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Better Together

Better Together: Life Is Best with a Friend Like YouTitle: Better Together
Photography by Warren Photographic
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-35412-3

“Our similarities might bring us together, but our differences are the secret ingredient that forms the life-long bond,” states the introduction in the gift book, Better Together: Life is Best with a Friend Like You.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-twenty-eight pages, this small square hardbound book targets those who cherish relationships of opposites viewed by photographs of animals and quoted famous sayings. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the KJV and NLT.

After a presentation page, table of contents, and introduction, the book is divided into seven chapters about friendship, unity and togetherness, love and compassion, respect, peace and harmony, diversity, and triumph and strength. With stark white backgrounds, one side of the opened pages depicts adorable animals together while the other side has a quote taken from famous politicians, writers, clergymen, or the Bible to name a few. The ending includes notes, quotation copyright information, and the author’s biography.

~Why ~
I appreciate the cute pictures of mixing animals together such as dogs and cats or a cat with a porcupine, rabbit, owl, squirrel, duck, or turtle. Since the majority of them are young, they are charming to view. Most of the quotes are by well-known names so can be spotted instantly.

One quote I appreciated was G.K. Chesterton: “We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbor.” Six furry bunnies are lined up in a row on the opposite page.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care for cuddly little animals may have no interest in this read. Others may find the sayings do not correlate to the photographs. Because it is limited, it may be perfect to quickly browse through in a veterinary office or animal shelter while waiting.

~ Wish ~
Although the photographs are well-illustrated against their white backgrounds, the majority are of cats and dogs so are not that unique of blending two opposites.

~ Want ~
If you have a friend that is an animal lover, this would be a thoughtful gift, but I found it to only contain only a few odd combinations of different groupings.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/better-together-zondervan/1130317607

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You’re My Little Sweet Pea

Title: You’re My Little Sweet Pea
Illustrator: Kit Chase
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-301-76656-8

“And joy deep down is mine to keep while you’re awake or fast asleep.
Sweet child, you will forever be my heart, my love, my Little Sweet Pea,” ends Kit Chase’s illustrated children’s book, You’re My Little Sweet Pea.

~ What ~
At sixteen pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy animals and loving relationships. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about parents’ love for their young children. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

With colorful depictions of deer, cats, sheep, giraffes, bears, foxes, bunnies, and mice, the rhyming tale explains how the parent loves his or her offspring, appreciating their characters, features, and actions.

~Why ~
This is a charming story of the relationship between parents and children, promoting how wonderful the bond is between them. I like the cute and thoughtful illustrations that include button noses, squishy cheeks, hair swirls, tiny toes, melting giggles, little hands, soft skin, and snuggling before bedtime.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not parents or are not around young ones may not note the value of love through observation. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the love the animal parents show, the book has no reference to God’s love.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute story of the special love parents have for their kin, this is a thoughtful read but limited.

Thanks to BookLookBloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/youre-my-little-sweet-pea-kit-chase/1128819058

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I Love You, Funny Bunny

I Love You, Funny BunnyTitle: I Love You, Funny Bunny
Illustrator: Sean Julian
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-301-76541-7

“I love your generosity,
your gestures from the heart.
I love you, Funny Bunny.
You’re my favorite work of art,” ends Sean Julian’s illustrated children’s book, I Love You, Funny Bunny.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy bunnies and loving relationships. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about a mother’s love for her adorable rabbit. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

With beautiful depictions of a happy rabbit and his mom, the rhyming tale explains how the parent loves her offspring from his appearance, actions, personality, style, talents, and memories.

~Why ~
This is a charming story of the relationship between a mom and child, promoting how wonderful the bond is between the two. I like the silly, cute, and thoughtful illustrations that are depicted, showing the strong bond between the animals.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not parents or are not around young ones may not note the value of love through observation. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the love the mother shows toward her child, the story does not include the father so he may feel left out reading the book to a little one.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute story of the unrequited love a mother has for her child, this is a thoughtful read but limited.

