March 30, 2021

My Easter Picks

 

From me to your family bookshelves.. A Set of Easter Books. Some fun and and enjoyable Books for you and your child or children!

The Quiet Crazy Easter Day


You might think of the first Easter as a quiet, peaceful morning. But with all creation celebrating the risen Lord of Lords, it may not have been so quiet! The Quiet Crazy Easter Day imagines the crazy celebration that might have occurred when Jesus arose . . . a festive day filled with chirps and croaks, shouts and coos and loop-de-doos. Join the rejoicing as we follow along with the Easter story and learn how we too can shout and sing and spread the news that Jesus is alive.



The Berenstain Bears' Easter Blessing

In The Berenstain Bears Easter Blessings by Mike Berenstain, the cubs learn about the many blessings in their lives, and especially the greatest blessing of all---the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter. The short, simple story and well-loved characters provide toddlers with a perfect introduction to this very important Christian holiday.

 

 

 

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story



Young readers will understand the real meaning behind Easter in this addition to the Living Lights™ series of Berenstain Bears books. Children will discover that Easter is more than candy and egg hunts as they read about the Bear cubs at Sunday school learning about Jesus’ resurrection and salvation.

Great and Small Easter


Celebrate Easter with great and small friends!

Join these adorable animal pairs in a board book that’s meant for little hands to hold and explore. Each spread features a large animal and his little friend—hiding under the flap—who are enjoying all the wonders of Easter time together. Discover different animal sounds under each flap to make the reading even more fun!
 
Six pairs of great-and-small friends, six chunky flaps to lift and discover, and six ways to enjoy the arrival of Easter together!

 God's Easter Miracles - Adventures of the Sea Kids


In God's Easter Miracles, the Sea Kids learn that Easter isn't about the Easter bunny or candy. It's about Jesus Christ giving up His life for all of us, and how we are to sacrifice ourselves for others. Paul, who is autistic, struggles with relationships, Jimmy doesn't want to share, and Lenny clings to life due to a terrible boat accident. On Easter Sunday, the children witness the power of their prayers. Their Sunday School teacher, Miss Linda, tells the children, "Truly, God has blessed us with many Easter miracles. Lenny was healed, and Jimmy asked Jesus into his heart." Even Paul has a miraculous change of heart. A true lesson of becoming more like Jesus is learned in this beautiful Easter story of love and grace..


'Twas the Morning of Easter



A follow-up to the popular 'Twas the Evening of Christmas from beloved author Glenys Nellist. 'Twas the Morning of Easter tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way, with a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children will love, following the pattern of Clement Moore's iconic "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Glenys Nellist, beloved author of the bestselling 'Twas the Evening of Christmas, reveals the joy and beauty of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh, inspiring way in 'Twas the Morning of Easter. Using the classic cadence of Clement Moore's iconic poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," this gorgeous picture book shares the true story of Easter with little ones with read-aloud rhymes and engaging illustrations by Elena Selivanova. With an eye-catching cover decorated in shining foil and embossing, this book is perfect for any Easter basket and sure to be a treasured Easter tradition for years to come.
'Twas the Morning of Easter excerpt:
'Twas the morning of Easter, before the sun rose, Two guards on a hillside were trying to doze. Now Jesus had died, only three days before, A huge stone was in place, sealed over the door.
'Twas the Morning of Easter:
  • Is written by Glenys Nellist, author of the beloved The Wonder That Is You, and the Snuggle Time and Love Letters from God series
  • Is told in the style of Clement Moore's iconic poem--"'Twas the Night before Christmas"
  • Retells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way
  • Features a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children ages 4-8 will love
  • Brings the resurrection story to life through Elena Selivanova's beautiful, rich illustrations
  • Is the perfect way for adults to share the powerful story of Easter with the little ones in their lives
Download your free Activity and Resource Pack to accompany this book, which includes an Easter pageant and an intergenerational StoryWalk event at glenysnellist.com
 

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March 29, 2021

Book Haul #9: March 2021

 

March came and went and only have one holiday sometimes two. We are getting ready for spring forward and getting ready for Easter. It a stressful once as well. Here are some amazing books that all arrived this month. I want to say Thank you to all of the authors and publishers and new one for all these lovely books that arrived this past month. They are on my TBR List to read. If they have not already been read and reviewed during this month.


