The Angel Heart, Author Wendy Fachon

DREAMVISIONS 7 RADIO NETWORK’S KIDS FEBRUARY BOOK OF THE MONTH

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Why would God design a heart-shaped flower that cries? A curious child picks such a flower and carefully pulls it apart, one poetic petal at a time, to reveal the secret wisdom of God’s healing magic and free prescriptions for heart, mind, and soul. The enchanting flower featured in this story teaches children how to lead their thoughts toward a healthier emotional place. The flower also shares God’s surprisingly simple lessons for physical well-being-breathing well, moving well, eating well, and resting well. Children will gain a deeper appreciation for the miracle of the heart and its role in giving them strength, joy, love, and peace. In addition, this book seeks to spark curiosity and conversation, which are two critical keys to learning. Having found God to be a most curious topic, I wrote with the intention of inspiring children to ask questions and converse more freely about God, nature, creation, life, feelings, beliefs, world peace, or even fairy magic-whatever thoughts surface naturally for them.

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The Fun of Meeting Jesus, Author Roberta Grimes

The Fun of Meeting Jesus is a beautifully illustrated read-aloud book that contains the key Gospel teachings of Jesus without a Christian overlay. These simple and intuitive teachings can be helpful even for people who have a different faith tradition or no faith tradition at all, and they are magical for children.

At its heart, this is a young child’s adventure story. Barry, Emme, Sarah, and Quentin are neighbors aged from three to eight years who venture into the Scarey Woods behind their homes to play. They soon become lost. While trying to find their way home, they encounter Jesus sitting beside a stream. He has been waiting for them. Jesus befriends and comforts the children, answers their questions, and cuddles the youngest in his lap as he shares with them his Gospel teachings on forgiveness, love, the meaning of life, and the nature of God. He walks them to their back yard gate and promises that he will never be far away from them: if they seek him, they always will find him.

The Fun of Meeting Jesus can be enjoyed by pre-readers and early readers alike. It includes a brief message for grown-ups so they can see these teachings in their Biblical context, and so they can better use them to help their children grow in love, forgiveness, and kindness. These simple teachings can help children learn to live a happier and more love-filled life.

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The Jester Has Lost His Jingle, Author David Saltzman

In this charming tale, The Jester awakes one morning to find laughter missing in his kingdom and he and his helpmate, Pharley, set off on a quest to find it. They ultimately discover that not only can laughter redeem a weary world, it also can provide the best tonic for anyone facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Written in captivating rhyme with vibrant, full-color illustrations that bring The Jester & Pharley’s adventures to life.Esteemed Author-Artist Maurice Sendak wrote the Afterword, saying: David was a natural craftsman and storyteller. His passionate picture book is issued out of a passionate heart. David’s Jester soars with life. Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau praises the story as: A sweet fable about a cheerful soul who temporarily loses faith in himself, but ultimately reaffirms his true calling — helping others discover the joy within themselves. Read it and smile. Actress-Comedienne Carol Burnett says: The Jester Has Lost His Jingle is a magical story that captures the healing power of laughter.

Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, said: David’s book gives us a lot to think about. It has certainly done that for me.http://www.thejester.org/

Awards and honors include:
Moms Choice Philanthropic Gold Award; Seal of Excellence Award: Creative Child Magazine; Intergenerational Award: Generations United; Dr. Toy: 100 Best Children s Products & 10 Best Socially Responsible Childrens Products; Caring For Children Recognition of Excellence Award: Toy Industry Association/Toy Industry Foundation; Honor Award: National Assn. Parenting Publications

You Are a Powerful Creator, My Little One: Creating Happiness, Author Monica Iglesias

Francesco is a typical child, until one day he learns that he has an amazing power . . . the power to create happiness. Find out where happiness starts and how Francesco chooses to create it in his own life in this story based on actual events.

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