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Well written Children’s Books

I just got an email about this and wanted to share~ we have some of these and they are very well written and discuss issues important to children with a Christian perspective. Things like, why does Dad not have a job to why should people have faith. Here are some:

Select Seasons of Faith picture books are just $5 each. That’s 50% off! Choose from the following titles for your little valentine:

  • The King’s Daughter
  • The Red Boat
  • The Prize Cake
  • Saying Farewell
  • Race with Midnight
  • Braving the Storm
  • Seventy Times Seven
  • You Can’t Come In

Sale ends February 14, 2013! Online: www.shopcbh.org

Just a solid series of books. The illustrators vary, but they are usually cute. This would be a real heart gift! 

You may also want to look into their devotional magazine for kids, called Keys for Kids.

My daughter loves these. They do ask for a donation, but they also offer a free subscription (one per family).

*I am actually not an affiliate, I just like these:)

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In Read For The Heart, Whole Books For Wholehearted Families, Sarah Clarkson follows the delightful path her parents traveled as they shared their knowledge with books such as Educating the WholeHearted Child.

I still remember how my attitude towards how to teach my child changed after reading Educating the Wholehearted Child. (If you haven’t read that one, be sure to look for that—a new edition is due out soon)

Because I had enjoyed that book so much, I was very interested to get a look at this new book by their daughter, a homeschool graduate and lover of literature.

The book is above all a reference book, with a marvelous compilation of reading list recommendations. Clarkson includes reviews of hundreds of whole and living books for children 4-14. The books are categorized by age group and topics, such as:

  • Picture Books
  • The Golden Age Classics
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Fairy Tales and Fantasy
  • History and Biography
  • Spiritual Reading for Children
  • Poetry
  • Music, Art and Nature

However, the book is also much more than a reference book, as the author spends time exploring the reasons for and benefits of instilling a love of reading in your home, your homeschool.

Her enthusiasm is wonderful and I recognized so many books in her listings from my childhood. Many I had also shared with my children, but some I had forgotten, so I am so pleased to have these lists! The concept is simple, but having these listings actually makes my life easier and I love it.

Whether you have voracious or reluctant readers, this book can be an invaluable tool for your homeschool planning. You can find tips on how to engage the reluctant readers, and find new ideas for great books for book lovers. I can’t recommend it enough. You can see a sample chapter on the Apologia website, as well as the Table of Contents.

The book retails for $17 and can be purchased here.

See what my crewmates have to say about Apologia, Read From The Heart

I received Read For The Heart through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

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Circle C Beginnings!

We adore the Circle C Beginnings Books around here! My youngest carries them around and has done many of the learning activities they have available to download on their website (for free:)

I recommend these for your young readers. Children have the excitement of having their own chapter books, but these books are not too long for little ones. Circle C Beginnings also introduces lots of adventures and new concepts and ideas about American History in a fun, family oriented way.

My child really identifies with Andi as a young girl in a large family-although there are plenty of boy characters as well–one of Andi’s best friends is a boy and she has lots of brothers, so, boys should enjoy these as well.

One of my favorite parts of the series has to be the illustrations! Gorgeous, pen and ink illustrations with lots of tiny details to engage the reader. You can see these and download coloring pages on the Andi and Taffy website.

A few other points: the books are paperback and quite inexpensive. You can totally use these as read-alouds with your children–you will not be bored–the storylines are great!

I have more to say about these, but I saw this morning in an email that Books 3 & 4 are now available, so I am copying that email asap below and hope you will check these out and enjoy with your kids!

“Books 3 and 4 of the Circle C Beginnings are now available!

Just in time for spring, Andi’s Fair Surprise and Andi’s Scary School Days are here. Get your own copies of the two newest books here:

* Best deal for the books! FREE coloring pages and learning activites for the Circle C Beginnings are available for download on the Andi and Taffy website: www.andiandtaffy.com and from the Kregel website.

In addition, A Journey Through Learning has created lapbooks for each book. They’re full-color, with complete instructions for assembly. Tie in history and literature to make the books part of a unit study, if desired.

