Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Kingdom Files Bible-based biography series for kids ages 8 to 12 [Review & set of 6 books giveaway]

The Kingdom Files is a brand-new Bible-based biography series for kids ages 8 to 12! 

About the Series: Each fascinating book in this series explores the life of a Bible character and draws curious kids into a different time and place as they learn about dozens of key people who were part of God’s kingdom.
My thoughts on the series: These little books are like an exciting and fun romp through Sunday School or Vacation Bible School on STEROIDS. Such a powerful amount of information and lessons to be learned from these Bible heroes is in these little books. 
Designed for the age 8-12  child, they can be read to younger children as well. The illustrations peppered throughout the book and the "early chapter book" design are suitable for the age group. 
And there is a website and newsletter (sign up with your email, Moms and Dads supervise) for fun and exciting games and activities.
I heartily recommend the series. Now let's look specifically at two of the books and then you can enter the giveaway to win all six books in the series for some child you love.

Kingdom Files: Who Was David? (Kingdom Files) by Matt Koceich

ISBN 9781683226284

What do you know about David?

Was he:
. . .a shepherd boy turned king?
. . .a faithful harp player?
. . .a brave giant slayer?
. . .all of the above?

Journey along with David in a field of sheep, in the presence of a towering giant, in the very center of God’s amazing power!

This biblically accurate story of David, created just for the kids in your life, explores the life of this shepherd boy turned king, while drawing 8- to 12-year-olds into a fascinating time and place as they learn about this faithful harp player and courageous giant slayer. Featuring three key sections—a Fact File, an Action File, and a Power File—kids will enjoying learning about the life of David while coming to understand that an ancient Bible story really does apply to their lives today. Dozens of captivating line art pieces add depth and interest to every chapter.

My thoughts: We all love David and especially his slaying Goliath with 5 small stones and a slingshot. Matt Koceich tells the entire story of David from young boy to King of Israel. He tells this story in such a way that we see David's vision of God being with him through all the times King Saul chased and sought to kill David. 
Key to this series is the Power Up where kids can see a relationship between the story of David and the lessons he learned and see how they can also apply to the reader of today.

Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther? (Kingdom Files) by Matt Koceich

ISBN 9781683226291

What do you know about Esther?

Was she:
. . .the beautiful Queen of Persia?
. . .the woman who hid her Jewish heritage from the king?
. . .the courageous one who risked her life to save her people?
. . .all of the above?

Journey along with Esther in a luxurious Persian palace, in the presence of a powerful king, in the very center of God’s amazing power!

This biblically accurate story of Esther, created just for the kids in your life, explores the life of the beautiful Queen of Persia, while drawing 8- to 12-year-olds into a fascinating time and place as they learn about the woman who hid her Jewish heritage from the king and ultimately risked her life to save her people. Featuring three key sections—a Fact File, an Action File, and a Power File—kids will enjoying learning about the life of Esther while coming to understand that an ancient Bible story really does apply to their lives today. Dozens of captivating line art pieces add depth and interest to every chapter.

My thoughts: Esther is such a beloved and strong woman in the Bible and she evokes courageous action that can bring encouragement to young girls and their mothers. She never knew she could be used so beautifully to safe the Jewish people from slaughter. But God used her through her obedience and her courage. 
Upon learning of the King's plan to kill the Jews in his land, Esther said to her Uncle Mordecai "...if I perish, I perish." This was her attitude when she planned to go speak to the King on behalf of the Jews. 
Such strength! Esther sets a standard for strength and courage that girls can reach for in their own lives.
Open to USA addresses only
Begins August 22
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the two books reviewed from Barbour Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. Giveaway books are provided directly to the winner by Barbour Publishing.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Called to Protect by Lynette Eason.

ISBN: 9780800727031
Revell a division of
Baker Publishing House
My thoughts:  Riveting! Takes the mind and emotions to an area we would all love to avoid but know from the news we hear daily that the dreaded social evil of human trafficking exists.

As we see the character and lives of a family of law enforcers brought to the forefront of an intense investigation into a deeply rooted and mysterious case where beautiful young girls in the Columbia, South Carolina area are secreted to areas unknown we discover that they, too, are not untouched where tragedy reigns.

Chloe and her K-9 German Shepherd partner are truly high points in this story. You can literally see and sense Hank the K-9, and reading his exploits really makes you appreciate "mans best friend" and his place in bringing law breakers to justice.

Throughout the book you wonder just who is the devious and evil mind behind all the terror brought into the lives of the young girls who have been abducted. The riveting ending totally stunned me proving that the author, Lynette Eason, is skilled and able to bring an engaging and absorbing read to the book shelves of home and library.

