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Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag

Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag (An Oh Susannah Story)Title: Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-947118-19-5

“Overwhelming means sometimes we have too much of something, and we fall behind in getting things done,” Susannah’s mother explains in Carole P. Roman’s children’s book, Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag.

~ What ~
First in the Oh Susannah series, this forty-four-page paperback targets early elementary school-aged children and readers who like short chapter story books. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Every two to four-page chapter has a small black and white illustration at its beginning.

In this charming short tale, Susannah has a lot on her mind when she does not complete a homework assignment and shoves it in her backpack that is added to throughout the school day. When a banana causes havoc in the bag, the third-grader must learn how to organize her priorities without feeling overwhelmed. With the help of her parents, she learns that everyone feels stress in accomplishing tasks, and by taking a breath and relaxing, the many projects may not feel so daunting.

~ Why ~
With this story being told in many short chapters, the book will engage young readers who can relate to day-to-day complications at home and school when there are too many tasks to do. I like how the parents interacted with Susannah and her response to overcome her issues. Having the chapters short and to the point will keep a new reader interested.

~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words so it may be hard for beginner readers to comprehend. Seasoned readers may wish the chapters were longer. Since the story does not answer all of Susannah’s challenges and is first in a series, it may frustrate some that they have to wait for the next book in the series.

~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written complete series for children of books based on countries, civilizations, and pirate genre as well as non-fiction for adults. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren.

~ Wish ~
I wish the story was complete, but it forces the reader to anticipate the next book in the series. If four or five books were bundled in the complete series, it would be a nice box gift set for a young reader.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short chapter book that is bound to have sequels and offer warranted lessons of life, this would be an excellent starter, especially for young girls who love to read.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.

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Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? (I've Got Questions)Title: Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?
Authors: Crystal Bowman & Terry McKinley
Illustrator: Ailie Busby
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1740-4

“God made your mind amazing. There’s so much you can know. Learning is a lot of fun. Get ready, set – let’s go!” Crystal Bowman and Terry McKinley write in their children’s book, Do Baby Bears Have Mommies.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page hardbound targets children ages four to seven years old who are inquisitive about animals. With no scary scenes, the illustrations cover both sides of the pages with wording on the left side of the pages against a white background. There are a few references to God and His creations that include animals and insects.

Part of the I’ve Got Questions series, this fun rhyming read helps promote questioning characteristics of animals and how they act, eat, and interact with others. Beginning with bear cubs being fed berries, nuts, or bugs by their mothers, answered topics cover ladybugs, elephants, worms, eagles, monkeys, kangaroos, skunks, cows, mice, giraffes, and ducks. The ending reminds the reader that all creatures God has made are in His care.

~ Why ~
I love a book that teaches young ones, especially about nature and our interesting world. Explaining in rhyme that there are boy and girl ladybugs, monkeys eat vegetables plus bananas, skunks spray their bad scent when they sense danger, and giraffes have long necks to reach high tree leaves, it educates and stimulates observing things around us. I like that there is enough detail in the illustrations to keep a young one engaged.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in this book. Due to the three and four syllable wording, it may be hard for beginner readers.

~ Who ~
Author Bowman has written over eighty children’s books. She lives in Florida with her husband. Author McKinley has coauthored several books; she and her husband live in Texas. No information is provided on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence, but this issue did not affect ratings as it is something I always recommend if missing.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an educational rhyming book about animals and their features, this is a keeper.

Thanks to the Tyndale House Publishing for offering this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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Homde Children Placemat

Baby Placemat 1LARGE, NON-SLIP INFANT PLATE/MAT

~ What ~
Made of 100% food grade silicone that is BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalate-free, this green container can be placed on a flat surface and remain in place. Meant for infants five months or older or children learning to eat, it has 3 heart-shaped sections that form a 3-leaf clover. With the placemat measuring 10.2 by 8.4 by 1.2 inches, each of the sections hold 3 to almost 4 ounces. The product can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning and is microwave, oven, and freezer safe. Instructions are included on the box.

~ Why ~Baby Placemat 2
With a grandson that is 8 months old, he is starting to eat more solids so this silicone placemat is ideal for putting on his tray table and adding a few soft foods for him to pick up and put in his mouth. I like the shape and ability to remain stationary on his tray. On my wood desk, it was securely in place, releasing only when I lifted its edge. Another plus is how large each of the 3 sections are so they hold plenty of food.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like placing food in front of a child in a highchair with a tray may think the product is not necessary. Others may consider their child would make a mess of trying to reach for the food in the sections, although it may enhance eye-hand coordination.

~ Wish ~
I wish the bowl could be available in other colors. Having more written information online regarding how much each section holds would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an immovable tray when feeding your infant, this is an excellent product.

Thanks to Homde for this product I was partially reimbursed and am evaluating by choice.

