Parenting: Not What I Expected
After all that rain and cool temperatures, it’s finally feeling like
summer! School is nearly out!
My three children will be home with me all summer. We’r...
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Your Choice Giveaway! Two Books!
Today I am excited to let you choose a couple of books for our giveaway. I hope you are enjoying the celebration week! Don't forget to check out the other giveaways, too!
I have really enjoyed working with the folks at Zonderkidz to review books. Of course, we've purchased plenty of their titles and have even received some as gifts. Even if you don't have children of your own, these would make a great gift!!
One of my all-time favorite children's Bibles belongs in every home. It is the Jesus Storybook Bible. It's written by Sally Loyd-Jones. The reason I love this Bible is because every story points to Jesus. The only thing that could make this children's Bible better would be more stories!! You can read my review here, (and the Bible was NOT provided for review purposes).
Now, quite honestly, I am not a huge fan of all the princess stuff that is available (sometimes in-your-face-style) for my daughter. However, we do pretend play, and that includes princess-type play. I was actually impressed with the Princess Parables books that were sent to us. The focus is NOT on the princesses, though. Each of these books shares a different tale similar to the parables that Jesus told. Included in each book is also the actual Scripture and story that Jesus told making it even easier for children to understand how the Princess Parable is similar to the Jesus Parable. These books are written by Jacqueline Johnson and illustrated by Jeanna Young.
Princess Grace and the Little Lost Kitten tells the tale of how Grace finds a litter of kittens. After vowing to care for them, one of the kittens becomes lost. Just as Jesus told of the shepherd leaving the other sheep behind, Princess Grace does all she can to find that lost kitten.
In Princess Joy's Birthday Blessing, the sisters plan a surprise birthday party for Joy. Unfortunately, none of the princes and princesses can come to the party. When Joy learns this, she wants to invite all the ordinary children of the village to the party...and she is indeed, blessed!
I did notice that in both of these books, though the princesses are blessed to be daughters of the king, there is no mention of the queen. (Maybe this is to keep our focus on God? I'm not sure. But it was very noticeable to me.) Overall, I do like the cute illustrations, however, in Princess Joy, there is an illustration of a long line of children who are coming to the party. It clearly shows the first ten or so children. The rest of the children in line (less than ten children) are shown as gray silhouettes. Though children may not notice this, I found it to be distracting in these colorful pictures!
Princesses are not for everyone, especially boys. However, even my daughter thinks knights are worthy of her attention! Karen Kingsbury has a new picture book out called Brave Young Knight. It's the tale of a young knight who is smart, strong, and fast. However, in the king's competition, he gets beat every time by the other knights because he plays by the rules. In the end, his honesty is rewarded. I love everything about this book, and my daughter requests it often. It's illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard.
Zonderkidz is offering one Live, Learn, Love reader their choice of TWO of these titles! I definitely recommend all and any of them!
Just leave a comment below telling me which two titles you would choose if you are the winner! Make sure I have a way to contact you through email or your blogger profile.
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