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Animals of God (Volume 1) Paperback – January 30, 2016
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Such heartwarming, wondrous, and hope-filled stories are a rare kind of inspiring in today’s modern world. The stories are creatively told in engaging, kid-friendly language—from the animal’s points of views—which really makes the tales come alive. There’s also plenty of action to keep kids glued to the pages.
Enriched by charming illustrations, this unique and delightful collection includes three stories about three different animals:
1. Little lamb longs for more than his boring everyday routine. One wondrous night, he witnesses an incredible star in the sky . . . and finds a joy and contentment to last forever.
2. Joshua the mule, whose master suddenly stops feeding him for three whole days, is driven by hunger—until, transfixed by a little white Host, he becomes part of a miracle.
3. A baby deer, lost in a storm, finds a holy man living in a cave, and they become the best of friends, but will they be separated by tragedy? Or will a heart-pounding woodland chase reveal immeasurable mercy and love in a most mysterious way?
With three complete stories and bonus coloring pages, you can’t beat the value of this book. But the biggest value is in the impact these stories will have on our children’s faith, imparting an innocent love of God to last a lifetime. What a fun and memorable way to bring Catholic truths to life for little ones!
"Animals of God" is sure to impress minds, hearts, and souls in the very best way. It is simple yet profound. It is thoroughly and traditionally Catholic. This is THE Easter gift to give to all the Catholic children in your life. Readers will be eager for more—and won’t be disappointed, because Volume 2 is coming soon!
The three stories are simple and engaging, featuring gentle animals that kids naturally find appealing. The little lamb who witnesses the first Christmas, the mule who is moved by the presence of God, and the little fawn who takes refuge in a cave along with a saint.
"The Hungry Gray Mule," in particular, would be appropriate for children making their First Communion. My eight-year-old will be reading it next, as she prepares for the sacrament.
The coloring pages at the end are an added bonus. My kids enjoyed reliving the details of the stories and the characters through them.
I received a complimentary copy from the author for my honest review. We are fellow members of the Catholic Writers Guild.
Peek’s clever use of personification, telling these stories from the animals’ points of view, brings different facets of our faith down to a child’s level. Children will be able to relate to the feelings of the animals in these stories: the bored little lamb who felt that “Every day is the same as yesterday,” the hungry mule who didn’t quite understand what the big people were up to, and the scared little fawn who got lost during a storm.
The simple vocabulary makes the stories easy to understand and enjoy. The setting details and imagery Peek uses will draw young readers deeper into the story, speak to their imagination, and stir their little hearts. But I really appreciate the message of each story, messages that will appeal to a child’s sense of awe and have them appreciating the Blessed Mother, the saints, and the Blessed Sacrament in deeper ways.
I also must mention…I appreciate good artwork in children’s stories, and the pictures in this book do not disappoint. Every picture has so many details that I found myself stopping to study each one. Detailed and playful, the expertly drawn pictures in this book help make the stories come alive. Children will love the coloring pages in the back!
The author and I are members of the Catholic Writers Guild. I love her work! I read an online version of the book and received nothing in exchange for my honest review.
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