I love it when Tommy Nelson sends me new children’s books to review! I adore reading to my girls, and they love it as well. The newest book Tommy Nelson sent me is called Thank You, God, For Mommy. As the Mommy in this household, what’s not to love about a book like that?
Thank You, God, For Mommy is a sweet board book written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Frank Endersby. It’s the story of a little panda who is thankful to God for the way his Mommy loves and cares for him. Written in a rhyming style, which is so pleasing to young readers, this book is a precious way to celebrate mothers everywhere.
It begins, “Thank you, God, for Mommy./We’re just the perfect pair-/I couldn’t find a better Mom/If I searched everywhere!” When I read it to my girls, my little one said, “Mommy, this book is about you!” What a sweet compliment. I’m glad it helped her appreciate how much her Mommy really does adore her.
Thank You, God, For Mommy is scheduled to ship to bookstores on April 5.
Finding I have increasingly little time to read, I picked up this audio book at the library the other day. I knew Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier had been made into a movie in 2003 starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin First, but I didn’t know much about it beyond that. As it turns out, the book is a fictional account based on the painting by the same name by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Chevalier created a back-story to the painting, focusing on the painter and his relationship with the girl, whom she names Griet. In reality, not much is known about Vermeer, and even less is known about the girl in the painting, but Chevalier does create an interesting story, which I found to be worth the time spent reading it.
Griet is born into a close-knit, working-class family. When her father, also an artist, is blinded in an accident, the family becomes destitute. Griet is sent to be a maid in the home of Johannes Vermeer. At the Vermeer home, Griet is worked to the bone caring for six (at the time) children, Vermeer’s haughty wife, and his business partner/mother-in-law. She is forced to work with other housemaids who treat her badly. However, Vermeer himself is kind, albeit distant, to Griet. After some time, she earns his trust and is allowed to clean his art studio. Once he is comfortable with her being in his studio, she is allowed to mix his paint. Their relationship deepens, and at last he chooses to make her the subject of this now famous painting.
The story is interesting and thought-provoking. The mystery behind the real girl in the painting deepens. Although I don’t believe this book will achieve classic status (as this is what I tend to read), I do believe it was a well-written piece. There were a few racy parts that I feel were not pertinent to the story and left me wondering what they included. Besides that, I felt the book was intriguing. It’s not on my must-read list, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
We have been studying the American colonies in history around the Hill Hang-Out, so I chose for our read-aloud book The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. I was a little hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure how far into witchcraft it would delve, nor could I be sure it didn’t involve someone being burned at the stake. I just wasn’t sure I was ready to tackle those subjects in depth with a nine-year-old is sensitive to such things. However, this beautiful story is far more about relationships and reserving our judgements than it was about witchcraft or murder.
It is the story of young Kit Tyler, a native of Barbados who, because of unfortunate circumstances, must leave her home and go to live with her family, whom she has never met, in colonial Connecticut. They are, needless to say, accustomed to a much different life than what Kit has ever know. There are many struggles and clashes as this spirited young girl learns to live within the strict Puritan ways of her Connecticut family.
She seeks escape and solitude in the meadow, where she is befriended by Hannah Tupper, a woman exiled to her home because she is believed to be a witch. This friendship, while providing solace for Kit, will eventually get her arrested and brought before the magistrate on charges that she, too, is involved in sorcery.
Although the story might sound harsh from the description, it is actually a very quaint, feel-good story that young girls will love (and so will their mamas.) It tied in perfectly with our history lesson, and it quickly became one of our favorites. When we finished it this morning, MA said, “I wish it would just keep going.” High praise, indeed!
According to http://www.random.org/, the winner of The Ultimate DVD Read and Share Bible Volume One is comment #2 – Allison Youngblood. Allison has a darling blog called Youngblood News all about their family, including their little girl Ella and baby #2 on the way. I hope Ella and Baby Youngblood enjoy their new DVD and book!