The Pinecone Walk-Book Review

51UDNYUOocL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The Pinecone Walk
Written by: Barbara Springfield
Illustrated by: Patti Brassard Jefferson

This is a picture book that will be enjoyed by kids who enjoy nature. It is an endearing story which shows the importance of bonding with grandparents.

The story is about a little girl and her grandfather. One morning, the grandfather has an idea: he suggests that they should go out for a walk to find pinecones. But the walk must be a quiet walk—something that would be hard for a child her age. But she was looking forward to it because it was a precious time to spend with her grandfather in nature.

So, along they went. They found all kinds of treasures along the way. But did they find the pinecones that they were looking for? How long did it take them to find them?

This story will show how important grandparents are to kids. It will also instill a joy of solitude and nature in a child, which is wonderful given our busy, noisy and distracted world where kids have little time to just be quiet and close to family and commune with nature in all its gracious beauty.

The illustrations are also bright and beautiful, bringing the message home to kids of all ages. Thank you Barbara and Patti for such a wonderful picture book for kids!

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Book Review of “Tanner Builds a Block Tower”

Tanner Builds a Block Tower
Written by Anita Banks
Illustrated by: Molly M. Courtright

51UMnaXQB-L._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-41,22_AA300_SH20_OU15_This is wonderful picture book for kids about perspicacity and determination.

Tanner wants to build a big tall block tower. It will be so tall that it will touch the sky. He has all the blocks to do so, but initially he is a bit distracted and encounters ants, lady bugs, a chipmunk, a rabbit, and a cat. Unbeknownst to Tanner, all of them take a block or two from Tanner. In the end, he discovers that he can’t build his tall block tower because he doesn’t have enough blocks. So, he has to retrace his steps to find his blocks. Can he find then and ultimately build his big tall tower that reaches all the way up to the sky?

This is a book which shows that you too can build a big tall tower. All you need is determination and a willingness to persevere. The illustrations in this book are colorful and bring the message home for kids.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Book Review of Blue Print Bible Lessons for Kids

517UaReSkqL._AA160_Blueprint Bible Lessons for Kids:
52 Lessons for Preschool through Grade 5
By Pam McLagan

BluePrint Bible Lessons for Kids is a curriculum designed to give parents and teachers a framework for teaching Biblical fundamentals. Because of the way the lessons are structured, teachers can use their own creativity to communicate the stories. Sunday Schools, preschools, after school clubs, or homeschoolers can all benefit from the scope and sequence presented.

The book is divided into four sections: each section contains thirteen lessons, and each section focuses on a main topic. The first quarter contains lessons on how God creates the world and chooses a people; the second focuses on Advent and how the people involved were obedient. The third quarter follows the theme of Jesus as our teacher and savior, and the fourth includes the armor of God, the fruit of the Spirit, and some Bible heroes.

The book is also unique in how the author presents the material. First there is the scripture portion which includes the story. This will help both teachers and parents to accurately recount the story to the children. Second is the memory section which connects to three or four lessons. Thirdly, there is the consider section for teachers and parents which gives information or just provides a different outlook on something that the teacher is familiar with. Lastly, our children section deals with new words and terms that the child may not already know.

The author also encourages teachers and parents to teach the material in a style that children will be able to get excited about by using visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile styles of teaching. These styles add rhythm and enthusiasm to the presentation of material. This way kids can be attentive to what is presented and they can learn the lessons better.

What a great book! I will definitely pass the book along to my friend who is homeschooling her children, and encourage other parents to buy the book as well in my church community and in our children’s Bible Study classes.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Book Review for Anna Jurinich

51Im2TUoRQL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The Christmas Odd Box
Written and Illustrated
by Anna Jurinich

This is a wonderfully imaginative picture book for kids about the true meaning of Christmas. It is a story that will transport children of all ages into a beautiful imaginary world which consists of many different ornaments and important messages.

