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The Most Magnificent Thing

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall The Most Magnificent Thing was written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. It was published in 2014 by Kids Can Press. An unnamed little girl has a wonderful idea to build the most magnificent thing. She’s not…

A Dozen Mommy Myth Busters

  You CAN handle potty-training, drivers training, and training bras all at the same time. Despite their refusal to eat anything green, your children will NOT be malnourished. Runny noses are disgusting. But they are not fatal. Playing outside in the cold without a…

Anything Is Possible – Picture Book

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Anything Is Possible was written in Italian by Giulia Belloni and illustrated by Marco Trevisan. It was translated into English by William Anselmi and published in English in 2011 by Owl Kids. A sheep and a…

Practical Online Help

I’m back to recommend a few online places that can help you with the day-to-day stuff! Enjoy. Her View From Home by  numerous moms https://herviewfromhome.com/50-questions-to-ask-your-kids-instead-of-asking-how-was-your-day/ Her View From Home is a lifestyle magazine that connects your view to the rest of the world. We…

Violet the Pilot – Picture Boook

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Violet tbe Pilot was written and illustrated by Steve Breen. Dial Books for Young Readers published it in 2008. Violet is different from the other kids at school. She doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t spend time…

Picture Book Review How to Grow a Dinosaur

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall How to Grow a Dinosaur was written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Mike Boldt. It was published in 2018 by Dial Books for Young Readers. There are tons of picture books on the library shelves…

You Are a MOM!

YES! You CAN do this parenting thing because:  You are beautiful. Those little people in your home think YOU are the most beautiful woman in the world. You are smart. Smarter than you think you are. You are tough. When things are tough you…

Picture Book Review (Nonfiction) The Inventor’s Secret

A Nonfiction Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford is an interesting and engaging nonfiction picture book written by Suzanne Slade, and illustrated (smashingly!) by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. It was published by Charlesbridge in 2015….

New Mother’s Prayer for Energy

This quote is taken from Hugs for New Moms by Stephanie Howard, page 20. When motherhood                           is draining the best of you and you feel overwhelmed and    ill-equipped for the responsibilities      …

Picture Book Review–Blue Ethel

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Blue Ethel is a sweet picture book written and illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. It was published by Margaret Ferguson Books in 2017. Ethel is a cat. And true to her catly nature Ethel is independent,…

Parenting From Fear Or Courage?

I’ve been a parent for 48 years. Boy! I’m old. Over this half-century I’ve seen many changes in our culture—including our Christian culture. I’ve watched the family structure crumble little-bit-by-little-bit. It’s a huge contributor to the other social ills of 21st Century America, in…

Picture Book Review—Be Kind

  Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall Be Kind is written by Pat Zietlow Miller, and is illustrated lusciously by Jen Hill. It was published in 2018 by Roaring Brook Press. Be Kind is one of my favorites of the many picture…

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