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Sweeter off the Vine

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Fruits, ice creams, and pastries—oh my! I need a drool-bib while looking through this book. Sweeter off the Vine, by Yossy Arefi, is comprised of 4 (main) sections: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, with smaller, additional sections: Year-Round Essentials, and Seasonal Larder. An introduction and table of contents are in the front of the book, and an index of recipes and a metric conversion chart is in the back. I was surprised on the thickness of this dessert recipe book. It is a hardback with 256 pages and enticing recipes for fruit-inspired seasonal desserts. Though you can get this in an eBook format, I recommend purchasing the physical copy. The illustrations are gorgeous and inspiring, the pages are thick, and the cover looks great on my kitchen shelf. Each of the one-page recipes has a corresponding photograph. This is such a treat! (Pun intended.) I love having a visual of what the dessert will (or at least could) look like. The book also has wha

Cave Kiddos--A Sunny Day

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A Sunny Day (a Cave Kiddos book) by Eric Jay Cash, is a unique children’s book—more of a learning tool than a story. I was confused when I first read this book, which basically deals with one word--water. Once I learned that the author had two speech-delayed children, it became clear. Through the adorable drawings and the two-syllable WA TER, these delightful cave kiddos (named Alk, Haha, Lala, and Zee) teach young readers the pronunciation of the word. By being little cave people, the one-syllable clues are fitting. The drawings are delightful, the characters are unique, and the scenes are simple. Because the paperback doesn't list an illustrator, I'm assuming Eric Jay Cash did the drawings himself. Cover: Like it Title: Like it Pages: 14

Rocket-Bye

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“We rise as if we ride a wave; the air is still and clear. We hold onto our rocket ship but strangely feel no fear.” Rocket-Bye , by Carole P. Roman, is a pleasant ride through dreamtime on a rocket that travels through space. With fun rhyming phrases and watercolor illustrations, the reader flies by the moon and stars, constellations, and planets, and returns safely home where they’re sleeping safely in their beds. This is a fun, rhythmic story for children of all ages. This softbound book strengthens the imagination, taking the reader on a journey through our wondrous galaxy. 4 stars Cover: Like it Title: Like it Pages: 17 Target Reader: Children of all ages First Line: Climb aboard to travel far, soar above the trees.

I'm Not Afraid

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I’m Not Afraid !, is another charming children’s story in the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. The book was written by Lee Ann Mancini, and illustrated by Dan Sharp. (Fast Freddy, and What a Bragger are other books by this author.) “Oh, no! No, not me. Sharks are brave. I’m not afraid of anything.” Said Susie. It shares a sincere message of building our faith, and how Jesus is always there to calm our fears. The story opens with Susie the shark and her best friend Rachel the octopus at the Undersea Amusement Park . Throughout the story, Rachel repeatedly asks Susie if she’d like to ride The Whale-Back Roller Coaster, but Susie stalls, over and over, by suggesting they eat first, then play games, but Rachel suspects all along that Susie is afraid. “No. I’m hungry. Let’s eat some French fries first, and then some cotton candy.” Answered Susie. “I’ll need lots of energy to ride the Whale-Back.” Under the guise of going to the bathroom, Susie finally calls her mo

Night Night, Daddy

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Night Night, Daddy , written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Lee Holland, is a sweet bedtime book for our wee little loves. The durable board book is thick, and sturdy, and the front cover is even padded. The story is cute and rhyming, and the playful illustrations are detailed and sweet. Every page is in full-color, with no white space—detailed, and lively. A bubble fight at bath time makes getting clean more fun. Soon we’re laughing oh so hard, we don’t even know who won! The story begins with little fox (can be male or female) reflecting over the day’s joys with Daddy, and then proceeds through the evening rituals—dinner, cleanup, bath time, moon and star watching, building a fort, tickling, Bible story time, prayer, and cuddles. It emphasizes that little fox knows he/she is loved and protected, and the story ends with the title words, “Night night, Daddy.” I love everything about this book—the look, the feel, and the message. I love how references to God are capit