Reviews by teacherreader44
On 9/20 teacherreader44 wrote: “One Christmas Bear” by Anne Vittur Kennedy: an adorably written and illustrated cardboard book for kids ages 1-3. A friendly polar bear, on a background of Wintery glitter, greets kids on the cover, and they can follow him through each page as he joins his Winter friends. The Christmas Bear “finds ... One Christmas Bear by Anne Vittur Kennedy
On 9/13 teacherreader44 wrote: I love everything about this devotional book! Diane Stortz, author, and Diane Le Feyer, illustrator, have put together a gem to be used by multigenerations for years to come. I AM Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God is a book I look forward to reading with my children.To begin with, the ... I Am Devotional by Diane Stortz
On 7/25 teacherreader44 wrote: “Bless Our Gramps & Gran” by Mike Berenstain teaches Brother, Sister, Honey, and readers about a little-known holiday that celebrates their beloved and important grandparents. This book is among my favorites of the “Living Lights” series because it’s more thorough than some of the others. ... “Bless Our Gramps & Gran” by Mike Berenstain
On 6/30 teacherreader44 wrote: Thank you, Gary Thomas, for putting my thoughts, doubts, fears, and feelings into words wrapped in truth, encouragement, and purpose.Thomas’ Cherish transformed my thoughts toward my marriage. So, when I saw this devotional: Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples, I ... Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples
On 4/11 teacherreader44 wrote: The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection by Jan and Mike Berenstain contains five books: “Perfect Fishing Spot,” “Reap the Harvest,” “Faithful Friends,” “Kindness Counts,” and “God Made You Special.” As always, the stories focus on important life lessons for kids—appropriate ... The Berenstain Bears Friendship Blessings Collection by Jan and Mike Berenstain contains five books: “Perfect Fishing Spot,” “Reap the Harvest,” “Faithful Friends,” “Kindness Counts,” and “God Made You Special.”
On 4/3 teacherreader44 wrote: Just like Amy Parker and Rosalinda Kightley’s “Thank you, God, for Grandma,” their book “Thank you, God, for Grandpa,” is a delightful picture book celebrating the bonds between grandpas and grandchildren. Grandpa gorilla is shadowed by a girl and a boy who are enthralled with all of his grandpa ... "Thank you, God, for Grandpa"
On 3/13 teacherreader44 wrote: Grandmas are a blessing (and so are grandchildren, so I’m told!), and this book, “Thank you, God, for Grandma” by Amy Parker and illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley is a colorful adventure to show kids how much fun their grandmas are. The book reads as a sweet poem—each of the page spreads carries ... Grandmas are a blessing (and so are grandchildren, so I’m told!), and this book, “Thank you, God, for Grandma” by Amy Parker and illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley is a colorful adventure to show kids how much fun their grandmas are.
On 2/25 teacherreader44 wrote: I haven’t read many books about marriage, but of the few I have read, this is the best, and it’s different. In their wedding vows, brides and grooms promise to cherish each other. But what does that mean? Gary Thomas, in his book Cherish: The One Word that Changes Everything for Your Marriage, shows ... I haven’t read many books about marriage,
On 1/20 teacherreader44 wrote: Devotions for Easter by Stacy J. Edwards: a vibrantly illustrated collection of Bible verses and personal stories to indulge in at Eastertime. The book is organized into 40 reading Days: Day 2: At the Easter Parade, Day 12: Coloring Eggs, Day 32: The Empty Tomb, etc. Each Day includes a Bible verse followed ... Devotions for Easter by Stacy J. Edwards
On 12/31 teacherreader44 wrote: Follow a traceable toucan across each page of the board book “God Made You Nose to Toes” by Leslie Parrott and illustrated by Estelle Corke, and teach little ones that God made each part of them. Sunny images attract the eyes and hands of babies as they reach out to touch the pink flowers and Toucan’s ... a satisfying read
On 12/12 teacherreader44 wrote: This book, “The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness” by Rick Warren and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson, exudes an aura of gentleness. The cover features a girl, head bowed, feeding birds seeds from her hands. The hardcover book opens to a dozen two-page spreads with large, detailed ... "The Lord’s Prayer: Words of Hope and Happiness” by Rick Warren and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson
On 11/13 teacherreader44 wrote: How are believers of moral absolutes supposed to thrive in a contaminated and crumbling culture of relativism? Some people choose to compromise. Others choose to condone, and still others to condemn. Daniel, however, courageously chose to confront the corrupt culture of Babylon. The Daniel Code: Living ... How are believers of moral absolutes supposed to thrive in a contaminated and crumbling culture of relativism?
