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Thank You, God, for Grandma

Title: Thank You, God, for Grandma
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Rosalinda Kightley
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8925-2

“Thank You, God, for Grandma;
There’s nothing I can do
I know she’ll always love me, and …
Grandma, I love you too!”
Amy Parker ends in her children’s book, Thank You, God, for Grandma.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about honoring a young one’s grandmother. Full page color illustrations of a bear with two of her grand cubs cover both sides of the opened pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this short tale concentrates on a bear grandmom who cares, teaches, plays, spoils, sings, and interacts with her grandchildren. While there are fun scenes of bears romping in the field, reading books, dressing up, playing hide-and-seek, cooking, picnicking, and singing, it is also noted the grandmother shows how to care for others and let God’s love shine. The beginning and end of the book stress that young ones should be thankful to God for their grandparent.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and I love how this one focuses on a grandma and what she does that is special. The pictures are engaging and fun to look at for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why one would thank God for grandparents. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
The author of over thirty books that have sold over one million copies worldwide, Parker focuses on children, teens, and adults. Married, she and her husband have two sons. No information is given on the illustrator, Kightley.

~ Wish ~
Because this book only shows a grandmother and grandchild relationship, it should be noted there is a similar book about grandfathers too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bonding book about a grandma with pictures of bears, this is a nice choice.  It would be an adorable book to have in the grandparents’ home when the young ones come for a visit and cuddle up with their grammy and be read it.

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Thank You, God, for Grandpa

Title: Thank You, God, for Grandpa
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Rosalinda Kightley
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8929-0

“Thank You, God, for Grandpa;
There’s nothing I can do
To make my grandpa love me less –
Grandpa, I love you too!”
Amy Parker ends in her children’s book, Thank You, God, for Grandpa.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about honoring a young one’s grandfather. Full page color illustrations of a monkey with two of his grandkids cover both sides of the opened pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this short tale concentrates on a monkey grandpa who loves, teaches, tells stories, spoils, explains Jesus, and interacts with his grandchildren. While there are fun scenes of monkeys hugging, playing games, fishing, skipping rocks, pitching trick curveballs, eating yummy desserts, and catching fireflies, it is also noted how the grandfather shows Jesus’s love and how to pray. The beginning and end of the book stress that young ones should be thankful to God for their grandparent.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and I love how this one focuses on a grandpa and what he does that is special. The pictures are engaging and fun to look at for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why one would thank God for grandparents. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
The author of over thirty books that have sold over one-million copies worldwide, Parker focuses on children, teens, and adults. Married, she and her husband have two sons. No information is given on the illustrator, Kightley.

~ Wish ~
Because this book only shows a grandfather and grandchild relationship, it should be noted there is a similar book about grandmoms too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bonding book about a granddad with pictures of monkeys, this is a nice choice. It would be an adorable book to have in the grandparents’ home when the young ones come for a visit and sit in grandpa’s lap to be read it.

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The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets
Author and Illustrator: Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74882-3

“Lord, we ask that you bless and protect this pet who gives such great joy and is cared for and loved in return. We ask this in Jesus’ name,” Preacher Brown prays over the animals in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this unnumbered twenty-four-page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like short stories of the well-known family of bears. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story has colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. No Bible verses are listed, but there are a few references as well as part of a hymn.

In this story, Preacher Brown plans a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at the bears’ church. While the Berenstain bears bring their dog, cat, goldfish, and parakeet, other animals such as lizards, snakes, turtles, farm animals, mice, and a crab attend. The pastor’s large dog starts a ruckus that involves all the animals until they are calmed down by one word. The ending includes a word search puzzle.

~ Why ~
This book reminds children that God watches not only over us but also over His entire creation including our pets. It promotes the Berenstain family is involved in taking care and loving their pets. I like the preacher’s reminder that God’s eye is on the sparrow as He watches over us too.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not understand asking God for blessings. Some may disagree with the concept that pets can be blessed by God as humans are. Due to the extensive writing, some beginner readers may struggle with some of the complicated wording.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
Page numbers would be helpful for some readers learning their numbers. I am unsure about blessing a pet as I do not know of any Biblical references regarding it.

