Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Review: The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party

It doesn't get more perfect for a little girl than a book about princesses and birthdays.  My girls love anything princess- the dresses, the crowns and they love birthday parties.  Therefore, I jumped at the chance to receive and review The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party the newest in the series by Mona Hodgson.  
Abby and Emma are twin sisters and princesses.  The book follows their birthday as they wake up, get ready in their princess finery, enjoy a breakfast with their parents, and then have friends over for a party.  The King tells the girls how thankful he is that not only are his girls beautiful on the outside but also on the inside because they are kind and loving to others.  During then party when one of the guests feels left out because her dress is too plain, the reader gets to see this kindness in action as Emma then proceeds to share her crown with her friend.  

Based on Ephesians 4:32, this story shows little girls how to actively be kind and compassionate to one another.  I also loved how showing while birthdays are a fun event- it does not have to be a selfish endeavor.  Birthday parties can still be an opportunity to show kindness to others even though the day celebrates you. The beautiful illustrations and easy level 1 reader make this book perfect for little girls ages 5-8.  

*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Review: Glimmer Girls- A Dolphin Wish

The next book in a series by Natalie Grant- The Glimmer Girls takes the reader to San Diego and an adventure park mystery with the three sisters Mia, Maddie, and Lulu.  My daughter loved the first book which took place in Paris and so she was thrilled with the opportunity to continue the story of the three sisters.  Combining love of sisters (she has three of her own!), mysteries, and animals this was a home run novel for my 9 year old!  Grant has infused tales and experiences I imagine from her own journey as a singer and mother to make for a relatable tale.  I appreciate the aspects of living a life of faith in Christ that are exampled throughout the story.  While the Glimmer sisters don't always get a long, it is in a very realistic and appropriate way and always has a good lesson to learn and how to solve conflicts with people you love.  Grant has developed wonderful characters, fun storylines, and faith filled fun in her Glimmer Series books.  I highly recommend this second book- A Dolphin Wish for your pre-teen and young teen daughters!

*Thanks to booklook blogger for the free copy for my unbiased review!