– starting the morning

‘Wayfarers Ancients’ – starting the morning with Tot, PreK, and LG (lower grammar). 5 year old reading aloud from ‘The Beginners Bible’ while her 3 year old sister listens and their 6 month old brother is flailing at a board book copy of ‘The Beginners Bible Book of Prayers’. On other days I’ve read the same Bible story from our ‘Family Reading Bible’. In the next time through Wayfarers Ancients we will use the ‘Egermeier’s Bible Story Book’. I partially want to read it now. But with AppleBlossom (5) reading basic stuff now as she does well in her phonics it makes more sense to have her read something on her level. After all another four years she’ll be 9 and Egermeier’s definitely works then. And I’ll have the Toddlers version of that to go along then as well! And now back to reality. He’s six month old today!!

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Peace on Earth, a Christmas Collection by Mary Engelbreit

A Christmas collection from bestselling and well-known illustrator Mary Engelbreit.

Mary Engelbreit’s Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection rings in the holiday with classic Christmas carols, the story of Jesus’ birth, and beloved poems that celebrate the season with her beloved and engaging illustrations.

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The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”

Matthew 5:9

In this new Berenstain Bears 8×8 book, Blessed are the Peacemakers, Brother and Sister have a wide circle of friends at Bear Country School and they get along with pretty much everyone. But not all their friends get along with each other. Too Tall and his bullying gang, for instance, are often in conflict with Cousin Fred, Ferdy Factual, and their friends. So what happens when the cubs all need to work together on the annual school play? Brother and Sister have to decide whether they should “mind their own business” or get involved as peacemakers and try to calm the troubled waters.

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The Berenstain Bears Do Not Fear, God is Near

In The Berenstain Bears Do Not Fear, God Is Near, the newest Berenstain Bears® Living Lights™ Level One I Can Read, follow Sister as she learns that there really is not anything to fear when you remember God is at your side.

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Jackson Jones {Preview}

Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, an Elf, and a Very Stinky Fish by Jenn Kelly illustrated by: Ariane Elsammak Genre: Christian Juvenile Fiction Pages: 272 Trade Paperback Date Published: August 6, 2010 Publisher: Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan *Thanks to Pam Mettler of Zonderkidz for providing an ARC for review through FIRST Wild Card Tours.* You never know when I might play a wild card on you! ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jenn Kelly lives in Ottawa, Canada, but her heart lives in Paris. Or Hawaii. She hasn’t decided yet. She is an undercover garden guru, painter, and chef, which has absolute nothing to do with this book. She won a writing award in grade 4, failed English Lit in university, spent many years writing bad poetry, and then decided to write a book. This is it. She is married to her best friend, Danny, and is mom to a. . .

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The Skin You’re In by Nancy Rue {Preview}

Now that you’re not a little girl anymore you’d love to move beyond cheap lip gloss into the high-fashion world of smudge-proof lipstick, lash-lengthening mascara, and that flirty eye shadow advertised in magazines—because that’s what it takes to be beautiful these days, right? Hang on a sec! One step at a time. In this book you’ll learn not only how to wield those makeup brushes but also how to take care of yourself as you change, from keeping your skin and hair glowing and healthy to finding your own unique style. And you’ll get in on the BIG secret: that true beauty is revealed as you grow closer to God and learn to wow the world by just being you.

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Jesus and the Children {Preview}

Jesus and the Children by Andrew McDonough Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Christian/Early Readers Pages: 32 Date Published: January 15, 2010 Publisher: ZonderKidz, a division of Zondervan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read my Review from June 3rd. ***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Andrew is the creator, writer, and illustrator of the Lost Sheep series. Way back in 1989 as a young Bible college student, Andrew was asked to give the dreaded “children’s talk” at a large church. Andrew possessed one talent: he could draw sheep. He bought some overhead projector sheets and drew up the story of Cecil and the Lost Sheep. T he congregation loved it, so Andrew continued to draw stories to use with kids and adults. Other students, pastors, and teachers started borrowing the stories. Product Details: List Price: $4.99 Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 32 pages. . .

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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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