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The Hands on Bible – and a GIVEAWAY!!!

The Hands on Bible – NLT


Tyndale sent me the Hands on Bible to review.  It is a complete bible with descriptions in the margins that help young readers understand more of the time frame and some customs in Bible times.   Many of the side margins give ideas for sharing Jesus with friends and family, in ways that young people can do. It also has about 8 activities for young people and a friend to do.  Best for 8-13 year olds. 

There are Introductions to each Book with cool facts and info from that book. Hands on Experiences with ideas  of things to do.  Bible Bios with info about people in the bible, written as if it were straight from them.  And Hands-On Bible activities (see the give away at bottom for more information).

This Bible is great when you are looking for extra ways to help explain points to kids, but I think it would be distracting for regular use.  I particularly liked the information in the side bars!

Two possible ways you can get this free!!

1. Leave a comment on this post telling who you would like to share this bible with and I will randomly draw one winner on Friday July 23. The winner will recieve a certificate good for a free bible which they must take to your local christian book store.  (US only, the winner will be responsible for any taxes and please remember to leave a way for me to contact you)  Enter before Noon Friday and I will have winner posted sometime before 5 pm Friday!!      

Using, the random winner is number 1.  thearcherfamily.   I will contact you to get you your gift certificate!!  Thank you for entering!!

2. Go to this will also show you a few pages on the inside.  you have until Aug 16, 2010. 

*Note Tyndale sent me a copy of Hands on Bible for my family and a Bible certificate to be given away.  All  reviews on this bible are my own opinion, not those of the publisher or writers of this bible.


Posted by on July 14, 2010 in Books, Children's, NonFiction


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Read and Share Bible

Read and Share Bible

Life and MiriclesLife and Miracles

A simple DVD containing many very short stories about the life of Jesus, miracles He performed and His life.  This DVD would be good for young children up to 10 years old. 

I liked this short DVD. It did a good job of showing lots of his miracles in easy to understand words, and allow the kids to see a lot of Jesus’ miracles.  After that (10 minutes or so) it started to slow down and showed more details about what was going on.  The message of Christ was clearly shown.  

I liked how they portrayed Judas also.  They didn’t show him as a bad guy in the beginning, but as a guy who turns upon pressure.   

The time frame for the whole movie was from right after his first miracle up to the Lord’s Supper.

I would recommend this to anyone with young children (my 4 love it) and would be very interested in seeing others from this series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on July 7, 2010 in Children's, Movies


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Baby Signing Time – Two Little Hands

Lets Be FriendsBaby Signing Time “Let’s Be Friends”  – by Two Little Hands

I have always used ‘meal’ time signs with my kids, just taught them some things that I found in a book.  Things like: more, please, drink, and eat.  They have all picked that up before 12 months.  While at the library the other day I found this DVD, actually this one and “A New Day”.  I picked them up for my 3 1/2 year old, just so she could do “school” when her brothers were.  All four of my kids LOVE these videos!! (20 months – 6 1/2 yrs). 

Of the two, I would pick this DVD, it has lots of sharing type signs. 

A list of signs include: Friend, play, share, nice, feel, happy, laugh, sad, cry, hot, cold, yes, no, me, dirty, clean, apple, pear, carrot, peach, juice, bubble, Balloon, telephone, music, and game.  There are also some signs from other shows, that you might recognize.

The part that the kids love the most is that each section of words has a new song, and so they sing as they sign.  I’m sure that it also helps that most of the videos are of toddlers (probably between 18-36 months). 

I love teaching the kids Sign Language because they are able to ‘talk’ to me so much earlier with that than speaking it.  I’m going to be on the look out to see if I can snag these on sale somewhere!! I would love to have all of them here all the time!!

*I have not been paid to write this review, it is a DVD that I borrowed from the library, but would love to have in my personal library.

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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Children's, Movies


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Webster the Scaredy Spider- Hermie and Friends Max Lucado

Webster the Scaredy Spider- Hermie and Friends

Max Lucado

Webster is a spider, who is afraid of everything.  When Webster arrives at the Garden he doesn’t realize that Spiders are not welcome, because everyone there is afraid of spiders.  Hermie and Wormie are the only ones to give Webster a chance, and they want to remind Webster that God is there for him. 

