Tag: Children’s books

Children’s Book Review: On That Easter Morning

On That Easter Morning
Author: Elena Pasquali
Illustrator: Alison Jay
Published: January 24, 2020
32 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: April 10, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Rediscover the wonder of the first Easter morning…

Alison Jay has illustrated many books for children, and her beautiful paintings are instantly recognisable. In this book see the death and resurrection story of Jesus interpreted in her own unique style, using vignettes, borders and full page art to accompany a sincere retelling of the Easter story.

There are many intriguing people, animals and landscapes to look at along the way, bursting with new details to find with a young child, as you share the story of that special morning.

Jessica’s Review:

On That Easter Morning is aimed for children ages 5 and up and if I had a child that age I would buy them this book: It is a perfect picture book that explains what happened to Jesus on what would become that first Easter. 

This full color/ full page picture novel talks about Passover, Jesus and simplifies the events that led up to his crucifixion and resurrection to where a young child can understand.  It is also not graphic in the telling.  This children’s book covers more than others I have seen as it includes the Last Supper, Judas kissing Jesus’ hand, Peter denying Jesus three times, Pontius Pilate, and Mary Magdalene seeing Jesus after he has risen.

There could be a lot of words on each page, so reading it to your young child would be best. That way they can take in this Easter story by listening to you and by looking at the pictures that also tell the story.

Many thanks to the publisher Lion Children’s Book for granting me a copy to read and review.

Purchase Link:
Amazon US
**I did not see a link on Amazon UK**

50 Real Heroes for Boys

50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!
Author: Christy Monson

Narrator: Johan Twiss
Published: September 1, 2019

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 2-5, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

50 Real Heroes for Boys teaches young boys everywhere that being a man only requires being yourself–but your best self. Bright, colorful portraits by over a dozen international artists accompany true stories of men who knew that character–things like integrity, kindness, empathy, courage, respect for women, and more–mixed with their own unique gifts–art, athletics, creativity, dance, music, curiosity, and more–could make the world a better place. Readers will find Jackie Robinson, who used courage to break barriers in sports; Jim Henson, who used humor to uplift the lives of millions; Dav Pilkey, who used perseverance to push through dyslexia and become one of the word’s most successful children’s book authors; and many more! The book also includes dozens of stories of women like Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jane Goodall, because boys can have women heroes too! Written by marriage and family therapist Christy Monson, 50 Real Heroes for Boys reminds boys everywhere what true masculinity is all about.

Jessica’s Review:

Though aimed for boys, this children’s picture book would be suitable for girls as well.  The heroes mentioned include:

  1. Men and women
  2. Well known and not so well known figures
  3. Main-stream and historical figures
  4. National and international figures

Everyone would learn something from this book.  Each figure has at least one ‘special power’ that is unique to them and their situation they went through to become a real hero.  There is also a section for each hero that lets kids think about how they can be a hero and do what the mentioned person accomplished. 

I received an audible copy from the narrator Johan Twiss to review.  Please note when you buy an audible copy you will also be sent a PDF so you can listen to and also follow along reading!  Together the audio version and book are a perfect combination!  There is music that goes along with the narration and most of it had a Marvel/superhero feel to it.  There was also music to go along with the mentioned figure’s time period or where they are from. This audiobook was pure entertainment, yet also educational for everyone! 

This was a highly enjoyable children’s book that I would say is for everyone and all will learn something from in!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK