The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible Search and Find by Jan & Mike Berenstain | Children's Book Review

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible Search and Find

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible
Search and Find
Jan & Mike Berenstain
Juvenile Fiction ages 3-6

Explore favorite Bible stories in a fun and interactive way with The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible Search and Find.. Young readers will find carefully hidden objects in these scenes from familiar Old and New Testament stories, such as Noah and the ark. Jesus's birth, and the Last Supper--all while strengthening early reading and math skills, including attention to detail, concentration, and counting.

Inside The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible Search and Find

My Thoughts

My grandkids love to do search and find activities. The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible Search and Find gives even the youngest the opportunity to work on these skills. What I really like about this book is that it has lots of learning activities that also include the central parts of the Bible.

The first search activity is all about the Creation story. There's a short little reading that introduces where our story begins. Then there are about a dozen different objects to find. 

I am thrilled that this is a board book which makes it sturdy for those sweet little hands to enjoy over and over. It also holds up to being thrown in a backpack for those car trips and waiting rooms. 

I recommend this book to anyone that has littles in their lives. It would be a great gift or addition to your child's personal library. 


I received a copy of this book from the publisher to facilitate my review.


Far | Five Minute Friday

Far | Five Minute Friday

One Word Prompt ~ Five Minutes of Writing ~ No Editing
Today's Prompt: Far


We are about six months in to a serious health situation. Most days I am able to look back and see just how far we've come. I've got all the records (and bills) to remind me that we've definitely come a far distance from the beginning. It makes me smile and just want to celebrate.

Last week we met with the oncologist and we got wonderful news. Again that sense of jubilation and need to celebrate this milestone. But then I asked a question and the response was we still have a far journey ahead. That's always a bubble burster! 

It's such a balance. Looking back while looking forward. It's that tension of the in-between. We get to see what has been but we must live by faith in what's to come. I am choosing to continually remind myself that the same Jesus that has walked with us this far will continue to walk us through to the end. Because He alone is the author and finisher of our faith! 


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Sunny Days Ahead: 150 Devotions for Health and Happiness by Lindsay A Franklin | Devotional Review

Sunny Days Ahead: 150 Devotions for Health and Happiness by Lindsay A Franklin

Sunny Days Ahead
150 Devotions for Health and Happiness
Lindsay A. Franklin
Daily Devotional

When things feel tough, remember there are brighter days to come.

From negative self-talk to daily stress and dealing with discouraging events, the challenges you face every day can bring your spirit down. But the good news is, you don't have to remain in a dark place. Inside Sunny Days Ahead are 150 ten-minute devotions that will guide you toward inner peace and confidence, helping you feel more secure, optimistic, and empowered no matter the circumstance.

Each day's reading includes:
  • a hope-filled Scripture that points to God's care and promises in your life
  • biblical truth and scientific, therapeutic insights that explore what healthy positivity and self-care look like
  • a reflection prompt with space to write out your thoughts and ideas
There's no better time than now to uncover a new, freer outlook on life!

Sunny Days Ahead by Lindsay A Franklin

My Thoughts

If you are a living and breathing person it's pretty much a given that you have experienced some pretty cloudy seasons in your life. We all have and we all know how hard it is to remain optimistic during those seasons. In Sunny Days Ahead Lindsay Franklin provides a roadmap to get you back on the path to a better frame of mind.

The set up for this daily devotional is simple. Scripture first. Then author thoughts and suggestions. And finally journaling from you. This should take around 10 minutes. . . very doable!

I liked how each successive day led into the next. By the end of the book you can have confidence and simple tools to help you right your thinking and get you back on track. The only drawback was the journaling portion is too small for me. I just used a separate journal. In the end that worked out better because now I have a clean book that I can pass on to a friend in need.

I should also say that I don't think you necessarily need to be in the midst of a crisis to benefit from this book. I thought it was a useful tool to remind me about the important things and actions that will keep me in a right frame of mind even in the midst of a storm. 

Sunny Days Ahead by Lindsay Franklin


I received a copy of this book from the publisher to facilitate my review.


Wimee Learns About Money by Stephanie Kammeraad | Juvenile Fiction Review

Wimee Learns About Money by Stephanie Kammeraad

 Wimee Learns About Money
Stephanie Kammeraad
Juvenile Fiction

Join your favorite robot Wimee from the show Wimee’s Words (as seen on PBS) as he learns about what money is and how it works. Readers will have fun as they discover earning, spending, saving, giving, and other money facts.

Wimee is excited! He has received some money from his grandmother as a gift. But he isn’t sure what to do with it. Join Wimee and his friends Moby and Siblee in the park, as they get a lesson in money facts from Mr. Bill. Then follow along as Wimee puts a plan together for how he can use his money.

Wimee Learns About Money by Stephanie Kammeraad

My Thoughts

If you have a grandkid birthday coming up just stick this in your cart! That's my plan. I'm getting a card, sticking some money in it and including this book. It's the perfect combo.

The book does a delightful job of teaching the concepts of earning, saving, spending, and giving money. The characters are from a popular children's show so most likely they will be familiar with them. 

There's also a great section in the back that goes more in depth of what is money, how do you get it, what do you do with it, and finally where do you keep it. I thought this section would especially appeal to home educators. It would be a good supplement to any beginning unit on money.

It's also worth noting that this book is just one in a series of Wimee books. If this one interests you go take a look at the others. I think you'll like them too!

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Pattern | Five Minute Friday

Pattern | Five Minute Friday

One Word Prompt ~ Five Minutes of Writing ~ No Editing
Today's Prompt: Pattern


I am a needleworker in many different mediums. I knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider and quilt. In all of those crafts I use a pattern. It tells me how much thread and fabric I need. It tells me what colors to use. It basically tells me how everything will be pulled together to make the end project.

Some people use the pattern as a general guideline. They change many aspects of the original and come up with a project that is unique to them. I on the other hand rarely stray from the pattern. I occasionally change something minor like a color or size but I rarely change the overall pattern. 

I find great comfort in having those guidelines to follow so I know exactly what my end result will be. I do not enjoy surprises. For example I never do mystery stitch-a-longs until they are completely finished and revealed. I like to know exactly what my end result will be.

Right now my family is in the midst of a very stressful health situation. Our doctors are using patterns to gage what our outcome will be. But we don't know the end result because just like a mystery stitch-a-long each section is still being revealed. It's making me so stressed. But the other day I was whining to God about it and just lamenting how uncertain everything is and in His gracious way He reminded me that He's already given me the ultimate pattern to follow . . .His Word.

I may not know what Tuesday holds. But I certainly know how it all began and how it will all end. And that means I know it will all be okay. I just need to follow the pattern.


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