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Watchful Wednesdays – Who is Tadeo Turtle?

Watchful Wednesdays – A Review of Tadeo Turtle by Lorilyn Roberts

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Lorilyn’s Review:

The endearing image of Tadeo and his problem will make this a favorite story for young and old alike—a story with which we can all identify.

Tadeo Turtle is a one-of-a-kind children’s book with a wonderful message—God has made you perfectly just the way you are. In addition to being entertaining and imparting a strong spiritual message, the illustrations will capture the heart and mind of a young child.

To read the whole interview please go to Tadeo Turtle by Lorilyn Roberts

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A Great Review for Tadeo Turtle

A Great Review for Tadeo Turtle

by Janis Van Keuren (@HeartFulMoments)

Here is a portion of her review. Please read the rest at Heart-filled Moments. Thank you very much Janis from your new friend Janis. 

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Vibrant. Creative. Artistic. Hospitable. Friendly. A passionate lover of Jesus and prayer. All describe Author Janis Cox. We had met online through Janis’ popular blog, “Sunday Stillness,” but when the opportunity presented itself to meet at a writer’s conference in Phoenix, we both jumped at the chance. And how could I pass up meeting someone who spells her name the same unusual way that my Mom decided to spell my name?

In addition, Janis offered for me to stay the night at her home even though I was a perfect stranger. She was sparing me a grueling two-hour drive home and back again the next morning. I gratefully accepted. Canadian born, Janis and her husband Wayne winter in Arizona. “Snowbirds.” That’s what us folks who live here through the sweltering summers like to call our winter visitors. We really envy them.

Janis’ book, “Tadeo Turtle,” is about an animal who enjoys his life until he discovers that one of his friends has adventures impossible for Tadeo to experience because of the way he was made. Like most of us humans, Tadeo begins examining what the possibilities of life would be like if he could just change. And isn’t that what most of us are thinking about with the start of a New Year. We look within ourselves, finding flaws, and then determining how we can change to improve ourselves.

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See a review by @heartfulmoments by Janis Van Keuren for Tadeo Turtle. (click to tweet)

 A Little Bit about Janis

Janis Van Keuren

I am follower of Christ and a freelance writer with a heart to encourage and inspire other Christian women. I am married to Hubby–crazy, loving, and easy-going. We have two zany, sports-loving sons who are young men forging their futures in this world. They think their Mom’s latest adventure is quite amusing but they are always beside me to help me through the “techy” stuff..

 I have dappled in various careers from writing to teaching to banking. But the one that has attracted me the most is writing. With a degree in Journalism, I had worked several years as a writer and editor for major company publications. Then I heard the Lord’s call to come home and be a full-time Wife and Mother.

My blog is designed to encourage and inspire other Christian women with experiences from my personal life and Scripture verses that correlate. I enjoy writing from my heart about the ways I have experienced the lord’s presence in my life, hoping to help others find Him right by their side as well. Sprinkled throughout my blog are anecdotes, family stories, amusing moments with our dog, Chip, and relational issues to name just a few. Blogging helps me to network with other Christian women and share our experiences, our goals, our visions. As a writer, I hope to inspire other Christian women on this earthly journey with the Lord.

Watchful Wednesdays – Book Launch Tour – Lorilyn Roberts

Today we welcome Lorilyn Roberts, founder of the John 3:16 Network of Christian Authors. Please click on the link to go back to the first excerpt and then follow the links to the other blogs.

Free Giveaway at the bottom of this post.

To start at the beginning of the tour please visit Carole Brown.

Watchful Wednesdays – Book Launch Tour – Lorilyn Roberts

by Lorilyn Roberts author of The Donkey and the King.


A donkey longs for an easier life with no heavy burdens and no one to tell him what to do. He runs away and becomes lost, but “good” finds him in the most unlikely of places.

Travel to the Bible lands and meet Baruch, a stubborn donkey, and other lovable animals:  Lowly, the pig; Much-Afraid, a small, lame dog; Worldly Crow, who isn’t as bright as he thinks he is; and a sheep, Little, sent on a special mission by the King. The ending of the story will delight young readers as they discover “good” exists in the world if they look and listen for it.

When I was young, I hated doing chores. I suppose I was this donkey, rebellious and self-determined, but desperate for a friend—the one friend who would never leave me (or you).


Here is a short excerpt from The Donkey and the King. This is the second stop on the tour. I hope you will visit all the blogs and participate in the John 3:16 Marketing Network Book Launch and win the grand prize. See details below.


