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Little Jesus, Little Me

Little Jesus, Little MeTitle: Little Jesus, Little Me
Author: Doris Rikkers
Illustrator: Lizzie Walkley
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76177-8

“Jesus was a child of God … just like me,” Doris Rikkers ends her children’s book, Little Jesus, Little Me.

~ What ~
This unnumbered fourteen-page board book with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about Jesus as a child. With expressive and colorful illustrations by Lizzie Walkley, the characters are nicely drawn.

The simple story has the left side of the pages with an attribute of Jesus as a child with the right side agreeing the reader is like Him in the same manner. It involves Christ being a baby and toddler while having a loving mother and being a child of God, thus the reader is too.

~ Why ~
The artwork in this book is cute and charming with the individuals having small eyes, happy faces, and large heads. The backgrounds will engage a young reader too.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus will avoid this book. Many may be concerned that its theology promotes God’s only begotten Son is like us when we should be the ones wanting to be like Him. Since the Bible mentions little of Christ’s childhood, the book takes ample liberty stating Jesus loved to read, be held close, or rocked to sleep which are not in Scripture. One who no longer has a mother may be reminded they cannot be loved by her, and some may wonder why there is no mention of a father figure.

~ Wish ~
Although I liked the illustrations, I would not read this book to my grandchildren as it lacks the reverence that the Almighty came down to earth for us as it states He was merely “a child of God just like me.” He is so much more than that! The book has He was (past tense – not is) a child of God when He is the only begotten Son of God. There is no explanation how a young one becomes a child of God either. I wish the book did not discount Jesus and discuss His childhood with topics not mentioned in the Bible. Yes, how we wish we were “just like Him,” but we all fall short of the mark.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about Jesus being a child, this may be something you may like, but I am sorry; I honestly did not like it and cannot recommend it.

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If You’re Happy and You Know It

If You're Happy and You Know It (A Sing-Along Book)Title: If You’re Happy and You Know It: A Sing-Along Book
Illustrator: Barbara Szepesi Szucs
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75922-5

If You’re Happy and You Know It encourages children to CLAP, STOMP, and shout HOO-RAY as they celebrate being happy in this delightful addition to the beloved Sing-Along series,” the back jacket states in this book.

~ What ~
This unnumbered twenty-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets ages four to eight-year-old children. With no scary scenes, there are full-page colorful illustrations by the artist on all pages.

Containing the well-known repetitive song about being happy, the verses include a singing call to action of clapping hands, stomping feet, and shouting hoo-ray. The last page has the music sheet of the song with the words.

~ Why ~
While most of us already know this song well, it is fun to sing while reading the book to young children to get them to interact with others while learning parts of their body. I love the adorable illustrations of animals on a playground, carousel, swing set, teeter-totter, jungle gym, sand box, slide, and playing together. Including unusual creatures such as pandas, sloths, hedgehogs, and grasshoppers will keep little ones engaged as they look at the pages.

~ Why Not ~
Some may tire reading the song with its repetition. Others may not be musically minded.

~ Wish ~
It would be fun to have a search page at the back of the book where the reader has to find specific animals as they enjoy the song.

~ Want ~
If you remember singing this cute song as a child, you will not want to miss picking up this book for your child or grandchild. The fun lady bugs dancing were my favorite.

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Once Upon A Time Bible for Little Ones

Once Upon a Time Bible for Little OnesTitle: Once Upon A Time Bible for Little Ones
Illustrator: Omar Aranda
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-76170-9

“Once Upon a Time … There lived a woman named Hannah. Hannah loved God. But she was sad,” the fourth story begins in the Once Upon A Time Bible for Little Ones.

~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-two-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets children four to eight-years-old looking for a book of stories from the Bible. With no scary scenes, colorful illustrations cover both sides of the pages. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.

With four stories from the Old Testament and four from the New Testament, each story is four pages long with a Bible verse noted under its title. While each begins with the words “Once Upon a Time, they end with a “Happily Ever After” section that connects it to the young reader.

Stories covered include Creation, Noah’s ark, Moses as a baby, Hannah’s prayer, Mary being visited by the angel, and Jesus’s birth, feeding the crowd, and resurrection.

