- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310715636
- ISBN-13: 978-0310715634
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God Is with Me through the Night Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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From the Back Cover
In this book, furry friends reveal that even the biggest and bravest of God's creatures feel frightened sometimes. This comforting story allows parents to build stronger bonds with their children while reminding readers of all ages that fear, loneliness, and hopelessness can be alleviated when we put our trust in God.
The story ends with an easy-to-remember Bible verse that teaches children about God's love. Fear not, for I am with you (Isaiah 41:10).
About the Author
Julie Cantrell was born in Louisiana, where she grew up running barefoot over fire ant beds, swimming with alligators, and eating crawfish. Today, she lives with her husband and two spirited children in Mississippi, hallowed ground for many famous authors.
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The book outlines a child's typical evening: he plays with his family, snuggles with his parents, and gets tucked into bed with a kiss from mama. But then, in the dark of his bedroom, he begins to feel frightened. He hears "weird noises" and sees "strange shadows." But "Mama tells me God is with me, even in the dark." God kept Daniel safe from the lions, and he keeps children safe, too.
"I roar like a tiger, 'I am safe!' And then all the scary thoughts go away. I fall asleep and find my happy dreams."
In God's hands, the child feels brave, and loved, and safe. The book ends by quoting Isaiah 41:10 ("Do not fear, for I am with you.")
Throughout, the book is illustrated by nature photographs that are beautiful and cute. For example, when bravery is mentioned, we see a bear cub standing on its hind legs and stretching its paws. When happiness is mentioned, we see an ostrich that looks like its smiling. When stretching after a good night's sleep is mentioned, we see a giraffe stretching its hind legs. The photos are fascinating for young kids.
What I Like: One of the problems with picture books about fear is that it's difficult to make them universal enough they don't put ideas about previously unknown fears into a child's head. In this case, if your child doesn't already imagine scary shadows and sounds in the dark, this is not a book you want to read them. On the other hand, if your child is afraid of the dark, this is a great title to have in your home library. Cantrell does a nice job of taking children step by step through the process of thinking themselves out of a fear of the dark.
What I Dislike: I strongly wish the author mentioned prayer as a remedy for fear.
Overall Rating: Very good.
P.S. Although the publisher recommends this book for preschoolers to 8 year olds, given the simple nature of the text and the lovely illustrations, many toddlers will like this book, too.
Kristina Seleshanko, Managing Editor, Christian Children's Book Review
These books would be perfect for very young children up through 5 or 6 years old. The pictures are cute and captivating, and the words are very simple. These books could very well be used to help early readers practice their reading skills, too. Kudos to Julie for sharing these books that were initially meant for her children. Kudos to ZonderKidz for recognizing great material for kids' picture books. I highly recommend these books.
I am a teacher and have seen SO many books & own SO many books, so I am picky, especially about what I BUY! I think this book will be a staple in our house for years, so I not only bought this one, but also God is with Me Through the Day, but bought 2 extra copies as gifts! It is the perfect length, long enough to settle someone, but not so long that you wish you could just skip a few pages to get the kiddos to bed!
It meets a very important need, to help our children feel secure and have hope, trusting in a wonderful God who loves them (and everyone). Our world is a scary place, but Julie Cantrell highlights the beauty an joy in it!
Someone was even saying this book would make a great gift for a college student or person leaving home for a new adventure.