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HOW BIG IS GOD? by Lisa Tawn Bergren


by Lisa Tawn Bergren & illustrated by Laura J. Bryant

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-113174-5
Publisher: HarperBlessings/HarperCollins

The creators of the popular God Gave Us You series continue their exploration of theological concepts for young children with this effort to explain the philosophical idea of God in more concrete terms. The story’s structure follows a little boy as he questions his mother about the concept of God. She explains that God is a direct presence, especially within a person’s heart, as well as an all-encompassing force present everywhere around the world. In a series of metaphors, she compares God’s presence and power to elements of nature that her son already understands. Some adults and their young listeners will consider the author’s cheerful approach meaningful and elucidative; others may find the mother’s explanations theologically muddled. Young children will need an adult’s help in understanding some of the metaphors, such as God holding the entire universe in his hand. Bryant’s pleasant watercolor illustrations follow the boy, his mom and their dog as they play together in a variety of realistic, outdoor settings relating to the text, with a few spreads and the cover showing more imaginary explorations in a river and in outer space. (Nonfiction/picture book. 4-7)