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All Fish Faces

ALL FISH FACES: Photos and Fun Facts about Tropical Reef Fish (Ocean Friends)Title: All Fish Faces
Author/Photographer: Tam Warner Minton
Publisher: Independently Published
ISBN: 978-1-521807781

“Tropical fish all over the world have faces that are alike in their characteristics, yet are still unique,” Tam Warner Minton writes in the introduction of her children’s book, All Fish Faces: Photos & Fun Facts About Tropical Reef Fish.

~ What ~
The first book in the Ocean Friends series, this numbered seventy-page paperback targets children ages four to twelve years old who enjoy educational information and photographs about tropical fish. With no scary scenes but containing the possibility of being poisoned, it may be best read out loud by adults to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.

In this informative book, the author explains the different types, features, and characteristics of tropical fish that include puffer, angel, butterfly, parrot, trigger, file, frog, toad, scorpion, lion, and box fish as well as groupers, clownfish, anemonefish, and others. Also mentioned are ways to protect and preserve our oceans and coral reefs. All pictures include the name of the fish and location where found.

~ Why ~
Although I am not one who has tropical fish, I appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm the author/photographer has for these creatures. The photographs in full color are stunning and beautiful, showing details of underwater life. I enjoyed learning about “cleaner fish,” those that sleep with a transparent covering, how some can change their sex, and those that are venomous.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like fish may steer away from this educational book, but they may learn a thing or two of interest. Others may want formatted descriptions listed such as average length, weight, eating habits, lifespan, et cetera.

~ Wish ~
I wish more books were written that provided knowledge and information that a young child could learn in a fun, engaging way. It would be helpful if there were an index or glossary at the end of the book. With many grammatical and punctuation errors, it has been marked down a full point and would be changed if the writing were corrected.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about fish for preschool to elementary aged children, this will delight young readers, but you should be aware the copy reviewed had writing errors in it.

Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.

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God Gave Us Family

Title: God Gave Us Family
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Illustrator: David Hohn
Publisher: Waterbrook
ISBN: 978-1-60142-876-9

“Whenever somebody is loving and caring for another, that’s a family,” Little Pup is told in Lisa Tawn Bergren’s children’s book, God Gave Us Family.

 ~ What ~
This forty-page hardbound targets children ages three to eight years old who like to read stories about how God gives us each a special family. With no scary scenes, the book may be best read out loud to beginner readers based on the complicated two- and three-syllable words.

In this short tale, an inquisitive wolf named Little Pup wishes he had a sibling, comparing himself to other families that have several. His parents explain that there are different types of families and God makes us part of His family too. Adoption, single parenting, grandparents, and extended families are mentioned as the wolf and his parents travel to a family reunion. There, Little Pup plays with his cousin and realizes that although families are different, he loves the one God gave him.

~Why ~
I like how many different types of families are discussed and how God gives us the one we are in for a reason. The illustrations of the pack of wolves traveling to the reunion are full color, expressive, and detailed, keeping young ones engaged and entertained.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may avoid this book. With many types of family units described, the story does not include those who have no children and those with blended families.

~ Wish ~
I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that focuses on family and God wanting us to love and enjoy the one we are given, this is a thoughtful choice.

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

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Lizzy the Lioness

Lizzy the LionessTitle: Lizzy the Lioness
Author: Lisa Bevere
Illustrator:  Kirsteen Harris-Jones
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9658-8

“Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is to ask for help,” Lizzy is reminded in Lisa Bevere’s children’s book Lizzy the Lioness.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets four to eight-year-olds who enjoy stories about a little lion learning about bravery. With potentially frightening scenes of baboons trapping a little girl and lions scaring them away, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. The colorful and detailed illustrations grace both sides of the pages with an easy-to-read font. After an ownership and dedication page with a Bible verse, the story ends with a note to parents and short prayer.

Young lioness Lizzy wishes she was grown up like others in the pride. She loves to play and frolic but is frustrated having to obey rules being so small. When she falls out of a tree and meets a little girl and her mother, she realizes she has something in common with the child. One day she sees baboons encircle the girl; the child prays to God for help. Knowing the lion is too little to approach the baboons, she runs to the pride and asks for help. Her father and other lions chase the baboons away, and the girl thanks Lizzy for answering her prayer. The lioness is praised for being brave by coming and getting help instead of trying to take on the challenge herself.

