Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Little Critter: We All Need Forgiveness and Being Thankful This Back to School Season (Review and Giveaway)




Sometimes we all need to take a moment and slow down,
and consider the important things in life, in the busy back to school rush!


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Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about Little Critter and the antics he stumbles into while growing up, making them a multi-generational favorite! I'm happy to announce that Tommy Nelson is bringing this beloved character and brand to the Christian market with their Inspired Kids line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter. 

We were given the chance to review 2 of the new series:

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In Being Thankful, Little Critter isn't getting anything he wants. Gator gets cool brand-new sneakers, while Little Critter is stuck with his boring blue ones. Tiger’s dad has a boat—but not Little Critter’s dad. And even at the ice cream shop, Little Critter can’t enjoy his chocolate ice cream cone because he would rather have a huge ice cream sundae instead. But on a trip to the farm, Grandma shows Little Critter why thankfulness is so important and helps make any situation seem so much happier. 

 Based on Psalm 107:1this book will show children what gratitude is and why we should be thankful for all of the blessings God has given us. With back to school upon us, many kids may feel like their schoolmates have cooler shoes or jackets, or even toys, and this book is really important to help them remember to always be thankful for what you DO have! 

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In We All Need Forgiveness, Little Critter is glad he has such nice friends who forgive him when he makes mistakes. But when one of his friends accidentally does something that affects him, Little Critter gets upset and stays angry at his friend for a while. But Little Critter’s pals teach him that saying “it’s okay” helps the person who acted up—and it helps him feel better much sooner.


Just like Mama says, “As God forgives, we must forgive each other.” Based on Matthew 6:14, Little Critter learns why forgiveness helps heal the one who does the forgiving just as much as the one who needs forgiveness. Kids, like Miss Grace, will easily relate to having a 'bad day' and how mad they can get, not only at themselves, but at others. This book is a lovely reminder of how to handle those feelings, and do as Jesus taught us- to forgive!

Both books are aimed at ages 4-7, but make great early readers for the 5-8 age group as well. The illustrations are just as you remember them- bright and eye catching! We had a lot of gun looking for small items in the pictures, that might get overlooked, after we finished reading the books! This is a lovely set to have for your family, or to share with a Sunday school class! Both books are available in both softcover ($3.99) and as a board book ($9.99)


About the Author:
Mercer Mayer is the writer and illustrator for Little Monster and Little Critter books. He began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966 and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Mayer currently lives in New England with his wife Gina, who co-wrote many of the popular Little Critter books. He has four children and two grandchildren.


Giveaway:

1 lucky BTHM reader will win the set of Little Critter Inspired Kids books we reviewed for their family!


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13 comments:

  1. My favorite character with whom I relate would be grandma. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I would relate to the mom :)
    We find time in all situations to be thankful.
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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  3. I guess an example might be when someone didn't want to share a toy with them. We discuss a time when they didn't want to share either and how it is more fun to play together. We all need to learn to forgive so we can be forgiven.

    Nancy
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  4. We relate to Little Critter the most, I think.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  5. I try to encourage being grateful for what we have. I insist to my daughter that we are lucky to have clean water, a roof over our head, food in the kitchen, and extra money to do and buy fun things.

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  6. My daughter identifies the most with Little Critter, especially because he has a younger sibling.

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  7. My son is grateful for his life in general. He has been battling his thyroid disease since he was 3 and handles it like a trooper.

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  8. My youngest son would relate with Little Critter.

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  9. When family members visit I use that to relate.

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  10. My son is an only child so we often talk about sharing when the opportunity presents itself.

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  11. I relate to the mom the most since I am a mom.

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  12. During Superstorm Sandy we didnt have electricity for three days, but I reminded our kids that we still had a roof over our heads, we had blankets and clothes to keep us warm and we got to grill outside and have food.
    I tried to focus on all the things we did have and should be grateful for.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  13. My kids identify with Little Critter, himself, the most
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