Thursday, December 13, 2018

Book Review: Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas (Stories Behind Books) by Ace Collins

A lot of people celebrate Christmas, but just as it is interesting to learn on how other countries celebrate the holiday because it teaches us something about the origin of the various traditions and also about how Christmas came about as a holiday season. This book will teach you about the history of Christmas from a truly historical perspective. Touching on items like the nativity scene and the extension of Christmas to begin now in November, this book covers a broad spectrum of items that we are now taking for granted as belonging to Christmas. A lot of the "traditions" came about recently, while some, like the use of live nativity scenes, go back centuries. Also the commercial aspects of Christmas, such as starting Christmas shopping right after Thanksgiving had initial reasons that were not that commercial, but are now seen as being driven by purely commercial goals. While some consider the stories just trivia, to me the historical origins of the holiday are interesting because they teach you about how we as people developed and why some traditions evolved and still stick around, while maybe others have been long forgotten.



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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Book review: When Do I Love You? by Thomas Nelson & Marta Cabrol

This is a cute book, appropriate as a first book for very young children, that attempts to show kids that parents of all types love their kids unconditionally. Using animals and then at the end a human, the toddler learns that parents of all species will be there to protect their young. Whether it is a cat or dog or a goat, parents all over the world are there to reassure their children and support and protect them. Despite a somewhat complex message, the drawings and text do a good job of translating the concept of parental love and support into short rhymes that entertain.
Add in the cute drawings and the sturdy format, this book is an investment that will last for a while, even in toddler hands and provide entertaining story time before bed.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Book Review: God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel by Hannah Hall & Steve Whitlow

I like this book because it is written for toddlers in mind and so the message about religion is phrased in age-appropriate language. The book does not attempt to drive the complex message of the Bible into the mind of children, but rather presents a simple adoption of religion as part of the good night routine. The toddler can feel how different the animals are based on the different furs and skins included in the touch aspect, but also sees that despite differences animals of various types have a lot in common. This presents the important lessons to look for things that we share rather than focus on differences and items that set us apart. The book is sturdy, has short text to the point of the story and the drawings are cute.

I recommend this book as a first story time book for kids and later on, since this book is sturdy enough to last a few years, can be used as a book that the toddler can read on their own. It is fun and the illustrations of the animals are adorable.


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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Bookreview: Let's Get Ready for Bed by Michael W. Smith and Mike Nawrocki

This is a really cute bedtime book for toddlers. And as a bonus, if the parent can sing, there is a song included that is perfect as a new lullaby to sing to kids as they try to fall asleep.
The story in the book is a simple one. A little puppy needs to go to bed and as we see him go through his bedtime routine, he gets a little help from two friends to fall asleep. Because nothing works better than two friends singing a lullaby to get the puppy to fall asleep. There is an online song, but in order to listen to the song you have to agree to be added to a mailing list. For that reason, this book only gets 3 stars from me. Normally, this book would get five stars since the illustrations are absolutely adorable and the story is a lovely one. But I hate the fact that mailing lists are asked for, whether the email is used for spam or not (and I have no doubt that the use of it would be limited to this mailing list), but I hate how people try to get you to sign up for items that you have maybe a one time use for and treat your email like disposable wipes. Emails are supposed to be private and I sign up for the book. Advertising a lullaby online as a ploy to get your email is not good business practice in my opinion since the lullaby that is advertised on the cover is protected and only available if you sign up for a mailinglist. So please, do not buy the book if you really want the lullaby online song, it has nothing do with it.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Review: On This Christmas A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories, and Gifts by Zondervan

This is a perfect book for a young family wanting to keep memories alive and save them for when the kids are all grown up. This book is intended as a keepsake journal for a timeframe of five years and is a good way to keep the memories alive from when the family gathered and something funny or memorable occurred that everyone seemingly remembers. But as most of us know, life goes on and things are forgotten. This book will allow you to write down these little memorable tidbits that make a family gathering around Christmas unique and entertaining. Whether it is a funny comment from a child, a relative making a rare visit or a particular nice gift was exchanged - the journal is your memory stick that can be enjoyed years later.


 Having pre-printed daily entries for December 1 through 25 and providing topics of interest, such as which gift is particularly appropriate for a family member or what the Christmas dinner will be? This journal entries are suitable for families, individuals and communities. I like that the pages are just big enough to add a small keepsake, such as a sample of a really nice gift wrap paper or part of a picture from that year. The book is hardcopy, with the pages being on solid paper that can withstand regular handling over many years. Overall, a good way to start a holiday tradition.

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Disclaimer: I received a free book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Book Review: How Do You Say Good Night? by Thomas Nelson & Catalina Echeverri

This is book for toddlers that interweaves Christian belief to teach about diversity and acceptance in a fun, entertaining fashion. It deals with a zebra that wants to know how other animals say goodnight and their evening prayers. On its journey of discovery the zebra meets lions, monkeys and warthogs, among other species. The drawings are fun and cute to look at, the text is easy to comprehend and the Christian message, focused on evening prayer, is not too strongly worded to take away from the night-time story character of the book.
This is a book that a Christian family can add to their collection and use it to teach toddlers that we are different, but have things in common and rather point out differences as something negative, embrace them, even if as children, we are always glad to be home again.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The opinion expressed in this post is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third party.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Book Review: The Cow Said Neigh! Board Book A Farm Story By Rory Feek

This is funny children's book that can be read by parents to their toddlers. It is also a book that can be read by kids in pre-school or elementary school because the text is minimal and the drawings are a lot of fun and cute to look at.
The book is about farm animals who wish they could be different animals and it is funny to see how the animals are impersonating other species. The text is good to be read by a toddler or be read aloud to a toddler by an adult. The book is full of opportunities to make funny sounds and engage the kid in making animal sounds. the drawing are cute and the book is well made and sturdy, so it will outlast even the most rambunctious toddler.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed in this post has not been influenced by any third party.