Monday, September 26, 2016

Blog Tour/Double Review: Blessing the Nephite Children and The Holy Ghost by Catherine Christensen

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Blessing the Nephite Children, by Catherine Christensen; Illustrated by Jay Fontano
2016, 20p, LDS Children's Board Book
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Snuggle up with your kids and learn about Jesus's visit to the Nephites. This colorful board book is perfectly designed for little fingers and small attention spans. Experience the beauty of Christ's personal love in the Book of Mormon with your little ones and come to see the ways the Savior reaches out to them today. (Suggested Age: 0-3)

My children are way older than the suggested ages for this book but I was still interested in reading it. I love the simplicity of the story so that very young children can understand it. The illustrations help bring the story to life. I shared it with my daughter (who is 12) and she enjoyed the story and illustrations as well. We both felt that this book conveys a message of love. It's an excellent book for young children!

The Holy Ghost: Discovering Your Extraordinary New Gift, by Catherine Christensen; Illustrated by Jane Delve
2016, 80p, LDS Children's Non-Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Get to know the Holy Ghost, from baptism on! This engaging book provides fill-in-the-blank stories, coloring pages, and other fun activities for your kids to help get them ready to receive the Holy Ghost and rely on Him for the rest of their lives. Come to understand and feel the Spirit, one of the greatest gifts from God. (Suggested Age: 7-12)

My daughter is at the top end of the suggested ages for this book and she loved it! Some of the activities seemed a bit young for her but there were others that she was interested in. The author uses different icons throughout the book for expert tips, crafts and games, fill in the blanks and questions to answer, and stories and advice from other children. I love the short messages she shares and then fun activities to reinforce them. It's a great resource for a child to learn from and then teach a lesson in Family Home Evening. This will make an excellent gift for anyone preparing for baptism or anyone that wants to learn more about the gift of the Holy Ghost!

About the author:

Catherine Christensen graduated magna cum laude from BYU with a degree in English and editing. She worked in her dream job acquiring and editing books before switching to her other dream job of full-time mother. She is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and has lived most of her life in England. She currently resides in Springville, Utah, with her husband and daughter. Catherine is the author of “I Can Pray Everyday” and “Emily’s Perfect Christmas Tree.”

About the illustrators:

Jane Delve has been painting her whole life, starting out small with jobs as an illustrator for a local newspaper and as a muralist for a local children’s nursery. She studied art, design, and animation at a college in London and later at the University of Wales. Since then, Jane has mostly painted on commission, specializing in stylised family portraits on large canvases. She has also illustrated the children’s book Emily’s Perfect Christmas Tree and teaches local art workshops. Jane and her husband Ben have three children and live in Bridgend, Wales.

As a young boy, Jay Fontano loved to watch cartoons on TV and read comic strips in the newspaper. Now he works as an illustrator drawing funny pictures for T-shirts and illustrations for books. Jay and his wife have six children and a dog named Nacho. They live near the mountains in Utah and love to go camping and have fun together. He still watches cartoons and reads comic strips whenever he can.


Unknown said...

These would be great for little readers. I love it :)

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