Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Boy and Dog Vintage Valentine

Found at Birdhouse Books:  Whitney Vintage Valentines

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin

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The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin

Publication Date: June 3, 2014 
NAL/Penguin Group 
Formats: eBook, Paperback, Audio 
352 Pages 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
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As recovery from World War II begins, expat American Nora Tours travels from her home in southern France to London in search of her missing sixteen-year-old daughter. There, she unexpectedly meets up with an old acquaintance, famous model-turned-photographer Lee Miller. Neither has emerged from the war unscathed. Nora is racked with the fear that her efforts to survive under the Vichy regime may have cost her daughter's life. Lee suffers from what she witnessed as a war correspondent photographing the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. 

Nora and Lee knew each other in the heady days of late 1920's Paris, when Nora was giddy with love for her childhood sweetheart, Lee became the celebrated mistress of the artist Man Ray, and Lee's magnetic beauty drew them all into the glamorous lives of famous artists and their wealthy patrons. But Lee fails to realize that her friendship with Nora is even older, that it goes back to their days as children in Poughkeepsie, New York, when a devastating trauma marked Lee forever. Will Nora's reunion with Lee give them a chance to forgive past betrayals, and break years of silence? 

A novel of freedom and frailty, desire and daring, The Beautiful American portrays the extraordinary relationship between two passionate, unconventional woman.

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PRAISE

"Will transport you to expat Paris." - Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist 

"A brilliant, beautifully written literary masterpiece" - Sandra Dallas, author of Fallen Women "Leaves its essence of love, loss, regret and hope long after the novel concludes." - Erika Robuck, author of Fallen Beauty 

"Achingly beautiful and utterly mesmerizing...her vividly drawn characters...come heartbreakingly alive in their obsessions, tragedies and triumphs" - Jennifer Robson, author of Somewhere in France 

"From Poughkeepsie to Paris, from the razzmatazz of the twenties to the turmoil of World War Two and the perfume factories of Grasse, Mackin draws you into the world of expatriate artists and photographers and tells a story of love, betrayal, survival and friendship...an engaging and unforgettable novel" - Renee Rosen, author Doll Face
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeanne Mackin’s novel, The Beautiful American (New American Library), based on the life of photographer and war correspondent Lee Miller, received the 2014 CNY award for fiction. Her other novels include A Lady of Good Family, about gilded age personality Beatrix Farrand, The Sweet By and By, about nineteenth century spiritualist Maggie Fox, Dreams of Empire set in Napoleonic Egypt, The Queen’s War, about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and The Frenchwoman, set in revolutionary France and the Pennsylvania wilderness. 

Jeanne Mackin is also the author of the Cornell Book of Herbs and Edible Flowers (Cornell University publications) and co-editor of The Book of Love (W.W. Norton.) She was the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and a keynote speaker for The Dickens Fellowship. Her work in journalism won awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, in Washington, D.C. She has taught or conducted workshops in Pennsylvania, Hawaii and at Goddard College in Vermont.

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Monday, September 21 
Spotlight at Let Them Read Books
Tuesday, September 22 
Interview at Please Pass the Books 
Wednesday, Spetember 23 
Review at A Bookish Affair 
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Spotlight at What Is That Book About 
Thursday, September 24 
Review at History Undressed 
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story 
Friday, September 25 
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair 
Interview at History Undressed 
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Sunday, September 27 
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book 
Monday, September 28 
Review at I'm Shelf-ish 
Guest Post at To Read, or Not to Read 
Tuesday, September 29 
Review at Build a Bookshelf 
Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes 
Wednesday, September 30 
Review at Queen of All She Reads 
Spotlight at View From the Birdhouse 
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Thursday, October 1 
Review at Dive Under the Cover 
Interview at The Old Shelter 
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Friday, October 2 
Review at A Fold in the Spine 
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To enter to win a paperback copy of The Beautiful American, please enter via the GLEAM form below. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Did You Know Tuesday: Banned Book Week

Like you, I am a reader.  My early memories including reading Little Golden Books, going to the library, falling in love with series like the Betsy-Tacy books, Nancy Drew mysteries, and the Little House on the Prairie books.

