Sunday, August 2, 2015

My Princesses - Learn to Share/Be Brave


My daughter, Laurel, and I were recently able to read through two books in the new "My Princesses" series.  Written for little girls (but my 5 year old son also loved them) these stories teach moral and biblical truths through the lives of two little girls, Grace and Hope.

In Learn to Be Brave by Stephanie Rische, Grace and Hope encounter a bully on the playground.  As they learn about the biblical story of Esther, the two little girls are able to extend kindness and make a new friend!  My son particularly enjoyed this book because he resonated with the problem solving skills presented.

In Learn to Share by Aime Carlson, Grace and Hope get into an argument and end up ripping a favorite dress.  Their Mom wisely recalls the biblical miracle of the boy with two loaves and five fishes, encouraging the girls to share as the boy did.  Their resolution is sweet and realistic.  My daughter truly loved this story and has asked me to read it over and over again.  

Both books are beautifully illustrated by Heather Heyworth, and contain a bible verse for memorization that reflects the story's theme.

I love these books and am thankful
for this fun series that teaches biblical truths, encourages Godly character, and appeals to little ones.  Check them out, especially if you have daughters!

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

God Gave us Angels - Lisa Tawn Bergren


I have a soft spot in my heart for Lisa Tawn Bergren's "God Gave Us" series.  When my oldest was born, my mom gifted us with a copy of her most popular childrens' book, God Gave Us You.  The simple story and sing-song lines had me in tears the first time I read them aloud to my son. When we added our daughter, God Gave Us Two joined our shelves, and the sweet story of a growing family helped soothe the sibling rivalry that a new baby brings.  And as we brought our newest son home, we fell in love with God Found Us You, the story of an adoptive family who waited so long to know their precious child.

So- I jumped at the chance to read God Gave Us Angels, Tawn Bergren's lastest book in the series-and it doesn't disappoint.

This book follows Little Cub as he begins to ask questions about angels, heaven, and the God of the Universe.  It sweetly and simply offers explanations to many of the curious questions our children ask as they begin to explore the world.  Although the biblical references are subtle, they are there, and Bergren brings everything back to the central theme of worshipping our Creator.

There are a few things that prevented this book for getting a perfect five stars.  It is fairly wordy, and while my five year old soaked it up and asked a lot of questions, my three year old would not sit through it.  We were still able to look at pictures but had to edit the story, so, keep that in mind if your kids are younger.  Also, theology wise, there is a lot left out and the explanations are fairly vague, so be prepared to have good discussions with your kids, especially if you have an inquisitive five year old like I do!

Overall, this is a great book to add to your collection.  I enjoyed ours so much that I bought a copy for my sweet little niece.  Hopefully you will enjoy it too!

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy from Random House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.