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Let There Be Light Book Review

This book is written by Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Illustrated by Nancy Tillman. It’s about the first 7 days of the world according to the bible (Genesis.) This is a new book, just published January 7, 2014 by Zonderkids.

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Pirates on the Farm By Denette Fretz Illustrated by Gene Baretta Review


Having a toddler who loves stories I was so excited when I saw the children’s book “Pirates on the Farm.” The story is about a family who lives on a farm, and pirates move in next door and start farming.

This book was written for ages 4-8. In the back are definitions of some of the words, and on the last page is  a note to parents with biblical lesson ideas with where to go in the bible.
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Review of Adventure Bible Handbook ~ A Wild Ride Through the Bible By Robin Schmitt & David Frees, Illustrated by Craig Philips

In the book, 4 siblings travel with their archaeologist father to the Holy Land, where he is conducting an expedition in search of scientific truth.  Soon the kids are visiting ancient cities, important geographical sites, and traveling back in time to experience biblical times themselves!

The way the information is presented this is actually a great book for everyone. This is a religious book written for children 9-12.  It’s bible stories told in comic book style. There are great pictures showing things like Noah’s Ark with dimensional descriptions and a comparison to things found today.  There are question and answer sections along with general information areas.  I think anyone could learn from this, younger children would need more assistance from parents.

 My Reaction

I really liked the book.  I read parts of it to my toddler and he loved the pictures and comics.  I didn’t read him the longer parts, and can definitely see re-readability for this book.  The illustrations were clear and matched the text. The author retold stories from the bible, broken down into short sections to match a young readers attention span.

I think most children will find the book interesting, I certainly did.  My toddler loved the pictures and I think he understood parts of what I read to him.  I recommend this book if your looking for a way to help someone be more interested in the biblical stories.


Over in the Ocean in the Coral Reef Review

The board book version is 28 pages. This is a perfect fit for my toddler.  He loved turning the pages and learning to identify the animals. Each time you turn the page you get another ocean scene with different animals for you child to learn. The wording is great, I keep ending up singing it which my son loves even more! Read more [+]

Jo MacDonald Had a Garden Review

Old MacDonald had a … garden? Yes! Sing along with young Jo MacDonald as she grows healthy food for people and wild creatures. E-I-E-I-O! Find out how butterflies, bumblebees, and birds help a garden to thrive – and how you can help them too. And keep an eye on one mysterious plant. What will it become? Youngsters learn about garden ecosystems and stewardship through this playful adaptation of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” Read more [+]

Forest Bright Forest Night Review

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Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light Review and Giveaway!

CLIFTON CHASE AND THE ARROW OF LIGHT is a middle grade, historical fantasy taking place during the time of King Richard III (whose skull was discovered and verified in February of 2013) during the final battle of the War of the Roses. It was inspired by the story of his two nephews, whose bodies were never found, assumed to have been murdered by their uncle. Read more [+]

Dragon King Review

I recently had the opportunity to review the book and audiobook “The Dragon King” by Vivian Slade.

The e-version I was given was 64 pages long, it had nice graphics. The audiobook had 14 “chapters.” My son and I listened to the audiobook together instead of me reading to him.  He was not a fan of the musical chapters on it, however he was riveted by the story and enjoyed the music in short bursts.  I think an older child would enjoy the musical chapters, it might have just been a bit much for a toddler.

I thought the storyline was interesting and able to keep a 1 year old’s attention for 1 chapter at a time.  I liked the vocabulary chosen to expose children to.  I am saving my copy for when my son is older and can read it with me.  This is a book I can see a child re-reading a few times.

This book would be good for practicing a child’s vocabulary, reading skill, listening skill, and art skills.  You could draw a character, scene or act it out.

Each character was a different person’s voice in the audiobook.  I don’t want to spoil the story but  I think my favorite character might be the dragon.

I recommend checking it out, you can get the kindle version free right now if you have prime.  I’d go with the audio book just to mix it up as I read to my son every night.  I’d also recommend it for a car trip if your child enjoys audiobooks at all.

Available on Amazon Kindle and as an audiobook