Sunday, June 4, 2023

Review: My Epic Doodletastic Bible Storybook by:B Hartman


About the Book:

Get out your coloring tools and pencils! You can draw and doodle along to this fun and interactive illustrated Bible storybook that takes children ages 6-12 through 60 stories from the Old and New Testaments.

In the My Epic Doodletastic Bible Storybook, kids will love following the arrows zipping across the pages, pausing to read the callout boxes with jokes and questions and using their creativity to color in the line-drawn illustrations. The unique format will also guide them through the Bible, helping readers see the parallels and links within the stories, all while drawing attention to wider biblical themes and showing how everything is connected—and that God is the author of it all.

My Epic Doodletastic Bible Storybook is perfect for:

read-aloud, emergent and independent readers, as well as reluctant readers
children who love to express their creativity through art
Easter baskets and stocking stuffers
Sunday school classes, homeschool lessons, road trips, and a quiet activity during church services

With over 250 pages and 60 Bible stories that cover Genesis to Revelation, My Epic Doodletastic Bible Storybook includes all your favorite biblical characters as well as important stories and people that may be less familiar. Give your kids the opportunity to engage with stories from the Bible in a whole new way with My Epic Doodletastic Bible Storybook!

My Review:

 So this Bible storybook is a little bu different than most. It tells picture stories. I dont know if thats the name for them but its definitely what they are. Its where a story is told but in pictures. This book is a lot like that but your child gets to color or pencil in the different pictures. Very cute and a great idea for busy little hands.

 This storybook takes stories from both the Old Testament and the New. So it spans the majority of the Bible. With over 200 pages to keep your little one busy. They will love it and learn a lot.

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Review: The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison by:R Arroyo


 About the Book:

 From New York Times bestselling author and news anchor Raymond Arroyo comes the first book in the Turnabout Tales series—a picture book biography of one of America’s most famous inventors, Thomas Alva Edison, and a story about how a small spark can create a big light. No one thought much of young Thomas Alva Edison. 


 He couldn’t focus at school and caused trouble around the house. But where others saw a distracted and mischievous boy, his mother saw imagination and curiosity. At only seven years old, Al, as he was called as a young child, was educated by his mother at home, who understood his potential could be unlocked with non-conventional learning, allowing him freedom to explore, dream, and be inquisitive. 


 Those early years of encouragement and loving guidance shaped Al’s future and formed the man who would apply those valuable lessons to inventing the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the light bulb, and more. In The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison readers   The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison   The Turnabout Tales series highlights little-known yet fascinating stories of historical figures who went from underdog to hero, and the adults who inspired them to be true to themselves and do big things that changed the world.

My Review:

 Thomas Edison was a true pioneer. He also never met an obstacle that he couldn't withstand or win. He had many mountains placed in his path but was able to overcome each and every one. Thomas had a very vivid imagination and was an extremely curious child as well as adult. This fueled his passion for experimenting. His mother ever the encourager many times had to convince everyone that it was worth it to let Thomas be himself.

 The stories contained in this book go into a little more detail about Thomas Edison and you learn more about this person that was intrigued with the world around him. I loved that his mother was always pushing him to do what he felt he needed to do.

 It is a great read about history and determination. 

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

Review: Turtle Finds His Talent by:L Williams


About the Book:

Children ages 2-6 will love this adorable and interactive board book that encourages them to embrace their unique gifts and talents. Little ones will also learn throughout the story that God made each of us to be different, and our differences are what make us special. Allie the bunny can hop up and down, Lincoln the fox can run fast, Joey the giraffe can reach high up into the sky … but what can Tanner the turtle do? Feeling embarrassed by his lack of talent, Tanner pulls himself into his shell to hide. But when he emerges, he’s surprised to see his animal friends are amazed by what he can do. Turtle Finds His Talent :

My Review:

 Tanner the turtle just couldn't understand why all of his friends had that unique quality. He often wondered what he could do that was unique and special And it wasn't until one when he felt particularly sad that he found out what he could do that was different than everyone else. Allie, Lincoln and Joey each could do things that Tanner couldnt. But it wasnt long before Tanner's friends learned about Tannr's special thing.

 God makes us all unique and special. And we each have different talents and strengths that those around us dont possess. We should never feel sad or embarrassed about feeling unique. It is a special gift straight from God.

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Review: Her Story, Her Strength by:S Rubio


About the Book:

Girls are beautifully and wonderfully made in God’s image. This comprehensive collection of stories focused on 50 women of the Bible shows how God worked in their lives and continues to have a plan and a purpose for his beloved daughters today. In a world that too often tells girls that they are not enough, Her Story, Her Strength uses biblical retellings and reflections that include the historical context behind each story to remind young women that they have a God who loves them deeply and empowers them to live and love like he does. For any girl ages 8 and up who is asking questions about her worth, identity, and place in the world and church, this colorful and engaging book provides a positive, loving, and scriptural lens that helps them interpret the messages they receive from their peers, media, and society. Girls who read Her Story, Her Strength   In addition, Her Story, Her Strength : 

My Review:

 What a great read for young girls. This collection of Bible stories talks about other young girls that didnt feel they had a purpose, but in Gods eyes each one had the biggest purpose they could imagine. Many of these girls were well known or a much discussed topic while others many may not recognize. But each one has a story that any young person could relate to.