My favorite genres to read now are children's books (still/always), mysteries, and historical fiction.  One of these genres frequently contains banned books.  Sadly, that category is children's books and young adult novels.

The top 10 banned books for 2014 were:

1)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
2)      Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
3)      And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
4)      The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
5)      It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
6)      Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
7)      The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
8)      The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
9)      A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
10)    Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

A few of the classic children's books that frequently appear on banned book lists include:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Witches by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Forever by Judy Blume
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katharine Patterson 

Banned Book Week was founded in 1982 by First Amendment activist Judith Krug.  It was designed as a way to promote intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores.  You can find out more at the official Banned Books Week site. The site includes a great list of events (state by state) including read ins, panel discussions, and celebrations of books.

As a reader, I encourage you to find out more about Banned Book Week and celebrate your freedom to read!  Are you doing anything to celebrate Banned Book Week?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Music Monday - "Lightnin' Strikes" by Lou Christie (1966)

I always say that I don't like falsetto voices in music - and then I have to amend and add that I really like Lou Christie and Frankie Valli.  "Lightnin' Strikes" was a number one hit in 1966, and was written by Lou Christie and Twyla Herbert.

Lou Christie was born Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco in 1943 and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He was an aspiring recording artist since his teens, and had his first hit in 1962 ("The Gypsy Cried").

I remember this song from AM radio when I was a very little girl.  I loved it then and still do.  The recording is below, for your listening pleasure.

Book Review and Giveaway - The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie

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The Sisters of Versailles (Mistresses of Versailles, Book One) by Sally Christie

Publication Date: September 1, 2015 
Publisher: Atria Books/Simon & Schuster 
Formats: Ebook, Paperback 
Pages: 432 
ISBN-10: 1501102966 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
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A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King. Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France's most "well-beloved" monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.  

Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear. 

Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters: Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne, four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail. 

Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot - and women - forward. The King's scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters:sweet, naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne, will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power. 

In the tradition of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie's stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood; of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.

ADVANCE PRAISE

“A stunning breadth of period detail, offered in a fresh, contemporary voice.” —Juliet Grey, author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy 

"Sally Christie's The Sisters of Versailles is an intriguing romp through Louis XV's France. Filled with lush backdrops, rich detail, and colorful characters, fans of historical fiction will enjoy this glimpse into the lost golden era of the French monarchy." – Allison Pataki, author of The Accidental Empress

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MY REVIEW

I love historical fiction, but will admit that I know a lot more about British and American history than French history.  As a result, I was not familiar with the story of the Nesle sisters before reading this book.  Their story is a fascinating and complex one.  Four of the five sisters were mistresses to King Louis XV of France.

This book is told in alternating chapters from the viewpoint of the Nesle sisters: Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne. The short chapters are dated, and there are letters interspersed in the text.

I found this novel fascinating, both from the standpoint of learning something new about history, and reading some very engaging storytelling.

The Sisters of Versailles is a complex, skillfully told story.  There are a number of characters involved but they are richly detailed and clearly delineated.  The descriptions and historical details are wonderful, and helped bring this period in history to vivid life.

I highly recommend this novel to other fans of historical fiction.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series! 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I'm a life-long history buff - and I mean life-long. One of the first adult books I read was Antonia Fraser's masterful Mary, Queen of Scots. Wow! That book just blew my little ten year old mind: something about the way it brought the past right back to life, made it live again on the page. I date my obsession with history to that time, but I'd been writing ("writing") ever since I was able to hold a pencil. 

If you'd told my 12-year old self that I'd not be a writer when I grew up, I would have laughed you out of the tree house. With a few detours along the way, to work overseas in consulting and development, as well as to go to business school, I've finally come full circle to where I think I should be. 

I currently live in Toronto and when I'm not writing, I'm playing lots of tennis; doing random historical research (old census records are my favorite); playing Scrabble, and squirrel-watching (the room where I write has French doors leading out to a deck; I avidly follow, and feed, a scruffy gang). 

For more information please visit Sally Christie's website. You can also find her on Goodreads and Pinterest.

