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Picture Book Review-Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

Another picture book (almost) review by Jean Matthew Hall Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars is a nonfiction picture book plus more.  It was written by Christiane Kump Tibbits and illustrated by Linda Garrow. It was published by Northwords Press in 1996. Sadly Northwords Press…

For Moms & Dads Who Serve Our Country

  With honor and appreciation to the Moms and Dads who serve (or have served) our noble country in uniform. I thank you. What greater example of patriotism can your children ever see?   From The Poet Patriot  WE STAND Through the pledge, through…

The Father Effect

For the dads who are struggling with their role, please watch this short film. It is 15 minutes long, but it has the potential to change your life–and the lives of your family.   If it speaks to you, or if you think it…

Picture Book Review–Hot City

Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. The picture book Hot City by Barbara Joosse was published in 2004 by Philomel. It was illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. In the summer many of us turn our thoughts toward beaches, pools, parks and lakeside…

12 Principles of Parenting

“The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.”        Matthew 7:25 HCSB The most important “career” we will ever pursue is that of being a parent. Over my…

Picture Book Review–Around Our Way On Neighbor’s Day

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Time for another picture book about having fun in the summer. Around Our Way on Neighbors’ Day was written by my friend, Tameka Fryer Brown. It was illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, and published by Abrams in…

Happy Father’s Day

My gift to all of you DADS out there.    

Summer Picture Books–The View at the Zoo

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall It is summer in my area. So, I’ve decided to review picture books about summer fun. I’ve tried to choose books about a variety of places and fun activities. Let’s dive in! The View at the…

Time Alone with God–You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me!

Face it! When you have young children squeezing one more thing into your day is hopeless! Even if that one thing is spending time alone with God. Have you heard the story of Suzanna Wesley who had (I believe) 18 children? She had her…

Sometimes You Fly

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate was published in 2018 by Clarion Books. Jennifer Black Reinhardt illustrated the picture book. First, let me brag about the illustrations. They are sensitive but cute and funny. They definitely…

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Papa’s Mechanical Fish was written by award-winning author Candice Fleming, and illustrated by Boris Kulikov. It was published by Margaret Ferguson Books in 2013. This is a wonderful, whimsical story about a Papa who fancies himself…

Online Inspiration and Encouragement

I like to use FaceBook to my advantage. One of the ways I do that is to scan through Pages or Profiles related to “moms” or “parenting.” I’ve found a lot of Neh! and also some great stuff for quick encouragement on this parenting…

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