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Love Is

Love isTitle: Love Is
Author: Kim Lucretia
Illustrator: Tara Lance
Publisher: KLE Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-692-02265-8

“Love is being nice and sharing with others – even when they are not so nice to me and don’t want to share. Kim Lucretia writes in her children’s book, Love Is.

This unnumbered thirty-four page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those that like books about love. Containing simple sentence structures, a few multi-syllable words may be more complicated for beginner readers. Minor punctuation and capitalization errors may confuse some readers.

Inspired by her three children, author Lucretia has written two books for young ones. She is devoted to mentoring and teaching others through volunteering with SafeHouse, Dress for Success, and AmeriCorps. No information is provided on the illustrator.

With no profanity or scary scenes, colorful cartoon drawings with broad background colors cover the left side of the open pages with expressive faces showing emotions. Black wording is easy to decipher against lightly colored backgrounds with no other illustrations on the right side of all pages.

This short tale concentrates on what love means to an unnamed little girl. Every open page begins with the words “Love is …” followed by a concept of love. There is a depiction of a young girl’s actions that correlates to the storyline.

Whether helping Mommy with dishes, keeping a clean room, using kind words, or being nice to others, the book promotes love “actions.” Also mentioned is how the girl sees others giving love, such as the way her mother looks at her or tucks her in bed, her daddy plays in the backyard, her grandma makes a special meal, and when her other grandma dances with her. Love is also when her older sister allows her to sleep with her when she is scared at nighttime.

At the ending, the story reiterates that love is peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Love is not simply words, but actions, including vowing to God to love one another every day.

Having a book that explains what love is can be important to young ones trying to understand the concept. If the written errors were corrected, it would be ranked higher.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.

This review will be posted on Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Title: A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider
Editors: N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles
Publisher: That’s Life! Communications
ISBN: 978-0-9784963-1-0

“Would you like to take a break from your busy life, have a heartwarming conversation with a friend, and come away refreshed, encouraged and inspired?” editors N.J. Lindquist and Wendy Elaine Nelles ask in the introduction to their book, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider.

This sequel to their best-selling first book, Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stir the Heart and Warm the Soul, is targeted toward readers who enjoy simple, quick yet effective stories about God involving faith, love and hope.

At three hundred and twenty-four pages, this paperback book begins with three pages of reviews, includes over fifty stories, and ends with thirteen pages of authors’ short biographies with black and white photographs. A separate one hundred and twenty page study guide for readers, book clubs, and small groups and speakers is also available that includes four to seven questions regarding each story.

Written by Canadian Christians who are members of the national association of The World Guild, there are thirty-seven authors who write fifty-one brief stories from one to eleven pages long about hope and encouragement. These authors come from various ages and walks of life such as pastors, missionaries, teachers, writers, editors, doctors, photographers and speakers and include names as Belec, Blenman, Cummings, Fast-Vlaar, Fawcett, Inman, Meyer, Payne, Phillips, and Sketchley to name a few.

Most of the stories are non-fiction, written in first person, covering the gambit from personal heartbreak of losing a child, having a stroke, or marital problems to quilting, using junkyard trash, or getting new eyeglasses. A few fictional tomes about sharks, farmers, dementia, a reunion, empty nest, and an awkward funeral are added with some poems and a short drama.

While all writings “stimulate the mind and delight the spirit,” the thread of God, His redeeming and cleansing love and grace weave throughout the tender stories, sometimes with Bible verse noted or written out.

Take the short story titled “Charlie” by Adele Simmons about a gruff old man in an assisted living complex. One day she walks into his room and he is not having a good day. After singing and playing guitar of country and World War II military songs, he slowly softens when he thinks of his past wife and two sons. By the end of the story, they both are singing “Jesus loves me” with tears in their eyes.

Not to be skimmed or placed on a shelf, this book is a wonderful, casual read to pick up at any time and be uplifted and refreshed, remembering how awesome, amazing and powerful our God is.

This book was furnished by Bookfun.org in lieu of an unbiased review.

