Friday, August 18, 2017

An artist's deft touch

Have you ever wondered at the skill and beauty of an artist at work? Have you ever desired to peek behind the pages of that lovely children's book to see the way life is brought to the story in such an enchanting way?

I have and I envy the skill of these gifted illustrators. Here are a couple of clips showing the deft handling of color to the penned in drawings. Admire with me a bit.....


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Light of Dawn (The Remnant Series #3) by Vannetta Chapman [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  As the group of survivors live out the horrific life that exists in Chapman's conclusion to The Remnant Series, the reader vicariously experiences their deprivation, fear, and ultimate joys.

This is not science fiction where aliens attack and man is fighting for the survival of mankind. No, this dystopian story revolves around the very realistic life that exists once modern achievements are destroyed. There is no electricity, no manufacturing, no technology, no hospitals, no mass transit, no government - state or federal. And there is rampant anarchy, terror, crime with a sprinkling of kindness and good.

Man is seen at his worse and man is seen at his best.

Old ways of healing emerge as do management of society by either caring individuals or criminal, gang elements. And the question of survival of the United States Government is woven into the series ending.

As with other books by Vannetta Chapman (she writes contemporary, Amish, and dystopian series), her writing is tops. Her character development realistic and compelling. Her plot line engaging and drawing to the reader. I have completely enjoyed this series just as I have other books by Ms. Chapman.

I highly recommend this book and encourage you to read the entire series in order.

About the book: Before Dawn, What Dangers Lurk in the Darkness?

For nine months, since a devastating solar flare caused a complete failure of the electrical grid, Shelby Sparks and her diabetic son, Carter, have been living at the ranch of Shelby's high school sweetheart, Max Berkman.

Mostly insulated from the chaos surrounding them, Shelby and Max discover that the Texas government has fled the capitol and is barely maintaining control of the state. The governor needs volunteers to search for the new federal government, but no one knows exactly where it might be located—if it even still exists—or what perils await those brave enough to take on the mission.

Compelled by Carter's desperate need for insulin and their God-given sense of duty, Shelby and Max answer the governor's call and set out on a treacherous 600-mile journey, where they will experience the terrifying effects of unrestrained anarchy. If they have the faith and fortitude necessary to reach their destination, what will they find when they get there?

In this thrilling conclusion to the Remnant trilogy, America is left teetering between total collapse and the dawn of a new and vastly different reality.

The Series (click to see my reviews): #1 Deep Shadows #2 Raging Storm

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About the author: Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of many novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given. Winner's copy provided graciously by the author and shipped directly to winner from author or publisher.

God's Crime Scene for Kids by J. Warner Wallace (from David C.Cook Publishing) [Giveaways - 2]

About the book: In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God's existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.

In God's Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God's existence.

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About the author: J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

National Geographic Kids United States Atlas, 5th Edition [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781426328312
$12.99 - Softcover
Ages 8 - 12
National Geographic Kids United States Atlas is debuting this year for tweens and will help students tackle the bigger workloads and more advanced thinking they are sure to encounter when they walk into the classroom this Fall....

My thoughts:  The study of maps and related geographic information has fascinated me. I have found that a well-conceived atlas provides a mass of information in pictorial and bite sized information format that is readily assimilated by all ages. For that reason, I find that having a quality atlas in the home, classroom, and school library of paramount importance.

The expected accuracy and quality of the National Geographic Kids United States Atlas, 5th Edition ranks top of the list of books to pursue for the age 8 to 12 child. Other ages will benefit from this publication as well.

Grouped regionally, each state has its own two pages showing a map with small images indicating products of the economy and where these are produced. Natural resources and conditions are shown as well as information specific to that state (location of Indian reservations, national forests, etc.).

The map showing natural hazards - blizzards, drought, floods, hurricanes, ice storm, tornado, wildfire, earthquakes, tsunami - was quite interesting to me as were other facts and images showing the variety that is The United States of America.

Truly a book to add to a child's educational collection and reference collections of children's libraries.

About the book: National Geographic Kids United States Atlas, 5th Edition (ages 8-12, $12.99) - This is THE gold standard of atlases and a must-have reference for home or school.  Featuring more than 75 maps, over 350 color images, lively photo essays, and an easy-to-use place-name index, National Geographic’s world-renowned cartographers have paired up with education experts to create an unparalleled resource of information about the United States.  Kids will discover the latest data and trends regarding land and water, people and places and eight socially themed maps on nature, population, energy and fire delve deeper into key issues.
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Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories by Jean Fisher (Published by Thomas Nelson)

Board book $9.99
My thoughts:  This is a charmingly sweet Bible story book for the very young child that encompasses the entire scope of the Bible from The Beginning to The Ascension. The stories are just a few sentences and an accompanying short prayerful verse. The Scripture reference is given with condensed quote. Again, my preference would be King James Version. This little book uses the International Children's Bible.

