I love children’s books!
As a parent, I have read to my kids since they were tiny and still read to them now, even though they are older and our time is more limited. And even now, though we mainly focus on chapter books and series, we still occasionally read our favorite children’s books. As a teacher I used children’s books to illustrate points, reinforce concepts, and model quality writing with both my middle school and graduate school students. There is just something about children’s books that get right to the heart of a topic.
So, when the opportunity came, I excitedly requested a review copy of Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree and When God Made Color!
I enjoyed both of these books and would recommend making them a part of your children’s book collection.
I absolutely loved When God Made Color. The story is modeled after the creation story from the book of Genesis, but includes color- oh so much color! This is a story where the words and illustrations truly flow together and create one impactful experience. Parents and Grandparents can use this book to talk about how God has created everything uniquely and intentionally. The page with all the children is just incredibly beautiful as it shows all different skin tones, hair color, skin color. I know my kids would have loved this book when they were little, but I plan to read it to them now. I know they will love the amazing illustrations and enjoy the way the story parallels the creation story. I’m sure they will notice the creative alliteration, use of descriptive language and idea of “showing not telling” which are all writing techniques they are working on (in different ways) in their English classes.
The first time I read Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree I thought it was a cute story, but it was the second time through that it really grabbed me. That time, I noticed the rhythm and pattern in the book. This story would be perfect in a preschool or early elementary classroom to focus on pattern, days of the week, seasons, and color. The message at the end is inspiring and could become a prompt for several fun activities and discussions. I found the last page particularly engaging, where the author includes an explanation for why she wrote the story. This adds a personal element to this book, and is something I know many kids will enjoy!
About the Books
Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree
When God Made Color
About the Authors
More from Angela
Why children’s books? After all, I teach young teens. Well, my reasons:
- I love art, and reading children’s books is like looking at an artist’s showcase of creativity!
* Shout out to my amazing illustrator, Rachael Koppendrayer!
- I love to dream up the impossible, and you can make anything happen in a children’s book!
- I love togetherness and nothing brings a family together like a good book.
As I read picture books with my kiddos, the teacher in me wanted to instruct too. I created a blog (www.kidsbookfriends.com) so teachers, librarians and parents could have little lessons to help them “make friends” with the characters in the stories I featured. Surrounded by such inspiration from these books and my kiddos, I started writing my own manuscripts when my kids were all under age five, mainly sketches of thoughts until I had segments of time where I could construct stories.
After several years of attending SCBWI conferences; connecting with writers; creating manuscripts & editing and revising, editing and revising (you see a pattern?!); and submitting them to publishers, Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree was accepted for publication and was released January 15, 2019, by Whitefire Publishing! (It’s a process!!!)
The message embedded in this colorful, magical story expresses a very real part of my heart as it’s our family motto: “Always remember to look for the rainbow.” My kids and I both literally and figuratively practice this principle, rushing out after every rain to see if the sky is painted with a bow as well as trying to find the good that comes through the storms of life.
Through my journey, I’ve experienced much loss through moving many times, caring for my mother during her dying days, and losing my husband through divorce. Yet in it all, God redeems and uses each pain and joy like brush strokes on a canvass, reminding us of His unfailing promises while creating a masterpiece.
Creativity, imagination, inspiration . . . make magical moments.
Gather together. Dream the impossible. Embrace the colors. . . as I introduce you to a new friend, Isaac! Excited to share this story with you. . . and my next one . . . and the one after that. . . until we have many new kindred spirits . . .together.
Click here for a fee printable coloring page.
Click here to learn the story behind the story.
More from Sheri
A child asks, “Who am I?”
Creation Vs. Evolution – The big battle. Many public schools are presenting Evolution as fact and not theory. They leave no room for the concept of Creation. Our little ones are not creatures descended from animals, they are Children of God, created in His image. This is our identity and our children’s Identity and it makes all the difference in how we see ourselves, how we see others and how we engage in the world. Our identity is made clear in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 NIV. As Christian parents and grandparents, we are charged with teaching, encouraging and bringing forth our family line for the LORD. The new picture book When God Made Color, with its awe inspiring illustrations, is about our true identity and about the joyful, loving God who created us and the whole universe – a universe that is still expanding – Isn’t He just amazing?
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A Baker’s Perspective, May 2
By The Book, May 2
Among the Reads, May 3
cultivating us, May 3
Mary Hake, May 5
For Him and My Family, May 6
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 7
Blogging With Carol, May 7
Lighthouse Academy, May 8
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae, May 8
Pause for Tales, May 9
Inspiration Clothesline, May 10
Reading Themes, May 10
Texas Book-aholic, May 11
Have A Wonderful Day, May 12
janicesbookreviews, May 12
A Reader’s Brain, May 13
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 13
Older & Smarter?, May 14
Creating Romance, May 14
Inklings and notions, May 14
Aryn, the Libraryan, May 15
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 15
The Becca Files, May 15
To celebrate their tour, Angela and Sheri is giving away a grand prize of The Great Color Giveaway Package that includes a$25 gift card from Amazon, Rainbow ice-cream cups with colored spoons, a paperback copy of Issacs’s Ice Cream Tree, a $25 gift card from Barnes and Noble,
Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint – 12 count original and glitter paint (see attached image), and a paperback copy of When God Made Color!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e2a9/the-great-color-celebration-tour-giveaway