My review of The Beautiful Garden of Eden- written by Gary Bower – illustrated by Barbara Chotiner


Review of The Beautiful Garden of Eden
-written by Gary Bower and illustrated by Barbara Chotiner-
The BEAUTIFUL Garden of Eden takes the story of Adam and Eve to a fun, playful level by mimicking  the classic rhyming style of “The House that Jack Built”. Gary Bower did an impressive job turning this well known Bible story into a fun rhyming book that will have you and your kids smiling and giggling.
I’m always on the hunt for new children stories to review, and my kids LOVE when I get a new book in the mail and it’s for them instead of me! I was instantly drawn to Gary Bower’s book covers. The artwork is similar to that of Eric Carle’s books, of whom I am a big fan, as well as my kids. The illustrations, beautifully done by Barbara Chotiner, the childish font, and the rhyming of the story made this book very appealing for me and my kids.
I will say, the fact that this is a picture book with bold, colorful illustrations, definitely gave me the impression this would be a book my kindergartner would love. Some of the words themselves, though, were on a higher level of reading then most kids her age. So, though the artwork was fun and simple, the rhyming and the words themselves were a little more difficult for a young child. Words like “upheaval” and “calamitous” were a little over her head. It didn’t change her admiration for the book itself though, and she still loves reading it with me.
I then took the book to my third grader, who was able to sound out the words, but when you’re trying to read the rhyme in rhythm and song, those big words make it harder to find a smooth flow. That being said though, it did make it really fun when mom was reading, and started reading faster and faster. My son and I got good laughs out of it, and even though kids his age are more into chapter books, he did enjoy reviewing this book with me.
All in all, this was a very cute children’s book I would definitely recommend Gary Bower’s books.
-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.

Posted on March 26, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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