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Create! A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles & Design

Create!: A Girl's Guide to DIY, Doodles, and DesignTitle: Create: A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles & Design
Author: Ashley N. Mays
Publisher: Zonderkids
ISBN: 978-0-310-76316-1

“Whether you’re an aspiring designer or you just want to try a fun new craft with friends – Create! Will bring out your inner artist,” the back jacket states in Ashley N. Mays book, Create: A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles & Design.

~ What ~
Part of the Faithgirlz series, this one-hundred-and-forty-four-page paperback targets girls eight to twelve years old, especially those who are creative and like making things. As a collection of more than fifty projects, it comes complete with color photographs and instructions. Published by a Christian organization, it contains few religious references.

After an introduction, the book is divided into three sections: DIYs, doodles, and design, ending with an index of materials, listing what can be made from them. Covering two to six pages each, the creation begins with a descriptive title and heading; materials are listed in used order and followed by numbered directions. Often a highlighted “Jazz It Up” area is for added ideas and suggestions.

Some of the crafts include soap box prayer kit, pom-pom magnets and push pins, book page daisies, DIY counter organizer, paint chip word banner, Bible verse poster, blue jean tote bag, glitter button earrings, DIY no-slip socks, and duct tape red rose bouquet, bag, and Bible cover.

~ Why ~
This book offers many fun crafts for preteen girls who get bored easily and need stimulation or ideas for something to do. My favorite were the Altoid tin mini emergency kit, hollow book storage, how to draw a butterfly three ways, doodle a dress, shirt, and pants for paper dolls, and fabric scrap flip-flops.

Why Not ~
Girls who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the references to Him throughout the pages, but they are not obtrusive. Those who are not creative may not like the activities; many of which can be found online or on YouTube.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if a time frame were provided for each craft.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book for a creative female pre-teen, this one will be enjoyed with its many different ideas.

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/create-ashley-mays/1127970040

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The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations

The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations: 60 ultimate try-something-new, explore-the-world activitiesTitle: Adventure Bible: Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations
Author: Sherry Kyle
Illustrator: Dave Smith
Publisher: Zonderkids
ISBN: 978-0-310-76317-8

“From easy, do-it-yourself crafts to fun outdoor activities, The Adventure Bible: Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations shows kids how to find adventure indoors and out,” states the back jacket of the book.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixty-page small hardbound targets children ages eight to twelve years old who like to do crafts and projects indoors or outside. Containing sixty different activities, it also reminds the reader of God and His Word. Scriptures referenced are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

Part of the Adventure Bible series, this one focuses on fun crafts and activities to do for third graders and older. After an introduction, it includes creative projects that cover two to three pages each; it ends with a topical index and advertisements. Each activity has a title and short paragraph about it, followed by materials needed, numbered instructions, optional tips and features, a highlighted “Think About This” box in how it relates to God, Jesus, or the Bible, and a written out Bible verse on a scroll background. Some of the projects involve a balloon rocket, cosmic art, finger knitting, geocaching, hand prayer, leaf tracking, pet rocks, slime, tin can phone, and wind chimes.

~ Why ~
Having a degree in art, I love books that promote creativity in children, and this one does it wonderfully. I love how the topic of God is not overbearing so non-believers will have fun doing the craft and reading the small “God” comment and Bible verse. Some of my favorite activities were cloud soap, flower press, mason jar herb garden, potato-art tote, solar oven, and toilet paper roll flowers. I think this is an ideal book for artsy children, teachers, after-school programs, and summer camps while lightly mentioning God.

~ Why Not ~
For those who want nothing to do with learning about the Almighty, this may offend some, but it is not done in an overwhelming sense. Those who have no knack for creativity may avoid such a book.

~ Wish ~
I wish some of the instructions had corresponding illustrations for those who cannot visualize the written directions.

~ Want ~
If you have a child or are in charge of several and have no clue what to do to keep them occupied, this is a handy book that they will enjoy and cherish over time as they complete its fun projects.

Thanks to Z Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-adventure-bible-book-of-daring-deeds-and-epic-creations-zondervan/1126606232

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Bountiful Blessings

Bountiful Blessings: A Creative Devotional ExperienceTitle:  Bountiful Blessings
Author: Susie Larson
Illustrator: Carolyn Williams
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3023-3

“As you work your way through these pages, may you grow to know–on a much deeper level—what you possess when you have Christ,” Susan Larson writes in the introduction to her devotional, Bountiful Blessings: A Creative Devotional Experience.

