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The Play-Along Bible

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Imagining God’s Story through Motion and Play! The Play-Along Bible , written by Bob Hartman, and illustrated by Susie Poole, is an adorable, interactive way to introduce children to stories in God’s Word. This allows them to Play-Along (following the prompts) as you read each line of the narrative. The stories are steadily paced, easy to understand, and perfect for daily reading-time rituals. Appearance: The hardback book is encased in a thick cushiony cover, decorated with colorful images of people, flying creatures, and nature. Contents: The book contains a table of contents, a brief letter to parents and caregivers explaining what to expect from the book, and continues on to the 102 one-page Bible stories. Each story section contains:             * The title, with pertaining verse(s)             * The story, with action prompts in parentheses             * A full-page and a half of fun and colorful drawings Example: In God’s Image G

Keeping Christmas

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Keeping Christmas, by Dan Walsh, is a little different than some of his other books. The story is engaging, to a degree, but it’s slow-paced. But the main difference is I didn’t connect with the characters, or deeply sympathize with their circumstances, or grow to love them, or miss them once I finished the book. Judith and Stan Winters are married, but have completely different outlooks on life. Judith is a reluctant empty nester, so the upcoming holidays seem more of a burden than joy. Rather than find comfort in pleasant memories and a promising future, she’s stuck in a glum present. Stan takes things in stride, and isn’t weighed down. None of her kids had been there. This was the first year since Judith and Stan became empty nesters that the nest stayed empty on Thanksgiving. (Judith) As an empty nester myself, I should’ve been able to sympathize with Judith’s deep-seated emotions concerning her children not being home for the holidays—but I wasn’t. Instead, she c

Cats in Paris (Coloring Book)

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"Say Bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination." Cats in Paris, by Won-Sun Jang, is subtitled “A Magical Coloring Book.” Very fitting, for the author states in the introduction how she became enchanted with cats and the way they communicate. The book definitely has a Parisian feel to it. The black and white illustrations depict the fun, flair, and fashion of Paris. The book includes 80 pages of black and white drawings to color, with brief descriptions and comments on some of the pages, guiding you through the streets and alleyways of this fascinating city. It’s easy to get lost in the pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and other cats, and fun to magically ‘make them come to life’ with color pencils and gel pens. If you appreciate the feline world, or perhaps your home is ruled

The Longevity Kitchen

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Satisfying, Big Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods First off, The Longevity Kitchen is not a typical cookbook. It’s highly informative, educating the reader about a myriad of foods and properties. A treasure trove of recipes to battle high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other epidemic ailments. On the other hand, I find it somewhat lacking. One of the reasons I am often glued to the Food Network channel is because I enjoy seeing what is being cooked. It’s truly the next-best thing to being there to smell and taste it myself. I want the same thing from cookbooks. I want photos displaying what dishes look like once they’re completed. Photos that convince me to try a new recipe or food—that inspire me. There are photos in this book, but not nearly enough. I recommend the Costa Rican Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potato recipe on page 68. It’s the first thing I tried. I substituted a couple of ingredients, but didn’t stray too far fro