Now I am going to come right out and admit that as much as I'm familiar with Duck Dynasty, I have yet to watch an episode of the show. What? Really?! Yes, I know, I know, but I can tell you that after becoming more familiar with the values of this family, I do have it on my watchlist. About a month ago, I was presented with a chance to check out the latest book, starring the Duck Commander family, Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids. I was about to pass, simply due to the fact that we weren't viewers of their television program–I didn't know if we'd actually appreciate it as much as someone who was. Luckily, I was able to get an advance glimpse at some of the stories included. I soon realized that we didn't need to be regular watchers of the show to enjoy a book like this, so here I am today, sharing our thoughts and a fun giveaway opportunity for Our Everyday Harvest readers.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sometimes the silliest stories can teach us the most important things about loving others and being kind. With its fun illustrations and sweet messages, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids is the perfect way to share these truths with your children. Using the lively cast of characters from Duck Dynasty that everyone knows and loves, Korie Robertson and her mom, Chrys Howard, will tell stories that illustrate important biblical lessons in a fun and engaging way.
Have you heard about the birthday sleepover where Will forgot one very important item?
What about Survivor Day—a special day at camp when the kids are given a really big challenge?
Or did you hear about the ski trip when 2-Mama and Bella got lost and everyone learned a big lesson?
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Korie Robertson is a New York Times best-selling author, the wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, mother of six, and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Korie balances family life and her role at Duck Commander with several ventures of her own, including overseeing licensing for the family’s brands, retail store Duck and Dressing, speaking around the country and philanthropic work as a board member for: Help One Now, Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute, Camp Ch-Yo-Ca, Legacy Collective and Drive Adoption.
Chrys Howard is the mother of Duck Dynasty's Korie Robertson. She holds a degree in elementary education and spent ten years teaching children with learning differences. After teaching, she joined the family-owned business, Howard Publishing, now known as Howard Books, where she served as senior editor and creative director. She has authored a number of books with more than 1,000,000 in print, including the best-selling Hugs for Daughters and Motivationals for Moms. She co-authored The New York Times bestseller Miss Kay's Duck Commander Cookbook, Strong and Kind with daughter, Korie Robertson, the children’s book, D is for Duck Calls with Kay Robertson, and Live Original Devotional with granddaughter, Sadie Robertson. Chrys has spent more than forty years working with Christian youth camps; speaking to women’s groups; teaching Bible classes to children, teens, and young adults; and traveling overseas for mission efforts.
One of the things that I really like about Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids is that many of the tales being shared actually relate to real life circumstances that the Duck Family have encountered. In the book's introduction, the writers mention a great example of how Jesus used parables in his teachings. They wanted to achieve this very same idea by sharing the stories from their family and what they've learned throughout life.
The book also reminds me of a devotional in that it includes a series of extras after each story. These extras help further expand on what was just read:
- A scripture passage relating to the lesson in the story
- An area called Let's Talk About It that includes questions for further discussion
- A Duck Commander in Action section that allows children to put what they've just learned into practice in their own lives.
In one of the stories, Mia, Lily, Bella, and Merrit are preparing for the big opening day of their cafe (AKA playhouse). Everything initially seems to go off without a hitch until an unfortunate incident happens–a storm hits, causing damage to the playhouse. Now the girls must wait until everything is repaired, before they can open up their cafe. After all of their hard work, having to wait even longer may seem daunting, but they learn that patience is a must. After the story, there is a Psalm included that mentions being patient and waiting on the Lord, as well as various questions that children can answer to elaborate on what they've just read. Finally, the Duck Commander in Action section offers some tips and tricks on how to be more patient.
This is just one story example, but as you can see each one has a lesson to be learned. If you have little fans of the Duck Commander family, then they'll also enjoy the fun illustrations including all of their favorite members.
You don't necessarily have to be a fan of the Duck Dynasty show to enjoy Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids. Of course if you ARE a fan of the show, then you will definitely want this one. Even though we aren't regular viewers of this program (although that may soon change), I really appreciate the overall theme of this book. It teaches real life lessons by sharing some of the family's most entertaining and heartwarming stories, all while keeping in line with Biblical values.
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