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.

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

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How Can We Be Kind? by Janet Halfmann

Did you know that our animal friends can teach us many things, including how to be kind?

In How Can We Be Kind?, by award-winning author Janet Halfmann, young readers follow along as they learn about the caring traits within the animal kingdom. From badgers to prairie dogs, and from ants to zebras, Halfmann’s charming book shares wisdom from our animal friends and how they can teach us to be kind. The story is followed up by facts regarding the animals featured.

With colorful digital illustrations by Darla Okada, How Can We Be Kind? is sure to delight young readers everywhere. What a special treasure this book is!

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; Illustrated edition (July 5, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0711268797
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0711268791
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 5 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool – Kindergarten

Visit https://www.janethalfmannauthor.com/howcanwebekind for links to purchase.

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

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors

Though I have reduced my blogging duties at Christian Children’s Authors, I am still involved in this wonderful blog featuring numerous Christian authors sharing their thoughts, home schooling resources, and parenting tips.

Today, I reposted my review of Chloe The Unfeathered Parrot by Regan W.H. Macaulay. This story of love and acceptance with additional resources in the back would be perfect for home schooling families.

If you wish to check out the Christian Children’s Authors blog, you can find it at https://christianchildrensauthors.com