Imagine: The Great Flood by Matt Kociech

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Imagine: The Great Flood, written by Matt Koceich, is a story of a 10 year old boy, Corey, who is struggling with having to move from Texas to Florida for his father’s job. One day while chasing his dog in the woods, he falls and hits his head. He wakes up in Mesopotamia in 2400 B.C.

While in Mesopotamia he meets up with Noah’s sons who are rounding up animals to take them to the ark. While they are getting the animals they are being chased by superhumans. Corey prays to God for help and thinks about his home in Texas. He realizes that worrying about moving to Florida was not something to complain about.

This is a juvenile fiction book for children 8 to 12 years of age. The author takes the story of Noah’s Ark from the Bible and builds on it to make this action packed story. It is so full of adventure that it will keep the readers interest to the very end. I like how Corey spends time thinking of his home situations while he is running from the superhumans brings out the theme of forgiveness and faith in God and His love for us. I think any young reader, especially boys, would really enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

112 pages

ISBN: 9781683221296

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

To learn more about the author go to: https://mattkoceich.wordpress.com/

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/IMAGINE-Great-Flood-Matt-Koceich/dp/168322129X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1489860062&sr=1-2

https://www.christianbook.com/imagine-the-great-flood/matt-koceich/9781683221296/pd/221296

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/imagine-the-great-flood-matt-koceich/1125167280?ean=9781683221296

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/koceich-matt/imagine-the-great-flood/7021554.html

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A Very Thankful Prayer written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Natalia Moore

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I’m thankful for the seasons.

And I’m thankful God made fall.

But for His love that fills the earth.

I’m thankful most of all!”

A Very Thankful Prayer is written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Natalia Moore. This is a cute hard cover board book written for young children. With adorable pictures of little animals, the author tells a story in poem of the different things the animals are thankful for. The animals are thankful for their warm clothing and cozy fire. They are thankful for the apples, pumpkins and the food the farmers grow. And they are thankful for their friends to play with and their family to spend time with and share bear hugs.

I just love Bonnie Rickner Jensen’s books. They are so fun to read to the young child. I enjoy how she writes a story that is easy for the child to understand. The pictures are so cute! The pictures have a wide variety of animals in them as well as things in nature to help the little one learn.

With just 24 pages this is the perfect length to hold a young child’s attention. The book is a good size for little ones to hold and the pages are nice and stiff so little ones can help turn pages. This would be a great book for a young child to teach them about fall and Thanksgiving.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: A Time For Prayer

24 pages

ISBN: 9780718098834

Publisher: Tommy Nelson

Bonnie Ricken Jensen is a best selling author who has won awards for her books. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio and her favorite inspirations are her grandchildren, running and sunshine.

Natalia Moore studies illustration at Swansea University in Wales. She has illustrated many children’s books and is a teacher and author.

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Thankful-Prayer-Bonnie-Rickner-Jensen/dp/0718098838

https://www.christianbook.com/a-very-thankful-prayer/bonnie-jensen/9780718098834/pd/09883X?product_redirect=1&Ntt=9780718098834&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCG

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-very-thankful-prayer-bonnie-rickner-jensen/1125150179?ean=9780718098834

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/rickner-jensen-bon/very-thankful-prayer-aug/7005873.html

Night Night, Train by Amy Parker, illustrated by Virginia Allyn

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God’s creation all around-

He cares for us, big and small.

We rest peacefully knowing that

His hands hold it all.

Night Night, Train is written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn. This is an adorable little bedtime story using cute animals and a train to help relax little ones. The story follows a puppy family as they get their tickets and ride the train to Sleepytown on the night night train. They get their seats and have a yummy dinner. They read their favorite book and get ready for bed before saying their prayer and going to sleep.

I really like this book. I love Amy Parker’s stories for children. The illustrator of this book has done an awesome job with adorable colorful pictures that will get even a baby’s attention. I like that the little mouse and little red train are in many pictures so little ones can look for them. It is written for ages 3 to 5, but I feel any child that likes trains will enjoy this book.

This is an adorable little book, just perfect for the young child. With cute pictures and rhyming poems, it will help relax the little one to help them fall asleep. The size of this book is the perfect size for little ones to hold and with just 20 pages, the perfect length to read to them. The soft cover and hard pages are shiny and durable to last a long time and is easy to wipe off.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Night Night

20 Pages

ISBN: 9780718089320

Publisher: Tommy Nelson

To learn about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.amyparkerbooks.com/home.html

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/night-train-amy-parker/9780718089320/pd/089321

http://www.thomasnelson.com/night-night-train

https://www.amazon.com/Night-Train-Amy-Parker/dp/0718089324

as well as Target and Barnes and Noble.

