Henry Ford for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities

Henry Ford for Kids provides an in-depth portrait of the man who “put America on wheels.” You’ll learn about Ford’s childhood on a Michigan farm, where the budding engineer loved to take apart and reassamble everything from toys to watches to machinery; about his revolutionary labor ideas, including paying higher wages and hiring women and the disabled at a time when many companies would not; about his fervent opposition to war and the lasting impact of his widespread philanthropy. But you’ll also learn that this automotive giant was a flawed individual whose controversial views and heavy-handed management style alienated many, yet whose engineering genius and impact on the world are undeniable.

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This series has been on my radar for quite a while and I have finally been able to read one in this series. The series, For Kids, is made by The Chicago Review Press.  (They are the group that publish the Women  of Action series that I really like.) This book is really a great tool. Just by itself the biography was good but that was not the only thing this book had to offer. There were activities to do with the children who read this book. Also, there were many pictures to show who Henry Ford was and other pictures. This book was filled with information and more pictures showing what it would have been to live when Mr. Ford built his Model T.

If you are looking for a book about Henry Ford for young children, then this is the right biography for you.

 

Title: Henry Ford for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities

Author: Ronald A. Reis

Series: For Kids Series

Reading Resolution 19: Read a biography.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

 

 

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The Christmas Blessing

In The Christmas Shoes, young Nathan Andrews was a child who lost his mother to cancer. Now his deepest wish is to become a doctor. When a stranger named Robert gave him the money to buy his mother a pair of shoes for her last Christmas, both Robert and Nathan learned the deepest lessons of love and giving. Now a medical student in his third year, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from Meghan Sullivan-a young woman born with a hole in her heart that has not kept her from becoming a champion runner. And lessons learned from a young boy named Charlie, who teaches how to live a life of true courage. Together, they will help guide Nathan through the darkest period in his life. The Christmas Blessing is an inspiring about hope existing in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all.

The Christmas Blessing

For being the second book of Donna VanLiere’s that I have read, it was just as good as the first one. This book was another book that has me excited for the Christmas season. Which, if you have not guessed. is my favorite season/time of the year.

This books main character is Nathan, the little boy from the first book. There are other characters from the first book that also play a part in this book. I think the first book is still my favorite, but I was really happy that Nathan got his story. It was another book that you would need a tissue while reading. But don’t worry it was worth it.

This book was a quick read. I enjoyed it very much. I have the next book in this series already on my night stand.

If you are in the mood for a Christmas book, then this book is for you. I recommend this book! It was a great story about Christmas miracles.

 

Title: The Christmas Blessing

Author and her Website: Donna VanLiere

Reading Resolution 50: Read a book that takes place during your favorite season.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

 

Have you read my review of The Christmas Shoes? Read it here.

Princess Ever After

Regina Beswick was born to be a princess. But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales. Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own. Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever. Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

Princess Ever After

Do you like Happily Ever After books? This is the book for you.

Regina Beswick is a typical American girl. With the love of old cars, she never expected to be a princess. Anyone remember the movie Princess Diaries? “Me a princess, shut up!” Well, in this book she did not say those exact words but she did something like that. She was a great main character. I was not a huge fan of Tanner but Regina made up for that.

I think ever girl dreams they are a princess, once in their life, and Rachel Hauck did a great job creating a fun story. You really don’t have read the first book in this series to read this one.

So, in general, readers who enjoy sweet, clean fiction, you might like this book. So, go grab a cup of tea and get lost in Hauck’s good story. Oh, if you don’t drink tea, you can drink coffee or hot chocolate, I only said tea because that is what princesses drink!

One more thing, isn’t  the cover pretty? I think so.

 

Title: Princess Ever After

Author and her website: Rachel Hauck

Series: The Royal Wedding Series-Book 2

Reading Resolution 34 (Part 2 of 4 parts): Read a series/trilogy.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Time for…

christmas books

Now that Thanksgiving day has past, Christmas is the next big holiday! So, guess what? Time for Christmas music, Christmas decorations, Christmas shopping, and CHRISTMAS BOOKS! Yippee! So, I am going to start reviewing Christmas books today! Beginning with…The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere.

