By Susan Collins Thoms
Illustrated by Tinou Le Joly Senoville
A child’s first communion is a very special day, and this keepsake book for both girls and boys celebrates and commemorates that once-in-a lifetime experience.
Inside, children can write down the details of the event—including the date, the way they felt, the clothes they wore, and the blessings in their life—and post photos of their church, family, and guests. The beautifully decorated pages also feature bible quotes, stories, and prayers.
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What happens when you disobey God? Author Susan Collins Thoms and illustrator Naoko Stoop answer the question in the most inviting, child-friendly retelling of Jonah and the Big Fish ever created. This lush edition of the classic Biblical story captures the tale’s watery world in jewel-toned illustrations by Stoop, who paints her incredible images directly on wood planks—each chosen specifically for its unique character. Perfect for parents and children to share, it makes a beautiful companion to our All Creatures Great and Small and Noah’s Ark.
This is a quote from the review from Publisher's Weekly for Jonah:
"Thoms and Stoop follow All Creatures Great and Small and Noah’s Ark with a retelling of the biblical story of Jonah, one that takes its scriptural message seriously, but also finds room for a little fun."
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One of the most popular and child-friendly Bible stories gets a lush, whimsical, and inviting treatment by artist Naoko Stoop. Stoop painted her jewel-toned illustrations entirely on planks of wood specifically handpicked for their unique character. Her charming pictures capture the sweet spirit of the animals on the ark, as well as Noah's gentle stewardship. This is truly a gorgeous book for parents and children to share--and a favorite they will want to read again and again.
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Susan Collins Thoms
Illustrated by Deb Pilutti
Published by Sterling Childrens Books
It’s holiday time in the Great Lakes State! Travel with Katie and her cousin to see Motor City, drive down the country’s first concrete highway, tour some of Michigan’s 115 lighthouses, and take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh. She even tries her hand at the state’s favorite sport: ice hockey! Goal!
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The Story behind the storyCesar Takes a Break was inspired by a real-life iguana that was a class pet in my son David’s fourth-grade classroom. Over spring break that year, the teacher came in every day to feed Cesar and take care of him. But when the class returned to school on Monday after vacation, Cesar was missing. Everyone searched frantically for him, but no one could find him.
On Friday, five days after anyone had last seen him, Cesar turned up. He poked his head out from a vent in the wall, and David spotted him.
After Cesar was back safe and sound, I couldn’t help but wonder why he left — and what he did on his “spring break.”
Cesar Takes a Break is my best guess about what Cesar — and all the class pets do — when the kids and teachers are gone.
The first question most people ask is “Did you do the illustrations, too?” I wish I could say yes. But I don’t think I could even dream up such beautiful and fun pictures. The illustrations were created by a very talented French Canadian artist named Rogé.
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