Numbers in the Bible/ Colors in the Bible

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Museum of the Bible. Numbers in the Bible/ Colors in the Bible. Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids Ideals. 2018.

SUMMARY:
Two separate board books, Numbers in the Bible and Colors in the Bible connect basics to the Bible. 2 brothers (Jacob and Esau), 6 days to create, 10 commandments, red flames (on the burning bush), white dove, orange lion (Daniel)- all included on sturdy pages with bright colorful accompanying pictures. Simple words, scripture verses, and important messages all combine in these beautiful books for the youngest of tots.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Easy to read, simple to repeat and relating directly to the Bible, Numbers in the Bible and Colors in the Bible make sight words, colors, numbers, and a foundation of Bible stories a breeze to learn. Liking the child-friendly illustrations with cheerful colors, these durable books would be perfect for Sunday school, a library, or a personal library. Sure to become favorites, I wouldn’t hesitate to gift these often.  Wonderful!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Numbers in the Bible and Colors in the Bible from WorthyKids Ideals for my honest review*

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That Grand Easter Day!

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Lord, Jill Roma (author). Trunflo, Alessia (Illustrator). That Grand Easter Day!  Nashville, TN: WorthyKids/ Ideals Publishing. 2018.

SUMMARY:
Read to the tune of “This is the House that Jack Built”, That Grand Easter Day! follows the format in both rhythm and rhyme. Along the way of the story, main characters are introduced with the initial verse of “That Grand Easter Day!” repeated throughout. Easy to read with gloriously stunning illustrations, this book contributes joyously to the Easter celebration!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Beautifully illustrated with a straight-forward, simple yet eloquent verse, That Grand Easter Day! praises the Easter jubilation in a perfect way. I loved the easy to read and rhyme stanzas with the repetition of certain phrases; wonderful to read to little ones while also being remarkable enough for new readers. Liking the bunny that appears in the story, I admire the way tradition meets contemporary with room for both. (After all, didn’t God create bunnies?) I hope to find more same-style books from Jill Roma Lord and Alessia Trunflo observing other important holidays in a like-manner. (Perhaps a series of them?)  Well done!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of That Grand Easter Day! from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

VeggieTales-Very Veggie Bedtime Prayers

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Kennedy, Pamela. And Kennedy-Brady, Anne. VeggieTales- Very Veggie Bedtime Prayers. Nashville, TN: WorthyKids/ Ideals Publishing. 2018.

SUMMARY:
In a soft, cushy board-book, authors Pamela Kennedy and Anne Kennedy-Brady fill the sturdy pages with nighttime prayers. Surrounding the prayers are familiar, colorful and playful VeggieTales characters. With a mix of shorter and a bit longer prayers, each contains rhyming verse which reads quite easily. A few Scripture verses mingle on the pages in conjunction with the prayers, all with smiling Veggie figures.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Sweet, amiable, cheerful and engaging, VeggieTales- Very Veggie Bedtime Prayers is perfect for the evening routine of bedtime prayers. I like the simple rhymes which can be very calming as well as quickly learned. Familiarity is so important at a young age which VeggieTales delivers. The packaging of the book is soft yet strong for those chubby little hands (and spills). Great for home use, a church library, or baby gift, this board-book is sure to please.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of VeggieTales- Very Veggie Bedtime Prayers 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 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*

Busy, Busy!

Spinelli, Eileen (author). Ellis, Elina (illustrator). Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids/ Ideals Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
No matter the species, everyone is busy. Cat is busy tangling the yarn, Mouse is busy nibbling seeds, Mole is busy digging, Pig is busy in the mud, and Mommy is busy with work…BUT she always has time for a cuddle. With lots of adorable pictures, relatable animals, common activities, and love to share, Busy, Busy! is full of bright colors and reassuring cuddles. Constructed as a board book perfect for little hands, Eileen Spinelli and Elina Ellis make snuggle time even more enjoyable…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Fun, colorful, and charming, Busy, Busy! is so cute and cuddly. Offering encouragement even during the necessary busy times, small children are sure to love this thick book. Perfect in a child’s library, for the travel bag or in church, it would be delightful given as shower gift while paired with a stuffed animal, an animal outfit and rattle.  I especially liked the learning associated with each animal’s natural behavior as well as the sweet included message. Darling!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Busy, Busy! from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Would a Worm Go on a Walk?

