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A Girl’s World Coloring Book for Girls

Title: A Girl’s World Coloring Book
Author: Mary Johnson
Publisher: Mary Johnson
ISBN: 9798355829797

“Every page of our book provides educational facts about inspiring women through history, encouraging young girls that they can achieve anything,” the introduction states in Mary Johnson’s children’s book, A Girl’s World Coloring Book.

~ What ~
This over-sized seventy-four paperback targets young girls four years of age and older who like to color. With over thirty pages to color on the right side of the book, quotes by famous women and educational facts are printed in white against black backgrounds on the left side.

After an ownership page to fill out, the theme of this coloring book is to empower young girls so that they can achieve whatever they set out to do. The artwork is simple yet related to the opposite pages noted. Quotes are included by Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Anges E. Benedict, Edith Wharton, Anne Frank, Doctor Francoise Barre, Michelle Obama, Audrey Hepburn, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Kalpana Chawla. The facts involve women such as Jane Austen, Serena Williams, Vera Rubin, Katie Lendecky, Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Jane Goodall, Sau Lan Wu, Margaret Hamilton, Dorothy Lawrence, Amelia Earhart, Clare McCardell, Frida Kahlo, Akiki Fujimoto, and others.

~ Why ~
Coloring can relax and soothe a child as it can be mindless, especially if the drawings are relatable to a girl filling them out like this one is. I appreciate how each page of art focuses on the desired topic. I love that the artwork can be removed from the book and placed in a frame.

~ Why Not ~
Young girls who are not artistic may have no interest in a coloring book. Others may not like that the book contains only a girl’s perspective of “I am …” or “I can …” without considering others. The black backgrounds use a lot of wasted ink.

~ Wish ~
The book is listed under Shintoism on Amazon; I prefer Christian/Biblical approaches to educate children.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a coloring book with cute pictures that is secular in promoting girls to be successful, this is helpful, but I wish it was more Biblically based in content.

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

#MaryJohnson #AGirlsWorldColoringBook #ColoringBookforGirls #MotivationalEducationalColoringforGirls

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The World’s Longest Sock by Juliann Law

Title: The World’s Longest Sock
Author & Illustrator: Juliann Law
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0258-1

“Ah, yes, the World’s Longest Sock. This is quite the remarkable story about two people who simply would not give up,” Juliann Law begins in her children’s book, The World’s Longest Sock.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversized hardbound with a matching jacket cover targets children ages four to seven years old. With no scary scenes, it is about two adults competing to knit the longest sock in the world. Colorful illustrations grace the pages with a decent font size.

In this tale, Nana Nina in Chile has recently set a record for the world’s longest sock. When Lumberman Chuck learns about the competition, he determinedly wins, happy to have friends and be famous. Of course, Nina is upset she is no longer the record holder, so the two become fiercely competitive, even with their friends having to choose sides. After both are physically exhausted, a smart decision is made to declare the winners.

~Why ~
This is a quick story that shows how ardently two people want to win yet together make the perfect pair. I liked that both tried and tried to succeed and did not give up. Competition is good to a point if monitored carefully.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not competitive may not like a book that promotes trying to obsessively win a contest. The book mentions being lonely and zombies, which some young children may not understand. Beginner readers may have issues with the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I do not care for books that use the slang word, heck, especially when they are for young readers.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that promotes striving to be the best, this is a nice read.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #TheWorldsLongestSock #JuliannLaw

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The Story of Christmas by Patricia A. Pingry

Title: The Story of Christmas
Author: Patricia A. Pingry
Illustrator: Alice Buckingham
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0233-8

“Do you know why we give gifts at Christmas? We give presents because it is Jesus’s birthday,” Patricia A. Pingry begins her children’s book, The Story of Christmas.

~ What ~
This twenty-two-page board book with rounded corners targets children ages one to four years old. With no scary scenes, it is the story of the Nativity. Colorful, engaging illustrations cover both sides of the pages with an easy-to-read font size.

Beginning and ending with a family of four celebrating Christmas, this includes the story of Mary being visited by an angel, Jesus being born in Bethlehem, shepherds worshipping Him, and the wise men bringing Him presents.

~Why ~
This is a wonderful reminder about the true meaning of Christmas being about Jesus’s birth. I appreciate it is Biblical instead of secular regarding the holiday so that young ones can learn about our Saviour. There is enough activity in the pictures to keep a child interested while listening to the story.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like a book that explains the real meaning of Christmas. It does not discuss the eternal plan of salvation, but that may be due to the targeted age group. There are many complicated words that young ones may not understand or comprehend, but they could be explained by the reader. The book may be too hard for beginner readers.

