God's Gift, Hardcover   -     By: Lee Ann Mancini
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Charlie is a shy kid who hides behind the cleanup sink at school. However, after his teacher asks him to be her helper, he springs into action when the fire coral stings his friend Bernie. Charlie goes to bed a little bit early because he wants to make sure he gets a goodnight's sleep. He wants to be a good helper for Miss Stella. He had decided that it was way more fun to be a helper than to hide behind a sink! Before he falls asleep, Charlie prays, "Dear Jesus, thank you for my great first day of school, and thank you for my mommy and daddy, all my new friends and for Miss Stella. Help me to always help others. Amen." Charlie learns he can overcome his shyness and be a servant like Jesus.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: GLM Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN-13: 9780986360497
Series: Adventures of the Sea Kids

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Double Holiday Special - Christmas and Hanukkah
    November 18, 2016
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Just in time for the holiday season Lee Ann Mancini has released a new book in the Adventures of the Sea Kids Series. This book focuses on the celebrations of both Christmas and Hanukkah, as two young sea creatures learn the value of both days. Christian, the sea turtle, and his family celebrate Christmas. They decorate with lights, a Christmas tree, and baby Jesus in a manger. His friend Jacob, the star fish, helps his family decorate for Hanukkah by putting up lights and the menorah.



    After an argument at the playground one day, about which holiday was the most important and which provided the most gifts, their parents decided to get together to show them what each holiday represented and the importance of celebrating it. In the end they both recognize that the holidays are about God and His gifts to us, and that is why we give gifts to each other.

    This hardback book is very brightly illustrated with beautiful pictures and details. My daughter and I enjoyed the story, but I felt like the explanations were a bit shallow and very basic. There is not much detail about either holiday. The only explanation for Hanukkah is that "A long time ago, there was only enough oil in the lamp for one night, but the oil lasted for eight days! God gave us the miracle of light". There is no background information as to why there wasn't enough oil or details about what happened. In regards to Christmas, this is the explanation given: "It is about the gift from God of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, our Messiah." But again, nothing to tell why we needed a Messiah or that this was fulfillment of prophecy of long ago. Personally, I just felt like it was lacking something. I suppose this book is probably written for younger children so maybe that is all they can handle. My children are a little older now (9 & 11), but they still enjoy reading these books, and I would have liked to see just a little more information.

    The main focus of the book is that these holidays are not about the gifts we get, it is about loving each other and recognizing God's gifts to us. This story teaches kids to recognize the differences in the way people celebrate the holidays and respect that, while sharing God's love with those around us. It also encourages practicing a thankful heart. And as always the kids will enjoy looking for the hidden pictures on each page, which in this book are awesomely doubled, because they can look for both the cross and the star of David. I would recommend this book and all books in this series, which we have enjoyed.

    I was blessed with a complimentary copy of this book from Book Crash and GLM Publishing to review. I was not required to review the book positively, and all opinions are my own.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Christmas for Children
    November 15, 2016
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    God's Gift is written by Lee Ann Mancini and is part of the award winning Adventures of the Sea Kids series. It's the Christmas season and the Sea Kids are helping their families get ready for Christmas. Christian helps his father put lights on the tree and decorate the manger with Baby Jesus. Jacob helps his father prepare for Hanukkah. They put a giant menorah in their yard and light candles each day.

    The next day while playing at the coralhood playground Christian and Jacob get into an argument over who gets the most gifts. When the children get home they question their parents about getting more gifts. Christian and Jacob's mothers take the children to each others homes to teach them the difference between Christmas and Hanukkah. Even though they celebrate the Christmas season differently they celebrate for the same reason. They learn that Christmas is about God sending Jesus as a gift. The lighting of the menorah reminds us of miracle of light given to the Jews from God. The children learn that Christmas is not about gifts under the tree or gifts on each day of Hanukkah, they learn the true meaning of Christmas.

