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One Sentence Storybooks

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"The men in the boat saw Jesus walk on water." Bible Favorites (One Sentence Storybooks) , by Nancy I. Sanders, is a charming set of 10 mini-books intended to entertain, educate, and enlighten very young beginner readers. Appearance These paperback learning booklets, approximately 5.5” x 7” in size, come stored in a lightweight cardboard box with a simple Velcro closure on the front. The size makes them easy for toddler hands to hold, but care needs to be taken that pages aren’t torn, for they are not thick like board books. Content Numbered 1-10, each booklet contains an easy to understand graduating sentence, (one word on the first page, the same word plus a new word after the turn of the page, etc.)   Providing a satisfying conclusion to each story, the last pages of each book contain the following: * One truth to learn (pertaining to the one sentence) * One verse to say (a memory verse) * One prayer to pray (an example relative pra

Tiny Bear's Bible

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In the Beginning, before time began, God was right there, and He had a great plan. —Excerpt from God Makes the Whole Wide World. Tiny Bear’s Bible , written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, is an adorable preschool board book that shares stories from the Holy Bible. Appearance This brown and tan covered board book is soft, attractive, and fun. The curious smiling bear cub (Tiny Bear) is velvety napped, has moveable ears, and is enclosed in fuzzy fur. (It’s even cuter and plusher than it appears in the photo.) The thick pages are sturdy—easy for little fingers to turn, difficult to tear or bend. Approximate size: 7”x8”. Content The book is comprised of eleven rhythmic, easy to understand story poems depicting accounts from both the Old and New Testaments. The following passages are narrated in brief, entertaining rhymes: God Makes the Whole Wide World (Creation, Genesis 1-2) God’s Promises to Rescue Noah (The great flood of Genesis 6-9) God Keeps Moses Safe (

Like a Flower in Bloom

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“I hardly know how anyone ever dares to speak at all if you cannot say what you think and are not allowed to mean what you say. Polite society is rather rude!” To put it simply, Like a Flower in Bloom , by Siri Mitchell, is a delightfully funny, utterly satisfying, unquestionably unforgettable experience. Charlotte Withersby is a unique character that does not fit the mold of a Victorian era woman, which is what makes her all the more interesting. Pushed into finding a husband, she reluctantly vacates her duties as her botanist father’s aide, in hopes he’ll soon realize her extraordinary worth and beg to have her back. When her father’s new assistant, the most insufferable Mr. Trimble takes over her numerous duties, she’s certain he wont last long. Of course nothing ever goes as planned, so Charlotte’s strategy, co-organized by the lovely Miss Templeton, her fashionable, revered, and societal etiquette-conscious friend, must constantly be tweaked. I can’t say muc

At Home in Last Chance

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…When Kaitlyn found herself alone and penniless and beginning to understand what a world-class idiot she had been, Chris, without a word of recrimination, brought her home and took her in (page 9) At Home in Last Chance, by Cathleen Armstrong, is a story of creating new beginnings and learning to trust others as well as yourself. I wish I’d realized this is book 3 in a series. Even though this works as a standalone, I feel as if I’ve missed some of the history of this book that would’ve made it even more enjoyable. With that said, I still enjoyed this story and felt a connection with the characters and charming town of Last Chance. Kaitlyn Reed is struggling to put her life back in order, making it difficult to have faith in others, which gives her relationship with Steven Braden the tension needed to keep me turning pages. I like that their relationship takes some time. This makes the characters and plot believable. With themes of hope, redemption, and learning