Forever My Little Girl by @KarenKingsbury



"...little girls grow up in the blink of an eye." (back cover)


Title:  Forever My Little Girl
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Illustrator: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher:  Zondervan
Release Date:  March 29, 2016
Genre: Christian Fiction


ABOUT THE BOOK


Even when children grow up, they always remain our little ones.

All the sweetness, challenges, and thrills of parenting are lovingly shared in this heart-touching poetic short story by bestselling fiction author Karen Kingsbury. From playing princess to school dances, first steps to tea parties, a lifetime goes by in the blink of an eye. This book celebrates all the ups and downs of parenting a little girl and will be a cherished keepsake for any parent.


Karen Kingsbury is a top inspirational novelist, and she imbues both nostalgia and inspiration in this sentimental book for parents of girls. This book offers a short story paired with prayers and Scripture about how quickly time goes by and the special bond between a mother or father and daughter.

                                                                                                                                                                      

MY THOUGHTS

What a beautiful and sweet book Forever My Little Girl by Karen Kingsbury is! It's a story of a little girl's journey, from birth to princesses to love and to growing up, yet in the eyes of the parents, that little girl will always be their little girl. The story is simple, yet profound. It's like when you're chilled, you take one sip of something hot, and it warms you from your mouth down to your throat, and spreads everywhere. It's that feeling of warmth, that grows and travels from your heart to the furthest tip.  I don't have a little girl, but I know that I will always be my parents' little girl.  I think of my first "crown" at my birthday party, and I think of my dad walking me down the aisle at my wedding, and the glistening sparkle in my mom's eyes. O, what a story! It will take you down memory lane for sure.  The biblical verses spread throughout relates to each journey, each experience, and we are reminded more that we're not only our parents' little girl, we are our Father's treasured child.

The illustrator, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff did a fabulous job illustrating the various subjects. From colors to lines, it captured the significance of Karen's words and the related biblical verse.  It's a perfect match.

Buy this as a gift to parents, for yourself or pass it down to your little girl. In any way it is read, it will be cherished.


NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Booklook Bloggers Review Program for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including UnlockedLeavingTake OneBetween SundaysEven NowOne Tuesday MorningBeyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Joanne Lew-Vriethoff is an illustrator and graphic designer born in Malaysia and grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1995. Right after, she worked as a character and concept illustrator for clients pitching television shows. She later spend a few years in New York working as an Art Director and designer before she moved to Amsterdam. For the last 15 years, her passion for illustration has given her the opportunity to illustrate picture books such as Peace Baby and Punctuation Station to Middle grade-novels such as Summerhouse Times and Dancing Pancake. Besides illustrating books, she also illustrates funky websites and product branding for toy companies. Below are some of her most recent projects, Family Grandstand and Family Sabbatical both written by Carol Ryrie Brink (Two Lions), Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli (Random House), Reindeer Dust by Kate Dwyer (Reindeer Dust Inc), Joey Daring Caring and Curious: How a Mischief Maker Uncovers Unconditional Lov by Marcella Marino Craver (Magination Press), Beneath the Bunk by Laurel Snyder (Pearson Digital Studio), Peace, Baby! by Linda Ashman (Chronicle Books LLC), Do You Know Dewey?: Exploring the Dewey Decimal System by Brian P. Cleary (Lerner Publishing Group), The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli (Yearling), The Punctuation Station by Brian P. Cleary (Lerner Publishing Group), Summerhouse Time by Eileen Spinelli (Yearling) and I'm Big by Milton Schafer (Dial).

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