The illustrations are absolutely charming and will captivate the child's attention. I do like that images of some characters are not the "Precious Moments" style. Example: Goliath looks to be a big, mean, fierce warrior. This sets the tone for that story as do the pictures portraying Jesus with the children and other stories. Jesus looks like a real person and the children are the "Precious Moments" style drawings.

A simplification of a story can not contain all the details and may seem inaccurate to some. I don't think that is the case in Little Book of Bible Stories. In the case of the story of Noah and the Flood, some animals were on the ark by two's and there were more than two of some of the animals. So when the storyteller says Noah took two of each, it is not necessarily an error, it is simplification for this particular "telling."

A lovely little book and one I can recommend.

About the book: Share beloved Bible stories with your little one!

Snuggle up close and imagine the animals entering Noah’s boat two by two, David standing before Goliath with just a slingshot, or Jesus blessing the children. These Bible stories will capture young hearts as they learn about God’s great love.

With classic Precious Moments® illustrations, simple Bible verses, favorite Bible stories, and fun rhymes, Little Book of Bible Stories will help introduce the power of God’s Word to your precious children.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.

Friday, August 11, 2017

WHOSE MOON IS THAT? by Kim Krans (from Random House Publishing)

ISBN: 978-1101932278
Hardcover $17.99
My thoughts:  How timely here in August 2017 to have a picture book that addresses the question of ownership of the Moon. The full moon of August 2017 is especially stunning and during August the moon will eclipse the Sun in an amazing display. As our interest in the Moon turns our eyes heavenward, it is appropriate for children to learn much about the Moon and to give reason to the fact that the Moon is not his or hers and that it belongs to everyone.

 I love how the story is told in short lines of lyric verse that flow easily throughout. The illustrations in black ink against white with stunning blues, black, and brilliant water colors are integrated to capture the darkness that is "the night" and the colors one might see throughout the universe should light penetrate.

Though the curious cat sees and envisions the moon as possibly his own, he is soon set straight in his thinking by the bird, tree, stars, and sky who all claim it is theirs and for their own specific reason for claiming ownership. Eventually, though, the Moon sets everyone straight in stating that he is no one's and that his glow is for everyone, everywhere.

A grand opportunity for parents and teachers to share with young readers and listeners to the story that all that is in nature is everyone's to enjoy and appreciate - the sun, moon, stars, clouds, light, dark, air, wind, warmth, etc.

A lovely  book for ages 3 to 7.

About the book:  Kim Krans’s stunning picture book WHOSE MOON IS THAT? addresses the question: do any of us “own” nature?

When a curious cat asks the question, "Whose moon is that?", a panoply of animals try to stake their claim. The wolf, the owl, and the starry sky all have their reasons, but the moon ultimately answers for herself -- her light is meant to be shared by everyone. The stunning ink-and-watercolor illustrations beautifully illuminate this simple exploration of our relationship to the world around us and our place in it.

DISCLOSURE: I received an advance review galley copy from Random House to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and freely given.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Animalium: Welcome to the Museum curated by Katie Scott and Jenny Brioom

ISBN13: 9782203098923
Published 2015
Candlewick Press
My thoughts: As with Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum when I reviewed it, I was simply fascinated and thoroughly impressed with the presentation, information, and art of the beautiful oversized book. In Animalium: Welcome to the Museum, we have a pretty clear presentation of Darwin's evolutionary theory as being an accepted theory. I disagree and hold to the Creation concept of the species. I still think, however, that this is a fascinating book and those who hold to either origin of creatures will discover much to interest them.

The accurate drawings are exquisite and the book is printed in an oversized format on heavy ivory toned paper. There is an antique or museum quality look to the book and drawings as presented. This makes it even more special to me.

Animalium: Welcome to the Museum and Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum, while designated for the age 8 to 12 child, utilizes information and vocabulary that might be beyond the realm of this age group making the books fitting upward to adults. Introduction of vocabulary and scientific information can begin at any age and more is often absorbed than imagined possible. However, the majority of age 8 to 12 students will find some of the text daunting. And no, this is not your toddlers lovely animal picture book. This is a book that provides insight into the groupings of animals and species. It encompases virtually the whole spectrum of living creatures.

