*keep reading, this is a giveaway!*
I told you about my new blog, Impress Your Kids. (It’s going swimmingly, thanks for asking. I got 30 whole hits yesterday!) The whole idea is that by using small everyday things you’d normally do, you can impress God’s Word on your kids. With a preschooler you can use crafts and music and of course, BOOKS!
I love finding new books that help me tell Lydia more about God. It just so happens that Random House sent me three books that do just that!
The first two are by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by David Hohn. When Lydia saw these books, she was so excited. We immediately read the “toes book” and loved it! It’s a beautiful story about a little girl who wonders what God did when He created her. When God Created My Toes is a sweet story of God’s love and attention to even our teeny tiny parts! My favorite line?
“When God created my nose did He know I’d sneeze in a wintry breeze? Did we kiss like Eskimos when God created my nose?”
The pictures are modern and captivating. The story is all in rhyme. And enough humor in it to make Lydia giggle. I love the lesson in God’s love–it’s something we all need to be reminded of!
The third book is God Gave Us Heaven by Lisa T. Bergen. I’ve read a few of her novels and liked her so was excited to read this. Plus, I’d seen the other books in this series (God Gave Us You, God Gave Us Two) and was hoping to find a new series to enjoy with Lydia.
This is basically the story of a little polar bear cub who asks questions about Heaven. Her papa bear answers each of her questions and explains beautifully how we get to Heaven. The illustrations are darling, the questions are ones I’m sure every kid (and some adults!) have asked.
But I just didn’t love it. It was too much. Like a textbook for a toddler. Maybe for an older child, you could use this as a springboard for a discussion about heaven. But for a 2 year old, the long paragraphs describing why we aren’t angels in heaven coming from a papa polar bear? Well, it was just ok for me. (Ha! I’m channeling Randy Jackson!)
However, it’s always great to see kids’ books with good theology and teaching. So, if you want to talk to your kid about Heaven and need a good vehicle, this could help you. I just suggest you know something about Heaven first, instead of using this as your Bible. Know what I mean?
Do these books sound like something you and your kids would like? Well, I’m going to give all three of them away to one happy winner! Just leave me a comment—about your favorite picture book, why you’re blogging instead of something else right now, or just “Me want books!” I’ll pick a winner this weekend!
(US & Canada only, folks!)
CONGRATS TO HEATHER @NOT A DIY LIFE!