Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thank You, God, for Grandma




TITLE: Thank You, God, for Grandma
AUTHOR: Amy Parker
ILLUSTRATOR:
PUBLISHER: Tommy Nelson
COPYRIGHT:  2016

Grandmas are important people!  Check out this new book by Amy Parker to celebrate the special relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild.

About the book:
Thank You, God, for Grandmas, Nanas and Mimis too, Gigis and Grams and Grandmommies—They’re great, grand gifts from You! 

No matter what you call her, there is nothing like the love between a grandma and her grandchild! With sweet, rhyming text and adorable illustrations, Thank You, God, for Grandma encourages little ones to treasure God’s special gift of grandmothers.

My thoughts: 
Thank You, God, for Grandma by Amy Parker is a sweet board book for little ones to share with their grandmother.  The grandmother and her grandchild in this book do all sorts of things together like play dress up and bake treats.  It reminded me of time with my Meemaw as a child and time my boys have with their Gramma.

The rhyming text makes it appealing for preschoolers to have read to them and also the illustrations are colorful and inviting.

This would make a nice gift for a grandmother's birthday, Grandparent's Day, or Mother's Day.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Noah, Noah, What Do You See?



TITLE: Noah, Noah, What Do You See?
AUTHOR:  Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
ILLUSTRATOR: Melissa Iwai
PUBLISHER: Tommy Nelson
COPYRIGHT: 2017

About the book:
From the bestselling authors of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka, 1, 2, 3

 Noah, Noah, what do you see? I see animals in the ark with me.

Moses sees the Red Sea part. Daniel sees lions in the den. Mary sees baby Jesus smiling at her.

Noah, Noah, What Do You See? introduces little ones to favorite Bible heroes from the Old and New Testaments. With colorful art from Melissa Iwai and the signature rhyming style of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, parents and children alike will love the classic storytelling of Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson.

Bill Martin Jr. didn’t learn to read until he reached college, yet he earned a doctorate in education from Northwestern University. He was one of the world’s foremost authors in literary education, as well as a million-selling author of books including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? 

Michael Sampson, Ph.D., is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six books for young children, including Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 and The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry. Sampson is dean of the School of Education at St. John’s University in New York City and lives with his family on Long Island.

My thoughts:
As a teacher I have enjoyed Brown Bear, Brown Bear....book for many years.  So when I saw this book the title caught my eye.  I'd thought it would be the animals on the ark but was pleasantly surprised to find that each page is a different Bible hero...Adam, Noah, Jonah, Mary, Paul, and Zacchaeus to list a few!

I have already read it multiple times with my little boy (age 21 months) and he really likes it.  I asked him what is this book and he told me "Onah Onah."

We like the pictures and the rhythmic text.  I like that my little guy is being exposed to these Bible heroes with something related to what they did in the Bible.   I'm sure it is to be a favorite at your house too.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

God Made You Nose to Toes


TITLE: God Made You Nose to Toes
AUTHOR: Leslie Parrot
ILLUSTRATOR:  Estelle Corke
PUBLISHER: Zonderkidz
COPYRIGHT:  2002 (illustrations 2017)

About the book:

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 thoughts:
This is a most enjoyable book. My little boy (20 months) asks me to read it over and over.  The rhyming text is fun and the pictures are great.  It talks about how God made all of our body parts so it is fun to read and point to body parts.  This is board book and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  I recommend it to you for your little friends to help them learn that God loves them and made all their parts.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 


Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany


Friday, October 21, 2016

Hail to the Chief




TITLE: Hail to the Chief
AUTHOR: Callista Gingrich
ILLUSTRATOR:  Susan Arciero
PUBLISHER: Regernery Kids
COPYRIGHT: 2016

Our country's election is right around the corner.  We have had some amazing Presidents through our country's histroy and this book is a fun way to introduce children to some of them.  Let me tell you a little bit about a wonderful children's book called Hail to the Chief by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero.

This book is part of the "Ellis the Elephant" series.  I reviewed another book about this cute elephant here.

In this book Ellis meets some of our presidents along with a few facts about what they did during their presidency.

The illustrations are adorable, and I felt the presidents were very recognizable even though they were cartoons.  I love the rhyming text.  That makes it really appealing to me, and I think that it will make it more interesting for children to pay attention and learn from this book.  This would make a wonderful addition to your classroom library for an America unit or when you study Presidents in February.

I received this book from the publisher for my review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Two board books



TITLE: God Made the Moon and God Made the Sun
AUTHOR: Mary Manz Simon
ILLUSTRATOR: Lizzie Walkley
PUBLISHER: Worthy Kids
COPYRIGHT: 2016

What a cute set of board books for your little girl or guy! Check out these two books God Made the Moon and God Made the Sun by Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Lizzie Walkley.

We liked the rhyming text of these books and the fun illustrations. They have a cutout in each page where the moon/sun appear on each set of pages. Your little one will learn different ways the moon blesses us in the night and how the sun is there for us in the daytime. These books are not overly long but do have some educational points to them as they show things we can do at night or day.

My son and I enjoyed reading these books together.

You can visit the website of the author, Mary Manz Simon, here.

I received this set of board books from the First Look blog tour for my honest review. Thank you.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Blessings




TITLE: Pumpkin Patch Blessings
AUTHOR: Kim Washburn
ILLUSTRATOR: Jacqueline East
PUBLISHER: Zonderkidz
COPYRIGHT: 2016

We've had a week of cooler temperatures here in Texas, and it makes me look forward to the days of fall.  This cute little book will help you and your little one prepare for fall.

Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn and illustrated by Jacqueline East is a sweet board book for youngsters to learn about the blessings we can find around us during the fall season.  Blessings like colorful, crunchy leaves, roasted corn, hay rides, scarecrows, and pumpkins growing in the field.

I enjoyed this book and think it would be appropriate for toddlers and preschool aged children.  I like that this book shows many of the things we see in the fall season and helps the child be thankful for these things.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Messi Superstar


TITLE: Messi Superstar
AUTHOR: duopress labs
ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Stollberg
PUBLISHER: Duo Press
COPYRIGHT: 2016


About the book:
Millions of kids around the world know Lionel Messi, and they all know he is really good. But do they know how good he really is? To answer this question, this engaging book goes beyond a traditional biography and describes Messi’s life and record-breaking career through the use of fun graphics, comparisons with past and present players, playful reader challenges, and pages chock-full of interesting facts.

My thoughts:
I know nothing about soccer so I was not familiar with this player.  However, this book is a great little resource of information for children to learn more about this soccer player.  I liked how the information was presented with graphs and charts, not words alone.  The size of the book is smaller than a standard book.  The pages are colorful and full of graphics.  

I could see a teacher using this book with a soccer fan to help him/her enjoy reading or to teach about using information from the graphs.  This book will be well received by soccer fans I believe.

This book was provided to me by the publisher Duo Press in exchange for my honest review.  Thank you.