Monday, September 22, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we're reading and our goals for the week.

What I Read This Week...

Rebels was such a great ending to The Safe Lands series! If your into dystopia I highly recommend it! One of my favorite series! Daughter of Light was amazing! Such a powerful message woven throughout the book! My review will be up tomorrow!

What I'm Reading Now...

What I Hope to Read This Week...

It's been a while since I have read any Biblical fiction and am really excited about reading this one for bookclub next week! Hoping it will be good!

Blog Posts

Cover Reveal: The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith
Book Review: The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith
Book Review: Rebels by Jill Williamson
Author Interview with Keely Brooke Keith
Stuck in Books Giveaway Hop
Book Review: Let's Sew Together by Rubyellen Bratcher
Book Review: The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers Old Testament
Book Review: Why Dogs Are...

There's a glimpse into my reading world! What about you? What are you reading?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Review: Why Dogs Are... by Tana Thompson

Why Dogs Are tells the story of how a dog teaches some life lessons to a very special child. It seeks to explore the concept of God’s unconditional love and how someone without the ability to see or hear can comprehend its scope and His impact in our lives. Named a Finalist in the non-profit Indie Book Awards (category Spirituality, 2014), 100% percent of net profits from book sales goes to charities that train and support therapy dogs. The book is first in a series called “Love Unleashed.”

My Thoughts/Review

I decided to take a chance on this children’s book since our family loves dogs and I am very sad to say that it was a huge disappointment!

Before I give my 2 year old any new books I always check through the story first to make sure I’m okay with it and unfortunately this one didn’t make it to him. Based on the description of the story I thought the book would be a lot different then what I read. I didn’t agree with the way the story was presented and felt it could be misleading spiritually since I feel it contradicts the creation story concerning dogs. Due to this issue I didn’t present it to my son to see how he would respond to the story itself.

One thing I want to mention is that the illustrations are beautiful! I also appreciate how the author used a dog to help a child who could not see or hear! I have not seen that in the children books that we have owned or checked out from the library.

I truly wish I could say I enjoyed this story and that my child did too, but as I mentioned earlier it was a concern for me that it could mislead/misinform him in the future. However I do see the author’s heart and passion throughout her writing and hope she will continue to create stories for Jesus!

I sadly give Why Dogs Are... a 2 out of 5 stars!

*(I received this children’s book from Bookcrash in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*

About the Author

Tana Thompson spent 30 years teaching in colleges and universities around the south, watching computers go from huge mainframe technological monsters to carry-in-youpocket smart phone equivalents. Now in retirement, she is following her dream of writing, having interests in children’s literature and non-fiction genres such as memoirwriting and regaling unique travel experiences shared with her late husband, Ken, in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. She is so committed to using her right brain for a change that she also makes jewelry, stained and fused glass, and delights in photography. She lives on her own heaven-on-earth slice of Lake Logan Martin in beautiful Alabama, with 2 “chosen” dogs, 2 rescued dogs and 4 rescued cats.

Tana Thompson wrote her first story in the sixth grade, was encouraged by her teacher to continue writing, and didn’t. But the desire remained in her heart only to be reawakened later in life. In the interim, she earned a Ph.D. from Georgia State University and taught computer and management information systems in several colleges and universities around the south. Her last career position was the most meaningful, assisting teachers and staff at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind to integrate computers into their daily job duties. Her late husband Ken was Vice President at the Institute; together they experienced the exceptional love and devotion of parents, family and teachers working with these exceptional children. The Thompsons also participated in a pet therapy program that saw their two Golden Retrievers, Rambeau and Muttley, form a team that visited nursing homes, classrooms and especially the students of AIDB, where the dogs sensed a “special touch” was required. Muttley earned his “Canine Good Citizen” designation, and proudly wore his official bandana and patch when visiting his special friends.

Book Review: The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers Old Testament

Introduce early learners to the Bible with The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers Old Testament Board Book, featuring twenty Old Testament Bible Stories in this fun, interactive and engaging new Bible storybook designed just for toddlers.

Each story features enhanced four-color illustrations that used in conjunction with the B&H Kids AR [Augmented Reality] app brings the pictures to life with pop-up imaging and read-a-long narration from Jenna Lucado.

The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers Old Testament Board Book is the latest in the family of Big Picture Interactive books – a series designed to grow with families and strengthen relationships in Christ through Bible-centered, multi-platform products that engage readers of all ages.

My Thoughts/Review

I got really excited when I found out that B&H Kids was going to make The Big Picture Interactive Bible for toddlers! I had seen the Bible in stores, but knew my 2 year old would not be ready for a Bible like that just yet!

I really appreciated that they made this a board book! It's a good size for my son to hold and carry it around! The stories are more of a summary of a few chapters, but every story has a set of Scriptures where children can look it up in the Bible for themselves (or their parents)! The drawings are not too simple or over done with little details, but a perfect balance for young ones! Also I love how many different stories they included that I haven't found in other toddler Bibles!

My favorite part is the Big Picture Question that is always asked! I love how the Q&A always relates to the story and helps that key point to stick in their young minds! My husband and I use the answers to be the center of our prayer for that day!

 Our family didn't use the app with the Bible because we found our son wasn't into it! He wanted the picture to move and when it didn't he wanted to try and play on the iPad! One thing I that I would have liked to be mentioned is that if your device won't scan the box (our camera is horrible) on the back to search under B&H Kids. It took me a little while to find the app because I was searching under The Gospel Project as well as searching on iTunes with the title.

Overall, our family has enjoyed this Board Book since the Q&A is what really helps kids to understand the story on top of reading it! 

*(I received this board book from B&H in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*

About the Author

Heath McPherson runs a small studio that creates whimsical illustrations and animation for folks across the country. His work includes Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought by Oliver Chin as well a number of animated commercials.
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