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The Day Punctuation Came to Town

Title: The Day Punctuation Came to Town
Author: Kimberlee Gard
Illustrator: Sandie Sonke
Publisher: Familius
ISBN: 978-1-64170-145-7

“We’re the Punctuation family, and we all work together to help letters and the words they make,” the Period explains in Kimberlee Gard’s children’s book, The Day Punctuation Came to Town.

~ What ~
The second book in the Language is Fun series, this thirty-two-page hardbound targets children five to eight years old who want to learn about using punctuation with writing sentences. With no scary scenes but colorful illustrations, it is about a family of four punctuation symbols who come to town and go to school with alphabet letters that make words. Its jacket cover includes a synopsis of the book, nine habits of happy family life, and biographies of the author and illustrator.

In this charming story, the Punctuation family moves to town and goes to school with a bunch of letters. As each introduces itself to the class, it explains what it does. While the exclamation point explains it adds excitement, the question mark asks questions; the period ends sentences, and the comma keeps the words organized. As the day progresses, the comma feels left out so sneaks out of the room, and the other punctuation marks find it, showing how important it is to letters when making words and sentences.

~ Why ~
I am fanatical about punctuation and sad to see so many people today do not know the correct rules, so it is important to teach young ones the proper way to use the exclamation point, question mark, period, and comma. I appreciate that this story is fun and interesting while educating first and second graders how and when to use them.

~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words. The comma is not thoroughly explained, but its simplification makes sense based on the age group targeted for the book.

~ Wish ~
I found the rudimentary illustrations with limited backgrounds may not engage some readers. I hope more books are added to the series that is focused on language.

~ Want ~
If your child is starting to understand the need and purpose of using punctuation, this is an excellent way to teach them about the four symbols in a cute, clever way.

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

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2FhElyK

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Homestead Friends: Trapper Loves His Daddy!

Title: Trapper Loves His Daddy
Author: Sheli Levi
Illustrator: Ros Webb
Publisher: Living Tree Press
ISBN: 978-1-7320355-8-4

“Although Trapper loves his momma, he spends all his time with his daddy. Sometimes it is like Big Bo has a shadow in the daytime because Trapper is always by his side,” Sheli Levi writes in her children’s book, Homestead Friends: Trapper Loves His Daddy!

~ What ~
This over-sized thirty-page paperback is book three in a series of five and targets four to ten-year-old children who like stories about dogs and family relationships. With no extremely scary scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this short tale, a pup named Trapper is a mix of charm, personality, and looks, taking after both his parents. Looking up to his father, Big Bo, the canine follows him everywhere on the homestead, mimicking everything his daddy does. Whether the parent is drinking water at the pond, eating sweet peas from the garden, taking a nap on the porch, smelling the meadow’s flowers, watching the pastures, or curling up in a ball to sleep, the little guy is dutifully right next to him.

~ Why ~
This is a nice story about a child’s love for his parent and how he idolizes him, wanting to be just like his daddy when he grows up. I like that the Big Bo does not seem to mind that Trapper is there, by his side, throughout the day.

~ Why Not ~
Children who do not have pets or dogs may not appreciate the content of this book that promotes the love a child has for his parent. Others may not care for the illustrations as they seem rudimentary with some scenes having little detail. Beginner readers may struggle with the two and three syllable words or incomplete sentences that may teach them incorrectly.

~ Wish ~
The focus is mainly on the child loving his father, but there is no response or recourse from the dad that shows he loves his son. I wish the story included that God, our eternal Father, loves us too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that shows a son’s love for one of his parents, this may be a  nice series about dogs living on a homestead, but I felt there could have been more to it.

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

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Wear&Hear BeHere Now & HearLink

HEAR THE TV BETTER WITHOUT HEARING AIDS

~ What ~
This bundled set contains an assistive hearing headset with assistive listening TV transformer so one can listen to the television at a louder and clearer volume through headphones. The set comes with a pair of over-the-neck earbuds, travel case, 3 pair of ear hooks, 8 pair of ear tips, 2 wind covers, tv transmitter, 3.5mm stereo audio cable, 2xRCA stereo audio cable, 2 USB charging cables (1 for each unit), and 2 manuals. Both come in individual gift boxes, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
We have a very loud parakeet that is in our family room and makes a lot of noise, sometimes making us unable to hear the television. I like that this complete set enhances tv listening and the BeHear NOW can also be used separately for live music, smartphone calls, and as a personal amplifier. Because the hearing system is synced with a smartphone, its sound can be adjusted, making the ambient sounds less obvious while focusing on the human voice. I appreciate that I can tailor-make my hearing choices via an app on my smartphone.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like wearing around-the-neck earbuds, but these lightweight ones do adapt well and stay on one’s ears with the many options of hooks and tips included. Others may have issues pairing with their Bluetooth electronics, but by reading the instructions carefully and playing with the buttons, they should have no issues. The elderly may get flustered and frustrated trying to set up both units and customizing them to their hearing desires.

