Princess Prayers

This book is written by: Crystal Bowman and inspired by: Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson with pictures by: Omar Aranda. It is a board book marketed towards young girls. Each two page spread includes a prayer, scripture verse, and beautiful illustration based on The Princess Parables series. There are a total of fifteen prayers in the book.

I have always loved The Princess Parables series. My girls have enjoyed reading them over the years. Generally speaking, the series is geared towards preschool & early elementary aged girls. This book is no different but my eight year old daughter still reads the books in the series every once in awhile. This book is perfect for teaching young girls simple prayers. It could be read all at once, as a daily devotional, or as a certain topic is needed. It could could be an adorable gift for the little girls in your life!

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Princess Prayers
By Jeanna Young, Jacqueline Kinney Johnson & Omar Aranda (Illustrator) / ZonderKidz

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The Beginner’s Bible (Updated 2016)

This book was first published by ZonderKids in 1989. It has been a favorite among households with young children. The old version has beautiful, colorful, and engaging illustrations. This updated version has the same illustrations but they have been transformed into three-dimensional art. 15541995_10211632981809220_344271054706927781_n

(Left: old version. Right: updated 2016 version.)

The stories are exactly the same in both versions. Over 90 stories divided between the old and new testaments.

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I remember my younger brother and sister receiving The Beginner’s Bible when they were toddlers. I loved reading it to them. Our family loved this book! When my first daughter was born, we received a copy of it. If it had not been given to us, I would have definitely bought it myself. The illustrations are eye-catching and perfect for younger children. The stories are easy to read for beginners.

However, I personally prefer the previous version instead of the updated version when it comes to the illustrations. In my opinion, this is a classic example of when newer is not always better. The pages in the updated version are thicker and shinny but I think that the 2D illustrations in the older version are more crisp. Here is a side by side comparison (Top: old version. Bottom: updated 2016 version.):

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Whatever your illustration preferences, I definitely recommend The Beginner’s Bible for any household or church library!

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The Beginner’s Bible, New and Updated Edition 2016
By Zondervan / Zondervan

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The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel

This book written and illustrated by Mike Berenstain is about the Berenstain Bear cubs playing in the snow and making a snow angel. Mama Bear comments that the snow angel could be named Gabriel. The cubs respond that they did not know that angels had names. Mama Bear explains that Gabriel was a messenger who gave the news to Mary that she would have a baby named Jesus. She goes on to talk about the angels that visited the shepherds and the angel that spoke to the Wise Men in a dream. The book references scripture about angels and the inner back cover lists other angel Bible stories and their references unrelated to the birth of Christ.

I have always loved the Berenstain Bear books and still have several of them from childhood! Mike Berenstain is the son of Stan & Jan Berenstain and has carried on the legacy of the beloved characters. When his father Stan died, Mike started helping his mother with the series. Later after his mother Jan died, Mike took over full authorship and created a Christian themed series using the same characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the Berenstain Bears. This book is a great way to introduce scripture about angels to younger children.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel
By Mike Berenstain / Zondervan

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NIV Faithgirlz! Bible

The NIV Faithgirlz! Bible is the same popular New International Version (Old & New Testaments) of the Bible with a hardcover and magnet closure. The cover is turquoise, purple, and pink; illustrated with an owl, flowers, stripes and polka dots. It contains the NIV headings and footnotes throughout the Bible. The main lettering is purple and the headings and chapter numbers are a dark pink. Throughout this Bible, there are special features! The back cover description is as follows:

Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book.
Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story.
Bring It On!—Take quizzes to really get to know yourself.
Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—See for yourself what you have in common.
Words to Live By—Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing.
What Happens Next?—Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words.
Oh, I Get It!—Find answers to Bible questions you’ve wondered about.
The complete New International Version (NIV).
Protective end flap with magnetic closure

Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue.

I think that this Bible will appeal to young girls and teens. My family generally uses the NIV translation so I have no complaints as far as that goes. I personally prefer the NIV Study Bibles with commentary written at the bottom of each page. Since this does not have the study notes, I think that it is perfect for younger girls or teens who generally do not do in-depth study of the Bible or who have access to other sources of study material should they need it. Personally, I feel that getting a the written Word of God in the hands of young children and teens is very important! Having the attraction of this cover and font colors may make reading the Bible more appealing to the younger generation. My 8 1/2 year old daughter absolutely loves this cover! As soon as she saw this Bible, she asked if she could read it. She has read the first several chapters of Genesis so far! When I pointed out the “Through the Bible in a Year” checklist, she was excited to start the reading plan.

