Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Review: "The Baby Beginner's Bible: Noah"

"The Baby Beginner Bible: Noah" is a very cute board book for babies and toddlers. It has wonderfully colorful pictures that fill the entire page along with a single word that tells about the picture. It tells the story of Noah and the flood using one word a page and the picture. You could expand on the story from the one word it gives. It is a good size for small hands to hold. It is also nice and sturdy.

  • Series: The Beginner's Bible
  • Board book: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition (May 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031073634X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310736349
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 6.3 inches

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Zonderkidz through their zblogsquad program. 

Book Review: "Bible Story Favorites (I Can Read: The Beginner's Bible) "

"I  Can Read: The Beginner's Bible Favorite Stories" is a collection of 5 "I Can Read" books that are available by themselves as well.

It contains:

  • Adam and Eve in the Garden
  • Baby Moses and the Princess
  • Joseph and His Brothers
  • Jonah and the Big Fish
  • Jesus Saves the World
The stories are at the "My First" level which "is ideal for sharing with emergent readers". The pages are full of bright and colorful pictures and the simple text makes it ideal for early readers (or reading with younger kids).  The enclosed CD is an audio book narration of the book with page turn signals. This is awesome for the kids to follow along and hear and see the words at the same time. I wish the book had a table of contents so you knew where the stories started without having to flip through the whole book to find it. I also found it odd that they had Joseph sold and he was put in jail. I understand that you don't want to put the accusations he faced, but put something like "They said he did something he didn't do". 

This book is available in hardcover
Publication date:
I Can Read! / The Beginner's BibleSeries Series

Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Zonderkidz through their zblogsquad program. All opinions are my own.


Book Review: "The Beginner's Bible"

"The Beginner's Bible" is written in the New International Reader's Version.  It has 20 full color pages of pictures of Bible stories. The beginning of the Bible has a presentation page, a word about the NIrV Bible, and a "Getting to Know Jesus" Q & A section.  The back of the Bible has a Dictionary and a list of 150 famous Bible stories and where they are found. Each book of the Bible has an introduction and an outline of contents before it.

I really liked the fact that The Beginner's Bible was written in a larger font (12 pt.) to be easier for children to read. I was sort of disappointed that it didn't give any other special helps or extra explanation sections that most Bibles geared for children have.

This Bible is a still a nice Bible for children aged 6-10.

You can get The Beginner Bible in hardcover:
  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Series: The Beginner's Bible
  • Hardcover: 2048 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310743567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310743569
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.7 x 8.7 inches

or in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 8696 KB
  • Print Length: 2048 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L7R7WA

I received a free copy of this Bible from Zonderkidz for me to review through their zblogsquad. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy 25th Birthday Beginner Bible and a Giveaway!

This marks the 25th anniversary of the Beginner Bible and in conjunction with ZonderKidz, I am able to have a giveaway for a set of amazing products (watch for the reviews in the next week). The kids had a birthday party for the Beginner Bible and colored pictures from the Beginner Bible. They had a lot of fun.

Our cupcakes and the "Birthday Product"!

 (I moved the cupcakes to a carrier to make it easier to color later)

Here is what you can win!

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I will use a random generator to find the winner. Contest ends July 7th at midnight EST (make sure I have a way to contact you if you won!)

Book Review: "An Amish Cradle" by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman

"An Amish Cradle" is a collection of four novellas. They each deal with an Amish couple and their struggles they face when their baby is born. They are not connected to each other in any other way.

This is what the "back" of the book says:

In His Father’s Arms by Beth Wiseman
Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down’s syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan.
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston
Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she—and Ben—will always be taken care of.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller
Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight—and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman
At 42, Etta thought she was finished having children, but she’s pregnant again. After a frightening labor, Etta finally gives birth, but her constant worry over her estranged grown son, David, haunts her still. As a new mother again, Etta must hold tightly to the promise that God will watch over her children—and that one day David will return.

Normally, I really like novellas as they are short and quick to read. So, I like Amish stories, so I figured I'd like this book. It wasn't that I hated the book, I just had a hard time reading it. It didn't engage me the way that other books do. I think a lot of that is due to the subject/theme. I didn't relate to the women in their struggles with Down's Syndrome, or having a child before being married, or  being blind. My favorite story was "An Unexpected Blessing" and I could relate to that story the most since she is the same age as me and I've worried about financial issues before.  I found the stories to be well written and good. 

"An Amish Cradle" is available for Kindle:
  • File Size: 1690 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 10, 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KQ2G20Y

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052911867X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529118677
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches

and in hardcover:
Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Christian Fiction
  • Hardcover: 537 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print; Lrg edition (June 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410479390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410479396

I received a digital advance reader copy of "An Amish Cradle" from netgalley for me to do an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Friday, June 19, 2015

End of School Activities

Because Andy's birthday is during the summer, I made a treat and brought it into school the last week of school instead.

Awards Ceremony : Kindergarten - 2nd grade

My camera acted up, so I didn't get a picture of William coming up for his award. He's sitting on the floor , 4th from the right side

Awards Ceremony: 3rd - 5th grades

5th Grade Graduation:

Videos of the graduation:

"Clap Out" (people line the halls and clap for the 5th graders for finishing elementary school)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review: "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" by Sarah E. Ladd

Cecily Faire is starting a new position as a lady's companion to the mistress of Willowgrove Hall. She has been carrying a secret with her for the past 5 years and fears it being exposed.

Nathaniel Stanton is the steward of Willowgrove Hall and carries his own secret. His secret could cause ruin to more than himself. As he gets to know Cecily, he is drawn to her, but to fall in love would be to share his secret and he isn't sure he can trust Cecily since she has her own secret.

I was drawn into this story and didn't want to put it down. I really liked the characters and felt for them. I had a few suspicions about how things might turn out, but I was wrong! So she was able to keep me entertained to the very end of the book. I was glad that they made peace with their pasts and with God.

"A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" is the 3rd in the whispers on the Moors series by Sarah Ladd.  Since I realized it was the 3rd of a series, I checked the first 2 books out of the library so I could read them in order. They are tied together, but not in a such a large way that you couldn't read them independently of each other. It is  mostly just a passing mention of a character from the previous book, without them making much of an appearance (if at all). I am still glad to have read the first 2 books, as I enjoyed Sarah Ladd's writing.

This book is available for Kindle:
  • File Size: 1343 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English

in paperback:
  • Series: Whispers On The Moors (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishing (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401688373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401688370
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches

I received a free digital Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.