On 10/18 teacherreader44 wrote: Devotions for Christmas: a celebration to bring you joy and peace published by Zondervan is a beautiful book to hold, read, and ponder. The book is a small, easily held hardcover decorated with majestic, festive gold and silver snowflakes. Within this holiday delight is a devotion for each day ... A festive delight
On 10/12 teacherreader44 wrote: Every Christmas season, children’s authors produce new illustrations and descriptions of the Christmas story. Usually the stories include a donkey, travelling, stars, sheep, and the usual characters. Mary Engelbreit’s new book “A Night of Great Joy” also includes these classic aspects, but her ... Every Christmas season, children’s authors produce new illustrations and descriptions of the Christmas story.
On 9/24 teacherreader44 wrote: I know that the autumn leaves are just beginning to fall . . . but if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a little one this season, this book may be a good one. “One Small Donkey” is a Christmas story written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens. Inspired by Mackall’s ... I know that the autumn leaves are just beginning to fall . . . but if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a little one this season, this book may be a good one.
On 9/17 teacherreader44 wrote: I need to have a kid over so that we can use “The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with An Adult” by Mike Berenstain!This children’s book is just what the title suggests: a cookbook for adult bears and cubs to use together. Kids ages 3-12 will likely use this book the ... “The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with An Adult” by Mike Berenstain
On 8/23 teacherreader44 wrote: If you’re looking for a vibrant, colorful, happy book about Fall, this is the book for you. The cardboard pages, cut out in the shape of a turkey, are sure to grab kids’ attention. Not only is this a storybook, it’s also a counting book. On page one the reader is introduced to one turkey ... “One Big Turkey” written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy
On 7/19 teacherreader44 wrote: This puffy Precious Moments board book "Happy Harvest" written by Jean Fischer will endear children to the delights of fall. Most appropriate for kids ages 0-5, this book highlights Autumn activities: going to school, apple picking, Thanksgiving, football, camping, hayrides, etc. Each page spread ... Happy Harvest by Jean Fischer
On 7/13 teacherreader44 wrote: The 300-page book Life is Better at the Beach: Inspiration for Living Each Day Like You’re at the Beach written by Christina Vinson exudes an aroma of peace and contentment. The book is intended to be a gift book: the first page is devoted to writing TO: and FROM: for the receiver. Each of the fifteen ... Life is Better at the Beach by Christina Vinson
On 7/8 teacherreader44 wrote: “Night Night, Farm” by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn is a medium-sized, puffy-covered board book for ages infant to toddler.The story is about farm animals getting ready for and going to bed – the piggies have to bathe,the calf gets a lullaby, a little foal (especially cute in green ... “Night Night, Farm” by Amy Parker
On 6/26 teacherreader44 wrote: I’m addicted to Berenstain Bear books. So of course when I saw Jan and Mike Berenstain’s “The Berenstain Bears’ Caring and Sharing Treasury,” I wanted to read it. The collection contains five books. All of the books are faith stories and part of the “Living Lights” series.The first book, ... "The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury" by Jan and Mike Berenstain
On 6/20 teacherreader44 wrote: “School Time Blessings” by Mike Berenstain teaches children about casting their anxieties on the Lord. I recently cuddled up on the couch with my four-year-old niece, and we read stories. We started with “No Girls Allowed” by Stan and Jan Berenstain – a Berenstain Bear book from my childhood. ... "School Time Blessings" by Mike Berenstain
On 6/12 teacherreader44 wrote: “Great Stories of the Bible” from the Zonderkidz I Can Read! Adventure Bible Series, with pictures by David Miles, is accessible, Biblically accurate, and vibrantly illustrated. This book is in the Level 2 category of the I Can Read series. Level 2 is defined as “High-interest stories for developing ... Great Stories of the Bible illustrated by David Miles
On 5/6 teacherreader44 wrote: Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, & Soul by Ruth Soukup is a well-organized, relatable, friendly book about just what the title claims it is.Soukup divides her tips into three categories: Home, Mind, and Soul. Within each she covers topics such as battling the storage advertisements, how to ... Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, & Soul
On 4/17 teacherreader44 wrote: Breaking Busy: How to find peace and purpose in a world of crazy by Alli Worthington is a quick-reading, 10-chapter book that teaches readers how to shun the world’s call of busyness by identifying their true calling, turning to God for contentment and purpose, and evaluating what matters in ... Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington
On 4/5 teacherreader44 wrote: Suzi Johnson’s book is a collection of tidbits about how to live the best lives we can. She presents a collection of life stories, mantras, scripture lessons, and self-help/motivational excerpts. The book is divided into three parts—each part containing the type of material as listed above. Suzi’s ... Enlarge my Territory? Bring it on! by Suzi Johnson