See sample lapbooks HERE
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My Coupons Textbook Rental

Heather —  January 10, 2011

logoSince I began blogging, one of my favorite “side effects” of blogging has been the fact that people share tons of ways to save money. Many times, I will see deals and coupon ideas in my google reader. Over time, blogging has changed the way we eat and the way I shop…even how I save money!

Recently, I have been checking out book and textbook rental sites—not so much because I homeschool (although I may begin looking with that in mind) but, mainly, I have been looking at these sites because one of my sons is in college. I hate hearing about how he had to pay over $100 for a book, only to have the bookstore choose to not buy it back after the semester. UGH!

Anyway, recently, I heard about a site that is a good spot to find out about coupons, and  this site is even set up in categories, with a category specifically for book rental coupons—now this includes regular books and textbooks. You can even sign up to get an email letting you know about their weekly hottest coupons.

I have seen this site, MyCoupons.com before, but never took a long look. Today, as I look from a reviewer perspective, I will go ahead and bookmark it. Why not double check to see if there is a coupon code for the item/service you are about to purchase? I also like how the site has employees who keep the coupons current and check to make sure they are working. You can even add the site to your list of search engines.

Here’s the official word: MyCoupons ® has been providing tens of millions of people with coupons and coupon codes since 1995. Our CouponPros scour the Internet to find the best coupons and coupon codes to save you time locating a coupon or coupon code.”

I have forwarded this site to my son and am hoping he can get a few deals on textbook rentals—every bit helps!

I recommend taking a peek at this site. I find that the money I save using online helps like these really adds up.

To find out more about using coupons for book rentals, look at  My Coupons Textbook Rental. You can also find MyCoupons on Facebook and on Twitter.

The site is not hard to navigate, but why mess around? To easily see how to use the site, take a look at My Coupons official youtube channel

This is a MamaBuzz Review. I received a small stipend from MyCoupons.com for this review.

A Friend in the Storm

Heather —  September 23, 2010

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When I began to read A Friend in the Storm, I was captivated by the powerful poetry inside the delicate little hardbound book. The book itself is small, fabric bound and beautifully foil stamped.

afits-cover-150x15096 pages,  a pattern of quotations, scriptures and poetry all combine to support and sustain someone facing pain in this world.

The author, Cheryl Ricker, was inspired to write this particular book by a friend whom she lost to cancer. You can see that story, here.

I sat down to read this little book while I was saddened by the fact that one of my siblings is going through a very tough time right now. I was really frustrated and questioning God about many things–you know, kind of the “Why do these things happen??” Anyway, as I read the poems, I actually felt some of my stress and anxiety melt away. There is a healing found in God’s word (scriptures are included in this book), and I was also drawn into Cheryl’s poetry…little by little, my mind refocused on the goodness of God, yes, in the midst of the storm.

As I understand it, Cheryl’s intent is to attempt to capture a bit of Christ’s voice and love for us in her poetry–to help heal the hurting with sentiments taken often directly from God’s word. The book is not just a collection of haphazard fuzzy notes, either–it has a definite progression, with attention paid to understanding the course of grief…and of working through suffering.

If you are going through a difficult time, I think this book would be a treasure for you. It is also a good book to give to others–especially when you are at a loss for words and just want to empathize with another.

I thought Cheryl gave a fascinating interview, so I have included some portions in this blog post.

How would you describe your book?

“A Friend in the Storm is a personal conversation between God and a hurting person.  It’s a healing treasury of quotes, Scripture and poetry that leads to lasting hope.  It covers forty-five hope-related topics and takes readers on a healing journey through the stages of grief before it crescendos with the splendor of Heaven.”

What is the basic message of your book and what do you want readers to grasp?

I want readers to know that God hasn’t forgotten them.  He feels what they feel.  He’s holding them. He’s not going to waste their pain. He’s crazy about them. It’s illustrated in the poem,

“You”

You’re forever on My mind

And in your presence I rejoice;

Singing out your name with angels,

All your sweetness fills My voice.

Keeping loved ones in My keeping,

I embrace a constant calm.

Whole and holy, I will hold you,

ever-after in My palm

What makes you angry?

It bothers me how easily we forget who our enemy is.  The Bible says “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  (Eph 6:12)

Christianity would look a whole lot more appealing if, instead of fighting each other, we fought on our knees for each other.

What are the five stages of grief and how does A Friend in the Storm touch on these?

According to the Kubler-Ross model, there’s denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

The poems in A Friend in the Storm touch on all of these through the reader’s point of view.  Acceptance takes on a new meaning when readers have an opportunity to accept Christ or trust Him deeper.

How is A Friend in the Storm different than other gift books with quotes, Scriptures and poetry?

Most gift books with quotes, Scripture and poetry are written by multiple authors with multiple styles and points of view, so they don’t have the same continuity and flow.  Because A Friend in the Storm is written by a single voice, it flows like a story.  It’s not just a mish mash of broken thoughts and ideas.  There’s a logical progression.

Cheryl Ricker has a degree in creative writing and has written columns and articles for various magazines and newspapers. She’s been writing poetry all her life and her poems have won awards in fine arts and literary magazines. Cheryl lives with her husband and two sons in Rochester, Minnesota

Please check out Cheryl’s amazing website for more information. www.cherylricker.com

You can buy the book, here

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Cheryl is running a fun KINDLE giveaway during the blog tour. Check out the giveaway by clicking below:
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Thanks to LitFuse for providing me with a copy for my review. I have given my unbiased opinion.

Salem Press Review

Heather —  September 22, 2010
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Have you ever thought about how many books must have existed in our history that have been forgotten? I mean, we all know many classic books, and we take for granted that if a book “makes it” for several generations, it must be a classic.

And that makes sense–but what about some of the books that have disappeared in print? Based on numbers, it stands to reason that many books that fall out of print might, in fact, be useful, interesting. Maybe they have been forgotten because they were not stylish at some point based on current convention?

While I cannot answer the question of why some books fall out of print, I believe out of print books can contain exciting tales and excellent writing—as well as a peek into our history.

Anyway, I found it interesting that Salem Press is a publishing company that is based upon the idea of republishing children’s books of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. They say that they “strive to republish books that are wholesome, exciting, and well-written.”

This is a Christian company and the publisher, Daniel Mills, has a set of standards in place regarding which titles will be printed—and even these may be edited additionally to make sure the content is considered to be in line with Philippians 4:8:

“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).”

I liked what Mills had to say about the books he works with:

I believe that when we start with wholesome, exciting and well-written books and then carefully review the contents, we are left with some of the absolutely best books that are available today.”

I was given three books to review—two ebooks and one softcover. As my readers probably know, I still have a hard time reading on the computer! Ugh. I just do not care for it. I keep trying…but, yes, I went on to read the softcover one.

Overall, I was honestly surprised by how serious and well written it was—I am afraid that does not say much for what I have been reading! In spite of the subject matter, the book was not difficult to follow.

This book was entitled “Out of The Mouth of The Lion,” from the Church History Series by Emma Leslie. This historical fiction is appropriate for an older child (and up) and deals with the persecution of the early Christians, and gives many details about Rome under Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Asia Minor during 163-166 A.D.

I found the story fascinating. I did cringe a bit, reading about gladiators and the plights of the martyrs, but I really got drawn into the storyline and felt that the setting was well researched. I learned quite a bit about both the early church and some of the Roman customs of the day.

The introduction was helpful, where the publishers have added historical notes for the time period and the novel. Within the book, you can also find word definitions. You can read a synopsis of the story and a sample of the first chapter on the Salem Press site.

The two ebooks I got were:

Yussuf the Guide. An Adventure Title. This sounds like a good one for younger children. We plan to read this aloud after printing it out.

