A simple, calm story written from a Christian perspective that may help assuage young children’s fears.

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QUINN'S PROMISE ROCK

NO MATTER WHERE, GOD IS ALWAYS THERE

A little owl who’s nervous about losing her way accompanies her father on a journey that helps her understand the nature of God.

While out hunting for dinner one night, Quinn confesses that she is nervous that she will be left behind or lost. Her father instructs her to fly with him to the top of a mountain, where he talks about how God is as immovable as a mountain. When a storm strikes, Quinn and her father seek refuge in a mountainside cave. Her father explains that God is also a safe place to seek shelter. Finally, he passes her a small pebble and tells her to keep it tucked in her feathers as a reminder that God is always with her. Soft watercolor illustrations rendered in a nighttime palette of blues and greens convey the fluffy owls’ adventure. The muted colors and blurred details of both the owls and the landscape invoke a feeling of quiet introspection. Written to help children with separation anxiety, as a closing note explains, this story explains that while God is both as great as a mountain and as strong as a cave, he is also with each person like a small pebble that may be carried in one’s hand. Bible verses included at the end further describe the personal nature of God.

A simple, calm story written from a Christian perspective that may help assuage young children’s fears. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-7369-7432-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harvest House

Review Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2018

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The inferior book design and dense text do not serve this Bible verse well.

JESUS SAVES ME

From the Knowing My God series

An exegesis of John 10:14-16 for toddlers.

The biblical text, which begins “I am the good shepherd,” is meted out in short lines on the right-hand side of each double-page spread, written in type meant to look like a child’s handwriting. Below the Scripture on each spread there is a paragraph explaining what a shepherd does, how Jesus is a shepherd and that his followers are his “sheep.” On each facing page is a large photo illustrating the ideas in the text with images of sheep, shepherds and ethnically diverse children at play. The cover, as well as the first two and last two pages of the book, features amateurish cartoons of young children, likely composed on a computer, which jar startlingly against the photos. A note for grown-ups appears at the end describing how to share the book with children of different ages and encouraging parents to let the book grow “with your child.” This suggestion is helpful, since much of the text will likely go over the heads of typical board-book readers. Literal-minded toddlers may be confused by such assertions as, “You—and other people who believe in Jesus are His sheep!” 

The inferior book design and dense text do not serve this Bible verse well. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Jan. 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9854090-2-9

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Graham Blanchard

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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A slight but pleasant faith-based morning story

GOOD MORNING, WORLD!

Anthropomorphized animals follow typical morning routines including play and prayers.

A dog, goat, hedgehog, sheep, and dove greet each new activity cheerfully. Then, with eyes closed and paws, hooves, and wings folded, they thank God “for food to eat and friends who share.” After washing up in a river and then wiggling, stretching, and jumping in a meadow, they celebrate: “God has made today. Hooray! Good morning, God!” Pastel backgrounds are vaguely reminiscent of stereotypical images of the Holy Land, with sandstone-colored buildings and a domed tower. The rising sun becomes increasingly prominent, finally appearing as a yellow half circle on the final spread. Toddlers will soon chime in on the “Good morning” refrain. Designed as curriculum for Christian churches, the message is clear and consistent. The best thing about the book is the final message addressed to parents: a gentle assurance that “It’s not easy being a toddler—or the parent of a toddler,” along with advice on how to establish routines and the importance of making one-on-one time part of that routine almost make up for the unsubtle animal illustrations and slight and preachy storyline. Parents seeking such support might do better to sign up for the online newsletter advertised on the back of the book.

A slight but pleasant faith-based morning story . (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Feb. 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5064-1785-1

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Sparkhouse

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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