Hermie and Wormie try all kinds of ways to trick everyone into giving Webster a chance, but everyone is just afraid of him.  Until Hailey and Baily (lady bug twins) decide to see if he really is friendly and leave to find him.  They end up getting stuck, and heading down a river.  Wormie is scared, but he takes a leap of faith and helps them.  After that, everyone decides that Webster might not be so bad and they take time to meet him.   Webster thanks God for giving him bravery to save the twins.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a Max Lucado children’s book I didn’t like.  The Hermie and Friends are kind of simple, only because they are based on a movie.  My kids enjoy these books, and they can watch the movies to get extra bits of the story. 

*Note, Max Lucado, Thomas Nelson, and have not paid me to write this review, and I only write it because. . . well, I wanted to 🙂

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Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Books, Children's, Fiction


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Tales from the Pantry: Soccer – Patsy Clairmount

Tales from  the Pantry: SoccerPatsy Clairmount

Patsy Clairmount

Soccer is a little mouse who lives with his parents in a forgotten box of Christmas Candy.  Soccer’s friend Tipsy (a spider who lives behind a Jelly Jar) tells Soccer about a ‘new cat’  in the house. There has always been an older cat to chase the mice, but now there is a new one, a younger one, who was “Wild”.  but unfortunately Tipsy had not seen Whomp (the wild cat) with her own eyes, neither had the two people before her.  Soccer’s mom tries to remind him that we shouldn’t beleive everything we hear.

Eventually Soccer meets Whomp, a tiny little mouse who is afraid of Soccer.  They talk for a bit before Whomp asks Soccer to be his friend (and Soccer asks his parents 🙂 )    Also at the end, Tipsy apologizes, because her friend came to tell her that she also misunderstood, and Whomp is not a wild cat but a mild cat!!

My favorite stories for kids are ones that teach lessons.  The moral of the story, “You can’t believe everything you hear” and don’t spread rumors!!    My son is 6 and he has read all 5 of the Tales from the Pantry stories many times, he loves them!! I love that he’s getting healthy stories.  (2nd grade reading level)

*Note:  Patsy Clairmount doesn’t know who I am, and has not paid me to write this review.  I just enjoy doing kids book reviews so you can find great books for your kids too!!

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Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Books, Children's, Fiction


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When God Tucks in the Day by Allia Nolan

When God Tucks in the Day – Allia Nolan

A very short rhyming  story about a bunny who wants to stay awake and play.  Good as a book to read to your child, but also great for beginning readers. 

The pages are built so that as the pages are turned you build the moon!!

The sunOpen pageMoon

My kids love how it changes.  Watching Day turn to night. 
In the end the bunny lays down to sleep and asks God to tuck him in too 🙂

*Note- Amazon and the author of this book did not ask me to write this review, it is just one of the fun books we have around our house right now, that the kids keep picking up.

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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Books, Children's, Fiction


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You’re a Brother, Little Bunny! by Maribeth Boelts

You’re a Brother, Little Bunny!  by Maribeth Boelts

We got this book from my parents when we were expecting our second.  Our oldest was still very young, only 16 months at his brother’s birth.   So I’m sure it didn’t make much sense to him then, but with a new addition coming soon, I was excited to find it again in our book shelf. 

The book is about a young school aged bunny who gets a baby doll for a present, so he can practice being a big brother.  He was very excited!! When the new baby comes, he’s still very excited, and loves his new baby brother.  But it doesn’t take long before he starts to not like his brother so much.  His brother cries a lot, gets lots of attention, and stinks (those crazy diapers), and has all kinds of adults telling him what a big help he needs to be.   Through it all, his parents continue to show Little Bunny their love for him, making sure he feels a part of the family.  When it’s Little Bunny’s turn to bring something to show-n-tell, he brings his brother, because by that time his baby brother has learned how to laugh and is much more fun!!

A cute story to remind new ‘older siblings’ that their new baby will grow up and become more fun as they get bigger. 

* Note, Amazon and the author did not pay me to write this review, it was just a fun book on our bookshelf.

A good book to read to your young child or about a 2nd grade reading level

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Posted by on April 12, 2010 in Books, Children's, Fiction


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