~ Why ~
Every child should know stories of the Bible, and I liked how this one as a few of the less known one. I appreciate that in two places on the cover it states “The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time.” With each story being short and to the point, it is a quick bedtime read.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested a book of Bible stories. Others may be concerned that the shortened stories do not exactly retell those in the Word of God as liberties are taken (example: there is no mention Jesus dying on the cross for our sins).

~ Wish ~
I feel that beginning and ending every story with the standard wording of make-believe tales may still instill in a young child the stories are not true. Having all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence would be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s short Bible story book that is loosely rewritten with engaging illustrations, this is a good choice.

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

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A Very Thankful Prayer

Title: A Very Thankful Prayer
Author: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrator: Natalia Moore
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9883-4

“I’m thankful for the seasons,
And I am thankful God made fall.
But for His love that fills the earth,
I’m thankful most of all,” the ending states in Bonnie Rickner Jensen’s children’s book, A Very Thankful Prayer.

~ What ~
This twenty-four-page board book with rounded edges and small bronze leaf and word embossings targets children preschool age or older who like praying to God and are thankful for Fall. Focusing on the season, there are no scary or frightening scenes. Full page, full colored illustrations of animals grace every page.

With cute animals going through activities of the day during Fall, four lined rhymes cover the opened pages. Whether a bunny waking up, mice raking leaves, squirrels in a corn field, bunnies picking pumpkins, hedgehogs collecting apples, cats feasting, or owls watching over a town to name a few, the words promote being thankful to God.

~ Why ~
Christian parents will appreciate how this short book urges the young reader to thank God for all the things that have to do with Fall. Whether it is beginning the day with prayer, thanking Him for clothing, food, family, friends, Thanksgiving, or helping others, the book reminds us the importance of God’s love. Children will enjoy looking for the falling leaves on most of the artworks.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not approve of books that mention God or pray to Him may not want this book. With multiple-syllable and a few hard-to-comprehend words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
Although the rhyming is charming, it would help if some of the wording were easier to read for beginner readers.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that helps young ones to be mindful of thanking and praying to God, this is a good start.

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

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The ICB Blessed Garden Bible

The ICB Blessed Garden BibleTitle: The ICB Blessed Garden Bible
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9220-7

The Blessed Garden Bible invites children to enjoy the treasure of God’s Word,” its back jacket states.

~ What ~
Targeting young girls ages six to ten years old, this International Children’s hardbound version of the Holy Bible has a pale green front cover with a red fox, birds, and floral designs with sparkles. Containing over thirteen-hundred pages, the book includes three-hundred-and-sixty-five highlighted verses, twenty-four colored study helps, dictionary, and concordance.

~ Why ~
Since the Bible is the most important book in history, this one for young girls will hopefully be used daily. I like the family history page, why read the Bible note, and timeline at the beginning as well as the inserted sections regarding Jesus’s love with a page to write favorite verses. Other inserts explain how to pray, forgive, express God’s love, and study the Bible. The ending provides the names of God, Jesus’s miracles and disciples, kids mentioned in the Word, and three maps.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like how thin the pages are so the black ink bleeds through to the other side. There are those who may not approve of the version (it does not state Mary was a virgin).

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if a ribbon marker were attached so the reader could keep track of daily reading.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a young girl’s Bible, this is a good choice if you do not mind the version. It would be a lovely gift for a graduation, baptism, or birthday gift for a first to fifth-grade female.

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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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Tangled – It’s Better When You Sing It

Tangled - It's Better When You Sing It: A Musical Exploration Storybook Disney LearningTitle: Tangled – It’s Better When You Sing It: A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publisher: Hal Leonard
ISBN: 978-1-4950-6477-7

“Use your voice to speak, whisper, shout, and sing,” prompts the children’s book, Tangled – It’s Better When You Sing It: 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 the Tangled, the retold story of Rapunzel and how it relates to music. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short tale about the princess in a tower who lets herself down by her hair and sees the kingdom for the first time and sings with Finn, the left side of the pages tell the famous story while the right side has a round purple marker about how music. The musical section explains how singing is fun, songs can be sung fast or slow and high or low, listening to sounds around us, playing a hide-and-seek song game, making up songs, expressing feelings in music, echoing, and duets. Words to a song is at the end of the book as well as a glossary, note to parents, and online link.

