Tag: picture book

The Gift that I Can Give

Author: Kathie Lee Gifford
Illustrator: Julia Seal
Published: October 23, 2018
32 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 25, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

God, will You show me
The gift that I can give
As I grow and love
And learn how to live?

Help your children discover that they don’t have to wait until they are grownups to make the world a better place! The Gift That I Can Give helps children find unique ways to make a difference today in the lives of those around them. The beautiful new picture book was written by Kathie Lee Gifford and illustrated by Julia Seals.

The Gift That I Can Give is a heartwarming story from Kathie Lee Gifford of how all children have something they can do today to make a difference. Whether it is being kind, giving a family member an extra-big squeeze, visiting someone who is sick, or cheering on a friend, this story will inspire children, leading them to want to read it again and again.

Kathie Lee Gifford is a trusted voice who feels like a friend for countless people. With her strong faith, enthusiasm, and playful writings, she appeals to young hearts and empowers them with the message that no one is too young or too small to share their gift with others.

Jessica’s Review:

The Gift That I Can Give is a short children’s picture book that talks about how we all have a special gift.  This story is a journey for one little girl as she tries to figure out just what her gift is.  This book shows God’s love and she even prays to try to find out her gift.  This book shows that even the smallest and simplest action (even from a child) can help someone in a huge way.

The illustrations are impressive:  They are large, colorful, and show a diversity of children throughout.  The pictures help to enhance the reading experience.

The Gift That I Can Give is written in a fun way for children (everything rhymes!) and they are sure to enjoy it.  Maybe they will even realize what their special gift is after reading this book!

Special thanks to Netgalley for my copy that I received.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Harold and the Poopy Little Puppy

Author: Ellie Crowe
Illustrator: Janet King
Published: August 31, 2018
26 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

It’s hard to be a good dog, but Harold, the golden retriever, really tries. Then the Dad brings home Prince, a silly little puppy that the Dad says is smart and brave.

Prince! “Smart and brave!” Harold can hardly believe his ears! And, even worse, when Prince does a doggy-doo right in the house, the Dad blames Harold!

Harold thinks Prince is a poopy little puppy. How is he going to live with him in his house?

Jessica’s Review:

Harold is just living his ‘happy-go-lucky’ life as a golden retriever when Dad brings home a new puppy named Prince.  Harold has to adjust to all the changes that come along with Prince,  which includes taking the blame for the things Prince does. This includes a huge No No: Pooping on the floor!  Prince seemingly takes over Harold’s  space and gets all of the attention unless Harold is getting fussed at.

There are parallels to this story and  the feelings a child may experience when a new sibling arrives.  **Spoiler alert** There will be tension until mutual feelings occur as they do at the end of this story.

This story is for children ages 6-8 years old.  There are pictures at the beginning of each chapter to help tell the story.  If you know kids who like dogs, or may have a new sibling arriving, then this would be the book for them.

I enjoyed this children’s book and liked Harold. If I had kids, I would most likely get them this book. Harold is very likeable and I can see (and hope) Crowe writes more adventures starring him.

**Many thanks to the author Ellie Crowe for sending me a copy to review!**

 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
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A Spooky Tale: A Walk with Our Teacher by Sue Wickstead

In the spirit of Halloween, I am sharing about this children’s book today.  Though not ‘scary’, young kids will love this one!

Author: Sue Wickstead
Published: October 10, 2017
40 pages

Book Description:

When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go…
But…
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
Why did the class not feel well?
Read the book to find out.

A fictional tale based on a real class walk around the neighbourhood. Where would your walk take you?

I will be sharing a mini-review of sorts for this children’s book:

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

This short picture book is one that younger kids will love.  They will quickly turn the pages to see what the class runs into next!  I found myself wondering what creature they will meet in their walk.  It is a fun, quick to read picture book, but not scary at all.

The illustrations are very well done.  I read this on a kindle paperwhite, so I didn’t get to experience the pictures in color. I can imagine how bright they are in color. 

Do yourself a favor and buy your young kids this one; they will surely enjoy it!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Have you ever been on a Playbus?

Not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a bus stuffed full of toys and imagination!

When my two children were young, they attended a playgroup on such a bus and as a volunteer I became involved with the committee running the project. The bus really got into my blood and became a work of the heart. I ended up painting the bus as well as working in the groups and raising the profile of the project and its work. As part of the committee and later as a play-worker, I was involved in raising necessary funds to replace the old bus with a newer project. It really was a fun journey to be involved in.

I taught in the local school for over 20 years but during this time I remained involved with all aspects of the playbus project in my spare time, assisting in fund-raising events, as well as working voluntarily in after school play clubs and holiday play schemes.

I left teaching to write the history book about the original bus.

I now work as a supply cover teacher and have been able to tell the many children I meet and teach about the bus as well as show them the photograph. The children were always curious and asked lots of questions about the playbus. This led to me telling a story which I eventually wrote down.

Jay-Jay is the fictional story to go with the factual project.

Over the last few years I have been able to share the fictional story in each school I visit. I always leave a book behind as I go in case they might like a closer look.

I have also been asked by the schools I’ve worked in to provide some work for the children around the book. This has led to me producing a scheme of worksheets to support the story.

In addition, I have undertaken author bookings and I always love sharing the story book and most of all love the feedback and book reviews which the children give me. Many of their comments and opinions I have been able to use on my website blogs.

I have other book ideas in draft or indeed still in the telling but for now I can turn my attention to the next part of my bus journey!

Contact Sue:
Twitter @JayJayBus

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