Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bonus Double Children's Book Review

I've been reading a lot today and I have two children's books to tell you about.

The first one is My Home Can Be A Holy Place by Kristin M. Oaks, illustrated by Dan Burr. I loved the themes in this book. As a parent, we all strive to make our homes a safe and welcoming place for our family members and this book presents all the ways that Lily helps to make her home a holy place.

For example, Lily talks about saying prayers, eating dinner with her family, and working together. There were little inspirational quotes from Church leaders that went along with each theme and I enjoyed listening to my children talk about what they do "like Lily" as we read the story.  The illustrations in this book were amazing and looked almost like photographs, they were so detailed. It really added to the story, I thought, and kept my children focused on Lily and her family.

In the back of the book were other questions to spark discussions in a family setting and we really enjoyed using that in our family home evening.  I highly recommend this book for families who want a well told story that leads to discussions on how to draw closer together.

You can buy your hardback copy herefor $18.99

Here's the back copy:

Our homes can become holy places that prepare children to grow up in the Lord (D&C 109:15). This children s picture book tells the story of Lily, a young girl who is helping to make her home a holy place by the things she does each day. The engaging illustrations by LDS artist Dan Burr depict Lily s family in various settings that show how children can contribute to the spiritual environment in their home as they say their prayers, work together, read the scriptures, eat dinner as a family, make good decisions, observe the Sabbath day, participate in family home evening, share the gospel, and learn to love one another. Parents will find additional helps and resources to reinforce these concepts on the author s website. These resources are designed specifically to complement the themes presented in the book.

The second book is Girls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding, illustrated by Kathleen Petersen.  This book highlights girls in the Book of Mormon and the choices they made.  I love how the artist portrayed ethnic women and Meso-american trees on each story that were symbolic of the Tree of Life.  It just added so much to what we were reading.

The way the authors told the story was really well-done as well. They presented what the story of the girl and at the end stated what her choices were. For example, Abish had a choice to make. She could keep her knowledge of God a secret or state her beliefs boldly and invite her people to come and see. The rest of the story is talking about what choice each girl made and what would you do if you were in her situation. It was riveting for my children and I to have the stories broken up like that and each question brought more thought and discussion as we read it together. 

I love that they highlighted so many great girls and women and how their strength and choices can help us in our lives today. I know we'll read this one again and again.

You can get your Kindle copy here for $14.45

Here is the back copy:

Shining light on strong women from the Book of Mormon, this groundbreaking book shares well-known stories alongside others that may be less familiar. Come to better know and love Sariah, the heroic daughters from the land Zeniff, Nephi's wife, the maidservant spy, and other women from the Book of Mormon who chose God with all their might. These faith-filled women defended their families, protected their husbands, and risked their lives for others—providing powerful role models for us all.

With stunning illustrations, ten compelling narratives, and thought-provoking family discussion questions, this volume will give you a new perspective on the Book of Mormon. Reading and reflecting on these brave women's stories, girls and boys will learn that they too can be strong and choose God.

In buying this book, you support educational opportunities for women. A portion of the authors' proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations in their local communities.

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