Showing posts from January, 2017

¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish

¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish, by Judy Martialay, is a book containing a cohesive learning experience that packs a punch, with an enjoyable story, Spanish words and phrases, fun activities, and a song. In the story, Pete the Pilot takes readers on a journey to Mexico, where they are introduced to Mexican culture. They soon meet a new friend, Panchito, who is a charming and adventurous Mexican jumping bean. Panchito is lonely so he sets off to find someone to play with. After landing in a precarious situation, will he manage to find new friends? But los frijoles don’t answer. They don’t talk or play. They are not jumping beans like Panchito. ~Excerpt There’s a link included in the book, guiding readers online to listen to an audio version of the book, as well as view recipes, a parent’s page, and more. The audio version allows children and parents to hear the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words as they read along. Curiosity leads to knowledge, and educ

The Sisters of Sugarcreek

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~1 Thessalonians 5:11 Having friends is important. Having girlfriends that you connect with, share with, and love as if they’re true sisters is priceless. I related to this story so much. I have a small group of girlfriends that are there for me, not only during the highs. When difficulties hit, we need a support system that helps us heal and grow. Kindness, when given away, keeps coming back. ~Amish Proverb The Sisters of Sugarcreek, by Cathy Liggett, puts the reader through a gambit of emotions, and the struggles within are significant and genuine. When the church is Sugarcreek burns down lives are displaced and damaged, and has a ripple effect on three women (Lydia, Liz, and Jessica) who differ in personalities and troubles.   I enjoyed getting to know each one. This is a heartwarming story that deals with friendship, faith, recovery, and hope. 4 Stars Co

Grace and the Preacher

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ~2 Corinthians 5:17 It’s easy to simply sink into this book. I was drawn in from the first lines. I love the overall feel, timely dialogue, the 1880s backdrop, and the unique and pungent storyline. Upon learning Theo’s cousins have been released from prison, and that they might be angry with him, I couldn’t wait to discover more him. Then there was Grace’s letter from Reverend Dille…and Earl’s notice of his early release… The story builds nicely and doesn’t lull or fail to keep my attention. Nicely paced, well developed characters, and a lovely message. Grace and the Preacher, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a beautiful story that captures the essence of God’s grace and mercy, and its transforming power. 4 Stars Cover : Like Title : Like Pages : 352 Publisher: Waterbrook ISBN: 978-0307731418 First Lines : “Hey Theo, didja hear t

Stars in the Grass

The summer before I turned ten was idyllic—until August 3, 1970. It perfectly describes a time when I thought the world was safe and good things lasted forever. What I couldn’t know then, but try to remember now, is how fragile and delicate are the moments we most treasure, and if they break into pieces, repairing means seeing anew. ~Excerpt I know it’s only January, but I predict this will be one of my top favorite books of 2017. Yes—it’s that good. Here are my reasons for adoring this book, in a three-point formation, just as Reverend McAndrews structured his sermons in this story. 1.     Nostalgia. I adore the nostalgic atmosphere that envelops every page of Stars in the Grass . Reading this book was like rewinding time and revisiting my younger years. The 1970s came alive as I recalled the innocence and freedom of childhood, and the complexities of those coming-of-age days. 2.    Narration. Much of the charm of this book is due to the first-person narratio

Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts for Kids

Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts for Kids is an amusing book for children in primary school who enjoy silly puns, knock-knock jokes, puzzles, and fun Bible facts. Here are a few examples of the what to expect: Knock, Knock Who’s there? Methuselah Methuselah who? CAN YOU SPEAK UP? I’M 969 YEARS OLD! Which two of these foods did John the Baptist eat? A.     Locusts B.     Snakes C.     Chickens D.    Honey Like a gold ring in a _______________’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. (Proverbs 11:22) The value of this book far surpasses the entertainment value. There are great learning opportunities and prompts to get young readers to dwell on important topics and Biblical lessons. With all the inappropriate forms of entertainment young people are exposed to, it’s nice to have a counterbalance with fun, harmless, and edifying books such as this one. 4 Stars Cover:  Like Title:  Like Publisher: Bethany H