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I am sharing reviews to some of my favorite reads that you might be interested in. I am NOT compensated for these reviews. If I receive a free e-book for a review I will disclose that in my review. This are my own thoughts and views.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The 39-Story TreehouseThe 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A super fast, funny read. I read it in about and hour 1/2, and I am a slow reader.
I started reading it to my children, since I thought they might like it. My 9 yr old took it and finished it themselves before going to sleep. They told me how awesome, and funny the book was, and "I have to read it mom."
It is a funny book, I laughed almost all the way through.
Andy and Terry are two friends living in a tree house and have made some really cool areas; baby dino petting zoo, netless trampoline, rollercoaster so scary dead people won't ride on it, and the chocolate waterfall (our family favorite).
Terry invents and Once-Upon-A-time machine, it will write their book. the machine kicks them out of the tree house, and the boys have to find a way to stop it. Let the adventure begin.
This is the first book I have read by these authors and will definantly look for the books that came before and the upcoming ones.
I have found a new favorite author.



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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools

Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools by Glenn Beck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One thing I LOVE about Glenn Beck... He can elicit emotions and feeling about any subject matter. Wither you agree with him or not, you can't be a fence sitter when listening to him or reading his books. I think that is why I do like reading his books. Don't have to agree, but i do have to come to my own opinion.
I have always be against Common Core... and there is no way anyone would get me to put my children in the local public schools, but this has nothing to do with Common Core, and more about teachers, admin, and district standing.
Didn't know their was so many government/ private agendas levels involved in the placement of Common Core in the education system. Still I thought Glenn Beck would explain more about Common Core and What it is. Instead he totally ratted on BIG government (which I personally think has no business to take over education), and Unions, along with private financial backers.
Failing schools should be closed down regardless of public, charter, or private, if they are not putting our children first.
Parents have every right to educate and raise their children in the way they feel the best for their family. Government has NO busy telling me what to teach or how to raise my children.
If I could home school I would.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Can I Really Know Jesus?: 101 Questions and Answers about Jesus, Salvation, and Prayer

Can I Really Know Jesus?: 101 Questions and Answers about Jesus, Salvation, and Prayer Can I Really Know Jesus?: 101 Questions and Answers about Jesus, Salvation, and Prayer by Carolyn Larsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Do your children, friends or yourself have questions about Jesus and what He has in store for us? This is a great book for children, teens and adults finding Christ and have questions. It's a colorful book, small easy to transport and easy to read. most questions that you'll find are actual questions that children or teens have asked. The answers have been carefully done using scriptural references without bringing any outside, or personal doctrine. I really appreciate that. Being a Christian based question & answer book, it isn't preachy. Ms Larsen answers the question using scripture references and then leaves it fir the spirit to witness to the person's heart.
There all three sections for the book. The first part is questions and answers about Jesus. Some example questions are: Is Jesus mentioned in the Old Testament? What was Jesus's most important teachings? Why was Jesus baptized?
The second part deals of questions about salvation. Some example questions are: Will I be different after I'm saved? What is sanctification?
The third part is questions about prayer. some examples of questions in this part are: Can God hear everyone's prayer at the same time? Could something be blocking my prayers? Is formal language necessary when praying? Is it really possible to pray all the time?

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing free for my honest review.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: The Secret of the Sphinx

The Secret of the Sphinx The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story is written more for pre-teens and teens, but I found myself drawn in and excited to read each day. It's a fast-paced adventure/mystery book. Jon is a modern-age boy, trying to help the soul of a vizier, from ancient Egypt, find his murderer.
Though the story is "short" 166 pages and fast paced, I felt like I was still able to get to know the characters and be part of the story of myself. The author did a wonderful job in give just enough information and detail, without being burdensome, that you can picture the story in your mind very vividly.
Samuel Bavli is one of my new favorite authors. Can't wait to read more of his works.

I received a copy of this e-book, from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review: Good Morning, Superman!

Good Morning, Superman! Good Morning, Superman! by Michael Dahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this fun book. It is drawn in a half DC Superman comic page and half real day adventure.
A little boy wakes up and needs to get ready for the day. He loves Superman, so this routine is done in that type of adventure mode. He needs to put on his secret uniform (clothes), get energy (eat), fight villains (toothpaste), gets help from another super hero (sister) and then show his fans (parents) how much he loves them.

Great story for children learning how to take care of themselves in the morning, learning what to do. Colorful and fun. Be a superhero everything is more fun to do when you are. pages and colorful, and small, yet effective amount of words.
Perfect for little ones -6 or 7 year olds.


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Review: Dalmatian in a Digger

Dalmatian in a Digger Dalmatian in a Digger by Rebecca Elliott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun story to read with your Working Trucks loving child. It has different animals driving and working with dump trucks, cranes, digger, bulldozer. Little puppy hears and then finds trucks working around his house. He is in for a sweet surprise in the end.

Just a side note: Having a husband who works with these types of big trucks, we were happy to see the drivers wearing hard hats. All except Duck, who is wearing safety glasses, cool, but he needs a hard hat too. And who would let there children around these big working trucks with out proper attire (hard hat and safety goggles) and children aren't allowed to come around these trucks anyway with they are working.

Pages are colorful, full of fun truck sounds, forest animals and very entertaining for your younger children.

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Review: Lila and the Crow

Lila and the Crow Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lila has moved and now is attending a new school. She is very excited to meet and make new friends. That idea is soon devastated with one mean boy and a classroom of children that follow his led.
Lila goes to school day after day hoping to make friends but isn't given a chance. No one will befriend her. Every day she goes home a bit more depressed. Every day she also sees a crow and after a time sees how beautiful it is. She then realizes how beautiful she is. Yes, she may look different from the other children, but she is beautiful in her own right.
It isn't until the class Halloween party when she uses the insults as a costume and all the other children realize how fun, pretty and friendly she really is.

It is sad how one per person can turn a whole group of people against one new person. Even more when no one gets to know them first. This is a great story to share with your children and learning about acceptance and befriending the "new kid."

Adults: I would suggest reading this book first.  You will need time to come up with a meaningful discussion to have with your child/ren as you are reading. 

I love the pictures in this book light, autumn coloring. Would say perfect for your 7-6 independent reader. This would also be perfect for a family read together.

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