The Bible Explorer’s Guide

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Zonderkidz. The Bible Explorer’s Guide: 1,000 Amazing Facts and Photos. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Is it possible that the olive trees at the traditional site of Gethsemane could be 900 years old?  Did you know the Philistines were one of Israel’s fiercest enemies because they knew the technology for making iron weapons? With 16,000 animals on board the ark, who knew that included 12 tons of animal waste every day? Filled with loads of Bible tidbits, references, and information, each two page spread is divided into themes, then sprinkled with material surrounding that theme including accompanying photographs. Easy to read yet packed full of information, The Bible Explorer’s Guide is perfect to share with all ages.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Visually pleasing with interesting portions of Bible trivia, though this book tends to be geared more towards elementary children, I enjoyed paging through it while sharpening my Bible skills and even learning a thing or two.  I was also impressed with the lead to the Bible scripture associated with the Bible facts shared in the different sections. Wonderful for a classroom, library or Sunday school lesson, it would also be perfect as a gift or for generational sharing. Drawn to the colorful photographs yet submersed into the fascinating information, it is definitely a book which could be used often and repeatedly. Well done!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Bible Explorer’s Guide from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

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Made for a Purpose

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Wilde, Kristie. Made for a Purpose: Joyful Creation Series. Sonora, CA: Wilde Art Press. 2016.

SUMMARY:
With every one of God’s creatures made for a specific purpose, author Kristie Wilde shares the special features given to each. With webbed feet and waterproof feathers- ducks can spend the day in the water, and with strong skull bones and long tongues-woodpeckers can find bugs for dinner…just a few of the included animal facts that are coupled with God’s purpose for us- to know Him and enjoy His creation! Beautifully illustrated, colorful pictures accompany each 2-page layout; part of the Joyful Creation series.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Written for preschoolers while appealing to the “why?” in every child, Made for a Purpose is a charming paperback book sure to delight. Like a little science book combined with related pictures while at the same time teaching about God, I found the beginning book of this new series to be wonderful. Aimed right at the preschool level with bold, highlighted terms and illustrated examples, this book would be perfect for a personal library, church library, Sunday school class or birthday gift. I look forward to more from this talented author and artist; truly a blessing.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Made for a Purpose from Bookcrash and the author for my honest review*

God’s Easter Miracles

Mancini, Lee Ann (author). Sharp, Dan (illustrator). God’s Easter Miracles- Adventures of the Sea Kids Series. Boca Raton, FL: GLM Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
As the newest addition to the Adventures of the Sea Kids series, God’s Easter Miracles surrounds the Easter Story while teaching sharing, caring, praying and rejoicing. Learning to be like Jesus in their Sunday School class, the Sea Kids need to share with Paul and pray for Lenny. Joining together to rejoice when prayers were answered with Easter miracles, these adorable, colorful and appealing creatures are sure to delight. With an added bonus of a hidden item to find on each page, this Award-winning Christian Series will be shared and requested again and again…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Yet another stunning addition to a beloved children’s series, God’s Easter Miracles continues the success of the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. Author Lee Ann Mancini and illustrator Dan Sharp team up again to design a book worthy of sharing. Touching on Easter, autism, and Manatee rescue through prayers, empathy and miracles, the messages are presented in an age-appropriate manner and encircled with gorgeous, full-page, charming pictures which will be positively embraced. Well done (again)!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of God’s Easter Miracles from BookCrash for my honest review*

God’s Gift

Mancini, Lee Ann (author). Sharp, Dan (illustrator). God’s Gift: Adventures of the Sea Kids Series. Boca Raton, FL: GLM Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
As part of the award winning series, Adventures of the Sea Kids, the newest addition explores the true meaning of Christmas whether celebrating Hanukkah or a more traditional Christmas. In God’s Gift, Jacob (Starfish) and Christian (Turtle) argue over the amount of presents they each will receive but soon discover the real meaning of Christmas, God’s gift to all. With adorable, full color illustrations and a lively, simple yet meaningful text, author Lee Ann Manicini and illustrator Dan Sharp coordinate again to provide a quality book perfect for sharing.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Loving this Christian book series already, I was excited to read another one with a timely focus on Christmas. With an impressive message and delightful child-friendly illustrations, I love the extra treat of returning to find a symbol on each page when the book is complete. Sure to be a favorite, this would be wonderful as a gift for children, great in a church library or Sunday school class, or cherished as a personal story to share at home. Hopefully, this talented team will continue with this series as I look forward to more.

RATING:
5 ( out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of God’s Gift from the author and BookCrash for my honest review*

Love One Another

Berenstain, Mike. Love One Another: The Berenstain Bears. Eugene, OR: Worthy Kids Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
In a thick chunky book perfect for little hands, the well known and beloved Berenstain Bears add yet another clever and adorable addition to the classic tradition. With a neighbor of the Bears just having had twin cubs, Mama Bear invites Sister and Brother Bear in joining her to make some blueberry muffins to share. Extending the Bible verse learned in Sunday school, to love one another, the sibling cubs take helping even further to rake leaves, set the table and watch the tiniest Bear.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having shared the Bearenstain Bears with my own children growing up, I am excited to see this series continue on with author Mike Berenstain. Filled with a wonderful lesson appreciated by all, Love One Another is perfect for Sunday school, church, a baby gift, or most any little hands. Debuting just before the Thanksgiving holiday, it may be just right to share with family over dinner while saying grace and giving thanks. Simple prose and darling illustrations only enhance the message, sure to be embraced by many.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Love One Another from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

