Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Day is Waiting: illustrated by Don Freeman, words by Linda Zuckerman


I loved reading the book Corduroy to my son.  Don Freeman is a wonderful illustrator.  The Day is Waiting is a collection of Don Freeman’s sketches and paintings that had never before been published.  The words by Linda Zuckerman try to tie them all together by taking the child on a journey of places and things waiting to be seen. 

I expected something a little different from this book.  It’s not a heartwarming story like Corduroy, but the illustrations in this book make it all worth it.  It is a very quick read that only takes a couple of minutes.  Honestly, I believe that I enjoyed it more than my three year old son.  He liked the illustrations but the story just wasn’t there for him to make him want to keep re-reading the book.  I still love it and think it is a beautiful book to have on my children’s bookshelf. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Undone: a Memoir by Michele Cushatt

I love memoirs, and this book by Michele Cushatt was a wonderful read. Going from a cancer diagnosis to bringing three little ones into her home after becoming an empty-nester, you see that despite her faith she still struggles.
Michele is a great writer and very transparent. She has walked through so many challenges in her life and has had to rely on her Lord through the pain and the fear. This book is a great reminder that we all struggle, but we do not walk this life alone. God can bring peace even in the most difficult of times. I would recommend this book to anyone; even if you are not going through these particular types of storms in your life. It was a fast read that I did not want to put down.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Let There Be Light written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Illustrated by Nancy Tillman

I am always on the lookout for good biblical children’s books for my two little ones.  Let There Be Light is a beautifully illustrated board book that retells God’s creation of the world. 

I love the illustrations in this book.  You can tell that the illustrator took inspiration from Archbishop Tutu’s home of Africa.  The author writes in a way that is easy for little ones to understand but also keeps it biblically accurate.  My two year old enjoyed the descriptions and illustrations.  I would recommend this book, and I am glad to say that it is a book that we regularly read and enjoy.


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Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall, Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

A young boy goes Christmas shopping with his father and learns a lesson in giving from a store Santa.  This is not exactly the traditional Saint Nicholas story about a man that lived 300 years after Christ and gave to the poor and needy.  The story related by the store Santa gives a somewhat modern spin on the old tradition making Nicholas into a young boy.

I was hesitant at first to read and review this book since we will not be doing Santa with our children.  I was pleasantly surprised though by how much I enjoyed it.  I loved how they incorporated the story of the birth of Jesus and Nicholas’s prayers to God for guidance.  There were beautiful illustrations throughout the book as well.  I think the age range of four to eight that is on the back of the book is probably accurate.  This book will be a regular read for us during the Christmas season. 


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door written by Denette Fretz; illustrated by Gene Barretta



Conrad has a lot to learn during his summer at cowboy training.  He also finds a challenge in the know-it-all cowgirl that lives next door.  Conrad endures many mishaps along the way and learns what it means to love those who aren’t always so lovable. 
I love the illustrations in this book.  My son also loves the colorful pictures.  Conrad is so cute and quirky with his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit and his misadventures at cowboy training are a lot of fun.  There is also a great lesson to be learned… love your enemies.  Fretz has also included scripture and discussion questions in the back of the book.  I love that it challenges you to go a little deeper with your kids so that they understand the Biblical lesson of the book.  The age range on the back of the book recommends ages four to eight which I believe is accurate.  I highly recommend this book.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene


Noah and the Mighty Ark is a delightful children’s book of the Biblical story of Noah and the ark.  The story begins with God’s command to Noah to build the ark and ends with everyone departing the ark and the rainbow.

Nice rhyming in the book.  I also enjoyed the opportunities to make sounds for the rain, plip-plop, and other elements.  My son especially enjoyed those parts.  I would estimate that this book would be best for those three years and up.  The illustrations were nice and colorful.  All in all, this book was a good children’s version of the classic Biblical story.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Monthly Updates

I need to get back on track with my monthly updates for the boys.  They are growing so quickly!  Klive will be two years old in less than a month and Kalvin just turned four months. 
 
Lets start with Klive. 
Klive has had a lot of changes take place in his life.  He has to adjust to staying at home instead of going to daycare.  Yes, I am so thrilled to now be staying home with my boys.  It is such a blessing that I am so incredibly thankful for.  He has also had to adjust to sharing his Papa and Mommy.

Klive is a great big brother.  He often pats Kalvin or kisses him.  And if Kalvin is not in the room with us he looks at me and says, "baby."  He likes to bring me burp cloths for the baby.  Klive also adores his Papa.  He imitates him often and looks forward to wrestling with him in the evenings.
 
 
Klive is extremely social and we are seeing this come out more and more.  We have to walk through the church on Sundays before we take him to his class.  He loves saying hi to people he sees and roaming around.  Our Children's Minister is just waiting for the day he can be a greeter at the front doors.  It makes this Momma proud to see the smiles that my joyful boy brings to peoples' faces.
 
Of course nearing two years old also comes with some challenges.  Klive has been testing boundaries just like all toddlers.  It's definitely been interesting.  His facial expressions crack us up.

 
Klive still is obsessed with fruit and cheese.  His favorite veggie right now is broccoli.  He would rather be outside than just about anywhere else.  And he loves Thomas the Train.  In fact that is his favorite word.  He says "Thomas" constantly.  It's pretty cute the way he says it too.  He's added quite a few new words, such as Grandpa, Mimi, strawberry, and cold.

 
 
Kalvin is a very happy baby.  He also loves to eat and take cat naps.  Unlike his brother, he is not crazy about his swing or his bouncer.  He does enjoy his playmat though.

 
Kalvin watches Klive like a hawk.  You can already see that he adores his big brother.
 
These pictures were taken on Easter Sunday.  My sweet little men.