Monday, August 24, 2015

Book Review: Submarines, Secrets, & a Daring Rescue by Robert J. Skead

For Submarines, Secrets, and a Daring Rescue by Robert J. Skead, the title says it all.  This book is the wildly impossible but wildly fun adventures of twins Ambrose and John Clark during the Revolutionary War.  They pilot the world's first submarine, The Turtle, to sink a British warship; carry secret messages to George Washington; and help execute a daring rescue.  The action packed into this little book is amazingly wonderful!

Despite its unbelievability, I enjoyed reading this book.  I think it's just about perfect for boys (and girls) who love a great adventure story.  Children don't care if everything in a book is realistic, and honestly, neither do (most) adults.  I got this book specifically for my seven year old, but he isn't quite ready for this chapter book; however, my nine year old devoured it and asked for the first one in the series which I plan to get for her.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the history it contains.  The people in it were real heroes of the Revolutionary War, and the Turtle was a real submarine.  Along with the story, children will learn some history, too.  Win/win!  And best of all, the twins and their family are Christians and look to God for protection when they are in dangerous places.

I want to thank BookLook Bloggers for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Book Review: the Prince Who was Just Himself by Silke Schnee

When the queen decides that she wants another child, the king isn't so sure.  But as he spends time with his two sons, he decides that children are a blessing and that he agrees with his wife.  When the third son is born, everyone notices that he is not like the other two.  He moves at a slower pace, as if he intends to enjoy life instead of racing through it.  But when the evil Scarface shows up, Prince Noah is the one who rescues the kingdom through his kindness.

This sweet story about a child with Down's syndrome pulled at my heart strings.  Everyone I know with a child with Down's Syndrome says what a blessing their child is, a blessing they would never wish away.  I think this book does a great job showing how special these children are, even though they are a little different.

I want to thank Plough Publishing for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Reviews: Two Children's Books

With Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book,  the title explains exactly what this book contains.  There are different puzzles and games on each page along with two full pages of stickers.  There is, also, a short, sweet story about Charity and her pony.

As soon as I handed this book to my younger two daughters (three and five), they loved this book.  The younger one enjoyed the coloring and stickers.  The older one was able to do most of the games, although she wasn't ready for the word search since she's not reading yet.  (My oldest daughter, who is nine, loves word searches, so she did it.)  I especially appreciated that this activity book is Christian-based, teaching girls character qualities.

The Rainbow Egg by Linda Hendricks tells the story of Hope, a chicken who lives in the woods and doesn't have a nest.  When she lays an egg, she has to carry it around with her which gets very tiring. One day, she find a henhouse and discovers a pair of chickens who have been trying to lay an egg in their nest but haven't been able to.  Hope decides to give her egg away to the Rainbows because she knows they can give her egg (and future chick) a better home than she can.

This story seems like a neat way to talk to children about adoption, explaining it in terms that they can understand.  It explains why a woman might give up her child and why another family would adopt him.

I want to thank BookLook Bloggers for my review copies of these books, but my opinions are my own.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sarah Beth's "Catch of the Day"

John took Sarah Beth out Saturday in their kayaks, and she caught this huge, beautiful red fish.  They would have had a good time without catching anything, but this beauty was the icing on the cake, so to speak.  When they got home, John cleaned the fish, then he fried it for supper.  Yum!  We hope they continue to go out and have fun -- and bring home supper!  Just look at that face; doesn't she look proud of herself!