Really Woolly Christmas Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, Illustrated by Donna Chapman

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Really Woolly Christmas Blessings is written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Donna Chapman. The book contains 18 sections that are titled “The Blessing of”. These blessing include Jesus and the things associated with his birth as well as different things we include in our Christmas traditions. Each of the 18 sections is made up of a bible verse, a poem and end with a short prayer.

This is a hard covered board book that is very durable for young children. The pages contain brightly colored pictures and are easy to clean. There are little animals that follow through the story for children to point to. The little lamb, bunny, duck and chipmunks are really adorable.

This is a cute story book for older toddlers. Being a board book I expected to see more pictures and less words. With the 8 lined poems on each pages, this book really is not a story book to read through at one sitting for the youngest children. With the sections ending in prayers, this is a good book to help young children learn to pray to God. I think this book could be used to introduce per-schoolers to devotional time.

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

Series: Really Wooolly (By DaySpring)

Age: 2-5 years

40 pages

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.

Some places to purchase this book are:

http://www.thomasnelson.com/really-woolly-christmas-blessings

https://www.amazon.com/Really-Woolly-Christmas-Blessings-DaySpring/dp/0718097416

https://www.christianbook.com/really-woolly-christmas-blessings/bonnie-jensen/9780718097417/pd/097417?product_redirect=1&Ntt=9780718097417&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCN

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/really-woolly-christmas-blessings-dayspring/1126618948?ean=9780718097417

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/rickner-jensen-bon/really-woolly-christmas-blessings/7058636.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

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’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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Lots of Love by Kim Washburn

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I climb in bed for tuck-in. This day has been the best. I got love and I gave it too, and now it’s time to rest.”

Lots of Love by Kim Washburn is a hard covered, board book that follows a young girl from when she wakes up Valentine’s morning through her day. She spends time playing with a little dog and snuggling with her mommy. He daddy takes her to school where she helps clean up, spends time with her friends, and makes a glittery heart that she gives her teacher. When she gets home she tells her family she loves them.

This is a very cute Valentine’s Day story for the preschooler and young reader. I like how the story follows this little girl through her day as she helps others, gives and receives love from her family, friends and teacher.As well as how it explains that God is who gives us what we have and how much he loves us.

Being a board book, this is a very durable book for the younger child but an older child may find this a little childish.The pages are brightly colored pictures of children, animals and adults in varying scenes such as out doors, in school and at home. The story is written in rhyme and teaches those reading and listening to the book about the love shared between family and friends. This is the perfect book to spend time snuggling and reading with a younger child.

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

18 pages

Ages: Preschool – 3rd grade

ISBN: 9780310758617

Publisher: Zonderkidz

This book can be purchased at:

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/washburn-kim/lots-of-love-dec/6836654.html

https://www.christianbook.com/lots-of-love-boardbook/kim-washburn/9780310758617/pd/758617?event=

https://www.amazon.com/Lots-Love-Kim-Washburn/dp/0310758610/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482516074&sr=8-1&keywords=9780310758617

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lots-of-love-kim-washburn/1123563740?ean=9780310758617