Still, those willing to overlook these annoyances will find this title acceptable

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THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE

A COLLECTION OF JOYFUL SONGS

Starting with the traditional “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and ending with “Now the Day is Over,” this collection of 10 Christian hymns, songs and prayers is aimed at parents wanting to pass on their faiths.

Each song is paired with cheery drawings of happy children, dancing animals, rainbows and flowers, among other traditional nursery iconography. Printed on board pages with a padded cover, it will hold up to many bedtime readings. Odd editorial choices may bother some readers. “If You're Happy and You Know It” starts with the well-known refrain of the title and then goes to “If you’re happy and you know it, say amen” skipping the better-known and frankly more enjoyable verses—clap your hands, stamp your feet, shout hooray. A song about Noah's ark set to the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” while widely available on the Internet, isn't true to the Biblical text. Since Noah only took two of each animal, singing that they went five-by-five or seven-by-seven will rub children the wrong way. Additionally, in a book this sweet, it just seems mean to say, “they turned out the monkey because of his tricks.” Jesus is drawn as a white man with a curly blond beard. Better—and more multicultural—choices are available.

Still, those willing to overlook these annoyances will find this title acceptable . (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-58925-569-2

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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A sweet, colorful start for a Christian spiritual journey.

BECAUSE GOD LOVES ME

A cheery child gives thanks to God.

“When I see a rainbow / High up in the sky / I say a little prayer of thanks, / And here’s the reason why: // Because God loves me!” This board book’s focus is the comforting notion that God loves all his children, and no matter what, he will always look out for them. The text follows an ABCB rhyme scheme, breaking after every stanza to repeat the phrase “Because God loves me!” The small, light-skinned child has spiky brown hair and wears a dress; both the child and a chubby accompanying dog are appealingly illustrated with a bright, simple color palette and scratchy lines that appear to have been made with colored pencil. God is the only name given for the deity, implying a primarily Christian audience. The book’s message is clear, and its construction is sturdy, suiting this well to parents who are beginning to have conversations with their little readers regarding their beliefs.

A sweet, colorful start for a Christian spiritual journey. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-58925-237-0

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2016

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Adult readers wishing to familiarize children with some of the Christian Bible stories will find greater satisfaction...

MY FIRST BIBLE STORIES

Nine stories taken from both the Old Testament and the New Testament are introduced to the youngest readers in this board book.

A child-friendly cover depicts Noah and his ark in bright, cartoony artwork and sets the tone for the greatly simplified stories presented inside. Creation is told in three lines that feel more like an introduction to the concept of God than a Bible story. Brown-haired, olive-skinned Adam and Eve stand behind a bush surrounded by incongruous flora and fauna that include an elephant, a monkey, what looks like an Easter bunny, a palm tree, an apple tree, and daisies. Other Old Testament stories included are Noah’s Ark, Moses, and David and Goliath. These tales have been simplified to the point of near meaninglessness. The life of Jesus is told from his birth, moving on to his message of love and the multiplication of the loaves and fish, and ending with his resurrection and ascension. Children old enough to be told these stories are also capable of understanding more than this book presents. If they cannot, one wonders if perhaps they are too young for the stories.

Adult readers wishing to familiarize children with some of the Christian Bible stories will find greater satisfaction looking elsewhere. (Board book/religion. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-58925-222-6

Page Count: 38

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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