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Pipper’s Secret Ingredient

Pipper's Secret IngredientTitle: Pipper’s Secret Ingredient
Authors: Jane Murphy & Allison Fingerhuth
Illustrator: Neal Sharp
Publisher: Mutt Media
ISBN: 978-0-615-38808-3

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” is from I Corinthians 13:13. Even in the canine story-telling world, charity or love is what bonds and holds us all together in Jane Murphy and Allison Fingerhuth’s book, Pipper’s Secret Ingredient.

This one hundred and forty five page hardbound book has a colorful jacket cover of a painted world with a white dog looking through a magnifying glass. Both inside covers have a map of the world, showing paw-printed journey lines. There are several full-page, colorful detailed drawings along with smaller artworks by illustrator Neal Sharp spread throughout the book. Each chapter starts in a blog format with simple sidebars and has its own special icon next to its page number. Included at the end of the book are three treat recipes for dog and human consumption. There is no profanity or scary situations so this book could be for any age group and could be read in portions. The only misspellings are in the intentional text messages.

In this cute tome, canine Pipper is a stuck-in-a-rut blogger who loves to cook but cannot come up with something super innovative to discuss online. While cooking with her friends from all different walks of life, she tells them her dilemma. They also talk about Bull Bogus, a mean bull dog who owns a business that makes unhealthy dog treats only to make more profit. Pipper brightens when she decides on trying to find the special ingredient that makes the perfect treat. Her friends suggest several travel ideas and particular people to search for the distinctive component.

From Egypt and Paris, to Istanbul, New York and Peru, Pipper is sent across the globe via camel, bike, train, and plane, meeting a plethora of diversified experts as she contemplates the design, healthiness, thrill and award-winning taste, searching for that true element. With Bogus’s minion spy Bumbles Brug tailing her every move to find the ingredient first to save the company, Pipper goes back home to find the real source. She and her helpful friends band together to learn that love is the only ingredient really needed for not only making great treats, but great friendships.

This is a keeper on the night stand to read out loud to young children or have them read alone, especially at bedtime. With the fun canine friendships, unique places visited, the occasional foreign words, and clever blogging, any child will learn and enjoy its story of love being the most important ingredient.

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Adventures of the Tornado Kid

Title: Adventures of the Tornado Kid
Author: Rakesh Malhotra
Publisher: Net Worlding Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9838128-8-3

Ask any parent or child and they will most likely agree that today’s society is rushed, fast-paced, unemotional and stressed out.  In Rakesh Malhotra’s Adventures of the Tornado Kid ~ Whirling Back Home Toward Timeless Values, the author tries to reconnect society’s communication skills involving family, friends and community.

This one hundred and ninety-eight page paperback book has a simple drawing of two silhouetted young children holding hands watching a tornado in the distance on the front jacket.  The book is targeted to young children through middle school ages, with the needed assistance of parents or adults who want to participate and be involved in volunteerism too.  There was no profanity or awkward, scary or sexual scenes.

The story is about eleven year old James and his family and friends.  On the morning that it is his birthday, he anticipates an exciting day but his own parents and brother forget his special day.  Even though he is acknowledged for his birthday at school, he is sad and discouraged about his despondent family. While in class, the teacher asks suggestions for the upcoming fifth grade volunteer project and James wants it to be special this year.  Hours later, while James, his best friend Alisha and his friends have to hunker down in the school halls, a tornado destroys their town, leaving a wake of debris and destruction to many homes.

Due to the disaster, James suggests the class project to be to aid and assist in helping the community clean up and repair homes, yards and streets damaged from the tornado.  However, he thinks his parents are too busy to contribute to the project and his brother is too lazy and selfish.  Frustrated, he spends several days and nights at Alisha’s house instead of his own, comparing how her family is so much more thoughtful, compassionate and loving.

Without giving away the ending, this hands-on book for both child and parent breaks down the story into five separate relational areas: responsibility, compassion, integrity, peace and love.  After the story ends, there are almost sixty pages of parental guidance and participation that includes definitions of the five areas with quizzes, several activities, challenges and references.

With many of today’s children being raised without supervision, having hard-to-find quality role models and being brought up with insecurities, this short story’s five global values are passed down in a way that makes children want to improve society, build communities and volunteer to make our world a better place.  There is plenty of room for the author to write similar stories in this venue of engaging children to contribute to improving society.

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