Monday, August 24, 2020

Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Rowdy Crowd by:Mike Berenstain

 The Berenstain Bears and the Rowdy Crowd

 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:

 An engaging book from the bestselling Berenstain Bears Living Lights brand, with over 8 million copies sold since 2008, that helps kids ages 6-10 graduate from picture books to beginning chapter books as they take the next step in their reading comprehension.

Something's up with Brother Bear. He's talking tough, he's walking tough, and he has a new hobby: shooting hoops with Too-Tall and his trouble-making team. And basketball isn't the only new pastime Brother takes up when he falls in the wrong crowd. Will Brother realize who his true friends are before it's too late?

The Berenstain Bears and the Rowdy Crowd is an engaging early reader chapter book that features black and white illustrations alongside entertaining text and relatable characters. As read-alone or read-aloud, it helps kids connect plot to chapter structure and will have teachers and librarians asking for more. And as part of the beloved Living Lights series, it's the perfect segue for emerging readers and fans of the brand.

 

My Review: 

 Whats up with Brother and why has he got an attitude bigger than it needs to be? Something is not right and Sister is going to get down to the bottom of it and quick. Too Tall befriends Brother Bear and for some reason Brother decides to trust him but you can be rest assured Too Tall is up to know good and we soon see it all fall apart before our eyes as the story unfolds. Soon, the police get involved, but was it just in time for Brother---before he got into any real trouble?


Review: The Berenstain Bears Nature Rescue by:Mike Berenstain

 The Berenstain Bears' Nature Rescue

About the Book:

An engaging book from the bestselling Berenstain Bears Living Lights brand, with over 8 million copies sold since 2008, that helps kids ages 6-10 graduate from picture books to beginning chapter as they take the next step in their reading comprehension.

Save the birds! Save the trees! That's what the cubs are saying around Bear Country. If Squire Grizzly gets his way and cuts down the trees in Birder's Woods, the yellow popinjays will have nowhere to rest. They could disappear forever. It's up to the cubs to save this important part of nature before it's too late!

The Berenstain Bears' Nature Rescue is an engaging early reader chapter book that features black and white illustrations alongside entertaining text and relatable characters. As a read-alone or read-aloud, it helps kids connect plot to chapter structure and will have teachers and librarians asking for more. And, as part of the beloved Living Lights series, it's the perfect segue for emerging readers and fans of the brand.

My Review:

Review: The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts by:Mike Berenstain

 The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

About the Book:

In The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts the Bear family is headed out for the annual cub campout and are especially excited about the canoe race down Rapid River. Who will win the big race and ribbons? The competition between Brother and Sister’s team and Too-Tall’s gang is fierce. But when Too-Tall and his gang decide that winning is the most important thing—even more important than telling the truth—Preacher Brown makes sure the cubs remember just how important honesty is!

This fun, new book in the popular Zonderkidz Living Lights series—beloved by parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren alike—will earn a quick spot on your child’s bookshelf. But not for long! Your child will want to read along with you again and again as the kid-friendly text and easy-to-read, easy-to-remember Scripture verses teach valuable life lessons, encourage discussion, and take you down memory lane with each subsequent reading.

Parents and grandparents looking for a Bible-based, read aloud story that encourages faith in Jesus and instills a love of reading in their children and grandchildren need look no further than the newest book in the Living Lights series—The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts.

My Review:

 This sweet, God fearing cub family is at it again. This time they are going on the annual cub camp out and its going to be perfect--we just know it. Rapid River is a very rapid river and can be a little scary but all the young cubs race to be the one to get bragging rights. And when I say everyone--I also mean Too Tall and his ill-fated gang. Soon it is evident that not everyone is being as honest as they should be. And its not long before all the cubs learn a very valuable lesson.



Review: The Berenstain Bears God Loves the Animals by:Mike Berenstain

 The Berenstain Bears God Loves the Animals

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.

 About the Book:

Take a beautiful nature walk through Bear Country with the beloved Berenstain Bear family. Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear savor the great outdoors and greet all their animal friends.

This point-and-learn board book helps early readers learn animal words!