One negative thing to point out… We have had this Bible for about 2 months now (I know, I am behind on my reviews!) and the hard cover binding is already torn partially at the seams. To be honest, I am not sure if my girls did something to cause it or not and they can’t remember how it happened. I will easily fix it with decorative Duck Tape however, it is disappointing that the cover did not last a month before tearing.  I would hope that a book made for youth would hold up better. Still, I am not giving this a negative review because it very well could have been caused from my girls not caring for it properly.

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NIV Faithgirlz! Bible, hardcover with magnetic closure
By Nancy N. Rue / ZonderKidz

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BASH and the Chocolate Milk Cows

This book by: Burton W. Cole and Illustrated By: Buddy Lewis is the third in the Bash Series. Bash, Beamer and their friends are living the simple life. Bash’s farm is full of humor, adventure, pranks, a colorful goat, a cow that makes chocolate milk, and a robber! In the midst of kids being kids, they have serious thought and conversation about what it means to be baptized and the great commission.

To be completely honest, I just could not get into this book. It was a difficult read for me because of the “redneck” talk between the characters. For example, the first few sentences read as follows:

“Bash squished a blue Play-Doh snake over the last glitter-ing nail point jutting from the plank seat. “Better safe than screeching’ ’bout prickly pants.” His nose twitched like a rabbit with the sniffles. “‘Sides, only thing better-smellin’ than Play-Doh is chocolate.”

While this type of book might be appealing to school age boys, I (a 33 year old woman) could not get past this style of writing. Since the book is geared toward 8-12 year olds, I asked my 8 year old daughter to read it to see if she would like it. She did not get past the first couple of pages before telling me that she did not want to read anymore. I asked her why and she said it was not interesting to her.

Without having read the previous two books, I do not know how this book compares to them. This is a wholesome book and age appropriate for the target audience. The cover is colorful and exciting. The illustrations are cute!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that B&H Kids provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows
By Burton Cole & Buddy Lewis / B&H Kids

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Princess Charity Sticker & Activity Book

This book is inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson with pictures by Omar Aranda. It is based off of The Princess Parables series of books that feature five sister princesses Charity, Grace, Joy, Faith, & Hope. It is geared toward kids ages 4-8. The activities in this book include: crossword puzzles, coloring, dot to dot, hidden pictures, secret codes, etc. There are two pages of stickers. A few of the stickers are made to go in specific places in the book but most of them can go anywhere.

My girls are familiar with The Princess Parables and have all five of the I Can Read (Level 1) stories in the series. This activity book will be a cute addition to the story line. The illustrations are colorful and energetic. The activities are simplistic enough for the age range but will still provide fun. This would be a good book for a quiet afternoon or a car trip!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKidsprovided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Princess Charity, Sticker Activity Book
By Young Johnson / Zondervan

Other books about Princess Charity include:

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Princess Charity’s Courageous Heart

By Jacqueline Johnson & Jeanna Young / ZonderKidz

 

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Princess Charity’s Golden Heart

By Jacqueline Johnson, Jeanna Young & Omar Aranda(Illustrator) / Zondervan

 

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Princess Grace Sticker & Activity Book

This book is inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson with pictures by Omar Aranda. It is based off of The Princess Parables series of books that feature five sister princesses Grace, Charity, Joy, Faith, & Hope. It is geared toward kids ages 4-8. The activities in this book include: crossword puzzles, coloring, dot to dot, hidden pictures, secret codes, etc. There are two pages of stickers. A few of the stickers are made to go in specific places in the book but most of them can go anywhere.

My girls are familiar with The Princess Parables and have all five of the I Can Read (Level 1) stories in the series. This activity book will be a cute addition to the story line. The illustrations are colorful and energetic. The activities are simplistic enough for the age range but will still provide fun. This would be a good book for a quiet afternoon or a car trip!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKidsprovided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Princess Grace, Sticker Activity Book
By Young Johnson / Zondervan

Other books about Princess Grace include:

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Princess Grace and the Little Lost Kitten
By Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson / Zondervan

 

 

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Princess Grace and Poppy
By Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson / ZonderKidz

 

 

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This book by: Callie Grant and Illustrated by: Jeremy Tugeau is a board book geared toward ages 0-5 years. It is a part of Graham Blanchard’s Learn Absorb & Praise Collection; this book is and Praise book. It is about a boy who visits the beach and explores the sand and sea. The phrases are thoughtful and rhyming. The illustrations have soft and soothing colors. There is an underlying theme of building on the rock and not on the sand. The last page quotes the verse: Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (ESV). I would recommend this book to young children who love the beach!

I had never heard of Graham Blanchard. I looked up the website: GrahamBlanchard.com and discovered that there are parent and teacher resources to help inspire young children to praise and have a relationship with God. There are also several other books available and a mom blog. 

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