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Thank You, God, for Grandma

Title: Thank You, God, for Grandma
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Rosalinda Kightley
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8925-2

“Thank You, God, for Grandma;
There’s nothing I can do
I know she’ll always love me, and …
Grandma, I love you too!”
Amy Parker ends in her children’s book, Thank You, God, for Grandma.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about honoring a young one’s grandmother. Full page color illustrations of a bear with two of her grand cubs cover both sides of the opened pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this short tale concentrates on a bear grandmom who cares, teaches, plays, spoils, sings, and interacts with her grandchildren. While there are fun scenes of bears romping in the field, reading books, dressing up, playing hide-and-seek, cooking, picnicking, and singing, it is also noted the grandmother shows how to care for others and let God’s love shine. The beginning and end of the book stress that young ones should be thankful to God for their grandparent.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and I love how this one focuses on a grandma and what she does that is special. The pictures are engaging and fun to look at for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why one would thank God for grandparents. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
The author of over thirty books that have sold over one million copies worldwide, Parker focuses on children, teens, and adults. Married, she and her husband have two sons. No information is given on the illustrator, Kightley.

~ Wish ~
Because this book only shows a grandmother and grandchild relationship, it should be noted there is a similar book about grandfathers too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bonding book about a grandma with pictures of bears, this is a nice choice.  It would be an adorable book to have in the grandparents’ home when the young ones come for a visit and cuddle up with their grammy and be read it.

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

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Seat Saver Car Seat Cover

QUICK PROTECTION FOR CAR SEATS

Car Seat Cover 1~ What ~
Made of two layers with the underside being waterproof PVC and the top cover Polyester, this universal car seat/headrest cover is for those who sweat, work out, get muddy, dirty, or sandy, and want to protect their vehicle’s complete seat. Available in five colors of black, blue, red, gray, and beige, it will fit most cars that include a headrest. Coming with instructions, it slips over the seat’s headrest. It is hand washable and should be air dried.

~ Why ~
I do not like when my husband has been exercising and gets in his car when there is no protection on his car’s seat. I like that this cover is easy to slip over the driver’s seat and remove and wash quickly. The fabric is breathable while the underside feels waterproof. It works great for those with pets who let them ride in the front seat of their cars.

~ Why Not ~
This product is more of an oblong waterproof sheet with a hooded area that slips over headrest and covers the entire seat when protection is needed. Some may not like having to put a cover on their car seats, thinking a folded towel will suffice, but this one covers the headrest and back and is waterproof so will protect the seat. Since there are no elastic bands or straps to secure it to the seat, it may slip and move around.Car Seat Cover 2

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if the product had Velcro tabs or elastic straps to secure it more tightly to the seat.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a universal car seat protection cover for when you are dirty, sweaty, or wet, this could be used quickly without taking to much time to put on and take off.

Thanks to Seat Saver for a discounted product that I am freely reviewing.

This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011EQCKU6/

 

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Thank You, God, for Grandpa

Title: Thank You, God, for Grandpa
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Rosalinda Kightley
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8929-0

“Thank You, God, for Grandpa;
There’s nothing I can do
To make my grandpa love me less –
Grandpa, I love you too!”
Amy Parker ends in her children’s book, Thank You, God, for Grandpa.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this board book with a padded front cover targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about honoring a young one’s grandfather. Full page color illustrations of a monkey with two of his grandkids cover both sides of the opened pages.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this short tale concentrates on a monkey grandpa who loves, teaches, tells stories, spoils, explains Jesus, and interacts with his grandchildren. While there are fun scenes of monkeys hugging, playing games, fishing, skipping rocks, pitching trick curveballs, eating yummy desserts, and catching fireflies, it is also noted how the grandfather shows Jesus’s love and how to pray. The beginning and end of the book stress that young ones should be thankful to God for their grandparent.

~Why ~
Our three-year-old granddaughter loves being read books before she goes to sleep, and I love how this one focuses on a grandpa and what he does that is special. The pictures are engaging and fun to look at for the age group.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why one would thank God for grandparents. Due to some of three syllable words, it would be best to read it out loud to beginner readers.

~ Who ~
The author of over thirty books that have sold over one-million copies worldwide, Parker focuses on children, teens, and adults. Married, she and her husband have two sons. No information is given on the illustrator, Kightley.

~ Wish ~
Because this book only shows a grandfather and grandchild relationship, it should be noted there is a similar book about grandmoms too.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bonding book about a granddad with pictures of monkeys, this is a nice choice. It would be an adorable book to have in the grandparents’ home when the young ones come for a visit and sit in grandpa’s lap to be read it.

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

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Treasured Grace

Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier)Title: Treasured Grace
Authors: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: BethanyHouse
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1327-4

“Try not to worry. I’m doing what I feel God has called me to do – help the sick,” Grace tells her sisters in Tracie Peterson’s novel, Treasured Grace.

~ What ~
The first in the Heart of the Frontier series, this three-hundred-twenty-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction with suspense and romance during the mid-nineteenth century in Oregon County. Its topics of illness, murder, rape, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. A note to the reader, the author’s biography, and advertisements for other authored books are included.

Set in 1847, widowed Grace Martindale and her two younger sisters have finally arrived in Oregon. With her husband recently deceased, the eldest who uses natural healing arts decides they should stay at the Whitman Mission to help a sibling and others recover from measles. When the Cayuse Indians start dying from the same disease, the doctor at the mission is blamed for their illnesses.

After Grace encounters trapper Alex Armistead, both are caught between a rock and a hard place in their relationship that waxes and wanes as they each face their past and pain. As the mission deals with the heightened anger and rage of the Cayuse, Grace and Alex want to protect those caught up in the fray before they can consider each other.

~ Why ~
Fictionalizing the history of the Whitman Mission and what happened to it, the book shows the frustration and fear both sides experienced when lives and land were involved. I enjoy the detail the author adds regarding herbal remedies such as vinegar and how hard life was starting anew out West. The plan of eternal salvation is thorough and understandable.

~ Why Not ~
Some may wish the book was not so romantically predictable. Others may not want to read about a historical massacre that involves rape, murder, and its aftermath.

~ Who ~
Award winning author of over one hundred novels, Peterson focuses on both historical and contemporary genre. She lives in Montana with her family.

~ Wish ~
Due to the book’s abrupt ending, many are left wondering what happens next to secondary individuals such as Grace’s sisters. I wish there were consistency in capitalizing all pronouns of God for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like historical Christian fiction that examines the clash between Indians and settlers in the West while including a growing romance, this first book in the series may grab your attention.

Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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How to Pack

How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any TripTitle: How to Pack
Author: Hitha Palepu
Illustrator: Kelly Lasserre
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-101-90564-7

“When you understand the motivations behind how to pack, we’ll drive into the nitty-gritty of creating a packing station at home, selecting the perfect travel clothing and accessories, and putting everything together, ready to be put to use at your destination,” Hitha Palepu writes in the introduction to her book, How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-twenty-eight pages, this small hardbound targets those who travel and want to pack their bags efficiently and effectively. After an introduction and how to find your packing personality, the quick read contains six sections regarding travel luggage tips, ending with acknowledgments and blank packing lists.

The six divisions include how to pre-pack, choosing clothes with style, the right accessories for the right look, toiletry needs and beauty must-haves, how to pack for maximum space, and how to survive and thrive in the airport and beyond. The reader first determines if they are the anxious overpacker, forever forgetful, jumbled travel, or impractical daydreamer and applies the packing timeline before he or she learns ways to pack, unpack, and organize a suitcase.

~Why ~
My husband and I travel to see our out-of-state sons and their families so having well-prepared packing is a must. I like how the book helps qualify the type of traveler while explaining in depth the different kinds of luggage, attire for various different trips, folding versus rolling garments, toiletry bags and Dopp kits, and the value of coconut oil and herbal teas. I love that the eight blank packing lists at the back of the book are perforated for easy removal.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not travel will have no need for this book. Others may glean little new information in the book, so it would be best for the novice traveler. Some men may want more details regarding their belongings.

~ Who ~
Having traveled over a half-million miles worldwide, the author is an entrepreneur and writer in the life sciences, travel, and technology fields who lives in New York with her family. No information is given on the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were an even balance of both sexes mentioned in the book as it favors women and their accessories more often than men.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book for the beginner traveler, this is a viable option.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

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The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar, Newly Illustrated Edition: An Inspirational Story of Hope for EasterTitle: The Legend of the Sand Dollar
Author: Chris Auer
Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74980-6

“See the doves? This is the new life – the promise of Easter. As Jesus lives again, so can we,” Jack explains to Kerry in Chris Auer’s children’s book, The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound with a front cover that has shiny embossed purple wording targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about the meaning of Easter by viewing a sand dollar. Containing some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

This story is about a young girl who goes to the beach. Her cousin, Jack, takes her beagle and her by boat to an island where they collect sea shells. When she finds a sand dollar, Jack not only tells her facts about the round-shaped shell, but how they tell the Easter story of Jesus birth with one side having a design of a Christmas flower and the other an Easter lily. The holes reflect Christ’s nail holes and a spear, and when the shell is broken, five white shapes flutter out with His promise. Kerry keeps the sand dollar and retells the story to her sister. The end has information regarding sand dollars and a poem.

~Why ~
This is a charming tale that accentuates the markings on something as simple as a sand dollar and how it relates to Jesus. I love the fanciful, detailed illustrations that cover the pages, with most including an adorable puppy that children will enjoy. While not completely explaining the plan of eternal salvation, the book offers an open dialogue with young ones about the topic.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand this book and its references to the true meaning of Easter. Some may wonder why the young boy was allowed to take the girl and dog out to sea on a boat, especially without them wearing life jackets.

~ Who ~
Living in Georgia, Auer is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and author who teaches screenwriting and producing. Cowdrey has illustrated several books.

~ Wish ~
Although this is an innocuous story about a sand dollar, it does not mention that Jesus had to shed His blood on the cross for our sins. I wish Bible verses were referenced and all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beautifully illustrated children’s book about sand dollars, this is a lovely choice that will have your children searching the beach for this shell and noticing its details that may remind them of Jesus.

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

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Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible

Once Upon a Time Storybook BibleTitle: Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible
Illustrator: Omar Aranda
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75792-4

“Inside these pages are some of the greatest stories ever told … and believe it or not they’re real!” the introduction states in the Once Upon A Time Storybook Bible.

~ What ~
This numbered one-hundred-forty-four-page oversized hardbound targets children four to eight-years-old looking for a book of stories from the Bible. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, it has a presentation page, introduction, table of contents, and thirty-three stories with full-colored, detailed illustrations. With some frightening and scary situations, some young children should be cautioned. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.

With eighteen stories from the Old Testament and fifteen from the New Testament, each story is four pages long with a Bible verse written under its title. The artworks range from a quarter to full page and are expressive and detailed. Besides the typical iconic stories, also added are ones involving the battle of Jerico, Hannah’s prayer, Samuel listening to God, Esther’s bravery, Zacchaeus’s dinner invitation, Lazarus rising from the dead, and Jesus’s mission for us.

~ Why ~
Every child should know stories of the Bible, and I liked how this one covered the gambit of them. 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, so many good ones are added. Although a complicated topic to explain to young ones, Jesus dying on the cross and rising the third day is included.

~ 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 for our sins). Young children may be frightened of the depictions of fierce lions, a fiery furnace, and a walking mummy.

~ Who ~
No information is provided on the writer of the retold stories. The illustrator was born in Argentina and has often been commissioned for his story artwork, comics, and character designs.

~ Wish ~
Having all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence would be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that includes many loosely rewritten and shortened stories of the Holy Bible with beautiful, 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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The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book

The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)Title: The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book
Authors and Illustrators: Jan & Mike Berenstain
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75384-1

“Jesus’ friends found an empty tomb on Easter morning. Follow the maze. Help Jesus’’ friends find him,” the instructions state in Jan and Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book.

~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this numbered thirty-two-page oversized paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like games, puzzles, and activities of the well-known family of bears and Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Included at the back of the book are over fifty reusable stickers.

Set up as an activity book involving Easter, the pages are filled with projects related to the Berenstain bear family. There are mazes, counting, patterns, alphabet games, finding objects, following lines, crossword and word puzzles, spotting differences, matching seasons, key coding, connect the dots, coloring, and attaching stickers.

