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Skunk Tales Making Sense Of Scents A Family Devotional Review by Ashley Koulak

Lynn Marie Hurtado
New Lineage Publications

Skunk Tales: Making Sense of Scents is a genuine and enjoyable family devotional for all ages. Skunk Tales includes thirty-six chapters of original stories from the author, Lynn Marie. The book foreword has some encouraging insight for parents that includes scripture, written by the author's friend. In the "About this Book" section, Lynn Marie explains her inspiration for the book and how to use the book with your children. 

All thirty-six chapters of Skunk Tales are just the right length. I usually run into issues with family devotionals being too short with not enough substance for my older children while still captivating the attention of the younger ones. Skunk Tales was the perfect balance of engaging and entertaining. The chapters were lighthearted, relatable, insightful, and plainly applied scripture in our lives. I loved how many of the stories in the book used animals as a topic. All my children enjoy nature-and learning more about animals.

The scripture choices for the chapters were spot on. At the end of each chapter is a section called "Pooky's Timeout," which has a few different enrichment activities for the chapter. The discussion questions are thought-provoking, and we had some excellent conversations because of it! More scripture, worship songs, prayer, a fun activity, and a way to apply the theme of the chapter are included. I especially enjoyed the idioms for every chapter!

Every chapter also includes a shaded box with paw prints with some type of fact, scripture reference, or trivia. The artwork in the book is also delightful. The back of the book has a " Topic Index," which I found helpful. Depending on what we were doing in school, or if there were behavioral issues, I could find the topic and the chapter(s) on it. It is nice to know you are not alone in parenting struggles, and Lynn Marie's lighthearted tone throughout the book is encouraging. We plan to continue to use Skunk Tales as a family devotional and resource in bringing up our children in the way they should go. 

-Product Review by Ashley Koulak, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December 2021