What Would You Wish For? | Book Review

Thank you Zonderkidz for a free copy of  What Would You Wish For?  by David Sable and illustrated by Emma Yarlett.

This whimsical, colorful book helps to encourage kids to live for something bigger than their own happiness. As the book begins, the book offers ideas of different wishes you could make, but it’s easy to see that where one child is happy because they got something fun for themselves like a huge pile of presents, their friends are left out and sad. My three-year-old was following along just having fun hearing the different wishes, but on the very last page before it switched from wishes that only benefit yourself, she noticed that the other kids were sad. After that if offers ideas of things you could wish for that would be good for everyone, and then everyone was happy, and that made my three-year-old happy, too.

It’s a cute, fun picture book that my kids enjoyed quite a bit.

 

Artisan Collection Bible for Girls | Book Review

Thank you so much, Zonderkidz, for this free copy of the NIV, Artisan Collection Bible for Girls.

Isn’t it beautiful?! My almost 13 year old daughter literally said she wishes they would make this design on notebooks, and art prints, and novels, and everything. It’s so pretty I can’t say that I disagree. I love that there’s space on all of the pages to journal as you read, too. I would have kept it for myself if she didn’t love it so much.

 

Grow, Candace, Grow | Book Review

Grow, Candace, Grow, by Candace Cameron Bure, and illustrated by Christine Battuz is a beautiful story about patience. Thank you, Zondervan, for sending me a free copy to review. In this sweet story, New York Times bestselling author and star of the hit Netflix series Fuller House Candace Cameron Bure, writes about a little girl named Candace who is soo excited for spring because it means FLOWERS! She asks her teacher if her class can plant a flower garden, and they do, but Candace wanted to see flowers right away. When they don’t seem to be growing quickly enough, Candace gives them lots of water to try to help, and ruins the garden. And then, unlike most stories where the character saves the day with hijinks like buying fully grown plants and sneaking into the garden at night to cover their mistake, Candace fesses up and apologizes, and then buys new seeds that her class plants. And the second time around she waits patiently even though it’s hard, and is eventually rewarded with beautiful flowers. I love the lesson of the story, and I just read it to my littlest and she loved rooting for Candace. She also loved the beautiful illustrations, especially the glittery cover! This would be a lovely book to give a little girl!

Little Duckling’s Easter Prayers | Book Review

Little Duckling’s Easter Prayers, Illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejska, is just the sweetest little book of prayers for young children. Thank you, Zonderkidz, for sending me a free copy to review.

Each prayer in this book is a gentle rhyme that reminds us of God’s great love, and many blessings. I love the prayer Wings of Safety that begins “As a bird protects her young beneath her feathered wings, I know you will protect me too, no matter what life brings.” The illustrations are all whimsical and adorable. I love that the format of this book allows me to read just one or two prayers to my littles if they’re not on the mood to curl up and listen to a longer story. I’m sure we will be enjoying this book for years to come.

Ten Little Eggs | Book Review

Ten Little Eggs, Illustrated by Jess Mikhail, is such an adorable, heartwarming picture book! Thank you, Zonderkidz, for sending me a free copy to review. In this story, Mama Hen has ten eggs that are about to hatch, one at a time. The story format is the counting down concept that is great for building number skills, but this is the cutest one I’ve seen, because as each one hatches, it’s a completely different animal that hatches from an egg, from a penguin to a platypus. My daughters will NOT let me tell you what is in the last egg because they thought it was such an exciting surprise. But I will say that Mama is thrilled by each and every baby, and it’s such a beautiful picture of love covering differences, and welcoming those who are nothing like you into the family. Plus the illustrations are soooo cute. Even my ten-year-old was saying “aaaaw” on every page!