Olive and the Great Flood by Connie Arnold

Olive and the Great Flood Olive and the Great Flood by Connie Arnold is a sweet story of how Olive the dove helped Noah and his passengers while they awaited the end of the flood.

This rhyming story shares the Biblical account of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of the tiny dove sent out after the rain had stopped to check for dry land. She helps calm everyone’s fears with her gentle coos and peaceful songs until the day when it is safe for all the passengers to disembark. What a charming and unique way to share a beloved Bible story.

Part of Guardian Angel Publishing’s Wings of Faith line, the beautiful illustrations are provided by artist Kathleen Bullock. She manages to capture meaningful expressions not only on Moses, but also the animals’ faces. I will be on the lookout for more of her work.

A perfect way to remind children of God’s promise, Olive and the Great Flood will show children how God can use even a tiny dove to reveal His greatness.

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Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (January 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616335920
ISBN-13: 978-1616335922

Purchase at:

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

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Ella’s Toys by Karen Kilpatrick

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Ella’s Toys 
by Karen Kilpatrick is another wonderful book in the Pumpkinheads series. Ella refuses to share her toys, but when she discovers her friends are having fun without her, she decides sharing might be more fun.

This is the second book in the Pumpkinheads series that I’ve read. I’m truly enjoying them. An easy to read book, Ella’s Toys reminds youngsters how much more fun it is to share than to hoard your toys and keep them only for yourself. The vibrant colors and bolded words will catch your child’s eye, but it will be how this book touches the heart that you’ll remember. I can’t wait to read more in this series.

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Series: Pumpkinheads
Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Nina Charles (May 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193844700X
ISBN-13: 978-1938447006

 I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

 

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Danza’s Message by Karen Kilpatrick

Danzas-Message-21-267x300Danza’s Message by Karen Kilpatrick will remind your youngster how truly special she is. After imaginative play, Danza and her friends goof around in front of the mirror and remember how special they are. At the end of the book each of the girls from the Pumpkinheads series answers the question: What do you like about you?

In this short and sweet book, girls are reminded of the importance of appreciating who you are inside and out. This rhyming story is fun and whimsical, but it holds one of the greatest lessons that can be imparted on a child. Artists Matthew Wilson and Tara Louise Campbell use vibrant colors to bring Kilpatrick’s story to life. The size of the book and the glossy, stiff paper will make the book stand out on the bookshelf. It won’t remind on the shelf long, though, because your child will want to read it again and again. Danza’s Message is just one book in the fabulous Pumpkinheads series. I recommend you check out all of them. Look for our review of Ella’s Toys tomorrow.

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Series: Pumpkinheads
Paperback: 22 pages
Publisher: Nina Charles LLC (September 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938447026
ISBN-13: 978-1938447020

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

 

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Guest Book Review: Little Bird Lost by Steve and Kate Larkinson

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1492762822
ISBN-13: 978-1492762829
Age group: 3-5

Five stars

Little Bird Lost by Steve and Kate Larkinson is the story of four little birds (baby swallows), discovered by Steve in the eaves of a bakery in south-west France. One of the little birds seems to have disappeared. Is he safe? Has he fallen out the nest? Can he be rescued? Do his parents know where he is? This delightful story in photographs (by Steve) and rhyming couplets (by Kate) will absolutely enchant readers aged 3-5, but actually, adults will also just love this little tale from the world of nature. What I especially enjoyed about this book is the beautiful photographs. I love children’s illustrations but the unique angle of actual images really struck me. Not only are they absolutely first-class and clear, but it is the perfect way to teach young readers about the real world of birds. Children are generally interested in animals and wildlife, and parents and relatives could use this delightful book as a springboard to other books involving wildlife. This is a great book for bedtime reading, and I would also encourage children’s libraries to include a copy. Children will enjoy the images as well as the captivating story. What a lovely start to getting your child interested in reading! As an added bonus, there is a charming little cartoon book video on YouTube to really round off an enchanting reading experience.

 

Purchase at http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bird-Lost-Steve-Larkinson/dp/1492762822

Reviewer’s bio: Fiona Ingram is an award-winning middle grade author who is passionate about getting kids interested in reading. Find out more about Fiona and her books on www.FionaIngram.com. She reviews books for the Jozikids Blog.

The Coziest Place by Jamie Michalak

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A sweet book that shares the love of family and home can be found in The Coziest Place by Jaime Michalak.

Wintertime is fun. Then afterwards with cold toes and rosy noses, the bear family snuggles into their cozy home where they enjoy hot grilled cheese, hot cocoa, reading time, warm clothes, and special treats before slipping into their cozy beds for the night.

What an adorable story. Michalak’s lyrical prose combined with charming artwork by Jon Davis makes this a perfect book to help settle your youngsters down for the night or to enjoy when the weather is raging outside. The Coziest Place truly makes you appreciate all the loveliness of home.

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251210
ISBN-13: 978-1589251212

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

Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! by Sally O. Lee

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Just over a year ago, the nation was shocked by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Twenty-six people (most of them children) were left dead in a place where everything is supposed to be safe and happy. Unfortunately, we live in a world where violence plays a role.

Sally O. Lee’s latest book, Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! is the story of a school shooting as told through the eyes of a student and a teacher and how they cope as they make their way to safety. With Lee’s recognizable illustrations and her lyrical prose, the events unfold until both are safe and sound.

What I feel is very important to say about this book is the calm manner in which the reader moves from beginning to end. The only portion of it that is punctuated with exclamation points is the sound of gun fire, and that only appears twice. The main focus is on the conversation between this student and the teacher. Lee also quickly moves from lockdown status (hiding under desks and then moving to a closet) to the rescue, so the protection and safety aspect of the event are a greater focal point.

I applaud Lee for tackling this sensitive issue. I hope many are helped as a result.

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Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494469448
ISBN-13: 978-1494469443

 

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.

Ava’s Secret Tea Party by Donna J. Shepherd

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Imagination meets rhyme in this lyrical tale of a young girl who wants to meet Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman and invite them to tea. Ava’s Secret Tea Party by Donna J. Shepherd is a delightful rhyming story filled with dreams come true. Ava wants to meet the elusive visitors that perform wonderful deeds while she’s asleep. She comes up with a plan that she hopes will help her get them all together.

With Shepherd’s sweet story and adorable illustrations by Bella Sinclair, girls will love reading this book over and again. It also comes with recipes from Ava’s secret tea party and several tea party crafts. I could see this book being used to help girls plan their own secret tea parties.

Highly recommended.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (July 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616332867
ISBN-13: 978-1616332860

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

 

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