Thanks to BookLookBloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-love-you-funny-bunny-zondervan/1129865882

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God Made the Animals

God Made the AnimalsTitle: God Made the Animals
Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrators: Greg Hardin & Kenny Yamada
Publisher: JellyTelly Press
ISBN: 978-1-5460-1198-9

“Brothers Clive and Ian take a trip to the zoo! Come along and learn how God made every different kind of animal. Wow!” the back cover states in Hannah C. Hall’s children’s book, God Made the Animals.

~ What ~
Part of a series, this twenty-four-page board book with rounded edges targets children ages three months to three years old who enjoy stories about God and His creations. With characters created by Phil Vischer, it has conversations of Clive and Ian as well as a Parent Connection section at the end of the book with four suggested interactive ideas and a link to http://www.jellytelly.com.

In this short tale, brothers Clive and Ian visit the zoo where Ian wants to see the tigers with polka dots, but his sibling corrects him, stating God made the animal with stripes. Clive mentions how God created all the animals such as elephants, ladybugs, whales, flamingos, bunnies, and puppies differently and liked all that He had made. In the end, Ian agrees that tigers would look silly with polka dots.

~ Why ~
This is a charming story that has a silly aspect of Ian replying with quirky comments, endearing to the reader to him while Clive is the wise, intelligent one who knows a lot. I like the simplistic illustrations that will engage younger ones. Including so many animals helps young ones decipher their distinct characteristics.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not see the value of this series. Young ones may not understand or read some of the complicated three and four-syllable words so it may be best read out loud. I could not find any highlighted words mentioned in the Parent Connection section.

~ Wish ~
I am confused on what age group this book is for because although it is a board book with rounded corners that would normally be appropriate for those under the preschool age (which Barnes and Noble targets), it has complicated wording that preschoolers to early elementary school would understand more readily (Amazon states it is for ages five to six years old).

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book with fun characters and a childish appearance for those younger than preschool age, this would be a good series to collect if you read them out loud.

Thanks to Hatchett Books for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/god-made-the-animals-hannah-c-hall/1128621193

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How Do You Say Good Night?

How Do You Say Good Night?Title: How Do You Say Good Night?
Illustrator: Catalina Echeverri
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-104002-9811-8

“Each good-night was great! Now I can  hardly wait
To say my own good-night with my family snuggled tight,”
Zoey concludes in Catalina Echeverri’s children’s book, How Do You Say Good Night?

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about a zebra learning how other animals say good night and finds her own way to make the routine special. Full page color illustrations of the animals and where they live cover the pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this tale involves a zebra named Zoey who is on a quest to find the best way to say good night. Whether lions wrestling before bedtime, warthogs wiggling their snouts, elephants brushing their tusks, ostriches preening their feathers, monkeys swinging through the trees, or hippopotamuses floating, all animals getting ready for bed thank God, and Zoey finds a way to say good night with her family.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this one. Since God is mentioned often, the book could be applied to any god-focus religion as there are no Bible verses or references to Jesus. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I wish the animals characteristics in their bedtime routines were factual in the story as they may not all be. Including a Bible verse or two would ensure the Almighty God is thanked.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read at bedtime that focuses on night time routines and how they can be different for everyone, this may be a good selection that includes thanking God.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-do-you-say-good-night-catalina-echeverri/1128128159

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The Cow Said Neigh!

Title: The Cow Said Neigh!
Author: Rory Feek
Illustrator: Bruno Robert
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1189-7

“There once was a cow in a barn who could see
A horse in a field who ran wild and free.
‘If I were a horse, I could run free all day.’
And the cow opened his mouth and let out a big … neigh!” states at the beginning of Rory Feek’s board book, The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story.

~ What ~
At twenty-six pages, this board book with rounded corners and a padded front cover targets children four to eight years of age. With no scary scenes, it is a rhyming tale about animals on a farm who wish they were other animals and end up sounding like their chosen one. Full page color illustrations of cute animals in broadly painted farm settings cover the pages.