Worldly Crow squawked, “You’re making a big mistake. I know because I’ve been around. You’re headed for trouble.”


Much Afraid, a brown and white crippled dog, followed close behind.
“Please don’t go,” she cried.


On every page is the hidden word “good.” Can you find it in the drawings above? If not, you can look below and see where the word is hidden.

The unique quality about Kindle-enhanced books is that the drawings and font size can be enlarged for young readers. And for parents who can’t find the word, a QR code (a free AP is available for smart phones) and link is provided to facilitate the search. Some pages are more challenging than others (for older readers).

If you enjoyed looking for the mouse in “Goodnight Moon” when you were young, your child will delight in looking for “good” in “The Donkey and the King.” The moral:  There is good in the world if you look and listen for the King’s voice.



The Donkey and the King (A Story of Redemption)
99 cents December 1 through December 16
24 reviews, 4.8 stars
Ages 2-6

Book Trailer:  http://bit.ly/Donkey_Video

From December 1 through December 16, the John 3:16 Marketing Network is hosting a Christmas Book Launch and The Donkey and the King is a featured book.

As part of the event, the Network is offering a $200 Amazon gift e-card to one lucky winner. For a chance to win, go to http://bit.ly/Christian_Books  and enter the Rafflecopter (toward the bottom of the page). Or scroll to the bottom of this post and enter here.

And be sure and pick up your Kindle version of The Donkey and the King for 99 cents at http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/168d6711/

Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you can enter right on this post.

Next stop on Lorilyn Roberts’ Excerpt Tour:  Visit Carol A. Brown’s blog on December 5 at:  http://connectwithcarolbrown.blogspot.com




Lorilyn Roberts is an award-winning author who writes family-friendly books for the young, the young at heart, and all those in between. Visit http://LorilynRoberts.com to learn more.


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Trees of the Book – a review

Trees of the Book – A review

Kimberley Payne awakens children (and adults) to the immense knowledge that can be found in the Bible. In her book, Trees of the Book, Kimberley focusses on some of the trees found in Scripture. She tells short stories related to the “tree Scripture”; asks questions; gives a few interesting (and to me unknown) facts and gives various activities to review the information.

Trees of the Book by Kimberley Payne


The artwork is delightful and colourful.

I found, even as an adult, that I learned much from this little book.

It would be perfect for homeschoolers; Christian Schools and Sunday Schools.

Bravo Kimberley for a great resource.


Explore the Bible and learn from God’s creation. This entertaining and educational book offers children loads of fun. At the same time they’ll be learning about the Bible.

Inside its pages you’ll find:

  • Bible stories told from the viewpoint of the tree
  • Fast facts to help identify the specific tree
  • An activity to help reinforce the truth in the lesson
  • Challenging questions to support each story
  • Glossary and “People of the Bible” sections at the back of the book define words which are highlighted in bold
  • Project suggestions to enhance your learning

This engaging and instructive book is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories. It’s ideal for 7 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 2/3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Plant Life.

Blog dedicated to the book: http://www.scienceandfaithmatters.wordpress.com

YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AndFaithMatters/videos?view=0

FB author page: www.facebook.com/KimberleyPayne.Author

 About the Author:

Kimberley Payne

Kimberley Payne is a former college teacher and lover of Jesus and Mr. Sketch scented markers. She combines her teaching experience and her love of writing to create educational materials for children.

Kimberley lives in a village east of Toronto, Ontario Canada where she hikes the trails and writes about family, fitness and faith.

Blog: Science and Faith Matters. 

YouTube channel: Faith Matters 

FB author page: Kimberley Payne Author


Reviews for Tadeo Turtle

Tadeo Turtle written and illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo had  2 wonderful reviews this week:

The first is by Ruth Ann Adams at Fran By the Sea:

Canadian author and illustrator, Janis Cox, in her breathtaking  picture book,Tadeo Turtle, weaves a classic tale of adventure and self discovery. The simple plot line is high paced and the watercolour illustrations enchantingly beautiful. The names of the major characters are in bold type, making it easy for young children to identify them. ~ Ruth Ann Adams

Continue to read more at Fran by The Sea

And another from Gena Mayo at I Choose Joy:

I’m happy to share with you today a review of the book Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox!  It’s a very sweet story about a turtle who sees his limitations when he watches a squirrel doing things he can’t do.  God uses a dream to show him that He created Tadeo the way he wanted to, with very special abilities and skills.  It’s a great story for teaching our children the same lessons! ~ Gena Mayo

Continue to read the entire posts at I Choose Joy.

Thank you to reviewers. Please drop over and visit these sites.