~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series, this one may be enjoyed if you have no issue participating in a ceremony asking God to bless your pet.

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God Bless Our Baby

Title: God Bless Our Baby
Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrator: Steve Whitlow
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8666-4

“Our family’s  growing bigger now. We’re happy as can be! This special day, we all can say, ‘God bless our new baby!’” Hannah C. Hall ends her children’s book, God Bless Our Baby.

~ What ~
This twenty-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded edges targets children ages three to six years old who enjoy stories about babies, animals, and God. Focusing on the upcoming birth of a sibling, the colorful pages are filled with adorable expressions with four rhyming lines. Each page shows a father and/or mother and baby animals such as elephants, squirrels, raccoons, kangaroos, bears, pigs, kittens, and rabbits.

~ Why ~
Explaining a new sister or brother to a family can be confusing for a young child to understand, but this book introduces the concept of a sibling being added. I like how the reader is reminded to wait and see, use a whisper voice, help bathe, play, and sing to the infant as the reader learns to love, cuddle, and play gently with the one God made special. The pictures are cute and detailed enough to keep a young child’s attention, especially the butterflies that are incorporated into each illustration.

~ Why Not ~
With multiple-syllable and a few hard-to-comprehend words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
Having read approximately forty-five hundred books to her four children, the author has written her own while living with her husband and family in Arkansas. With no formal training in art, the illustrator has been a professional artist for over twenty years and lives in England with his family.

~ Wish ~
Although the rhyming is charming, it would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners. Mentioning the baby inside the mother’s tummy might be easier to understand if inserted before being told to be quiet during a baby’s nap time.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that helps toddlers and kindergarteners learn about an upcoming addition to the family, this would be an excellent choice.

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Otis the Owl

Otis the OwlTitle: Otis the Owl
Author and Photographer: Mary Holland
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-9408

“Otis finds the courage to climb out and perch on a nearby limb,” Mary Holland writes in the story section of her children’s book, Otis the Owl.

~ What ~
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages five to eight years old who enjoy educational information about owls. It may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short story, the early life of Otis the barrel owl explains how he hatched after four weeks in an egg, uses his talons to climb to the tree hole’s entrance, has a sister he does not always get along with yet preens, eats the prey his parents provide, and gets ready to fly so he can catch his meals.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about owl pellets, a game of what the creatures eat, different types of owls, and their anatomy.

~ Why ~
What makes this book interesting is not only the section on an owl living in a tree and learning how to climb out and fly away but also the facts regarding how the birds cough up skeletons, also eat frogs, snakes, and skunks, and that their ears are on the sides of their heads, not tops. Any child will enjoy looking at the close-up photographs while learning about these birds.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like owls may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two. Most of the photographs are of a tree with an owl or two peering out of a hole so may not be engaging to all viewers. Having two scenes of dead animals in the owls’ mouths may concern or upset some young children.

~ Who ~
Award-winning children’s book author, Holland is also a naturalist, nature photographer, and columnist living in Vermont with her dog. Having worked as a naturalist at New York’s Museum of the Hudson Highlands and the Massachusetts Audubon Society, she has written several children’s books.

~ Wish ~
With the young owl mainly being shown at its nest in the tree hole, it would be helpful if more scenery or different locations were included. I wish more books like this were available that had a story yet provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, engaging way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about the early life of barrel owls for kindergarteners to third-grade children, this may be an interesting read.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Moonlight Crab Count

Moonlight Crab CountTitle: Moonlight Crab Count
Author: Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis
Illustrator: Veronica V. Jones
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-9316

“Leena counts crabs while Mom writes down the data. Bobie doesn’t even bark once,” Dr. Neeti Bathala and Jennifer Keats Curtis write in the story section of their children’s book, Moonlight Crab Count.

~ What ~
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages eight to twelve years old who enjoy educational information about horseshoe crabs. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short story, Leena and her mom along with their dog, Bobie, live near a bay on the East Coast. In the dark of the night, they take their boat to an island and count the horseshoe crabs they find. After writing down the time, temperature, and wind speed, Leena spots the crabs, reporting if they are male or female as her mom charts the information on a clipboard. Leena turns a few crabs over while the dog silently watches. By morning, the crabs have returned to the sea, and the project is accomplished.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about the characteristics of horseshoe crabs, where they live and procreate, the writer’s vocation as an ecologist, a step game about citizen scientists, and how to help horseshoe crabs.

