Book Review – God Gave Us You

Publisher Description

When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her mama a very important question–one that little “human cubs” often wonder about too: “Where did I come from?”
As Mama Bear tucks her young cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: “We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because…”God gave us you.”

Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime, or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children’s self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from above.

When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question–one that little “human cubs” often wonder about, too: “Where did I come from?”

As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: “We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because–“God gave us you.”

Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children’s self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from the Lord.
Just another wonderful book in this Adorable Polar Bear series! My Children LOVE these books! When the book arrived my 6 year old son couldn’t wait to read it. My husband read it and my 19month old twins sat and listened and pointed at the pages…it was precious!

I’m always recommending The “God Gave us” books, they are perfect for families with children of all ages. This book would be a perfect gift for the little one in you life…Easter is coming up! 🙂

*please note that I was given this book in exchange for my honest thoughts.

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

Hardcover: 40 pages Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1st edition (September 19, 2000) Language: English ISBN-10: 9781578563234 ISBN-13: 978-1578563234

Book Review – Thank You, God, for Mommy

Thank You, God, For Mommy

Padded Board Book
By Amy Parker

Mommies do so much for us! It’s time to thank God for the blessing they are. In this adorable board book, a little panda thanks God for his wonderful mommy—a mommy who gives hugs and cuddles, who takes great care of him, and most importantly, who offers love and guidance for her precious panda cub.
The love and sacrifices of mothers everywhere will be celebrated by mother and child as they snuggle up together and say Thank You, God, for Mommy.

My review…

I got this book a few days after my birthday! I love it so much and so do my kids! The Panda Bear illustrations are precious…I love Pandas! My six year old son was so excited to read this book, he wanted to sit in my lap and cuddle while we read it, which I totally love…what mommy wouldn’t. Although it is a short little picture book, it is powerful and very sweet and moving! The beginning of each page starts with “Thank you, God, for Mommy…” and has a adorable illustration to go with each page.

Thank You, God, for Mommy,

And lullabies so sweet—

The beating of her great, big heart

Sings me right to sleep.

I would highly recommend this for every family! It is a perfect book to share with you little ones. Share your love for them and God’s beautiful love as well!

Format: Padded Board Book

Trim Size: 8 x 7.90 x 0.70

Page Count: 20

Retail Price: $9.99 ISBN: 140031707X

ISBN-13: 9781400317073

Style#: 9781400317073

* please note that I was given this by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Review – The Charlatan’s Boy

The back cover of The Charlatan’s Boy
“I only know one man who might be able to tell me where I come from, and that man is a liar and a fraud.”


As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.


It’s a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as “The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.” But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.


When Floyd stages an elaborate plot to revive Corenwalders’ belief in the mythical swamp-dwellers known as the feechiefolk, he overshoots the mark. Floyd’s Great Feechie Scare becomes widespread panic. Eager audiences become angry mobs, and in the ensuing chaos, the Charlatan’s Boy discovers the truth that has evaded him all his life—and will change his path forever.

What I thought…ok Cons first…
I was really excited about getting this book. I read so many wonderful reviews that talked about how fun and engaging it was. However, I found The Charlatan’s Boy was not for me. It took more than a week to get through the first 17 pages, and more than two weeks to complete after that…this is VERY odd for me, I usally can read a book of this size in a day or two. I personally didn’t find it was as engaging as many people seemed to say. I do agree with many of the reviews that it is funny and kind of off the wall odd. I’m not sure why I didn’t connect with it as much as I had hoped. The fact that the book is about a boy who everyone said was so ugly and didn’t have a Mama was just not something that struck my fancy. With all this being said, I know a number of people that I will pass the book on to, including my husband, who I truly believe will enjoy it greatly.
my Pros…
The book is written with a kind of Southern Country twang, which I really enjoyed…it reminded me of my late Grandfather.
The ending of the book is very sweet and made me cry. It was a great ending to the book…even though I was not in love with it, I will still suggest it to those who I think would truly enjoy it

Please note that I got this book for free from the publisher WaterBrook Multnomah Books in exchange for a honest review.

 Reading Level: Young Adult
Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 5, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0307458229 ISBN-13: 978-0307458223

 

Book Review – Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a Novella

From the back cover of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a Novella:

“Every year, the Matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host a enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the Romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.”

Enchanting…is the Perfect word to describe Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a Novella

Favorite Quote: page 83

Sandy’s words- “This is what Jesus said: ‘Let the little Children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like little a child will never enter it.’ Then the bible says Jesus took the children in His arms and blessed them. That means that people who think like a little child are special to God.” The words of sweet Sandy gave me chills and tears. In my family we have our own special and very sweet “Sandy” and I love the way this is approached by Donita…Just beautiful and sweet!

Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball a Novella is a whimsical book about, a very different pair (Cora and Simon) with very different families, a peculiar street, a few odd shoppes and owners. Donita K. Paul has hit the jackpot with Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball, she uses fun whimsical names like Wizbotterdad & Booterbaw, with a old fashioned feel, in addition she paints a fantastic picture that makes you feel as if you are a part of this whimsical adventure.

From the moment I saw the cover of Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball I knew I would love it! From the very first word I was hooked. Without realizing it, I found my self half way through the book in only one short hour, I found my self laughing out loud many times. This is the kind of book you don’t want to put down. When I did put it down, I found my self wondering what was going to happen and how events were going to play out!

Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball beautifully tells a story of God’s Divine plan, and how events can play out to show us what has always been right in front of us! I found my self identifying with Cora’s Family and Simon’s family both at the same time. Sandy will make you smile & the Booterbaw Sisters will make you laugh! Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball is a fun loving, whimsical, funny adventure that I would recommend to everyone! The book is filled with tons of smart quotes. It is a perfect book for a cold night when the kids are in bed, or by the fire.

By Donita K. Paul

ISBN-13: 9780307458995
Pub. Date: October 2010
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
Single women/Fiction
Please get your self a copy of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a Novella, you will be so happy you did!

Two Tickets would be a perfect gift!

 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own.