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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
Biff's anticipated family vacation takes an unexpected turn. How will he deal with bitter disappointment? Is his summer ruined? Will he be humiliated by his friends?
In interesting twists and turns, the author takes Biff and his rabbit family through a trying time that has a surprising outcome. Engaging questions for each chapter at the end encourage lively discussion between your child or grandchild and you.
The author paints a picture of a godly home to give encouragement and guidance to parents who struggle and kids who hurt.
Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation helps your child know how to deal with disappointment. It also helps children relate to family and friends with honesty and respect.
Kris BushOrlando, FLAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A wee bit too muchFebruary 6, 2016Kris BushOrlando, FLAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Like the other reviewers, my children did not truly enjoy this book. My oldest was okay with it but maybe because it was a e-book may explain why she didn't enjoy the book like I thought she would. It is very wordy and not suitable for reading to children who do not read yet. My four year old quickly got bored with the book.
I'd recommend this book for older children, mostly those in the transition years who would understand those feelings and would be more likely to deal with them.
Mommy LCSWAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good Christian Values, a bit heavy handedAugust 27, 2013Mommy LCSWAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3In this book, Biff and Becka are looking forward to their annual summer vacation with their cousins and grandparents at the beach, when they discover that their dad was given a pay cut at work. With less money coming in to the household, the parents cancel the beach trip and instead plan a staycation. They all camp in the backyard and go to local attractions. The kids are not so pleased about this, as I'm sure most kids would not be if they were expecting something else. Becka learns to make the most of it, but Biff is much harder to win over, as are the cousins whose parents decide to tag along. There is ample sibling disputes, as well as "conscience pricking" about pulling pranks and lying to mom. In the end, they all pull together and their "stupid staycation" turns into a "stupendous vacation."
Biff and Becka are part of a family of rabbits being raised in a Christian home. In fact, everything that came out of the parents' mouths was supporting scripture, often quoting it, and every story was an object lesson. I found it to be a little heavy handed. I'm also not sure why they were rabbits, as it didn't really lend itself to anything in the story. They wear clothes, visit amusement parks, eat and drink the same kinds of food we do, discuss American history. This is a pet peeve of mine, and many other authors do it, so I maybe shouldn't even point it out here, but the rabbits observe other animal species behaving as animals, while they are walking around talking like people. If animals are people, shouldn't all animals be people? And since I don't have any neighbors that are rabbits, why do they know so much about my country's history? If you are making a fantasy world, make it all fantasy. Or, stick with reality. I don't like them to be mixed together.
As an adult reading this book, I found it too wordy, some of the "parable" side stories too heavy-handed and unnecessary, and the above mentioned inconsistencies really bothered me. If I had read it to my 6-year-old, I'm sure she would have found the historical facts interesting and the story worthwhile. She's not quite into chapter books yet independently. I haven't started reading them to her aloud either, since my 3-year-old is nowhere near ready to listen to a lengthy story, and we do story time together. However, when she gets old enough, I would not hesitate to allow her to read this book. The content is definitely suitable for early elementary school, and there are plenty of life lessons to be learned that are very consistent with the Christian worldview. That is definitely more than I can say for most of the books I grew up reading!
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Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Values for KidsJuly 25, 2013Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a parent we all deal with struggles our children go through. Teaching them values and re-enforcing God's ideals is not always an easy task. Sometimes we have to be the ones giving the disappointing facts. How we handle our attitudes as a parent can make a big difference in how our children relate to the news at hand. Biff and Becka's family are Christians. A pay cut has ruined the family's annual summer vacation. Everyone is disappointed, but Biff most of all. It shows in all he does. This book encourages children to have godly behavior, treat their parents, siblings, and friends with respect, and trust the Lord to bring good out of bad. Biff's family plans a "stay"cation instead. Who knew camping out in your own backyard could be this much fun? Biff has some serious conduct issues to deal with, but as we go through the book, the reader can see God working. The end has a very special and exciting twist. I read this book to my 8 and 5 year old, and they loved it. They could relate to many of the characters in the story, and their interaction with each other. As a parent, I think this book is a great encouragement to support what we are trying to teach our children.
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MIMomAge: 25-344 Stars Out Of 5June 11, 2013MIMomAge: 25-34Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Biff & Becka's Stupendous Vacation is the latest in a series written by Elaine Beachy (I have not read her other books). It is told from the viewpoint of Biff, an older brother bunny, who is disappointed when the family's plan for a vacation at the beach is cancelled and the family must improvise with a staycation.
This children's book is filled with godly values (forgiveness, family unity, generosity etc) and biblical truths (trusting in God, salvation message, answered prayers, etc) that are laid out plainly throughout the book, generally in conversation between the rabbits. Through the eyes of Biff, the reader can see the good (family playing together, helping stick up for each other), the bad (peer pressure, tension between family and friends) and the ugly (deception, guilt due to sin, parental separation) and how God can be glorified no matter the circumstance. At the end of the book are questions that would be good conversation starters for family discussions.
I thought this was a nice children's story and a quick read. I was a bit disappointed that it did not specify the appropriate age group (until I had downloaded it, I was not even able to see the length), and was not suitable for my four year old. I think he could learn from the lessons in her book, but felt it to be a bit wordy in the detail (and I am not a pithy writer!), which I felt detracted from the story. I also did not understand the necessity for a brief stint of a female character into Biff's life; unless it's for a later purpose, I felt she detracted from the story and though benign, I did not appreciate this secular, relational addition. Despite these reservations, I would still recommend this book for an elementary or older audience.
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