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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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Silver Dolphin Books in Collaboration with Smithsonian *Review & Giveaway #giftguide2014

When I say Smithsonian.. what comes to mind? Is it the great museum, perhaps you have had the blessing of visiting? The movies that showcase the great museum? I think of quality, educational, and fun! I haven't had the opportunity to visit the museum, but I know their name is very well recognized!

Through a unique collaboration between Silver Dolphin Books and the curators of this legendary museum, curious kids who are fascinated with the world around them can dive into their favorite subjects -- dinosaurs, oceans, flight and space -- with four interactive, fact-filled books and box sets. 

Perfect for the 8 and older crowd:
Smithsonian Discover: Flight  and Smithsonian Discover: Space. These books, geared for ages 8 and up, come with fun and engaging activities such as paper airplanes to fold in Flight and glow-in-the-dark star and planet stickers in SpaceEach title also includes a set of fact cards and a large fold-out poster. These deluxe, concealed spiral-bound, hardcovers are affordably priced at $16.95. 

Cards of each planet in a plastic protector

Specific information on each planet

Easy to use tabs for finding the information you are seeking.

Actual pages for folding into a variety of airplanes

Cards full of information
Just right for those 6 and older:
Smithsonian Young Explorers: Dinosaurs and Smithsonian Young Explorers: Oceans.  These playful and informative activity sets each contain a 32-page illustrated book, a poster and a 130 piece puzzle all in a handy snap shut case ($18.95 each). Each set provides the ultimate introduction to the fascinating world of dinosaurs and oceans, including the cutest sea creatures, the smallest dinosaurs, the science of the ocean movement, how the mystery of the plates of the Stegosaurus was solved and everything in between!

Beautiful collection for the younger set. The puzzle is made of strong, quality pieces. The fact book contains fact of each of the animals on the puzzle. I love how it comes with a poster of the actual puzzle. The brilliant colors and high definition illustration make this a very attractive puzzle. The Dinosaur one is just as awesome!

Enter to win this complete collection!!
Both the Smithsonian Discover Space and Flight
Both Smithsonian Young Explorers Oceans and Dinosaurs
Over $70 value!
Great for your Holiday Gift Giving!
Ends Dec 4
US Only

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