Thursday, June 25, 2009

I Love Our Library

Have you visited your library lately?


Most have summer reading programs for the kiddos to help keep them educationally active.

I love ours because I can reserve books online and pick them up when they are ready. I can even wait a couple of days to pick them up while more become available or until I get in there. Usually about once a week or week and a half. I am so grateful for this service, as having three small children in tow can be quite challenging.

But, I'm especially lovin' my library today because I scored a book for $0.50 that I've had on my wishlist at Amazon!

~You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

I also picked up an interesting read at the same price. Double Yeah!

~A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
"This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives." -- Chicago Tribune

I can't wait. So, what do you love about your library? Hmmm...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure

As a mom to three little ones, I'm always searching for appropriate entertainment for them. Something that will engage their curiosity, have a positive message without violence and keep them occupied while I get some things done that don't require little helpers. As much as I love to have them help me with household chores, they can't be tied to my {invisible} apron strings all of the time.

As a Book Review Blogger for Thomas Nelson, I was honored to have the opportunity to review Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure by Max Lucado on DVD. The video is about 60 minutes in length is based on Psalm 139:13-14.

At the first viewing, none of my children managed to watch the whole thing. Not even 10-15 minutes into the program. I'm not sure if it was the talking in the beginning or because they realized it was not Miss Spider's Sunny Patch that didn't captivate their attention.

With that, I put the video up for a later day. After a few more attempts, they are now asking for the video. This was accomplished by not plopping in the video and walking away for them to soak it all in. This program is best suited if you sit with your children, at least the first time, to talk with them about what they are watching. There are many opportunities for talking points -- match real world experiences.

Skeeter has a crooked stinger and feels less important than his brother who is a bit more worldly and has a straight stinger. Differences that can be matched with your own children and their peers such as height, eye or hair color, etc... No matter what, each is special in their own way.

I'm so glad that I waited to write this review. Although I am not obligated to write a positive review as part of my Book Review Blogger status with Thomas Nelson - I felt that it wasn't the message or the format that didn't capture my kids' attention - rather it was my presentation. I knew that this met my criteria for appropriate viewing so I went ahead and popped in the DVD and expected them to sit and watch it... without me. Lesson learned.

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