The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Gramps & Gran by Mike Berenstain

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Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” – Proverbs 17:6

The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Gramps & Gran is part of the Living Lights series, written by Mike Berenstain. The cubs have just returned to school for the school year, when they find themselves gloomy on a rainy afternoon. They are gloomy because they have homework. Papa tries to cheer them up mentioning Halloween, but that is two months away. Papa tells them there is a very important holiday just a few days away. He tells the cubs Grandparent’s day is the Sunday after Labor Day.

The family talks about all the things the cubs do with their grandparents, like fishing and going for walks. They talk about the things the grandparents have made for the cubs. One of those things is a Noah’s Ark play set. The cubs decide to make a very special gift for their grandparents. They write a story of Noah and his wife and grandchildren.

This is a cute story. I really like how the story shows how the family researched Noah’s family and how the cubs show the family. It shows Japheth with his wife and children, Ham with his wife and children and Shem with his wife and children. The cubs have also given Noah and his wife 16 granddaughters to go with their 16 grandsons that are mentioned in the Bible.

I also like the suggestions at the end of the book of things to do to celebrate Grandparents Day. My children loved Berenstain Bears when they were young and I look forward to sharing this book with my grandchildren. I think this is a great book, and series, for families with young children.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and BookLook Bloggers. I have written an honest review.

Series: Living Lights Series

24 Pages

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

ISBN: 9780310748441

Publisher: Zonderkids

To learn about the Berenstain Bears and the authors visit: http://www.berenstainbears.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

http://www.zondervan.com/the-berenstain-bears-bless-our-gramps-and-gran

https://www.christianbook.com/berenstain-bears-bless-gramps-and-gran/mike-berenstain/9780310748441/pd/748440?dv=%7Bdevice%7D&en=google&event=SHOP&kw=childrens-books-0-20%7C748440&p=1179710&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIidbuj-yG1QIVDnF-Ch1yQgmQEAoYASABEgIZBfD_BwE

https://www.amazon.com/Berenstain-Bears-Gramps-Living-Lights/dp/0310748445/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499969081&sr=8-1&keywords=9780310748441

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-berenstain-bears-bless-our-gramps-and-gran-mike-berenstain/1125156332?ean=9780310748441

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/berenstain-mike/berenstain-bears-bless-our-gramps-and-gran/7005755.html

God Loves Daddy & Me by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Illustrated by Laura Watkins

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God loves Daddy and me,

from morning until night…

At tuck-in time and all the time.

We’re precious in His sight.

God Loves Daddy & Me is a soft covered board book written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Laura Watkins. With beautifully illustrated pictures, author uses raccoon to show how daddies and children have fun during their adventures together. They spend time going on boat rides, taking walks, doing chores and roasting marshmallows . And when something goes wrong, they learn to say “I forgive you”. Daddies are also there to help comfort the little one when he is afraid and at bedtime when they pray before being tucked into bed.

I just love this series! I love soft covered board books for young children! This book is a great size for a toddler to hold and look at. And the story, made up in rhyme, is the perfect length for little ones. The cute pictures are full of things little ones can look for in the pictures, such as birds, fireflies, stars, moon and a little lion toy. This is a very durable, easy to clean book. It is a cushioned, hard covered book with glossy hard pages to help it last a long time. This would be a great book for the daddy and little ones in your life.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

20 pages

ISBN: 9780718091774

Publisher: Tommy Nelson

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Daddy-Bonnie-Rickner-Jensen/dp/0718091779

https://www.christianbook.com/god-loves-daddy-and-me/bonnie-jensen/9780718091774/pd/091774

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/rickner-jensen-bon/god-loves-daddy-and-me/6900808.html

There is a companion book called God Loves Mommy & Me. You can read my review of this book at: https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/god-loves-mommy-me-by-bonnie-rickner-jensen-illustrated-by-laura-watkins/

 

 

God Loves Mommy & Me by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Illustrated by Laura Watkins

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Mommy’s hugs are special . . .

God made hers extra sweet.

They make me oh-so happy

from my head down to my feet!

