A sweet introduction to prayer and its purpose.

YOU ARE WITH ME

PRAYERS FOR EVERY PART OF THE DAY

God is present at all times.

As little ones wake up, go to school, play games, do chores, and more, God is always with them. This board book provides reassurance that the Lord is always watching over his children, and all it takes is a quick prayer to open one’s heart to Him. The prayer snippets promised by the subtitle are all appropriate quotes from the book of Psalms and should be easy enough for little ones to memorize. As two white children set out for school, for instance, the accompanying prayer is “Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge” (Psalms 16:1). Companion title Good Night: A Toddler’s Bedtime Prayer, by Emmanuelle Rémond-Dalyac and illustrated by Nathalie Dieterlé, is concurrently published but features an original prayer rather than one from the Bible that helps children reflect on their day and look for God’s hand in it. The illustrations in both are serviceable, featuring happy children and smiling parents—the heavy preponderance of them white—colored with muted blues, greens, and yellows.

A sweet introduction to prayer and its purpose. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5064-2498-9

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Sparkhouse

Review Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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While the gimmick is fun, this ark doesn’t hold water.

NOAH'S ARK

A very simple retelling of Noah and the Great Flood.

In rhyming verse, God tells Noah (“a brave, good man”) to build an ark and gather the animals as a couple of unnamed members of his family help out. Five double-page spreads present the scenes from this section of Genesis, ending with the appearance of the rainbow as God says “No floods like this again.” While the text succeeds in highlighting the parts of the story of most interest to the youngest children, the verse has several hiccups. The boldly colored art, which looks to have been created digitally, includes a wide variety of critters in the scenes, including two clown fish jumping through the waves. Unfortunately, it falls down in presentation as some of the cartoon animals and backgrounds look quite detailed and crisp, while others are jarringly blurred. More enticing for little ones will be the shaped, die-cut pages. The top of the book is arched like the rainbow or, depending on the page, the ceiling of the ark, and the curve also acts as a handle for toddlers to grasp. The die cuts allow the animals to peek through subsequent pages, but some stray images, like the top of the ark or Noah’s head, show through in odd places.

While the gimmick is fun, this ark doesn’t hold water. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 7, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-545-60557-1

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Little Shepherd/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2014

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A well-intentioned read held back by some design flaws.

GOD MADE THE ANIMALS

From the Frolic series

Little ones learn about God’s creations.

God made all the creatures in the animal kingdom, and this board book aims to teach toddlers about them. The text is formatted with abcb rhyme scheme (“God made the panda / who eats bamboo shoots // God made the owl / who whoos and hoots”), with one animal presented per double-page spread. Just the tops of the animals’ heads are presented, with their eyes cut out so little ones can hold up the book and turn the illustration into a mask. The book ends with the assurance that God made us too, and a white baby is on hand with its eyes cut out as well, for an effect that is both limiting and rather creepy. The text is simple enough and leaves room for interpretation. Creationists and believers in evolution may find common-enough ground: the book says that God made the animals but not how or how long it took. Less successful is the mask component, which is clumsy at best and might scare sensitive little ones at worst.

A well-intentioned read held back by some design flaws. (Board book. 1-2)

Pub Date: March 21, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5064-2185-8

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Sparkhouse

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2017

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