Little Blessings- Easter Stories and Prayers (written by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Illustrated by Elena Kucharik)


Little Blessings- Easter Stories and Prayers (written by Kathleen Long Bostrom, Illustrated by Elena Kucharik)
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Little Blessings, Easter Stories and Prayers is an adorable book, and I’m excited to have an Easter book to share with my kids around Easter. Easter is a hard holiday to explain to kids, especially when you are putting the Easter bunny up against Jesus dying on the cross and raising again. Honestly, the first is much easier for children to understand. This book is bright and beautiful, and is a great way to draw children’s attention to the story of Jesus. When I sat down with my four year old, who happens to have a deep love for Jesus, and started reading the book to her, she was very curious about the many beautiful illustrations of all the children. Each page told a part of the story in poetry format, and displayed illustrations of children partaking in different activities.

Easter Stories and Prayers contains four different stories, “Why is There a Cross”, “Who is Jesus”, “What is Prayer”, and “What About Heaven”. Each story is about fifteen pages, front and back, some just illustrations, other just words, some have both. The book has a simple layout: title page, story titles, the stories, and then a list of additional Little Blessings books. The stories even contain scriptures, on every other page, for actual biblical reference. The only thing I found missing was a table of contents. Being that it’s three separate stories, should I only want to read one specific story, I would have liked to have had a page number so I did’t have to go flipping through the pages to find the start of the story I’m looking for. Other then that I find the book to be beautiful, the stories appropriate, and the pictures captivating.
Each Story is told in poetry format, which is both beautiful and fun. The stories start off asking questions a child might ask, an then goes on to answer it for them as if Jesus is answering them himself. The Illustrations go along with the book each relate to the story in a way, showing children partaking in different activities. I absolutely love the illustrations, as they remind me a lot of precious moments. Not only are they adorable, they are very detailed, each telling a story all their own. If a child doesn’t find the stories themselves interesting, they would definitely follow along with the illustrations. Overall I would describe this book as bright, fun, and educational. Sometimes sitting down and trying to explain biblical things to your children is difficult, especially when attention spans are short. This book provides a way of explaining these things, but in a manner a child might understand better

The book itself is a padded hard cover. After a few days of handling the book has received a few creases and scratches. It is more suited for the older ages who can handle with care. The pages are thin and delicate, again making it more suitable for older ages, but these things in no way take away from how beautiful this book is. This is a book that will probably come out around Easter only for special reading times, but only because I want this book to stay in beautiful condition. I am so glad to have made this book a part of our collection, and so look forward to reading it to my kids this Easter.

-I received this book for free through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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About charii23

My name is Charissa, I am an inverted, self-taught artist as well as a wife and mother of two. I am a Christian with a faith that was built from the inside out, influenced only by music and beautiful sceneries. I have many strong passions in life, including hobbies I like to practice on a daily basis, such as photography, painting, writing, reading and most recently blogging. I've spent the last couple years mostly as a homemaker with my two kids. As much as I love my life at home with my kids I've spent most my life working and making an income for myself. For years before I had met my husband I worked as a preschool/daycare teacher in a toddler classroom where I was able to utilize the artist in me, creating crafts and art projects for my toddlers. Prior to that I had worked in and out of different coffee shops and daycares, both jobs I loved deeply. Now with two kids it just isn't the logical option to go to work, but neither do I want to be a homemaker for the rest of my life. I've had dreams since I was little to be something big in life. A big time photographer for National Geographic, an artist for a company like Disney or Pixar, an author for a popular book series like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. All of which I hold the talents, I was just never paved a path or given the opportunity to be any of these. My life held a lot of ups and downs and it wasn't until recently, as my kids are becoming older and more independent, did I decide if I wasn't going to make it to college or placed on any other fast track program to making my dreams come true, then I am just going to have to try to get myself as far as my bare natural talents can take me. That is what led me to blogging. If I can't publish a book right now, then I'll spend my time reading them and expanding my knowledge on writing. I'm hoping to become more recognized as a blogger/book reviewer with hopes that when the time comes to get a book published my name will already be recognizable to an extent. As much as I would like writing to be my career I don't exactly know whether that is where God wants me. I have other talents I could very well use to build a career for myself. None of which are going to make me money right away. That is where I hand God the reins and pray he guides me. I don't know where I am headed, I only pray my journey starts to take off soon.

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