About the book: For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.

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

My First Wild Activity Book by Isabel Otter-Barry Ross, and illustrations by Maxime Lebrun

ISBN 9781626869578
Softcover $12.99
Ages 5 & up
Silver Dolphin Books
My thoughts:  This is undoubtedly one of the most, if not THE most amazing andd enjoyable children's activity book I've come across. The scope of information, activities, presentation is simply superb.

First of all it is beautifully and creatively illustrated with exciting drawings that are both fun, charming, and (to a degree) accurate. When you first flip through the book, you will see that it has large and very well executed fold out pages for the different habitats and in these sections (each section has color coded borders) there is such a variety of learning and fun activities. Of course, there is sticker fun. But there is so much more. Searches, matching, doodling,

At the very start of the book, you get to complete the owner (explorer) information page and finalize a drawing of yourself. Then you start your wild journey with a plunge into the Rain Forest. Critters are playful and have a tendency to snatch sun glasses or hats and then you have to hunt for the item on the pages of the habitat.

The quality of information and activities is tops. And as is befitting a quality book, it is made of nice sturdy paper.

I simply can't rave enough about this activity book. This would be great to have on hand for rainy days and will make a fabulous birthday or Christmas gift.

About the book:  Become an explorer and meet wild animals from all around the world in this action-packed activity book!

Become an explorer and meet wild animals from all around the world in this action-packed activity book. There are seven different habitats to discover, from the rain forest to the polar ice, and a wide variety of activities to complete along the way, including coloring, dot-to-dots, doodles, and mazes—get ready for hours of wild animal fun!

DISCLOSURE: I receive a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of Silver Dolphin books to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.

Kllarmant T6 Ultra bright LED light is Zoomable & has 5 modes adjustable, High / Medium/ Low / Strobe/ SOS Signal [#sponsored #review]

Every home, every camper, every outdoors man, ever fisherman needs to have a good flashlight. 

In addition having a good flashlight that "lights the way" around in the dark, it is really nice to have it zoom in or zoom out for focused or expanded light source.

Then there is the dreaded occasion when someone finds themselves in distress. What are you going to do? The old stand by is to manually flick the flashlight on then off then on then off and keep repeating the distress signal. But the two emergency modes and be set and you can then operate it hands free. Nice!

Well this Kllarmant T6 5 Mode Flashlight: Ultra bright and Zoomable is perfect for all these needs and more.

The light is especially bright! It is a LED beam. It is zoomable. It has three beam levels - high, medium,and low. And then the strobe is fantastic. And on top of that, it actually has a SOS signal.

And something else to keep in mind, this small yet sturdy, metal flashlight can serve as a defense weapon as well. Not that we want to even think along those lines, but if the situation arises and you have one of these at hand, then you are at least prepared to defend yourself.

To "zoom" you simply slide the head/end of the flashlight to the degree you desire. The green button on the end or bottom of the flashlight is the on/off and mode change button. There is a handy wrist strap attached as well.

All in all, I'd say this is a super light and I highly recommend it. With Christmas just a few months away, one might plan to use this as a superb gift or stocking stuffer.

Product information (from Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/Kllarmant-flashlight-LED)

  • Kllarmant T6 5 Mode Flashlight: Ultra bright and Zoomable, 5 modes adjustable, High / Medium/ Low / Strobe/ SOS Signal
  • Superb Bright LED beam and Long Service Time is almost to 50,000 hours, focuses range of 150m to 350m
  • Pretty and Practical Design, Lotus shape attack top can protect the lens and break glass in emergency, precise numerical control cutting technology
  • Rhombus skid-proof and waterproof, This Flashlight is perfect for out hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, working on a car
  • Power By: 1x 18650 3.6v/3.7v OR 3X AAA battery (Battery not included)
DISCLOSURE: I received this product at a highly discounted price to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. I only recommend products I have used and that I or my family can use. #sponsored #review

Night Job by Karen Hesse and illustrated by G. Brian Karas [Review & Giveaway-USA/CANADA-2 winners]

Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763662387
$16.99 Hardcover
On sale Sept. 11, 2018
My thoughts:  What  a lovely story! The text and pictures evoke a gentle lesson in loving caring, sharing, togetherness, and respect for work.

Dad takes his son to work with him on Friday evening. The story brings honor and respect to the janitorial job of Dad. Son delights in each moment shared from the motorbike ride to and from the school building to sweeping floors.

Together (Dad doesn't denigrate his young son's ability to be helpful) they begin the organized task of making clean the building.

Illustrated with pictures colored with the darkness and shadows of night, they are not scary or fearsome. They are simply a pictorial essay of love and work shared between a father and son.