 Each profile has scripture and a summary of the girl and her purpose and tell the reader where they can learn more about her. 

Great resource book and read!

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Review: The Swindler's Daughter by:S McGee


About the Book:

A surprise inheritance. A cache of family secrets. A choice that will change her life forever.

Lillian Doyle has lived her entire high-society life with her widowed mother, believing her father died long ago. But when news arrives that her estranged father only recently passed away--in jail--Lillian is startled to find that the man has left a business and all of his possessions to her, making her a rather unusual heiress.

When she goes to take possession of her father's house in a backwoods Georgia town, the dilapidated structure is already occupied by another woman who claims it was promised to her son, Jonah. In her attempts to untangle the mess, Lillian will discover not only a family she never knew she had but a family business that is more than meets the eye--and has put a target on her back.

To discover the truth and take hold of the independence she's always dreamed of, she'll have to make friends with adversaries and strangers--especially Jonah, the dusty and unrefined cowboy who has secret aspirations of his own.

My Review:

 To find out that your father just recently passed is not to kind to the heart, especially since you had always though it was years previous. So is Lillian's Doyle's cards that shes been dealt. Not very good, at all. She heads off to a small Georgia town to iron things out and what she finds when she gets there, is anything but cut and dry. There were so many things she didnt know about dear old dad. 

 Jonah has different ideas all together and if little Ms Lillian thinks shes going to ruin that, she's got another thing coming. He will get what he is intended one way or another.

 This book was very interesting, not at all what I expected. Definitely a page turner, for sure!

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

Review: The Long March Home by: M Brotherton/T Lee


About the Book:

Jimmy Propfield joined the army for two reasons: to get out of Mobile, Alabama, with his best friends Hank and Billy and to forget his high school sweetheart, Claire.

Life in the Philippines seems like paradise--until the morning of December 8, 1941, when news comes from Manila: the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. Within hours, the teenage friends are plunged into war as Japanese warplanes attack Luzon, beginning a battle for control of the Pacific Theater that will culminate with a last stand on the Bataan Peninsula and end with the largest surrender of American troops in history.

What follows will become known as one of the worst atrocities in modern warfare: the Bataan Death March. With no hope of rescue, the three friends vow to make it back home together. But the ordeal is only the beginning of their nearly four-year fight to survive.

Inspired by true stories, The Long March Home is a gripping coming-of-age tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting hope.

My Review:

This book hits home, so much. My dad was in WWII shortly after Pearl Harbor was bombed and he was stationed in The Philippines. Even though I live in AL now and was raised here. My dad was not from here. But it is very similar. He saw things no man has ever seen, done things very few men do and would never discuss it. He would say that was when men cared what happened to this country and that it was their privilege to enlist. These days its rarely seen. 

 The story unfolds as three young friends decide to enlist. And what seemed like a good idea at the time turns out to be something completely different than they had imagined. Its not long before they realize that they are not only fighting for their country, but their very lives.

 Many times a movie will reflect what war seems to be like, books are much the same way. but as these men lived it, we can only imagine what they saw and heard there. It definitely changes you. 

 This story is thought provoking and at many times very real and raw. 

A great read!

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


Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Review: When Tomorrow Came by:H Linder

 About the Book:

They Waited Their Whole Lives for Their Papa to Return
Nan and Heath Duncan, siblings abandoned by their papa and abused by their guardian, have no choice but to survive on the London streets. When a kind gentleman rescues Nan from such a life, the siblings are separated and raised in two vastly different social worlds. Just when both are beginning to flourish and years have healed some of their wounds, their long-awaited papa returns and reunites them—bringing demands with him. Nan is expected to marry a rich suitor she’s never liked, and Heath is expected to forsake his gentle spirit and become the hardened man his father always was.

Dangers unfold, secret love develops, fights ensue, and murder upsets the worlds Heath and Nan have built for themselves.

They’ve waited their whole lives for their papa to return, for tomorrow to come—but now that it has, will they be able to see through to the truth and end this whirlwind of a nightmare before it costs one of their lives? 

My Review:

 So this reads much like a beloved old movie. I love it when a novel seems like something Ive watched before. Nan and Heath are siblings that are living on the streets of London. Eventually the two of them get separated and some years pass. Then their dad decides hes going to waltz back into their lives and disrupt everything they have come to know.

 So many things now come into play for them that literal turns their world upside down. This book is literally jaw dropping. At every page something else goes wrong. Its so sad and jubilant at the same time. A really good page turner!

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