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The Thorn Bearer (Penned in Time) by Pepper D. Basham

The Thorn Bearer

Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. Last fall you may have seen other bloggers on the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance participate in a blog tour for the first in a long-awaited novel from author Pepper D. Basham. I signed up for the tour, but through a glitch it was an extended period of time before I got my hands on a copy of the book, but at long last it arrived. (You can also get it on Kindle for less than $4 last I checked!) If you would like to read the first chapter of Thornbearer, go HERE. and Coming Soon!

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Another book on the girl’s shelf!

Last night AppleBlossom finished reading {aff} The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. It is the first in the Egyptian contemporary mythological godlings series (much like Percy Jackson is from his Greek series for those who are familiar with the film if not the books). We had been reading it together. She to me, and I to her. But she became impatient and at night has surpassed me by ten chapters and completed the book! She now knows what the sibling team of Carter and Sadie Kane are up to and I have to rush to catch up.

This was an odd circumstance as we have both a hardcover copy and a Kindle copy. So she’s been mostly reading on the Kindle. FYI… AppleBlossom is 6 years old, 6.5 really and working at a mostly second grade level. When she is reading on the Kindle she is un-phased by the size of a book and just wants more. The physical book being a 400+ pages thick freaks her out.

Last night she finished and asked if we owned the next book in the series, Throne of Fire. We didn’t and she was very disappointed and asked if we could buy it from the Kindle library. I told her I would see. Usually, I try to purchase books when they are $3 or less, but she was so disappointed and had just finished a huge book (for her!) by herself! So we jumped for it.

You would think it was Christmas with the excitement that, that girl carried on with such enthusiasm! Now she’s off on a new adventure. At least with it as a Kindle book, I can download it on my profile and try to catch up to her in my “free time” in the Kane Chronicles.

 

The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton {Review}

The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow

Gerry is such a fun and imaginative little girl. As a matter of fact The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl continues to be a popular review post and pin for Creative Madness Mama (Pinterest.com/CherryBlossomMJ). I have loved the entire Very Fairy Princess series and hope it continues. It is a New York Times Bestselling series! Glittery textured covers are always a plus. *grin* Here, Gerry wants to be chosen for a solo, but in her disappointment when her music teacher chooses someone else, it takes snow for the winter festival and a surprise circumstance to bring her sparkle back. Full of optimism and fun, the show must go, prepared or not!   On my wish list: View all my reviews

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The Christmas Story for Children by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, & Karen Davis Hill {Review}

The Christmas Story for Children

  I love this. Taking out the special pages from The Story for Children and enlarging and elaborating on them for the Christmas season. As long as I can remember, to me, Max Lucado has been a trusted name and source in Bible study and devotional resources. When I stumbled across The Story for Little Ones I could not be more pleased. Little Ones encompasses ages 2-5 while The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible I believe is meant for ages 4-8. This is part of a large campaign that includes all ages. The Story for Children (early elementary), The Story for Kids (later elementary), The Story Teen Edition, God’s Story Youth Edition, and then the adult books in The Story, God’s Story Your Story, and a few more. I think from what I have seen (my copy of The Story for Little Ones, God’s Story Your Story (reviewed) and a. . .

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The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas by Jan & Mike Berenstain {Review}

Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas

A Christmas story from the bestselling Berenstain Bears Living Lights series. We love Berenstain Bears, especially those in the Living Lights series from Zondervan by Mike Berenstain. These have quickly become our favorites. The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas is an 8×8 paperback perfect for a quick read during the Christmas season. As the cubs settle down with Papa to hear the story of the nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ, so to your little one can read the excitement of the cubs and learn the story as well. A good one to read again and again. It will be going in our seasonal Christmas box of books, for sure! View all my reviews

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Hillary Rodham Clinton (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

Hillary Rodham Clinton picture book

A gorgeous and inspiring picture book biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton—First Lady, senator, secretary of state, and much more.

From Michelle Markel and LeUyen Pham comes an inspiring portrait of a girl who fought to make a difference—and paved the way for women everywhere.

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Dill & Bizzy: An Odd Duck and a Strange Bird {Review}

Dill & Bizzy

View all my reviews This book is a fun work of art between two sisters. Both of their work is new to me, but I’m delighted with it now that I’ve experienced it! Dill, an extraordinary duck and a delightfully strange bird Bizzy are at the start of a friendship. This would be a great read about the time of reading such friendship reads like picture books of a Kevin Henkes vein. The colors chosen are vibrant and not of the standard picture book. I won’t hesitate to share this one with my girls. I read an ARC in September 2015.

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Girl & Gorilla: Out and About {Review}

Girl & Gorilla cover

View all my reviews Books set in an urban setting are always intriguing to me. Growing up in suburbia and rural areas I have no real knowledge about what it would be like to grow up in a city other than what I’ve read in books and seen on cartoons and movies on TV, thus I’m always intrigued to experience such stories and now to share them with my own children. Girl & Gorilla Out and About is a fun story about two friends on their way to play at the park, but it seems to be taking so long to walk there and in an attempt to pass the time they come up with all sorts of traveling games. But the fun part is that do not seem to realize they are doing so and they entertain themselves on the way there and while they’re there and then it seems. . .

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A Pig-in-a-Wig Book {Review}

Pig in a Wig #2

PigInaWigBooks.com |emmavirjan.com … A Pig in a Wig is funny and perfect as an early reader book. Building, repetition, and sequence. Friendship is the main theme and I think this one would be great for the classroom and acting out. I’m eager to share it with my budding readers. I was delighted with the first book for the new A Pig in a Wig Series and I’m just as enthusiastic about the second book if not more so. A great bedtime book, but also one for naps, or any reading practice in between. Short building phrases and animal interest keep this quirky pig in a great pile for reading practice. Head over to the Pig in a Wig site and download Activity Pages and a Curriculum Guide!

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