Thursday, August 21, 2008

Children's Books

Welcome to a children's book blog tour! Three books for you to enjoy.

Clicking on the book cover photo will take you to Amazon.com, where the book can be purchased. I've included the publisher's summary and author/illustrator bios, as well as my own thoughts.

by Lisa Tawn Bergren:
Summary:
Little Cub awakens one morning with some important questions on her mind: What is heaven like? How do we get there? Will we eat in heaven? Will we be angels?

During a delightful day spent wandering their arctic world, Papa gently answers each question, assuring Little Cub that heaven is a wonderful place, “a million times better” than she can imagine. He explains how God has made a way for those who love him to enter their heavenly home forever after their lives on earth are over.

Reuniting the best-selling author-illustrator team from God Gave Us You, this gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child’s most difficult questions about heaven. Parents, grandparents, childcare professionals, librarians, Sunday school teachers, and others will appreciate the gentle approach to a topic that’s on the minds of so many “little cubs.”
Through captivating, full-color illustrations and tender, biblically sound storytelling, young readers and those who love them will find reasons to rejoice in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.

Author Bio: Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than one million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us Heaven is Lisa’s fourth children’s book, following in the tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

Illustrator Bio: Laura J. Bryant studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Review:
I think this book would have been wonderful to have around when my daughter's first grade teacher passed away. It's simple and easy to understand, without being too watered down. It's Biblically sound teaching. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. It's delightful!


by Dandi Daley Mackall
Summary:
In two new books from best-selling children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall, clever rhymes and delightful illustrations help young children, ages three and up, understand God’s huge love for them and his joy in creating them. These enchanting picture books from the writer-illustrator team of Dandi Mackall and David Hohn will instill awe in young children as they revel in each page. Parents alike will appreciate the engaging stories that communicate God’s perfect plan and his divine purpose for little hearts.

In God Loves Me More Than That, children learn that God loves them deeper than a wishing well, wider than a semi-truck, louder than thunder, and softer than a kitten’s sneeze. Each question, presented with charming child-like faith will help young ones grasp the great love of God through comparisons and descriptions they can easily understand. In short, they’ll discover that His love is bigger, wider, higher, and deeper than anything they could imagine!

In When God Made My Toes, kids are drawn into the wonder of their creation by God. Their masterful artist who fashioned them just right for amazing and delightful adventures, such as roller skating, finger-painting, doing flips, and drinking cocoa. Children will come to an understanding that God shaped each part of their amazing bodies with joy, delight, and humor.

Author Bio: Dandi Daley Mackall has published more than 400 books for children and adults, with more than 3 million combined copies sold. She is the author of WaterBrook’s two other delightful Dandilion Rhymes books, A Gaggle of Geese & A Clutter of Cats and The Blanket Show. A popular keynote speaker at conferences and Young Author events, Mackall lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of horses, dogs, and cats.

Illustrator Bio: David Hohn is an award-winning illustrator who graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has worked as both a staff artist and an art director for a children’s software company in Portland, Oregon, a position which led to his art directing an award-winning project for Fisher-Price. Hohn’s recent projects include Lisa Tawn Bergren’s God Gave Us Christmas.


Review:
I enjoyed the rhythm of these books; it makes them easy to read aloud and sound so lovely. The message is wonderful: God loves us. Children need to hear this over and over again.

The illustrations are a bit less whimsical than those in the Bergren book, but still quite attractive.


Now that you've made it to the end, please leave a comment to be eligible to win all three of these books! US readers only, please.

8 comments:

Windy said...

MEEE PICK ME!!!!! These would be so perfect for Gabe! We read twice a day... every day... nap time and bed time. =)

Jen Larson said...

Noo. Pick ME!! I have twice as many kids as Windy therefore I need the books more than she does. ;-)

Maria said...

pick me pick me -- I not only have 3 kids of my own -- there are several at church and at least 12 in my class at school that I can read these to!

Holly said...

Yall are so funny :-)


Ben and I read before bed at night and it's helping us with his sight words and its fun bonding for us.

PICCCCCCK MEEEEEEEEEEE

Carol said...

My friend Rhonda sent me over to check your blog out and enter this contest. She thinks my Cole would love these books and so do I. Hope I win and thanks so much for the chance.

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Becky said...

Me!!

I don't have this blog bookmarked! I will now!

Musical Mommy said...

Oh YEAH?? Well my son can read it to ME...SO THERE!! :giggles:

I'd like to be entered Pattie! THANKS!!!

Cathy N said...

Me Too! I want to be entered, Sammy would love these books!