~ Why ~
This is a fun activity book at Easter for young ones as there are so many different things to do. I like the colorful designs, and many of the activities encompass Jesus being risen from the dead and the Berenstain Bear family participating in church and family events. Several of the games incorporate God’s creation, candy, springtime, going to church, dressing up, and spending time with the family, as it innocuously explains God’s love, Jesus’s Jerusalem entrance, His Last Supper, and the angel announcing His resurrection.

~ Why Not ~
Since the book is aimed at beginner to early readers, those in the four-to-five year age bracket may not know how to do some of the tasks regarding crosswords or key coding. Those who do not celebrate Easter’s true meaning may not like the inferences to Jesus’s resurrection although there are no Bible verse references, and it is one way to spread the Word. The stickers are mainly about the bears and spring, not Jesus’s death and resurrection.

~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.

~ Wish ~
With some of the more difficult activities, the book should be for six to eight-year-olds. It would have been nice to add a few Bible verses and mention Christ died on the cross for our sins. I prefer all pronouns of God to be capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If your child likes the Berenstain Bears series, he or she will be creatively occupied with this activity book during Easter and springtime. While a four-year-old may want to play with the stickers and color, older children will enjoy the more complex games and puzzles.

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

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NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible

NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible, HardcoverTitle: NIrV Once Upon A Time Holy Bible
Illustrator: Omar Aranda
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-75790-0

“You have your own tale to live, and what better place to look for help and encouragement than the greatest stories of all!” the back jacket states in the NIrV Once Upon A Time Holy Bible.

~ What ~
This eleven-hundred-and-fifty-two-page hardbound with sparkly accents on its front cover targets children six to ten-years-old looking for a Bible to call their own (first to fifth-grade reading level recommended). Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible, it has a presentation page and six shortened rewritten iconic stories with twenty-four colored illustrations. Being the Word of God with some frightening and scary situations, some young children should be cautioned. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.

While this is the NIrV Bible, the added stories include creation, Isaac and Rebekah, Ruth, Queen Esther, an angel visiting Joseph and Mary, and Jesus’s resurrection.

~ Why ~
Every child should have a Bible. With stories that cater to girls with its feminine topics, this is a thoughtful way to introduce owning a Bible. I like that in two places on the cover it states “The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time.”

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in the Holy Bible. Some children may prefer a different Bible version. Boys may not like a Bible that appears for girls.

~ Who ~
No information is provided on the writer of the six stories. The illustrator was born in Argentina and has often been commissioned for his story artwork, comics, and character designs.

~ Wish ~
I wish the design also targeted boys, but that may be hard to accomplish based on its theme. Having all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence would be thoughtful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s Bible that includes six reiterated stories with illustrations, this may be a good choice.

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

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Silico-App Makeup Sponges

Makeup DiscsA CLEANER WAY TO PUT ON LIQUID MAKEUP

~ What ~
Made of a clear 100% medical grade silicone, this package of two sponges is for applying makeup. Measuring 2.5 by 1.5 by 0.33 inches, the oval discs help blend foundation makeup. Instructions are not included.

~ Why ~
As I get older, I notice when my makeup is uneven, especially at the jawline. I like how this tool can blend a cream foundation effortlessly but lightly patting my face. Because the discs are clear, you can put a spot of foundation directly on one to see how much you need. Having to use very little foundation, my makeup goes farther, so costs me less money. Another nice feature is that the sponges can be washed immediately with soap and water, so no makeup sits and builds up bacteria.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the feeling of gliding a rubbery disc across their skin, but the product does do a good job. Others who use powdered foundations will not be interested in this item.

~ Wish ~
I tried using a sponge with dry foundation and found it does not work well. I wish instructions with tips were included.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a regulated and flawless way to add makeup to your skin, these economical discs do the trick if you use liquid foundations or blushes.

Thanks to Silico-App for this discounted product that I am freely evaluating.

This product can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Silico-Apps-ORIGINAL-Silisponge-Applicator-Silicone/dp/B01N0YHQEG/

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