Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What would you say if your child thought the moon was broken?

~ a review ~

The Moon is Broken!

This is a sweet little rhyming picture book. It takes a look at perfection. It's a science, creation, and perfection lesson without sounding like a lesson. The Moon is Broken by Monique B. Martin is an excellent book for all children. Being written in rhyme makes it easy and fun to read aloud. Highly recommend. 

A simple lunar lesson belays a deeper message of acceptance and trust in The Moon is Broken!
Children learn in layers. Every day they are building upon their primary foundations of understanding. Monique B. Martin charmingly demonstrates how children view, process and learn from the world around them in The Moon is Broken!, a rhyming story written for children ages 3 to 8, yet easily relatable for children of all ages. It explains why the moon appears to change shapes and exemplifies how all of God’s creations are made with perfect purpose. The Moon is Broken! e-book version is also available in Spanish.As the young girl in The Moon is Broken! looks out her window before bed, she sees that the moon is a crescent, no longer a circle, and she fears a piece has broken off. She looks for the piece of moon but can’t find it and she wonders why God hasn’t noticed it is broken and fixed it. Is he sick? Is he sleeping? Where is he? She runs to her mother, who explains the movement of the moon around the earth and why it appears to change shape.The Moon is Broken! teaches its small listeners and readers that appearances do not tell the whole story. The mother explains the importance of trusting in God and his design.Children with special needs, infants, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary children all will enjoy and learn from this sweet story that will leave them knowing, feeling, that they are exactly as they are supposed to be. - Goodreads

I received a complementary copy of this book from the Net Galley

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Introducing ... Paula Vince

~~ Author Spotlight ~~

I have enjoyed chatting with Paula on several occasions now, she loves to spin a great story and help others lift the quality of their writing too. A couple of years ago I had the privilege of sitting in a master class that she ran. But I don't know her favourites... so how about we find them out together... Thanks for playing the game Paula


Favourite foods – anything home-cooked, especially soups, salads and fudge.
Favourite colours – green and blue for nature, pink and red for clothes.
Favourite authors – Jane Austen, because she wrote about her own world in such an entertaining, genius way. She also influenced several of my favourite more modern authors, who are too numerous to single out. L.M. Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder, who enhanced my childhood.
Favourite pastimes – writing, reading, traveling and exploring unfamiliar places, bushwalking and hikes, browsing through second-hand shops, good talks with friends, cooking (but not the cleaning up which goes with it).
Favourite places – The Adelaide Hills, which have provided me with lots of inspiration. The whole eastern coast of Australia. Great Britain, which I visited when I was 20. 

About the Book:

“One terrible decision leads to another and the Parker and Quinlan families find out what it means to be in total despair.
In a moment of recklessness, Blake Quinlan does something he never should. The bitter consequences of his impulse will reverberate through the rest of his life unless he learns to deal with his past.
Without warning, Claire Parker’s life shatters. One horrific event leads to a choice that she can never forget. She must find a source of strength and forgiveness to help her recover or she will never again be the happy person she once was.
Moving forward, there is still a ray of hope. A triumphant story about forgiveness, new beginnings and the power of love.”

ME - I read this book back in 2010 and for some odd reason I didn't write a review when I read it. I do remember it being a page turning, gripping story. I must read it again. Highly recommended for the Christian audience. 

The Christian Alphabet Book

~a review ~

 The Christian Alphabet Book: Teaching Children about Jesus, Prayer, and the Bible

Do you know your Christian ABC's? The Christian Alphabet Book is a unique, visual, and enjoyable way to learn the basics of Christianity. "Love," the dove from above, guides you from A to Z with special Biblical lessons of love for all ages.What is more important than a firm foundation of faith?Similar to learning to read from knowing the regular ABC's, one will be inspired to know, love, and serve God by learning The Christian Alphabet.Share the Gospel with your ChildrenJesus told Peter, in the gospel of John, to "feed my lambs." The Christian Alphabet Book will help all teachers of children feed their little lambs spiritually. Give those you love this book to help spread the Good News about God's everlasting love and life.The Christian Alphabet Book is more than just a children's book. It is a book that families can cherish together while sharing its timeless messages that give Glory to God. (taken from Goodreads)

When I saw the The Christian Alphabet Book on offer through The BookCrash, I thought it might be a unique way to help cement the letters of the alphabet into my sweet five-year-old’s brain.
I found each page to be quite wordy and my daughter was ready to move on before we’d finished the two page spread for each letter. So I guess it would be better to read over several sittings. Each time reading a different section or doing a different activity.

The alphabet letters themselves are created with pictures or illustrations. These were quite fascinating to my older children but distracting for Miss Five. She kept asking, ‘Where’s the letter? I can’t see it.’ It was the pictures within the created letter that held her interest. 

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”