Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Little Bear's Little Boat



Little Bear's Little Boat
By Eve Bunting

We read this book at my son's preschool. They are talking about the letter B this week.

This was a really cute book about a little bear who grows up and becomes too big for his little boat. He decides to find another little bear who will enjoy using his boat. I loved the subject and how it was handled. Plus the pictures were cute too. What a cute way to teach kids about growing up.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Nature of the Beast



The Nature of the Beast
By Jan Carr

We picked up this funny little book at the Library. It is about a little girl who finds a dollar and uses it to buy a pet beast. She studies him and he learns some french. Her mom thinks he is too loud and wants to return him to the pet store but then he gets sick and she changes her mind. It is pretty silly but my kids thought it was fun.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Beyonders


Beyonders: A World Without Heroes
By Brandon Mull

Those of you who have been following my blog know how much I enjoyed reading Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. When I saw this book on the shelf at the library I couldn't resist bringing it home, even though I have at least 12 books sitting at the house right now waiting to be read.

It was a great decision. I thought this story was fantastic. This author really has a way with words. Unlike Fablehaven this story takes place in a different world but the two main characters are from our world. They find themselves in an unfamiliar world, fighting a tyrannical emperor, forced to be heros where nobody else will.

I thought the world he created was fascinating, with interesting characters and plenty of adventures. I will admit that I started feeling like it was a little anticlimactic (for a second ;-) ), but like many fantasies he was just building for the next two books. I am definitely excited to read the next two and find out how the story turns out.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Manners

My son found this fun little book about manners at the Library.




This Little Piggy's Book of Manners
by Kathryn Madeline Allen

This was a fun spin on the nursery rhyme "this little piggy went to town." In fact, this was just what my son needed. While we were reading this book he realized that some of his recent behavior was more like the bad little piggies behavior. I thought this was a great way to teach manners to little children.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Beautiful Redemption


Beautiful Redemption
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I was worried after the way the last book ended that I wouldn't like how the series ended but I actually really liked this book. Any issues I had with the ending of the third book was erased by the way this last book was handled. It was a great read.

I really liked the way the story unfolded and thought it was captivating they way the jumped between Ethan and Lena's perspective. I loved how they were able to work together even though they were separated.

They wrapped up this series beautifully. If you are looking for an engaging and original young adult series this is a great choice.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Unglued



Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
by Lysa Terkeurst

A good friend of mine gave me this book to read. She knows me well and knew that I could really use it. I can't count the number of times I have been racked with guilt because I let my emotions control my reactions. I have looked back on those moments trying to figure why something so little caused me to become so "unglued." But in those moments it felt like I couldn't control my reaction and I was starting to think that I would never be able to change. This book helped me to see that I am not the only one who struggles with this and that it is possible to change the way I react. I may not get it right away but I can make progress in the right direction.

I really liked her insights in the scriptures and her personal experiences. They really helped me see that other people struggle the same way I do. I don't often read religious books because I often find them to be too preachy but I didn't feel that way with this book.

My favorite chapter was the one called "Negative inside chatter." Boy, can I relate to this chapter. I have spent days, weeks and even months dwelling on some conversation I had or some comment I made that I was sure made my friends think less of me. I don't think I could even name the number of times I have left a conversation thinking, "Why did I say that, I'm sure I sounded so stupid to them?!" What a comfort it was to know I'm not the only one who allows my thoughts to affect me that why and to realize that my friends really don't think that of me (I hope).

This was such a good reminder for me that I'm not perfect but I can change, I can learn to control my reactions, and that I'm not alone. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds them in situations where they become unglued and feel out of control. I am really hoping it gives me the perspective I need to start that change in me.