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Big Look Bible Book

Big Look Bible Book: Make Believe IdeasTitle: Big Look Bible Book
By: Thomas Nelson
Illustrations: Dawn Machell
Publisher: Make Believe Ideas
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9428-7

“Bible characters pop in these stories with big art and shaped pages,” the back jacket states in Big Look Bible Book.

~ What ~
This twenty-page hardbound with a cut-out front cover, rounded corners, and shaped pages targets children four to eight years old who enjoy board books with simplistic pictures. Even though it has a picture of a teethy Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, and three crosses when Jesus died, the abbreviated nine stories retold from the Holy Bible are not too frightening.

As young readers view five stories from the Old Testament of the Garden of Eden, Noah, Joseph, David and Goliath, and Daniel, the four stories in the New Testament stories include Jesus’s birth, angels visiting, the three wise men, and His resurrection. Each story is told on the left side of the page in six lines while the colorful illustrations cover the open pages.

~ Why ~
I like how the short stories are written in paragraph format with brightly colored designs to view. I appreciate that the stories follow the Word of God and mention Jesus’s death for our sins and resurrection.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have no personal relationship with Christ may not want to promote Bible stories to young children. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the tw0- and three-syllable words. Some may think the drawings are too sophomoric.

~ Wish ~
Although there is no plan of eternal salvation, the book is a good start for young ones to see the Bible’s importance through several retold stories.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a rudimentary book for a child learn Bible stories, this one may delight your little one.

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My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories

Title: My Lift-the-Flap Bible
Retold by: Michael Berghof
Illustrator: Gill Guile
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9428-7

My Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories is a wonderful introduction to the Bible and a perfect gift for the children in your life,” the back jacket states in this book.

~ What ~
This twenty-page hardbound with rounded corners targets children four to eight years old who enjoy board books with hidden flaps. Even though it has stories of Daniel in the lions’ den, Jonah in the large fish, and that Jesus died, there are no scary visualizations in the thirteen stories retold from the Holy Bible.

As readers view five stories from the Old Testament of creation, Noah’s ark, Moses leading the exodus, Daniel, and Jonah, the nine stories in the New Testament stories include Jesus’s birth, His miracle at the wedding in Cana, healing of a man, feeding the five thousand, walking on water, having His last supper, resurrected, and being with His disciples. When the thirty flaps are opened, children can visualize the joy and happiness that God gives to the scenes.

~ Why Not ~
I like how the short stories are written in paragraph format with brightly colored illustrations that cover the page. The flaps are of all sizes, entertaining a young child as they peep under them. I appreciate that the stories follow the Word of God.

~ Wish ~
Although there is no plan of eternal salvation or Jesus’s dying on the cross for our sins, the book is a good start for young ones to see the Bible’s importance through several retold stories.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an interactive book for a child to lift flaps and see what is underneath, this one that focuses on well-known Bible stories will delight your little one.

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The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories

The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories: Read-Along Classics (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears 5-Minute Inspirational Stories
Authors and Illustrators: Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76080-1

“Whether it’s bedtime, lap time, or just 5-minutes of story time, readers will love seeing the Bear cubs in action,” the back jacket states in Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bear 5-Minute Inspirational Stories.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this numbered one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page hardbound targets child 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.

While most of the series are individual paperback books, this one contains a dozen stories focusing on teaching children how God wants them to live every day. The bear tales included are Loves You, Say Their Prayers, Love Their Neighbors, Faithful Friends, The Forgiving Tree, Biggest Brag, Gift of Courage, Blessed are the Peacemakers, Get Involved, Gossip Gang, God Bless Our Home, and Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple.

~ Why ~
This is a nice collection of books as it hones in on explaining different aspects of living life according to God’s way. Several of the stories focus on how to be nicer, kinder, and better to others instead of focusing on oneself. The illustrations are descriptive and interesting for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Because most of these books were originally written decades ago, they are dated and old-fashioned so may work well for home-schoolers or those children who enjoy reading. Some may find a couple of the stories a little degrading initially based on the bears’ conversations. All have a similar pattern of the bears facing an issue and learning to deal with it, which may tire some readers.

~ 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 ~
I wish there were Bible verses included somehow in the stories.

~ Want ~
If you or your child like the Berenstain Bears series, this collection will be cherished for years.

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Jesus Loves Me: A Sing-Along Book

Jesus Loves Me (A Sing-Along Book)Title: Jesus Loves Me
Illustrator: Gynux
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75894-5

“Jesus loves me still today, walking with me on the way,” part of the famous hymn states in the children’s book, Jesus Loves Me: A Sing-Along Book.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book that is part of the Sing Along Book series has a padded front cover and rounded corners; it is targeted toward children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it contains the words to the well-known church song. Having full-page colored illustrations, the book lists a line or two on the opened pages while animals play and sing it. The ending has the first verse and chorus with sheet music.

