Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Flipside stories: Zacchaeus and Jesus & Jesus and Zacchaeus / A Servant Like Jesus / Why Horses Are...



Zacchaeus and Jesus (Flipside Stories) 

Hardcover 

August 9, 2016

by Dandi Daley Mackall  (Author) 

Lisa Manuzak (Illustrator)

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Flipside Stories
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496411198

There is always another side to a story! In this fresh presentation of the story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus, bestselling children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall has written a creative two-sided flip book. Designed to tell the same story twice from two different, biblical points of view, the book allows the reader to enjoy the story of Zacchaeus and then literally flip the book to read the story from the perspective of Jesus. Utilizing humor, adorable illustrations, and an innovative format, these books provide readers with the added bonus of two books in one.

My thoughts:  My girls picked this up at ICRS in Cincinnati, Ohio when I was there and noticing it is a new book coming out I decided to review it.  ZACCHEAUS AND JESUS also flips over to be JESUS AND ZACCHEAUS. A cute idea . Flip books used to be popular when I ws a kid and it's nice to see they are still around, '

These stories are written in two points of view. First it is told in Zaccheaus's point of view, then when you flip it over it is told in Jesus's point of view.  I especially was moved by Jesus's side of the story. It really touched my heart.  

If you are looking for good children books for your children or grandchildren then this flipside story is one to not miss. Also good for nurseries and Christian daycares. 


A SERVANT LIKE JESUS
LeeAnn Mancini (author)
Dan Sharp (illustrator)
GLM  Publishing
978-0-9863-6048-0
Ages 3 - 8

Charlie is a shy kid who hides behind the cleanup sink at school. However, after his teacher asks him to be her helper he springs into action when the fire coral stings his friend Bernie.  Charlie goes to bed a little bit early because he wants to make sure he gets a goodnight’s sleep. He wants to be a good helper for Miss Stella. He had decided that it was way more fun to be a helper than to hide behind a sink!
Before he falls asleep, Charlie prays, “Dear Jesus, thank you for my great first day of school, and thank you for my mommy and daddy, all my new friends and for Miss Stella. Help me to always help others. Amen.”
This is book number 4 in our award-winning series. It will help children attain Godly moral values, have compassion and love for others, and build a strong foundation in Jesus Christ.
Lee Ann Mancini and Dan Sharp have created an underwater world that explodes with color, drawing the children into the captivating story.
My thoughts:  A SERVANT LIKE JESUS is a sweet story about a teacher who knows how to love  her students and reach them. It takes a special gift to know how to interact with small children. Charlie is shy but he doesn't cry the first day of school. Instead he hides!  The teacher lets him stay hidden for a while, but when Charlie notices something she is quick to tell him that she needs  him to be a teacher's helper to her! Charlie is thrilled to be needed and it draws him out of his shell as he tries to help the teacher and take care of others in the class.  Love the colorful illustrations!


Why Horses Are 

Hardcover 

October 1, 2015

by Tana Thompson (Author)

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carpenter's Son Publishing 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989162418

It’s not easy to give up something you love, but if you do, for the benefit of a complete stranger, it just might change your life as well. The child in this story has a painful choice to make, and in the process, learns how helping someone else can be more important than keeping the thing you love. In sharing, she receives the gift of joy―and witnesses miracles and magic in others. The story speaks to horse lovers of all ages.

Why Horses Are is the second book in the award-winning “Love Unleashed” series. The first book, Why Dogs Are, won the 2014 Silver Medal from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (Category: Spirituality), as well as being designated a Finalist in Spirituality for the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. 
“Love Unleashed” is a project of Kendall Neff Publishing, which donates 100% of net proceeds from the sale of these books to charities that reflect the focus of each book. The series aims to raise awareness of the roles animals play in our lives that enhance and improve our physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. 

Proceeds from sales of Why Horses Are will benefit charities that support rescue horses and horse-therapy programs. One such program is the Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrians (MGHSE), a non-profit program of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. MGHSE’s program is a Premier Accredited Center of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).

My thoughts: My daughters really loved WHY HORSES ARE and my teen daughter was especially excited to see that it is based on a real charity for disabled kids that ride horses. The little girl in this story loves her horse so much she  never wants to let her go, until she realizes that the charity is lacking a sweet, gentle horse and some of the kids can't ride. So she does a selfless act, donates  her  horse and her time.  

The charity involved ministers to blind or otherwise disabled children allowing them to interact with and ride horses with volunteers (or professionals) to help keep them safe and teach them. A must read for all ages~

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