Saturday, May 9, 2015

grandma's bookshelf - Cottonmouth and the Great Gift

Yesterday I wrote about Cottonmouth and the River, but while this is a complete book, it is not the full story. It ends in an honest-to-goodness cliff-hanger. It ends, but does not end. It leaves you wanting to turn another page and find out what happens next!

Today I'm happy to "turn the page" and share with you my review of the, "what happens next" as is found in book two of this series; Cottonmouth and the Great Gift.

Cottonmouth and the Great Gift
Author/Illustrator - C.S. Fritz
Publisher - David C. Cook
Ages - 8-12 (but really, for the entire family and all ages!)

Favorite Features -
  • Continues the story, the adventure of Cottonmouth! This, in itself, is really fully enough reason to read this book! But, there are more . . . 
  • I love how the imagery of Cottonmouth and the Great Gift is so clear. I found some of the imagery in Cottonmouth and the River to be clear, but some of it was not. This book is much easier to make the connections between the story and the Story - or as I like to call it, the events of Jesus and His sacrifice for us!
  • I love how in this book Tug promises Freddie he will not be alone, even though he has to go away. Then Tug sends "Someone" who will guide, comfort and teach - and give Freddie power! Yes, very clear imagery!
  • I love the discussion about the "pebble" and how it is Freddie's time to grow!
  • This book was challenging - Freddie goes on a voyage, journey, adventure to do as Tug asked him and learns in doing so, his "story" is being written!
    He also learns about listening to Yellowthroat - his "gift" 
  • Once again, the artwork is nothing short of amazing!
  • And, once again, I really love the unique way illustrations and words are used in this book to create suspense, tell the story without words and truly pull you into the adventure.
  • As with the first story, Cottonmouth and the Great Gift captivates you right away leaving you wondering what will happen next and not able to stop reading until you reach the end . . . only to find once again, it is not the end! It is a another true, "cliff-hanger"; even more so than in the first book!
  • Of course, this means you have to read the next book! In fact, right now you might as well plan on getting all three books because you will absolutely want to read them all - you'll have to read them all because you'll find yourself wanting to know what happens next!
David C. Cook says; "After Frederick Cottonmouth is given a special mission, he must leave his home for the first time and experience the journey of a lifetime. C.S Fritz invites you to travel with Frederick and his unlikely new sidekick as they embark on a grand adventure with new lands and new characters."

I love Cottonmouth and the Great Gift! I love how it shows more of who Freddie is and more about Tug! I love how it introduced and described Yellowthroat - the Great Gift and how the imagery is so clear in this book and leaves me wanting to grow, get to know the Comforter and Teacher Jesus gave me and rejoicing to be reminded how my story is being written yet, too!

Exciting, encouraging and educational; yes, Cottonmouth and the Great Gift can actually teach us about Jesus' love, how He did not leave us "comfortless", but gave us a most amazing, Great Gift in the Holy Spirit who truly does comfort, teach and guide us - and give us power!

So, tomorrow I'll share with you the "end" of the Cottonmouth series - Cottonmouth and the End, but I also want to remind you to take time to enter the give-away for a signed, original artwork from the Cottonmouth series and a drawn-in copy of Cottonmouth and the End - two truly amazing prizes! You can enter the give-away in the box at the top, right of grandma's cookie jar!

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