The Shepherd and The Squirrel by Janice Blanchett

One tiny squirrel’s hobby leads him into an unexpected friendship with a young shepherd destined for greatness.

In The Shepherd and The Squirrel by Janice Blanchett, Sammy’s unusual hobby of collecting stones grabs the attention of a young shepherd boy named David. They form an unexpected friendship, and when David leaves with supplies for his brothers in the king’s army camp, Sammy tags along. Little did they know that David’s faith will be put to the test and Sammy’s hobby is God’s gift for success.

Having written a children’s book about King David as a shepherd boy facing Goliath, I was immediately drawn to Blanchett’s The Shepherd and The Squirrel. In this charming story, a friendship between David and a squirrel unfolds against David’s life of caring for his sheep and visiting the army camp with supplies for his brothers. The Biblical story of David is a well-known one, but this unique way of bringing it to life is both engaging and sweet.

Jack Foster, one of my favorite artists, provides the colorful artwork for The Shepherd and The Squirrel. His trademark wide-eyed characters fill this story with great emotion.

This story would make the perfect addition to a church or home library.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BK5DBQ5Q
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Janice Blanchett (October 20, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 31 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985182576

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Papá’s Magical Water-Jug Clock by Jesus Trejo

Jesus Trejo enters the world of publishing with this adorable and funny children’s picture book.

Papá’s Magical Water-Jug Clock finds young Jesús excited to spend his Saturday helping Papá with the family’s landscaping business. Papá even puts him in charge of the magical water-jug clock. When all the water is gone, Papá explains, then their work will be done. Jesús is eager to do his job right, but he can’t help sharing the water with all the thirsty animals. Before Jesús knows it, the water jug is empty but their workday is not done. Will Jesús be in trouble?

This charming story is filled with an important life lesson, but Jesús’s zany actions, the strange animals he discovers as they work, and the colorful illustrations by Eliza Kinkz that celebrate this hard-working family’s daily routine while creating a sense of lighthearted silliness along the way, creates a wonderful story that will delight readers everywhere. There is so much to love about Papá’s Magical Water-Jug Clock. I encourage you discover it for yourself. It will be worth it!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ mineditionUS (June 6, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 166265104X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1662651045
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 6 years

I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Three Lines in a Circle by Michael G. Long

Three Lines in a Circle tells the history of the peace symbol and how it became a powerful icon used in marches and movements around the world.

One line straight down. One line to the right. One line to the left, then a circle. That was all—just three lines in a circle.
This bold picture book tells the story of the peace symbol—designed in 1958 by a London activist protesting nuclear weapons—and how it inspired people all over the world. Depicting the symbol’s travels from peace marches and liberation movements to the end of apartheid and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Three Lines in a Circle offers a message of inspiration to today’s children and adults who are working to create social change. An author’s note provides historical background and a time line of late twentieth-century peace movements.

Reviews

“Recounts the origins of the peace sign for a new generation of young activists. . . . Empowering.” 

Publishers Weekly

“Vibrant throngs of all kinds of people fill the pages. . . . Grounded in the discussion of a design, the heart of peace beats on.” 

Kirkus Reviews

“Vibrant, layered protest scenes and moody evening skies seem lifted from the walls of an impressionist gallery in this picture book detailing the origins and enduring influence of the peace sign.”

Foreword Reviews

“It’s a joy to see, page by page, how many places around the world and how many different movements this symbol came to influence, as it took on broader meanings of peace and acceptance. . . . The bright, colorful, detailed illustrations give us a sense of the great swelling of desire to create a livable, loving world.” 

Spirituality & Practice

“The words and illustrations work symbiotically to show the peace symbol’s adoption around the world.” 

⁠—Englewood Review of Books

“A short, bright look at the history and proliferation of the peace symbol. . . . Highly worthy for any school that covers social justice, nuclear disarmament, the 1960’s or protest movements.” 

—Kiss the Book

“Offers a message of inspiration to today’s children and adults who are working to create social change. . . . Entertaining, informative, and thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ in organization and presentation.”

Midwest Book Review

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New From Clavis Publishing: Pip’s Book by Guido Van Genechten

“A small story with countless interactive opportunities.” – Kirkus Reviews

I’m Pip and this is my book. Hold on, I hear someone else. Ah, my friend Timothy Vanderlong. Timothy is the longest dog in the world. Would you like to see Timothy?

A funny book about Pip and his friend Timothy Vanderlong. For children ages 3 years and up.

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Halloween Picture Books from Clavis Publishing

A little wizard paints creepy, crawly creatures, but soon they come alive. They creep right off his paper. Come meet all his monsters, but please, whatever you do—don’t let them escape!

An imaginative rhyming picture book full of funny creatures. For little monsters ages 4 years and up.

A perfect children’s book for Halloween storytime, from bestselling author-illustrator Guido Van Genechten!

This is a book full of monsters: small, smelly, yelling, creepy… monsters! So it’s a book for hard core monster lovers, but also for beginners in monsterology. With shock effects! Try it yourself! Softies keep out! Conquer your deepest fears! Tremble and shiver with pleasure! Are you scared already? No? Just you wait and see?. (Includes a monstrously fun pop-up spread at the end of the book!)

It’s for real monster lovers, but also for beginners in monster-ology, ages 4 and up. (This is one of my favorites.)

Mila is lying in her bed in Mommy’s house. It’s dark all around her. Very dark. Mommy forgot to check if there were any monsters Daddy always checks, but this is Mommy’s house. Does Mommy have someone to chase away the monsters? Who could that be?

An endearing and simple story about being a little bit afraid of the dark. For brave toddlers ages 30 months and up, with a focus on the child’s emotions.

Best friends Walter and Willy are having a sleepover.
Walter thinks it’s fun to scare Willy.
But what happens when the tables get turned?

A barely scary story about friendship and respect. For best friends ages 4 and up.

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