Download N Go Whale Tales

Having seen the advertising for Amanda Bennett’s Download N Go studies on TOS’ website, we were excited to try one ourselves, and Whale Tales lived up to all the high expectations.  The graphics and images are beautiful and colorful enough to keep the children’s attention.  The links are wonderful and thorough bringing the lessons alive for the children.  As a child myself, I watched “The Voyage of the Mimi” on PBS.  The many videos in the study can give your children the same sense of wonder at God’s amazing creature of the whale that I remember from my early childhood.  Sadly, a deceased beached whale made the news in New York this week but my son identified it in the images as a humpback even before the broadcast did. While we don’t take a unit study approach to our homeschooling curriculum, I can see why children enjoy the approach so. . .

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Cecil & Friends: Cecil and the Lost Sheep

Cecil the Lost Sheep by Andrew McDonough Genre: Juvenile Fictino/ Christian/ Early Readers Pages: 32 Date Published: October 1, 2009 Publisher: ZonderKidz, a division of Zondervan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cecil the sheep decides to run away and quickly gets lost. When the shepherd goes searching for him and brings him back to the flock safely, they all celebrate! Kids will laugh and learn about God’s love in Cecil the Lost Sheep,based on Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15:1-7. After reading Jesus and the Children and loving The Gardener and the Vine when I found out there was a free download of Cecil the Lost Sheep I was very excited to read it as well. I read the book using a flash player as a flip book. This one was different as there were no words, just images but the story was there. I am. . .

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Cecil & Friends: The Gardener and the Vine

The Gardener and the Vine by Andrew McDonough Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Christian/Early Readers Pages: 32 Date Published: February 1, 2010 Publisher: ZonderKidz, a division of Zondervan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Basil, a small branch, meets the Gardener and learns what it means to be joined into God’s family and experience new life in Christ. Kids will see how they are part of God’s loving family in The Gardener and the Vine, based on John 15:1,5. While I enjoyed Jesus and the Children, this one is absolutely delightful. In a beautiful manner, one of my favorite sections of scripture is explained to children. A parable in images and short phrases is a perfect educational tool for showing just how much the Creator loves his creations, and what he has ultimately done for us in joining us with Jesus. This is a book recommended for ages 4-7 and for early readers. . .

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Cecil & Friends: Jesus and the Children

Jesus and the Children by Andrew McDonough Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Christian/Early Readers Pages: 32 Date Published: February 1, 2010 Publisher: ZonderKidz, a division of Zondervan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jesus’ friends get upset when a bunch of children come to see Jesus after he’s been teaching all day and is tired. Jesus rebukes his friends and invites the children to spend time with him. Kids will enjoy learning how much God loves them in Jesus and the Children based on Mark 10:13-16. Cecil and Friends from author Andrew McDonough looks like it will be a great series full of adventure and valuable scripture lessons. I think the colors and images are vibrant and there is just enough of a story to start a great Bible lesson with your child. This is recommended for ages 4-7 and for comprehension I think those ages are appropriate, yet even at 10 months. . .

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FIRST Chapter: Let’s Have a Daddy Day

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: Karen Kingsbury and the book: Let’s Have a Daddy Day Zonderkidz (April 13, 2010) ***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of ZonderKidz for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has written more than forty. . .

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Blabla Kids Schoolbook Rattles

Every once in a while you find that toy that makes you (as a mama) squeal and say “Must have!!” That is how I felt when I first saw Blabla Kids Rattles. They are too cute and I am completely in love! I was delighted to find out that Blabla Kids is located in my home town of Atlanta, Georgia and that’s only one of dozens of great things putting them in my favor. Ever since I can remember I have kept my eyes open for that cutest toy for a future child. After AppleBlossom was born that desire did not change. As a matter of fact the only thing that did change with that is that when I bought said cute toy, I no longer had a guilt of buying it for the future. (Just ask my how much yardage of fabrics I bought with lambs on it before. . .

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Dress Up Pirate Toy

Have you discovered Growing Tree Toys yet? If not, you are really missing out and should check out all of their educational toys. Thanks to Sarah at Growing Tree Toys we were sent a Dress Up Pirate Toy for review. It is one of the cutest things I have seen! It is an 18th month toy, and as AppleBlossom is just now turning eight months so does not enjoy the entirety of the toy (as much as the Enginerd does…) but so loves it already anyway.

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This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano & Illust. Mark Elliott

This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano Author Anthony DeStefano’s adult books, The Prayers God Always Says Yes ToA Travel Guide to Heaven, have sold a quarter-million copies. Illustrator Mark Elliott’s cherished artwork has appeared in popular picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s ever-popular Princess Tales series. Now, these acclaimed inspirational experts have come together to create This Little Prayer of Mine, a beautiful and alluring book designed to guide children into a very simple, real and expressive relationship with God. and Through engaging rhymes and alluring illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine shows children—and their parents and grandparents—that complete dependence on God is what brings peace and fulfillment. It invites children to know and believe that God is always just a simple prayer away and that He longs to respond to them with a resounding, “Yes!” This Little Prayer of Mine appeals to. . .

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FIRST Chapter: Dinosaurs for Kids by Ken Ham {Review}

Dinosaurs for Kids

Ken Ham loves dinosaurs! In this big book he teams a powerful Bible-based timeline of dinosaur history with eye-popping illustrations and the latest in dinosaur information! Kids will learn about dinosaur names and misnomers, what the Bible has to say about them, and what we can learn from the fossil evidence of their existence! The world of dinosaurs has never been this exciting, revealing, and simply amazing to see and explore!

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Abide with Me: Photographic and Musical Journey by John H. Parker {Review}

Abide with Me

This is a fabulous book! I could easily see this sitting out on a coffee table for years to come or a guest room bedside table for enjoyment. Also, this book is a perfect gift idea for my father. Written by John H. Parker and filled to the brim of photography by Paul Seawright, this square-shaped book is a perfect historical lesson on Christianity’s most famous British Hymns and their authors lives. Each chapter gives an oral history of the hymnist life and a photographic journey of those locations in modern day.

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