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Light Up New York

Light Up New York

On 2/20 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Girls ages 8-13 travel with twins Maddie and Mia and their little sister Lulu as they read Light Up New York. They'll visit the Statue of Liberty, tour the New York Public Library, ride a cab, and go ice skating - these Glimmer Girls always seem to wind up solving a new mystery while they explore new ... Glimmer Girls Light Up New York

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Whatever is Lovely

Whatever is Lovely

On 1/5 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Whatever is Lovely addresses loneliness, temptation to cheat or steal, bullying and so on in a very casual and non-judgemental sort of way. As you might expect in a devotional, Bible verses for every situation are introduced so the reader understands not just what the right thing to do would be, but ... Whatever is Lovely: a 90-Day Devotional Journal

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The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition

The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition

On 12/26 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Zondervan just put out a great bible! I couldn't wait to crack it open, but it was better than I expected. The Jesus Bible would make a nice baptism or other occasion gift, especially for a man who is just learning about the faith. It's grey and without any drawings, fancy lettering or other distractions. ... The Jesus Bible, NIV Version

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Prayers and Answered Prayers

Prayers and Answered Prayers

On 12/14 Happy Elf Mom wrote: I know my bitty eight-year-old girl is going to love Prayers and Answered Prayers. It's super-sparkly and glossy and smells nice. It's actually two smaller post-card sized books inside one book cover as you see in the photographs. Each little page contains something to think about. For example, one ... Prayers and Answered Prayers

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The I Factor

The I Factor

On 12/8 Happy Elf Mom wrote: "Most of the time, people remain stuck in cycles of the same problems, like a hamster on a wheel, until they finally realize that the trouble is not with their bosses, their spouses, their bank accounts, their health, or their sons and daughters. The trouble is more personal than that; it's in their ... The i-Factor Book Review

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4 Stars

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Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional

Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional

On 11/9 Happy Elf Mom wrote: I wanted to get The Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional from Tommy Nelson for my eight-year-old daughter Rose's Christmas. It's just such a cute little powder pink book with sweet girly characters that I know she'll just love it. This book is a hardcover with over 400 pages, but it's friendly and casual ... Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional

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KJV The Beginner's Bible Holy Bible

KJV The Beginner's Bible Holy Bible

On 10/7 Happy Elf Mom wrote: The Beginner's Bible (KJV) is touted as a child's first "real Bible" and marketed for ages 6-10. It has pleasant illustrations throughout very similar to the cover you see here. But aside from the introductory paragraphs added to each book, this is the same King James Version you remember with the ... The Beginner's Bible, King James Version (KJV)

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NIrV Kids’ Devotional Bible

NIrV Kids’ Devotional Bible

On 9/15 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Short, sweet, easy-to-read snippets by the Zonderkidz team pepper the Kids' Devotional Bible. It uses the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) translation, probably the most readable text I've ever seen on any reading level past the abridged that don't really contain the whole bible. I think the ... Definitely a "Boy" Bible

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The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

On 9/1 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Jake Palmer was trying to be a hero when he was set afire. The entire lower half of his body was horribly burnt, disfigured, rendered inflexible and slow. After many months of agonising therapy, he's now able to walk again. But how's he going to live his life again? His looks and athletic skill are ... The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

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Today's Moment of Truth

Today's Moment of Truth

On 8/1 Happy Elf Mom wrote: I'm not usually one for devotionals. Often they're full of absolutely irrelevant and hokey stories or they encourage you to "praise God" after throwing a verse or two at you. Thanks, no! So I was very glad to see Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg come out with Today's Moment of Truth. This is not the ... Today's Moment of Truth

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Vegangelical

Vegangelical

On 7/14 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Are you ok with animal abuse? The way animals we use for food are treated certainly qualifies, Sarah Withrow King argues in Vegangelical . How can we as Christians be ok with this cruelty? God gave Man "dominion" over the earth and all the animals. What does that mean? How should we care for the ... Kindness Always

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What Christians Ought to Believe

What Christians Ought to Believe

On 6/30 Happy Elf Mom wrote: What Christians Ought to Believe introduces us to Christianity through the lens of the Apostles' Creed. Why is the Apostles' Creed important? How was it written? What was its purpose? Why do we need the creed in these modern times when everyone has a Bible? Author Michael F. Bird walks us through ... Something to Think About.