Hall, Hannah C.(author). Bolton, Bill (illustrator). Would a Worm Go on a Walk? Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids/ Ideals Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Celebrating God’s planned uniqueness for each individual and species in this adorable children’s book, author Hannah Hall and illustrator Bill Bolton team up to teach the Bible verse from Genesis 1:31 (God saw all that He had made, and it was very good). Through silly animal renditions, rhyming verses, brilliant colors and engaging pictures, Would a Worm Go on a Walk shares God’s intentional purpose for each. Worms don’t walk, possums don’t dance, penguins don’t fly and lions don’t like water…BUT normal or odd, the wise Creator planned each detail, loves them all, and finished with the best masterpiece of all…you!

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With a strong basis, sing-a-long rhyming lines, recognizable animals, charming pictures and page-to-page color, Would a Worm Go on a Walk is sure to be a favorite. Whether a Sunday school library, school library or personal library, what a wonderful reminder of God’s love and plan for everyone. Loving the silliness yet message behind each verse, uniqueness and purpose is celebrated loudly and boldly. Excellent!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Would a Worm Go on a Walk from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Expectant Blessings

Aughtmon, Susanna Foth. Expectant Blessings: Prayers, Poems and Devotions for You and Your Baby. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Packaged in just an adorable little book, Expectant Blessings carries scriptures, prayers, thoughts, plans and ideas for during pregnancy. With varying personal stories combined with uniquely sweet prayers, charming poems, and associated scripture verses, the speaker and author, Susanna Foth Aughtmon, shares her writing knowledge, humor and faith within a perfect book for expectant parents.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Eye-catching from cover to cover, Expectant Blessings is just the right length and size for an afternoon rest. Relating to the stories and ideas found within, this cute book would make a splendid baby shower gift along with the other many necessities. I thoroughly enjoyed the devotions, remembered many of the feelings, and once again captured the essence of pregnancy while paging through this delightful little book. With several years experience of leading worship, working with children’s ministry, raising her own children and earning a degree in Social Science, Susanna Aughtmon does an excellent job of encouraging and reminding of God’s love for both mom and baby. What a wonderful way to introduce the littlest one to faith!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Expectant Blessings from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Things I’ve Said To My Children

Ripperger, Nathan. Things I’ve Said To My Children. USA: Ten Speed Press. 2015.

SUMMARY:
thingsivesaidtomychildrenEvery parent at some point in their parenting years has said something outlandish to their pride-and-joys. Touting the oddness, irrationality, and ridiculousness of children, author and illustrator Nathan Ripperger shares his absurd and unbelievable (but true) responses as a parent. Compiling, commemorating and celebrating these whimsical, preposterous, wacky and laughable phrases, Things I’ve Said To My Children will have parents smiling, nodding their heads and realizing they are not alone in their aberrant expressions…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I admit…I have been there, said that, meant it yet couldn’t believe I did. The author chronicles his outbursts in a cute manner in his book with adorable illustrations. Though I haven’t used all the included phrases listed, it did get me thinking of things I’ve said and appreciate the extra pages at the end to record my own utterances. Perfect for new parents, grandparents, grown children…Things I’ve Said To My Children would make the perfect gift. My favorites? “Don’t lick my arm- that’s what weird kids do.” “I am not talking to you…until you are wearing underwear!” “Please stop poking my bottom with your light-saber!” Funny, maybe not so funny (if you have said it), but clever, heartwarming and so relate-able!!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Things I’ve Said To my Children from Blogging For Books for my honest review*