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Monday, September 14 
Review at Reading the Past
Tuesday, September 15 
Review at Book Lovers Paradise 
Interview & Giveaway at Mina's Bookshelf 
Wednesday, September 16 
Review at Bookish 
Thursday, September 17 
Review at The Book Binder's Daughter 
Friday, September 18 
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict 
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective 
Saturday, September 19 
Spotlight at Romantic Historical Reviews 
Monday, September 21 
Review at Leeanna.me 
Tuesday, September 22 
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Connection 
Wednesday, September 23 
Review & Giveaway at History Undressed 
Thursday, September 24 
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past 
Friday, September 25 
Spotlight at Historical Readings & Views 
Monday, September 28
Review & Giveaway at View From the Birdhouse 
Tuesday, September 29 
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Thursday, October 1 
Review at Genre Queen 
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Friday, October 2 
Review at Curling Up By the Fire 
Monday, October 5 
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews 
Tuesday, October 6 
Review at Just One More Chapter 
Wednesday, October 7 
Review at The Lit Bitch 
Thursday, October 8 
Interview & Giveaway at Reading Lark 
Friday, October 9 
Review & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession

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Prize:  One paperback, open to US residents only.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekend Window Shopping at Birdhouse Books

Hi vintage friends!

I went a little crazy listing some retro goodies at auction last week.  As a result, I now have a record (for me!) 156 auctions running right now on eBay.   I hope you'll stop by and peek at them: 

Birdhouse Books on eBay

You'll find some unique items, including:

Cookbooks, like Savannah a la Carte and It's Dessert Time (a 1952 Jello cookbook):



Nonfiction, like Sojourn in Savannah (guide book with map) and Make a Merry Christmas (a 1970's vintage holiday crafts book from Current):




Unopened craft kits, like this project to embroider a Christmas angel ornament (Leisure Arts):




Vintage travel brochures, like the Fernbank Science Center (Atlanta) and Parrot Jungle (Miami):





Roadside Americana travel postcards - amusement parks, motels, restaurants, and more!    Pictured here:  Children's Fairyland (a story book land in Oakland, California) and the Imperial Motel (Daytona Beach, Florida).





I hope you enjoyed this peek into my shop.  I'll be back next week with more -- Halloween cards coming soon!

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - A Mastery Passion: The Story of Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton

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A Master Passion: The Story of Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton: Book One: Love and Liberty by Juliet Waldron

Publication Date: March 25, 2015 
Books We Love eBook & Print; 
428 Pages 
Genre: Historical Fiction
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THE MASTER PASSION is the story of the marriage of our brilliant first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and his courageous wife, Elizabeth Schuyler. It begins with a whirlwind Revolutionary War courtship at Washington’s headquarters. Conflict, however, is built into this marriage. Betsy's passion is Alexander. While Hamilton adores his wife and children, there are times when he loves America more. “...And hence one Master Passion in the breast Like Aaron's serpent, swallows up all the rest..." ~~Alexander Pope

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juliet Waldron has lived in many US states, in the UK and the West Indies. She earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after her sons left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for her readers. Juliet’s a grandmother, a cat person, and fascinated by reading history and archeology. Juliet spends a lot of time visiting other centuries, but she’s also certain she doesn’t want to live there. Juliet gardens, bicycles and is involved in local advocacy groups. She and her husband of fifty years enjoy the winding backroads of PA aboard their Hayabusa superbike. For more information visit Juliet Waldron's website. Juliet also blogs at Possum Tracks and Crone Henge, and you can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Monday, September 21 
Interview at Library Educated 
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Tuesday, September 22 
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Wednesday, September 23 
Spotlight at Svetlana's Reads and Views  
Thursday, September 24 
Guest Post at To Read, Or Not to Read  
Friday, September 25 
Spotlight at Raven Haired Girl 
Saturday, September 26 
Spotlight at View from the Birdhouse 
Monday, September 28 
Review at In a Minute  
Tuesday, September 29 
Review at Diana's Book Reviews  
Wednesday, September 30 
Review at A Fold in the Spine 
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Thursday, October 1 
Review at Bookish 
Review at The Maiden's Court 
Friday, October 2 
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To enter to win a paperback copy of A Master Passion & $5 Amazon Gift Card, please enter via the GLEAM form below. Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 2nd. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US residents only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion – Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. 
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Dear Abby: Social Media

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful week!  I am so happy that it is Autumn.  The weather will be cooler and nice for longer walks.   Plus, there are fun holidays to look forward to in the next few months.  Hooray!