This is an absolutely lovely book and I recommend it for libraries everywhere.

About the book: When the sun sets, Dad’s job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is it like to work on a Friday night while the rest of the city is asleep? There’s the smell of lilacs in the night air, the dusky highway in the moonlight, and glimpses of shy nighttime animals to make the dark magical. Shooting baskets in the half-lit gym, sweeping the stage with the game on the radio, and reading out loud to his father in the library all help the boy’s time pass quickly. But what makes the night really special is being with Dad. Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse’s quietly powerful story of a boy and his father is tenderly brought to life by G. Brian Karas in this luminous tribute to an enduring, everyday sort of love.

2 winners each 1 copy graciously provided by Candlewick Press and hosted on Chat With Vera
Begins August 18
Ends September 8 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Opened to USA and CANADA - No P.O. Boxes
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given. Winners' copies are provided by and shipped directly to winner by Candlewick.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Daily Question For You and Your Child: A Three Year Spiritual Journal by Waterbrook

My thoughts:  This is not a book of instruction, study, or devotion. It is a journal that can be used over a period of three years with your child. Each day's page has a question and you record your child's answer to that specific question for the day. Then one year later, you use the second set of blank lines to record the same child's answer to the same question. You repeat this the third year recording the answer in the third portion of lines.

The volume is hardcover and has very sturdy binding so it will most likely last through daily use for three years. The cover design will appeal to either boys or girls. And a means of personalization of the book is provided via the square in the cover in which a picture of the child may be inserted.

The concept of providing a means to address your child's development of emotional, spiritual, and social thinking is certainly worth trying and the recorded comments for each day's question will certainly be a future treasure.

A plethora of questions is available and they run the gamut from "What game do you like to play?" to "What is your favorite thing God created?". I do not think there are any Scripture verses in the book so the Spiritual aspect of this publication will be the emphasis or application that parents insert on their own as the subject arises. Teachable moments exist and one must always be ready to avail themselves of it.

In multiple child families, this would be a nice family exercise, providing the child/children can all write and express themselves. Each child can have his own book in which they write their own thoughts. Family discussion can be held but for the book to be unique to the individual child, the discussion should state that each opinion is worthy of expression.

For those willing to try a project with their child that would last three years, this is certainly worth pursuing.

About the product/book: A fun, thought-provoking 365-question guided journal and keepsake that sparks daily interaction with your child to create a memory book capturing your child's life, personality, and faith journey.

This interactive prompted journal allows a parent to create a keepsake of three years of their child's life. By answering each of the 365 questions together on the same date each year, readers will get a unique and precious picture into their child's feelings, development, and personality. Some of the questions focus on spirituality and the child's heart, while some are meant to capture their creativity, spirit, and sense of humor. All questions spark conversations and memories that span well beyond the pages of this book.

DISCOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from WaterbrookMultnomah to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Planet 316 Story Bible for Toddlers (with Augmented Reality!) [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts: First of all, this is a delightful Story Bible for Toddlers. It is just the right size to hold in their hands, the amount of text that comprises the individual stories is really good. Enough to hold their attention but not enough to cause them to get the "wiggles." The stories will challenge a toddler's thinking and the author/s use vocabulary that doesn't "talk down" to these smart little ones but still is not over their head.

The illustrations are great.

Now you couple a really fine toddler's board book with the app that engages with the book giving images that jump from the page, and characters that speak aloud when the little one touches them, you have the makings for a great story time with the kiddies.

Visit the website to see what it is all about and watch the video. http://planet316storybible.com/

Scan the QR code on the back of the book with device.
And download the App then follow instructions.

The augmented image of angles has them "leaping" or moving. Then you can touce the angels and they speak. You can touch the shephers and they, too, speak.
About the book: Padded board book for ages 2 to 5

“This padded Bible storybook takes all of the best qualities of the Planet 316 Story Bible—creative storytelling, humor, augmented reality, and engaging illustrations—and distills them into a format toddlers can enjoy. The Planet 316 Story Bible for Toddlers includes eight classic Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. Little ones will learn about Noah and the ark, David and Goliath, the birth of Jesus, and more with bite-sized stories crafted for the short attention spans of wiggly toddlers. Families will love this fresh storybook that makes the Bible approachable and enjoyable.”

Note: This YouTube video is basically of the original Planet 316 Story Bible "Augmented Reality." It shows the same benefit of the augmented reality present with the app you download for the Planet 316 Story Bible for TODDLERS.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: PLANET 316 is a team of talented writers and artist who share a love for technology and a desire to make the Bible approachable and engaging for children. They create fun...
Begins August 10
Ends August 21 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to Continental USA addresses only
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