I’ve had the pleasure of working with author Medea Kalantar on the fourth and fifth books of her children’s picture book series, Honeycake. Here are my thoughts on the first three books in this series that introduces young readers into a diverse, multi-cultural family of love.
In Book 1, A Family of Spices, Nala visits her grandmother and they decide to bake a cake. When Grandma tells Nala she is made of spices, just like their cake, she doesn’t understand. Grandma and Nala talk about how her background is made up of many different cultures. Along the way, as they add ingredient after ingredient, they talk about their family and why Grandma calls Nala her little Honeycake.
In the second book of the series, Help I Swallowed A Butterfly, Nala runs home and cries to Mama that her teacher told her she has butterflies in her tummy. Mama explains to Nala all about stage fright and ways to cope with it.
In Book 3, Special Magical Powers, Nala learns about her special magical power known as kindness, and how being kind to others can have a huge impact on both the giver and the recipient. Nala rushes home to tell Mama and Papa how she used her Special Magical Powers to help others in need.
What I love about the Honeycake series is its simplicity. These are important life lessons wrapped inside a simple and touching story. A Reiki Master and Practitioner, Kalantar is also an award-winning author. In addition to these three stories, A Circle of Trust and Counting All My Blessings have been released. You can find out more at https://honeycakebooks.com
A fun way to encourage reading and play time that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a screen has just arrived with The Great Toy Revolt by Lance K. Ewing.
In this zany story, neglected toys send three brothers notes about being neglected. They hope to sway the brothers into turning in their electronic devices for books and their older toys they used to enjoy playing with.
The Great Toy Revolt is a really cute story with colorful artwork by Justin Green. A quick read, parents could use this story to encourage youngsters to swap out screen time for reading, enjoying time outside, creating music, or just having fun without devices. It sure beats lecturing them about it.
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File Size : 5794 KB
Print Length : 37 pages
Publisher : Lance K. Ewing (April 23, 2020)
ASIN : B087NHWHR7
Word Wise : Not Enabled
Publication Date : April 23, 2020
I grabbed a digital copy of this book for free during the author’s promotion. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
A moving retelling of the story of Jonah can be found in Jonah: The Fearful Prophet by Janice D. Green.
The story of Jonah may be one of the most well-known in the Bible. God instructs Jonah to go to the evil city of Nineveh. Instead, Jonah disobeys God and takes a ship heading in the opposite direction, which leads to unfortunate circumstances. Eventually, Jonah obeys God, but he’s not happy when Nineveh is spared. It seems Jonah still has some learning to do. Thankfully, God is patient.
It just so happens that we are studying the book of Jonah in Bible study, which reminded me of this new book by Green. Some children’s books that share the story of Jonah stop too early. They end with Jonah obeying God and the town of Nineveh being spared from destruction, which tells only part of Jonah’s tale. Green brings readers through what happens after Nineveh is spared–how God patiently taught Jonah an important lesson.
The colorful artwork by Kimberly Merritt is the perfect complement to Green’s story. It captures the raging waters, the angry sailors, Jonah praying while in the belly of the whale, his walk through Nineveh and many other aspects of what happened to Jonah. I hope these two work together on future books.
Jonah: The Fearful Prophet also includes discussion questions and activities, which make it perfect for Sunday school or family time. You can also purchase a separate coloring book to accompany the story.
A beautifully told Bible story that children will enjoy over and again is what you’ll find in Jonah: The Fearful Prophet.
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ISBN-10 : 0983680884
Paperback : 36 pages
ISBN-13 : 978-0983680888
Publisher : Honeycomb Adventures Press, LLC (June 30, 2020)
I received a copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
Dot is checking in to the Bug Hotel for the night. But before she goes to sleep, she makes sure all the other bugs are ready for bed. Good night, sleep tight!
A funny book about bedtime rituals. For sleepyheads ages 4 and up.
It’s winter! Lily and Milo go outside. They want to feed the birds in the yard and play in the snow. But . . . what happened to Milo’s warm hat and scarf?
A simple and interactive story about the winter. For toddlers ages 24 months and up, with a focus on the child’s world.
Did Santa come to visit? Yes! How can you tell? Because the houses are filled with presents! Can you spot all the gifts on each wish list? And can you find all of the differences before and after Santa’s visit?
A colorful and engaging Christmas seek-and-find book. For young and old present-hunters ages 4 and up.
For these and other titles from Clavis Publishing, visit their website at www.clavis-publishing.com
The acclaimed tale of a lost little bear searching for home from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson.
Baby Bear is lost and afraid. All the other animals try to help:
Sing a song.
Retrace your steps.
As Baby Bear gains courage with every step, he realizes he was never far from home after all.
With poetic text and stunning illustrations, Baby Bear is an impressive addition to the canon of timeless picture book classics.
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 7, 2014)
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