Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Christian Girl's Guide to Style

"The Christian Girl's Guide" series offers seven books to target young teens' greatest concerns. This volume -- The Christian Girl's Guide to Style written by Sherry Kyle -- encourages readers to "create the most stylish YOU inside and out!"

While each chapter focuses on a different element of style -- clothes, hair, accessories, skin care, etc. -- every chapter maintains a consistent format.

  • A Bible verse introduces a short fictional story (2-4 pages).
  • "What Do You Think?" encourages readers to interact with the stories by answering specific questions in the provided space.
  • Sidebars offer style tips, encouraging Bible verses and "Did You Know?" facts.
  • "Ask Kelsey" features Q&A.
  • "What Does the Bible Say" quotes several relevant Scripture passages for meditation.
  • "Letters to God" offers a written prayer from one of the story's characters and a prompt for readers to write their own.
All chapters also include either a "Try It!" or a "Make It!" section. The "tries" feature activities to do in the book, such as a crossword, word scramble, or accessory match-up. The "makes" provides step-by-step crafts like a "decoupage painter's hat", "confetti nails", or "shirt pillow." These fun activities encourage skills of painting, cutting, even sewing.

What I Like: This book is great. It's thorough and written at an age-appropriate level. Both the content and design -- which is peppered with simple illustrations by Anita DuFalla -- appeal to the target audience. The activities are highly varied and creative. I was quite impressed. And the Scriptural emphasis pervades every chapter. I love that!

What I Dislike: The coin purse that accompanied the book broke within minutes of reaching my seven-and-a-half-year-old's hands. It's a novelty and a cute sales ploy, but the poor quality definitely disappointed me and my daughter.

As for the book itself, there's not much to dislike! A few of the verses don't quite match the stories and seem a bit out of context, but overall I think this is a great resource, albeit far from timeless. Styles change so very quickly, I wonder if and when updated editions will be planned.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: 8-12

Publisher Info: Legacy Press, 2010; ISBN: 1584110902; Paperback; 192 pages; $9.99

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Rachel Brown said...

Hi Tanya -
Rachel from Legacy Press here. I was so sorry to hear about the broken coin purse!
We would like to replace it. Can you email me at info@rainbowpublishers.com or call our 800 # 800-323-7337 and I will get that out to you daughter?
We would hate for her to be disappointed.

Tanya said...

Rachel, that is so very sweet! I'll email you right away. I'm sure Ellie would LOVE that. ;) THANK YOU!

Rachel Brown said...

Hi Tanya - the new purse is on the way. We hope Ellie loves it and a small extra surprise as well (shhh!)

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