Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I Can written by Kathryn O’Brien and illustrated by Gillian Flint

About the book:  Plant God’s Word in Your Heart!  Nothing is too hard for me when God is on my side!  He will give me strength to do all the things I need to do every day.  Turn Scripture memory from duty into delight with the Sit for a Bit series.  Scripture is presented one powerful word at a time, along with charming art and applications to build meaningful connections between God’s Word and a child’s everyday live.  Memory-verse learning has never been so effortless, effective, and fun!

Review:  This is my first time reading a book from the Sit for a Bit series.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.   I Can is a wonderful book that teaches small children the popular Bible verse – Philippians 4:13.  The way the author has laid out one to two words per page and then given explanation/description on the next pages is great method to teach small children Bible verses.  This is definitely not a new method, but the author’s way “putting it on paper” is both simple and so enjoyable.  While this book may be for smaller children, no doubt you can use it to teach scripture to anyone.

The illustrations are lovely.  The watercolor effect is beautiful and each page has something that also catches the eye and can generate additional conversation about God’s creations.

In the front of the book, the author shares a gentle reminder to parents about our responsibility to not only to know and hide God’s Word in our hearts, but that it is also our responsibility to teach Scripture to our children.  It’s more than just a responsibility – it’s our opportunity to grow our children in the Lord.  This book – I Can – is one that I most definitely will be sharing with my grandchildren and probably will be gifting to my grown children for their children.  A wonderful book!! (rev. P.Howard)

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the Tyndale Blog Network review program on behalf of the publisher and author.

One Spring Lamb written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy

About the book: Follow little spring lamb’s adventures as Easter draws near!  Your little one will love counting God’s many springtime blessings.
Review:  A very nice “counting” book for your toddler.  Even though it references Easter, this book can be read year around.  I adore the cover – I know, I know…that may seem a little dramatic, but the cover is beautiful.  A picture of a sweet little lamb and glittering flowers just grabs your attention.  The 3D effect on the front is a great sensory item for little one’s hands.  The book’s pages are thick cardboard and easy for little hands to turn the pages.  The illustrations are beautiful as well  -- simple, but very colorful and enjoyable to look at.
“One Spring Lamb” is so easy to understand for toddlers.  The way the author has written in a rhyme style that is one of my favorite for small children.  Each page is full of items to talk about with your little one and #7 is probably my favorite page because of the “hide and seek”.  Children love looking for things while reading and the author accomplished this through both her writing and illustrations.
No doubt that you may have several “counting” books already on your toddler’s book shelf, but “One Spring Lamb”  is a must add to your collection. (rev. P.Howard)

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the BookLook Blogger Review program on behalf of the publisher and author. Opinions are those of the reviewer.