God Loves Mommy & Me is a soft covered board book written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Laura Watkins. With beautifully illustrated pictures, author uses rabbits to show how mommies and children find enjoyment in simple every day things. Mommy spends time picking dandelions to splashing in the rain and playing on the slide and swing with their children. But there are times like kissing boo-boos and getting hugs from mommies makes the little ones feel so loved.

This book is absolutely adorable! I just love soft covered board books for young children! This one is a great size for a toddler to hold and look at. And the story is perfect for little ones, made up in rhyme. With just 20 pages, it is the right length to hold a young child’s attention. The beautiful pictures are full of things little ones can look for in the pictures, such as birds and lady bugs. This is a very durable, easy to clean book. It is a cushioned, hard covered book with glossy hard pages to help it last a long time. This would be a great Easter gift for the little one (and their mommy) in your life.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

20 pages

ISBN: 9780718091781

Publisher: Tommy Nelson

Some places you can buy this book are:

http://www.thomasnelson.com/god-loves-mommy-and-me

https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Mommy-Bonnie-Rickner-Jensen/dp/0718091787

https://www.christianbook.com/god-loves-mommy-and-me/bonnie-jensen/9780718091781/pd/091782

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/god-loves-mommy-and-me-bonnie-rickner-jensen/1124097736?ean=9780718091781

Thank You, God, for Grandpa by Amy Parker

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Thank You, God, for Grandpa; There’s nothing I can do To make my grandpa love me less- Grandpa, I love you too!

Thank You, God, For Grandpa is a soft covered board book written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley. In this book Amy uses a primate to show us how grandpas help to teach their grandchildren how to have fun. This grandpa plays games, goes fishing, plays ball, works in a workshop, catches fireflies, tells stories and makes snacks with his grandchildren before having to take a nap with them. He also tells the little ones about Jesus and shows them how to pray and trust God to lead and guide the way.

This is an adorable little book, just perfect for the toddler/preschooler. With adorable pictures and rhyming poems, it will keep the little ones attention for a long time. The pictures are full of little things to help teach little children about nature as well. The size of this book is the perfect size for little ones to hold. With 20 brightly colored pages, it is the perfect length to read to a young child. The soft cover and hard pages are shiny and durable to help make it last a long time and is easy to clean little finger prints off of. This book is a great book to help teach the littlest children about the adventures they can have with their grandpas.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and have chosen to write this honest review.

20 pages

ISBN: 9780718089290

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.amyparkerbooks.com/home.html

Some places this book can be purchased are:

http://www.thomasnelson.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=9780718089290

https://www.amazon.com/Thank-You-God-Grandpa-Parker/dp/0718089294

https://www.christianbook.com/thank-you-god-for-grandpa/amy-parker/9780718089290/pd/089290?dv=%7Bdevice%7D&en=google&event=SHOP&kw=childrens-books-0-20%7C089290&p=1179710&gclid=CjwKEAjw5M3GBRCTvpK4osqj4X4SJAABRJNC810fimaQkG4E8F3JSBXls5qy2DHj8eQTeVaYhzSJPxoCVyzw_wcB

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thank-you-god-for-grandpa-amy-parker/1124097724?ean=9780718089290

God’s Easter Miracles by Lee Ann Mancini

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God gave me an Easter miracle – a changed heart! I know Jesus gave up his life for us because He loves us. I want to be like Jesus.”

God’s Easter Miracles, written by Lee Ann Mancini, is part of the multi-award winning Adventures of the Sea Kids series. It’s Easter Sunday and the Sea Kids are at Sunday School. The teacher, Miss Linda has hidden Easter eggs on the church playground. Three of the eggs have a cross on them. Who ever finds those eggs get to chose a prize.

Paul is one of Miss Linda’s favorite students. He has autism and has a hard time learning but he is always happy. Paul doesn’t think it is fair that he did not find an egg with a cross on it. Miss Linda explains to him that it is also not fair that Jesus gave His life for our sins.

Brian has come to class late and very sad. His younger brother, Lenny, was hit by a boat propeller and is seriously hurt. Pastor Jerry asks the class to pray for Lenny. During the week the entire town gathers at the Beneath the Sea Play Park to pray for Lenny.

I really love this series! This is a great series for parents and teacher to help teach children about Jesus’s love for us. It also helps teach children the importance of prayer. This story teaches children the importance of praying for others who are hurt. This story also has one of the student pray to have Jesus come into his life. Each of the stories has important messages within them. One of the messages in this story is that Jesus gave his life for us so that we may have life. Another lesson in this story is giving and sharing with others, such as when the students make get-well cards for Lenny and visit him.