I have a great question today from my friends: Barbara, her kitty Zeus, and dachshund Oz: 

We have a topic for you to write about: your experiences with social media. We have made so many wonderful connections and even some lovely friendships. There are some things that we don't enjoy about social media (like gossip, shaming, judgmental comments etc.) but if you are careful and choose your connections wisely, we find Twitter & Facebook to be a really good experience. Do you have any tips to help people & pups with this? Looking forward to your next column. 

Barbara, Zeus, and Oz, thank you for the wonderful question!   My Momma and I love social media too.   It is a great way to connect with family and old friends, and we have made some wonderful friends on social media as well!

I like the way you worded this:  "choose your connections wisely."   I think that is a great point about social media.  It is very public, much more so than email or a phone call, so you have to choose who you want to connect to.  

With online time I believe it is important to trust your instincts and if people or pups do not seem to be friendly and kind, you can just disconnect from them.  We like nice people.

I do not have my own social media accounts (alas!), but I have still made friends with dachshunds, dog people, and animal lovers wherever we go. 

On any of the social media sites, you can search for words like: dachshund, dog rescue, etc. and come up with lots of great results.  That is a good way to find pages and groups on Facebook (those are fun places to interract with like-minded pups!).  On Twitter you can search by the words on their own, i.e. dachshunds, but you can also search with hashtags, like #dachshunds.   

We have learned that lists make Twitter a lot more fun.  For instance, you can make lists of your dachshund friends and click on that list at any time (or save the link) in order to read the latest doxie news.  Momma says you can do the same thing with blogger friends, eBay friends, etc.   We like the free version of Hootsuite to read our Twitter posts.  A neat feature of Hootsuite is you can display all your lists side by side.  Twitter can get very overwhelming quickly with the volume of posts there;  this makes it a lot easier to read. 

One of the biggest issues we have with social media is it is addictive!  Momma sometimes sets the timer when she is checking in on our social media sites for work.  That helps!

We would love to connect with all our friends on social media.   I help with these pages: 

Birdhouse Books on Pinterest (check out the Cute Dogs and Dachshund boards I helped set up) 

Birdhouse Books on Facebook (books, nostalgia, and links to my blog posts, too) 

Birdhouse Books on Twitter (mostly Mom's work but I love to chat with dachshund friends there as well!)

I would love to hear from you about your experiences with social media!   Please leave any comments below.

I'm also looking for questions for future posts, so welcome those in the comments section as well.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Love from Abby  xoxoxo


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Comic Books

Did you know that September 25 is National Comic Book Day?   I just learned about this retro holiday, and it made me immediately think of comic books from my childhood.

My favorite was Archie, and the related Betty and Veronica comic books as well.  I thought these were really cool when I was little!   They were, of course, about teenage kids and as a little girl, I thought it was fun to read about their high school adventures.

Later I also discovered the Partridge Family comic books.   I was in elementary school when these were popular, and like most girls I knew, I had the biggest crush on David Cassidy.  So of course I loved the comic books, too!
Did you like comic books when you were growing up?  What were your favorites?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Thoreau in Phantom Bog by B.B. Oak

Thoreau in Phantom Bog
(A Henry David Thoreau Mystery)

3rd in Series
Mystery
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0758290274
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Synopsis
Henry David Thorea’s impassioned activism in the Underground Railroad leads him away from the banks of Walden Pond into a morass of murder… 

In the spring of 1848, Thoreau returns to Plumford, Massachusetts, in search of a fellow conductor on the Underground Railroad, who has gone missing along with the escaped female slave he was assigned to transport. With the help of his good friend, Dr. Adam Walker, Thoreau finds the conductor—shot to death on a back road.