On 4/2 teacherreader44 wrote: The Zonderkidz I Can Read! books are consistently well written and illustrated. “Paul Meets Jesus” is not an exception. This story is in Level 2 of the I Can Read! series, which is for kids “reading with help.” Probably kids ages 4-6. The story is about Paul meeting Jesus and changing from ... Paul Meets Jesus - a Zonderkidz story
On 3/19 teacherreader44 wrote: “Elijah, God’s Mighty Prophet” from the Zonderkidz I Can Read! Adventure Bible Series, with pictures by David Miles, is an animatedly illustrated, clear, complete story for kids. This story is in the Level 2 category of the I Can Read series. Level 2 is defined as “High-interest stories ... "Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet" illustrations by David Miles
On 3/17 teacherreader44 wrote: This is a daily devotional written for women. The devotions for each month follow a specific theme (January: New Beginnings, May: God’s Provision, October: Developing Character, etc.). Grodecki wants her female audience to see their worth in Christ and to dwell in the possibilities and the best life ... God's Beloved Daughters by Merrilynn Grodecki
On 3/11 teacherreader44 wrote: “Mother’s Day Blessings” by Mike Berenstain is a sweet tribute to mama bears. The cubs are excited to present Mama with a surprise for Mother’s Day—they plan to take her out to eat after church. On their way to church, the cubs learn that all children think their mothers are the most special. ... "Mother's Day Blessings" by Mike Berenstain
On 3/2 teacherreader44 wrote: “Angels in the Bible Storybook” is a beautifully written and illustrated gem. The small, hard cover book has sturdy, full-color pages that are plastered with vibrant, detailed, colorful pictures and designs. The book is separated into two sections: the Old and New Testaments. Each section has ... "Angels in the Bible Storybook" written by Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alida Massari
On 2/20 teacherreader44 wrote: The James Code by O.S. Hawkins has 52 chapters—each chapter focusing on verses and insight from the Book of James. Hawkins begins by telling his readers that James doesn’t write about faith and works but about a faith that works. Each chapter is titled and is followed by a passage from James. Hawkins ... The James Code by O.S. Hawkins has 52 chapters—each chapter focusing on verses and insight from the Book of James
On 1/18 teacherreader44 wrote: Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed through the Stories Jesus Told by John MacArthur intellectually enlightens readers of the history and meanings of Jesus’ parables. MacArthur examines twelve of Jesus’ parables. He gives complete context of the characters and time period. He includes ... MacArthur’s expertise easily opened my eyes to many facts
On 12/19 teacherreader44 wrote: The Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury is a 191-page, padded, hardcover book designed to be part of a “comforting bedtime routine” for little toddlers and children. Divided into three sections, 1. God Is Trustworthy, 2. God Is Good, and 3. God Is Love, it includes soothing stories ... Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury
On 11/29 teacherreader44 wrote: The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs by Andrew Gant is a fact-filled, historical account of today’s favorite carols. Gant skillfully reveals the evolution of 21 of today’s popularly sung Christmas carols. He informs readers of the ... The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs by Andrew Gant
On 10/28 teacherreader44 wrote: The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas by Jan and Mike Berenstain is a simple, fast-paced, but thorough telling of the Christmas story. Papa Bear sits down with his kids on Christmas Eve to read them a story, and they ask for the “story of the very first Christmas” from their storybook ... The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas by Jan and Mike Berenstain
On 10/21 teacherreader44 wrote: 52 Little Lessons from a Christmas Carol by Bob Welch pleases its readers by captivating them once again with Scrooge’s story and prodding them to shun their inner Scrooge of Christmas Eve and unleash the benevolent Scrooge of Christmas Day. Each chapter is a lesson: “See life as a child,” “Everyone ... 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol by Bob Welch
On 9/4 teacherreader44 wrote: The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain showcases the fullness of Fall: family, food, functions, and more. Papa and Mama proclaim their delight in Fall and show the cubs all of its wonders. Papa rakes piles of leaves for the cubs; they watch caterpillars spinning cocoons, turkeys strutting, ... Fabulous Fall
On 7/26 teacherreader44 wrote: “The Berenstein Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones” by Jan and Mike Berenstein is a happy, thorough collection of Bible stories well-tailored for little ones. This little Storybook Bible has cardboard pages and is easy for kids to hold and touch. It’s tailored for kids ages 0-3. The stories ... “The Berenstein Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones” by Jan and Mike Berenstein is a happy, thorough collection of Bible stories well-tailored for little ones.
