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.

Holiday Titles from 4RV Publishing

Christmas, a time of magic and gifts, comes to a halt when stolen presents and electrical problems hit the North Pole.

What can Santa or his elves do? What can two girls do? Joy and Mary are the only ones who can save Christmas.

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 After the war, factories began to make toys again, and Ellouise discovers a marvelous surprise when her parents take her to the city to see Santa Claus, a baby doll that opens and closes its eyes.

She tells everyone that she wants that baby doll from Santy Claus.

Then, she worries about Santa Claus being able to find her at her grandparents’. Will Ellouise get her baby doll from Santy Claus?

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Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?

Merry Tilda discovers a small evergreen growing by her house. As years pass, the tree become larger and more important to her, her family, and her neighbors. She, with the help of grandchildren and their friends, decorates the tree each winter with goodies for the birds and animals. The tree becomes a winter fairy tale.​

Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes, a child must make her own miracle, and one for her siblings.

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New Release!

Panther finds helping Katie and Emma decorate for Christmas fun.

However, Christmas morning brings a surprise. Katie and Emma love the surprise, but Panther doesn’t. It’s cold and wet and not fun, at least to him.

How does Katie help her cat adjust to a snowy Christmas?

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

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First Chapter Review: Seventh Dimension – The Door by Lorilyn Roberts 

Seventh Dimension – The Door by Lorilyn Roberts is a Christian young adult fantasy novel.

BLURB: The Door is the first book in the Seventh Dimension Series that combines contemporary, historical, and fantasy elements into a Christian “coming-of-age” story. A curse put on Shale Snyder, because of a secret, shrouds her with insecurity and fear. Following suspension from school, Shale’s best friend isn’t allowed to see her anymore and she feels abandoned by her family. When a stray dog befriends her, she follows it into the woods. There she discovers a door that leads to another world…

COVER: This is a beautiful cover. The colors, the artwork, and the font all work together nicely to create a cover that catches the eye and makes you want to read what the story is about.

FIRST CHAPTER: While hiding, Shale overhears Judd, Rachel, and Chumana talking about a horrible accident. Two years later, on the way home from school, Judd and Shale have a difference of opinion. That’s when Shale sees the white dog for the first time.

KEEP READING: If it weren’t for the cliffhanger of the white dog appearing at the end of the chapter that piqued my curiosity, I’m really not sure. Judd and Chumana are not likeable from the start. Rachel and Shale engage in a conversation that seems to be nothing more than an info dump on Shale’s life. I might keep reading a chapter or two to see how the story progresses. This book has won numerous awards, so maybe it is just starting off slow for me.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B009R8Q1WC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rear Guard Publishing, Inc.; 2nd edition (December 19, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 19, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3384 KB
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 255 pages

I picked this up as a Kindle freebie in December 2012. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Lorelei the Firefly by Janice Blanchett

Janice Blanchett brings the story of Noah’s Ark to life in a new way with Lorelei the Firefly.

Lorelei loves primrose flowers and adventures. On one of her nightly visits, she discovers Noah, who has received direction from God to build an Ark. Lorelei visits Noah night after night until the Ark is completed. Little does she know that she is about to embark on one of her greatest adventures of all.

This is a delightful story. Blanchett’s tale brings you a new way to share the familiar story of Noah’s Ark, but there is really so much more to this adventure, because Lorelei learns a valuable lesson in the process.

Jack Foster provides the artwork for this adorable story. That’s how I learned about Lorelei the Firefly. HIs work is instantly recognizable to me after all these years. I loved the colors he used for this book.

If you enjoy Bible stories, fictional characters placed in historical settings, or touching stories where young readers are having so much fun they may not realize they are learning, pick up a copy of Lorelei the Firefly.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09WPT17HJ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Janice Blanchett (March 28, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 31 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985182538

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.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 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
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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.