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The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings

The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings

On 6/17 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Brother and Sister Bear have the back-to-school jitters. Sister knows she has trouble in history class and Brother is nervous about math. As you read with your children about how Mama and Papa talk through it, you can chat about their worries as well. Papa tells the children that they will be away ... The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings

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The Longing in Me

The Longing in Me

On 6/11 Happy Elf Mom wrote: "We long to be seen. We long to be chosen. We long to be loved. We long to know that we matter. "When those longings are left unmet, what do we do? Where do we go?" Shiela Walsh's new book, The Longing in Me, addresses that very question. Walsh adeptly weaves her story around retelling the biblical ... The Longing in Me

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Remember To Forget, Revised And Expanded Edition

Remember To Forget, Revised And Expanded Edition

On 5/1 Happy Elf Mom wrote: The plotline: Levi's girlfriend dies, so he decides he's gonna have a mental health crisis and refuse to talk to anyone, ever. Instead using techniques any competent parent of a two-year-old would know to do (take away the phone and refuse to give the kid anything unless he "uses his words like a big ... Remember to Forget? Oh Yes, You'll Want to...

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1 Stars

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Forever My Little Boy

Forever My Little Boy

On 4/5 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Do you want a small gift for a new parent of a little boy? Tuck this in with a little Onesie and a small contribution to his college fund, and you've thought of everything. I love this book. Karen Kingsbury's simple writing leads you through many of the milestones of childhood from birth through ... Forever My Little Boy

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Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet

Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet

On 3/20 Happy Elf Mom wrote: I think your child is going to love this book because it's full of action-packed pictures and of course, retells the exciting story of Elijah confronting the prophets of Baal. It includes the tale of Elijah being fed by ravens and later living with a widow and her son, helping them through the famine ... Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet

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Brave Girls: Beautiful You

Brave Girls: Beautiful You

On 3/5 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Take a quiz to find out whether you have a servant's heart. Do a crossword based on Psalm 139. Write a few thoughts on the lines here and there. It's definitely a reader-participation sort of devotional for your 8- to 13-year-old. Gracie, Hope and Glory team up again, this time to help Christian ... How to be Beautiful

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3 Stars

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London Art Chase

London Art Chase

On 2/26 Happy Elf Mom wrote: his series rocks! You will want to get this book for your 7 to 12-year-old daughter. The Glimmer sisters go to London, have adventures about town, and solve a crime to boot! Your girl can read about red phone booths, English Bobbies, Trafalgar Square, double-decker busses, black cabs and other places ... Glimmer Girls: London Art Chase

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A Dolphin Wish

A Dolphin Wish

On 2/19 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Animals are escaping their enclosures and the Glimmer girls are on the case! A Dolphin Wish is part of a series by Natalie Grant about three sisters who solve mysteries. Twins Mia and Maddie and six-year-old Lulu are sweet girls who care for one another and the world around them. Even in the midst ... Glimmer Girls Series: A Dolphin Wish

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The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

On 2/5 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Ella Rae and Carrigan are the impulsive ones, but Laine has always been the sweet one who wanted her friends "to get baptized once a week, run a soup kitchen, volunteer at the local day care, and neuter dogs on the kitchen table." The trio have been besties in the little town of Bon Dieu Falls, Louisiana, ... Everyone Has a Secret

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Jesus Today Devotions for Kids

Jesus Today Devotions for Kids

On 1/23 Happy Elf Mom wrote: "I am in control and I am Good. These two wonderful truths tell you who I AM. When you look at the world and all its troubles, it is sometimes hard to believe that both of these things can be true at the same time." Goodness, hard times, cultivating a life of prayer and keeping hope in God - just ... Helpful Little Book

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What Would Jesus Post?

What Would Jesus Post?

On 1/15 Happy Elf Mom wrote: "You only get one hat online. Make sure it’s one you want to be seen wearing." - Brian D. Wassom What Would Jesus Post is no smarmy oversweet lecture from Gramma about keeping your cleavage tucked in when you take a selfie (which... you should!). If I had to sum it all up, it'd be about thinking ... What Would Jesus Post?