~ Wish ~
While the instructions are understandable, the tv transmitter took me almost an hour to pair with the headphone as it got stuck on its unconnected (flashing blue) mode several times. I wish the entire system could be set up more quickly and setting the hearing preferences was a little easier.

~ Want ~
If you are not ready for hearing aids but want to hear the television or those around you at a louder, clearer volume, this less expensive way to do it may help. I recommend having some set it up for you if you are electronically challenged.

Thanks to Wear&Hear for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/2HdlQNy

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Restoration House

Title: Restoration House
Author: Kennesha Buycks
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-09206-3

“Our Father is intensely present in all aspects of our lives, large and small. As you place Him at the center of your restored home, you’ll find yourself, and all those who enter, restored–heart and soul,” Kennesha Buycks writes in the ending of her book, Restoration House: Creating a Home that Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-page oversized hardbound targets those who want to restore their house into a comfortable, God-honored, and beloved home. Containing full-page, full-color photographs, there are grayed highlighted boxes, sidebars, and a few paragraphed lists. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the English Standard and The Message versions are also included.

After an ownership page and introduction, this book is divided into three sections that contain four chapters each: Restored Home, Restored Soul, A Restored Space for You, and Sharing Your Restored Home. The ending has plans plus dreams, acknowledgments, sources plus credits, and the author’s biography.

In this compilation, the author examines how she never felt at home, having moved often during her early married years. She explains how to design a place to restore your identity, a free zone area that promotes the power to dream again both creatively and spiritually. By making a new name for yourself and finding your place where your senses help guide you, it is vital to make space for God in your life. Dealing with imperfection and comparison, one can entertain in style and grace while inviting others into your restored home and soul.

~ Why ~
This book is geared for those who want to consider how God has created them to be restored in His love and grace, even at and in the home. While I appreciate the tips to restore, redo, and refinish furniture, use the right items in small spaces that make a big impact, repurpose useful products, design multifunctional areas, grow low-maintenance plant options, display with scents and charcuterie boards, have a let-go list, and decorate seasonally, I found the input on letting God intercept our lives through prayer, worship, and reading His Word was most important for restoring the soul and spirit.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may avoid this read. Others may not like books that focus on how God is the One who helps us feel at home within ourselves and our homes, not things, objects, or our accomplishments. Some may prefer books that have less of the author’s experiences and memories, but this one is not over-bearing.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the book included a topical index, but that may be hard to do. I wish more Bible verses were added.

~ Want ~
If you want to have peace and less stress decorating your private abode, this book that includes the Almighty is a wonderful reminder that He should be the focal point in our rooms and heart. This would make the perfect housewarming gift for a woman who is setting up her first home or needs to renovate her life’s purpose involving God.

Thanks to the Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/305lSyd

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A Kite for Moon

Title: A Kite for Moon
Authors: Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple
Illustrator: Matt Phelan
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75642-2

“So he wrote on his kite, promising to come some day for a visit.
Then he let go of his kite, sending it up, up, up for Moon,” writes Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple in their children’s book, A Kite for Moon.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound with a jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about the moon. With no scary scenes, it is dedicated to Neil Armstrong, paying homage to the fiftieth anniversary of his moon landing. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

After ownership and dedication pages, broad pen and ink with colored illustrations cover the full pages with a short tale of a young boy flying a kite who thinks the Moon is sad so promises to visit it. As he grows up and learns all about traveling in outer space, he accomplishes his goal years later by landing on the Moon.

~Why ~
This is a charming story that promotes having a goal and achieving it over time. I appreciated that it showed how it takes time and perseverance to get what you want. The boy is sensitive by considering the Moon is sad and wanting to comfort it like his mother does by giving it a hug.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like stories about the moon may not enjoy this book. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I found the story engaging, I wish the illustrations were a little more eye-catching and detailed to hold the interest of little ones.

~ Want ~
If you have a son or daughter who loves outer space, science, and the moon, this is a thoughtful story that also promotes having a challenge and accomplishing a task.

