Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Review, Tour and Giveaway: God is With Me Through The Day AND God is With Me Through The Night by Julie Cantrell

God is With Me Through the Day and God is With Me Through the Night
by Julie Cantrell
Zonderkidz (March 1, 2009) ~ Day: 32 pages Night: 32 pages
Fiction / Kids (Ages 4-7) / Learning To Read / General / Christian

Edition Reviewed: Hardback - Review and giveaway copies received courtesy of Zondervan Publishing, the publisher, many thanks to both the author and the publisher for sending me a copy to review and one to giveaway!

Perfect for : Personal Use, Gift, Story time, Classroom use

My Thoughts: God is With Me Through The Day and God is With Me Through the Night are both beautiful books, with full color photographs of animals that children and adults will love. The words on each page are large and colorful, making it easy for children to follow along or read. On top of the wonderful pictures and easy to read words, the message throughout the book is very family-oriented and is uplifting and makes children feel more secure. Each book ends with a scripture from the bible.

While the book is recommended for kids ages 4-7, I feel completely fine letting my 2 (almost 3) year old leaf through the book. He does not tear pages, and loves the big colorful pictures and words. The book is also quick enough to read that it keeps his attention, and we can use the pictures to explain the sentiments being expressed, as well as providing other learning opportunities (what is the bird sitting on, where is the bear's foot, how many birds are sitting on the branch, what color is the..., etc). So, I would even recommend this book for children as young as 2 with adult help! They are wonderful and impart very helpful messages.

Pictures: The pictures are wonderful full-color photographs of animals, some are very funny and help to illustrate what Julie Cantrell is writing about.
Story-Line: Very family-friendly, and supportive of young minds. The feelings of security they help provide are wonderful.
Readability: VERY easy to read and enjoyable for all ages.
Overall: These are great books that help to address issues like God is always watching over us, He loves us, He keeps us Safe, etc.

About the Book:


Back Cover: Brave mice and playful puppies inspire little hearts to have big faith. You are safe, brave, and loved because God is always there - all through the day.





Back Cover: Cheerful dolphins and loving zebras inspire timid hearts to have big faith. Even in the dark, God keeps his children safe, brave, and loved. He is always there - all through the night.


About the Author: (from the publisher's site)

Julie Cantrell was born in Louisiana, where she grew up running barefoot over fire ant beds, swimming with alligators, and eating crawfish. Today, she lives with her husband and two spirited children in Mississippi, hallowed ground for many famous authors.

Giveaway Details:
1. Leave a comment here telling me why you are interested in winning a set of these books (1 entry)

1.5. For a daily bonus, come back and tell me about a book you have read to your son, daughter, niece, nephew, etc, and what you liked about it (1 entry daily, must be different books each day)

2. Post a link to the giveaway on your blog and/or Facebook and report it here (1 entry)

3. Become a follower (link is on the right hand sidebar) and leave a comment here (or "remind" me you are already a follower so I know you want to be included in this giveaway) (1 entry)

The drawing will be held December 13th, with the hope that I can get the books to you prior to Christmas! Winner: I will send you an email, please reply with your address so I can send the books directly to you!

This giveaway is open to residents within the United States and Canada, no PO Boxes.

~ Wendi

63 Comments:

Anonymous said...

These books sound wonderful. I would love to win a copy to share with my grandchildren when they visit. I'm always looking for eye-catching books.

Teresa

Anonymous said...

For an extra entry, I collect the Disney Read-Aloud books to read with my grandkids when they visit. The pictures are big and bright, and the story is fun. I do occasionally have to shorten the story a little to keep their attention, but they love them.

Teresa

Katy said...

Oh, these are so cute! We'd love to win a set of these books because my kids adore animal books. :)

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Katy said...

I just became a follower of your blog. :) I didn't realize I wasn't following--I have you on my blogroll and usually check on your blog from there. LOL

souldolphindream said...

The books would be wonderful for my daughter and son. I am always trying to find books about gods love. I love that the the colors pop

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tutugirl said...

I just think these would be sweet wonderful books to reassure my kids that God is watching over them.

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J. Cannon said...

Great contest! Please count me in!

