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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Gabby's Stick-to-It Day" by Sheila Walsh

Sophie wants to be helpful - but when the going gets rough, she gives up.  Feeling that she isn't big enough or good enough to help, she feels sad and useless.  Then Gabby, her guardian angel enters the picture.  Can Gabby teach Sophie to attack life with patience and endurance?

Based on Galations 6:9, Gabby learns that “We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NCV).  With this second installment of the Gabby series from author Sheila Walsh, our children can learn that same persistence.

Gabby's Stick-to-It Day is fabulous for young children.  Both fun and funny, with spirited examples of the things children find to quit doing, Sophie sets a great example for today's preschooler.  As a child who's both helpful and learning to be trustworthy, children see that we don't have to be perfect - but we do need to stick with it, even when our task is difficult.

I love the artwork in this book.  It's colorful and whimsical, with timeless clothing and hairstyles, making it truly a book that will remain fashionable forever.  This book is a large hardback book with a dust jacket, and the jacket actually has raised, embossed art on it.  The attention to detail is stunning.

Though described as a story for children aged 3 - 7, I would probably lower that a bit - at least if your child enjoys listening to stories.  With short passages of text on each page and colorful, detailed illustrations, each page will capture a child's attention until it is turned to the next.  

My only wish for this story is that for Gabby's language to be a bit more put together.  As an angel, she appears almost incoherent with excitement at times, and while her energy is appreciated, she stumbles over simple words, which will do little to encourage young listeners to learn about sentence formation.  Picky, I know, but our children are smarter than we think they are - so let's keep conversational slang in our friendly conversations and basic, simple sentences in our books for these young ones.  With that said, however, Walsh does not water down the vocabulary, which I very much appreciate.

Walsh teaches about the roles of angels in our children's lives with this new Gabby series while at the same time teaching important life lessons from the Bible.  Can a children's book get any better?

If you'd like to read more about this newest edition in the Gabby series, check out the blog hop happening now.  You can find the book available for purchase here.

I received a copy of Gabby's Stick-to-It Day from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.


Sheila Walsh is a Bible teacher, speaker, singer, and best-selling author with more than 4 million books sold. Sheila Walsh is the creator of the award-winning Gigi, God's Little Princess® brand, which has sold over 1.5 million units and won two National Retailer's Choice Awards. As a featured speaker with Women of Faith®, Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining honesty, vulnerability and humor with God's Word. She resides in Dallas with her husband Barry and son Christian.

Visit for more information about Sheila, her other books or Women of Faith.

Gabby's back ... and she's brought a Kindle Fire Giveaway with her!

Meet Gabby for yourself here. || Read what people are saying here.

Enter today - Sheila and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have put together a prize package worth over $200!

One lucky winner will receive:
  • A brand new KINDLE Fire with Wi-Fi
  • Gabby, God’s Little Angel 
  • Gabby's Stick-to-It-Day
But wait! There’s more …
The winner will be announced on the Gabby Landing page on 4/ 2/12. In the meantime, enter to win the Kindle Fire then head over to the Tommy Nelson site and download the Gabby coloring sheets, watch Sheila's Gabby video, sign up for news about upcoming Gabby and Thomas Nelson products, and much more.

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