Book Review - One Hand, Two Hands (Max Lucado)

~ Posted on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 12:03 AM ~

As part of the BookSneeze Blogger Reviewer program, I'm always on the look out for good children's books, particularly good Christian books for children. When I received the early invitation to review the latest books from Max Lucado, I'm immediately jump at the chance and monitored the time when the opportunity is available. I requested this book along with 1 other (still waiting for it sigh...) and here is my review of the latest book from Max Lucado entitled "ONE HAND, TWO HANDS"

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Author: Max Lucado
Illustrator: Gaby Hansen
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson (September 14, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1400316496
Jacketed Hardcover: 32 pages
Dimension: 10.1 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches

Excerpts taken from Booksneeze page:

"A delightful way to show little ones how their hands are a blessing from God that they can use to do help others. Written in rhyming text and illustrated with the charming art of Gaby Hansen, this simple message of God’s blessing of hands not only entertains . . . as it teaches what wonderful things our hands can do from scratching, latching, and petting a pup to washing dishes with mommy and putting toys in a box . . . but it also conveys the important message: We can use God’s gift of hands to show our love for Him by helping others. The book ends tenderly with a prayer of thanks to God for hands and asks Him to use them again:

One hand, two hands,
Five fingers, ten.
God, thanks, for my hands.
Please, use them again.
"

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Firstly, I've almost given up hope on receiving this book.It has over a month already and just when I totally forgot about this book, it arrived and got me all excited and brings back my hope and faith in the delivery & custom services in Malaysia. I can clearly see the stamp on the parcel that the book has been shipped out on 5th September and was only approved for release by the Malaysian Custom on 4th October.

Anyway, that aside, my first impression of the book: They should do away with the French flap (or the jacketed cover for the book). I've never been the fan for flaps like this and I find it a waste of paper and annoying that I have to either tape it up or totally removed it away to prevent tearing from my 19 months old toddler.

Curious Ben flipping through the book Ben showing me how he combs his hair

I like the way they show us how we can make use of our hands, and the fact they incorporate how our little ones can help out with the cleaning, washing and all.  I would have preferred if they show both little boys and girls in the illustrations instead of only the little girl as the main character. That way, both little boys and girls can relate themselves with the story.

Ben showing me how he washes hands
Ben amazed at the sight of doggy praying...

I do however find it a joy to see Ben showing me things he do on daily bases when he saw the similar actions from the book, like washing and cleaning up and combing hair. I'm not a fan of soft and blurry illustrations like this though I do enjoys the pastel and light toned colors used in the illustrations. Overall, I give this book a 7 out of 10.

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You can get the One Hand, Two Hands from Amazon or from Max Lucado's website store itself.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book by Book Sneeze in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Book Review - My Everyday Promise Bible (Phil A. Smouse)

~ Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 1:22 PM ~

This is my 3rd ebook I get to review, a children bible book by Phil A. Smouse called: "My Everyday Promise Bible".

Author: Phil A. Smouse
Publisher:  Barbour Books
ISBN: 978-1602604759
Paperback: 384 pages
Dimension: 7 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches

Product description from the Amazon page:
"How can parents teach their kids about God’s faithfulness? Give them My Everyday Promise Bible, from the creator of Jesus Wants All of Me! This brand-new book for kids ages 3 to 5 is packed with age-appropriate Bible promises, devotional thoughts, and fun, colorful illustrations. It features 365 daily readings on a promise of scripture, carefully written so that kids can understand. Author and illustrator Phil A. Smouse has created an engaging way to introduce youngsters to the unchanging goodness of God."

Excerpts from one of the editorial review:
"The Everyday Promise Book is a full year of daily devotionals for children.  Each day contains a Bible verse which is paraphrased by the author so that the child can fully understand God''s promises for that day.  Along with the Bible verse is a short paragraph of instruction and uplifting direction.  Everyday Promise Book is perfect for reading to a small child or for a young reader to read aloud. Both will find a perfect devotional for the day. The devotions cover a variety of subjects from salvation to behaviors, and the art work in the book is beautiful, colorful and soft.  The text is spaced well and readable."

I'm attracted to the cute cover page!

When I saw the page with a note to the parents, I smiled... There's a verse there (Read: Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)) which reminded me why I opted to review this book. I wanted us to have a closer relationship to God and hoping that this book can help.

I love the idea of a book with daily verses which we can flip through and read. Each pages is dedicated for each day in the calendar, with the daily verse and a very cute illustrations and a brief paragraph to accompany the verse.

I also love the index sections! It's categorized into sections such as "Anger", "Courage" and so on, followed by the days which is related to it, making it easy to look for the verses.

If you are planning to get a Christian gift book for a child, you should consider this book! I think this book is a good choice as it is written in simple and easy to understand words and even for Ben who is still young to be reading, at least I can show him the cute illustrations and make up my own version of story for each verses.

You can purchase My Everyday Promise Bible book from Amazon.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a galley proof  of the book via my association with netGalley as a reviewer in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

Music Review & Giveaway - The Rattles

~ Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM ~

You have no idea how hard it is for us to keep this to ourself! I've been contacted by Nathalie from the Musebox a couple of weeks ago to do a review for her latest project, The Rattles, a lively band of furry, family-friendly critters who released their debut album, 'Rattle On' on August 17th.

Excerpt from Nathalie's email to me:

"With a fresh, modern fusion of classic rock and power pop, similar to The Beatles, They Might Be Giants, and The Monkees, this colorful quartet has set themselves apart from the average children's music group by creating a listening experience that parents and adults can enjoy as well. Similar to the music of Yo Gabba Gabba, this project is about creating music EVERYONE can groove out to!"

The moment I clicked on to the link given (sample 3 songs provided in The Rattles website), Ben just got down to dancing and shaking and nodding his head. I've never seen my boy reacted so quickly to a song!

Believe me, even just by listening to the 3 songs provided in The Rattles website are enough proof for us that this music album is totally awesome!

 

If you don't believe me, see for yourself by clicking the following thumbnails to view Youtube videos of Ben dancing to one of the songs.

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Pictures below are taken when I received the actual music CD from Nathalie for my full review. 

Ben checking out the album cover and brochure inside.

Picture from left to right: Back cover, CD cover and the "Made with Recycled Materials" symbol.

What I love about this music album?

* Ben gets down to dancing and grooving to the songs!

* The members in the band are a band of furry, family-friendly critters, all cutely illustrated

* The music video and sound is perfect for Ben at this age who loves fun, groovy and cartoonish stuff now!

* The music is not just for children. Even hubby and I are dancing along to the songs too!

* Their music CD is made of recycled materials! How eco friendly is that?!

* Our favorite songs: Rattle On, R-A-T-T-L-E-S, Lucky Sam's Banana Stand, Wavy Lane, Goodbye Yesterday.

You can purchase the album at: http://www.rattlesrock.com/Shop.html

But wait... did I mentioned I received another copy of the music CD for a giveaway to one of my lucky awesome blog reader/visitor?

Yup! You read that right!

Your awesome bloggy pal here has got the greenlight to hold a giveaway for a copy of The Rattles music CD!

Okay,

First condition:

The giveaway copy of The Rattles music CD is with me now (all sealed nicely and beautifully), so I can only open up this giveaway to my blog readers and visitors with mailing adress in MALAYSIA only as I'm actually bearing the delivery charges myself.

Now, I repeat, this giveaway is only for people with mailing address in MALAYSIA.

Second condition:

Just leave me a comment in this post telling me "I DESERVE THIS MUSIC ALBUM BECAUSE...". Make sure your email address is valid so that I can contact you if you win! (Don't worry, only admin can view the email addresses and I don't have time to collect and sell your email addresses :P)

I will accept comments from now until 31st October 2010.

The lucky winner will be selected based on the best entry on why you think you deserve to win the giveaway music CD. If I find out your mailing address is not based in Malaysia, I have the right to pick another winner!

Simple right? One comment to me on why you deserved to win. No need to be my blog follower (althought that would be a sweet gesture), no need to do extra things for additional entries or whatsoever. And selection of 1 lucky winner is based on the best entry instead of random draw. So what are you waiting for? Go and think of an awesome reason for winning this and submit your comment in this post.

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Our whole family would like to give a note of thanks to Nathalie from the Musebox for this wonderful opportunity to review this fantastic album! You have no idea how much Ben loves dancing along to The Rattles's songs!

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with an actual The Rattles music CD to assist my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.