Monthly Archives: November 2013

Book Review: Peaceful Moments of Love and Light by Connie Arnold

I am reviewing today Connie Arnold’s second book, Peaceful Moments of Love and Light. Besides Connie’s talents as a children’s writer in the book review I gave previously, Connie is also a wonderful devotional poet. We share a mutual interest in devotional writing, as I also have a book of this type that is presently undergoing editing for publication by 4RV Publishing.

Connie reminds me of the poet Helen Steiner Rice. She has a knack for putting some deep thoughts together in each small poem that is a guide for an entire year. Each day of the week has a poem, and there is also one for the weekend. Published by RPJ and Company, Inc., this thought provoking book is also illustrated beautifully in full color.

The neat thing about this book is how each week has its own theme and all the poems for that week are organized around that theme. She has a week for “Don’t Worry,” “Mercy,” and “God’s Comfort,” for examples. Each poem is a quick read for those with busy schedules, but the poetry can inspire a meditation for the entire day. These poems remind us of God’s great love for us, and how He tenderly cares for each one of us. That is always something good to be reminded about, in these days of uncertainty. No matter how crazy this world may get, we can always find comfort in knowing God is in full control. This book is like throwing out a lifeline to a weary soul. Further reading of Scripture encompassed around each theme would bring even more help to readers.

You can purchase Connie’s book  ($14.95 softcover, or $18.95 hardcover) at her sites:

http://www.conniearnold.webs.com/

http://conniearnold.blogspot.com/

If you enjoy being inspired by poetry that reminds us of God’s faithfulness, I encourage you to check out this beautifully illustrated work! It would be a nice Christmas gift to share with others as well.

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Blog Tour:Count 1,2,3 With Me by 4RV author Connie Arnold, illustrated by Ginger Nielson

I am delighted to review today one of my fellow authors from 4RV Publishing’s new book for preschoolers, Count 1,2,3 With Me. This book would make a perfect Christmas gift for any little child. First off, it is a feast for the eyes with bright and lovely illustrations of people, turtles, big cats at the zoo, puppies and kids having a wonderful time both with their Daddies and their Mommies. There are many more pretty pictures, these are just a few. All the pictures illustrate a creative rhyme that children will be sure to want to say along with you after a few reads.

Preschoolers are like little sponges, and will be sure to learn a lot from this unique counting book. It definitely provides a painless way to learn counting from 1-10.  This book is bargain priced at just $8.99 which includes tax and shipping.

You will also find many more lovely books at their online store:  http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/

You will not be disappointed with this little gem of a book, and neither will your child. Connie Arnold is also the author of a devotional book, called Beautiful Moments of Love and Light. If you want to be entered in a contest for some wonderful prizes, you can also purchase books or visit Connie at http://www.conniearnold.webs.com

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Ezra Jack Keats-The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats-The Snowy Day

The little boy Peter looks out to see the snow that fell the night before.

Here is a classic book sure to be enjoyed by young children. It was published way back in 1962. The Snowy Day won the prestigious Caldecott Award. I like it because it shares the joy of a little boy discovering snow. He is not glued to electronics, but is discovering the real world. He goes outside and plays in the snow. He gets hit with a snowball, and he makes snow angels. He puts a snowball in his pocket and takes it home. Before he goes to bed he looks for the snowball but it is gone, which evokes an emotion of sadness.

The next day, he discovers that the snow is still there and he goes out again to play in it with his friend from across the hall. The illustrations for this book are bright and colorful, and it plain old reminds me of a simpler time when children discovered nature, not virtual reality. I remember making snow angels, oh how they glistened in the bright snow on a crisp, cold day.

Sometimes I like the older books better than the new ones. This book shows young children that they, too, can make their own discoveries outside in God’s wonderful creation. Since the season of snow will soon be upon us, why not check out this book from your library and prepare your preschooler for some genuine fun this winter.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

1) Read the book with your child.

2) You could then go outside and  make a snowman with a carrot nose, or eskimo, or  snow angels. If there is a safe place to do so, you can go sledding.

Your child will remember the time you took to spend with him. It will make him or her feel like she is an important person, because Mommy or Daddy is taking the time to be with them. (It says a lot more to give time than to give gifts.)

3) When you come in, you could make hot chocolate to sip together. Then, if you have a little more time, get some construction paper, glue, cotton puffs and crayons and let your child make a picture of their own snowy day.

I look forward to having snow adventures with my soon to be born grandchildren! It’s never too late to be a kid at heart!

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November 1, 2013 · 12:53 am