- File Size: 4534 KB
- Print Length: 57 pages
- Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing (January 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AUWL5ZQ
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved the cultural and ethnic diversity of the characters. I love that inside the cover there are children of various interests, ethnicities and abilities. (Children in wheelchairs and crutches are so rarely included in children's books!) I foresee some great conversations these details will lead to upon repeated reading. I love that although every character clearly has different strengths they are CELEBRATED, and not condemned for not fitting in a one-size-fits-all-mold. And the art is so vivid and detailed, it really draws you in.
Often faith-based children's stories are so pragmatic, and predictable. But the imagination and creativity in this book really makes it stand out, makes it a special book.
SO - if you're looking for a great new children's book to add to your little one's library I really hope you'll grab a copy of this!
This beautifully illustrated book does an excellent job for a serious believer in God or a parent who simply wants to convey their child is special in a unique way. This book is also a great way to teach diversity - the illustrations on the front and back cover, and inside front cover and inside back cover are perfect conversation starters on the topic of diversity.
To further comment on the illustrations and illustrator - I have had the privilege of meeting Megan when she was pregnant with her first daughter, and without a shadow of a doubt I can say her illustrative style is a direct extension of her belief that each child is a gift, given by God. I can just imagine her thinking of what God thought about her daughters as she worked on this book. The illustrations are sweet. They capture the text in a way that any author is lucky to have - the illustrations reinforce and elaborate on the words meaning. This adds another engaging dimension to the book for children and parents. Collage is used to great effect with the artists' hand drawn illustrations. It's such a beautiful book.
The text of the book is very whimsical. It elaborates on specific thoughts God had as each child named in the book is gifted a unique set of virtues and talents. The last few pages of the book offer a range of additional text for children to explore, including a script running the perimeter of the page which details the ethnic background of each child in the story - The Netherlands, Japan, Greece, Afghanistan, and Mexico are just a few of the nationalities represented and illustrated with lovely detail. The author clearly put great thought into each description written. Charming elements such as a cherry being part of what makes the gift God gives a Japanese child are woven throughout this book.
This book is very much a tapestry piece. It has layers to discover as you go.
On a final note - as an educator, this book has many extension possibilities. It's a great way to have a child think critically and write creatively. One idea is using the text as a writing prompt by having students/ your child describe what they think God thought as he created their unique abilities. Similarly, the book can be used as an illustrative prompt - having students illustrate what they create is a great way to ensure comprehension of a concept. Topics this book can assist in range from secular diversity through theological study of how God made us. If one has reservations about God in the text, I applaud the author for making a universal concept - diversity - something that includes the idea that one wasn't created by accident but rather by intelligent design.
With the completion of the book came my favorite pages. The first has a border that explains the meaning and origin of all the names used. It also includes verses, a blessing, and descriptive words to help explain your own little ones’ strengths. The second page has baby pictures of both the author and illustrator, which were adorable. I would suggest this book to children of all ages.