    The is a wonderful Christmas story for children that teaches the true gifts from God. The book is a shiny hard cover book with shiny brightly colored pages. The story is perfect for a story to be read to a young child or for a young reader to read. The story is a great way to teach children about difference that each family celebrates as well as to help them learn Christmas is not just about getting gifts.

    Like the other book in the Adventure of the Sea Kids, this book has hidden objects in the pictures for those reading it to find. This is a great way to interact with children while reading and discussing the story. The pictures also contain brightly colored sea creatures to help teach children about sea animals.

    The author has written an award winning series that helps children learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ. and build a relationship with Jesus. This series is great, but this Christmas story is absolutely wonderful! This is a series that would be great for every family with children to have. With this book , part of the proceed is being donated to Christian children's charities. The author, Lee Ann Mancini holds a bachelor of Religious Studies, a Master of Christian Studies and is an Adjunct Professor as well as a wife and mother. Dan Sharp, the illustrator is an artist with over thirty years illustrating children's books.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions CFR Title 16, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. I want to thank the author, publisher and Book Crash for giving me this wonderful book.
  3. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A meaningful holiday treasure
    November 12, 2016
    Cheryl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gods Gift, by Lee Ann Mancini, is the latest book in the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. As in the previous books of the series, the adorable sea creature kids learn important Christian lessons.

    The story takes place in the coralhood (a sea kid neighborhood) where the town is decorating the outside of their caves for the upcoming holidays. Christian and his sister Mary are excited about Christmas and all the gifts theyll receive. Jacob and his little brother Jeremiah are eager to receive gifts on Hanukkah. The sea kids brag about their holidays and disagree on who will get more gifts.

    Its about the gift from God of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, our Messiah.

    When the parents hear about the disagreement and how their children are solely focused on the presents theyll get, they decide to teach them the true meaning of Christmas and Hanukkah. The importance lies in the gifts that God gave long agothe Messiah to Christians, and the miracle of Light to the Jews.

    God gave us the miracle of light!

    The language in this hardcover book is easy to read and understand, and carries a beautiful message. I love how the colorful illustrations fill each page and the adorable sea kids are detailed and fun.

    What a special story, bringing respect and wonder to diverse people, customs, and religions, and closing the story with a reminder to readers to say their prayers.

    Im delighted with this sweet series and the Christian messages each book shares. Filled with examples of love, understanding, acceptance, and the Gospel, the sea kids guide children toward a common goal.

    As in all books of the series, the reader is prompted to go back and search for the hidden symbols on each page. In this book, they are the cross and the Jewish stara purposeful reminder for the reader to recognize the symbols and their meanings.

    What a meaningful and timely gift for a child or caregiver. Highly recommended.

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via BookCrash.
  4. North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not especially what I expected
    November 11, 2016
    Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    While this is a seasonal book featuring the Christmas season, it is more aptly a holiday book in which children are anticipating upcoming Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. The children (sea creatures) and their families are busily decorating for whichever of the two holidays their family celebrates. Both families celebrate with gift giving and hence an argument ensues between the sea creature children about the number of gifts they are going to receive.

    Obviously, the lesson to be learned is that Christmas is not about getting lots of gifts and neither is Hanukkah. The bigger lesson opportunity is an opportunity to teach young children that families in different cultures celebrate in various ways and sometimes in similar methods.

    While this is a really cute book, it does cause me some concern when they use phrases such as.... "but they knew in their hearts the best gift was the gift of God loving them and always taking care of them." This statement is not truly controversial, but as a Christian my belief is that God's greatest, best gift was His Son, Jesus as the Saviour of the world and our Redemer. So while God's love is the source of the birth of a saviour and of the oil that didn't run out for the Jews, the love of provision can not be compared to the wonderous love of redemption.

    I still think the book is cute and has value as an entertaining teaching tool about the different celebrations of holidays in the Christian and Jewish communities.

    A super little feature is the hidden cross and star on the pages. Gotta find them all!

    I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review of my own opinions. I was not compensated.
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