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Jesús, Mary, and Joseph

Written by Kathleen T. Pelley

Illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic

Ages 3-7 | 32 Pages

Publisher: Journey with Story Press | ISBN-13: 9780578651965

Publisher’s Synopsis: After Jesús finally lands a part as an innkeeper in his school’s Nativity play, he asks God to help him be the best innkeeper ever. Day by day, he grows more and more confident in his role, but on opening night, he finds himself so swept up in this long-ago world, that when Mary and Joseph asked him, ”Do you have any room at your inn?” he comes up with his own answer, causing chaos on the stage.




KATHLEEN T. PELLEY is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, but spent most of her childhood summers playing on her grandparents’ farm in Ireland. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them on the radio during the BBC children’s story hour. She is the award-winning author of seven other picture books and hosts her own storytelling podcast, Journey with Story.

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This is a sweet story of a boy named Jesús who yearns for a part in the Nativity play. When his teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez chooses him to be an innkeeper, Jesús is ecstatic. He tries hard to learn his lines, but he is so nervous. Jesús takes us through the typical feelings faced by a child in his situation. Will he succeed? There is a surprise ending that reveals the depth of Jesús’ character.

Children learn about the Nativity story through the eyes of a child as Jesús relates his hopes and fears through prayer. All types of children are represented. The soft colors and simple drawings correspond well with the mood of the narrative. Recommended highly for preschool and primary grade children. A nice book for families to share during the Advent season.


Enter for a chance to win a Jesús, Mary, and Joseph prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A hardcover copy of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph, autographed by Kathleen T. Pelley

A paperback copy of Five Little Angels

An Audible copy of Five Little Angels

A $25 Barnes and Noble gift card

A Nativity sticker book

A shoutout on the Journey with Story podcast

Five (5) winners receive:

A hardcover copy of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph, autographed by Kathleen T. Pelley

A Nativity sticker book

The giveaway ends November 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.



Monday, November 1, 2021The Children’s Book Review Book Tour Kick-Off
Tuesday, November 2, 2021Over Coffee Conversations An interview with Kathleen T. Pelley
Wednesday, November 3, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s blog A book review ofJesús, Mary, and Joseph
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Friday, November 5, 2021Life Is What It’s Called A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Monday, November 8, 2021The Momma Spot A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Tuesday, November 9, 2021The Fairview Review A book giveaway of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Wednesday, November 10, 2021Book Bug CA A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Thursday, November 11, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Friday, November 12, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph


Kai and His Magical Bobo (Kai Panducorn Book 2)

Written by Kathy V. Tran

Illustrated by Aiki Tran

Kai comes from a magical family. His father is a panda from a warrior family focusing on strength and bravery. Kai’s mother is a unicorn from a family entrusted with maintaining peace and balance. Today he is excited and nervous. Five-year-old Kai will begin school.

Kai stuffs Bobo, his blanket into his backpack. Bobo gives him courage and the strength to be a brave adventurer. Mrs. Kathy introduces him to the other children. When a handicapped fox walks into the room and falls, Kai does not join in the laughter of the other children. He decides to cheer him up. Kai will soon learn that the children have fears like his own. What does Kai find out about himself? Can Kai translate what he learns to the wider community in which he lives?

The illustrations remind me of Manga-style cartoons. The text is a combination of dialogue and character thoughts. I would recommend this book to parents of children beginning nursery school or kindergarten. Children a little bit older can use the discussion questions at the end to explore mindfulness concepts and read the text independently.

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