Why is Great-Grandma So Sad? by Susan Heagy

I have been in WWII so often in my reading recently — from our history for homeschool,Why is Great-Grandma So Sad? cover books I’m reviewing, a book for book club, and now a book meant for children. The subtitle is “Discovering the Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child.” I planned to read this with my kids, but kept pushing it off. I wasn’t sure why. Maybe because I get tired of fighting my tears…and usually losing. However, there are events that are worth the tears.

As I pulled the book out to read last week, my oldest daughter immediately brings me the tissues! (They know me so well!) And yes, as I read I fought the tears and still lost, but we will NOT forget.

Susan Heagy shares in the preface that these are fictional characters but the experiences are true. True stories from Holocaust Survivors are combined to bring us Why is Great-Grandma So Sad?. Also, included in the back of the book are some short biographies of the survivors who’s stories are a part of this book.

Sarah, a 7 year old girl, notices that her grandma is very sad one day, so she asks her mom and then the action unfolds. The grandma’s story is told clear with simple illustrations. It isn’t an easy read, because of the subject, but it is a book that I would consider well written for and appropriate for kids. Working through it together as a family was a perfect way to handle the book and the questions that came with it. I also think it would be a great resource to use in any curriculum whatever the educational setting.

“With the revelation of history came the gift, and the responsibility for Sarah to be the new Survivor. She would remember her Great-Grandma’s experience, and not forget it—not ever. The gifts of life, hope, and determination were now passed on to the next generation.”

**Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. I was not required to give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

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Mr. Zip and The Capital Z by Kimberly Bryant-Palmer

I love tracking down new and interesting books for my kids! I really want my kids to loveunnamed-2 reading. Now if I can find a fun clean series that will pull them in AND include history — What a find!! 🙂

I really enjoyed Mr. Zip and The Capital Z. The main character is, of course, Mr. Zip, an older gentleman who owns a very unique shop with “everything you would need to know — from A to Z.” He is a very likable and yet slightly strange character that has a hint of Mr. Whitaker from Adventure’s in Odyssey and Finnian Jones from Lamplighter Theatre. (Great audio resources I would highly recommend!)

This book focused on a young boy called Peanut. He learns a little more about family, history and his heart. Somehow with Mr. Zip he sees glances of history from General Jackson in the War of 1812 to General Washington in the Revolutionary War to as far back as the Tower of Babel.  I love the last chapter with the interaction between Peanut and his dad. What a special moment!

Mr. Zip shares an interesting fact from history between each chapter. Also, there’s footnotes and endnotes concerning the history, if you want to check more out.

We look forward to the next book in the series — Mr. Zip and The Capital Z ~ Lucy Jane Pennywhistle Comes Home!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. I was not required to give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

Moment by Moment: a devotional journal for girls by Jennifer Flanders

I chose to check out Moment by Moment by Jennifer Flanders as a possible devotional for my girls. I Moment by Moment book coverwas a little surprised with it, because it wasn’t what I expected as a devotional. However, I guess the word “journal” clarifies it more, if I would have read closer! 🙂 It won’t quite fit for what I was originally looking, but I am not disappointed that I decided to get it!! I know my girls will love it!

This devotional journal is divided up into seven different areas of focus. Some examples are “Childhood Memories” and “Personal Favorites” that concentrate more on the individual girl and “Prayers & Graces” and “A Heart for Service” which focus more on their relationship with Jesus and others. Each section includes thought provoking questions and applicable Bible verses with plenty of space to write, draw, paste a picture… for the girls to get creative and honest. Also the illustrations are charming and add an elegant feel to the journal.

I already know I will have to purchase a few more. 🙂 Once one girl receives it, the others will hope to have their own!

I would recommend this devotional journal to most girls of all ages, even into college with how much journalling is starting to catch back on with the younger generation.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. I was not required to give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

The Littlest Christmas Kitten by Leona Novy Jackson, Illustrated by Kelly Dupre

I love Christmas! So a new Christmas children’s book (especially since it’s about a kitten, which is my youngest daughter’s The Littlest Christmas Kitten book coverfavorite animal!) was a review book I couldn’t pass up!

Leona Novy Jackson created a sweet story around the birth of Christ about a mother cat searching for her missing kitten. It is a well made book with a hardcover and book jacket (however the same cover design is under it just in case the book jacket gets played with!) Kelly Dupre’s illustrations are creative…different than the “cutesy” artwork that seems to be very much apart of many children books. However, I believe the story could have been better, fuller… with a little more depth…. or at least some interaction between the kitten and the family.

The pages about Christmas symbols at the end was a surprise for a children’s storybook, but it was a good addition of fun information to share with the kids.

My daughter will love it just because it’s a Christmas book that deals with her favorite animal, but as her mom I was hoping for more.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. I was not required to give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

Raegan and RJ in Space: Raegan and RJ Save the Day by Richard Collins

**2014 Pinnacle Graphic Novel Book Award Winner** I wanted to try this series, because it was recommended. This is my kids first comic series to Raegan and RJ in Space- Raegan and RJ Save the Day book covertry and

… My kids love this and want more!

Raegan and RJ are a sister and brother in the CSS Faith crew. They are training with their family to be colonists in a new world called Alpha Centauri. Now there is a new family stuck on the moon. What will happen next?

Personally, I thought it was just ok — slow with not that much actually involved in the story… However, since it’s written and illustrated for them, I suppose we will continue the adventure. 🙂

As you start reading throughout the Raegan and RJ in Space, don’t forget to check out the website http://www.raeganandrjinspace.com for a free download story, a free video game, and more.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. It was not required that I give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.