~ Why ~
What makes this book special is it contains the story but adds the element of music through Rapunzel singing. I love that our four-year old granddaughter, whose favorite everything is currently Tangled, can recall the tale as she learns different facets to music. Older children will appreciate learning what words mean such as duet, echo, and tempo.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to sing or think they have a bad singing voice 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 anything to do with Tangled, this is an educational tool that will be cherished and enjoyed.

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Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump

Title: Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781947188136

“She had wasted all that time being afraid of something that wasn’t even real,” Susannah acknowledges in Carole P. Roman’s children’s book, Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump.

~ What ~
Second in the Oh Susannah series, this sixty-two-page paperback targets early elementary school-aged children and readers who like short chapter story books. With no profanity or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Every two to nine-page chapter has a small black and white illustration at its beginning. The ending includes the author’s biography and the first chapter of the prior book in the series.

In this continuing short story, Susannah has been invited to sleep at her best friend’s house, but she is wary as she thinks a ghost lives there. After helping a blind girl, Susannah learns that others can be frightened of things too, including something innocuous as a unicorn. When Susannah goes to the sleepover, not only is she surprised by what she finds, but she also realizes that being afraid can be conquered.

~ Why ~
With this story being told in many short chapters, the book will engage young readers who can relate to having anxiety of the unknown. I like how a blind girl helped show Susannah the way to understanding fear and realize we all are scared of something. Having the chapters short and to the point keeps a new reader interested.

~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words so it may be hard for beginner readers to comprehend. One chapter is almost ten pages long so the reader may want to split it into two sections. Since the story ends with a teaser, 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 were 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 in a series that offers warranted lessons of life such as dealing with fear, this read would be an excellent choice, 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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Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Title: Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator: Kay Nielsen
Publisher: Racehorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-63158-133-5

“But the most memorable stories in the collection you are about to read, by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, are equally popular and unforgettable in a way that makes them unique, just as Andersen himself was,” the foreword by Joan D. Vinge states in the book, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-eighty-eight pages, this hardbound targets those who enjoy short stories from the iconic author. After a foreword, sixteen fairy tales are told that include a dozen colored illustrations plus black and white drawings by Kay Nielsen.

From four to fifty-two pages each, the stories include famous ones such as The Flying Trunk, The Nightingale, The Snow Queen, and the Elder Tree Mother to name a few. Whether they are fanciful or frightening, they are enjoyed by both young and old readers.

~ Why ~
Those who love Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales will appreciate this collection. When I first opened the book, I felt like a child opening my McGuffey Reader with the old-fashioned block font. I could easily envision reading the stories at bedtime to our grandchildren when they come for an overnight visit. After reading the tales such as The Real Princess, one may notice how many other tales are told regarding peas hidden in a mattress.

~ Why Not ~
Some young children may be frightened during some parts of these tales while others may not be able to comprehend their meanings. Others may want more simplified plots.

~ Wish ~
Since the book are dated fairy tales, it would be nice to include the background of why Andersen wrote each or when as that would be intriguing to learn.

~ Want ~
For those who enjoy Andersen’s classic tales, this would make a nice addition to a book collection for any age group.

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Night Night, Train

Product DetailsAuthor: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8932-0

“Night night, boys,
Night night, girls,
Night night, God, and night night, world,” the story ends in Amy Parker’s children’s book, Night Night, Train.

~ 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 a train with a family of dogs that heads to Sleepytown. Full page color illustrations of the animals on the train cover the pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this tale involves a dog family of six boarding a train and getting a ride to bed while on it. With the furry pets getting tickets and entering the train, they find their seats, share a meal, read a book, take a bath, get into their pajamas, pray to God, climb into bed, and get a good night’s sleep, knowing that God is in control.

~Why ~
Having two granddaughters who are ages four and one years old, their routine is similar to this book in that they take a bath after dinner, read a book, and then get tucked into bed. I like how the book involves a train ride to bedtime and God loving us. The puppies are cute and adorable.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this book, but He is mentioned only three times. Some may not have the same bedtime routine as the book explains.

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

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read at bedtime that is short and sweet, this one may gently rock a child to sleep as it chugs along the bedtime rails.

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