*Congratulations to Emily W. and thanks to all of you for stopping by and entering!*
Up for review and giveaway is a precious, precious (yes, that needed to be doubled!) book for young children!
Do you have flaws that you try to hide from the world? Do you think those flaws make you less than or not lovable? Maybe they are physical flaws or even just parts of you that you don't want to share with others out of fear they won't love you.
Sweet little Audrey Bunny definitely thought that was true about her. She watched her bunny friends be chosen by children to take home at the toy store, time and time again, while she was overlooked. She thought it was because she had a visible mark that made her less than desirable. When she was chosen, she thought it was because the little girl failed to see her imperfections. Day after day, she worked tirelessly to hide them from her. Until THAT day, the day that she dreaded. The day that she knew she would no longer be loved. Oh, but sweet little Audrey learns a valuable lesson that we all need to soak in....whether we are 4, 7, 47 or any age!
God loves us and we have value. Our flaws and imperfections don't make us unworthy. Audrey heard some sweet, empowering words that I think we all long to hear in our own lives...
"I chose you, Audrey, and I love you more than you could ever know."
Sweet book. Beautifully illustrated. Powerful lesson. Every time I picked it up I was reminded of all those years ago when I fell in love with The Velveteen Rabbit and the joy it was to share that classic with each of my children. "Audrey Bunny" is one of those books that you will want to keep in your collection to make sweet memories with your precious little ones and the message is such an incredibly IMPORTANT one!
My youngest was reading this book to me (LOVE those moments!) and I had to slip away to get the three babies/toddlers to sleep before they melted down. When I returned to continue with him, he had continued reading it and left THIS outside my door.
That is as close as you will ever get to TWO thumbs up from a 7 year old boy!!!! Especially a boy that wasn't actually asked to pick up a pencil and WRITE. Especially when said boy HATES to write at this stage in life! :)
Enter to win a copy for a special little one in your life (or tuck it away for a Christmas present!). One reader (US or Canada) will be chosen at random on 11/7/2013 to win one copy. Simply comment on this post or the facebook link! Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.
From the publisher:
About Audrey Bunny
From best-selling women’s author Angie Smith (I Will Carry You, Mended) comes this sweet children’s book about a stuffed animal named Audrey Bunny who fears her imperfections make her unworthy of a little girl’s love. She'll learn the truth soon enough, and young readers will learn that everyone is special and wonderfully made by God.
[Also included]: The Parent Connection (last page of the book) shares discussion questions and activities reinforcing God's love for us.
Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah), best-selling author of Mended, I Will Carry You, and What Women Fear, and one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. She holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, TN.
Written by: Angie Smith
Publisher: B&H Publishing
Hardcover with jacket: 32 pages$14.99
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