~ Why ~
Although I never have heard of horseshoe crabs since I live on America’s West Coast, they are interesting creatures as this book explains. What makes this book fun is not only the tale about counting the tailed creatures, but their medicinal value and facts regarding their ten eyes, bright blue blood, and tiny hairs along with their ability to lay twenty-thousand eggs at a time which are sometimes eaten by red knot birds. Any child will enjoy looking at the pictures while learning about the crabs.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like crabs may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two of interest. Others may not like how dark the illustrations are in the book, but it is portrayed as night throughout the story.

~ Who ~
An associate professor in Pennsylvania, Bathala has studied sea creatures around the world. She lives in New Jersey, and this is her debut children’s picture book. Illustrator Curtis is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books about wildlife rescue, animal care, and citizen science and lives in Maryland. Jones is a freelance and children’s illustrator who lives in Virginia; this is her debut picture book.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books like this were available that had a story yet provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, engaging way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about horseshoe crabs for elementary school aged children, this one offers a lot of information that would be helpful for a book report or school discussion, especially if you lived on the East Coast.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Honey Girl

Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk SealTitle: Honey Girl
Author: Jeanne Walker Harvey
Illustrator: Shennen Bersani
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-9224

“Hopefully, in the years to come, many more Hawaiian monk seals will be spotted off the islands of Hawai’i,” Jeanne Walker Harvey writes toward the end of her children’s book, Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal.

~ What ~
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages five to eight years old who enjoy educational information about seals. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short book, Honey Girl is a favorite Hawaiian monk seal that is injured by a fishing hook and line. Scientists and veterinarians take her to an aquarium where they remove the hook and nurse her back to health. However, when they release her back into the ocean, they are concerned about her weight. Over time, she gains weight and becomes pregnant. Volunteers keep her and her pup safe on the sand until the mammals return to the sea. Later, Honey Girl has another pup and also becomes a grandmother.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about the monk seal’s life cycle, fun facts about seals and mammals with maps, a discussion on conservation, and a word scrambler game about rescuing and rehabilitating Honey Girl.

~ Why ~
What makes this book fun is not only the charming story about an injured seal that is taken care of by people, but it also explains the characteristics of a monk seal. I enjoyed the information on their weight, length, and fur while also describing what it eats and where it lives. The illustrations are descriptive and engaging to hold the attention of the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like seals may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two of interest. Young ones may have trouble understanding the words and ideas, but it is a good teaching tool for those interested in seals and protecting them.

~ Who ~
The author of several award-winning books, Harvey has been a language arts teacher who currently gives school tours at a museum. She lives in Northern California with her cat and visits sea lions often in the bay. An award-winning children’s book illustrator, author Bersani loves nature and life lessons for children of all ages. Having illustrated many books with her detailed, realistic designs, the artist lives in Massachusettes.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books like this were available that had a story yet provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, entertaining way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about monk seals for elementary aged children, this will delight those that like stories and teach those wanting to learn.

Thanks to Arbordale Publishing for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Bat Count

Bat Count: A Citizen Science StoryTitle: Bat Count
Author: Anna Forrester
Illustrator: Susan Detwiler
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-62855-8951

“If our barn really is a maternity roost, and our bat has pupped, we’ll have two,” Jojo explains in Anna Forrester’s children’s book, Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story.

~ What ~
This thirty-two unnumbered page paperback with a thick folding jacket cover targets children ages eight to twelve years old who enjoy an informative story about bats. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording. Expressive, colorful illustrations grace both sides of the tale’s pages.

In this short story, Jojo and her twin baby brothers and parents have the interesting job of counting bats that nest in their barn every year. As the numbers sadly drop to only one bat, they spend a night outside, waiting for the mother bat to return. When she does, not only is the family happy to see her, but they are excited with the growing count of bats.

The last four pages have more educational tools of learning activities for creative minds that involve information about bat facts, their body parts, white nose syndrome, helping them survive, and how to be a citizen scientist.

