Friday, November 28, 2014

Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop with National Geographic *Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop hosted by Planet Weidknect and Leah Say's Views
Each blog is kicking off the Christmas holiday with prizes of $25 minimum value.

My Weird But True Fact-A-Day Fun Journal  ($12.99)
Life's weird sometimes! Here's a chance for Weird But True fans to keep their own personal diary about the weird and wacky world around them. For inspiration, there's a Weird But True fact a day, plus a daily place for kids to report on all the WBT stuff they observe and experience on their own 24/7. It's a year's worth of fun to enjoy, record, and remember! 

NG Kids Funny Fill-Ins:  My Ancient EgyptMy Backyard Adventure, My Safari Adventure, My Inside Earth Adventure  ($4.99 each)

Filled with color pages, great photos, fun facts and laugh-out-loud illustrations, these four books are sure to provide hours of entertainment at home, at school, or on those long Christmas Day trips to Grandma's 
house!  Each book contains over 20 activities and, once completed, make one big story about a cool backyard adventure, an exciting safari, a trip inside Earth or exploring Ancient Egypt.

NG Kids Shark Activity Sticker Book ($6.99)
Attention shark-crazy kids! Rule the ocean in this shark-tastic sticker and activity book that is packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, shark facts, and more.  
NG Kids Dinos! Sticker Activity Book ($6.99)
An exciting interactive title chock-full of the fiercest, most powerful, and most fun dinosaurs. Perfect for dino-loving kids, this book brings National Geographic Kids signature content to a sticker and activity book format that is packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games and drawing activities, all with a prehistoric theme. 

Enter to win the complete set
USA only

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Friday, November 21, 2014

44 Animals of the Bible *Review

Nancy Pelander Johnson
Illustrated by Lloyd R. Hight

One of the latest from Master Books, 44 Animals of the Bible gives your family a look at some of the great wonders found in the Bible. From Ants to Whales and everywhere in between, you can learn about each specific animal, along with a Bible reference of where that animal was found.
I think the number could have easily been doubled when I noticed some missing ones like the Donkey and Raven. Keeping the book to a reasonable size though, there is a good selection of animals included.

The illustrations are very helpful for animals we may not recognize as easily such as the pygarg or the gier.

It was fun for the kids to look up the Bible references for each animal, and even use our concordance to see if they are mentioned any other times. The Bible references are from the New King James version unless otherwise noted.

I did struggle with the Whale. It mentions the story of Jonah, and that he was swallowed by a whale, also known as a big fish. That was mentioned in the writing, but the quote from the scripture should read big fish, and instead it reads whale. I would have liked them to stay true to the scripture quote rather than inserting a different word, especially since it is not specifically noted that they changed the word in that passage. A small, perhaps insignificant thing to some I am sure, but just wanted to make note that you always want to check resources validity to that of the true word of God.

My kids are definitely animal lovers and they have really loved reading this book and discovering all of the animals that were around during Bible times, especially the ones that are still familiar today!

Be sure to check out the Moms of Master Books Facebook party for this book on November 24th! Click HERE to enter to win this and other books during the party!

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The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way *Review #Zondervan

The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way 3 books in 1 hardcover collection for only $9.99

 "Now in a convenient 3 stories in one collection, young readers will learn from the Berenstain Bears just how important it is to serve and love one another. Written in level one of the I Can Read standards, this bind-up of stories from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights I Can Read series is sure to please young, emergent readers as well as parents and grandparents looking for good quality reading that will help practice early reading skills as well as teach lessons about serving and caring for others. Included in this collection are the following titles: Faith Gets Us Through Have No Fear, God Is Near Piggy Bank Blessings"

The Berenstain Bears are reaching young kids with the love of Christ. I love how they have this series that includes a scripture verse at the end to show where they get the theme from. The Berenstain Bears have always been a great example for young children, and now they can read the stories for themselves in this I Can Read series! 3 books in 1 for more snuggle and reading time!!

Great gift giving idea to teach morals, reading, and so much more. Be sure to check out other great readers at Zonderkidz!

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