A Servant Like Jesus

Mancini, Lee Ann (author). Sharp, Dan (illustrator). A Servant Like Jesus: Adventures of the Sea Kids Series. Boca Raton, FL: GLM Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Continuing in the multiple-award winning Christian series, Adventures of the Sea Kids, author Lee Ann Mancini and illustrator Dan Sharp once again team up in the newest addition, A Servant Like Jesus. The Sea Kids are just starting class at Fish-Care Cove School and Charlie Crab is too shy to participate. When his teacher, Miss Stella Starfish, needs a helper, Charlie comes out from his hiding place to help, using his special God-given gift of serving. Modeling himself after Jesus, Charlie soon finds his confidence through helping others.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Another book in the adorable Adventures of the Sea Kids series, with full-page spreads of eye-catching color and darling illustrations of sea friends coupled with a faith-filled message. I already am a fan of this series and this current extension only solidifies my thoughts. Perfect for preschoolers and elementary age children, in a school library, Sunday school or on personal shelves, A Servant Like Jesus shares important lessons of serving, empathy and Jesus.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Servant Like Jesus from BookCrash and the author for my honest review*

Courgeous Jack

Colwell, Cheryl. Harris, Brittany. Courageous Jack: Noble Character- Building Series- Volume 1. Inspired Fiction Books. 2015.

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SUMMARY:
Young Jack loses his blue ball and wonders where it may have gone…in the bird’s nest? Perhaps into the cave? Or, caught in the waves? Maybe surrounded by crocodiles? None-the-less, Jack must muster up the necessary courage to find it. With rhyming verses and delightfully illustrated coordinating pictures, Courageous Jack gently teaches the character building lesson of courage, in a reader-friendly manner. Written and illustrated by a mother-daughter team, this first book in the series is dedicated to Jack, son and grandson of the authors.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Already quite the fan of author Cheryl Colwell, I was excited to read this new preschool/ elementary age book from the author team. With rhyming words making it easy for beginner readers, though some of the words were a bit of a stretch, it was still successful, especially concerning the intended message. As part of a new series connected to character building, this may prove to be only the beginning of a truly inspirational collection. Perfect for Sunday school, a church library, a kindergarten bookshelf, beginning readers or part of a preschooler gift, I look forward to the next installment.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Courageous Jack from the authors and BookCrash for my honest review*

The Berenstain Bears’ Book of Prayers

Berenstain, Mike. The Berenstain Bears’ Book of Prayers. Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids/ Ideals. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
In true classic Berenstain Bear style, the newest book to join the BB collection, The Berenstain Bears’ Book of Prayers, is full of prayers perfect for sharing. With prayer topics including family, pets, friends, animals, nature, food, emotions, safety, health and plenty more, this softly padded board book is even more appealing with bright colorful pictures. Author Mike Berenstain continues the beloved tradition seamlessly…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Absolutely adorable! Filled with pages of easy to recite prayers with important messages, this sturdy book contains three to four prayers per page spread and of course, they rhyme in the most charming ways! Coupled with the Berenstain Bear family characters, this sweet little book would be great in a child’s library, Sunday school room, church bag or most anywhere. I really like the varying subjects of the prayers as well as the ease with which they can be repeated and remembered. The “thanks” and “bedtime” prayers were some of my favorite. I look forward to more in the popular BB growing series.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Berenstain Bears’ Book of Prayers from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

God Made You Just Right

Lord, Jill Roman (author). Wummer, Amy (illustrator). God Made You Just Right. Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids Ideals. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
In a thick board book, author Jill Roman Lord and illustrator Amy Wummer share the important message with little minds that each is made perfect. With unique tickle spots, perfect noses, special uses of fingers, gentle hearts, creative talents and extraordinary silliness, God made each amazing, one of a kind. With charming pictures, lots of smiles and tons of cheerfulness, God Made You Just Right leaves no doubt as to each person’s special uniqueness…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Adoring the beautiful illustrations (especially the puppies), and liking the easy, flowing verses based on Jeremiah 29:11, this eye and ear pleasing board book would be perfect for small children, Sunday school, quiet moments or as a gift. Packed with such an important message based on a bible verse, when coupled with the darling illustrations, it combines into a wonderful package celebrating God’s art and love of each. Well done!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of God Made You Just Right from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon

Simon, Mary Manz (author). Walkley, Lizzie (illustrator). God Made the Sun. God Made the Moon. Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids Ideals. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
As a pair of books that share God’s unconditional love during both the day and evening, God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon are adorable. With rhyming stanzas, a die-cut sun and moon shape, thick cardboard pages and lots of color, these books are sure to please little hands. Matching pictures to each verse help solidify the message of God’s goodness, no matter the time of day. Perfect to share with children at home, church, school or in a library, marveling at God’s beauty.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Cute, sweet, bright and textured, these books are separate yet work well as a pairing. The illustrations bring the rhymes to life making it easy for toddlers to learn, repeat and begin to read. With an important message included, these books would make an excellent gift, work well in Sunday school, or for a quiet snuggle. Hopefully more books will be added to this delightful set of books.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*