The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff by Art Rainer–Book Review

This book is the first in the “Money Club” series.  Three friends, Jake, Sophia and Brody find themselves in a “stinky” situation due to poor financial choices.  After Agent G.B. invites them to become Secret Slide Money Club members, they are invited to redeem their selfish decisions.

They learn that the Master’s Money Plan is simple:  GIVE–SAVE–LIVE.  Give first, then save, and finally use what is left over to live.  Agent G.B. also gives them a verse to guide them:

“Each person should do as he has decided in his heart–not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:7

They meet with adventures, challenges and temptations in order to accomplish their first mission:  helping their classmate, Drew, meet his goal to raise money for the local pet shelter.

Elementary age students will enjoy this humorous story as they establish a valuable foundation on which to build a lifetime of stewardship (they’ll get a bit of math as well!).  The book includes a money challenge so that the reader can put these lessons into practice.  There is also a “sneak peek” of the next book in the series.

VERDICT!  Well done.  I give it 5 stars, and it will be appearing in our Little Free Library very soon!

Would you like to purchase this book?  Follow the link below:

https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/the-great-lemonade-stand-standoff-the-secret-slide-money-club-book-1-P005801166

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Great and Small Prayers for Babies — Book Review

This board book, written by Pamela Kennedy and illustrated by Anna Abramskaya, is truly a delight to the senses.   Beautiful pictures of God’s creatures, great and small, adorn every page, and the size and shape of the book is just right for small hands to easily hold. Toddlers will enjoy discovering each animal, along with the sound it makes, behind the flaps.  The brief, rhymed prayer encourages reverence for God and the world He has created.

I will definitely be reading my copy to granddaughter, Hailey, next time we visit!

For other Christian books for children, go to these posts:

The Silent Noisy Night by Jill Roman Lord — Book Review

Who Will Play With Me by Randall Goodgame–Book Review

ColorFull by Dorena Williamson–Book Review

GraceFull by Dorena Williamson — Book Review

VERDICT:  5 Stars!  I loved it!

If you would like to purchase this book, follow the link below:

Great and Small Prayers for Babies

 

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Who Will Play With Me by Randall Goodgame–Book Review

In size, illustration and presentation, Who Will Play with Me? reminds me of the many Dr. Suess books my children loved as preschoolers.  It’s just the right length for a read aloud book for this age group, and the winsome characters (Slug and Bug) will inspire interest and amusement.

Not overtly Christian, the story encourages children to be kind and put others first.  It also points how our diversity as individuals helps us to accomplish more together.  All of our traits are worthy and useful in different situations.   The book ends with a quote from Philippians 2:3:

“In humility, value others above yourselves.”

The author, Randall Goodgame is the well-known creator of Slugs and Bugs music and you can visit SlugsandBugs.com to find more of his products.

VERDICT:  Overall, this looks like a fun, cute book for young children.  My only criticism is the rhyming dialog seemed a bit forced, and lacked bounce.  I give it a 4.

Want to order the book?  Click on the link below:

https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/who-will-play-with-me-P005811096

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Why God? by Dan Dewitt–Book Review

Thomas is a little boy who loves to ask questions. In this book, Dr. Dan Dewitt, a professor of theology and apologetics, attempts to answer some big questions in a simple way that can be understood by elementary aged children.

Thomas asks his mother, “Why do we believe in God?” and “How did the world get broken?”  The answer is that God created everything, and in His amazingly perfect creation we see clues to the goodness and power of the Creator.  Through sin (disobedience to God) that perfection was damaged — but in our hearts we find more clues that point us back to the Source of all goodness.

The book is colorfully illustrated, and includes a “parent connection” page at the back with some suggested Bible verses, discussion points and questions.  It could easily be used as a Sunday School lesson.

VERDICT:  4 Stars.  It’s very basic, but would make a good starting point to a discussion with children about why we believe in God.

If you would like to purchase this book, go to the link below:

Why God?

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Easter is Coming!–Book Review

Kudos to both author, Tama Fortner, and illustrator, Wazza Pink, on this lovely new children’s book.  The artwork is colorful and lively.  The text is easy to follow, and the repetitive phrase, “Easter is Coming!” will excite and engage young listeners.  This padded board book  looks sturdy enough to withstand years of handling.

Easter Is Coming! (padded)

Best of all, Ms. Fortner does an excellent job of connecting the stories of the Old Testament (beginning with Adam and Eve) to God’s plan of salvation.  Throughout history, no matter what is happening, God is in the mix and Easter is coming!  The story of the world is God’s story and He knows and uses everything for his ultimate purpose.

VERDICT:  5 stars!  A must-have for church and personal nursery libraries.

Want to learn more or purchase this book?  Follow the link below:

Easter Is Coming! (padded)

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GraceFull by Dorena Williamson — Book Review

This is the third in a series of books for children authored by Dorena Williamson.  Like its  predecessors, ColorFull  and ThoughtFull, it has bright illustrations and a solid Christian message.

Hope and her family (who attend an ethnically diverse congregation) volunteer to serve the residents of Chen House, a local residence for homeless families.  Hope’s mother explains that this is a way to show God’s grace to others.  She explains:

“God showers blessings on all of us.  When we truly understand that, we can’t help but share grace and lift others up. … When grace is full and overflowing, we are graceFull. “

Hope takes the lesson to heart and shares by giving her new friend Anna Habib, from Chen House, her new pair of rain boots.  The Habibs are eventually able to move into their own home.

GraceFull

Grace is a difficult concept to explain to young children, and Gracefull does not really attempt to define it,  Instead it presents a portrait of how grace can be shown in daily life.  A suggested memory verse, further Bible reading and thought questions are included at the end of the story.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two, because the illustrations were not as engaging , and I found the story line predictable and unexceptional.  However, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.  It would be a worthwhile addition to a nursery library.

For more information or to order this book follow the link below:

https://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/products/gracefull/

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The Silent Noisy Night by Jill Roman Lord — Book Review

Was the night Jesus was born really silent?  Since this blessed event occurred in a stable, the odds are, it was filled with quite a variety of animal and human noise.

The Silent Noisy Night (padded)This sturdy, colorful board book will delight both parents and small children.  Illustrated by Kelly Breemer, cows, horses, goats, donkeys, chickens and more parade across the pages along with their appropriate sounds.  I can easily picture myself reading it with my new granddaughter-to-be next Christmas.  It’s a bit short on details of the Biblical Christmas story, but for toddlers, it could serve as a nice introduction on which to build in subsequent years.

VERDICT:  I would recommend this book to parents of very young children and give it 4 stars!

If you are interested in more information, or to purchase the book, go to the link below.

https://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/products/the-silent-noisy-night-padded-2/