GALENA said...

these books sound delightful for any age

GALENA said...

these books sound delightful for any age

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye.

Wanda said...

I would love to win a set of these books because I want to donate them to our church library. The books look wonderful for young children.
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Wanda said...

I just became a follower of your blog.
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Anonymous said...

What a lovely set of books... I'd love to win these books for my gorgeous nephews; they love to read and have a deep faith. Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

CJ said...

That would be a perfect story book to read with my 4 year old, I would love to win it.

CJ said...

I'm a follower :)

CJ said...

extra entry

We just read our first Christmas book of this year called "Noel chez la famille ours" I loved it to put ourself in the Christmas spirit.

Alice Teh said...

Hi Wendi, please do not enter me for this giveaway. Just wanted to say hello to you. :D

Anonymous said...

I recently read 'Moira's Birthday' by Robert Munsch to my nephew... I used to love that book as a child and he seemed to enjoy it too. Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

erin m. said...

My little 4 year old sister is starting to be afraid of the dark.
the title of these books say it all, "God is with me"~
That's a wonderful reminder for everyone!

panicxduh@yahoo.com

erin m. said...

"Corderoy goes to the Docter"--It's a great easy book to read but i'm silly when i read to my sister,funny voices and all!

panicxduh@yahoo.com

Al Henneberry said...

God is great and deserves to be acknowledged!

Anonymous said...

I seem to be gravitating to the old classics... I love them! I read 'The Velveteen Rabbit' to my favourite little man (nephew) a few months ago, he cried, I cried but it was a great opportunity to share something special with him.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

erin m. said...

"Engines on Call" is a good book i read the other night, It's about firetrucks!

panicxduh@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Last Christmas, my Goddaughter and I read 'Heidi' by Johanna Spyri... Another classic I used to love as a kid and re-reading it reignited that spark of adventure and rememberance in me. Thank you!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

erin m. said...

"Disney's Princess Collection"--is basically a big book that goes through the most memorable movies. (short but sweet for each) The fun part about it is the illustrations that look straight out of Disney!
. . .well, i guess they are~
=]
panicxduh@Yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, I read The Little Golden Book of Nursery Rhymes to my best friend's little boy. It was nice, brought back so many memories of rhymes that I had thought forgotten. Thank you!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

erin m. said...

"No Jumping on the bed"::
is a funny children's book about what happens when you don't listen to what Mom says!--

panicxduh@yahoo.com

Al Henneberry said...

God is the greatest gift and to know Him is happiness.

ktgonyea said...

I love the classics, particularly Black Beauty :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

erin m. said...

"Georges Store" by Frank Asch--
is a fun short story with fun rhymes and pages full of color illustration!
Once starting out with reading,George's Store would be an easy book to learn with.

panicxduh@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I was babysitting for my friend last night and read (amongst 20 other books) 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak... I loved this book as a child, but love it more as adult for it's lyrical storytelling as well as the powerful meaning. Thank you!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

Anonymous said...

Last night, to my surprise, my nephew pulled out 'Taran Wanderer' by Lloyd Alexander and we read the first few chapters together... This was one book I loved as a kid and remember being oh so excited every day to continue reading it and I'm so glad to pass on that excitement and joy to my nephew.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

Anonymous said...

12/6 entry ktgonyea@gmail.com

erin m. said...

The Classic I SPY books.
We looked through the Fantasy theme tonight. My little sister likes it because it's fun once finding items, and i think it expands awareness too!
(again, a favorite for me in the 90's) but these books will outlast the decades.

panicxduh@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favourite little nephew was visiting last night and I read him Curious George... A classic favourite of mine, but I love the way the words are strung together, the illustrations and colours.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

erin m. said...

A book i read today to my little sister called "Down By the Bay". My kidnergarden teacher would read this story to us, we all thought it was so funny! (because there's a song that goes along with it).
Well over the years i have gotten a hold of this and found the song too! It's now a favorite of my little sister and cousins. I love how kids memorize things so easy!

panicxduh@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I read Eloise a few weeks ago to my Goddaughter. I loved it as a kid and I love it now especially because the sweet little girl beside me giggled like a monkey through the entire thing!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

Anonymous said...