There is an Animalium Poster Book for sale and other items at Candlewick.
Animalium Activity Book (Paperback)
Informative, imaginative, and artistic activities for young naturalists everywhere.
Animalium Coloring Book (Paperback)
A beautiful coloring book from the creators of the celebrated book Animalium
Animalium Poster Book (Paperback)
A follow-up to the best-selling Animalium.
About the book: Welcome to the Museum is a series of books set on the “walls” of the printed page, showcasing the world’s finest collections of objects — from natural history to art. Open 365 days a year and unrestricted by the constraints of physical space, each title in this series is organized into galleries that display more than 200 full-color specimens accompanied by lively, informative text. Offering hours of learning, this first title within the series — Animalium — presents the animal kingdom in glorious detail with illustrations from Katie Scott, an unparalleled new talent.
Animalium presents the animal kingdom in glorious detail with illustrations from Katie Scott, an unparalleled new talent.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Weird but True! Daily Planner: 365 Days to Fill with School, Sports, Friends and Fun (National Geographic Kids) [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781426327933
Spiral Bound $16.99
Ages 8 to 12
National Geographic Kids Books is debuting two back-to-school titles for tweens that will help students tackle the bigger workloads and more advanced thinking they are sure to encounter when they walk into the classroom this Fall. This review is about the new Daily Planner" for ages 8 to 12 students.

My thoughts: Having worked in schools for 35 years and having raised my own five children, I know the importance of having a place to write down in organized fashion what the child is responsible for on a daily basis. Writing down the homework assignments on a scrap of paper simply doesn't "cut" it. Having a tablet which you devote solely for writing homework assignments in daily is a step in the right direction. Learning to use a daily planner that encompasses more than just homework is really a giant step toward responsibility.

It's that time of the year when all those school supplies are being sought out and bought in quantity. Such a plethora of items from which to choose and so hard on mommy's purse and daddy's budget. But I have a grand suggestion for one of those "over-the-top" purchases.

Get the National Geographic Kids Weird but True! DAILY PLANNER. This is a fantastic daily planner with the necessary spots for recording and tracking those "must be done" things and those practises, events, and fun times. Not only is this a tool for keeping the 8 to 12 year old organized and on target, it is simply packed with fun pictures and facts about the world that will fascinate. There is fun stuff as well. Such as thoughtful suggestions....
"It might be cold outside, but who says you can't be stylish? Doodle some cool hat designs next to your to-dos for the week."
"Turn that frown upside down! Write a weird poem to brighten someones day." 
"Make up a joke that starts with, "A dinosaur, an insect, and a math teacher are in a canoe...."

I can hardly wait to pass this along to my grand-girl. She is going to have a blast with it and get herself really organized as well.

About the book: Nat'l Geo Kids has made getting organized for school FUN and injects some creative thinking into the process, too!  In the planner, each day of the school year is peppered with weird-but-true facts.  Turn the pages and write the class schedule for the year, record school work, keep track of activities, and plan social time, all while learning wild things about the world around them. Fun writing prompts invite students to celebrate weirdness and hone their writing skills at the same time. Plus there are homework help sections, useful distance, volume, weight and multiplication charts and tons of space to write or doodle their daily schedule any way they wish. With beautiful full-color artwork and engaging information and activities, this is the must-have planner for the 2017/2018 school year. Spiral bound and durable, it will last until the final school bell rings in June.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Jonré Anti-Aging Moisturizer [Review & Discount Code]

My thoughts: Jonré Anti-Aging Moisturizer is a lovely product that is designed to use on one's face to protect against the effects of aging and to correct the appearance of lines in the skin.

I used it applying  a small to moderate amount using upward rotating motions all over my face, neck, and chest. I avoid the eye area since this product is not intended to be used around the eye area and one doesn't want to risk an irritant to the eyes. After applying the cream, I found it to be pleasant to use and leaving my face and neck feeling fresh and moisturized or hydrated.

I realize this is intended to be a before bedtime product, however, I tried it a few times during the day as a moisturizer prior to applying makeup and the effect is lovely. As one ages, it is important to opt for a product that aids in adding a bit of a glow. I found that this product does a good job of that.

After using the product for a week, I think my skin looks quite nice. No, all the wrinkles are not gone, but I really don't think they are as noticeable. I think perhaps that continued use will aid in preventing additional wrinkles or worsening those already in place (to some degree).

I am pleased with this product.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary product to facilitate use and review of this product from Jonré. Opinions are derived from my own use and solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Gathering the Threads (The Amish of Summer Grove #3) by Cindy Woodsmall from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing

My thoughts: The concluding book of the Amish of Summer Grove series, Gathering the Threads, takes an already unusual story for "Amish fiction" and packs a powerful ending as the threads of this group of people thoroughly mended together by family, life, faith, and community are finally sewn together into one beautiful finality.

