Thursday, January 28, 2016

I am so excited for this new book!

This new book, The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming, is written by two of my favorite people (Sally Clarkson and her daughter, Sarah Clarkson) who happen to be two of my favorite authors.

It is a lovely, practical book about the value of home.  It comes out next week and I couldn't be more thrilled.  I was privileged to review the first two chapters and it drew me right in with practical ideas.  The different viewpoints from mother and daughter lend much to the book.  Go order it now.  Really.  Today, it's less than $10 on Amazon and will be sure to go up with the release date.  There is also a companion book with more stories and more ideas organized by month.  Sigh.  Loveliness.

I did receive the first two chapters, but was under no obligation to write a review.  I just love these people and their writing and no single family has influenced my parenting more.

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Book Review: Refuge at Highland Hall

I liked this series at Highland Hall.  The characters are fun and interesting.  It's an easy and light read but kept my attention.  

I enjoyed the way that the characters tried to do right and have integrity in their various struggles and trials.  Always good to read a book with redemption and forgiveness.  

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book Review: The Time Garden, A Magical Journey and Coloring Book

The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Bookby Daria Song is an exquisite, beautiful, intricate coloring book that is also the story of a little girl and her encounter with a grandfather clock.

This is a stunning book.  The detail and imagination in each page provides rich fodder for a child or adult's mind and heart.  Combine this with the fact that the reader gets to color these pages to their likes and it's as if one has a custom book, partially created by yourself.  It really is lovely.  This would be an excellent gift to a child with the patience to color small, intricate pages or to an adult who enjoys the therapeutic value of coloring with pencils or markers.

The quality of manufacture of this book is excellent as well.  The paper is thick, the printed lines are crisp and clear and it's larger format makes it just right for working in.  I can recommend this book without hesitation!


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mom Heart Resources #7: A More Gentle 9/11

At our last Mom Heart group, we spoke about 9/11 and how to introduce the topic in a reasonable and safe way to our children.  I strongly believe that books are a far superior medium than television images to introduce hard topics to youngsters.  A child has no control over the images that a screen places in their minds, while a book gives their own imagination a chance to tone it down and make the scary event much less fearful.  There were a few books mentioned that are gentle and focus on the heroes of the day rather than the fear.  I will be using these with my own children.

The Little Chapel that Stood is about the chapel very close to the Twin Towers that survived the attacks and then served as a center of respite for the officers, firefighters and volunteers that served at Ground Zero for weeks afterwards.  A sweet focus of an awful tragedy.

The Man in the Red Bandanna is a biography of one hero of 9/11 that helped many people escape down the stairs to safety.  It was written by the main character's sister.  May bring tears to your eyes, but is a lovely example of heroism and courage for your children.

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harveyis a book about an old firefighting boat that came back into service the day of the attacks.  A different viewpoint of the day, again providing a hero for your children to admire and focus on.

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And of course, we can never get enough Shakespeare.  Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare has fun illustrations and easy to read stories to introduce children to the storylines of some of Shakespeare's most famous works.

This picture book of A Midsummer Night's Dreamis a beautifully illustrated version of one of the most fun Shakespeare plays.  It is no longer available new, but is worth tracking down used.  

We have moved onto the Civil War Era in my home and this book, Famous Figures of the Civil Waris a fun way to bring some crafting to your study of history.  These figures are made to be cut out and attached together with mini brads, making a movable paper doll of sorts.  We use them for posters and/or our timeline.  I could see some children making puppets as well and acting out scenes from history.  Each person comes in a color version as well as a line drawing that can be colored in by your children.  Such fun!

And for one last fun link, MindWare Pattern Playis a wonderful game that a child can play with on his own.  It comes with many cards of different patterns that are a challenge to reproduce.  A great way to bring some logical, spatial thinking to your child in a very fun way.  This game served us for many years and is still a draw.