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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury by Mary Engelbreit

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury
ISBN: 97803107450999
Publishers Synopsis:

The Blessings of Friendship, created by New York Times bestselling author and artist Mary Engelbreit, is a playful and poignant treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the joy of friendship. Children will learn from timeless sayings and poems what it means to be a friend - helping, encouraging, listening, sharing with, and loving one another. Colorful and whimsical illustrations bring these words to life, as children learn the value of friendship. Verses from the Bible give us instruction on putting others above ourselves, loving each other, and being kind to one another. This book will make you smile with each turn of the page, remembering old friends and new friends alike.

MrsK's Review:
With a bit of a dance, much excitement, and the promise of a great afternoon read aloud to my grand-daughter... we ripped open the envelope for this delightful treasure.  With the sun streaming through the window shades, curled up in our reading chair, we began our friendship journey. Mary Englebreit's illustrations would now be passed on to a third generation.  

As we discussed the "friendship" quotes, poems, and Biblical truths we discovered the colorful joy within the depth of these "captured" moments of friendship.  There were inspired "awh's... look... wow... if I..." exclamations of discovery.  These moments within this treasury ensures a planting of "seeds" within a young reader's mind and heart.  Teachable moments in which a child learns values, expectations, kindness, loyalty, and most of all how much life is cherished.

Nurturing friendship portrayals are woven with golden threads of Bible verses and quotes from classic authors: Longfellow; Caroline Norton; George Eliot; Charles Dickens; George MacDonald; William Butler Yeats; Henry David Thoreau; Shakespeare; and Edgar A Guest. Vivid and colorful threads are interwoven with newer author threads: Michael Leunig; Luciano de Crescenzo; Rebecca West; Shel Silverstein; Jan Miller Girando; Hilaire Belloc; Edna Buchanan; Elizabeth David; and Douglas Pagels.  All of which will provide a richness in the "goodness" of the heart, the home, each other, and most of all the love within these "treasured" moments shared with a book.
 
Enjoyable read aloud!
Meet the Author:
Mary Engelbreit  Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more.
"I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers for this review." 
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