~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy a devotional that includes illustrations to color. With beautiful drawings of black ink on the right side of the pages, there is a titled theme, followed by a written-out Bible verse or verses with a short paragraph on the left side. The ESV, MSG, NIV, NKJV, and NLT versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.

~ Why ~
Those who enjoy reading a short devotional about God’s deep love for us while coloring pages will love this book that promotes God and the beauty that surrounds us on Earth. I like that Bible verses and devotions are written out and to the point. The designs have detail that will reduce stress as one colors flowers, animals, birds, insects, landscapes, seascapes, and a plethora of mainly nature.

One devotional that I appreciated was Remember What’s True with Ephesians 6:10 from the NKJV. The paragraph asks that God’s grace and power fill us while we remember what is true: God is with us and has our back always. The illustration is five birds on tree branches.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with the Almighty may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling. Some may wish the cardstock used were thicker to avoid ink or markers bleeding.

~ Wish ~
Since the illustrations are pages that are not thick, colors may bleed through to the other side. I wish the book had one side blank so the artist could cut out and frame the finished design. My other concern is some of the small areas may be too small to fill in with a fine-point marker.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a creative short devotional that also is a coloring book of delightful and joyful depictions of God’s creation, this one would be a thoughtful gift, but it should not replace daily reading of the Scriptures.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bountiful-blessings-susie-larson/1126332842

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Let the Little Children Come Wordless Bracelet Kits

SPREAD JESUS’S LOVE WITH 20 WORDLESS BRACELETS

~ What ~
Targeting young ones to teens, this pack contains 20 DIY bracelet kits that share the message of eternal salvation by trusting in Jesus Christ.

Each packet contains a 16-inch black cord and 5 plastic beads in yellow, black, red, white, and green as well as an insert card. One side of the card correlates each colored bead to our relationship with God while the other side offers 3 steps of salvation with a written-out prayer.

~ Why ~
This is a perfect and thoughtful way to give a group of young children a do-it-yourself project of a handmade bracelet while also providing the plan of salvation in a simple but direct way. I like that the child can wear the bracelet and be reminded of his or her relationship with Christ.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or want a personal relationship with the Almighty may not approve of the spiritual intention of this DIY jewelry. Others may have issues tying knots, but there is an added paper with instructions for adults or teachers on assembling plus more directions on presenting the Gospel while making the project.

~ Wish ~
With this being creative yet simple, it needs no added changes or suggested input as it is ideal as is. I appreciate the added “Coolest Children’s Track Ever!” was included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Sunday school, summer camp, daycare, or creative activity to do for 5 to 15-year-olds that is a witnessing tool about God, this is a perfect solution.

Thanks to the CWA Review Crew and Let the Little Children Come for this complimentary product I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be found at http://www.LetTheLittleChildrenCome.com

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My Bible Story Coloring Book

My Bible Story Coloring Book (Nov) Image 1 of 1Title:  My Bible Story Coloring Book
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-76106-8

“Color your way through 32 beloved Bible stories,” the back jacket states in My Bible Story Coloring Book by Zondervan.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-forty-four-page over-sized paperback targets children three to twelve years old who enjoy retold stories from the Bible while coloring matching designs. Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible, the thirty-two stories from the Old and New Testaments are divided into four sections with eight in each one.

After a table of contents, the two-to-four-page stories are spread over an eight week period so the child can concentrate on the words and color the many designs for that story throughout seven days. The topics include Covenant History, Prophets, Writings, and the New Testament, and range from Noah’s ark, King Solomon’s riches, Jonah and the large fish, and the valley of dry bones to what is a Proverb, Josiah celebrating Passover, Paul’s conversion, and the empty tomb to name a few. With black writing, the illustrations grace the pages with plenty of details.