This past Easter, I read 'Ye-Ning: The Girl of Coconut Tree' with my Goddaughter. It was a lovely story about family, trust, sacrifice, love and hard work and even though it was a child's picture story, it was very emotional.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

erin m. said...

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" sounds like the simple book of the old poem. The reason this book is GREAT for kids 4 and up? They have interactive pages where kids can lift,pull and slide parts of the pages to reveal hidden items like toys and other christmas fun to make this story come to life!

Kids love hands on activities, even to the last story they read at night!

panicxduh@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I read "God Gave Us Christmas" to my nephew last night. I liked the book as it's a series that makes a great introduction to young children about the concept of God. I also liked the colours and the fact that the family featured are Polar Bears (very Canadian). Please accept this as my entry. Thank you.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

erin m. said...

The Three Trees.
The illustrations in this book not only present such Granduer but meaning to the story. The connection to the bible is obvious [With the trees being chopped down for useful events we know from the bible]
I thought it was really cool how this book is good for both children and adults! The moral is that even though we think we're stuck and not making any difference sometimes, God uses us for marvelous things in the big picture!

Definitely worth checking out.
(panicxduh@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

A few weeks ago, I remember reading What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scary to my nephew. I remember reading this myself as a kid and loving the detailed images and illustrations and how everything was new and unique each time I looked inside the book. Same thing as an adult.

Thanks!
Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

erin m. said...

"The Bearnstein Bears and the big Lie" Well first off, this collection of books always comes with clear morals and fun illustrations meant for any kid!
The Big Lie is a book about Sister Bear and Brother Bear getting into some trouble by breaking a vase and blaming on a random exotic bird that obviously doesn't exist!

It's funny,practical and the best family this is for? a family of 4 Mom-Dad-Brother-Sister just like the bernstein bears!

(panicxduh@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

I read a classic Hans Christian Anderson story of 'The Snow Queen' last month to my Goddaughter. I loved this particular version because of the beautiful, detailed illustrations...

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

missrantsypants said...

They sound and look like sweet books. I love the message, and the pics of baby animals add to the cute factor!


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erin m. said...

Heide Bratton has a series of Books for Toddlers that are God-based with a simple message. "Yes I Can!"(walking with God board books)
It's about the 10 commandments and how to use them everyday!

(panicxduh@yahoo.com)

Tammy Pereira said...

I love the pictures and the reminder that God is with you always. Some times some people have a tendency to forget that. Thanks and Happy holidays!

LayDeeBugLove@aol.com

joan ferris said...

The children will benefit from these books.
joan ferris
jnferris@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, I made it a point to read 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein to my nephew... It was a favourite of mine as a child, because of the story and the simple illustrations and of course the colour green which was my favourite. But as an adult, I appreciate it's morals and ethics and the beautiful way in which sharing, giving, being throughtful, loving and caring are presented.

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)

cookiert said...

I think these would be great for my 5 year old son.

cookiert at yahoo

Candie L said...

I would love to give this to the church. It is a small way I can thank them for everything they have done for us. THank you

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Candie L said...

I am following your blog. Thank you

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packerfantimmy said...

My son has become very active in our church and I think he would love these.
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packerfantimmy said...

I read The very Hungry Caterpiller to my son recently and I loved it because it is a book that I have read to all 3 of my older kids as well and we all loved it.
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packerfantimmy said...

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Anonymous said...

We had a lot of the Little Critter books when my kids were little which taught a lot of values!

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Anonymous said...

Please enter me. I love to read books to my grandson, and am trying to find some wonderful toddler books with Biblical references. He is almost 3, and we are going to have another grand-baby soon as well. Additionally I have quite a few young people I work with that I can share the books with.

Lynnette

Carol B said...

I would love to win these books for my 4 year old daughter. I love the fact that the books discuss the issues of God and that he is always watching over us.

God Bless
Thanks again

Carol

mchavez718 said...

I would love to win these for my daughter because she loves God so much. It would be great to read to her of His love for her.

Anonymous said...

For my niece Hannah!

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Gianna said...

My kids love to read and these would be perfect for them :)

masonsgranny59 said...

I would love 2 win this for my grandsons:)

masonsgranny59 said...

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