Bergers Book Reviews

My First Wild Activity Book


Author: Isabel Otter-Barry Ross
Illustrator: Maxime Lebrun
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
ISBN: 978-1-62686-957-8
Pages: 32
Price: $12.99

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Children may not be able to take a trip around the world to visit natural habitats, but they can do this from the comfort of their own homes. With My First Wild Activity Book, kids will explore the rain forest, desert, ocean, mountains, forest, savanna, and polar ice.

Each location has several activities: search and finds, counting, mazes, matching, connect the dots, coloring, and stickers. An answer key is also provided. At the end of each section, there is a space for young adventurers to place their explorer completion badge.

This activity book is more about fun than learning, and the amount of actual information provided for each section is manageable for small children. But by playing with this book, they will discover these seven different habitats and hopefully be curious enough to want to know more. Kids will love this fun activity book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

September 18, 2018 Posted by | children, nature | Leave a comment

As the Tide Comes In


Authors: Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall
Publisher: WaterBrook
Genre: Christian Romance
ISBN: 978-0-7352-9101-0
Pages: 352
Price: $14.99

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Tara Abbott has helped raise her two half-brothers, and how she’s looking forward to the vacation they’ve planned for her. When tragedy strikes, she makes the trip to St. Simons Island anyway. Dazed and confused, she has no idea where she is or what she’s doing there, but she searches relentlessly for answers.

Gavin Burnside is attempting to solve the family’s financial difficulties after his dad passed away. With his mom and the rest of the “Glynn Girls” to help, they hope to have everything resolved shortly. Finding Tara, lost and alone on the island, isn’t part of his plan. But who is Tara, and what is she really doing on St. Simons Island? And how is her future intertwined with his own?

Watching Tara cope with such a devastating loss is heart-breaking, and at times I wondered how she would ever recover. But with her loving friends, the Glynn Girls, and Gavin to support her, she starts to make peace with the past. As the Tide Comes In is a moving picture of God’s grace in unimaginable circumstances. I highly recommend this beautiful story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

August 27, 2018 Posted by | Christian, romance | Leave a comment

Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse?


Author & Illustrator: Lisa M. Griffin
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1944882-18-1
Pages: 32
Price: $10.95

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Boone doesn’t like to try new things. So when his mother and siblings decide to cross over to the other side of the pond, Boone has no intention of going with them. He has a list of excuses not to go. But soon he begins to think about all the fun they’re having without him and wishes he was there.

Paddling like a crazy goose, he heads over to the other side. When he realizes he did it all by himself, he’s amazed! His mom is so proud of him, and his siblings have even saved him a sweet treat as a reward.

Children who are uncomfortable with change will relate to Boone’s feelings. Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse? addresses these fears of stepping outside their comfort zone, providing a helpful tips page for educators and parents.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

August 16, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Night Night, Sleepytown


Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Children / Board book
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1003-6
Pages: 20
Price: $9.99

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The residents of Sleepytown are hard at work, and soon they will wind down their day and head off to sleep. But first, kids will visit with them and say good-night. This cute rhyming book visits the mayor, the farmers, the police officers, teachers, and others as they work to care for the residents of Sleepytown. Each two-page spread ends with the refrain, “Night night, {persons, and other persons}, too! Thank you all for what you do.”

Night Night, Sleepytown shows a happy and positive scene of each person’s role in the community, expressing gratitude for everyone mentioned. It also helps to put kids in the mood for sleep as parents read it to them before bed. The closing note thanks God for looking down on Sleeptown, which is an easy prompt for kids to be reminded to say their bedtime prayers. This cute book is perfect for bedtime routines.

Reviewer: Alice Bergr

August 15, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Rock Collecting for Kids / Rock Log


Author: Dan R. Lynch
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Kids / Nature / Geology
ISBN: 978-1-59193-773-9
Pages: 144
Price: $12.95

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Rock collecting is a simple and fun hobby for kids. Rocks comes in so many interesting shapes and sizes, from soft to hard, and have some spectacular colors. They’re so easy to find in backyards, school yards, and parks. Kids can also buy polished stones and split open rocks that reveal the crystals and rings hidden inside.

Rock Collecting for Kids helps kids identify the cool rock they’ve found, while Rock Log gives them a place to record it. Each log entry makes a note of time, place, description, and a place for a drawing of the rock. Fun facts are included in the side margins.

Budding geologists will enjoy this rock collecting set. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 12, 2018 Posted by | children, nature | Leave a comment

Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, Chew


Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Children / Board book
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1214-6
Pages: 20
Price: $9.99

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The dinosaurs are having a picnic dinner party! They shop for the meal items, prep the food, and eat their fill, before enjoying a very restful sleep.

The dinosaurs demonstrate cooperative efforts as they prepare their meal together. They display good manners in setting a table properly and eating a large amount of food without burping. They explain how important good food choices are in growing strong. And they express gratitude for their meal in saying grace before eating.

Dinner for Dinos is a fun board book that kids will enjoy reading over and over again. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 27, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Bless This Home


Author & Illustrator: Robin Pickens
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Journal / Christian
ISBN: 978-1-64178-000-1
Pages: 128
Price: $7.99

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Bless This Home is designed to inspire. Filled with Bible quotes, artwork, and questions to think about, this lined journal gives us the space to record our thoughts and prayers.

This beautiful hardcover book is affordably priced and would make a great gift.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 26, 2018 Posted by | Christian, journal | Leave a comment

Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses by Readers.com
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Reading a good book is more enjoyable when you can easily see the print.  So if you’ve reached the point in your life where you need a good pair of reading glasses, Readers.com might have what you’re looking for.  I was given a sample of the three pairs below, and I really liked them.  They have an amazing assortment of designs and styles, and the prices are very reasonable.  Just choose your favorite style and your preferred strength.

Appleton

Brit

Adeline

June 25, 2018 Posted by | miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Mary Had a Little Lizard


Author & Illustrator: Kayla Harren
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-5107-1635-3
Pages: 40
Price: $16.99

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Mary has a little lizard who isn’t content to wait at home while Mary goes to school. So he sneaks into her backpack, gets loose in the classroom, and causes havoc.

Mary Had a Little Lizard is told completely through illustrations, with no words. Kids will be able to “tell” the story themselves, as they study each image. They can see the empty backpack calling the lizard to sneak inside, watch him as he looks inside Mary’s lunch sack, wondering if he plans to have a snack, and giggle as he eyes the paints, knowing there will soon be trouble.

Mary’s lizard is cute, little critter, and the reader knows he has no intentions of causing mischief. He simply misses Mary and wants to be with her. Any child who loves animals will adore this fun story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 22, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

My Prayer Journal


Author & Illustrator: Joanne Fink
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Christian / Journal
ISBN: 978-1-64178-003-2
Pages: 128
Price: $7.99

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Keeping a record of our prayers is a wonderful way to see God at work in our lives. My Prayer Journal is a beautiful hardcover book designed for making notes of our own prayers.

There are three main sections to this journal. The first few pages are available to record our prayer list: the name of the person, the date, and the reason. The next section is a series of journal pages, offering us the opportunity to reflect on gratitude, specific prayer requests, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. The last section is a calendar for listing important birthdays, anniversaries, and other dated items. Throughout the journal, Joanne Fink’s religious artwork adorns the pages.

My Prayer Journal is not only a beautiful record of our prayers, but it’s also priced right. This journal is perfect for prayer warriors, and would make a great gift.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 13, 2018 Posted by | Christian, journal | Leave a comment