This is a pint-sized gift book. This is the perfect time of year to purchase and gift this book to a special little girl who has grown into a woman you want to honor. Graduation, or Weddings, any special occasion that you would want to honor your daughter. The rhyming verses follow the life of a special child from birth to adulthood. Karen Kingsbury’s words are always sweet and full of grace and this book is no exception. Have tissues handy when you read this book. It is sentimental and sweet and guaranteed to send the message to a young woman you love that she is cherished and special. The illustrations are poignant.I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. A copy of this book has been placed in Little Free Library #36424, Nonni’s Place, Huntsville, Alabama.
The updated version of the Kid’s Quest Study Bible is 1618 pages long and in hardback. The cover has been updated with more color. The text is New International Reader’s Version and is printed in easy to read blue ink instead of harsh black. The thing that I find interesting about this children’s Bible is the blue cartoon inserts at the bottom of some pages. These illustrations take questions that might arise from the text and answer them in child-friendly language. The illustration also contains related verses for the reader to look up. The chapter headings are in red ink, which makes them stand out well. The words of Christ are not in red, which I would have preferred. It always seems easier when you are studying to already have His words highlighted, but they chose not to do that in this version. There is a Topical Index at the back of the Bible, which I find helpful. The best feature at the end of the Bible is the Dictionary. I’m thankful they included this as I feel it gives children a ready resource if they are not familiar with some of the Biblical terms. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <[…]> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. This book is now available in the Little Free Library #36424, Nonni’s Place in Huntsville, Alabama.
Night Night, Mommy by Amy Parker is an 8 inch by 8 inch glossy board book. This sweet rhyming story is told by baby otter, recounting the day with mommy otter. From a day at the zoo, dinner, bath time, story time and prayers, Night Night, Mommy follows a schedule that is familiar to many toddlers. I love the way baby otter looks into the mommy’s eyes. Illustrator Lee Holland did a great job of capturing the emotions of the otters. The soothing rhythm of the story and the earth tones in the illustrations are quieting for little ones winding down from the day.
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Night Night, Mommy is now available at Little Free Library #36424, Nonni’s Place.
My Bedtime Story Bible for Little Ones, by Jean E. Syswerda is a board book just the right size for little hands. This toddler appropriate book features 8 Bible stories ranging from Adam & Eve’s Garden Home to The Lost Son Comes Home. The stories are just short enough to hold a toddler’s interest and are happy and upbeat. The illustrations are bright and simple, eye-catching for little ones. The pages are sturdy cardboard and have a glossy finish which would probably wipe clean easily. This is a quality book produced by Zonderkidz and would be a great little book to slip inside this year’s Easter basket!
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I don’t remember his name. I’m ashamed of this. He lay still, his eyes barely open, his breaths soft. Hands cupped neatly at his sides. His hair curled in brown waves, stale and oily, the way coma patients get.
“What was he like before the accident?” I asked, trying to gain some foothold on his personality. “His mother said he loved Bruce Springsteen,” My instructor said. “But his mother said a lot of things. She’s one of those religious types, believes he will come back to his senses.” She laughed derisively, low and throaty, resembling a growl.
“Good luck, let me know if you need anything.” She headed out of his room and down the hall to her office. The door swung shut with a click and then all was silent in the small room.
All but the breaths of the boy.
The next therapy session I showed him a tape recorder. I told him how his Momma said he loved Springsteen, that I borrowed this tape just for him. I pushed the play button and a melancholy voice started low, like a lullaby.
The River, by Bruce Springsteen.
As the last strains of the song faded, I glanced at the boy. I looked closer, willed him, Show me you’re in there. There was no movement and yet, something small and shiny flickered at the edge of his eye. I leaned closer. A single tear welled in the corner of his eye. I watched in amazement as it wound its way down his cheek and onto the pillow.
The boy heard.
Somehow Bruce brought back the boy who remembered. Maybe he had a girl once, or wished he had. For one brief moment, the boy in the coma spoke with the only voice he had.
“Now those memories come back to haunt me
they haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true
Or is it something worse
that sends me down to the river
though I know the river is dry
That sends me down to the river tonight
Down to the river
my baby and I
Oh down to the river we ride.” The River, Bruce Springsteen 1980
I graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy that year, 1981. The boy in the coma still haunts me. I like to believe the prayers of his mother came true, and that he was made whole. Mr. Springsteen, if somehow this makes its way to you, know one thing: your song opened a closed door in the mind of a young man. Your music made a difference.