Review of 2 Children's Books

About the Books

Isaac's Ice Cream Tree and God Made Color - 2 Christian Children's Book

WhiteSpark Publishing is thrilled to bring readers young and old two delightful stories all about color!

Children’s Book 1: Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree

Isaac loves the sugar maple in his yard, and he can’t help but feel bad for it when its branches are winter-bare. He decides to give it a gift…and is surprised when the tree returns the favor in the new morning snow, presenting him with balls of…ice cream!

But how long can this magic last with spring on the horizon? A magical exploration through the colors of the rainbow, the days of the week, and some of our favorite fruits that is sure to delight.

Children’s Book 2: When God Made Color

The wonders of creation spread out before us in all the glories of the rainbow…the deep purples and blues of night, the bright yellows of day, the pinks and oranges of flowers. And of course, the colors of all the creatures…including us! These sumptuous fine art illustrations will thrill parent and child alike!

Click  here to purchase Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree.

Click here to purchase When God Made Color

About the Authors

Angela Henderson

Angle Henderson

Angela Henderson resides in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches middle school English Language Arts & Reading and is a mother of three. Exploring children’s books for twelve years with her own children during numerous “story times” at the local library and reading hundreds of books to her children, her passion for quality children’s literature led her to write her own work. After creating her blog and Facebook page, Kidsbook Friends, and her Instagram, Instabooks, she’s been able to share her love of literature with over a thousand followers by featuring authors and books. She’s thrilled to introduce her own creative story where magical moments lead to positive perspectives.

Sheri Carmon

Sheri Carmon

Sheri Carmon seeks to incorporate the beauty of the Lord’s heart, His ways and His love in her writing for children. As an author, her goal is to shine His light through stories. In the past she has published poetry and inspirational compositions with both Blue Mountain Arts and The Group Publishing. Sheri has always cared for the individual needs of families and spent fifteen marvelous, fast-paced years in real estate, specializing in family friendly homes. She and her husband have helped facilitate whole church Bible-reading programs in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. They make their home in Colorado, on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, where they’re surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation every day.

More from Angela

Why children’s books? After all, I teach young teens. Well, my reasons:

  1. I love art, and reading children’s books is like looking at an artist’s showcase of creativity!
    * Shout out to my amazing illustrator, Rachael Koppendrayer!

  2. I love to dream up the impossible, and you can make anything happen in a children’s book!

  3. I love togetherness and nothing brings a family together like a good book.

As I read picture books with my kiddos, the teacher in me wanted to instruct too. I created a blog (www.kidsbookfriends.com) so teachers, librarians and parents could have little lessons to help them “make friends” with the characters in the stories I featured. Surrounded by such inspiration from these books and my kiddos, I started writing my own manuscripts when my kids were all under age five, mainly sketches of thoughts until I had segments of time where I could construct stories.

After several years of attending SCBWI conferences; connecting with writers; creating manuscripts & editing and revising, editing and revising (you see a pattern?!); and submitting them to publishers, Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree was accepted for publication and was released January 15, 2019, by Whitefire Publishing! (It’s a process!!!)

The message embedded in this colorful, magical story expresses a very real part of my heart as it’s our family motto: “Always remember to look for the rainbow.” My kids and I both literally and figuratively practice this principle, rushing out after every rain to see if the sky is painted with a bow as well as trying to find the good that comes through the storms of life.

Through my journey, I’ve experienced much loss through moving many times, caring for my mother during her dying days, and losing my husband through divorce. Yet in it all, God redeems and uses each pain and joy like brush strokes on a canvass, reminding us of His unfailing promises while creating a masterpiece.

Creativity, imagination, inspiration . . . make magical moments.

Gather together. Dream the impossible. Embrace the colors. . . as I introduce you to a new friend, Isaac! Excited to share this story with you. . . and my next one . . . and the one after that. . . until we have many new kindred spirits . . .together.

Click here for a fee printable coloring page.

Here’s the story behind the story.

Story Behind the Story of Isaac

More from Sheri

A child asks, “Who am I?”
Creation Vs. Evolution – The big battle. Many public schools are presenting Evolution as fact and not theory. They leave no room for the concept of Creation. Our little ones are not creatures descended from animals, they are Children of God, created in His image. This is our identity and our children’s Identity and it makes all the difference in how we see ourselves, how we see others and how we engage in the world. Our identity is made clear in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 NIV. As Christian parents and grandparents, we are charged with teaching, encouraging and bringing forth our family line for the LORD. The new picture book When God Made Color, with its awe inspiring illustrations, is about our true identity and about the joyful, loving God who created us and the whole universe – a universe that is still expanding – Isn’t He just amazing?

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Children's books blog tour by Celebrate Lit May 2-15.
Amazing Giveaway! Enter  here !

Amazing Giveaway! Enter here!

To celebrate their tour, Angela and Sheri is giving away a grand prize of The Great Color Giveaway Package that includes a$25 gift card from Amazon, Rainbow ice-cream cups with colored spoons, a paperback copy of Issacs’s Ice Cream Tree, a $25 gift card from Barnes and Noble, Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint – 12 count original and glitter paint (see attached image), and a paperback copy of When God Made Color!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the button below to enter.

Lila’s Opinions:

When God Made Color by Sheri Carmon ****

Two-page, colorful illustration of birds in  When God Made Color .

Two-page, colorful illustration of birds in When God Made Color.

My eight-year-old son loved this book. He and I are both visual, creative people, and we both loved the richness of the colors and the illustrations! He also loved all the animals. His favorite part, he said, was the second page, when God said, “Let there be light!” He said the colors reminded him of Heaven's gold.

Two-page, colorful illustrations of animals in  When God Made Colors .

Two-page, colorful illustrations of animals in When God Made Colors.

I personally wasn't quite happy about a few liberties taken in the imagination of the creation. For instance, on the very first page, it says that “colors swirled... as He [God] danced through the soft blackness.” Colors aren't present in darkness. It's the properties of light that make colors we can see. So this wasn't scientifically true.

Also, did leaves fall before the Fall? We associate the falling of leaves with the decaying of trees every autumn, but there would have been no death or decay before the Fall. Even if the leaves swirling in the wind weren't from decaying trees, would they still have fallen off the trees the first day they were created with the appearance of age, still with fruits on them? It seems a little unrealistic.

But my son didn't catch those inconsistencies and was very pleased with the book. He definitely wants to keep it and read it again.

Isaac's Ice Cream Tree by Angela Henderson *****

Inside look at the illustrations in  Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree .

Inside look at the illustrations in Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree.

My eight-year-old son loved this book! He said his favorite part was near the end when the ice cream melted into rainbow puddles and evaporated up into rainbow clouds. I enjoyed the alliterations and the colored text, as well as the cute and colorful illustrations.

Colorful two-page spread in  Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree .

Colorful two-page spread in Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree.

The only think I didn't like was that there was a perfect opportunity at the end with the mention of the rainbow to talk about God and His promises, but there was absolutely no spiritual lesson in the book at all. It was cute and fun, though, and definitely clean, so it made my list of definitely reading with my son again.

(I received these books for free. The decision to write a review, as well as the opinions expressed in it, are all my own. I was not compensated for this review.)