Bergers Book Reviews

Guided by His Light


Author: Susan Jones
Illustrator: Pauline Siewert
Publisher: Good Books
ISBN: 978-1-68099-282-3
Pages: 64
Price: $9.99

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A good book to read at bedtime can quiet and soothe a tired child. And what could be better than a gentle, rhyming prayer book? Guided by His Light is a collection of short poems that remind children of God’s love. Illustrations of happy families, animals, and the natural world accompany these prayers.

Each prayer has a title, and some of these include God’s Words Bring Comfort, God Gives Me Strength, My Heart Is Full of Joy, and God’s Love Is Perfect. Each is crafted to provide comfort and reassurance that God loves and forgives his precious children.

This hardcover has a special glow-in-the-dark cover to encourage bedtime reading. Kids and parents will love this sweet evening prayer book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 26, 2017 Posted by | children, Christian | Leave a comment

A House for a Mouse


Author & Illustrator: Rebecca Westberg
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1450511421
Pages: 24
Price: $9.49

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Whiskers and Cheesepuff are two mice living in a house. Foraging among the humans is great until one day Whiskers is nearly caught. The humans put out sticky traps to catch the mice, and Cheesepuff decides it might be best for them to leave. But Whiskers has a different plan which leads to surprisingly wonderful results.

These two mice are comfortable in their “house for a mouse” when they are suddenly faced with adversity. Although the easiest choice is to simply walk away, Whiskers thinks it’s possible that they can peacefully coexist. And in offering kindness to the people in the house, he finds a way for them all to be happy.

A House for a Mouse is a sweet animal story with a subtle message of peacemaking. Kids will love it!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 13, 2017 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment

My First Book of Bible Verses


Author: Susan Jones
Publisher: Good Books
Genre: Children / Christian
ISBN: 978-1-68099-281-6
Pages: 64
Price: $12.99

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Children find scripture to be a great source of joy, and they love to memorize key verses. My First Book of Bible Verses shares 30 Bible verses for kids to learn and absorb, along with colorful illustrations and descriptions. A set of stickers is provided, and once they learn each verse, they can place a sticker in the spaces marked on the pages.

The Bible verses chosen for this book center on loving and honoring God, being kind and generous toward others, trusting in God’s goodness, living a moral and upright life, and praying. As they memorize these beautiful verses, children will naturally draw closer to God and their loved ones. I highly recommend this wonderful book for all Christian children.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

April 5, 2017 Posted by | children, Christian | Leave a comment

Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet (Mutasia)


Author: Suzanne Cotsakos
Illustrator: Ryan McCulloch
Publisher: Mutasian Entertainment LLC
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0985600280
Pages: 48
Price: $15.99

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Billie Penicorn is a penguin-leopard-narwhal with a problem. Her pugapillar is too boring, and she wants to find a new pet. So her friend, Figley, the possum-cow-finch, tries to help. He knows of several mixed-up animals that would make fine pets, and brings them to Billie one by one for her approval. Each of the possible pets is also made up of several different animals, and one part seems to be perfect while another is definitely not. Billie looks at them all, growing more and more frustrated that she can’t find the perfect pet. Finally, Figley discovers the one pet that would suit her best, and Billie is happy once again.

Billie doesn’t know what she’s looking for when she casts aside her faithful pugapillar. But in searching for something different, she realizes what she truly wants. Kids will see that the grass is not always greener on the other side, and what they already have is probably what they really wanted all along.

Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet is a humorous story told with unique and colorful illustrations of preposterous animal combinations. Other Mutasia books in this series are also available, as is an adorable line of plush Mutasia animals. Kids will really enjoy these creative Mutasia books and stuffed animals. I highly recommend them.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 14, 2017 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment

See Inside the Dinosaur: An Interactive 3-D Exploration of a Triceratops


Author: Michael Bright
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Genre: Children / Science / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-62686-566-2
Pages: 48
Price: $21.95

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Millions of years ago, many different kinds of dinosaurs roamed the earth. See Inside the Dinosaur features some of these fascinating creatures and explains a little about them. Focusing on dinosaurs individually and in groups of like beasts, it shows when they might have lived, whether they were plant-eaters or carnivores, if they were able to fly, what kind of skin covering they had, and other interesting facts.

A dinosaur guidebook is provided, along with a Triceratops model with 33 removable body parts, and a 7-piece card stock T. Rex model. Assembly instructions are included for both.

It’s so much fun to learn about dinosaurs, and kids will really enjoy working with this kit.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 9, 2017 Posted by | children, nature, science | Leave a comment

Super Animal Powers: The Amazing Abilities of Animals

Super Animal Powers
Author: Ryan Jacobson
Photographer: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Wildlife Picture Books
Genre: Animals / Nature / Children
ISBN: 978-1-59193-648-0
Pages: 32
Price: $12.95

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Some animals can do amazing things. In fact, you might even say they have super powers. For instance, a Peregrine Falcon can fly more than 200 miles per hour. A Dung Beetle can lift and carry 1,141 other Dung Beetles. And a Northern Raccoon is the smartest and sneakiest thief, when it comes to food.