~ Why ~
Although I am not one that cares for bats, they are fascinating creatures as this book explains in the story and end. I liked that it told how bats usually birth one pup at a time, can succumb to a deadly illness, and yearly counted. The ending has a plethora of facts regarding mega- and micro-bats, echolocation, body parts such as thumbs and tails, how white nose syndrome is spread, protecting them, and resources for counting.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like bats may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two of interest. Others may wish there were puzzles or games about bats included.

~ Who ~
An amateur naturalist, Forrester enjoys writing about nature as she creates gardens and green spaces for children. This is her debut children’s picture book. Detwiler is not only an illustrator of several award-winning children’s books but also an author who lives in Maryland with her husband.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books like this were available that had a story yet provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, engaging way.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about bats for elementary-aged children, this will delight many interested in the unique mammal.

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God Made You Nose to Toes

God Made You Nose To ToesTitle: God Made You Nose to Toes
Author: Leslie Parrott
Illustrator: Estelle Corke
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75740-5

“God loves you completely from your head to big toe. God loves and will keep you wherever you go,” Leslie Parrott rhymes in her children’s book, God Made You Nose to Toes.

~ What ~
This unnumbered eighteen page hardbound with a padded front cover and rounded edges targets children two to five years old, especially those who like learning about our bodies. With no scary scenes, the rhyming book has colorful pictures that are broadly illustrated on every page.

With a brightly colored toucan involved in an activity on each page, this short story compares a child’s nose and fingers to the bird’s  beak, a monkey with knees, a giraffe looking at the stars, a boy splashing in water, many animals laughing, a crocodile brushing his teeth, a monkey counting hairs, and all of them having fun, knowing God made them.

~ Why ~
This is a fun book that teaches the different parts of the human body, comparing them to animals and reinforcing that God made each part for a specific reason. I like the easy rhyming format that is informative while the artwork is engaging, holding a young one’s attention.

~ Why Not ~
Since the book is aimed at two to five-year-olds, it may be too sophomoric for the older children. Early readers may have some issue with the harder words. Some may consider the drawings to be too simplistic, but they agree with the young age group targeted.

~ Who ~
A marriage and family therapist, Parrott is an author and co-author of several books and columnist. She and her family live in Washington. No information is provided on illustrator Corke.

~ Wish ~
Although the book’s pictures have a few blank backgrounds, it would be helpful if there were hidden or small animals, birds, or insects little ones can search for in the illustrations. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If your child likes a book that explains God made your nose, fingers, knees, eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, hairs, and toes, this may be a favorite on the bookshelf.

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I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!

Title: I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Illustrator: Tim Warnes
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75473-2

“I’m going to give you a bear hug. A gasp for air, all you dare, anything that’s fair hug,” Caroline B. Cooney rhymes in her children’s book, I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!

~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-two-page over-sized hardbound targets children four to eight years old, especially those who like a bedtime story about the way animals hug and love. With no scary scenes, it has a plethora of hugs by animals that are broadly and colorfully illustrated on every page.

From a dog, cat, horse, duck, pig, fish, whale, bug, and sheep to a bear, a little boy is shown the many types of hugs given. Sometimes the pictures involve a mother showing how much she cares, helping him take a bath, or tucking him in bed. It is a book that promotes hugging and loving.

~ Why ~
This is a calm book that shows many animals and how they supposedly give a hug based on their known characteristics. I like how the illustrations are large, colorful and vivid, yet detailed with the bear’s tiny stuffed teddy bear drawn into each animal scene.

~ Why Not ~
Since the book is aimed at four to eight-year-olds, it may be too sophomoric for the older children. Beginner readers may have some issue with the harder words.

~ Who ~
The author of ninety novels for young adults, Cooney has sold over fifteen million books. This is her first picture book, based on writing for her children when they were young. Warnes has been an illustrator for over twenty years and lives in England with his family.

~ Wish ~
Although a Christian company publishes the book, this book does not mention God; it only mentions praying when tucked in bed. I wish it included God in the dialogue somehow and His love for us.

~ Want ~
If your child likes a calming bedtime story that includes many animals giving hugs, this is a viable option that could be read often.

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