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

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Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You

Title: Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You
Illustrator: Kit Chase
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-301-76699-5

“Little Sweet Pea, God loves you.
From button nose to gentle coo.
Squishy cheeks and sparkly eyes,
Pure delight and perfect size,” begins Kit Chase’s illustrated children’s book, Little Sweet Pea, God Loves You.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound with a jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy animals and loving relationships. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about God and parents’ love for young children. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

With colorful depictions of bears, deer, cats, sheep, giraffes, foxes, owls, hedgehogs, tigers, bunnies, and mice, the rhyming tale explains how the parent cares about his or her offspring, appreciating their characters, features, and actions while reminding them that God loves them too.

~Why ~
This is a charming story of the relationship between parents and children, promoting how wonderfully God loves them too. I like the cute and thoughtful illustrations that include button noses, squishy cheeks, hair swirls, tiny toes, melting giggles, little hands, soft skin, and snuggling before bedtime.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not parents or are not around young ones may not note the value of love through observation. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the reminder of God’s love added to this book that is similar to another by the author, I wish the illustrations were a little more eye-catching and detailed to hold the interest of little ones.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute story of the special love parents and God have for children, this is a thoughtful read but may not hold a wee one’s attention.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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Really Woolly Bedtime Blessings

Title: Really Woolly Bedtime Blessings
Author: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrator: Donna Chapman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0930-9

“Sleep in peace. God’s looking down, to always keep you safe and sound,” Bonnie Rickner Jensen rhymes at the beginning of her children’s book, Really Woolly Blessings.

~ What ~
Part of the Really Woolly series, this twenty-four-page board book with sparkled stars on the front cover and rounded edges targets children two to five years old. Having no scary scenes, it is a Christian book promoting God’s blessings through the day of a sheep, bunny, and duck.

With a title that includes a blessing on the left side of the page, a written out Bible verse follows with a two-stanza rhyme. The opposite page has a lovely illustration with a two-line rhyme about God and His blessings.

One example is the titled “Sunny Blessings” that quotes Psalm 117:1:

“Swinging and sliding
And peddling your bike.
Bright sunny days
For going on a hike!

God loves to watch
As you giggle and run.
He’ll give you a good sleep
When the fun is all done!”

The opposite page states:
“Your Shepherd loves to watch you play and bless your sleep at the end of your day.”

The illustration has a sheep riding a bicycle with a duck in its basket and a bunny on a tricycle following behind them.

~ Why ~
Focusing on God’s abundant blessings, this short book could be used as a daily devotional to read one a day to a young child or all at one time. I appreciate its reminder that God always is listening to our prayers, watching us while we play, being a friend that is always there, and guarding, protecting, and loving us all the time. The colorful drawings of the three animals and their activities are engaging and will hold the attention of young ones.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ may not like this book about God. Due to the two- and three-syllable words, young ones may not understand concepts such as Jesus being our Shepherd. Some of the wording may be complicated for the younger ones.

~ Wish ~
With the book being for two-year-olds to preschoolers, it may be too complex for some. I wish it were more simplistic in rhyme.

~ Want ~
Little ones will enjoy gazing at the cute animals on the pages as adults read the sing-songy words. Although it is not in depth, it is a good way to introduce young children to God, His amazing attributes, Bible verses, and praying.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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Little Book of Grandma’s Love

Title: Little Book of Grandma’s Love
Author: Jean Fischer
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-1199-9

“God, thank You for giving us arms
To wrap around each other.
Whenever I hug my grandma tight,
I show her how much I love her!” the rhyme, Thank You, God, states in the Precious Moments Little Book of Grandma’s Love by Jean Fischer.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who like short poems and Bible verses about grandmothers. With no scary scenes, the rhymes are by the author and other writers with some referencing the International Children’s Bible. Full-color iconic drawings grace the pages of little children and grandmoms doing various activities.

The four to eight lined poems and prayers are about the matriarch, including topics of riding bikes, working in a garden, playing games, learning, pretending, drawing, swimming, walking, reading the Bible, eating ice cream, thanking God, and more. With the majority of the rhymes being by Fischer, there are also ones of a traditional British folk song and Leroy Freeman Jackson, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hood. Bible verses are written out from Genesis, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and I John.

~ Why ~
This is a charming way to honor and remember grandmothers through poems and prayers. Being a fan of the Precious Moments illustrations, I like seeing them again as an adult. I greatly appreciate that the book contains the love of God and how to love and appreciate grandmas.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not approve of this book. Beginner readers may have trouble with the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
While the designs are well known and cute in this book, the wording may not be understandable to a preschooler.

