Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Review of Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs by Clint Greenleaf

I had the opportunity to read an advance electronic copy of Give, Save, Spend with the Three Little Pigs by Clint Greenleaf.  This is a story about the Three Little Pigs starting a business building brick homes for other animals when the Big Bad Wolf starts to blow down all of the animals' homes in the forest.  The Three Little Pigs' business is in high demand and ends up being very successful.  The pigs have to decide what to do with all of the money that they earned building the brick houses.  One of the pigs thinks they should use the money for something fun.  One thinks they should use their money to help other animals in the forest.  The third pig thinks they should save the money.  Hence, the concept Give, Save, Spend comes into play.

First of all, I have to say that the illustrations are gorgeous and the idea of the story is a good one.  It is important for kids to learn how to manage money.   With that said, I think that there are other books out there that teach this concept better.  We own some other books that teach the Give, Save, Spend concept, and they hold my daughter's attention better than this book did.

*I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review of Morgan on Ice by Ted Staunton

Morgan on Ice by Ted Staunton is geared towards ages 6-9 years--a perfect beginning chapter book for those early readers.  The story will appeal to both boys and girls.  Morgan has been invited to attend Princesses on Ice with his friend, Aldeen.  However, when Morgan's friend, Charlie invites him to Monster Truck-A-Rama which is on the same day.  Morgan tries his hardest to figure out a plan to go to Monster Truck-A-Rama, and he comes to lots of kinks in his plans.

I thought this was cute, and I enjoyed seeing Morgan try to get out of going to Princesses on Ice.  I'm glad that Morgan's mother insisted that he could not change plans that he had already committed to because he could hurt Aldeen's feelings.  Luckily for Morgan, it all turns out well in the end.  This is surely a book that will have your young readers chuckling.

*I received an electronic copy of this book for free from the publisher for an honest review.

Book Review of A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer

I just finished reading A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer.  Rose was raised in a loving Amish family during the Great Depression.  She turned her back on the man she loves and was to marry because he assisted as a medic during World War II.  She doesn't understand why he would serve in the Englisch army, and although she loves him, she stands behind the Amish beliefs.  However, she soon discovers the truth about her birth--she was born Englisch, but her Englisch parents abandoned her when they moved in search of work. She was adopted and raised by the Amish family she knows and loves.  Discovering the truth about her past, Rose finds herself confused and wondering where she belongs.

I thought it was very neat that this book was based on a true story.  I really enjoy reading Amish fiction.  The characters seem to have a strong faith in God and strong family relationships.  This was true for this book as well.  Rose had strong bonds with her Amish family, so that she was extremely confused when she discovered that she was born Englisch.  Without giving away too much of the story, Jonathan, her boyfriend, also proved those bonds to be strong when he went to search for answers from Rose's past.  This was a pretty good read!

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