But these aren’t the only animals with super powers. This unique book describes the amazing abilities of 14 different animals with powers like super strength, super vision, and invisibility. Each two page spread describes the featured animal’s super power, and includes several photos of each in their natural habitats.

Kids really enjoy reading about our natural world and the fascinating animals that inhabit it. Super Animal Powers: The Amazing Abilities of Animals is sure to be a big hit.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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February 27, 2017 Posted by | animals, children, nature | Leave a comment

The Red Car That Tyler Wanted

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Author & Illustrator: Mary A. Kurban, Ed.D.
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-692-67003-3
Pages: 20
Price: $7.99

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Tyler sees a little red car in the window of the store, and he wants it very much. His mom tells him that if he’s a very good little rabbit, he will receive it for his birthday. Tyler is exceptionally good. He finishes his milk and carrot, picks up his toys, and folds his clothes neatly before going to bed. After weeks and weeks of very good behavior, his birthday arrives. True to her word, his mom gives him his treasured red car.

A birthday party is planned for later in the day, and until his friends arrive, Tyler plays with his new red car. It’s just perfect and he loves playing with it. But when his guests finally arrive, Tyler has a problem. His mom only purchased party favors for six guests, and one of his friends brought his little brother. When his six friends receive their toys to play with, the uninvited little rabbit begins to cry. Tyler responds in a completely unexpected and heartwarming way, showing everyone that friends mean much more than things.

Tyler models an incredible generosity in not only sharing his toys, but his most treasured possession. Through his actions, he learns that giving is much more enjoyable than receiving. Kids and moms will adore Tyler.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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January 11, 2017 Posted by | animals, children | Leave a comment

Mom’s Dresses

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Author & Illustrator: Mónica Carretero
Publisher: Cuento de Luz
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-84-16147-74-8
Pages: 36
Price: $16.95

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Mom has quite the collection of dresses, and each comes with its own adventure. A checkerboard dress sends a young girl on horseback to rescue a pawn. Mom’s long, flowing blue dress reminds her of the ocean, and she’s sailing a ship among mermaids and seagulls. The flowered dress is a great big field that she runs through, picking flowers and decorating her hair.

This mom and her daughter have a close bond and they share their love of her unique dresses. Each day she wears a new one, and her daughter’s imagination takes her off on another adventure. The final pages of this book include a dress-up doll along with cut-out clothes to dress her in. Girls can enjoy making up their own adventures along with the main character.

Mom’s Dresses is a fun read for girls who enjoy dreaming and letting their imaginations run wild.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 29, 2016 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Smithsonian Readers: Endless Explorations Level 4

Endless Explorations
Authors: Brenda Scott-Royce, Stephen Binns, Emily Rose Oachs, Kaitlyn DiPerna
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Genre: Children / Science
ISBN: 978-1-62686-454-2
Pages: 192
Price: $14.95

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Science, history, and nature are interesting for kids, and Smithsonian Readers capitalizes on this desire to learn more about these topics. Endless Explorations covers predators, world wonders, space exploration, natural disasters, ocean habitats, and flight. Beautiful photos fill each page, bringing the text alive and making it more engaging. Each section closes with a multiple choice quiz to determine reading comprehension.

The Smithsonian Readers series is designed for early, developing, engage and fluent readers. In this level 4 book, kids will read extended sentences and complex words in a variety of factual texts to challenge fluent readers.

Smithsonian Readers: Endless Explorations Level 4 is sure to generate some curiosity and enthusiasm in the home and classroom. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 20, 2016 Posted by | children, education, nature, science | Leave a comment

Babushka

Babushka
Author: Dawn Casey
Illustrator: Amanda Hall
Publisher: Good Books
Genre: Children / Christmas / Russia
ISBN: 978-1-68099-188-8
Pages: 32
Price: $16.99

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Babushka is very busy cooking and cleaning in her tiny cottage. One day three men visit her home, telling of their wonderful journey as they’re led by a star to find a newborn baby. They invite Babushka to come with them, but first she must clean up after their visit. After they’re gone, she reconsiders, as she sees the star shining brightly. She packs up lots of handmade toys, clothing, and baked goods and heads out to follow them.

The snow has covered their footprints, and Babushka wanders with her cat through the frozen landscape. As she travels, she comes across people who need the good things she’s carrying, and she gives them away joyously. Babushka hasn’t found the Christ child, but she spreads the Light of Love throughout the land.

Babushka is a traditional Russian Christmas tale retold in this charming book filled with bright and beautiful illustrations. Children will delight in this magical story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 5, 2016 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment