Anthropomorphized woodland creatures celebrate God’s love and guidance in a child’s life.
This board book features sweet illustrations of animal caregivers expressing their love for their young alongside rhyming text that explains God’s presence in a child’s world. The pages are die cut along the top in arcs, so they look like a rainbow behind a cloud-edged cover; with each turn of the page, another layer of the rainbow is exposed. The shiny effect of the rainbow’s arches is eye-catching and will certainly appeal to young readers. Kolanovic’s illustrations are adorable if not particularly imaginative, including some sweet details, such as a baby squirrel clutching a teddy bear and a duckling joyfully splashing. Though quite charming, the panda duo feels a little out of place among all of the temperate woodland creatures. The rhyming text has a singsong feel, which makes it an easy read-aloud for adults with little lap listeners. It includes all of the usual sentiments about God in a child’s life: “He sent you from above”; he is “always in your heart”; and “Lord God will guide your way.” While familiar and comforting, these statements are also unremarkable and a bit tired. This book is a good fit for those in the Christian faith who want a traditional, formulaic book about God’s presence in a young child’s life.
This book contains pretty much what you’d expect. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)