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Miracles of Jesus By David Miles

One of the exciting things about Jesus, that I try to teach my children, is that He met the needs that were before him.  From the healing the lame, raising the dead, and feeding the hungry, they all point to God’s love for his people, and demonstrate Jesus compassion on humanity.  These miracles are beautifully retold for children in Miracles of Jesus by David Miles.

Miracles of Jesus by David Miles

The Miracles of Jesus by David Miles is a level two I Can Read! retelling of three miracles performed by Jesus, as told in the Bible.  It includes the healing of Jairus’ daughter, the healing of the sick woman, and the feeding of the 5,000.  It is part of the ZonderKidz I Can Read! series based on the bestselling NIV Adventure Bible.

This story teachers about God’s love for all people and how Jesus comforts many.  The vocabulary and content is geared toward more advanced readers and is appropriate for kids almost ready or ready for chapter books.

Miracle of Jesus  is a level two I Can Read! based on the NIV Adventure Bible. In it, young readers read about how great God’s love is for all people. At this read-alone level, newly independent readers follow Jesus as he travels, spreading the Good News of his Father’s love. Along the way, Jesus shows in wondrous ways just how powerful God’s love is when he brings health back to a young girl and a long-suffering woman, and how he gives comfort to thousands of believers with a delicious meal as well as the precious word of God.  The content is Common Core aligned for informational reading.

Mister easily relates to the stories of healing in the Bible, especially since he received healing from a peanut allergy.  He personally prayed every night for nearly three years for that healing, in the simple words of a child, “Jesus, take away my peanut allergy so I can have peanut butter.” He is quick to tell people that he knows that God answers prayers because He answered his.  He enjoyed reading this story, liked the illustrations, and connected easily to the story.  He did have to have help pronouncing Jairus name, but otherwise read it independently.  He just turned 7, but is an advanced reader.

I certainly recommend this book.

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A Father’s Love By David Miles

I recently discovered that ZonderKidz has books in the I Can Read! series of books!  In case you’re not familiar with the I Can Read! series of books, they are widely recognized as the premier line of beginning readers, and the books are organized into six levels, which are color coded, which allow you to easily find books at every stage of your child’s reading ability.  We’ve long been fans of the I Can Read! books, because I can tell my kids which number to look for at the library and they can pick their own books!  They can grab a book that looks interesting, and I know it’s within their abilities.  When I learned that ZonderKidz has titles in the I Can Read! series, I just had to check them out, so I agreed to review A Father’s Love by David Miles.

I Can Read! color coded levels

A Father’s Love is a level two I Can Read! story, which means that Mister can easily read it and help Sister read it, too.  This story, which is based on the bestselling NIV Adventure Bible, is the retelling of the prodigal son.  Young readers follow the young man as he sets out on his own, with his inheritance.  After wasting his money and making bad choices, he realizes that home and family are what matter most and he goes home to make aments.  His father welcomes him home with open arms and joy.

A Fathers Love by David Miles

This story, with it’s vocabulary and content, is most appropriate for children at a more advanced reading level.  Though it’s neither here nor there to us, the content  aligns with the Common Core Standards for informational reading.

Mister particularly enjoyed this book.  We’ve talked about the story of the prodigal son before, but somehow reading it on his own it made more sense to him.  He was glad that the father loved his son, no matter what.  We were able to talk about how the father could be disappointed in his son’s choices but still love him, just like his own Daddy loves him when he makes mistakes or disobeys.  It was interesting to see how he easily transferred that to God, and said “just like God will love us no matter what.”

I definitely recommend this story, and can’t wait to check out more of the ZonderKidz I Can Read! series!

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The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

Ever witnessed a bragging war between kids?  Our oldest two are only 14 months apart in age, and both are competitive.  We have our fair share of bragging wars in our house..  We’ve finalltamed the bragging bug by teaching our kids that their  intelligence and talents are gifts from God, and that they can boast on God, but God gets to boast on them.  A great way to reinforce this lesson is the book The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag.

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag

Quick Overview (from Zondervan):  In this 8×8  softcover book, Brother and Sister learn that being proud of your accomplishments is fine as long as you remember your talents are gifts from God.  When Grizzly Gramps overhears the cubs bickering about who can see the most unusual cloud formations, Gramps puts an end to the argument.  He reminds them that bragging is foolish and that pride goes before a fall.

In this newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights 8×8 book, The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag, Grizzly Gramps teaches Brother and Sister a valuable lesson about bragging and boasting.

When Mister read this book, he and Sister immediately related to it.  They looked at each other and sheepishly looked away.  While they have been doing better about not getting into bragging wars, the do still occasionally spar about who’s better at whatever activity is at hand.  I know which book I’ll be grabbing the next time they do!