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

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Christmas book for toddlers that promotes Jesus’s birthday, this would be a nice present that will be loved.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #TheStoryofChristmas #PatriciaAPingry #AliceBuckingham

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Joy to the World by VeggieTales

Title: Joy to the World
Author: Pamela Kennedy
Illustrator: Lisa Reed
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0285-7

“Then all the Veggies gathered round to clap and shout and cheer … and sing of joy that Jesus brings at Christmas and all year!” Pamela Kennedy ends in the VeggieTales children’s book, Joy to the World.

~ What ~
This twenty-page board book with rounded corners targets children two to five years old who like celebrating the true reason for Christmas. With no scary scenes, it contains simplistic illustrations of playful vegetables that keep the attention of little ones. An easy-to-read font covers the pages.

Part of the VeggieTales series, this one told in rhyme focuses on all the characters participating in the Veggie Christmas show. Including Pa Grape, Peas, Larry, Junior, Laura, Petunia, Madame Blue, and others, the story shows how they perform a Christmas reenactment of Jesus’s birth, complete with shepherds, angels, and a manger.

~Why ~
This is a cute way to combine vegetables with big eyes as friends who want to share their love for Jesus. I appreciated its teaching that we should welcome Christ to live within our hearts. The colors are vibrant and engaging.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a book that mentions God sending Jesus to show His love to people everywhere may not approve of this read. Others may not like scenes of veggies celebrating Christmas, but it is iconic in the VeggieTales’ series. Due to some of the two- and three-syllable words, it may be hard for beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
Since this book is part of the VeggieTales franchise, adding their website link would be helpful for parents who want to know more about their videos, movies, television shows, and other merchandise. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you want a book that helps little ones learn about Jesus being the real Joy to the world, this is a keeper, especially if the child likes anything related to VeggieTales.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and VeggieTales for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #VeggieTales #JoytotheWorldVeggieTales #PamelaKennedy #LisaReed

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Wreck the Halls by Melinda Rathjen

Title: Wreck the Halls
Author: Melinda Rathjen
Illustrator: Gareth Williams
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0226-0

“To break it all down, what makes Christmas a gift is the love that we share — it gives us a lift!” Melinda Rathjen rhymes at the end of her children’s book, Wreck the Halls.

~ What ~
This twenty-page board book with rounded corners targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it focuses on a wrecking truck and how it helps make Christmas special. Simplistic, colorful designs grace the pages with a decent font size.

In this tale showing different vehicles helping to decorate Christmas, the wrecking truck is used to load up trees, set up festive displays, help wrap presents, tow cookies for Santa, pull a large weight of gifts, and deck the halls. Other vehicles such as cranes, police cars, trains, semis, race cars, snowplows, taxis, boats, and buses are mentioned and depicted.

~Why ~
This is a nice book to read to a young child who knows the difference between different types of vehicles and likes wrecking trucks and the holiday. The colors are bright and cheery, which could be used as a teaching tool for young ones. There is enough happening in the illustrations to keep a youngster engaged.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about Christmas or vehicles may skip this read. Realists may feel that some of the statements are not true so will have to explain to an educated child that a wrecker cannot sing Christmas carols or wrap presents.

~ Wish ~
I had trouble with the concept of this book as it may be cute in its rhyming and pictures of a specific type of truck, but it didn’t correlate well with Christmas and Jesus’s birth.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about trucks to give to a toddler for a Christmas present, this one may work well, but it doesn’t wreck any holiday halls.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #WrecktheHalls #MelindaRathjen #GarethWilliams

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Do Your Best, Tess! by Janet Morris Grimes

Title: Do Your Best, Tess!
Author: Janet Morris Grimes
Illustrator: Jake Robbins
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-649496393

“Come on, Tess. Just do your best. Can we help you with this riddle?” Janet Morris Grimes asks in her children’s book, Do Your Best, Tess!

~ What ~
This fifty-page paperback targets children ages three to nine years old who like stories about a young girl who learns the value of finishing what she started. With no scary scenes, it focuses on doing things right to accomplish a goal. The end of the book contains the author’s biography.

This tale told in rhyme is about a girl named Tess who does not put her full effort into the things she does, perhaps because she cannot concentrate or lacks self-assurance. When it is time to try out for a school play, she sneaks away, regretting she is not prepared. After speaking with her teacher, she is allowed a second chance and learns how important it is to give it your best when wanting something. With easy-to-understand, colorful illustrations often on one side of the pages, the opposite sides have the story in a decent size font.

~Why ~
This helpful book gives encouragement to those young ones who may have ADHD, insecurities, or the fear of failure as it stresses to keep trying when given a task. I appreciated that Tess did try again, and the teacher gave her a second chance, although this may not be how life always goes. Stressing the importance of giving your all is healthy and full of purpose.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like being nudged to do their best when given a challenge. Others may not like its one minor reference to prayer. Beginner readers may have problems with some of the two- or three-syllable words. A few of the two- and three-syllable words may be hard for beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
With this story only about a girl dealing with giving a little instead of her best, it would be nice to have one about a boy too.