Written in four rhyming lines with some complicated wording that covers two open pages, this short story has a cow wishing he was a horse, the horse preferring he was a duck, the duck wanting to be a sheep, the sheep envisioning being a pig, the pig coveting to be a dog, the dog considering being a cat, and the cat musing to be the farmer. After each makes the sounds of the animal they want to be, the farmer has no other choice but to make a sound too.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I love reading silly books to them, especially mixing up the words or sounds that animals make to have them correct me. This is a perfect read when they come to visit as the animals may want to be another animal for a specific reason, but their voices are the only thing that changes. I like the cute farm illustrations and how their eyes were closed when they made their wishes yet opened when they spoke at the end.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that are realistically impossible or have no sense of adventure will not like reading this one to a child, for fear they are teaching them incorrect animal sounds. Some may notice that the book never addresses wishing to be someone else, perhaps never accepting who you are.

~ Wish ~
With the topic mainly being observant of other animals and sounds animal makes, the book lacks to be content with your stance in life and that God made you special who you are.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that can be a fun and silly way to explain animal sounds, this board book would be engaging. Although I know I will enjoy teasing my grandkids with it, I may have to take a step further by explaining we are all created by God and designed by Him to be who we are so there is no need to wish to be someone else.

* Do note the book is available in hardbound, board book, and kindle format. The difference between the hardbound and board book is that the hardbound has an ownership page at the front and has more pages because the ending is spread out more compared to the board book.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/the-cow-said-neigh-rory-feek/1128110105

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The Cow Said Neigh!

The Cow Said Neigh! (picture book): A Farm StoryTitle: The Cow Said Neigh!
Author: Rory Feek
Illustrator: Bruno Robert
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1171-2

“There once was a cow in a barn who could see
A horse in a field who ran wild and free.
‘If I were a horse, I could run free all day.’
And the cow opened his mouth and let out a big … neigh!” states at the beginning of Rory Feek’s children’s book, The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this over-sized hardbound targets children four to eight years of age. With no scary scenes, it is a rhyming tale about animals on a farm who wish they were other animals and end up sounding like their chosen one. Full page color illustrations of cute animals in broadly painted farm settings cover the pages.

Written in four rhyming lines with some complicated wording that covers two open pages, this short story has a cow wishing he was a horse, the horse preferring he was a duck, the duck wanting to be a sheep, the sheep envisioning being a pig, the pig coveting to be a dog, the dog considering being a cat, and the cat musing to be the farmer. After each makes the sounds of the animal they want to be, the farmer has no other choice but to make a sound too.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I love reading silly books to them, especially mixing up the words or sounds that animals make to have them correct me. This is a perfect read when they come to visit as the animals may want to be another animal for a specific reason, but their voices are the only thing that changes. I like the cute farm illustrations and how their eyes were closed when they made their wishes yet opened when they spoke at the end.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that are realistically impossible or have no sense of adventure will not like reading this one to a child, for fear they are teaching them incorrect animal sounds. Some may notice that the book never addresses wishing to be someone else, perhaps never accepting who you are.

~ Wish ~
With the topic mainly being observant of other animals and sounds animal makes, the book lacks to be content with your stance in life and that God made you special who you are.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that can be a fun and silly way to explain animal sounds, this would be engaging. Although I know I will enjoy teasing my grandkids with it, I may have to take a step further by explaining we are all created by God and designed by Him to be who we are so there is no need to wish to be someone else.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cow-said-neigh-rory-feek/1128110105

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Cozy, Snowy Cuddles

Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and FeelTitle: Cozy, Snowy Cuddles
Illustrator: Fransesca Pesci
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0978-1

“Thank God for cozy kisses!
And snowy cuddles too!
We snuggle up with good night
hugs and whisper, ‘I love you,’”
states the ending of Tommy Nelson children’s book, Cozy, Snowy Cuddles.

