Jason C. Stanley

ponderings of a deacon dad walking humbly & seeking justice

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel

_240_360_book-2061-coverThe Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, Mike Berenstain, Zonderkidz, 2016. 

It is hard to believe as I sit on a cool day in October that Christmas will be here soon. Even so, we have already read our first Christmas book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel.

It is the week before Christmas in Bear Country and there is very little snow. By the time Brother, Sister, and Honey get suited up, the sun has melted most of the snow away. The next day, however, brings lots of snow! As the cubs play in the snow, they discuss what kind of snowman they should build. They finally decide on a snow angel, complete with a halo and a harp.

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Book Review: Jesus and the Beanstalk

jesus-and-the-beanstalkJesus and the Beanstalk: Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life, Lori Stanley Roeleveld, Abingdon Press, 2016.

When I started reading Lori Stanley Roeleveld’s newest book, Jesus and the Beanstalk, I connected with it. It was as if Roeleveld had peeked inside my brain and caught a glimpse of the questions I had recently been pondering.

This, I learned, is the nature of her blog and her book. Her writing has an approachable style to it, as if she were sitting at a kitchen table and talking with you directly over a cup of coffee.

It does not take much for us to realize that we live in unsettling, challenging times. There are giant problems everywhere we look and these giants produce obstacles, barriers, and strongholds.

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Q&A with Authors Kevin Howard & Jesse Howard

cover97383-mediumKookabuk Shares His Shovel is a sweet little children’s book from brother authors Kevin Howard and Jesse Howard. Kookabuk the monkey helps teach children an important lesson in sharing, but there is so much more.  The book teaches children and families about Asperger’s Syndrome. Kookabuk finds it hard to share. His mother models the behavior. While the book’s target audience is for children with Asperger’s, it is beneficial to all. There are helpful tips about Asperger’s Syndrome in the back of the book.

Select bloggers were provided a Q&A with Kevin and Jesse.

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Book Review: Gracie Meets a Ghost

9781940842134-sm01_page_02Gracie Meets a Ghost, Keiko Sena, Museyon Inc, 2016. 

Gracie is a rabbit who has trouble seeing, and as such has to wear glasses. When she and her friends out to play, she looses her glasses. Oddly, she makes it all the way home before realizing that she has lost them. She heads out to retrace her steps through the woods, in the dark, to find her glasses.

As she walks through the woods, she thinks she sees her glasses, but they turn out to be other creatures living in the woods. A ghost, unnoticed by Gracie, decides to have some fun and scare the rabbit.

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Book Review: You Are Two

YouAreTwo_cover_v2_150901.inddYou Are Two, Sara O’Leary, Owlkids Books, 2016. 

At our house, we are inching closer with each passing day to 2-year-old status. This stage of life is most often referred to as the “terrible twos.” The days are filled with the struggle of telling a toddler “No,” while the toddler continues to do it. Or, brief, random moments of fussy and kicking when the toddler does not get what they want. Then, there is the constant refrain, “Mine.”

The twos can be quite terrible.

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Giveaway for Your Child’s Classroom

I’m exited to share with you an awesome giveaway for your child’s school library.

To celebrate the publication of The Storybook Knight by Helen and Thomas Docherty, Sourcebooks is giving away a grand prize to one lucky classroom that includes $300 worth of books for their school library. In addition, you could win a pizza party gift card, classroom set of The Storybook Knight and original art from the illustrator.


I had the chance to preview The Storybook Knight, you can read my ponderings here. 

To enter, visit http://books.sourcebooks.com/the-storybook-knight-sweepstakes/.  Entries will be accepted through Monday, October 31.

Book Review: The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz

_240_360_book-1466-coverThe Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz, Maryluz Guerrero Salas, Westbow Press, 2014.

Everything about this book seemed perfect. It’s a children’s book about a dinosaur. What kid doesn’t like dinosaurs? It’s a children’s book about a place called Uz, a place we read about in the Bible. It is told in English and Spanish, a brilliant addition to every child’s library, both English and Spanish-speaking.

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Book Review: What Noise Do I Make?

1771471506What Noise Do I Make?, Brian McLachlan, Owlkids Books, 2016.

We know that dogs say woof and cats say meow. But what about an ostrich or a peacock?

What Noise Do I Make? comes from the research and imagination of Canadian cartoonist Brian McLachlan.  This engaging and interactive book introduces young readers to an wide range of animals and the sounds they make.

Not to mention plenty of humor.

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Giveaway: VeggieTales Every Day with God Devotional

VT Devo_girlsEvery day with God is a 365-day devotional from VeggieTales.  The updated content and art offer the perfect opportunity for parent and child to share time together each day. Each entry includes a Bible verse, short devotion, Thought of the Day, and prayer.

As the message to parents at the beginning notes, “As parents, you know the importance of teaching your children the big ideas that are found in God’s Holy Word.”

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Book Review: Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends

flash-the-donkey-makes-new-friendsFlash the Donkey Makes New Friends, Rachel Anne Ridge, Tyndale Momentum, 2016.

Flash is a donkey on his own. He and his blue wagon make the rounds around town as he collects discarded items that he sees value in. Then, as he and his loaded wagon make it up a hill, Donkey and the wagon crash into a tree.

Three Good Samaritans stop when they see Donkey with a bump on his head. They discuss the best options, including taking Donkey back to his home. When they find out that Donkey has no home, it is decided that he will go home with them.

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