All Things Bright and Beautiful By: Cecil Frances Alexander

All Things Bright and Beautiful
Written By: Cecil Frances Alexander
Illustrated By: Katy Hudson

All Things Bright and Beautiful is an absolutely gorgeous children’s book written by Cecil Francis Alexander. Illustrator Katy Hudson has taken the words of this popular hymn and created a beautiful collection of images that show kids how God’s touch is everywhere and how everything he has created everything beautifully from the forests and the seasons to each of us. I cannot get enough of the detail and vibrancy of every page. With beautiful colors, kids will enjoy the words and images over and over again. I highly recommend this book for anyone’s collection.

I received this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

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Roaming Reindeer By: Angela Meju

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Roaming Reindeer Review

Roaming Reindeer is a cute story book that includes two stuffed reindeer toys, in the book both reindeer are all about team work and responsibility, reindeer 2 is always around, but if reindeer 1 disappears it means that they have seen something and have gone to tell Santa. The book tells the store of the reindeer and how they wanted to help Santa. Much like the elf on the shelf (only less creepier) the reindeer are there to watch over children to make sure they are behaving.

This is a nice story for the holidays and shows how the reindeer work together and share responsibility to get the tasks completed. My only issue with Roaming Reindeer is that it feels like a tactic to scare children into behaving around Christmas and that you should behave when someone is watching rather than teaching why it is important to behave even when no one else is around.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Q and A with the Author Angela Meju

  1. Give us a brief summary of Roaming Reindeer.

Roaming Reindeer is a story about two of Santa’s reindeer, Gus and Sam, who see that Santa is overwhelmed with the naughty and nice lists for Christmas. They decide to help Santa by visiting girls and boys. Sam is saddened and runs away whenever he sees someone being naughty. Gus and Sam decide to work together, side by side, to visit each home. Whenever Sam runs away, he should report to Santa, while Gus sticks around to keep watch. When they run out of time to visit all of the rest of the children, the two reindeer decide to enlist their friends in pairs of two to help. They create a system for Reindeer 1 disappear to report to Santa about behavior, while Reindeer 2 sticks around. All of the reindeer leave on Christmas Eve to help Santa deliver the gifts.

  1. What was the inspiration behind the book?

My children were just starting to understand the concept of Santa Claus, and I wanted to write a Christmas book they would enjoy reading year after year.

  1. How did you decide to include two plush reindeer for families to enjoy?

We’ve tried other Christmas book traditions in our home and felt that they didn’t exactly cater to our schedules, and didn’t reinforce any positive behavior for children. I know that children tend to be visual learners, so I wanted to create cute, lovable reindeer who were visually identified as being together as a pair. Children associate 1 and 2 together, so if Reindeer 1 has disappeared, it is more of a visual reminder that the two aren’t together. I think that this allows children to be consciously aware of their behavior, while also teaching them about cause and effect. For children with siblings, it is a great tool for working together.

  1. How does your family use Roaming Reindeer?

Well, my children were exposed to “Gus” and “Sam” (that’s what our Reindeer 1 and 2 are named) very early on—long before Christmas. Our Reindeer 1 and 2 do a lot of travelling, so we have a lot of pictures of them in various (and sometimes random) locations. My children LOVE to play with the reindeer but we officially start our Reindeer countdown after Thanksgiving.

  1. What do you hope children get out of their experience with Roaming Reindeer?

Roaming Reindeer is not a tool for punishment, it’s an activity to help promote positive behavior. My hope is that children have fun playing with the reindeer and see them as friends who want to stick together. I’ve had parents joke with me saying that they want their reindeer to stick around all year long. My hope is that children will continue with these habits of teamwork and great behavior throughout the year.

  1. What kind of research did you do for the book?

A lot. The children’s book industry is so competitive. To have a book published and be taken seriously, you have to read and know your market. It’s also important to have an experienced editor and illustrations that will help to tell your story.

  1. What are other holiday traditions your family has?

It is a big event in our family to take pictures with Santa. We actually give out holiday mugs to family members each year with pictures of our kids with Santa.

  1. This was your first book. What was your favorite part of the writing process?

My favorite part of the writing process was getting to know the characters and their personalities as I was writing. The best feeling was seeing the illustrations and allowing the characters to come to life.

  1. Are you planning on writing any other books in the future?

Possibly….”wink, wink”

  1. Tell us where we can find your book and more information about you.

More information and the book is available at www.roamingreindeer.com and on Amazon.

 

 

This is the Greatest Place! By: Brian Tse

This is the Greatest Place! By: Brian Tse

This is the Greatest Place! is a great children’s book all about the Forbidden City in China. This book is full of beautiful pictures and shares an amazing story about the inspiration behind the building of the Forbidden City. Although, this is probably suited better for kids that are a little older and can sit still a bit longer as it is significant in length compared to many children’s books. However, it is still a great addition to your library and is a great tool to teach kids about other cultures and places in the world.

The pages tell an adorable story but is also filled with historical information that will teach everyone about the Forbidden City.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Night Night Blessings

Night Night Blessings By: Amy Parker Illistrated By: Marihan Ramljak

Night Night Blessings is a cute story for kids, this book is one of the cardboard books which holds up well with toddlers. This is a cute story about a little kid who is thanking God for everything they have received from puppy dog kisses to family time.

Night Night blessings has a great message reminding us to thank God for everything and everyone He has put into our lives, kids will love this story and learn how God is watching over them always. Amy Parker has crafted a beautiful story that is understandable to young children. A great gift for kids 1-3 years old. The illustrations are nice and use tons of colors, kids are sure to enjoy this story.

This book was provided to me complimentary through the BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review. The views expressed are all my own.

-Elle