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.

Annabella’s Crown by Jeanne Dennis & Christine St. Jacques

A beautifully told parable about God’s love and living a life that honors him awaits your pre-teen reader in Annabella’s Crown by Jeanne Dennis and Christine St. Jacques.

Told from the eyes of Leopold, the royal cat, this story finds Princess Annabella and her two sisters receiving boxes of jewels from their father. When the gems begin to disappear, Annabella’s two sisters set out to uncover the mystery. But Annabella would rather just have fun, until she finds jewels in their crowns. She can’t understand why her own crown remains plain.

This is a moving and delightful story about developing a loving relationship with God. The reader witnesses a meaningful change in Annabella throughout the story. She is uninterested in learning the mystery behind her disappearing jewels and gets more and more frustrated as she watches the jewels appear on her sisters’ crowns. As her father continues to engage her, she brushes him off, until she gets to a place where she realizes that her actions have brought about consequences. Then she can reflect and figure out what the real treasure is.

The authors have created a very cat-like cat in Leopold. His storytelling makes this book even more enjoyable. As a cat owner, he gave me more than one chuckle along the way. They have also included a discussion about being the heavenly King’s child and there is a space for the young person to add their photo to the opposite page to declare themselves as a forever child of the heavenly King.

Dennis created the stunning artwork for Annabella’s Crown. Rich in color and detail, each illustration covers half of a two-page spread with the exception of page 31, which is in full color.

This engaging story will inspire young readers with its powerful message.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Elk Lake Publishing Inc (August 5, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649493223
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649493224
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.4 ounces
  • Purchase here

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

52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer by Karen Whiting

If spending more time in prayer and with family is one of your goals this year, 52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer by Karen Whiting can help.

This colorful and well-thought out family devotional is flexible so that you can enjoy 52 weeks of family devotions in as little as five minutes. The author also provides extended time options including meaningful questions and activities that are perfect for children ages 4-12.

52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer starts out with a note to parents, followed by benefits of family prayer and tips on how to succeed. The author encourages you to choose your family style and approach and gives you ideas on how to get kids excited about devotionals.

Then you are on your way to 52 weeks of devotions that include Scripture readings, stories, opportunities to share and learn, chat and journaling prompts, and a variety of activities to keep everyone engaged.

52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer gives you a plan to nurture your family’s faith journey.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ RoseKidz (October 1, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649380267
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649380265
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 15 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 – 4

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

Princess Lillian and Grandpa’s Goodbye by Jenny Fulton

Princess Lillian and Grandpa’s Goodbye is a heartwarming story to help children cope with loss.

Princess Lillian visits Grandpa in the hospital, where she learns he is going to his forever-kingdom home. It makes Daddy and Lillian sad, but her grandpa seems happy. That’s when he tells her about his best friend, the Great King Above the Nations, how the Great Spirit helps us understand, and how wonderful our forever-kingdom home is.

Princess Lillian and Grandpa’s Goodbye is a beautifully illustrated story sharing the joy of everlasting life with a Navajo influence. Lillian is dressed as a princess and an Angel comforts her as she goes to say her goodbyes.

One of the lovely things about this story is that it helps us realize how similar the stories of God are throughout different cultures and how important the gift of everlasting life remains.

Highly recommended.

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  • Publisher : Capture Books (March 10, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 42 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1951084357
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1951084356
  • Reading age : 3 – 10 years

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

Publisher Going out of Business – Limited Stock Available!!!

Guardian Angel Publishing will be closing its doors and I am so sad. They took a chance on an unknown author like me and published three of my four books.

Until I figure out what to do, the only way to purchase these is through the stock I have on hand. I don’t have many books left, but one is a Christmas book, one a Thanksgiving book, and the other one tackles the topic of bullying from a Christian perspective.

In the hills outside Bethlehem, Obed guards his first flock of sheep. When the angels appear to tell of the Savior’s birth, he is hesitant to follow the others to see the new King. When Obed returns to his sheep, he realizes it is a night of miracles.

Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

Amos is targeted by the town bully because he is so small. When word reaches Amos of his friend David’s battle with Goliath, he thinks back to what David told him about putting his faith in God’s protection. Perhaps the same God can help Amos face his bully, too.