~ Why ~
Those who love to draw, doodle, or fill in coloring books while focusing on the Bible and its contents will appreciate this coloring book. I like that the stories are simplified but offer the truth. Separating it into four sections of eight weeks each makes the reader not feel rushed to complete the pages. Using thick paper, colored pencils and some gel pens may not bleed through to the other side.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care for the limited explanations in the stories and its vague plan of eternal salvation.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Since the New Testament stories are not in order of the Bible, it may confuse some children when trying to look up them in Scriptures.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical coloring book that includes thirty-two stories to read while filling in corresponding drawings, this would be a good selection.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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The Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls Image 1 of 1Title: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-76354-3

“The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith,” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book.

~ What ~
This 1,472-page teal-with-white-designs Leathersoft hardbound targets young girls from eight to twelve years old. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the book includes hundreds of verses with ready-to-color line art of black and white illustrations that are on the sides to full pages. A marker ribbon is attached. The ending includes a list of the nine artists and lists of their artworks.

With the wording in the middle to the bound edge of the pages, there are either light dotted lines for notes or feminine drawings down the outside of the pages that usually correspond to the words’ contents. Also added are full-page illustrations to complete.

~ Why ~.
What makes this coloring book thoughtful is that a young girl can read her Bible and fill out the side-bar drawings that concentrate on the recently read Word. I like that the drawings mainly include words or verses with minor decorative touches.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote having a female read and color in a Bible may not approve of this book. There are those who may not agree with this version. Some may not like the idea of being distracted coloring while focusing on Scripture. I thought the pages were thin so a gel pen would bleed through easily, but a colored pencil may not.

~ Wish ~
With this book only have the standard version of a Bible with no added content except for the illustrations, it is not a study Bible. I wish each book had an informative introduction and there was an index at the end.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beautiful coloring hardbound book for a young girl who likes to doodle in her Bible while in church or listening to a sermon, this may be a viable choice, but I think it may distract from learning about God.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Picturing Heaven

Picturing Heaven: 40 Hope-Filled Devotions with Coloring PagesTitle: Picturing Heaven
Author: Randy Alcorn
Illustrator: Lizzie Preston
Publisher: Tyndale
ISBN: 978-1-4964-2527-0

“As you ponder these pictures and participate in the art, you’ll more fully appreciate Christ’s promise …“ Randy Alcorn writes in the introduction to his book, Picturing Heaven: 40 Hope-Filled Devotions with Coloring Pages.

~ What ~
A part of the Living Expressions collection, this ninety-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy contemplating on Heaven while having down time coloring. With forty illustrations, the large book has written-out Bible verses, devotions, and black and white drawings with already-colored gold sections. The NLT, CEB, ESV, GNT, NCV, NIV, and The New Testament in Modern English versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.

After a table of contents, the left sides of the pages have a title and written-out Bible verse followed by one paragraph by the author about an aspect, activity, or character of Heaven. The opposite pages are detailed artworks to complete, each containing some gold-filled highlights. The book ends with acknowledgments, author’s biography, a blank page for sketches, and a lined page for notes.

Topics on Heaven include the New Earth, New Jerusalem, Eden, multi-racial people, and worshipping Jesus as well as concepts of time, weather, pets, work, dancing, singing, and joyfulness to name a few. Many of the illustrations have adults, children, animals, birds, nature, buildings, and activities with decorative patterns to color.

~ Why ~
I cannot wait to go to Heaven to be with God and Jesus, so a book like this is apropos. I like that the written words are short and to the point about so many Heaven-related topics, while the charming illustrations are creative and engaging.

One of my favorite devotions was the one about remembering Christ’s sacrifice mentioned in John 20:26-27. The writer reiterates that when we are in Heaven, we will never forget our sins nailed Jesus to the cross and He shed His blood for us to live there for eternity.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or are not looking forward to Heaven may not appreciate this book. Others may not care for coloring or doodling. Those who are avid colorers may be concerned the cardstock will bleed through to the other side if colored markers or paints are used.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice to add a short prayer after each devotional. I wish the book would lay completely flat.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a special gift to give that special person who has their eyes on Heaven and love to color, this will make a wonderful present.

Thanks to Tyndale for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Here’s Some Happy

Here's Some Happy: A Coloring Journal to Lift the SoulTitle:  Here’s Some Happy
Author: Gina Graham
Publisher: FaithWords
ISBN: 978-1-4789-2062-5

“Happy are the kind and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 (TLB),” the first coloring page states in Gina Graham’s book, Here’s Some Happy: A Coloring Journal to Lift the Soul.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-eight-page hardbound targets mainly women who like to color and write in a journal with Bible verses that focuses on God and happiness. Often with full page black and white lined drawings to color on one side of the page, there are several blank lines with more designs on the opposite side. Bible verses are written out plus have their reference with version. The Holy Bible versions include the TLB, KJV, NKJV, NIV, ESV, ICB, and NLT.