~ Want ~
If your child feels uncertain about trying new things because they are unsure or cannot concentrate, this read will help ignite the drive and want to do his or her best, even on minor issues such as participating in a school play.

Thanks to CIPA, Elk Lake Publishing, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#CIPA #ChristianIndiePublishingAssociation #ElkLakePublishing #DoYourBestTess #JanetMorrisGrimes #JakeRobbins

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God’s Word for Me: 365 Daily Devos for Girls

Title: God’s Word for Me: 365 Daily Devos for Girls
Author: VeggieTales
Illustrator: Lisa Reed
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0288-8

“When you put a smile on your face, happy feelings follow!” states one of the Thoughts of the Day in the VeggieTales children’s book, God’s Word for Me: 365 Daily Devos for Girls.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page paperback targets young female children four to eight years old who like short daily Biblical devotions. With its iconic vegetable characters, it contains devotions that cover a full year plus prayers and Bible verses. Using mainly the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the NKJV, NIV, NIVR, TLB, NCV, CEB, NASB, HCSB, CSB, ESV, MSG, GNT, CEV, ICB, and AMP are also referenced.

Part of the VeggieTales series, this book of devotions for girls begins with an ownership page and note to parents and grandparents followed by one-page devotions for each day of the year. Using only the day (not date) of a year, each devotion has a title with a written-out Bible verse or two. One to three short paragraphs cover the topic and end with a thought of the day and prayer. Eleven pages of Bible verses are added for memorization.

~Why ~
This is a fun way to combine vegetables with big eyes while learning about God and Jesus. I like the short and simple devotions that a young one can relate to such as kindness, love, faith, joy, smiling, helpfulness, laughing, peace, and courage. I appreciate the prayers are short yet meaningful.

One of my favorite devos is Day 182 titled Surprise Them! with I Peter 3:9A NLT written out. The two paragraphs remind us to be kind to others, even if they are unkind to us. God tells us to surprise them with gentleness instead of anger. The Thought of the Day is: Maybe someone just needs help being kind. You can lead the way! The Pray Today is: Dear God, please show me how to surprise others with blessings today. Amen.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like a book that promotes daily devotion to Him. Others may not correlate vegetables to the Word of God, but the book is iconic to the VeggieTales’ series. Some young children may not comprehend the devotions’ contents

~ Wish ~
While this book is geared toward girls and there is one for boys also, I could not tell the difference in the topics but only in the female versus male illustrations and red/blue coloring. I wish only the KJV version was used instead.

~ Want ~
With so many children’s books available that include superheroes, sorcery, and witchcraft, this is a fresh breath of reading Biblical devotions every day that will help grow your daughter or granddaughter in the Lord, especially if the child likes anything related to VeggieTales.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and VeggieTales for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #VeggieTales #GodsWordforMe #365DailyDevosforGirls #LisaReed

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God’s Word for Me: 365 Daily Devos for Boys

Title: God’s Word for Me: 365 Daily Devos for Boys
Author: VeggieTales
Illustrator: Lisa Reed
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0290-1

“When you put a smile on your face, happy feelings follow!” states one of the Thoughts of the Day in the VeggieTales children’s book, God’s Word for Me: 365 Daily Devos for Boys.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page paperback targets young male children four to eight years old who like short daily Biblical devotions. With its iconic vegetable characters, it contains devotions that cover a full year plus prayers and Bible verses. Using mainly the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the NKJV, NIV, NIVR, TLB, NCV, CEB, NASB, HCSB, CSB, ESV, MSG, GNT, CEV, ICB, and AMP are also referenced.

Part of the VeggieTales series, this book of devotions for boys begins with an ownership page and note to parents and grandparents followed by one-page devotions for each day of the year. Using only the day (not date) of a year, each devotion has a title with a written-out Bible verse or two. One to three short paragraphs cover the topic and end with a thought of the day and prayer. Eleven pages of Bible verses are added for memorization.

~Why ~
This is a fun way to combine vegetables with big eyes while learning about God and Jesus. I like the short and simple devotions that a young one can relate to such as love, forgiveness, obedience, kindness, friendship, giving, trusting, and loyalty. I appreciate the prayers are short yet meaningful.

One of my favorite devos is Day 152 titled Making Choices. After Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NIV is written out, the two paragraphs remind the reader to ask God and pray to Him to show us the right thing to do when faced with a difficult decision. The Thought of the Day is: Next time you have to make a tough choice, talk to God first. He loves to help! The Pray Today is: Dear God, every day is filled with choices. Will You please help me make good ones? Amen.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like a book that promotes daily devotion to Him. Others may not correlate vegetables to the Word of God, but the book is iconic to the VeggieTales’ series. Some young children may not comprehend the devotions’ contents

~ Wish ~
While this book is geared toward boys and there is one for girls also, I could not tell the difference in the topics but only in the male versus female illustrations and blue/red coloring. I wish only the KJV version was used instead.

