Book Review: Toby the Flying Cat

Toby the Flying CatTitle: Toby the Flying Cat

Author: Yvonne Belshaw

An adopted cat has a very special secret. No one believes Toby’s owner when she says he can fly, but when a little kitty is in trouble, will Toby save the day?

This charming picture book appeals to cat lovers and children of all ages.

My Review:
My son liked this book but he didn’t ask me to read it again like he does with other books sometimes.
I didn’t really care for this book. I think it went into unnecessary details for a children’s book and I wasn’t that crazy about the illustrations either.
I probably wouldn’t recommend this book unless it was to someone who just loves books about cats.

*I received a digital copy of this book to review from Xist Publishing, but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed here are my own.*

Book Review: Bedtime Stories and Prayers

Bedtime Stories and PrayersTitle: Bedtime Stories and Prayers (Little Blessings)

Author: Kathleen Long Bostrom and Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrator: Elena Kucharik

Bedtime routines often include a story and prayer. Now parents and kids can combine both with a special Little Blessings compilation book. The padded hardcover book includes the following sweet stories:

  • Bedtime Blessings, which reminds kids that God created nighttime too and they have nothing to fear
  • Thank You, God, which reminds kids to be thankful for everything
  • Blessings Everywhere, which helps readers remember their blessings
  • God Loves You, which carries the most powerful message of all to comfort and guide little ones through the night and through their lives.

Each page is filled with full color art of the endearing multicultural Little Blessings characters with illustrations by Care Bear creator Elena Kucharik.

My Review:
My son loved this book. He had me read it several times and wanted me to read it all the time. The pictures were soft and colorful and interesting to my child. Very reminiscent of the Care Bears characters from the early 1980’s.
This was a very nice padded hardbound book with four stories. It’s a great way to teach your child how to pray before bed and about being thankful for what God has provided in their lives.
I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone with young children.

*I received a copy of this book to review from Tyndale Blog Network, but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed here are my own.*

Book Review: Lady in Waiting

51KBq-rQerL._SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_Title: Lady in Waiting

Author: Susan Meissner

Love is a choice you make every day.

Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay had never expected to watch her husband,  Brad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him and the course of events that follow Brad’s departure.

Jane finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one recognizable word: Jane. Feeling an instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring—and perhaps about herself.

In the sixteenth-century, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey, an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous political and religious climate, one threatening to deny her true love and pursuit of her own interests.

As the stories of both Janes dovetail through the journey of one ring, it becomes clear that each woman has far more infl uence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.

My Review:
I like reading books that can take you back in time and make you feel as though you were right there witnessing everything as it happens. Stories that move back and forth between the book’s present time and the past intrigue me. It’s not just a story about two Janes, one in present day Manhattan and the other in historical Tudor times, it’s about learning that you have more control over your own lives and destinies than you may have originally thought.
If you’re a fan of  Tudor history retold – television, movies and books, it’s will be a nice addition to your library.

*I received a copy of this book to review from Blogging for Books (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing), but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed here are my own.*

 

Book Review: God Painted Us a Rainbow

God Painted Us a Rainbow by Katrina StrezaTitle: God Painted Us a Rainbow

Author: Katrina Streza

Celebrate the beauty of God’s creation!

In this rhyming picture book, children learn to thank God for all types of days. Rainy, sunny, foggy or clear, there is so much beauty to be shared. Charming illustrations bring this fun and important concept to life for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.

A perfect addition to a Christian education unit on weather, seasons, or the changing times of day.

My Review:
My son loved this book. He had me read it twice and wanted me to read it a third time. The pictures were bright and colorful and interesting to my child.
When I was asked to review the book, I thought it would be more about why we see rainbows after it rains and God’s promise to never flood the earth again. But after reading it, I realized it’s more about the different weather types and seasons. I was disappointed that it wasn’t more what I expected, but nonetheless, my son loved it.
I would recommend this book if you are wanting something simple to teach your preschooler about the different seasons, weather and time of day.
This is currently only available as an ebook.

*I received a digital copy of this book to review from Xist Publishing, but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed here are my own.*

Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and PowerfulOver the weekend, I took my daughter to see the highly anticipated Oz the Great and Powerful. Highly anticipated in our house anyway. We saw it in IMAX 3D and as always because we never get there early enough, our seats were pretty low in the theater. Regardless, the 3D graphics were amazing even though we could have been in a better location seat wise.

The Plot

Oscar Diggs (Oz) is a carnival con man in black and white Kansas. During a tornado, Oscar is transported to the magical land of Oz in a hot air balloon. When he arrives in the beautifully colorful Oz, Oscar meets an array of characters including the Witches of Oz. If Oscar defeats the Wicked Witch of Oz, he will become the new ruler and have riches beyond his imagination. However, things are never as they seem in Oz and Oscar must quickly learn who to trust.

My Review

I loved this movie. Back in the early 1980s, Disney had made an Oz sequel that was very dark and scary. This one, while scary for little ones in parts, was very reminiscent of the original 1939 classic. Although I wouldn’t recommend taking children below school age, especially if they scare easily. Originally I was going to take both my 4 and 9-year-old, but decided from previews that my four-year old would probably get to scared and want to go home. Just like he did with Spiderman. So it was a girls day with just my nine-year old. During some scenes, especially when the flying monkeys appeared (more like scary flying apes with big teeth), my daughter got a bit scared.

I really enjoyed the 3D aspect of the movie, it was one of the best 3D movies I’ve seen so far. But keep in mind that if you are taking young children who don’t like to wear the glasses, you might not want to pay extra to see it in 3D.

If you decide to go see Oz the Great and Powerful, have fun, I certainly did. I completely recommend this movie. While it may or may not be true to the Baum books (I haven’t read them), it was still a great family film that you don’t want to miss.

Book Review: Bible Stories that end with a hug

biblehugTitle: Bible Stories that end with a hug

Author: Stephen Elkins

Little children love getting—and giving—hugs! Hugs generate warmth, affection, and a feeling of acceptance. Show your little ones just how much you treasure them while teaching them about the Bible and God’s unconditional love for his creation. Bible Stories that End with a Hug! features 75 easy-to-understand Bible stories with charming illustrations, lessons on how to apply the stories to your child’s daily life, memory verses from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, and a special “Hug Time” during which you can share a great big hug with your child.

 My Review:
My son loved this book. It’s hard bound but it’s not a board book. There are nearly 160 pages and it’s somewhat a bible for toddlers. It covers all the typical bible stories starting with creation in the old testament and ending with new testament teachings of love one another. Each story is only two page, with one page being mostly illustration. Each bible story ends with a hug.
I would recommend this book if you are wanting something for your little one to start learning the word of God. It’s illustrated nicely and I am sure your child will love it as much as mine.

*I received a copy of this book to review from Tyndale Blog Network, but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed here are my own.*

Book Review: Here’s Lily

Here's Lily by Nancy RueTitle: Here’s Lily {The Lily Series}

Author: Nancy Rue

Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is.

In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty.

This best-selling, biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains.

 My Review:
I loved this book. Often we find books for tween girls are about fantasy subjects. Werewolves, vampires, fairies and such. But this book is more realistic. It reminded me of when I was in sixth grade and the insecurities I had and the relationships I dealt with. It is exactly the kind of book I wanted my daughter to read. I want my daughter to realize that the things she is going through and dealing with are the same as other girls her age, and that she will make it through.

*I received a copy of this book to review from BookSneeze, but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed here are my own.*