Inspiration for today...

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.

Philippians 4: 4-8

Monday, January 19, 2009

Book Reviews...

On Saturday, I received a package via UPS. Now generally, I know when a package is arriving but had no clue what this one was. When I opened it, I was excited to find three books to review - My boys were excited too. They love getting and reading new books.

Peek-a-Boo, I Love You!
written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
Babies will love playing peek-a-boo with this interactive, lift-the-flap board book, featuring favorite animals on each spread. This adorable hide-and-seek book invites little ones to discover messages of love, with soothing rhymes and engaging illustrations as only Sandra Magsamen can deliver. The anticipation of what's hiding on the next page will keep kids guessing and giggling all the way to the surprise ending - when a heart-shaped mirror reveals who's loved most of all!

K loves to play peek-a-boo so this was a great book for her. She loved the mirror at the end and making faces in it. The boys love to read it to her...of course they couldn't remember it word for word but got pretty close. It has wonderful pictures of animals and great rhyming on each page.

Bippity Bop Barbershop
by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
illustrated by E. B. Lewis

In this companion book to the bestselling I Love My Hair, a young boy, Miles, makes his first trip to the barbershop with his father. Like most little boys, he is afraid of the sharp scissors, the buzzing razor, and the prospect of picking a new hairstyle. But with the support of his dad, the barber, and the other men in the barbershop, Miles bravely sits through his first haircut. Written in a reassuring tone with a jazzy beat and illustrated with graceful, realistic watercolors, this book captures an important rite of passage for boys and celebrates African-American identity.

D loved this book...He asked if he was brave at his first haircut too. I loved the colorful pictures and the fact that the little boy wanted to be like his Dad. Dad's are great heros and I think we need more books like this. In fact, both the boys are now wanting to get their haircut again - which is good because they both need it.

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This was a great book...easy to read and hard to put down...I finished it in one day and am looking forward to getting the next one in the series. I was a little apprehensive about this one thinking it was more my husband's sci-fi style, but I really enjoyed it. This would be a great one for teenagers as well. I think that maybe my nephews would like this series, which is good because I have a hard time finding gifts for them. James Petterson is a great author - keeps things going so you can't put the books down.

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