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12 Valentine Books Kids will Love

We love books.  One of the best things about buying a book for your children is that you can enjoy the story over and over again.  I just love that books are available for every season, including the Valentine’s Day season.  If you are looking for a special gift to share with your child on Valentine’s Day a book makes a splendid gift. Below are 12 Valentine books that kids will love to read, or have you read them to them, over and over again.

12 Valentine Books Kids Will Love

1. Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

oses are pink your feet really stink

This was first written in 1996 and teaches kids how much being kind to each other matters. This is a great lesson to teach children about teasing and hurt feelings that are common when they reach school age.

2. Guess How Much I Love You

uess How Much I Love You

When this book was written, it quickly became a classic and is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It tells the story of a parent’s love for their child in an adorable way.  You can even get it with the little hare!

3. Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine

Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine

Nate the Great is a wonderful series of books for kids who are between the ages of 4 and 8. In this mystery, he spends time trying to determine who sent his dog a Valentine and trying to find a Valentine of his friend Annie’s that has gone missing.

4. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You Mr Hatch

Mr. Hatch is thrilled that he has received a Valentine’s Day treat and spends the book trying to find who sent it to him. This is a great story about being kind to one another and caring about other people that kids will be able to relate to.

5. Too Many Valentines

Too Many Valentines

This book is designed for kids who are just learning to read. It’s about a boy named Neil, who isn’t interested in getting any more Valentines. The class finds a unique way to include them in their festivities, however.

6. Snowy Valentine

Snowy Valentine

Snowy Valentine is a good selection for kids between the ages of 3 and 6. It’s a cute story about Jasper Bunny trying to decide what to get his wife for Valentine’s Day and asking his neighbors for some help along the way.

7. Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Mary Engelbreit has a knack of creating beautiful picture books for children. In this Ann Estelle book, the main character spends so much time decorating a box to hold all the Valentines that she will receive that she forgets to make Valentines for her friends.

8. The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart

The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart

After spending time making her Valentine’s Day cards, Gerry accidentally leaves them at home! But, she still finds a way to give her friends a fun Valentine gift for each of her classmates.

9. You’re Lovable to Me

You're Lovable to Me

This rhyming book tells the story of a mother rabbit telling each of her bunnies that they are lovable to her, no matter what. Later in the story, her own father delivers the same message to her as well.

10. Love, Splat

Love, Splat

Splat is a cat who likes a pretty white kitten in his class. Even though she is not very nice to him, he still makes her a Valentine. Through shyness, insecurity and even another cat, Splat prevails to share his feelings with the kitten.

11. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves! This adorable board book is filled with colorful illustrations that young readers will love. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!

12. The Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Party

The Berenstain Bears Valentine Party

It’s Valentine’s Day at the Bear Country School, and Teacher Jane is having a party. Youngsters can join Sister Bear and her friends as they share lots of messages, in this fun lift-the-flap book.

We’ll be enjoying these and more this Valentine’s Day!  We may even do a unit study or two… or twelve.  LOL.

Sharing a book with your child on Valentine’s Day is a fun activity that you can both enjoy.  What’s great about it is that you can easily enjoy most of these books throughout the remainder of the year as well.  Be sure to pick up a copy or two for your little one before Valentine’s Day rolls around again.

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The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special

I mentioned before that my kids love the Berenstain Bears.  They were thrilled when I was able to review The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings a few weeks ago, so I agreed to review  The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special.

The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special

Quick Overview (from Zondervan):

Brother, Sister, and the Bear family meet a young cub named Tommy and are reminded that God has made all of us special in our own way.  In this 8×8 softcover title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection, the Bruins join the Bear family for a cookout and bring their cousin Tommy along. It isn’t long before the cubs start up a game of baseball and Sister soon notices that Tommy doesn’t play like the rest of the group. When Sister asks about Tommy, Mama takes the opportunity to talk to Sister about how God makes each of us unique in our own way. And that we all have special gifts and talents to share with the folks around us.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

Matthew 5:8

I teach my kids that everyone is unique in their own way, and that our differences are what make the world a special place.  I think it’s important to teach them to appreciate diversity and celebrate what makes us special.  In this story, Tommy acts younger than his age.  My kids immediately related this to a cousin that also acts younger than his age.  We’ve taught them that it’s okay to ask questions about people’s differences, but that it must be done in a way that will not hurt the one that is different.  They really appreciated that Mrs. Bruin explained things to them when Sister asked, much as I do when they ask me questions.

I think this book is a great way to reiterate that God makes all kinds of people, and we’re all special in His eyes.

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