Holiday Gift Guide: Let's Celebrate Springtime, Lent & Easter #holidaygiftguide #Zonderkidz #ZblogSquad

  Let's Celebrate Springtime, Lent & Easter

March is National Reading Month 

As a Christian homeschool mom and grandmother, I  become quite excited when it comes to reading and having the opportunity to review children's books especially books that share great spiritual messages. Recently, HarperCollins Christian Publishing graciously presented complimentary books for my family and I which focuses on Lent, Easter and springtime. The Faithgirlz books are not specifically for holiday reading.

Lent lasts for fifteen days. This year it begins Wednesday, February 10th and ends on Saturday, March 26th. Immediately afterwards, Christians celebrate Easter or Resurrection Sunday on  March 27th, 2016. Last year we celebrated Easter in the month of April.

Let me share with you some wonderful children's book ideas for gift giving from Zonderkidz.

The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall

The Legend of the Easter Robin is written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Inside this beautifully illustrated hardcover book, you will read a heartfelt story of compassion and faith based on the old Pennsylvania Dutch tale about the legend of the robin's red breast.  Tressa and her grandmother keep watch over a robins nest that is placed on Gran's window ledge. Tressa visits each day after-school and has concerns about the safety of the eggs and the birds.  In the meantime, Gran teaches Tressa a Pennsylvania Dutch custom  called oschter-foggel or Easter birds. As they work on dying eggs, Gran shares the story of the Legend of the Robin's Red Breast.

Oschter-foggel - Making Easter Birds

What a spectacular book to read time and again with your children or grandchildren! In my honest, opinion this is a wonderful story to include in your family library as a book to read annually at Lent and Easter. It's filled with colorful eye-popping illustrations that kids and adult will love.

My only concern is that some children may not understand the pictures dealing with the crucifixion story; like the scene with a whip, crown of thorns and blood.  It has been portrayed tastefully but I would recommend that an adult read it aloud or follow along with younger children because they may have questions or be unfamiliar with the crucifixion story.

The Legend of the Easter Robin is recommended for ages 4 - 8.  Hardcover. SRV. $16.99

A Royal Easter Story by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson

Are you familiar with The Princess Parables Series? The Princess Parables goal is to spread positive Christian messages to girls. Why not, take a peak at The Princess Parables - A Royal Easter Story that is written by Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson with colorful illustrations created by Omar Aranda. The Princess Parables -  A Royal Easter Story continues the format of Disney-like princess characters. In A Royal Easter Story  learn lessons about helping and caring for others using the New Testament passage from Luke 11:9-13(NIrV). Tag along on a thrilling  adventure with Princesses Joy, Grace, Faith, Charity and Hope as they prepare for the Easter Jubilee Celebration.  Wouldn't you like to learn more about this special Easter story?

The Princess Parables on YouTube:

View of A Royal Easter Story by Young & Johnson

If your daughter loves princesses then you must consider this series. You can find The Princess Parables - A Royal Easter Story by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson and much more at Zondervan. Every page is filled with awesome colorful illustrations. This series is recommended for children ages 4 - 8. Hardcover. SRV $14.99

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Thank you,
Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs happily was provided with a bundle of complimentary  books through HarperCollins Publishers and HarperCollins Christian Publishing

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