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Gifts from the Heart    by Victoria Osteen & Diane Palmisciano order for
Gifts from the Heart
by Victoria Osteen
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Jon and Sue take an imaginary journey to a kingdom where they visit a group of children preparing to celebrate their king's birthday. Unfortunately, the youngsters don't have enough money to purchase the monarch a regular present. And, without a physical gift, they will not be admitted to the birthday party at the palace.

The brother and sister duo come up with a solution to the problem. Why not use the talents God has given each and every individual and create a birthday celebration for the king outside the castle?

'We'll pool our talents,' Jon says. 'Together, we'll do great!'

With face painting, juggling, singing and dancing, everyone has a chance to participate. Not surprisingly, when the king notices all the commotion outside his castle walls, he investigates and is delighted with what he discovers.

Gifts from the Heart is written by the wife of the co-pastor of the Lakewood Church in Texas. Victoria Osteen also includes an answer aloud question section at the end of this inspirational tale, that encourages children and their parents to discuss the lessons this picture book offers.

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