~Why ~
Most adults and children can relate to this song that includes several of the stanzas. I like how the cute animals are featured walking down a nature path, playing musical instruments, singing, relaxing, picnicking, enjoying a bonfire, and going home at the end of the day. There are plenty of different activities going on that non-readers can view.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why it is promoted that Jesus loves us. Others may think the story that only shows animals and has Jesus depicted as a moose may confuse young ones.

~ Who ~
Living in France, Gynux enjoys artistically expressing himself in storytelling and illustration.

~ Wish ~
I wish more of the old iconic hymns were available in print book format. While I have always loved this song, I question the portrayal of singing animals understanding God loves them; it would be more realistic if people were involved.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that has the famous Jesus Loves Me song, this may be of interest, but keep in mind that singing animals are depicted, not children or adults who acknowledge God and His love.

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Noah and the Noisy Ark

The Beginner's Bible Noah and the Noisy ArkTitle: Noah and the Noisy Ark
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75957-7

“Noah opened the door. Everyone praised God. God had saved them!” the story states in Zondervan’s children’s book, Noah and the Noisy Ark.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this eighteen-page board book with a cut-out handle at the top targets young children from four to eight years old.  The book covers the story of Noah and the ark from the Holy Bible. It would best be read out loud to non-readers or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level.

The book tells the accurate story of God telling Noah to build an ark. All animals and relatives are on board the large boat, and Noah is thankful to the Creator for saving them. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs with big white eyes animals and people are on almost every page.

~ Why ~
This is a helpful book for beginner readers since there are only a few sentences on each page. There are plenty of objects to look at by a young child. I like how there is room for discussion about building an ark and living onboard that older ones may enjoy. Several of the animal depictions are adorable.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about the iconic Old Testament flood will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two and three syllable words. It may be sophomoric for the targeted third-grade reading level.

~ Who ~
No information is provided on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Bible story book about Noah and the ark for those starting to read, this will delight many young children.

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The Beginner’s Bible Carry-Along Treasury

Title: The Beginner’s Bible: Carry Along Treasury
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-76030-6

“Now, preschoolers have a special carry-long edition designed just for them!” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Beginner’s Bible: Carry Along Treasury.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this one-hundred-and-sixty-page hardbound with a red plastic handle and magnetically secured flap targets young children from four to eight years old.  The book covers of twenty-six well-known stories taken from the Holy Bible. With a few scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to non-readers or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level.

The book presents fifteen Old Testament and eleven New Testament beloved stories that range from four to eight pages each with colorful illustrations. Each story has a title with referenced Bible verses listed and several paragraphs. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs show expressive characters on almost every page; there is ample room under each for a few sentences written on white backgrounds.

~ Why ~
This is a good starter chapter book for beginner readers since most of the stories are short, to-the-point, and written in a positive way. Although not all the stories told give pertinent facts (Esther does not mention Haman hung or Jesus dying on the cross for our sins), it generalizes the events for a young one to understand. I appreciated that it included the less-often told stories about Moses in a basket, Deborah, Sampson, several of Jesus’s miracles, and His last supper and resurrection.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two and three syllable words. It may be sophomoric for the targeted third-grade reading level. The scary stories that may concern some might be the ten plagues, Goliath being killed, the fiery furnace, Jonas in the big fish, and Jesus’s crucifixion.

~ Who ~
No information is provided on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The back jacket states there are thirty stories, but only twenty-six are included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Bible story book that has a carry handle, your child will enjoy this one.

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The Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones

The Beginner's Bible for Little OnesTitle: The Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75536-4

“The perfect starting point for little ones to learn about God’s Word!” the back jacket book cover states in Zondervan’s children’s book, The Beginner’s Bible for Little Ones.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this thirty-two-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets young children from four to eight years old.  The book covers eight well-known stories taken from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. With a few mildly scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to non-readers or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level.

The book presents four stories each from the Old and New Testament that are four pages each. A title with referenced Bible verses listed and several paragraphs explain the stories. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs show expressive characters on almost every page; there is ample room under each for a few sentences written on white backgrounds.

~ Why ~
This approximately 5 by  7 by 1-inch chapter book has short, to-the-point stories written in a positive way. Although not all the stories told give pertinent facts (Jesus’s birth does not explain Herod killing baby boys, and it does not mention Christ died for our sins), it generalizes the events. The stories cover creation, Noah’s ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the lions’ den, the angel visiting Mary, Jesus’s birth, Jesus feeding the five-thousand, and Christ’s death and resurrection.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two and three syllable words. Some children get upset viewing the pictures of the dead giant, Daniel being put into the pit, or Jesus carrying His cross, but they are not too graphic.

~ Who ~
No information is given on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book of 8 short stories from the Bible that are four pages each, this would be a good selection for a young one.

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