This story is so nicely written and easy for the young read to read. It also is a good length to read to younger children. The pictures are so colorful and detailed, they make it easy to talk with little ones about them. Each of the pictures has a fish symbol hidden in it for children to have fun looking for. This is a great story to read and interact with children. This durable, hard covered book has a glossy finish on the cover and the pictures to help keep clean.

The author, Lee Ann Mancini, is a wife and mother who has devoted her life to being a servant of God. She teaches at a Bible college and seminary. The illustrator, Dan Sharp, has been illustrating children books for over thirty years.

I have received a copy of this book from the author and BookCrash. I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Adventures of the Sea Kids

42 pages

ISBN: 9780997332513

Publisher: GLM Publishing

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.leeannmancini.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://glmpublishing.net/books/gods-easter-miracles/

https://www.christianbook.com/gods-easter-miracles-lee-mancini/9780997332513/pd/332513

https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Easter-Miracles-Adventures-Kids/dp/0997332514

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gods-easter-miracles-lee-ann-mancini/1125484154?ean=9780997332513

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/mancini-lee-ann/gods-easter-miracles/7020508.html

You can read my reviews of the other books in this series at:

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/gods-gift-by-lee-ann-mancini/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/a-servant-like-jesus-by-lee-ann-mancini/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/im-not-afraid/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/what-a-bragger/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/fast-freddy/

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Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts For Kids by Troy Schmidt

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Bible Trivia, Jokes and Fun Facts for Kids is a great book written by Troy Schmidt. I especially enjoyed the fun facts in this book. Using Isaiah 53:2-3, the author tells us “The passage says Jesus did not attract people by His looks. He was a regular-looking guy – not a hunky model or a tall, dark, and handsome carpenter. Isaiah also prophesied that Jesus would live a hard life (and it showed) but that He has an extraordinary love inside Him that drew many to Him.”

Schmidt uses jokes, fill in the blanks, word scrabble and words in words as some ways to help teach children the Bible in fun ways. This book, however, will be enjoyed by all ages. The jokes and facts within this book would be great openers at Bible Studies, youth groups and even Pastor’s sermons. The author also gives questions that can be used to build a conversation around Bible people and happening. Grade school children will spend hours looking through this book to find jokes to stump the people in their lives. The back of the book also has blank pages for write notes and additional jokes. The answers to the Bible trivia questions are provided up side down at the bottom of the pages so the reader can see their answers quickly and easily without searching for answers. This a great book that will help teach and provide lots of fun for all ages.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing. This is my honest review.

192 Pages

ISBN: 9780764218460

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

To learn more about Troy Schmidt and see other books he has written vsit is web page at http://www.troyeschmidt.com/index.html

Some places to buy this book are:

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/bible-trivia-jokes-and-fun-facts-for-kids/381100

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/schmidt-troy/bible-trivia-jokes-and-fun-facts-for-kids/6879796.html

https://www.christianbook.com/bible-trivia-jokes-facts-for-kids/troy-schmidt/9780764218460/pd/218460?event=

https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Trivia-Jokes-Facts-Kids/dp/0764218468

The Shepherd and the Sheep

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The Shepherd and the Sheep is a lift-the-flap book for little children. The shepherd had 100 sheep and one day he found one sheep was missing. He went out to find it. He searched everywhere. He even searched a house and a boat.

Using bright colors, adorable pictures and a flap to search for the lost sheep the book teaches little children how much the shepard loves and care for his sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and he cares for us, his sheep.

This is a wonderful children’s book that will encourage children to interact with the story as they learn how much God loves them. The story is short and easy to read for the young reader and the perfect size for reading to an active toddler. The book is a shiny, hard covered book that will hold up to little one’s sticky finger and the pages are durable weight folding pages. The pictures are so adorable, I just want to take dog and cuddle with him. Each page also included a rabbit and a little mouse that children will enjoy looking for. The little child will have many enjoyable hours looking behind the flap checking to see what is behind it. The book has parts of 3 different bible stories within the main story. Priced at just $4.99, this is the perfect book to give as a gift to a young child. This would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift with the hearts on the cover and the theme of love.

8 pages

ISBN: 978149640465

Publisher: Tyndale Kids

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Shepherd-Sheep-Copenhagen-Publishing-Company/dp/1496404653

https://www.christianbook.com/the-shepherd-and-the-sheep/9781496404657/pd/404651

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/tyndale-kids/shepherd-and-the-sheep/6201688.html