On 7/8 teacherreader44 wrote: This children’s book for toddlers is a thick, durable, easy-to-hold cardboard book in which the vivid, happy pictures will attract kids and prompt them to turn the pages. The purpose of the book is to let kids know that Jesus loves them, that He knows everything about them, that He created them, that ... Great tool for parents and a gem for kids
On 6/12 teacherreader44 wrote: “The Day is Waiting” written by Linda Zuckerman and illustrated by Don Freeman is a delightful story that urges readers to turn the pages, go out and see, and return to a loving home. In this children’s book, best for ages 3-6, the reader is the character in the book who goes out on adventures. ... Urges readers to turn the pages
On 6/5 teacherreader44 wrote: “Brave Queen Esther” from the Zonderkidz I Can Read! Adventure Bible Series, with pictures by David Miles, is a succinct, engaging, productive read for kids. This story is in the Level 2 category of the I Can Read series. Level 2 is defined as “High-interest stories for developing readers.” ... A thorough telling of the story
On 5/23 teacherreader44 wrote: Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends didn’t make me snort laugh or appreciate sci-fi references (sorry, Melanie), but it did make feel as though I know the author as a friend and appreciate her as a woman enough to call her by her first name. Melanie’s words help ... Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends didn’t make me snort laugh or appreciate sci-fi references (sorry, Melanie), but it did make feel as though I know the author as a friend and appreciate her as a woman enough to call her by her first name.
On 4/30 teacherreader44 wrote: “God Bless Our Country” by Mike Berenstain teaches Brother and Sister and readers about the birth of America and the Fourth of July birthday celebration. This children’s book is primarily for children in kindergarten, as they are the ones who would not be familiar with Fourth of July celebrations. ... Another invigorating tale from Bear Country!
On 4/12 teacherreader44 wrote: God’s Story in 66 Verses by Stan Guthrie tells the Bible’s story in easily digestible bits. Guthrie pulls one verse out of each chapter of the Bible and uses that verse to tell the story of that book. For example, Chapter 1 is titled “Genesis 15:6: He believed the Lord, and he counted it to him ... God’s Story in 66 Verses by Stan Guthrie tells the Bible’s story in easily digestible bits.
On 2/8 teacherreader44 wrote: John C. Maxwell’s The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs is just what the title promises it to be. Maxwell tells readers that he has taken many ideas from his other books (and some new ideas) and compiled them into this handbook. He recommends that this book be read thoroughly ... Just what the title suggests
On 1/19 teacherreader44 wrote: “The Biggest Brag” by Mike Berenstain captures Brother and Sister in the midst of a sibling rivalry where outdoing one another is their principal pastime. This children’s book could be enjoyed by children of all ages. After boasting and bragging and trying to outdo each other with grades, sports, ... Another lesson learned in Bear Country
On 12/21 teacherreader44 wrote: From this Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage by Craig and Amy Groeschel is what readers would expect: a real, slightly sappy, and slightly comical, book of advice about marriage. Craig Groeschel writes the chapters and leaves Amy a few pages at the end of each to insert a woman’s ... A real, slightly sappy, and slightly comical, book of advice about marriage.
On 11/3 teacherreader44 wrote: The First Christmas Ever illustrated by Dennis Jones delivers the happiness that the cover art suggests that it will. The highlight of this children’s book, as hinted by the fact that an illustrator but no author is listed for the book, is the artwork. It is the story of Baby Jesus. The story begins ... Delivers what the cover suggests!
On 10/21 teacherreader44 wrote: Joseph Dilip’s Kidnapped by the Taliban is a thorough account of a man’s kidnapping, rescue, and discovery. Joseph tells about his background. He respected his parents and has a strong sense of family instilled in him. He tells about his passion for service, his education, his medical mission in ... A thorough account of a man’s kidnapping, rescue, and discovery
On 10/4 teacherreader44 wrote: The NIV Once-a-Day Bible for Women has an appealing cover. This is a daily study Bible. The Bible is designed to be read in 365 days. Each day’s reading includes scripture from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Psalms or Proverbs. Also included in each day’s reading is a devotional intended, ... Not user friendly.
On 9/20 teacherreader44 wrote: “Get to Know King David” by Nancy I. Sanders is a colorful, interesting, and educational book. This children’s book seems to be appropriate for kids as young as age six. It is a chapter book: Sanders organizes her book into twelve chapters that span David’s life beginning with chapter 1 “A ... “Get to Know King David” by Nancy I. Sanders is a colorful, interesting, and educational book.
