Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Let There Be Light {Review}

Let There Be Light is a product of the partnership between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and illustrator Nancy Tillman.  Telling the 7 day creation story, this sturdy board book is perfect for little hands and really should be marketed to a younger reader.  And I'm not sure what I was expecting from the storyline, but it really should be attributed to the writer of Genesis as it's lifted straight from the Bible.

For Nancy Tillman's part, this book is incredibly illustrated an beautiful.  Her interpretation of the Scriptures is rich and stunning.  If you're a Tillman fan, this book will not disappoint as it is a celebration of creation and diversity.

Really, this is a book we love and one my 3 year old reaches for often.  But the author issue bothered me.  If you're looking for a way to introduce the creation story to your toddler, this is a beautiful book.  Once you're past the introduction stage, I'd look for something deeper.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my fair and honest opinion.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Homemade Peppermint Bark

Hope Crossing {Review}

Having never read any of the Ada's House books, this trilogy was a complete joy to read.  Some of the characters have been referenced in other Woodsmall books and it was fun to finally learn their story.  Frightened and running, Cara and her daughter, Lori, find themselves living in an old barn before finally being taken in by Ephraim, an upstanding member of the Amish community.  That is until he brings Cara and Lori into his home.  Then this single man finds himself on the outs with his leadership and determined to stand up for the mother and her daughter.  Called to be God to these two, will Ephraim ever be able to find his way back into the good graces of the Amish community?  Or will his boldness push him to the life of an Englisher? 

Throughout this trilogy, other characters are introduced and their stories are unique and compelling in their own right.  Ephraim's sister, her friend, Ada, the schoolteacher, Ephraim's employee (just to name a few) all make an appearance with their own struggles and dreams adding layers to an already complex story involving Ephraim and Cara.  

Again, Woodsmall does not disappoint.  Each story is well-written and brings out characters with the complexity of real life.  Often times, the middle story of a trilogy drags as we wait to find out what will happen.  But the story line kept me engaged all the way through.  It's a huge book with all three stories together, but a great value and a wonderful storyline from page 1 to page 1,020.  If you  enjoy well written Amish fiction, this should be your next read.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

A Peek Into Our Homeschool Week Dec 8-12, 2014

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Lydia doing a Pilgrim word search

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Josiah painting with glitter glue

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Lydia eating a metamorphic "rock"

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Studying Metamorphic Rocks

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She really does love science

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Cause you always need a Lambie to study with
when you're sick

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Studying the Letter P
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