The Official Word: “This is the story of young Lawrence, an invalid, who convinces his guardians, Preston the Professor and Burne the Lawyer, to take him along on an archaeological expedition to Turkey. Yussuf their guide proves his worth time and time again as they face dangers from a murderous ship captain, poisonous snakes, sheer precipices, bands of robbers and more. Memorable characters, humor and adventure abound in this exciting story!”

The Martyr’s Victory. Now that I have read one book in the Emma Church History Series, I am excited to read this one.

The Official Word: “Another title in the Emma Leslie Church History Series, this time set in Danish England in the ninth century. It is a compelling look at the clash between Christianity and the religion of the savage Danes (Vikings) as seen through the story of a small band of courageous monks who choose to go live among their worst enemies in hopes of sharing the gospel with them.”

Currently, Salem Press offers about 27 such titles through their website, www.salempress.com. Most titles are available in soft or hard cover and many can also be downloaded immediately.

The website for Salem Press is easy to navigate and has lots of information about each book, as well as sample pdf’s of many of the books.

One of my favorite things about their website is that you can search for titles with criteria like time period and location or by age range. This helps me see what is available to match up with some of our history studies.

Go to Salem Press to find out more, and sign up for their quarterly newsletter and be entered for a chance to win a free book from Salem Ridge Press!

See what my crewmates have to say about Salem Press, here.

I received books from Salem Press for review Purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

This popped into my mind this morning. Hope someone can make use of this!

For all my book loving friends–here are a few ways to get yourself some inexpensive or free books to read poolside this summer:

There is a new Barnes and Noble promotion today:

Favorite Paperbacks – Buy 2 Get the 3rd for FREE Offer Details

While supplies last, choose 3 qualifying books from our Favorite Paperbacks promotion and the least expensive book is yours for FREE! Simply look for the Buy 2 Get the 3rd free icon on select paperback books online and in-store at Barnes&Noble.com. This offer expires at 2:59 a.m. ET 5/6/10.

There are also many places you can get books if you agree to review them on your blog. Click on the icons below to see if you have any interest in this. Personally, I like to be able to choose which books I receive, so I work with the ones below. The following are Christian Publishing Houses. I am sure you could also do a search on book blogging, etc to find others.

Also, you can fan some of these programs on Facebook. Many of them do promotions and contests through FB and you can win free books:)

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Here are two others, thanks to Debra, who blogs over at Footprints in the Butter and is a homeschool mom who teaches her kids all kinds of classical stuff and is a crazy, voracious reader I mean, involved in tons of reading memes!

Bethany House: www.bethanyhouse.com/bookreviewers
NavPress: http://www.navpress.com/bloggerreviewprogram.aspx

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And, don’t forget to check out the upcoming Book Blogger Convention. (I REALLY wanted to go, but it looks like I did not prepare well enough. The Convention is in New York City) Check out the site and you can find many other book reviews and bloggers:

Book Blogger Convention

Homeschool Library Builder

Summary and Rating 4:  So, how would you like to “Fill Your Bookshelves Without Emptying Your Wallet?” This is the motto of the Homeschool Library Builder, an online bookstore. This is a Christian business which specializes in serving the homeschool community with literature resources, both new and used.

While I have not used their services, I did take a look at their website. I liked the way their books were categorized—for example, you can search by age, season or curricula—such as Five in a Row, Sonlight, Beautiful Feet, Veritas Press, Tapestry of Grace, Ambleside Online, and more.

Personally, I very rarely order books online, unless the price is fantastic—mostly because part of the fun of book-buying, for me, is to wander around the bookstore, poking around in the clearance areas. But, I have to admit, I did feel like I was browsing, as there were categories to go through and they do offer media mail for very low cost shipping.

Fun to Browse

Fun to Browse!

They also have a Book Points Membership Rewards program, which is a nice extra perk.

Also, if you know the particular book(s) you need they will try and find it. Overall, I think this is a good spot to check if I am looking for something. I am going to join their facebook page and sign up for their monthly emails for sales events and promotions.

To see what my TOS crewmates have to say, click here!

I have expressed my unbiased opinion on this product.