Archive for September, 2010


Article first published as Book Review: A Christmas Prayer by Amy Parker on Blogcritics.

We live in a world that is so obsessed with material things. Christmas has become a way for merchants to make a small fortune instead of it being the celebration of Christ’s birth. It is not unusual for parents to spend thousands of dollars in gifts so they can keep up with the status quo.

Are you looking for a book that can teach your young ones about the true meaning of the spirit of Christmas? Are you worried you may not have enough money to lavish your child with expensive gifts Christmas 2010? If you answered yes to either question, you will enjoy reading Amy Parker’s A Christmas Prayer with your child.

A Christmas Prayer takes a fresh look at what Christmas is all about. Instead of asking for toys, a little girl acts out the story of the Nativity. She ends with thanking God for his most precious gift of all, Jesus Christ the Savior of mankind.

This story will warm the coldest of hearts. Every mom will take delight reading this book to their children. The soft detailed illustrations by world renowned illustrator, Marijan Ramljak, brings the story to life.

A big thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing me with a free copy for review



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Author: Marilee Crow
Artist: K.C. Snider
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-067-5; 1616330678
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-068-2; 1616330686

As a mother of three children, I have learned from firsthand experience what it feels like when your child gets teased by others. As the nurturing person we are meant to be, we are compelled to find ways to soften the blow when our children are teased mercilessly. If you are a concerned parent looking for a wholesome story to share with your child about the subject of being ridiculed or picked on, I highly recommend Marilee Crow’s A Short Tale About A long Tail.

The story is about Stanley Squirrel. Stanley stands out from the other squirrels because of his unusual very, very long tail. Stanley is often teased by Reggie Squirrel. The other animals don’t like Reggie’s teasing, so they try their best to make Stanley feel better.

Stanley begins to question why he is so different from the other squirrels. He asks his mom why he had such a long tail. “It’s what makes you unique,” his mother answers. After a nice session of self-esteem build up, Reggie takes his mom’s advice and goes out to gather nuts and acorns.

Along the journey to collect nuts and acorns Stanley first runs into an owl who gives him some solid advise. Before too long Stanley begins to realize that perhaps he is special. The baby squirrels love him because they use his long tail for jumping rope.

That day, Stanley plays tag with the other squirrels, but Reggie wants to spoil everyone’s fun by saying: “Stanley’s tail is very weird. Stanley’s tail should be feared.” For the first time Stanley stands up to Reggie. He does not run away or cry. Instead, he boldly says to Reggie, “My tail is just unique. Let’s now play hide and seek.”

The story takes a very interesting twist when Reggie comes across some very steep danger, and Stanley uses his long unique tail to rescue Reggie. This is the part of the story that resonates quite well with me. It shows that life can throw you some unexpected curb balls, and you never know who will be there to give you a helping hand. The story can be read to young children to teach them that it is not good to tease others and make fun of them. It can also be used to teach children that it is always good to treat everyone with respect and dignity.

K.C Snider did a fine job bringing the story to life through her masterful illustrations. Lastly, I want to thank the author for providing me with a free copy of her book for review



Article first published as Book Review: A Necklace for Jiggsy by Kit Grady on Blogcritics.

Author and Artist: Kit Grady
PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61633-091-0; 1616330910
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-092-7; 1616330929

Here lately I have been doing a lot of reviews of books published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Every book I have reviewed has left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. This book, A Necklace for Jiggsy, is just as wonderful as the previous ones I have reviewed. There is a valuable lesson to be learned from each book.

Jiggsy is a junk yard dog always in search of food. The life of a junk yard dog is not easy. Jiggsy must get up pretty early if he wants to get a bite to eat. The yard is not a safe place because Jiggsy is surrounded with thieves. His only possession is his favorite pillow.

Jiggsy finds a very expensive necklace. Will he keep the necklace or will he return it to its owner? When someone steals Jiggsy’s favorite pillow, it makes him stop to think about what if feels like when someone steals something of value from you.

I am very fond of a Necklace for Jiggsy because it can be used to teach young children the importance of being honest, and that it is not good to keep something they found if they know to whom the item belongs to.

It is very rare to come across a great book with a great message written and illustrated by the same person. A Necklace For Jiggsy is written and illustrated by Kit Grady. Ms. Grady brought her story to full life with her brilliant and masterful illustrations. She bestowed a huge honor upon me by giving me a free copy of her book for review.


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I love reading books that convey good, wholesome and positive messages to children.  Max Lucado’s book One Hand, Two Hands is a well written book that teaches children how to use their hands to serve others.

Children learn best by example; consequently the author gives several examples on how a child can use his or her hand to help others.   I especially like the following examples: 

 “write grandma a letter, with hands and a hug, we make people feel better, wash dishes with Mommy.”

The colorful illustrations brought the story to life.  Every child should have a copy of this wonderful, well written book.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a free copy of this outstanding book for review.


Article first published as Book Review: Animal Sound Mix-Up by Connie Arnold on Blogcritics.

Animal Sound Mix-up
Guardian Angel Animals & Pets

Author: Connie Arnold
 Artist: Kit Grady
PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61633-083-5;  161633083X 
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-084-2; 1 616330848

 Do you like reading to your toddlers? Are you a proud grandma and grandpa looking for a good book to read to your precious grandkids? If you answered yes to either question, look no further. Connie Arnold’s Animal Sound Mix-Up will bring sheer delight to your little bundle of joy.

Written in beautiful rhyme, the book explores the sound that domestic, farm and jungle animals make. To help young toddlers learn about sounds, the author poses silly questions like: What would happen if a cat were to moo? Or what if a lion said meow… or if a donkey said bow-wow? The colorful pictures on every page will keep a young child captivated while learning what sounds goes with what animal in a fun way.

I can visualize the learning that can take place reading this book to a toddler. The book can be used as a very handy educational tool to teach young children beginning sounds.

Homeschooling has become a viable option for many families; this book would be a good choice for teaching first sounds through rhyming. Some examples of rhyming used throughout the book are: say, day, way- bear, stare- howl, owl- squeak, speak-meow, and bow-wow.

The author graciously provided me with a PDF file of this book for review. After reading it once, I went back and read it again and again. The illustrations by Kit Grady added more depth to the story. I highly recommend this book to any parent or grandparent looking for a good book that can be both fun and educational


Would you like to teach your children how their actions can make a huge impact in someone’s life? Are you looking for ways to instill in your child that every choice he or she makes, good or bad can make a difference in the life of others?  Andy Andrews’ The Boy Who Changed the World will help you accomplish the task of teaching your child how everything we do in our lives can make a difference in the world we live in.

The book is about three boys:  Norman Borlaug, Henry Wallace, and George Washington Carver.  The author cleverly used the butterfly effect to illustrate how the action of each boy had a ripple effect on the entire world.  Any child reading this story will be encouraged to do positive things that will perhaps change the world.

The most inspiring part of this book is the clear message that each one of us can make a huge difference in the life of mankind by engaging in the smallest of act.  The illustration helps the story jump off the page.   I really enjoyed reading this well written book. 

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program.