~ Why ~
This book is ideal for young ones who are timid or unsure of themselves as it reminds them that God is there for us all the time and sometimes going to adults or others for help is the best answer. I like the frog depicted throughout the story that follows Lizzy and the expressive artwork.

~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not care for books about lions or be fearful that they and baboons can attack others. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the tw0- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
Lions and baboons living in their natural habitat have to be violent to survive. The story has the mother and child walking around unprotected, so it may give some children a false sense of security when around the predators.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a brief tale about learning that bravery is more than standing up for oneself but also asking for help from others, this is a good starting point.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am evaluating by choice.

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One Christmas Bear

One Christmas BearTitle: One Christmas Bear
Author & Illustrator: Anne Vittur Kennedy
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9014-2

“Little acts of kindness, our friends and families dear,
Merry time together – gifts from God to last all year!”
Anne Vittur Kennedy ends her children’s book, One Christmas Bear.

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this cut-out board book with sparkles on its front cover targets children ages three to six years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about counting animals at Christmastime. Full page color illustrations of the animals in the snow cover the pages.

Written in four-lines of rhyme with some complicated wording that cover two open pages, this story begins with an adorable polar bear finding a friendly pup on Christmas day. As the reader turns the pages, the counting of animals and birds frolicking in the snow goes up to ten, including mice, foxes, squirrels, rabbits, eagles, snowmen, caribou, ginger cookies, owls, candy canes, snowballs, sledders, skaters, stockings, parents, stars, and friends. The scenes are charming and expressive as they show the bear and his friends enjoying the holiday.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I like how this book is the type to cuddle up with them on a cold winter’s Christmas day as we look at the animals playing in the snow. With page numbers on the bottom right side the pages, the book helps young ones learn to count as they search for objects in the illustrations. With the repetition, it is an educational tool that will delight kids.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this book, but He is mentioned only once at the end. The book has little to do with the birth of Christ, but it does mention Christmas trees, snacks, and stockings. Due to the two- and three-syllable wording, it should be read out loud to beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
I prefer a Christmas book that promotes Jesus’s birth, but the animals depicted in this one are cute.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to read during the holidays when it is cold or snowing outside, this is a good selection, but be aware it does not mention the main reason we celebrate Christmas.

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

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Cucgen Addictive Bath Fizzies

LUXURIOUS BATH BOMB SET

~ What ~
Made in the United States, this set of 6 handmade bath bombs arrives in a white cardboard box with a designer label. The scented 4.5 ounce balls contain coconut oil and Bramble Berry® fragrance oil as well as natural sulfonated castor oil which dissolve in the tub without leaving a residue. Scents include Black Amber and Lavender, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Surplus Cherry Almond, Lemon Verbena Yankee, Tobacco and Bay Leaf, and Yuzu Cybilla. Pictures of the balls without instructions are on the inside of the lid.

~ Why ~
I love giving bath bombs to my sisters and friends. These larger-than-normal bath balls smell delightful as they fizz up a foot bath, bathtub, or jacuzzi tub. I like how each ball has a unique and different combination of scent. The Lemon Verbena is my favorite as it contains aromatic Italian Bergamot with Lemon Verbena, Primrose, and Violet. Another plus is they are made in Colorado so should be well tested.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like taking baths will not like this item, but it makes a lovely gift for a woman or man who loves private bath time. Some may not like some of the scent combinations.

~ Wish ~
I wish the colored label of the balls matched the color of the balls. For example, the label shows a purple, red, blue, green, and 2 yellows, but I have no way of knowing what scents they are as I received 2 purples, 1 yellow, 2 blue/green, and an orange. A small label on each would be beneficial.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nice gift for someone who needs to be pampered such as yourself, this would be a greatly appreciated choice. I have marked the product down a half point due to the color issue.

Rating 4.5 of 5 stars.

Thanks to Cucgen for this product that I am freely evaluating.

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God Loves Me: My First Bible

God Loves Me, My First BibleTitle: God Loves Me
Author: Susan Elizabeth Beck
Illustrator: Lisa Mallett
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-75931-7

“It’s never too early for little ones to learn that ‘God loves me!’” states the back cover of Susan Elizabeth Beck’s children’s book, God Loves Me: My First Bible.

