The Star That Lost its Twinkle by Janice Blanchett

Looking for a new and endearing story about the wise men’s journey to find Jesus? Then The Star That Lost its Twinkle by Janice Blanchett is the perfect book for you and your children.

Lucas is a bright star that outshines his classmates. But his classmates don’t enjoy his bragging, and keeping up his image makes Lucas forget the importance of caring for himself. Soon, he loses his shine, and his classmates treat him poorly. It seems like nothing will help, until some encouraging advice leads him to pray to God asking for His help in making Lucas the star he created him to be.

What a touching story! The Star That Lost its Twinkle reminds us that we must take care of our temple (body) and that God has a special plan for all of us. Alongside Jack Foster’s amazing and beautiful artwork, this story is perfect for this time of year, but also as a constant reminder to reach out and ask for God’s help every day. Such a beautiful story!

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09KN62V3B
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Janice Blanchett (November 3, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 31 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985182514

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

Bring A Christmas Kindness Home for the Holidays

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?

“5 Stars? An emphatic yes! Two thumbs up? No doubt!” ~ fundinmental

“Nicely illustrated, enjoyable story for readers of all ages.” ~ Jude, Amazon Reviewer

“It will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas…” ~ Ruth, Amazon Reviewer

“What a meaningful book!” ~ Lisa’s Reading

Available from:

4RV Publishing

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Your local bookstore

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!

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  • 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

Purchase from

IndieBound  |  Bookshop  |  Barnes & Noble  |  The Thoughtful Christian  |  ChristianBook.com  |  Amazon

The Coat by Séverine Vidal

The Coat by Séverine Vidal is a touching story of how a child learns the true meaning of giving.

Elise waits and waits for her sister Mia to outgrow the perfect, beautiful red coat that will one day be hers. Then, an unexpected encounter changes everything Elise believes about that coat, leading her to realize the joy of giving to others.

Short, sweet, and right to the point, Vidal creates a marvelously told story that displays goodness and kindness. With beautiful artwork by Louis Thomas, The Coat will definitely touch the heart. Every home and school library will want to own a copy of this uplifting story.

Highly recommended!

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Flyaway Books (October 11, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1947888382
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1947888388
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 7 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 1 – 2

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