While promoting and prompting happiness, joy, and love while concentrating on our Lord, the fanciful illustrations have flowers, animals, children, birds, hearts, et cetera. Be it scrolls, twirls, or repetition of patterns, there are plenty of objects to fill in bright colors, leaving ample room for writing down thoughts, prayers, or blessings among the pages.

~ Why ~
This is an ideal coloring book for any Christian woman who loves to spend time with God while reading a verse from His Word and penning in the journal. I love that it is a hardbound, not a hard copy so can be cherished, added to, and reread throughout the years. The drawings will bring a smile to the owner of this book, especially if given as a gift.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship may not be interested in this type of coloring book. Others may not care or have time for coloring or are opposed to writing in a journal. Some may wonder if the color mediums may bleed through the pages, but they should thick enough for no bleeding of color pencils and some felt tips.

~ Wish ~
The only negative I could find in this book is that the finished artworks cannot be removed and framed. Adding a ribbon marker would be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Biblical devotional with coloring pages that are uplifting, joyful, and filled, this is a keeper and would make a special present for a loved one.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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Start Where You Are Note Cards

 

Title: Start Where You Are Note Cards
Illustrator: Meera Lee Patel
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 978-0-451-49877-9

~ What ~
Made of cardstock, this set of a dozen four-by-six-inch blank cards have short sayings by famous individuals with water color designs incorporated into them. They arrive in a designer gift box with a dozen fitted envelopes that have rosy floral designs inside and lick-to-seal edges.

~ Why ~
Being more old-fashioned, I often mail note cards throughout the year. I like that this collection has short phrases by Amelia Earhart, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, Harper Lee, Arthur Ashe, and Martin Luther King Junior to name a few. The art renderings are calm and soothing.

~ Why Not ~
Those who never mail greeting cards will pass on this product. Some may wish the sayings were more well-known or that the drawings were a little more detailed as some are merely muted colored backgrounds.

~ Wish ~
I wish the artwork had a little more detail as I mainly appreciated those such as C.S. Lewis’s “courage dear heart” in a floral heart wreath and Antoine de Saint Exupery’s “one never knows” green leafed circle.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a thoughtful gift box of note cards with sayings, this may work for you, but I was not wowed by all of them.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary product that I am freely evaluating.

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Mickey’s Found Sounds

Mickey's Found Sounds: A Musical Exploration Storybook Disney Learning (Disney Learning: Disney Mickey & Friends)Title: Mickey’s Found Sounds: A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publisher: Hal Leonard
ISBN: 978-1-4950-6478-4

“Let’s look around and see what we can find that can make sounds. It will be easy and fun!” Mickey tells his friends in the children’s book, Mickey’s Found Sounds: A Musical Exploration Storybook.

~ What ~
Part of the Disney Learning series, this numbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy books regarding stories about Mickey Mouse and music. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short tale, Mickey Mouse and his friends decide to go to a parade, but when they arrive, it is canceled due to the rain. Disappointed, the gang goes back home and decides to have an indoor parade of music. The story prompts the reader to turn the page, showing how to make five different instruments such as a bucket drum, oatmeal conga drum, plastic bottle shaker, tube kazoo, and glass jar xylophone. Words to a song are at the end of the book as well as a note to parents and online read and sing along links.

~ Why ~
What makes this book special is it contains a story of Mickey but adds the element of playing musical instruments. I love that our four-year old granddaughter and I can create and make sounds with common household items. Older children will appreciate designing the instruments and experimenting with them.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care about making music may not appreciate this read that encourages it. Others may find there are too many two and three syllable words that young readers may have trouble deciphering. Some may not like the commercialism the themed book promotes.

~ Wish ~
I wish the book included a CD instead so one does not have to go online to read or sing along. Having a QSR code for a smartphone might be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun gift to give a child who loves Mickey Mouse, this is an educational tool that will be cherished and enjoyed.

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

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