~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-four-page board book with a padded front cover that includes glitter targets preschool-age to third-grade children who want a beginner’s Bible. Containing sixteen stories rewritten in rhyme from the Old and New Testaments, there are corresponding full-colored, fanciful illustrations. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.

After an ownership page, each short story covers two open pages with a title in bold and four rhyming lines with an ending about God’s love. With eight from each testament, the stories range from Adam and Eve, Joseph, Samuel, and Esther to Mary, the twelve disciples, little children, and the risen Jesus to name a few.

~ Why ~
I like that each story is short and to the point in rhyme so they can be memorized by a young child while providing the opportunity to discuss them further in detail. Including the “God loved …” ending to each reinforces to a little one that God is love and loves each of us. The pictures have enough detail to keep a child’s attention.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God and His Son 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, but they are concise. Some may be concerned regarding Daniel and the lions and Jesus dying on the cross, but there are no vivid pictures depicting the violent circumstances.

~ Wish ~
I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that has shortened Bible stories told in rhyme with engaging illustrations, this is a good choice.

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

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VIPMOON 3-IN-1 USB CABLE

CHARGE 3 DIFFERENT UNITS WITH 1 CABLE

~ What ~
Nylon braided with aluminum alloy, this set of 2 3.2-foot cables are for charging or syncing Apple Lightning, USB Type-C, or Micro-USB mobile devices using a single cable. With one end having a USB port, there is a 3-way splitter that can charge Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods as well as Samsung smartphones that use micro USB and Type C connectors. Instructions are not included.VIPM

~ Why ~
What I like most about these cables is the ability to have only one cable on the counter to charge our Samsung Galaxy Core Prime smartphones and Apple iPad instead of 3 cables. Having the braided wire makes them more flexible. Containing 2 in the pack makes it easier to keep one in the car and one at home.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have multiple electronics that need charging will not need this product. Others may wish the cables were longer than the 3 feet, but they are ample enough for charging. It states this multi USB cable can charge only one cable at a time so some may wish they could do 2 or 3 at a time.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were a way to charge 2 or more electronics at the same time.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pair of USB 3-to-1 different connectors that save space and time when charging or syncing your electronics, this is a viable option.

Thanks to VIPMOON for this discounted product I am not obligated to review.

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Seeing the Unseen

Title: Seeing the Unseen
Author: Randy Alcorn
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 978-0735290792

“Life on Earth matters, not because it’s the only life we have but precisely because it isn’t—it’s the beginning of a life that will continue without end,” Randy Alcorn pens in the introduction to his book, Seeing the Unseen: A 90-Day Devotional to Set Your Mind on Eternity.

At two-hundred-and-eight pages, this paperback that is meant to be read daily for three months targets those who want to focus on life with Christ for eternity. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the CEB, GNT, NET, NIV, NLT, and Phillips. After a table of contents and introduction, the ninety devotions are followed by the author’s biography, information on a non-profit ministry, and notes.

The book is separated into ninety two-page devotions that start on the right side of the page with a day number. Each chapter has a title and short statement, followed by several paragraphs that begin with a topic related to the subject and sometimes referencing Bible verses. The devotion ends with perspectives from God of written-out Bible verses and God’s people, usually well-known pastors, evangelists, authors, speakers, or individuals. Every devotion includes an epm.org blog link for more discussion.

~Why ~
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one contains little. Instead, there are current day topics and ideas that are blended with a Biblical tone of what we do here on Earth affects us later in Heaven. Samples of the titles include Only One Way, Homesick for Heaven, The Master Artist, Delighting in Him, The Audience of One, The Brief Window of This Present Life, The Universe’s Greatest Tragedy, and Under Grace, Not Sin. Able to read each in under a few minutes, the devotions are short and to the point.