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NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Hardcover

NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Hardcover

On 1/12 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Definitely a girly Bible for someone who loves to doodle or take notes! It has super-wide lined margins interspersed with illustrated verses. It's pretty interesting, too, because they're not always the happy verses you'd expect to be illustrated. Some of the more sad or sorrowful verses are also ... NIV Beautiful Word Bible

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The Word Of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

The Word Of Promise New Testament (Audiobook)

On 12/30 Happy Elf Mom wrote: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17, KJV There's something you get from listening to the Scriptures you can't receive in any other way. Audio Bibles are a great way to listen and absorb God's Truths! The Word of Promise audio Bible from Thomas Nelson features ... The Word of Promise, NKJV Audio Bible

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My Name Is Mahtob

My Name Is Mahtob

On 11/25 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Frequently, little Mahtob and her parents visited and dined with neighbours and friends in their multicultural Texas community during the early 1980's. But just before her fifth birthday, the Iranian Revolution changed her father from a mild-mannered and doting man to a fundamentalist who would stop ... My Name is Mahtob

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3 Stars

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Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

On 11/16 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Describe Whitney Miller's New Southern Table cookbook in one word? Normal. As in, these are recipes actual, real normal non-professional chef families might get round to trying. I can't tell you how often I've picked up a cookbook and wound up never using it because of the extraordinary number of ... Southern Cooking Without a Tub of Lard

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Best Hair Book Ever!

Best Hair Book Ever!

On 11/4 Happy Elf Mom wrote: The editors of Faithgirlz and Girls' Life teamed up to produce this glitzy, glamourous book of how-to hair care and styling for teens. It's basically a magazine in small book form without the sexy cleavage-y ads and perfume samples, with a target audience of perhaps ten and up. It does get into how ... The Best Hair Book Ever!

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2 Stars

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Frost Bible

Frost Bible

On 10/26 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Clearly, the publisher is trying to milk the hysteria surrounding the Frozen movie. It's a Bible, folks. No witches with super-frosty magical powers here! I haven't run across Elsa and her little snowman friend, or anything even vaguely wintry in this book. In fact, I don't think it snowed anywhere ... The Frost Bible

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The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book

On 10/18 Happy Elf Mom wrote: When this book came up for review, I snapped it up right away. I also bought an extra copy because I knew from reviewing this ZonderKidz series in the past that it was going to be a good one, and I wanted to be sure both of my smallest children had their own. The Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity ... The Beginner's Bible: A Christmas Celebration

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The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas

The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas

On 9/25 Happy Elf Mom wrote: You'll want this for the little person in your life. I know there are about a billion retellings of the Christmas story, but this one is truly special. It combines the friendliness of the Berenstain Bears with the Truth of the Gospel in a way that isn't cutesie or preachy. It's really precious. I'm ... The Very First Christmas

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The Beginner's Bible All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book

On 9/13 Happy Elf Mom wrote: The Beginner's Bible: All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book is a shiny 16-page workbook your four- to eight-year-old will enjoy. Activities range from word finds to sticker "puzzles" and are easy enough that most younger children will be able to do this book on their own. There's a little bit ... The Beginner's Bible: All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book

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The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

On 8/31 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Bright, happy animals and colourful scenes abound throughout the book. Your 4 to 8-year-old will appreciate the easy-to-do tracing and matching activities and have fun with the stickers. Like most workbooks for younger children, there are also colouring activities, a maze and a find-the-difference ... Beginner's Bible: Wild About Creation

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Thankful

Thankful

On 8/20 Happy Elf Mom wrote: How quickly we take our blessings for granted! Every little happiness we receive from God should inspire us to be grateful and mindful of others who don't have as much. Thankfulness has to be one of the more difficult virtues to cultivate in young children. I chose to review Eileen Spinelli's Thankful ... Thankful

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The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival

The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival

On 8/7 Happy Elf Mom wrote: You practically smell the fall spices while reading The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival book. The bears visit Farmer Ben's place, pick pumpkins and apples, take a hayride, and thank God for all His Bounty. The illustrations are just as you remember them from your own childhood, but Mike Berenstain ... The Berenstain Bears' Harvest Festival Book Review

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Noah's Voyage

Noah's Voyage

On 7/24 Happy Elf Mom wrote: The levelled Noah's Voyage reader is about what you'd expect. In terms of the writing, I found the second half of the story to be more clear and detailed than the first part. God frankly comes off as a bit of a jerk in the beginning, wanting to kill everyone in the whole world because some guy got ... Noah's Voyage

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3 Stars

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Believe Storybook

Believe Storybook

On 7/4 Happy Elf Mom wrote: When the box arrived, I thought it was my new set of three-pound arm weights I ordered just the day before. My, Amazon's fast! Nope. It was the Believe Storybook by Randy Frazee. I was delightfully surprised by the book's heaviness, the emotionally kinetic pictures and the super-glossy pages. It's ... Believe Storybook: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

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Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Jesus Calling for Little Ones

On 6/23 Happy Elf Mom wrote: "I made you, and you are My child. I created everything. Of all My creations - from the sun, oceans, flowers, big fish, and tiny butterflies - My children are My favorite!" Jesus Calling for Little Ones is written as though God were speaking to children about creation, how important children are to ... Jesus Calling for Little Ones

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Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

On 6/10 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book is part of the Princess Parables series, which also include the Princess Joy and the Princess Grace books. I'd say the target audience is little girls ages 5 to 9 or so, although with help, a younger child will enjoy this book as well. Rose is seven, and she ... Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

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Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

On 5/27 Happy Elf Mom wrote: The Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book is short, colourful and glossy. This little story workbook is for girls ages four through eight. It's from Zondervan's Princess Parables series and oh, my, is it ever cute. It's well worth the $3.99 list price. Rose is happily working on the activities ... Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book Review

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The Day Is Waiting

The Day Is Waiting

On 5/15 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Where will you go on a free day? The Day is Waiting by Don Freeman and his wife Linda Zuckerman gives several possibilities. It is exactly the sort of book you should give at a baby shower. Read this book to babies and toddlers before bedtime. It's very soothing. Freeman's illustrations are happy ... The Day is Waiting - Book Review

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4 Stars

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Case for Grace for Kids

Case for Grace for Kids

On 5/2 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Don't let the easy-to-read text fool you. This isn't a book just for kids. This is a powerful work you won't be able to put down. It will affect you. You might remember Lee Strobel as the author of the Case for Christ. The Case for Grace for Kids book is not written in the same logical, step-by-step ... Case for Grace for Kids by Lee Strobel

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The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country

On 4/22 Happy Elf Mom wrote: Reading a Berenstain Bears book is like a vacation in a friendly country town. Mama and Papa Bear lovingly teach their cubs a life lesson in each story. In this book, the Berenstain Bears prepare for Bear Country's Fourth of July celebration as the story of our country's founding is retold. Your four- ... The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Country

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The Story for Kids, NIrV

The Story for Kids, NIrV

On 4/10 Happy Elf Mom wrote: The Story for Kids is a gentle introduction to familiar Bible stories for children ages 7 to 12. The paperback is very simple to read and about an inch thick (264 pages), divided into chapters by story. It makes a good reader for first- or second-grade homeschoolers, so guess what we're working on ... The Story for Kids

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3 Stars

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Brave Girls: Faithful Friends

Brave Girls: Faithful Friends

On 3/26 Happy Elf Mom wrote: "It's late, and the slumber party has quieted down. Now the girls are in their sleeping bags on the floor, talking into the darkness to one another. "'Hey, did you hear about Hannah?' a voice breaks into the quiet." What should Kaitlyn do when the girls start to gossip about Hannah? Brave Girls: ... Brave Girls: Faithful Friends

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4 Stars

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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

On 3/17 Happy Elf Mom wrote: "If we're lonely or sad, God knows just what we need." This charming story from Andy Andrews may be a great source of encouragement for your four- to ten-year-old. It teaches children that our friends need us just as much as we need them! The gift book comes with a presentation page, and I'd highly ... Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

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