Reviews by Cris Ruffolo
On 5/29 Cris Ruffolo wrote: Hidden behind Levi’s long struggle against depression is the fact that Delia, the girlfriend who passed away, died of a car accident. She wasn’t focused on the road as she was TEXTING. So many accidents happen because people are distracted, thinking that they can do both — texting and driving — ... YA novel discusses death, depression
On 5/2 Cris Ruffolo wrote: As a kid, I believed that I had a twin sister and we were princesses of a faraway kingdom except that for some unfortunate reason, I was displaced from the kingdom and was separated from my parents and my twin sister. That is why, on a more personal note, I adore this book. This should be one of those ... How to teach kindness to children
On 4/19 Cris Ruffolo wrote: I love how this book presents a certain issue every day and freely discusses this issues by giving examples of girls who are facing these issues. Girls, allot even 30 minutes of your day to reflect on these situations and savor the words and pieces of advice being shared. We are blessed that this book ... The genuine essence of being beautiful
On 4/10 Cris Ruffolo wrote: Being a parent is a tough job. It’s that kind of job that you can’t resign from whenever you’re frustrated or tired. You can’t just walk away and never come because you’ve had enough. Your patience yardstick has to be elastic and flexible when you’re a parent. I didn’t know that until ... A CHILD’S LIFE JOURNEY IN THESE NOSTALGIC, FORWARD-LOOKING BOOKS ON LOVING AND LETTING GO
On 3/13 Cris Ruffolo wrote: Grant was careful in emphasizing lessons on honesty, humility, and sibling love in a book that could have easily promote the idea of "it's okay to break rules because you're curious and it's all in the spirit of fun and adventure". I like that this book highlighted the roles of the parents in guiding ... Girl power and sister love in this novel for girls (A Dolphin Wish)
On 1/26 Cris Ruffolo wrote: It's not where you've been, but where you're going. This book, Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, delivers that message and the inspiration that there is always hope for anyone no matter how hopeless the situation may be. Take country music star Jimmy Wayne for ... It's not where you've been but where you're going
On 12/27 Cris Ruffolo wrote: Lucado's new devotional embraces any faithful with his signature encouraging and inspiring voice. Somehow, it is easier to wake up each day knowing that a Higher Being is with you in every step of the way. This devotional is a timely daily companion as it is neither too short nor too long to help you ... A few minutes of peace every day with this devotional (God is With You Every Day)
On 12/16 Cris Ruffolo wrote: The habit of reading is one that should be started even when the child is still inside the mother's womb. The book of all books, the Bible is an excellent source of stories to share to your little ones. After realizing that our children know Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse more than they know Jesus, ... Rhymes and Bible Stories for your Little Ones
On 12/3 Cris Ruffolo wrote: In this book, Bowman introduces children to Saint Nicholas, the first and original Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas has a generous heart who gave and shared what he had to the poor and needy. He wasn't flamboyant and showy, he did it in secret. Bowman presented a happy St. Nicholas who found joy in giving ... The story behind the gift-filled red stocking
On 11/15 Cris Ruffolo wrote: Jeff and I realized something while we were eating dinner: our children are more familiar with Winnie the Pooh and his friends than Jesus and his apostles. At the dining table, we made a commitment to be better storytellers of Jesus' life and ministry; we pledged that we will spend more time sharing ... Another book treasure to enjoy at bedtime
On 10/31 Cris Ruffolo wrote: Teaching children the value of trying - and that not everything is always about winning - is a tough task delegated to adults, parents or educators, especially when it is human nature to want to be on top of the pyramid. Many parenting books will tell you that inculcating this lesson in them involves ... Teaching children the value of reading
On 10/11 Cris Ruffolo wrote: An article about Philippe Morgese, father who self taught himself to fix his daughter's hair, became viral on social media owing to the story's adorable, heartwarming twist. Society has pre-relegated tasks for men and women and styling a little girl's hair is not in that list of chores a man is expected ... Your best hairstyles from the best hair book ever!
On 9/20 Cris Ruffolo wrote: The illustrations were done by a former Hollywood stuntman, Archie Preston, whose life story is another reason to be thankful about everyday. Author Eileen Spinelli's style of writing is just as filling as a bowl of homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs. There is a dash of poetic genius here and there, ... Learn the alphabet, say 'thank you'
On 9/2 Cris Ruffolo wrote: You downloaded a children's storybook with a title that says The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz and you get excited on how this story will pan out especially when a dinosaur is involved. However, sadly and unfortunately, the excitement dissipated the moment you read the first lines in English. For ... Unsuccessful attempt to transform Bible-related scenes, landmarks into an engaging children's storybook (The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz)
On 9/2 Cris Ruffolo wrote: My mother told me that whatever story you can't find in any reading material, you will certainly find it in the Bible. Growing up, having Bible stories in our home was a common sight and sound. For me and my three younger siblings, it was a staple source of stories covering different genres and reaching ... Bible stories in fun, engaging, creative format (Read and Share: Five-Minute Bible Stories)