Wednesday, February 22

Mary Jane, Her Book: Classic Children's Literature

Mary Jane - Her Book is the first book in the Mary Jane series which was written in the early 1900s by Clara Ingram Judson, a popular American childrens author of the time.  It recounts the happy, wholesome adventures of five-year-old Mary Jane and her family as she helps her mother around the house, goes on a picnic with the big girls, plants a garden with her father, learns to sew and more!

Salem Ridge Press also publishes the next book in the series Mary Jane - Her Visit.  You can read the first chapter of each here and here

 The Mary Jane books are recommended for children from ages 6 - 10 and are perfect books for children just beginning to read chapter books.  Children of even younger ages also love hearing them read aloud.  

The Mary Jane books are just 2 of many wonderful classic books which have been reprinted by Salem Ridge Press.  They do their best to find and publish wholesome books for younger readers as well as older readers which I why I think they're an asset to any homeschooling parent!  
Salem Ridge Press provided us with this book in exchange for a thoughtful and honest review.

Sunday, February 19

Everything Romance: A Celebration of Love for Couples

I've been married to my husband for almost 11 years now.  We have a great marriage and are best friends, but I'm always looking for new ideas to inspire me in our romance.  You can get a bit complacent the longer you're married so we like to find things to break the monotony and bring us a little bit of excitement once in awhile in the midst of everyday everythings!

Everything Romance is a small, coffee-table style book. It'd be a great wedding or engagement gift for someone actually, or a great anniversary gift. It's got all kinds of quick to read tidbits that are along the lines of a devotional.  It includes:

  • Creative Tips for romancing the love of your life
  • Gift Ideas for anniversaries and special occassions
  • Inspiration for memorable romantic dates
  • Love Letters to warm your heart 
  • Special Recipes for special times
  • and Quotes (which were probably my favorite part of the book) 
Some of my favorite quotes from Everything Romance are these ones (and they show you the wide variety of the style of this book!)

Brevity is the soul of lingerie.  -Dorothy Parker

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour; sit with a pretty woman for an hour and it seems like a minute.  That's relativity.  -Albert Einstein

Love is friendship set to music.  -Joseph Campbell

If you absolutely must have the last word in all marital spats, how about making it, "Sorry."  -Rev. Robert St. John

We are most alive when we're in love.  -John Updike

This book lives up to its subtitle: A Celebration of Love for Couples.  I definitely recommend it for anyone who's married, will be soon, or hopes to be someday!  Of course, you can read an excerpt here and see for yourself.

A special thanks to the wonderful people at Blogging for Books for providing me with this book for review!