Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor

Readers will be whisked through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as they follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts. Diana Wallis Taylor combines her impeccable research with her flair for drama and romance to craft a tale worthy of legend.

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The Art of the Follower {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is:   Dag Heward-Mills   and the book:   The Art of the Follower: Using the Lessons of Jesus to Become the Follower God Wants Us to Be Carpenters Son Publishing (June 1, 2013) ***Special thanks to Rick Roberson for sending me a. . .

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Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel by Melody Carlson {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is:   Melody Carlson   and the book:   Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel B&H Books (June 1, 2013) ***Special thanks to Laurel Teague for sending me a review copy.***   ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Melody Carlson has written around 200 books. . .

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Epic Fail {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is:   Gordon Dabbs   and the book:   Epic Fail: Gaining Wisdom from Failures of Biblical Proportion Leafwood Publishers (May 1, 2013) ***Special thanks to Ryan Self for sending me a review copy.***   ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Gordon Dabbs currently pastors. . .

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Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie

In TEA TIME WITH SOPHIA GRACE AND ROSIE, the cousins plan a tea party with lots of pink, glitter, chocolate, and cotton candy. Each one is allowed to invite one guest–and they invite each other! Ultimately, the most fun part of the tea party is sitting around eating sweets and having girl talk. The book will feature photos of the girls as well as dazzling illustrations by Shelagh McNicholas. Plus, young girls will love the tips for how to host a tea party!

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Peep Leap by Elizabeth Verdick

In the hollow of a tree, higher than the eye can see . . . nine wood ducks hatch, one by one. “That’s good!” says Mama. “We’re almost done.” One last egg is very still. . . . Finally, the smallest egg hatches. Then it’s time for all the wood ducks to make the BIG jump from the tree, where their mother made her nest, to the water below. Ducklings One through Nine make the leap. But Duckling Ten isn’t so sure. This adorable counting book highlights the giant leap that wood ducks must make on their second day in the world.

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Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart

In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates in anticipation, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can’t draw her interest.

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Digger and Tom! by Sebastien Braun

Sebastien Braun follows up Toot and Pop! with Digger and Tom!, another brightly colored picture book featuring vehicles preschool kids love. Digger and Tom! is set at a construction site. Little Digger is eager to help with the work, but all the other construction vehicles are bigger and make a lot more noise. The dump truck, steam roller, steam shovel, bulldozer, crane, cement mixer, and excavator keep taking over his jobs. Children will identify with Little Digger as he struggles to find his place on the construction crew and will cheer when Digger discovers there are some jobs he can do better than anyone! Sebastien Braun’s charming illustrations show the loveable personalities of all the construction vehicles at the work site.

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That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

That Is Not a Good Idea! is a hilarious, interactive picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, the creator of books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the Knuffle Bunny series, the Elephant and Piggie series, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, and many other new classics. Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings. The funny details in the full-color illustrations by three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems will bring nonstop laughter to story time.

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Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch (I Can Read!) by James Dean

Pete the Cat is now in beginning reader format! In this cool new story, Pete makes the biggest sandwich he’s ever seen!

Pete the Cat launches into a groovy new format-My First beginning readers! In this hilarious I Can Read tale, Pete makes a sandwich so big that he has to share.

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The Three Bears ABC: An Alphabet Book by Grace Maccarone

“F is for Forest. While their porridge cooled, the bears walked in the forest, where they sniffed fragrant flowers.” The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears meets the alphabet in this fairy-tale-meets-concept-book story. Grace Maccarone cleverly alliterates Goldilocks’ tale from A to Z.

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How to Drive Your Sister Crazy (I Can Read!) by Diane Z. Shore

Bradley Harris Pinkerton knows exactly how to drive his sister, Abby, crazy. Whether she’s in the shower, or on the phone, or just trying to turn on her bedroom light, Bradley has a number of wacky schemes that are sure to make her mad…and guaranteed to make young readers laugh. With a rubber snake, some chewed-up bubble gum, and a really great hiding space, he shows just how easily it can be done.

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Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Strawberries by Maj Lindman

Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka are going wild-strawberry picking. Mother is going to pay them for every basket they gather. When they stop at a cottage along the way, they meet Mary, her baby brother, and Mary’s mother. Mary and her family are very kind, but have patches on their clothes and no milk to drink. After the girls get home and help Mother make strawberry jam, they think of a special way to spend the money they have earned.

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