On 8/31 teacherreader44 wrote: “Blessed are the Peacemakers” by Mike Berenstain is another happy, satisfying story from Bear Country. Not surprisingly, the antagonists in this tale are Too-Tall and his gang, who target cubs unlike them – especially Ferdy Factual and his friends. Surprisingly, Queenie McBear (of Too-Tall’s ... Another treasured tale from Bear Country!
On 8/24 teacherreader44 wrote: Carol Cook’s Bathsheba Bathed in Grace tells the stories of eight Bible women. Each chapter is about a different woman: The book tells the stories of Bathsheba, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Tamar, and Eve. Each woman has a story that reveals some darkness: deception, lack of faith, misunderstanding, ... Interesting for a bit, but then predictable.
On 8/6 teacherreader44 wrote: A.J. Foltz’s The Jeremiah Project Part 1: The Scrapbook serves as a basic introduction to the book of Jeremiah. Each chapter (the book covers Jeremiah 1-10) includes a Prelude, a Chapter Study, a Tag-A-Long, and a Scrapbook Page. The Preludes connect general life experiences to the content in the ... A basic introduction to Jeremiah
On 6/1 teacherreader44 wrote: Joseph M. Stowell’s Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders offers a gentle and compelling reminder of the importance of leading as Christ led – humbly and modestly. Immediately, Stowell establishes the difference between outcome-driven leaders and character-driven leaders ... An unpretentious and gracious guide to leading as a follower of The Leader.
On 5/4 teacherreader44 wrote: Myquillyn Smith’s The Nesting Place is a crisp, creative, and entertaining read. Within the pages of Smith’s book readers are challenged to be at one with their space – with their home – whether the building their home currently resides in is a shoddy rental, an unshapely apartment, an empty ... A crips, creative, entertaining read
On 4/13 teacherreader44 wrote: If read from the perspective given in the introduction – that this book is a gift to the author’s children – it is tolerable. It reads as an autobiography and displays anything but humility from the author. As promised on the cover of his book, Hewitt addresses seven gifts and seven givers. Each ... Reading a list of the gifts is sufficient
On 3/3 teacherreader44 wrote: Van Moody’s The People Factor is everything the cover suggests it is – efficient, honest, and interesting. Moody addresses the many types of relationships that people have and confidently but strategically and carefully teaches why some relationships hold us back and others propel us. While giving ... Intelligent and Easily Digestible
On 1/20 teacherreader44 wrote: If nothing else, Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue by David J. Bobb compels the reader to thoughtfully deliberate the definition and effects of humility. Immediately, Bobb intentionally dismisses any “sissy” definitions of humility and highlights its strengths. He writes, ... Compels the reader to thoughtfully deliberate the definition and effects of humility
On 11/23 teacherreader44 wrote: Once-a-day Country Faith compiled by Deborah Evans Price is a compilation of 56 country music stars sharing thoughts on their favorite passages of Scripture. The page design and artistry of the book is beautiful. Each entry is accompanied by a crisp, creative photograph of the artist. Along with the ... Striking design and some insightful reflections
On 11/3 teacherreader44 wrote: Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis is the straightforward and effective guide it promises to be. Davis walks his readers through the steps that will lead them to being powerful public communicators. His format is manageable for beginners and is a concise review for readers who need a reminder ... A Useful Resource
On 9/8 teacherreader44 wrote: American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence by Jane Hampton Cook is an accessible, entertaining, and informative narrative. The early 1800s – years of cultivation and characterization for the United States – are told through the ... Entertaining and Educational
On 6/12 teacherreader44 wrote: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Erin MacPherson is an accessible, digestible helper for moms. With humor, style, and Christian poise, MacPherson engages moms (and moms-to-be) in a personal dialogue about what the first year of child-rearing entails. MacPherson knows the emotional ... A poised, real, and stylish guide for moms
On 3/31 teacherreader44 wrote: The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby by Erin MacPherson is a step-by-step guide to what a mom (and even a dad) should expect during pregnancy. Erin covers every detail - from an overview of each trimester, to who to call for advice, to what to shop for, to how to exercise. Included throughout ... An engagin, honest guide
On 3/13 teacherreader44 wrote: Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice by David Teems Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice is a compelling biography of Tyndale’s time translating the Bible into English. Teems’ sense of humor and authentic tone swiftly propel this biography. Teems creates a hero out of the martyr. ... A Man Worthy of Review
On 8/26 teacherreader44 wrote: Thunder Dog tells the story of Michael Hingson, who is blind, and his courageous guide dog, Roselle, as they are confronted with confusion. Hingson boldy and confidently leads the reader through the terror of the events on September 11, 2001. Hingson and Roselle come face to face with death while at ... Thunder Dog