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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The One Year My Princess Devotions (Preschool Edition) Book Review

A new school year is starting and it seems like the perfect time to start with some new devotional materials so I was thrilled when this book came up for review a little while back! My girls (almost 5 and 3) love having our "chapter time" at night and each night we read from a "chapter book" (right now we're working on the Charlotte series of Little House books) and usually either a picture book or, right now, a devotional. This cute volume is PERFECT for reaching little hearts and we are LOVING it! 

The One Year My Princess Devotions (Preschool Edition) by Karen Whiting is a dated devotional with short bursts of biblical knowledge perfect for sharing with little girl hearts. Each day has "Royal Words" (the bible verse for the day), "Princess Thoughts", which are a short 2-3 sentence devotional relating to the verse, a short prayer and then a "Princess in Action" activity for them to do.  My little girls love talking about the verse and what they might be able to do in relation to it in the coming days and they look forward to hearing the new devotional each night before we go to bed. I like that they are short enough to keep their attention (recommended ages for this book are 3-5) and that they are easy for them to understand without a lot of explanation which can be difficult to get into right before bed :) All in all this is one of our favorite devotional, right up there with my other recent review of the Princess stories. If you have 3-5 year old girls like I do, I think you'll really enjoy this time with your girls!

*DISCLAIMER: While I have not been monetarily compensated for this review, Tyndale House Publishers HAS provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review. 
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book Review: Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God's Princesses

So I am WAY WAY WAY behind in getting this review posted but life gets in the way of the best of intentions so better late than never! 

Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God's Princesses written by Carolyn Larsen and illustrated by Sergey Eliseev was sent to me several months ago for review from Tyndale House publishers. I set it aside for a while as we were in the middle of reading the Magic Tree House books, but I have to say that once we picked it up, I was sorry we hadn't started it sooner! Written with the 4-8 year old girl in mind, this wonderful book has become a favorite in our home. This beautifully written volume brings to life 29 "real life" princesses from the bible and includes not only a paraphrased version of the woman's life but a key verse, a look into her life (in first person narrative) and follow up questions to help prime the heart of your little princesses. The illustrations of each princess are a delight and while I'm sure not accurate, they do help give a face to these beautiful women and their place in our Christian heritage. 

As a mother of two young girls (almost 3 and almost 5) who are both into the "princess thing", this couldn't have come into our lives at a better time. While I do not have a big problem with Disney princesses, it is a really wonderful opportunity to help our girls see the beauty in REAL princesses who have helped to shape the faith we are raising them in.  My girls LOVE reading these short stories about the "real" princesses and ask for this book quite often during our bedtime reading time. They come away from story time taking about the virtues of these women and how God helped them or lead them or used them for His purpose and really enjoy knowing that these women really lived and aren't just make believe. I have recommended this book many times over now to friends with little girls and really suggest anyone who has a princess-loving little one in their lives take a look at it. What better way to encourage "real" princess behavior that to share examples of Godly women that they can look to as they grow!

*DISCLAIMER: While I have not been monitarily compensated for this review, Tyndale House Publishers HAS provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.