Monday, February 11, 2019

Have I Ever Told You? and Miss Pinkeltink's Purse (Book Reviews)

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Disclosure: I was provided complimentary copies of these two amazing books, through the publisher, Tilbury House Publishers, in exchange for a honest review.

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Are you ready for Valentine's Day? I know many of us, especially parents and grandparents make a mad dash to the stores every middle of February to let our children and grandchildren know how much we love them. I think we let them know that everyday, but February does have that fun feeling of love. Ever since I was a little girl, my Dad has asked me every year to be his Valentine. When I got married, my husband joined that list, and now I have two sons who ask me. I have many Valentines to buy for! I thought instead of the chocolates, toys, or flowers, why not gift them books this year? I have been blessed to review the two following books that I think would make amazing Valentine gifts!

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Have I Ever Told You? is by Shani M. King, and illustrated by Anna Horv├íth. It is recommended for ages 5 to 6 years old, but I think this is a book everyone would enjoy. The author wrote this book as a note to his children, to not only remind them how much they are loved, but to empower them that they can be anything they want to be. The illustrations do a beautiful job of showing many different cultures and races, and this book even addresses bullying. It is a wonderful book to read to a child, whether they are your child, grandchild, or student. It teaches children that they are loved and that they can make a difference in this world. 


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At the end of each page, the question, "Have I ever told you?" is asked. It reminds children of what it means to do the right thing. It addresses things such as manners, respect, values, and integrity in a way that children can understand and appreciate. My sons who are 7 and 9 years old, thought this book was really special.

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This book really hit our heart strings, and then we read the next book, and my sons and I were just really overcome with emotion and love for everyone. Miss Pinkeltink's Purse by Patty Brozo and illustrated by Ana Ochoa is a humorous and at points, sad story about a lady who is homeless in a town. She is kind and tries her best to find all kinds of items in her purse, to help the people in the town fix what they need. Her purse is so large and full of items, that it also gets in the way sometimes. The important part of the book, is that she gave from her heart. She gave so much, that eventually her large purse was empty. This is when a child in the town steps in, and gets the community involved to help her. I won't give away the ending, but my sons and I were in tears of joy after finishing this book.

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The illustrations in this book are colorful, creative, and vibrant just like in Have I Ever Told You? I love how both of these authors addressed difficult things such as bullying and homelessness, in a way that was gentle enough for a child. Miss Pinkeltink's Purse even includes ideas and ways to help homeless people in our own communities. These two books would be an outstanding gift to your home, school, or church library and are stories that can be enjoyed over and over again.  

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Blessings,

Kelly