rhonda Gowler Green,  with illustrations by Laura J. Bryant is a beautifully written book for children.

Rhonda has written over 20 pictures books, which I own a few.  I enjoy how she manages to incorporate delightful rhymes to bring her stories to life.

This book is geared toward children ranging between 4-8 years of age.  My daughter is 5 years and she was able to grasp the message a well as read it herself.

In this book you will travel along side an inquisitive little boy who frolics through a lovely meadow with his mother and baby sister asking a series of questions.  He wants to know who made the sprig of spring pop out in which mama responds "He who knows our every need. Only God can make a seed."

The author lovingly points God as the Creator of all things in a sweet rhyme pattern.  His questions are an open invitation to explain the truth of creation with your child.

The illustrations are soft pastel colors which are delicate and beautiful to look at.  The animals depicted such as birds, ducks and kittens are sweetly weaved throughout the story.

This is a hardcover book measuring a little over 9 inches by 9 inches.  It does have a book jacket which protects the cover of the book but got in the way as my daughter held the book in her hands.

I do recommend this book as my daughter took pleasure in the general idea of the book reinforcing the fact that our loving Father created all things. 

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.”

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