This is not your typically sweet, quaint story of the people who are of Amish Christian beliefs and live in their strict community. It is one where the outside world has already broken the barriers and now openings to customs, people, problems, thought processes, and solutions so very different from their own bring to the forefront issues long buried or tolerated. And yet into their own rigidly  controlled faith community where the Bishop's rule overrides all thought and even Biblical injunctions, they find that they still have obligations to the laws that government people of all communities.

Interestingly, Gathering the Threads is also a story about an awakening to social injustices and a move to secure the protection of those abused in their homes. There is a need for change and a need for forgiveness.

And there is love or romance that is tenderly woven through and it is, of course, quite discrete and definitely a good, clean read.

While Gathering the Threads, can surely be read as a stand-alone book, it will be more enjoyable to read books one and two in the series. I personally recommend you read the books in succession simply because they are all good reads and worth delving into.

About the book: After three months of draus in da Welt, Ariana has returned to Summer Grove, the Old Order Amish community where she was raised for twenty years, and life with her Brenneman family. Skylar Nash, the Englisch-raised young woman is working in Ariana s cafe while getting to know her birth family and their Plain way of life. Skylar's time in Summer Grove has changed her outlook, just as Ariana has grown to see her personal faith in God in a different light than the manner she was taught while growing up. Both women will have to make decisions about their paths and Ariana must decide what role her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, will play in her life.
Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series."
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Book release date: August 15, 2017

About the author: Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family. Learn more at

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and freely given.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Benjamin Franklin’s Wise Words by K.M. Kostyal, illustrated by Fred Harper from National Geographic Kids [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  Who ever thought that learning could be so much fun? My guess is that the folks at National Geographic Kids (amongst others) decided that kids need a bit of incentive to encourage them to delve into the lives of historical figures, historical events, and applying what happened "way back then" to today's world. With the creation of Benjamin Franklin's Wise Words publisher, author, and illustrator have teamed together to compile, categorize, and present familiar quotes of Ben Franklin as well as those obscure words of wisdom that this grand old man from history bandied about.

I love the way the quotes are categorized which helps to go back and find a quote specific to a subject. I think the terse explanation in varied typesets directly under the quote "spot on" in being appropriate. And the couple of great anecdotal paragraphs follow which tell a bit about Mr. Franklin himself throughout his life and how his choice of words (specifically the quote on the page) applied to him.

So while the young reader (and parents and teachers as well) is absorbing these "wise words" they are gaining a bit of knowledge about how it can apply to them and read a short bit about Mr. Franklin. (He was apprenticed at age 12. He had three children of his own. He wrote furiously about the colonists' massacre of native Americans.)

This is a fun, educational, and timely book that I hope will find its way into libraries everywhere and into teacher resources for classroom use. Perhaps someone wants to bless a school library or a classroom with a copy as school for the year 2017-2018 begins. I highly recommend.

About the book: Benjamin Franklin’s Wise Words by K.M. Kostyal, illustrated by Fred Harper. (ages 8-12, $16.99, hardcover) - In this day and age, we could all use some words of wisdom and there are but a precious few individuals that have proven themselves to be of a greater mind than Benjamin Franklin.  Complete with fifty of Ben Franklin's renowned sayings and paired with modern-day translations, whimsical caricature artwork and fascinating stories about Franklin’s life, this title gives sage advice on everything from good citizenship and manners to friendship, achieving your dreams and being happy. It's a great go-to for inspirational and innovative ways to practice mindfulness, industriousness, and self-improvement by one of the United States’ most famous Founding Fathers.  History buffs young and old will particularly enjoy the book’s forward by H.W. Brands.  Brands’ book, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic Kids Books and the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

From a seed of faith, grows hope: “ALL SAINTS” movie premiers 8-25-17 starring John Corbett [Giveaway - 2 ticket codes] #sponsored

“ALL SAINTS” starring John Corbett, will be one that makes your heart stir and make you realize God is bigger than we make him to be.

I haven't seen the movie since it has yet to be released. However, I have watched the trailers and information video clips about it. Based on a true story, this promises to be a moving story and one not to miss. So this is NOT a review of the movie but an opportunity for you to learn about it's release and have the opportunity to try to win a couple of tickets for yourself..

The story is of a failing church and Burmese refugees resettled in Tennessee. It tells how they came together to worship and grew into a loving, sharing community. To raise money for the church they planted the surrounding acreage belonging to the church with crops. Then the sharing began. But the miracles started way before the crops came in.

ALL SAINTS will be out in theaters nationwide Friday, 8/25/17. Watch the following and see what all the chatter is about.

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