When the two men discover that Adam’s beloved cousin Julia has given the slave safe harbor, their relief is counterbalanced by concern for Julia, who has put herself in grave danger. Another conductor has been murdered in a neighboring town and a letter has been found from someone claiming to have been hired to assassinate anyone harboring fugitive slaves. With all of them now potential targets, the need for Thoreau and Adam to apprehend the killer is more urgent than ever…

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About The Authors –
B. B. Oak is the pen name of Beth and Ben Oak, who met in a literature course at Boston University and have been enthralled with Henry David Thoreau (and each other) ever since. They are members of The Thoreau Society and Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum which recreates life in rural New England and served as the model for the book’s fictional town of Plumford.   

Author Links
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Giveaway
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Boston Terrier Vintage Valentine

Found at Birdhouse Books:  Vintage Dog Valentines

Book Review - Let's Learn About the Lord's Prayer by Catherine DeVries

Synopsis
Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer (David C. Cook, September 2015) 

In this first book of the HeartSmart series, preschoolers are invited on a playdate with Emma. Together they learn the Lord’s Prayer and practice “teaching” it to Emma’s favorite teddy bear. 

Introducing HeartSmart, a Scripture memory series designed to create opportunities for children to fill their heart with God’s Word. HeartSmart combines key Scriptures with songs, giving parents a spiritual formation path for building a strong foundation of faith.

The entire Lord’s Prayer is included, along with a custom song (free download with access code).

My Review
Let's Learn About the Lord's Prayer is a board book for young children.   Children will meet Emma, who is four years old, in this book, as well as her stuffed bear, Blueberry.  

As Emma goes about her day, she learns The Lord's Prayer.   In addition to memorizing the prayer, she also learns what the words mean in a real and meaningful way in her life.  For instance, she learns:

"Forgive us our debts,
as we have also forgiven
our debtors."

She discovers that this means to forgive friends in situations like a disagreement on the playground.

I love the unique way that this book incorporates scripture in a manner that is accessible for young children as they learn the meaning and application of the words in real-life situations.

This book has cute illustrations by Ryan Jackson that will appeal to preschool children.   It is sturdy and well made.  As a board book, it is great for many rereads.

As a former preschool teacher, I always think it is wonderful to find books that are a great read aloud.  Let's Learn About the Lord's Prayer adapts well for reading aloud at home, in Sunday School, or in a preschool classroom.  Emma asks readers interactive questions, like how old they are and what their favorite food is.

There is even a link provided to download a song that accompanies the prayer.  The song, along with the prayer, provides a rich learning experience for young children.

This is a lovingly crafted book, and would make a wonderful addition to a library at home, church, or religious preschool. 
Author Bio
Catherine DeVries has written twenty books for children, including the bestselling "The Adventure Bible Storybook." As associate publisher of Children’s Resources at David C Cook, she leads product development for The Action Bible collection, which has sold over a million copies. Catherine lives with her husband, their three children, and their big furry dog in the Colorado forest.

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Did You Know Tuesday: Lustron Houses

There was a huge housing shortage in the United States after World War II as GIs returned home.  Lustron houses were designed to help with this housing need.  These unique homes were manufactured in a former airplane factory and made of prefabricated enameled steel.  2948 Lustron houses were constructed between 1948 and 1950.  The average sales price was $10,500. 
These homes were made in four colors:  Surf Blue, Maize Yellow, Dove Gray, and Desert Tan.  The interiors were modern, with an emphasis on efficiency and space saving.  For instance, there were built-in wall units in the bedroom and living room.   The interior walls, ceilings, and kitchen cabinets were all made of enameled steel.  Home owners had to hang pictures up with magnets!  The sound quality inside was different because they were made of metal.  The ranch homes were available in two- and three-bedroom models. 

The Lustron company went bankrupt in 1950 because of production delays and distribution problems.

There are about 2000 Lustron homes still in existence, and they are treasures.  One of my friends, who is an architect, found one in the Atlanta area.  We drove to see it and I was very taken with the house - and the story behind Lustron homes.   You can find a listing of Lustron homes on Wikipedia:  Lustron homes in the United States.

Here are some more links you may enjoy:

Great resource on Lustron preservation from the Ohio Historical Society

Interesting story with photos and a detailed PDF about a Lustron house in Arlington, Virginia that was disassembled and moved to the Ohio Historical  Society for display - The story of Lustron House #549.

Have you seen one of these homes?  Would you enjoy living in one?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.