One devotion that stood out to me was Finding True Contentment for Day 59. The writer mentions the way to contentment is to see the present advantages of the phases we are in throughout our lives and to trust God’s purposes in our circumstances. Keeping away from idols helps us find true contentment through Christ. The written out Bible verses are from I Timothy 6:6 and 2 Corinthians 12:10, and Charles Spurgeon and Joseph Hall are quoted with further reading on the noted blog.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like themed devotions so would pass on this book. Others may prefer longer or deeper devotionals that explain Bible verses or concepts in depth or only reading the Scriptures as their daily reading.

~ Wish ~
With the title mentioning eternity, it would be more beneficial if there were more explanations of what Heaven will be like for us that is more akin to the author’s expected writing.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that focus on day-to-day living as we anticipate a future eternity with Christ, this may be a good selection. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.

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

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The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

Title: The Dishonorable Miss Delancey
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 978-0-8254-4452-4

“For how could a humble sailor ever hope to win a viscount’s daughter?” Ben ponders in Carolyn Miller’s novel, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey.

~ What ~
Third in the Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace series, this one-hundred-and-ninety-six page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romance in the historical setting of England in 1915. With topics of alcohol use, physical and potentially sexual abuse, and death, the book may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning has a modified family tree, and ends with author’s note, acknowledgments, and advertisements.

When twenty-five-year-old Clara DeLancey is tainted by scandal, she and her penniless viscount’s family move to Brighton, trying to forget the societal past of gossip, innuendo, and shame. On a dark windy night of the cliffs of Brighton, the once toast-of-the-ballroom is rescued by an injured navy captain, Benjamin Kemsley.

As both deal with their paths of guilt and misunderstandings, they wonder at the possibility of finding true love in each other in spite of their financial and social status upbringing.

~ Why ~
With a detailed explanation of the London season with the elite ton, Prince Regent’s Pavilion, and the beauty of the land, the story focuses on learning how to forgive and trust that God is in control and with us always. Miller does an excellent job showing the societal norms, insistence on family honor, and faith in the Almighty.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the Christian influence the book offers. In an era where gossip, name-dropping, and up-one-man-ship were rampant, the story sometimes gets bogged down on frivolity, yet that was the protocol of the day.

~ Wish ~
With this being the third book in the series, there may be those who may not remember some of the characters previously written about, especially since there is not an extended character list of them.

~ Want ~
If you like historical fiction during the nineteenth century in England when name and lineage matters significantly, this would be a good series. It would be best to read the prior books first to understand the updated story.

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Sigmaceutical Mind & Memory Support

REMEMBER WHAT?

~ What ~
These 30 capsules are to support and encourage memory in the brain. The bottle states the dietary supplement should be taken one to two pills a day. The first five contents are Ginkgo biloba Leaf, Phosphatidylserine 4% Complex, N-Acetyl L-Carnitine, St. John’s Wort, and L-Glutamine. Additional ingredients are Bacopa monnieri Leaf Extract, Vinpocetine seeds, and Huperzine-A to name a few. There are cautions on the bottle regarding who should take it. A label on the bottom states the container received is Lot #241937, MFD 09/2016, and Best By 09/2018.

~ Why ~
Now that I am 60, I notice my brain is not as sharp as it once was and I can do less multi-tasking that I used to do. I have taken Ginko Biloba throughout the years as well as St. Johns Wort, so I like that this supplement contains an ample amount of each. The capsules are oblong and could be opened and poured on food for those who do not like swallowing pills. It is a plus the product is produced in the United States at a GMP facility.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are skeptical of non-prescription memory supplements may avoid this product. Others may be concerned that some of the ingredients will negatively interact with prescription drugs, so contacting a physician or pharmacist is recommended. Since St. Johns Wort is a mood enhancer, this may pseudo elevate the feeling your memory is improving due to attitude changes. The bottle received is a year old, but it is best used within the next year so has not expired.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the bottle stated if the supplements need to be taken on an ongoing basis for maximum outcome or only whenever needed to aid in memory. A fan of krill oil, I wish it was included in this supplement as I take it and believe it also helps with memory. Containing more than 30 capsules for the 2  weeks to 1 month’s requirement would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a supplement with several herbal ingredients that support memory, this is a viable option if you do not mind buying it often. I am sure it will offer some extra clarity with my day-to-day lifestyle, but I would have to purchase many month’s worth before being able to report any noticeable results.

Thanks to Sigmaceutical for this discounted product that I am evaluating by choice.

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