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Review: Planet 316 Story Bible & 3-D, Interactive App

To date, the Bible is the best selling book in the entire world and I think it’s because each one shares the most amazing story ever told. Our family was grateful for the opportunity to review the new, interactive Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App by Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals.

First, let’s discuss the features in this Planet 316 Story Bible. This children’s Bible includes over 100 stories from the Old and New Testaments. All the stories are written with early readers or those yet to learn in mind. Bam Bam and Princess were really excited to listen to each of the stories and couldn’t wait to hear what was going to happen next. The text seemed to captivate them and Bam Bam has actually memorized several passages already. The colorful illustrations will definitely catch the attention of the reader no matter their age. All the bright colors, attention to detail, and the illustrator’s ability to capture the story is spot on.

“I like this bible because I like to hear the people talking. I love the stories but I really like hearing them talk.” Bam Bam, 4 years old

Next, let’s break down the interactive awesomeness of the companion application. One of our favorite features of this Bible is that it offers augmented reality. Augmented reality is technology that superimposes a computer-generated, 3-D image with sound onto your phone or tablet. Yes! Your child will not only hear about Joshua fighting the battle of Jericho but they will get to watch him march into battle. Our children were especially fascinated with the sights and sounds provided via this application. Our oldest even took it upon himself to read this to his siblings daily because he thought the app was so cool. The Planet 316 Story Bible App is FREE and available for immediate download via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

“I like learning about the king and Jesus. The animals are so cute.” Princess, 2 years old

We used this Bible several times a week during our Bible study time. In most cases, I would read a story to the children or have them listen to their brother recite it. We have used the application on my cell phone as well as all the tablets in the house. We’ve never had an issue with the function of the application and it paired seamlessly well with the aforementioned Bible features.

“I like this bible because it is kid friendly. The stories are written at a level that my baby sister can even understand. The interactive capabilities are awesome! You can see the characters come alive and my brother and sister enjoyed it. This is my new favorite book to read to them.” Bear, 10 years old

Isn’t it truly amazing how the Bible has remained a relevant, timeless, truth-filled masterpiece since its creation? Our children have always enjoyed hearing the phenomenal Bible stories throughout their lives. With the Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App we are able to enjoy the word of God all the more. Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals have definitely found another grand way to share God’s word.

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Make this week fantastic,
Ta’Neisha K.

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Carole P. Roman Book Collection Review

Carole P. Roman is an award-winning children’s book author with series including everything from pirates, history, geography, various cultures and civilations, and even princesses. We received three stories to review from the Carole P. Roman books and collections to add to our home library.

The Crew Goes Coconuts!: A Captain No Beard Story is another tale featuring the wild imagination of Hallie and Alexander along with a crew of stuffed animals. The parched crew anchors at a deserted island and realize they have drank all the juice boxes on this ship. Rather then figuring out a solution they take their frustrations out on one another and begin to pick and name call. The captain quickly assesses the situation and teaches the crew that we should look for something to like in everyone. The Captain No Beard series currently includes 10 different adventures. I think young boys ages 4 to 8 will enjoy the creativity and imagination used in these stories.

If You Were Me and Lived in… the Ancient Mali Empire tells of the rich history of this African civilization. Information about the layout of the land including building structure, geography, and various towns are described in detail which paints a vivid picture for the reader. She also did a good job of explaining the government, caste system, education, and introducing the language. At the end of the book there is information about famous people from the Mali Empire as well as a glossary that provides definitions for the words used within the book.

If You Were Me and Lived in… Ancient Greece dates back well over 2000 years ago. We learned about their introduction of politics, the importance of Mount Olympus, various gods, their powers, and customary traditions to honor them. Details were provided about citizen’s diets, traditions for boys versus girls, types of jobs available, local leadership during this time, and the Olympics. Brief information was also included about various philosophers like Plato, Socrates, and Hippocrates as well as conquerors like Alexander The Great. In the final pages of this book there is a descriptive list of gods and goddesses along glossary of terms for additional understanding.

The books within this portion of the If You Were Me and Lived In… series include Ancient China, Mayan Empire, Viking Europe, Colonial America and several more civilizations throughout history. I think these are great to pair with history lessons. We also own several of the cultures around the world portion of this series. Those worked great alongside our current Geography curriculum. I think both types within this series are appropriate for ages 7 and up. Keep in mind that these books provide information about all parts of the culture or civilization, including religion. The author did a good job of describing the beliefs in all the books that we read.

Overall, these three stories are a fun addition to our homeschool library. Carole P. Roman has authored over 50 books so I’m sure you’ll find something your children will enjoy and benefit from. The books we reviewed and many others within the Carole P. Roman books and collections are available in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle formats.

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Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

I’d Rather Be Your Mommy

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Recently we read a book offered through Home School Adventure Co., an online resource website with the mission to offer engaging resources from a biblical worldview to inspire and equip parents to educate and raise children to be loving, compassionate, strong, and wise.   We were able to review the I’d Rather Be Your Mommy book, I’d Rather Be Your Mommy Print Set, and I’d Rather Be Your Mommy Coloring Book Edition.  We received the digital items (PDF downloads) however, the book and print set are available in hard copy format.  This is an adorable story telling how much a mother loves her child and enjoys being a mother so let’s dive into these items.

 Id rather be your mommy book

I’d Rather Be Your Mommy is 32 pages long and features a sweet story about motherhood with a myriad of beautiful pictures throughout.  I enjoyed seeing varied scenes of motherhood and different aged children within the story.  As a woman of color, I was also extremely happy to see a few ethnicities represented in the book as well; however, I do believe some additional representation of other Christian cultures across the world would have been great.  Our belief in Christ is the same but showing motherhood from other cultures across the globe would have been a phenomenal addition to this story.  All in all this a cute story to read to your younger children and would be a great gift for a new mother.  If you gift this story I also think it is better to purchase the print version over the digital option so the beauty of the pictures can be seen at their full potential.

Id rather be your mommy coloring book

The I’d Rather Be Your Mommy Coloring Book Edition is only offered as a digital edition via the website.  It includes the text from the original book along with illustrations of the provided photographs.  The entire book is in black and white which means you (or your child) can color every page to your heart’s content with your imagination as your guide.  For those that enjoy the adult coloring books or illustrating your Bible, this is the version that you should strongly consider.  This would make a great gift for a new mom and grandchild as well or as a gift for a baby blessing or 1st birthday party.  I love to give and receive handmade gifts! So I would definitely color this in, laminate it, and put it in a binder for a friend.  You can also use this as a comprehension activity to reiterate the story you shared with your child.  And, if they are an early reader these pages will make great practice sheets for them with the added benefit of a keepsake book at the end.  That’s what we are doing with it.

Id rather be your mommy print set

Last, and definitely not least, the I’d Rather Be Your Mommy Print Set showcases three pages from the book as individual 8.5″ x 11″ portraits.  These can be obtained via digital download or the printed photographs can be shipped directly to you.  I thought these pictures would be a great addition to a nursery, young child’s room, play room, or family homeschool room.

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All in all, I enjoyed using the entire collection from Home School Adventure Co. and I think it is extremely important to enjoy quality time with your children.  In fact, I just wrote a blog post and recorded a video  last week about Raising Sharp Arrows (Psalm 127).  And, let’s not forget the benefits of reading to your children (and encouraging them to read) include building stronger bonds with them, enriches their vocabulary, and aids in scholastic success.  Motherhood is a gift.  Parenthood is a precious gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted so make time to love on your little ones and remind them of how much you love them daily.

Make today successful,

Ta’Neisha K.

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