Thursday, April 7, 2011

Review: Beautiful Blue Eyes by: Marianne Richmond

I had the pleasure of reviewing the children's book, Beautiful Blue Eyes by Marianne Richmond, with my kids.  I reviewed If I Could Keep You Little a few months ago, also by Marianne Richmond, and I just knew we'd love Beautiful Blue Eyes every bit as much.

First thing I noticed about the book is the breathtaking illustrations, also by Marianne Richmond.  The illustrations are simple yet the attention to detail, colors, shading and shapes are quite appealing to the eye.  My kids were mesmerized by the images as I read the book to them.  Each time we read the book the kids also notice something different in the illustrations that they hadn't noticed before.

I absolutely love how Beautiful Blue Eyes teaches kids about how our eyes "speak".  We can tell so much from a person by the expression on their face, and a lot of that is told by our eyes.  Of course the kids think this is absolutely cool and think that us mommies are now magic :-)

Do I recommend this book?  You bet I do!  Without a doubt.

Beautiful Blue Eyes
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; ISBN: 978-1-4022-5639-4; HC $15.99
April 2011

About the Author

Marianne Richmond turned a personal tragedy into a motivational vehicle, becoming an award-winning author and selling over a million books in the process.

Her career was launched by accident; she was diagnosed with a brain tumor (thankfully benign), the cause of numerous epileptic seizures through her childhood. During her five-week recovery period, Marianne created hand-painted thank you cards for her many well-wishers. With Jim’s, her new boyfriend, and friend’s encouragement, she decided to launch her own greeting card business, Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc.  As distribution for her cards increased, she decided to try her hand at writing a book, honoring her biggest fan, her now-husband Jim, with The Gift of an Angel.

Beginning with her first book in 1997, Gift of An Angel, writer and artist Marianne has touched the lives of millions over the past decade through her line of greeting cards and gift books. Since then she has become a recognized creator of numerous books that celebrate milestones in life, memorable journeys, and relationships.  Marianne currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with her even-keeled husband, Jim, their four kids, and their senior citizen Border Collie, Clay. Find out more at her website

Praise for If I Could Keep You Little:

“A book that truly comes highly recommended.”

This is sure to be a favorite with both parents and children, a rare trait to find in a children's book.”

“Sure to resonate with both parents and growing children who are proud of their accomplishments.”

“This is just a lovely book with a lovely message, and is sure to become a fast favorite for lap time or bedtime. Want to keep your child little? Well, you can’t…but you can have fun trying. Just read, If I Could Keep You Little.”

“An endearingly bittersweet book where parents who don’t want their babies to grow up too quickly, and yet, want to see their kids realize their dreams and experience life’s ups and downs.”
— Parent Reviewers

I received a copy of Beautiful Blue Eyes to facilitate this review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed within are 100% my own.