The Baptism Song by Dennis E and Bethany Buettner

Absolutely Beautiful

The Baptism Song by Dennis E and Bethany Buettner is a most beautiful book that will appeal to the young and old alike.

The books is designed to appeal to young children with simple yet beautiful big and bold illustrations by Mentol. Every page has a few lines on it. This is absolutely ideal for either the new reader or to be read to young children.

There is a simple but effective message told through rhyme and repetition. It is that parents promise to be there every day for their children. I loved the inclusion of “This I promise today” on most pages.

My favourite illustration is where Jesus is holding the baby but all the illustrations are beautiful.

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The Devil’s Dice by Roz Watkins

A Marvellous Debut

The Devil’s Dice by Roz Watkins is a fabulous contemporary detective novel set in the Derbyshire Dales. It is the first in the D.I. Meg Dalton series and I cannot wait for the rest.

The Devil’s Dice grips from the start as the reader gets caught up in the action. As the body count rises, so do the suspects in the reader’s mind.

Ancient curses bump into modern crimes. Is the area really cursed or is it just old fashioned bad luck?

Everyone has a past. Sometimes our past haunts us. We cannot escape so we cope the best we can.

We all have fears. Some face them. Others run.

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A Stitch In Time by Penelope Lively

A Timeless Classic

A Stitch In Time by Penelope Lively is a children’s classic that can be enjoyed by anyone at any time.

First published in 1976, the action in this timeless classic is in 1975. It is set over the summer holidays in Lyme Regis. Life was simpler then – with picnics, hide and seek, books on rainy afternoons, collecting fossils. No modern technology or disturbance from mobile phones.

The two holidaying families contrast sharply. Maria and her parents are quiet. Martin and his family are loud and gregarious.

Childhood is a carefree time where we make memories. It is also a time of over active imaginations and imaginary friends. Children seem more sensitive to the past whereas adults concentrate on the here and now.

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Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray

Refreshingly Honest

Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray is a collection of observations on life. Lincee Ray is honest, insightful and witty. The reader laughs and cries as we experience life with her. Lincee Ray recognises we need to “embrace the days when we aren’t feeling our best selves.” We need to seize the day.

The media puts pressure on women to look ‘perfect.’ Their idea of perfect seems to be stick thin with no blemishes. Every women seems to be under media pressure but we are “so much more than a number on a scale.” We need to be happy with the skin we are in and remember that we are created in the image of God. We are the daughters of the King.

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