Monday, February 23, 2015

Lift the Flap Bible (Candle Tiny Tots) by Karen Williamson & illustrations by Louise Anglicas

ISBN: 9781781281307
Hardcover/Board $12.99
About the book: What's under the flaps? Find out in this collection of eight very simple Bible stories in a large cased board book format. Each story is told across a double-page spread and there are flaps on every page. Bright, quirky illustrations full of wit and color from Louise Anglicas are perfect for this engaging introduction to Bible stories.

Stories are: Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Bulrushes, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Great Fish, Born in a Stable, Boy with Loaves and Fishes, The Lost Sheep, and Man Lowered Through the Roof.

My thoughts:  Lift the Flap Bible is a wonderful beginning Bible.  Its target age is 10+ months – 4 years of age. The stories included in this book are some that most people are familiar with:  Noah and the Ark; Moses and the Basket; Daniel and the Lions; Jonah and the Great Fish; and the birth of Jesus  -- just to name the most familiar.  The pictures are very simple, but quite colorful and just plain fun.  The pages are strong, thick cardboard and are easy for a toddler to turn.  The flaps are also easy for a toddler to open. However, I’ve seen very few flap books where the flaps were able to withstand the constant bending by little hands.  

I sat down with my 4-yr old granddaughter to read this book and she absolutely loved it! After we read the book together, she then sat alone for quite a while and went back through the book.  We have several “beginner bibles” in our book collection, but this Lift the Flap Bible has moved to the top of her favorites.  She has a newborn brother and she actually tried to “read” the book to him!  Thanks for a great little book! (reviewed by P.Howard)

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review from Kregel on behalf of Candle Books Publishing and Lion Hudson. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul

Review: This book is a fantasy and is about several Realm Walkers. A Realm Walker has the ability to travel through portals to other realms. It is discovered that there is going to be an attack by two renegade relams. Cantor and his constant, a dragon names Bridger, along with Bixby and Dukemee, two other Realm Walkers, set out to look for Chomountain, who will be able to help them stop the attack.  When they find Chomountain, he doesn't know who he is, due to a spell that has been placed on him.  The others are amazed at his powers once he realizes that he is Chomountain.  The group splits up to find more dragons to help in their quest.  They find the dragons have been captured and drugged to keep them from escaping.  Once they free the dragons, they travel on to find more Realm Walkers.   They discover that there are many other realm walkers who have been captured, as well.  Once they are all freed, they set out to figure out how to stop the invasion. Chomountain is able to look ahead in time and see how they are invaded and is able to figure out the best way to stop the invasion.  The Realm Walkers and dragons prepare to attack the invaders before they land and are able to prevent an attack from ever taking place.

There was some back story at the beginning and it was not always easy to make sense of it.  There were some enjoyable parts to the story and seeing how the Realm Walkers cared for each other was nice.  I would recommend this book to older teens/young adults who are interested in fantasy. (reviewed by T.Lyles)

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of this book was received from the publisher.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Clouds: A Compare and Contrast Book by Katherine Hall

Paperback ISBN: 9781628554571, $9.95
About the book: There are many different kinds of clouds all around us. Clouds come in diverse shapes and colors. Some clouds are fluffy and others are wispy.  Some clouds float high in the sky and others sit low on the ground. Some clouds warn of storms and other clouds tell of fair weather.  Compare and contrast the characteristics of different types of clouds through vibrant photographs.

Review: This is a lovely picture book filled with photographs of the variety of clouds. Each cloud and picture spread has a single sentence giving a single statement about the type of cloud depicted. It is a descriptive statement and not a definitive one. I would have like to have seen the actual type of cloud pictured named. If not in the actual text, then in a little side box.

The back of the book contains a variety of information about vapor and condensation and the creation of clouds. This is the “For Creative Minds” section and will generate some activity to explore evaporation and condensation.

The four major categories of clouds are identified and there is a matching activity to facilitate learning.

All in all, this is a basic and nicely done book. At first it comes across a bit flat to the reader, but upon further in-depth reading and exploration one can find much to learn.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Arbordale Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Little Seed & Little Fox ~ It Will be Okay – Trusting God through fear and change by Lysa TerKeurst (illustrated by Natalia Moore)

About the book: Growing up brings change (whether we like it or not).  Change can trigger fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined.  How do kids learn early on that in the midst of these uncomfortable times, they don’t have to be afraid?

Little Seed and Little Fox are facing fears, changes, and brand-new things.  And they don’t like it one bit!  Through unlikely friendship, children can identify with the main characters and will:

  • Discover that God is always with them as they overcome new or scary circumstances
  • Replace doubtful thoughts about God’s plan as they learn to trust Him through change
  • Build their relationship with God by introducing them to the scripturally based characteristics of who God is

“It Will Be Okay” will show your child that in the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always watching over us!

Review: When I saw that Lysa TerKeurst had written a children’s book about “being afraid,” I was excited to receive a copy because I have read several of her books and enjoyed them.  She definitely has a way with words.

First, this book is beautifully illustrated and not childish looking even though it is a children’s book.  I love the colors and the simplicity.

The two main characters:  Little Seed & Little Fox are most definitely unlikely companions; but isn’t that how God works from time to time – putting unlikely people together to do great things.  There is actually a third main character – the Farmer.  The Farmer is “behind the scenes,” but you know he’s there.  This is a wonderful picture of how God is ever present and all knowing.  If we can instill this fact in our children at a very young age, then although they may still be afraid, they can and do know that God is “ever watching over them.”  What a gift to our children.

The story line is very simple and covers a topic that has been in place almost from the beginning of time – Fear and how do we handle that fear.  The book does not say that we will never be without fear, but it reminds us that even through those scary times that we have a Heavenly Father who sees and knows and cares.  I also think you can apply this same thought to your children as a Parent – that you are there for them and always will be if the Lord allows; but ultimately they need to trust in God.
The author has included 10 scripture verses in the front of the book to memorize with your kids. Scripture memorization is always, always a great reminder of God and His truths and His protection. When we can’t be there to help our children when they are afraid, they can pull scripture from their memories and heart to ease their fear.  The verses are well known and a wonderful addition to the story.

I easily recommend this book! (reviewed by Paula H.)

About the Author: Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued. She isn't shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But she's been learning God's lessons and sharing them on her blog ( and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen

DISCLOSURE: We received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for our review. Opinions expressed are solely our own. No compensation was received for this review.