Most of us can relate to the idea of putting all of our Christmas ornaments away after the holidays. But few of us have as many colorful and interesting ornaments as this book portrays. The ornaments are of a clown, a bird, Brassy the Trumpet, Silver Ball, Angelina and so on. The ornaments however seem to be communicating to one another in a very unique way, as they are put in the box for next year.

The ornaments are bright and colorful but more than that, they exhibit an amazing depth of thought. They proclaim things such as “The more you give away, the happier you will be, and the less you have, the more you will receive.” What a GREAT message for kids, especially in our materialistic culture. Even the Sleigh confessed to doing something not right: you see…Sleigh was not very generous. There are other beautiful ornaments too, especially that of Mary holding the little baby Jesus. This ornament can sometimes illuminate the whole box.

This odd Christmas box resembles all of us. We are all different, and we make up this wonderful world of ours and enrich it through our differences. The beautiful illustrations bring home the message of hope, love, and kindness which highlight the true meaning of Christmas.

Thank you Anna for such a wonderful picture book for kids! Not only is your book educational but it will definitely inspire kids of all ages to look towards the true meaning of Christmas.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Quincy and Buck-A GREAT Picture Book for Kids

Quincy and Buck
By Camille Matthews
Illustrated by Michelle Black

Quincy and Buck is a wonderful picture book for kids about bravery, courage, trying new things, and bullies. We all have to protect ourselves against bullies in the world. And this is a very important topic for kids of all ages.

The story is about Quincy and his beat friend Beau. Both of them are American Quarterhorses living in a small barn. But they only know their immediate surroundings, and both crave to get out and explore the world a bit. With Beau’s help, Quincy is inspired to face the dangers of the trail. But in the process, Quincy finds that his best friend Beau is a bully and makes Quincy’s first ride miserable. How sad! But Quincy manages to keep his own and to overcome some of his antics with some help.

I absolutely loved this book. The paintings are bright and absolutely breathtaking. The paintings will give the reader an up close and personal look at Quincy and Beau and their exquisite beauty. This was especially the case for the red penny coloured horse. This book will capture the attention of all children. It can make a great bedtime story. It will be especially enjoyed by kids who love horses.

Thank you Camille and Michelle for such a GREAT picture book for kids of all ages.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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A Wonderful Picture book About Autism For Kids

Silent Voice
Written by Barry Rudner
Illustrated by: Peggy Trabalka

This is a wonderful picture book for kids three and up about autism. I love the instructional element in this picture bright and colourful book, as well as the encouraging way that this wonderful book is written.

Autistic kids have a silent voice—but that silent voice says so much about the wonderful individuals they are. Autistic kids are different on the surface, but inside they are wonderful individuals who can make great friends and companions. But we have to have open minds to include these wonderful kids in our lives and to be nourished by their beautiful souls.

There are no known causes for autism. No one really knows why kids are autistic. But one thing that we do know for sure—the life of a child with autism is very difficult in that they feel very alone and even isolated because they feel very socially awkward and uncertain of themselves.

Autistic kids are usually not as outgoing as regular kids. They prefer to do things alone or to read. But this can cause loneliness and they can feel awkward around other kids their own age. Most autistic kids won’t know whether or not one of their peers has autism. There are usually few physical signs of autism. However, the autistic child feels very different, lost, and uncertain because of this. They feel uncomfortable when hugged, and they are rigid, shrinking from crowds.

However, we should never give up on kids with autism. And we should befriend these wonderful kids because they have so much to offer all of us and they can make the world a much better place.

Thank you Barry for such a wonderfully instructive book about such an important topic!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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One Busy Day

61JqySj9pHL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_This is a GREAT picture book for kids of all ages about the love that siblings have for each other and how they need each other in order to thrive.

This is an enchanting children’s book which will inspire siblings to get along and to love each other. Many times siblings are busy.  But may they be too busy for the more important things in life such as just being with each other?

This book will remind all of us, parents and siblings, to slow down and to do the most important things in life–caring for each other and spending time with each other. What a true gift families can be. And what a true gift siblings can be!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by:  Irene S. Roth

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