- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Series: The Bible Is My Best Friend
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: B&H Kids (October 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433688050
- ISBN-13: 978-1433688058
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sarah Horne grew up in Derbyshire, England, where she spent much of her childhood scampering in the nearby fields with a few goats. Then she decided to be sensible and studied illustration at Falmouth College of Arts and gained a Masters degree at Kingston University. Now into her fourteenth year as an illustrator, Sarah lives in London and specializes in funny, inky illustrations and words for children’s books.
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First off I want to start with all the positives this book has to offer. It is very well illustrated with cute, kind of crazy art work that is sure to make kids excited to read it. I also enjoyed the two dogs the twins in the book had as pets. They were quirky and talked to each other throughout the book while the children were playing together. I also liked that the children were very open to being a friend to someone new to their neighborhood. The twins in the book are friendly and want to make their new neighbor feel welcome.
With all of these positives in the book it is hard for me to say that there was something I had a problem with. This book is the story of twins Emma and Liam. They meet a new friend Abby, who is new to their neighborhood. They decide to play the Hot and Cold game with Abby to show her who their best friend is. When the game is finished Abby learns that the twins' best friend is the Bible. Now to most this doesn't seem like a bad thing. The Bible is an awesome book! It's powerful and can teach us about Christ and about how we should act and live. But, the Bible isn't our best friend. Jesus is our best friend. Now all that being said, I do understand where Sheila was trying to go with this and I understand that she is trying to encourage children to read their Bible and study it. But I feel if you don't give Jesus his place then others can fill in the gaps with what they feel is good. While the end of this book puzzled me somewhat, I am not discouraging you from buying it. If it does indeed cause children and parents to read and study the Bible, that is an awesome thing. I just want all readers aware to make up their own minds.
I received this book from the B&H blogger program in exchange for my review. A positive review was not required.
I received this book from B&H in exchange for reviewing. It's a short, easy to read, fun kids book. It has cute, quirky, bright and colorful illustrations. The one I received is hardback and should hold up well. The end of the book contains questions one can use to ask children about the story.
It begins with two bored children looking for something to do. Their mother suggests they play with a neighbor girl who recently moved next door. When she shows up, they begin playing a hide and seek game. Except instead of seeking each other, the new girl is seeking their "best friend". After much searching, she gives up and they introduce her to their best friend - the Bible.
While I have mixed feelings about the Bible being their best friend, which I will explain in a sec;I love the part, about the game. Since she just moved to the neighborhood, she is lonely; and what an awesome way for kids to introduce new friends to Jesus - with a game of hide and seek.
I struggled with how to review this book, because I think the author's intent to draw children and families to God through the Bible is a great way to begin connecting the dots. I get what the author is trying to accomplish. We need the Bible to begin developing a relationship with God. This is what Sheila has to say on her website: "I am writing my new line of books through B&H Kids titled Meet My Best Friend, The Bible is My Best Friend Family Devotional, and The Bible is My Best Friend Flipbook. It is my prayer that these books captivate the minds and hearts of young children and challenges them to further connect and understand the power of the Bible. When friends are mean, the Bible can be their best friend. When they have questions, the Bible is their best counsel. When they don’t know what to do next, the Bible is their best handbook to life. The vision behind these books is to get boys and girls eager about digging into God’s Word. In addition, these books will give parents the suitable tools to help direct their families to Jesus. When I was writing these books, it was my deep desire to provide materials that children could use to cultivate a genuine relationship with God. With God and his Word, children will have answers for every situation they will encounter."
I agree with her that the Bible is the place to turn when we have questions, problems, and children should learn to dig in. But personally I feel like, the Bible is an object (with power of course), but more of a means to an end – the end being - a relationship with Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and a relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. That doesn't mean I don't value the importance of the Word of God. I searched Scripture, because I am a thinker. I like to analyze things. But I didn't find a single verse that says the Bible is our friend. It is truth, yes, a fire, a hammer, a sword, a lamp, and sooo much more. It teaches us about God, leads us to Him, speaks to us as Him, but JESUS is our friend. Jesus is a person, He can go everywhere with us, even places the Bible cannot go. He can seek us out - like a friend would do.
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn't know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you... John 15:13-16a
At the end is a list of questions. When I asked my son one of the questions: "...Who did you think was Emma and Liam's best friend?". His answer was God. That was also what I expected. In the Parent connection, Sheila does use Acts 17:11-12 to tell about a group of Christians called Bereans that studied God's Word daily. She also shares that the Bible tells us about God's Son and how much He loves us.
I don't intend for the purpose of this review to necessarily discourage you from purchasing the book. It is just my opinion that the theology is a little bit different than what I believe. I would rather have read something like, "This book tells us all about our best friend. You can't see Him, but He is everywhere. He is always with you, wherever you go." And then introduce the children to Jesus. But if this book, gets children and families to read their Bibles, it is still accomplishing a purpose. And God can use that to reach people.
I had high expectations of "Meet My Best Friend". I was confident that it would circle around and have Jesus or God being the best friend of the children. I was rather surprised and disappointed that the book circled back at having the Bible being the best friend of the children.
Throughout "Meet My Best Friend", 2 children are eager to meet their new neighbor and play. They go on a game of "hot" and "cold" to show their best friend to their new friend. I was really excited to watch as the kids went from room to room telling their new friend that she was getting warm or cold in finding the location of their friend. It ended up being a Bible in the closet.
Having the children say that the Bible is their best friend really bothered me. I think it needs much more elaboration on this subject. Yes, the Bible is where you would turn to when you have a problem or need guidance, however the way it was just labeled as their best friend without going into more stuck out as being problematic for me. They spent as much time discussing the pets in the household as they did explaining why the Bible was their best friend. I would have liked to see more on the topic.
Overall, cute pictures, it will draw the children in, but I think it needs more guidance and discussion after the fact so children aren't viewing a book as being as high as God.
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