Here are the books I received from several different publishers.Thank you to some authors as well. All are review books. I want to say Thank you all.
  • 'Twas the Morning of Easter by Glen Nellist (Review)
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain (Review)
  • 'Twas Just Before Bedtime by Lisa
  • Love on the Edge by Kathleen Schoop (On tour April 28, 2021)
  • Potty Training Day by Akilah Trinay
  • Monsters Everywhere by Erik Dunton
  • Frogs are so Funny! by Erik Dunton
  • Down by the Watering Hole by Erik Dunton
  • Five Happy Frogs by Erik Dunton
  • Where Santa's Boot by Erik Dunton
  • Girl by the Tracks by Julia Vellucci
  • I Celebrate My Skin by Nonku Kunene Adumetey
  • Dear Mrs. President by Ana Maria Medici
  • Indgo by Paula Berinstein
  • Return Trip by Mark JG Farley
  • The Export by JK Kelly
  • Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham
  • Never Miss by Melissa Koslin
  • A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould
  • Smartphone and Dumb User by Lisa Schoolcraft
  • That's Coola, Talluallah by Cheryl Chase
  • Blood by the Dragonfly by Hawk Mackinny (On Tour April 23, 2021)
All are on my radar to read. I hope to read these books soon. This is my Book haul for this month.

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March 28, 2021

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

Book Title: The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
Authors: Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain
Genres: Children, Christian, Religious, Picture books, Faith, Holiday, Easter
Series: The Berenstain Bears, Living Lights
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publisher Date: January 29, 2012 (32 Pages, Paperback)
Age Group: 4-8 Years Olds
ISBN: 9780310720874

Young readers will understand the real meaning behind Easter in this addition to the Living Lights™ series of Berenstain Bears books. Children will discover that Easter is more than candy and egg hunts as they read about the Bear cubs at Sunday school learning about Jesus’ resurrection and salvation.
Discliamer: I received an free copy though Zonderkids by request and though Harpercollins. My review is an honest review.
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Are you a Berenstain Bears fan? There is a book that is for your children to read if they have not read it yet. If you are looking for a book about the meaning of Easter? The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story is worth it.

It will tell the story of Easter and Jesus' resurrection so that young children can learn and understand the story. It is easy for children to learn about the bible story of what happens to Jesus and why we celebrate Easter.

The pictures are colorful and bright. The story happens told through a play to the bear cubs and students at the Sunday school. Easter candy is not everything for why Easter is so important. These acts remain shown throughout the book.

Parents would add this book to their collection of books for their children. Your child or children should have this book added to your child's bookshelves or collection of The Berenstain Bears. The book can be carried out and read to young children before Easter. Children can then bring up the topic or ask questions about how Jesus has risen and why we celebrate Easter. Why is it such a Holy day for Christians?

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March 27, 2021

Book Review: 'Twas the Morning of Easter

Book Title:
'Twas the Morning of Easter
Author:
Genres: Easter, Holiday, Picture Books, Children, Poetry,
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publisher Date: February 2, 2021 (32 Pages, Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780310769064
A follow-up to the popular ’Twas the Evening of Christmas from beloved author Glenys Nellist. ’Twas the Morning of Easter tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way, with a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children will love, following the pattern of Clement Moore’s iconic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Glenys Nellist, beloved author of the bestselling ’Twas the Evening of Christmas, reveals the joy and beauty of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh, inspiring way in ’Twas the Morning of Easter. Using the classic cadence of Clement Moore’s iconic poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” this gorgeous picture book shares the true story of Easter with little ones with read-aloud rhymes and engaging illustrations by Elena Selivanova. With an eye-catching cover decorated in shining foil and embossing, this book is perfect for any Easter basket and sure to be a treasured Easter tradition for years to come.

’Twas the Morning of Easter excerpt:

’Twas the morning of Easter, before the sun rose, Two guards on a hillside were trying to doze. Now Jesus had died, only three days before, A huge stone was in place, sealed over the door.