One more thing. Just because Thanksgiving day is over doesn’t mean we immediately jump back into our gloomy and ungrateful attitudes. No, it is still Thanksgiving weekend! Even if it wasn’t that, we should always remember to be thankful. Just because Thanksgiving is one day out of the whole year, it doesn’t mean be thankful only one day. Thanksgiving day should be every day in our hearts.

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving Day! Now to my review…

 

Sometimes, the things that can change your life will cross your path in one instant-and then, in a fleeting moment, they’re gone. But if you open your eyes, and watch carefully, you will believe…. Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life-and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight year old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Even brings Robert and Nathan together-he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference. The Christmas Shoes is a universal story of the deeper meaning of serendipity, a tale of our shared humanity, and of how a power greater than ourselves can shape, and even save, our lives.

The Christmas Shoes

Wow, I picked up this book, just a few days ago, and read it within one night. I did not have an opinion about this book or author, since this is my first Donna VanLiere book. But WOW, I was not expecting this. I liked this book so much. So much that I went and checked out the next book and started it. And if wasn’t writing right now, you can guess where I would be.

I am so glad I started this Christmas season with this book. It had Christmas spirit, from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. With the message of forgiveness, love, and the meaning of Christmas. The book is actually based on the song Christmas Shoes.

The book is short and a quick read but well worth it. Even though is it short, VanLiere switched points of view many times but it worked.  I am usually not one to cry during books or movies but if you are one who does, then please take my advice. Have a tissue when you read this book.

I highly recommend this book.

Title: The Christmas Shoes

Author and her Website: Donna VanLiere

Reading Resolution 25: Read a book where the main character is a boy.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

 

Coming Soon… The review of The Christmas Blessing, the sequel to The Christmas Shoes.

Thanksgiving and a Good Children’s Book

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is in just a few more hours! I don’t know about you but Thanksgiving came upon us quickly. But, I am looking forward to tomorrow! Since it is Thanksgiving tomorrow, I picked a Thanksgiving picture book to review!

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The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather’s house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child’s verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.

Over the River and Through the Wood

This book is a great children’s book. It is actually the song, Over the Hills and Through the Wood, but put in book format with beautifully illustrated pictures on every page. When I pick it up I thought it was a children’s Christmas book but is actually about Thanksgiving. Perfect timing, right?

So, whether you are going over the hills and through the wood this Thanksgiving, or just siting tight where you are, this is a nice children’s book.

 

Title: Over the River and Through the Wood

Author: L. Maria Child

Illustrator: Matt Tavares

Reading Resolution 24: Read a holiday book.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion,

Everyday Watercolor

A contemporary paint-every-day watercolor guide that explores foundational strokes and patterns and then builds new skills upon the foundations over the course of 30 days to create finished pieces. This beautifully illustrated and inspiring guided watercolor-a-day book is perfect for beginning watercolor artists, artists who want to improve their watercolor skills, and visual creatives. From strokes to shapes, this book covers the basics and helps painters gain confidence in themselves along with inspiration to develop their own style over the course of 30 days. Featuring colorful contemporary art from Mon Voir design agency founder and Instagram trendsetter Jenna Rainey, this book’s fresh perspective paints watercolor in a whole new light.

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This book is a great guide for anybody who likes painting or wishes they could paint with watercolor. The day by day guide is easy to follow, with steps for each project, in the book. The books has projects that can be done by beginners and experts. Then each project gets a little harder and by the end of the book you get to paint a picture that is wall worthy. I think my favorite part of this book is what Jenna Rainey did to make her book into a 30 day guide to learning watercolor. Also each chapter had great pictures that showed what you are supposed to do.

This book is a great guide for watercolor painters and want-to-be watercolor painters, like me. It is well worth reading or just looking over the ideas Rainey gives in her book.

 

Title: Everyday Watercolor

Author and her website: Jenna Rainey

Reading Resolution 9: Read a bestseller

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.