There’s a family of ducks nestled amongst the cattails, a horned owl perched in a tree, and a rabbit making trouble in a cabbage patch! And whether the animals have fur, feathers, or scales, God makes sure they have a place to live and food to eat.

As you read aloud, toddlers will delight in pointing out all the different creatures throughout Bear Country as they are comforted by the message of God’s boundless love.

The Berenstain Bears God Bless the Animals:


Is an excellent tool to help toddlers recognize animals and their features
Is an adorable new board book from the bestselling Berenstain Bears brand
Teaches children ages 0–4 the importance of respecting the earth and protecting God’s creatures
Features the iconic artwork that has been beloved by children and parents alike for almost 60 years
Is part of the popular Zonderkidz Living Lights: A Faith Story series, with over 6.5 million copies sold since 2008

My Review:

 What a great board book to read to your little one! The Berenstain Bears go in amongst nature and discover all the animals that live around them and close by. Each animal family busy taking care of each other and doing all of the jobs God equipped them to do. So many animals mentioned in a short amount of time. some mentioned were the beaver, the heron, skunk, the possum, and many more.

 The illustrations are just as sweet as ever, too. 

Great book for ages baby-4 years.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Review: A Life Once Dreamed by:Rachel Fordham

 A Life Once Dreamed

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

About the Book:

 Six years ago, a shocking secret sent Agnes Pratt running in search of a new start. She found it in Penance, a rugged town of miners and lumberjacks in the Dakota Territory, where she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid. But the past has a way of catching up with people.

When childhood friend and former sweetheart James Harris accepts a position as the town doctor, Aggie's pleasantly predictable days suddenly become anything but. James wants to know why Agnes left behind the life they had dreamed of creating for themselves--but he is the one person who can never know.

In the shadows of the Black Hills, can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can't seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness?

Fan-favorite Rachel Fordham brings to life the dusty streets of an 1880s frontier town in this story that affirms where you come from matters far less than where you're going.


My Review:

 I think sometimes you take a step back from everything you ever known, loved or dreamed for yourself--usually out of fear. But a lot of it seems to be too much, at times. Even poor Aggie feels that the secret that she hold to herself, will just be too much to bear for anyone she knows, loves, or even cares about. I felt that Aggie had to be a very strong individual to walk away from the person she loved most in the world. Just to start a new life, elsewhere. A new life that doesnt include her beloved James. But little does she know, she will have to face him one way or another.

 Whether its the Lord or fate or even karma for that matter---she will face what she has left behind. James has a lot of questions only Aggie can answer. 

A great summer read!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Review: An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart

 An Appalachian Summer
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
In 1933, most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante and marrying Braxton Crandall. In an act of defiance, Piper volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains where adventure awaits.

My Review:
 I have often been asked by my children what period do you wish you could of grew up in and one of the times I always say is during the '20's or '30's. Even though it was a time of great hunger and poverty, I believe it was a time of simplicity that our world hasnt seen in quite a long time and that we could use right about now. It was a time that made people humble.

 Piper is such a strong willed girl, nothing and no one can stand in her way. She sees this time as a time of great promise and direct for her life and an impromptu wedding--she doesn't have time for. She feels like life is passing her by and that she wants to do something big with her life. She is restless and needs this for herself. So she does something big and it impacts the lives of many.

A great story!

Review: A Reckless Love by Beth White

 A Reckless Love (Daughtry House, #3)
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
 On the trail of an elusive enemy, cynical, war-damaged lawman Zane Sager crosses paths once more with Aurora Daughtry, the vivacious Mississippi belle he once admired from a distance. As his defenses start to crumble, the criminal he's been pursuing reminds him that that no one he loves is safe. Ever.

My Review:
 The Civil War era stories are very fascinating to me. Growing up in the south and now living here and raising my family here it just really intrigues me to learn more about the souls that inhabited that time frame. It was a devastating time for all, that is completely understood. The time period not to mention the war took on a life of its own. But soon it was a liberating time for our country as well as the slavery that took place then.

 Unfortunately, crime didnt take a backseat to all the craziness going on, but it rarely does. This book and story spares no expense giving you the raw details of the time. Then with threads of a love story woven within its pages. It makes for a great summer read, thats for sure!