~ Want ~
With so many children’s books available that include superheroes, sorcery, and witchcraft, this is a fresh breath of reading Biblical devotions every day that will help grow your son or grandson in the Lord, especially if the child likes anything related to VeggieTales.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and VeggieTales for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #VeggieTales #GodsWordforMe #365DailyDevosforBoys #LisaReed

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Review: Bible Conversation Cards

Title: Bible Conversation Cards
Publisher: Ink & Willow
ISBN: 978-0-593-23527-0

“Help your kids go beyond simply memorizing Scripture,” the box lid states on Ink & Willow’s, Bible Conversation Cards Set.

~ What ~
This approximately 5.5 by 4 by 2.5-inch sturdy box contains 100 index color-coded cards with rounded corners that are divided into 5 sections of verses and questions that cover God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Me, and Growth. With each section having 20 cards that are in 5 different colors, there are 5 dividers with tabs stating their themes. The concept of the cards is to stimulate conversations by asking questions and answering them and memorizing Bible verses. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the ESV, ICB, and NLT versions are also referenced. A part of the box has an ownership section to fill out.

~ Why ~
Making Scripture available to all ages is a great way to learn more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in a family or group setting, and this box set does that. I love that each card features a Bible verse or two written out that is to be memorized and three discussion questions, in progressing levels of complexity. I appreciate the divider cards that include encouragement and written-out family prayers.

Here are examples from each section with the highlighted word and verse noted:
God ~ Grace: When have you gotten a really great gift for no reason? Hebrews 4:16
Jesus ~ Messiah: As the Messiah, what was Jesus chosen to do? Matthew 16:15-16
Holy Spirit ~ Life: How can you share the life of the Spirit with others this week? Job 33:4
Me ~ Love: How has God shown love to you today? John 15:9 ESV
Growth ~ Confess: How does knowing God always forgives you change how you view your sin? I John 1:9 NLT

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not be interested in these cards’ questions or memorizing verses. The questions range from simplistic to complicated so may not work for all age groups. However, if there is a wide range of children playing it, one can tailor-make the questions to the appropriate age of the child.

~ Wish ~
It would be thoughtful to add instructions with tips on how to use the cards including the suggested ages of the children per the three questions on each card. Promoting memorization through competition and challenges could also be mentioned.

~ Want ~
This card set would make a nice gift for a family, group gathering, Bible study, or party to help memorize verses and discuss God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and how much They mean to us.

Thanks to WaterBrook and Multnomah Book Launch Team for this complimentary product that I am freely reviewing.

#InkandWillow #InkandWillowGifts #BibleConversationCards #MemorizetheWord


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Review: The Inkwell Chronicles The Ink of Elspet

Title: The Inkwell Chronicles: The Ink of Elspet
Author: J.D. Peabody
Publisher: WorthyKids
ISBN: 978-1-5460-0198-0

“Everett wondered what all this had to do with his father. And what was the secret behind the Ink?” J.D. Peabody writes in his children’s book, The Inkwell Chronicles: The Ink of Elspet.

~ What ~
The first book in the series, this three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page hardbound with a jacket cover targets children ages eight to twelve years old. Set in England and Scotland, it is the beginning of the adventures of a brother and sister and how they learn courage and bravery. A few scary scenes and topics of drug use and physical abuse may not be appropriate for immature readers.

In this tale, eleven-year-old Everett and his eight-year-old sister, Bea, are on a quest to find their father, who has been abducted by the Commander of the Blotters, a band of creatures that will do anything to get rid of Ink in the world. When the children learn the powers of a special pen and its magical ink, they try to locate their dad and find a new supply of ink.

~Why ~
Those who like an innovative story that is fast-paced as the protagonists stay one step ahead of those seeking them will like this read. It was engaging to learn about Mind Murks, Ink Waves, Inkasement, Ausculators, and the Stink as the Inklings were on the hunt to find their dad. I like the symbolism of Ink being so powerful and creative to humans.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care for fantasies that include a homing pigeon, raven, wolves, lovebugs, and more may pass on this series. Some may not like the chapters involving being trapped or attacked. This book has complicated wording so would not work for some readers.

~ Wish ~
While I liked the idea of a story that promotes courage and bravery, I did not care for its lack of discipline regarding stealing or its vague concepts of God with its few mentions of Christianity, prayers, psalms, and a hymn.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a creative chapter book series about an insecure boy learning to step out of his shell and an inquisitive girl not being afraid, this would be enjoyed by its targeted age group.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Hachette #WorthyKids #JDPeabody #TheInkwellChronicles #TheInkofElspet

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