’Twas the Morning of Easter:


Is written by Glenys Nellist, author of the beloved The Wonder That Is You, and the Snuggle Time and Love Letters from God series
Is told in the style of Clement Moore’s iconic poem—“’Twas the Night before Christmas”
Retells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way
Features a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children ages 4-8 will love
Brings the resurrection story to life through Elena Selivanova’s beautiful, rich illustrations
Is the perfect way for adults to share the powerful story of Easter with the little ones in their lives
Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though Zonderkids for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Are you a fan of the classic book called "'Twas Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore? The style implies it applied in this book called "'Twas the Morning of Easter." It is quite enjoyable; It sees the rhyming of the poem throughout the book. My rating is four and a half stars (Moons). I am curious about how the first book called "'Twas the Evening of Christmas" is done. I would love to read that one.

It is a neat way to do the story of Jesus' resurrection; It a book that will have children interacting with it or continuing to read every year. The could become a new Easter tradition by having this book read either the night before Easter, even a few days before, on the morning of Easter.

Children and grandchildren can see a fresh and new way to see Jesus' resurrection through this book. The poem style is down wonderfully. I enjoyed reading it this way. Not too hard to understand and is enjoyable. I have not found a better way to read the resurrection of Jesus as completing and knowledge as this book.

The pictures do it the story well. Children and adults will treasure this book and want to read it year after year—it an excellent book to start a new tradition with family. Grandparents and parents can read this to their children and youngsters. Children may even understand the meaning of Easter better than before.


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March 19, 2021

Book Review: The Robin's Greeting

Book Title:
The Robin's Greeting
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Genres: Amish, Amish Fiction, Mystery, Christian Fiction
Series: Amish Greenhouse Mystery #3
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Publisher Date: March 1 , 2021 (320 Pages, Paperback)
A Season of Hope Is Coming 

For the past two years Belinda King, along with her two grown daughters and teenage son, has been struggling to keep the family greenhouse running. Despite disconcerting events that have threatened to put them out of business, they have survived two growing seasons. And now Belinda can focus on the two suitors vying for her attention. Herschel Fisher, a new acquaintance, makes her feel relaxed, and Monroe Esh, an admirer from her past, reminds her of her youth.

But just when Belinda thinks she can choose between her suitors, life throws more trials her way. Her son, Henry, becomes bitter about the idea of her dating anyone. Her daughter-in-law finds her missing mother. Belinda gets sick. And attacks on the greenhouse start again.

When can Belinda hope to experience the peace and love her weary heart longs for?
Declaimer: I received a free Copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. My opinions of this book are my own.
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The Robin's Greeting is another beautiful story. It continues the King Family's story and how they get past the loss of their three love ones. This book focuses on Belinda and her two suitors. But there seems that there is more to the mystery of who is vandalizing the greenhouse.

There are quite some events that happen for Belinda's two grown daughters. Henry still seems to be grieving the loss of this father and older brother and brother-in-law Toby. But will he find some happiness in this life?

Michelle and her husband seem to come down to spend time with his family. Will Michelle find her mother? There seem to be complete surprises at every turn. Virginia seems pretty upset with her neighbors that live across the street. Will the Martin's ever warm up to the Kings or the Amish?

Virginia seems lonely and upset to be still living in the Amish country. Is there a reason for the Martins to have gotten the house next door and close the greenhouse? Who could be the one that is vandalizing the greenhouse and making Henry go looking for the person responsible for all the attacks on the King's greenhouse? Oh, how this ends and surprises at the end.

Suppose you want to find out how Michelle becomes Belinda King's daughter-in-law. How she became Amish, you should read "The Prayer Jars" series. Its first book is called "The Hope Jar." I have reviewed each one of these books.

Wanda does it again with this book. This series is just as good as "The Prayer Jars." I enjoyed each one of these books in this series, "Amish Greenhouse Mystery." Will they solve the mystery that is going on at their greenhouse? What up with Maude coming to the greenhouse and up to the King's place? I enjoyed the titles of each of these books as well.

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March 11, 2021

Book Review: The Moonlight School

Book Title:
The Moonlight School
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Adult Fiction, illiteracy, Fiction
Publisher: Revell Reads
Publisher Date: February 2, 2021 (320 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 9780800735012
Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.

Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?

As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn't expected: love.

Inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, this standalone novel from bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously. You'll finish the last page of this enthralling story with deep gratitude for the gift of reading.
Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though Revell Reads for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Are you looking for a book that is based on illiteracy? This book called "The Moonlight School" is about that, and a little mystery is popped in as well. It seems like this is mostly about the mountain people that are in Rowan County.


This book has a few main characters, Cora Wilson, Lucy Wilson, Angie Copper, and Finley James. One other one's name is Brother Watt. The author pops a little romance in this book as well. However, most of this book is about learning to read and write.


Will they be able to get the folks' help in the hills to learn to read and write? Will the Moonlight School campaign be stopped in its tracks? Will Lucy find her sister, or will she accept God's answer? There seems like there is some romance going on, and will Lucy choose Andrew or Watt?


My favorite is learning about how the night schools started. I love the fact that we know about illiteracy and how it came about. This book seems to occur based on actual historical events. That seems like a good idea.


If you are a book fan, well, this is a book you may want to read, It is about books and teaching an adult to read. There is some mystery in the plot, The author wrote a perfect story plot.



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March 3, 2021

Book Tour: Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner with Giveaway

Book Title: Mickey on the Move
Author: Michelle Wagner
Genres: Children, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Special Needs, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss,
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publisher Date: February 5, 2021 (38 Pages, Hardcover)
Age Group: 3-7 year olds
ISBN: 9781645433446

In this bighearted book, the real story of a young boy with deafness in his ears is aided by his mother and teachers in navigating new school experiences. Mickey is just like everyone else, except he wears cochlear implants and has to do things just a little differently than most. This charming tale reminds us that we can all find happiness if we lean on and support each other.
Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though IreadBookTours for an honest review and for the book tour. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I found an excellent inspiring children's book about a little boy who deaf but not wholly. You wouldn't even know he seems to be like most children his age. The book is called "Mickey on the Move." I thought it was about him moving a lot. I was surprised why he had been to five different schools.

The book talks about his hard of hearing and how to go about his new school. His mom seems to help him through planning this first day of school, how his teachers support him, and his friends helping out if they can. They all seem to work for a way to help Mickey.

The book also talks about how Mickey wants to be growing up. There is a phrase that mentions throughout the book Mickey on the Move. Will one problem that his teacher brings up to his mom. Will they find a solution for the problem. Mickey can get what he needs while in school.

The pictures were done well by the author. It is about special needs kids and how to help and support them in their environment that they will need. This book is suitable for children to read and understand some deaf and hard of hearing children's needs. I would even support having this on library shelves and even school library shelves for children.

Parents can learn as well as children about hearing loss. However, that might be hard of hearing. Maybe get the child or children what they need to help them and support them. I know it is a hard thing. This author does it well.


Born and raised in Chicago, Michelle Wagner was always a very positive and outgoing woman. Her energetic love for children and zest for life was admired by everyone who knew her. Michelle is a realtor whose career background involved restaurants and always helping other people. She has dedicated time and support to charities and events to help other children with hearing loss and assist families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special needs child in a typical environment.

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March 2, 2021

Book Review: When the Twilight Breaks

Book Title:
When the Twilight Breaks
Author: Sarah Sundin
Genres: Historical Fiction,Germany, Christian Fiction, World War II, Romance, Adult Fiction, Suspense
Publisher: Revell Reads
Publisher Date: February 2, 2021 (384 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 9780800736361
Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country--or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she'll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed--and wake up the folks back home.

In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party--to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind.

This electric standalone novel from fan-favorite Sarah Sundin puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.
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Are you looking for a book about German society before America entered World War Two? This book shows that through the eyes of an American reporter and an American student-professor studying languages. We are brought together with these two with Germany and its antisemitic laws.

Hitler is doing something that I genuinely hope the US will not allow happening in today's world. We see what is happening with the Jews in Germany. The book starts to get more interesting when Evelyn finds a false passport and needs to escape Germany.

This book takes the two of them on an adventure through Germany and into France. Will they get home and safe? Who wants Peter and Evelyn dead? Why? We see what happens to the citizens of Germany and how the laws are denoting restricted under Hitler?

Will Peter and Evelyn's friends help them out by hiding them. Why is Evelyn so afraid to be with Peter and possibly be with him. There a surprise how this ends. The story plot is excellent and enjoyable.


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