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Bonjour! Let’s Learn French

Title: Bonjour! Let’s Learn French
Author & Illustrator: Judy Martialay
Publisher: Polyglotkidz Press
ISBN: 978-0-99746-870-0

“Welcome aboard Pete the Pilot’s magic plane. Pete takes you to France. On the way, learn words and phrases in French …” the contents page explains at the beginning of Judy Martialay’s children’s book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends.

~ What ~
This forty-page paperback targets children ages six to twelve years old and their parents who want to learn French. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful, simplistic illustrations and photographs are on most pages. A website with a downloadable audio for correct word pronunciation is available.

This book teaching about France and its culture, people, and language provides a story as well as educational tools. When Pete the Pilot flies the readers to the country, they are introduced to two children making a sand castle at the beach. At night, a snail named Louis resides as king of the sand castle until dogs run by, accidentally destroying it. The next day, the children rebuild the castle for their king snail.

Other chapters offer conversational French, the culture of France, learning to paint an impressionist painting, and a compilation of the words and phrases used throughout the book. There is an acknowledgment page at the ending.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through a story, following it up with reiteration, repetitiveness, and practice. Having all French words in a bold font makes them easy to locate. One of the best features of this is that one can go online and download the audible book, so proper pronunciation is used when reading the French words out loud.

~ Why Not ~
Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read to some children as it may frustrate some. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Some may find the book either too hard or simple to understand regarding French words, but it would be enjoyed greatly by those trying to learn a new language.

~ Wish ~
While the ending pages have all French words used with the French word first, having an English index alphabetically at the back might be helpful for those who need to look up a word quickly.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner book on learning French from an English perspective, this may be the ticket, especially if you use it with the audio version.

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

This product can be purchased at http://www.polyglotkidz.com

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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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Paisley the Goat

Paisley the GoatTitle: Paisley the Goat
Author: Rocio Monroy
Illustrator: Eugene Ruble
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61633-871-8

“Paisley the goat discovers many different things that can be counted at the beach on a sleepless night,” the back jacket states on Rocio Monroy’s children’s book, Paisley the Goat.

~ What ~
At sixteen pages, this square paperback targets children ages two to five years old who are learning to count. With no scary scenes, it is a story about a goat named Paisley who cannot sleep so gets up and counts objects. Containing some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

When Paisley the goat tries to sleep on her bed of sand, she finds no rest, so she gets up and takes a walk on the beach. After noticing the large moon, she sees two clouds, followed by three crabs, four birds, five seashells, six beach balls, seven fireflies, eight fish, nine turtles, and ten stars. After her long walk, she returns to her bed and falls to sleep with a smile on her face.

~Why ~
This is a charming tale of a colorful goat who is learning to count. I like that each number is part of the story and the reader can search and count the objects in numerical order. The colorful illustrations have enough detail to engage young readers.

~ Why Not ~
Those who already know their numbers may not be interested in a counting book. New readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
I hope some children will not think that if they cannot sleep that they should get up and take a walk in the middle of the night.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about counting for young ones, this may be a good choice.

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

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paisley-the-goat-rocio-monroy/1127007957?ean=9781616338718

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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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Daniel and the Lions’ Den

Beginner's Bible Daniel and the Lions' Den Image 1 of 1Title: Daniel and the Lions’ Den
Illustrator: Denis Alonso
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-76041-2

“So God sent his angel to help Daniel. Daniel was safe all night,” the story states in Zondervan’s children’s book, Daniel and the Lions’ Den.

~ What ~
Part of The Beginner’s Bible I Can Read series, this thirty-three-page thin paperback targets young children from four to eight years old. The book covers the Old Testament’s story in the Holy Bible of Daniel in the lions’ den. 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 Daniel praying to God and thrown into a den of lions after disobeying the king’s law. With an angel protecting him, Daniel was not harmed, and the king told his people to only pray to the man’s God. Having colorful, easy-to-decipher illustrations, the cartoon designs with big white-eyed animals and people are on almost every page.

~ Why ~
This is a helpful book for beginner to early readers since there are only a few sentences on each page. There are plenty of objects to view by a young child. I like how there is room for discussion about trusting God to protect us throughout our lives. Without containing any scary scenes of ravenous lions, several of them look content and happy.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about the iconic Old Testament story will pass on this book. Some may be leary of the depictions of the angry men on a few pages, With a couple of bones included in the illustration on the cover and one inside, it may make an inquisitive reader wonder whose they are and why they are there. The story does not mention how the evil men were thrown to the lions afterward.

~ Wish ~
I wish more Bible stories were told this simply. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short beginner reader’s Bible story about God watching Daniel when he was cast into the lions’ den, this will keep young children’s attention.

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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God’s Treasure Holy Bible

NIV God's Treasure Holy Bible, Hardcover: Golden promises and priceless storiesTitle: NIV God’s Treasure Holy Bible
Publisher: Zonderkids
ISBN: 978-0-310-75907-2

“Special messages are hidden throughout your Bible. Try to find all of them!” the introduction states in the NIV God’s Treasures Holy Bible.

~ What ~
This 1,216-page hardbound targets children ages eight to twelve years old who want a “treasure hunt” format study of the books of the Bible. Using the New International Version of the Bible, it focuses on searching the Scriptures to learn more about its contents. The beginning has an ownership page, instructions, and table of contents, while the ending includes a table of weights and measures as well as eight pages of colored maps and a treasure verse index. An attached marker ribbon is added.