~ What ~
At ten pages, this square paperback with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy winter animals. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about a white baby polar bear that wants to snuggle with other animals during the cold winter. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

Containing “touch and feel” sections on several pages, the rhymed tale has the bear cub be with whales, husky sled dogs, seals, moose, and the bear’s parents. Each of the animal scenes have a parent and baby animal with the bear. The touch-and-feel pertains to all of the animals’ skins and fur.

~Why ~
While winter can be cold and icy, this book reminds young readers that they can get warm by snuggling with others, especially parents. I like the cute depictions of the parent and child animals and expressions on the cub’s face. Mentioning God briefly is a thoughtful touch.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have no relationship with Jesus may not approve of the one time God is mentioned. New readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the different animals shown, I wish there were more of them since the book is limited at ten pages.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book for young ones about snuggling on a cold day, this may be a good choice, but I wish it were more comprehensive.

Thanks to BookLookBloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cozy-snowy-cuddles-touch-and-feel-thomas-nelson/1128128167

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Night Night, Sleepytown

Night Night, SleepytownTitle: Night Night, Sleepy Town
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1003-6

“Come on down to SleeptownWhere the time is always right
For snuggling and for sleeping in,
And we always say, ‘Night night!’” the story begins in Amy Parker’s children’s book, Night Night, Sleepytown.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages three to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about Sleepytown, a place where everyone helps out and is thanked for the things they do. Full page color illustrations of the residents of the town cover the pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this tale has a bear mayor showing newcomers Sleepytown. A farmer and his animals, an officer at a school zone, a teacher with her students, a mailman with parcels, firebears with bubbles, a doctor and nurse with a patient, and construction workers work together and are thanked for what they do. As the town goes to bed, they thank God too.

~Why ~
Having given our two-year-old grandson the prior books in this series, he loves the style of this book’s reading and rhyming while looking at the charming animals that live in the town, especially the fireman and digger driver. I appreciate how the book reiterates working together and being appreciative of one another, thanking them and God. The residents are cute, adorable, and engaging to look at for non-readers.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this book, but He is mentioned only once. Some young ones may not understand some of the actions such as an officer directing children across the street or a teacher doing math on a chalkboard.

~ Wish ~
There is nothing I would change about this read.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read at bedtime that is about a charming town of animals, this one may help children understand working together and being thankful for others.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

This product can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-night-sleepytown-amy-parker/1127480985

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Dinner for Dinos

Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, ChewTitle: Dinner for Dinos
Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1214-6

“The dinos were completely full–
They couldn’t lift a finger.
The dinner plates had been licked clean,
And not a morsel lingered,”
states the ending of Tommy Nelson children’s book, Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, Chew.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this square paperback with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who are learning about eating healthily and properly. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about several dinosaurs preparing and eating dinner. Containing some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

When one dino decides to have a picnic dinner, he and his friends go to the grocery dino-store to pick up meats, greens, and treats. However, Bronto does not like green food, but he is told those who eat good foods grow up big and strong. After arriving home, all the dinos prepare the meal, set the table, say a prayer, and eat heartily, without making a single burp as they clean their plates.

~Why ~
This is a nice tale about sharing a meal among dinosaurs. I like that the main theme of the book evokes friendship and working together to accomplish a task. The colorful illustrations by Whitehouse have enough detail to engage young readers.

~ Why Not ~
The book is rudimentary in that covers the animals going to the store, buying and preparing food, praying to God, and eating it; yet it does not promote what healthy foods to eat or how to cook them. Those who have no relationship with Jesus may not approve of the one time God is mentioned. New readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the idea of working together to make a meal and eat it, I wish there were more to this book, showing different tasty veggies or healthy items and why they are good for us.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book for young ones about dinos banning together over mealtime, this may be a good choice, but I wish it were more involved.

Thanks to BookLookBloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dinner-for-dinos-ben-whitehouse/1127480988

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