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*

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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*

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*

What a Bragger!

Mancini, Lee Ann (author). Sharp, Dan (illustrator). What a Bragger: Sea Kids Series. Boca Raton, FL: GLM Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
BraggerHaving the most sand toys, the most delicious ham sandwich, and the best lunchbox, Melissa the Puffer-fish loves to brag about her items. Finding her upset one day, her classmates discover Melissa and her family are actually quite in need. Collecting treasure coins to throw Melissa a surprise birthday party at school, the Sea Kids gather together to let her know they care which results in Melissa learning a lesson about bragging…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Absolutely loving the first book in the Sea Kids series, Fast Freddy, I knew I had to read this one! While teaching a lesson gently, this book also incorporates faith, adorable characters, lots of color, and the most fantastic pictures. The hidden Jesus symbol on each page is an added bonus. (I even needed help finding one of the fish!) Combining an author with several Master degrees in Theology with an illustrator who designs for Disney and Warner Brothers, What a Bragger is perfect for children (and adults) of any age. Part of the proceeds of this book are even donated to Christian charities that minister to children…I may just love the Sea Kids as much as the author and her sisters do!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of What a Bragger from the author and BookCrash for my honest review*

Fast Freddy

Mancini, Lee Ann. Sharp, Dan (illustrator). Fast Freddy: Adventures of the Sea Kids Series. Boca Raton, FL: GLM Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
freddyFreddy, a new student in class, is a bit different…he has the head of a shark and the body of an octopus. Feeling like a fish out of water in his new school, Freddy struggles to get along with the other children until he is asked to join the Catfish Cruisers Swim Team. Accepting the challenge, he soon learns that being unique is a true gift with many blessings…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
A simple yet complex story on friendship, uniqueness, God-given gifts, and acceptance all coupled with amazing colorful pictures, I truly enjoyed the message and stunning presentation of Fast Freddy. Definitely a book to be shared with children, even adults will gravitate towards this story. Complete with a hidden Jesus-fish symbol on each page, the lessons on kindness and friendship run deep. As the author of the Adventures of Sea Kids series as well as having completed several theological degrees, Lee Ann Mancini pairs well with illustrator Dan Sharp, artistic creator for Disney, Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbara. ¬† A Benjamin Franklin Award book…well done!

RATING: 4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Fast Freddy from the author and BookCrash for my honest review*