~ Want ~
If you are old enough to remember the darling Precious Moments illustrations, you will enjoy reading this book of poems and prayers that focus on grandmoms and how important they are in our lives. It would be a thoughtful gift for that mom in your life who can read it to her grandchildren.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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Night Night Bible Stories

Title: Night Night BIble Stories
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4002-0891-3

“Night night, Jesus, who loves us so. Who heals us–body, heart, and soul,” the chapter titled Jesus Heals ends in Amy Parker’s children’s book, Night Night Bible Stories.

~ What ~
Numbered at two-hundred-and-eight pages, this hardbound with a padded front cover targets children ages three to seven years old. With no scary scenes, it contains thirty retold stories from the Bible. Beginning with a presentation page and letter to parents, its ending has the author and illustrator’s biography.

With fifteen chapters from the Old Testament and fifteen from the New Testament, each iconic story is four to eight pages long. After a chapter title and Bible reference, the stories are retold, with two-line rhymes added. The end of the chapter has a prayer and a night night two-line saying. Without showing Jesus hanging on the cross, colorful, happy illustrations grace the pages.

~Why ~
Having given our two-year-old grandson the prior books in this series, he will love getting this book for his next birthday. I appreciate how the book covers Jesus dying for our sins and the eternal plan of salvation in a rudimentary prayer. The pictures are positive and engaging to look at for non-readers.

One of my favorite stories was A Donkey Talks, taken from Numbers 22-24 about Balaam being told by a donkey to go see King Balack. The repetitive rhyme is “Lead on, Lord. Show me the way. Help me to see. Help me to obey.” The prayer thanks God for caring and leading the way. “Night night, Balaam, and his donkey too, who saw God’s way and followed Him through” ends the chapter.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that rewrite Bible stories for children may avoid this read. Others may not approve that the stories are not always complete (i.e. the evil men are thrown in the pit when Daniel is saved by God). Due to complicated three- and four-syllable words, beginner readers may get frustrating reading it.

~ Wish ~
Attaching a ribbon marker would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s Bible storybook to read that is simplified and contains no scary scenes except for three silhouette crosses, this is a great choice.

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From Me to You (Daughter)

Title: From Me To You
Authors: Mark & Susan Merrill
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-7572-8

“It provides a way for you to share positive words of encouragement your daughter can read over and over,” Mark and Susan Merrill write in the introduction of their book, From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Daughter.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page small hardbound targets parents looking for a new way to communicate with their children by sharing a journal. Geared toward understanding through written conversations, children ages five to fifteen years old may benefit, although any aged reader may find it interesting and creative.

After instructions to parents that can be torn out of the book (it mentions to do this, but one page would remove the first question), included are over one-hundred questions for a parent and daughter to randomly answer in their own words. The question is on the left side of the page with a spot for the parent to answer, and the corresponding page is for the child to fill out. It is suggested for the parent to write their experiences, memories, or encouragements and put the book on the daughter’s pillow for him to read, ponder, and respond. The process is meant to promote dialogue through one’s point of view, listening, and even laughter.

~ Why ~
This is an ideal way for a parent and his or her daughter can get to know one another without talking. I like the concept to share without judging via a different way to learn about one another.

Here are some of the questions asked to both the parent and child:
When I get scared about something it is usually …
The best thing you ever did for me was …
Have you ever been bulled? If so, what did you do about it?
What do you think heaven will be like?
What three things can I pray about for you this year?

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to journal may not want to spend the time and effort with this book as it is shared with one another. Depending on the child’s maturity level, young ones may not understand some of the concepts while older ones may feel embarrassed answering them. There are no questions about God and only one each I could find about Heaven and praying. I found some of the questions hard to answer by an adult who may not want to tell their child the answer, but I think the book is centered around the child, not the parent, so could be circumvented.

~ Wish ~
I wish a suggested age was listed online to make sure the book would be appropriate for a specific group. A few of the questions may not be able to be answered in the limited space given. Having lines to write on might be considered for some writers. Attaching a ribbon marker would be helpful so the child would know where the parent last wrote. I wish there were questions about God and how important it is to believe and trust in Him.

~ Want ~
Knowing some children love journaling and being asked questions about their day, what they think, and how they feel, this would be a fun parent/daughter project both would enjoy as they learn more about each other.

Thanks to Harvest House for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2UlVNLZ

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