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Review of “You Are: A book of declarations”

Review of “You Are: A book of declarations”

A little while ago I entered a giveaway over at Homemaking for His Glory. I have entered many such giveaways before so I did not expect to win anything. Imagine my surprise when I received an email announcing I was the winner! The prize?

A gorgeous, brand new board board called “You Are: A book of declarations” by Emily Assell over at Generation Claimed.

Yesterday the gift arrived in the mail, beautifully wrapped with a nice little note. I was quite impressed with level of care and thought given to the packaging. How cute is the thank you sticker? I love Generation Claimed’s styled logo and how she used it as a background on the paper itself. It is giving me so many ideas!

The prize I won in a drawing is Emily Assell's new board book You Are.

I was very excited to unwrap the book and flip through it. The book is sturdy and about 6 inches by 6 inches, so a really great size for little hands. The board pages are smooth and feels nice.

Cover of Emily Assell's You Are

Each spread has a powerful declaration and is accompanied by at least one Bible verse on that topic. The verse is carefully selected from various easy-to-understand Bible versions and translations. I love the idea of sharing the Lord’s promises with little ones as early as possible.

The artwork is simple, fun and features mother and baby animals. I know my little Peanut will definitely love pointing out all of the animals, especially since he is getting really good at word recognition. Yesterday morning while playing with his Little People toys, I would ask for a specific animal and he would bring the correct one to me.

All of the art in You Are is adorably precious, but here is my favorite spread:


Where to purchase

If you are interested in this gorgeous board book for your child(ren), grandchild(ren), as a gift, or for your classroom, you can purchase your own copy of “You Are: A book of declarations” for $9.99 (plus sales tax and shipping/handling) directly from Generation Claimed.

Buy yours today!

Book Review: Bambi

Book Review: Bambi

BambiBambi by Felix Salten

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My husband surprised me yesterday with a gorgeous 1929 hardback copy of Bambi by Felix Salten. Salten’s writing style is beautifully descriptive and fluid, pulling you into the world of the woodland creatures. The coming of age story of Bambi, a deer, is thoughtful, poignant, and subtly shares the importance of respecting nature. Once I began reading, I could not put this book down until I was finished. I would highly recommend this book for families and youth. And for those, like me, who did not realize that the Disney movie of the same name was loosely based off this story: the book is phenomenally better.

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The above images were taken from an Ebay posting as it is the same, hard-to-find edition Bradley brought home. In poor condition, it looks like it is selling online for $40-$50, but ours is in surprisingly good condition. I love collecting old books!

Of course, from the moment Bambi and his mother approached the meadow in Chapter 2, I was filled with apprehension since Bambi’s mother is shot and killed in the Disney version in the meadow. It did not help that, very obnoxiously, Bradley randomly decided to make a shotgun sound. I nearly smacked him with the book! 😉 As I mentioned in the official review above, the book is phenomenally better than the Disney version. You are given a glimpse into deer society as imagined by Salten and get to experience the interactions with various woodland creatures as Bambi himself does. You worry about the health of his cousin Gobo, feel the fear and sorrow when the hunting party comes into the forest, and admire the Old Prince, who always seems to show up when Bambi is in danger or need of guidance.

This story could be used to teach youths lessons in morality, obedience to parents, independence, the dangers of pride, compassion, respect for nature. Scatter very subtly throughout the story are references to the Creator and a future in which the animals will have no need to fear humanity, for there will be peace and joy. The fluid style of writing also make this book excellent to read aloud.

I absolutely loved this book, and now I want to find Salten’s sequel Bambi’s Children.