In this Bible, each book has a beginning page that has a Marks the Spot about the book and its noted people, Pearls of Wisdom of listed important stories, and Treasure Verses that are lightly highlighted in the verses. Also added are a dozen full-color pages of characters, promises, commandments, and noted verses.

~ Why ~
Containing extra features about the Word of God, this book is good for those who like to search for answers. I like that the added content does not interrupt with the reading as it is mainly included at the beginning of each book.

~ Why Not ~
For those who want nothing to do with learning about the Holy Bible, this would not be a good choice for young ones. Some may not care for the Bible version used. The paper used is thin, so the print bleeds through a little.

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

~ Want ~
If your fourth to sixth grader is looking for an NIV Bible that is fun and exciting to read with its added treasure-seeking information, this is a good choice.

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

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Gesher Outdoor Exploration Kit

KIT ALLOWS YOUNG ONES TO EXPLORE OUTDOORS

~ What ~
This educational 6-piece kit includes a child’s size of binoculars, flashlight, compass, magnifying glass, whistle, and matching red backpack in a gift box. Targeting ages 8 and older, young ones can explore and enjoy the outdoors while learning about the world around them.

~ Why ~
With a four-year-old granddaughter who visits from out of state, I love giving her gifts that are educational and explorative, and this one is perfect for her inquisitive mind. I like how the binoculars telescopes, the flashlight does not need batteries, the compass has a snap-on lid, the magnifying glass has 4 times magnification, and the whistle is a bright red, plus all fit in the double-strap nylon carry bag with the company’s logo.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like exploring the outdoors may not appreciate this product. Some may prefer real not plastic renditions of the items, but these are toys meant for learning and enjoying.

~ Wish ~
Although the description states for 8 and older, it could be enjoyed by younger ones with adult supervision by examining and realizing how the tools can be used. I wish instructions were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner’s exploration kit for a young one, this will make a thoughtful gift.

I am under no obligation to review this discounted product that can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0756NVWYM

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Angel on Assignment


                            Angel on Assignment: Move over elf. It's time...Title: Angel on Assignment
Author: Wanda Carter Roush
Illustrator: Mike Motz
Publisher: Ella’s Pearl Publishing
ISBN: 978-0578163611

“Angels have missions and big jobs to do. Right now, one might even be helping you!” Wanda Carter Rouch rhymes in her children’s book, Angel on Assignment: An Elf Alternative.

~ What ~
This over-sized numbered twenty-four-page paperback targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy books about angels. With no scary scenes except maybe a man following a little boy at night, the rhymes contain some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful and expressive detailed illustrations cover almost all pages with black writing overlapping them. The ending includes instructions on how to make an angel craft.

This book contains four lines on almost all the pages with two lines each that rhymes per page. Focusing on God’s angels, the story conveys how these heavenly creatures appeared to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds as well as were at Jesus’s birth and resurrection. Explaining what angels do for us, it highlights their protection of us and excitement when someone believes in Christ and how we should act like them.

~ Why ~
I like that this book reiterates God created the angels for our protection and comfort. The story promotes being aware of angels being around us at all times. The pictures are detailed enough to keep the attention if read out loud to a young child.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God and His angels will avoid this book. Due to some of the complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to some children as it may frustrate some readers. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I hope children will not consider angelic beings more important than Christ by reading this book that states we should be like them in helping others in need or saying a kind word or doing a good deed. It should be added when reading this one to a young one that we should be more like Jesus, not the angels He created.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute book about angels and their mission in our lives, this may be a good choice.

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Tora Fright Patches Things Up

Tora Fright Patches Things Up: A Story about Forgiveness (Prayer Monsters)Title: Tora Fright Patches Things Up
Author: Tracey Madder
Illustrator: Bonnie Pang
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4964-0872-3

“Lord, you know that I am sad.
My little brother made me mad.
God, please help me to forgive.
And in your love and kindness live.
Amen,” Tracey Madder writes in her children’s book, Tora Fright Patches Things Up: A Story about Forgiveness.

~ What ~
Part of the Prayer Monsters series, this thirty-two-page hardbound targets children ages four to six years old who like family stories that teach a lesson. With no scary scenes, the brightly colored illustrations cover both sides of the pages with the story overlapping backgrounds. Due to the complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers. The New Living Translation of The Holy Bible is referenced.

In this short story of the large Fright family of orange monsters, Tora is happy and proud that she won first prize at the art festival for the ceramic armadillo she designed with the help of her older brother, Pi. When she is playing a board game with her younger siblings, baby Booyah accidentally knocks the prized possession off the counter. Tora is upset and angry at her brother, but her mother reminds her to forgive and be kind to others. After praying to God, Tora apologizes for yelling and asks Booyah to help glue the creation together. The ending includes a written out Bible verse from Ephesians 4:32.

~ Why ~
I love a book that teaches young ones, especially about forgiveness and kindness. The rhyming prayer to God asking to be forgiven is short and to the point and could be adapted to other situations. With the illustrations being colorful, they will engage most children listening to the story.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in this book. Due to the three and four syllable words, it may be hard for new or beginner readers. Some children with attention issues may find the artwork too busy and complicated with the book’s intense colors.

~ Wish ~
With so many bright colors of wide-eyed, over-sized headed monsters, toning them down might be considered for those visually challenged. I wish pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a Christian series of a family of monsters and how they rely on God, this may be a good choice.

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