Book Reviews (Children)
An Angel's Story by Max Lucado
In this Christmas tale, the author imagines the spiritual drama that could have taken place that first Christmas and tells that story from the perspective of an angel. We can be certain there was much conflict and spiritual warfare between God's heavenly messengers and the fallen recruits of Satan. Just stop and think what Satan had to lose! If Jesus didn't make it to the cradle, there'd be no Savior on the Cross. No journey to Bethlehem means no walk to Calvary. This story is sure to bless your Advent season and is available in the library collection.
Coming Home by Max Lucado
Review by FLC member Jack Robertson
Coming Home is a very inspiring book. It has all of the adventure any kid could want! It’s really the best book I’ve read since I was 8 years old (I’m 10 right now). It’s about 2 twins that had gotten into a shipwreck when they were 3 years old and the captain had to leave! (The captain is their dad.) The captain had told the twins to never go into the woods or “You, too, will lose your color.” (The island they were stranded on had no color). The twin that was born 2 minutes before the other twin went into the forest and … I can’t tell you the END of the story! You’ll have to read it for yourself!
Little Croc’s Purse by Lizzie Finlay
NCLA Review - 4 star, children/stewardship
When an honest little crocodile finds a lost purse, he wants to return it to its owner, but his friends try to convince him to keep the purse and the money inside. On his way to turn in the purse at the police station, Little Croc resists the temptation to spend or share the money. He also manages to escape from the nefarious Murdock who tries to trick him into giving Murdock the purse. As Little Croc struggles with what to do, readers will also wonder what they would do in his place. Children are sure to have opinions about what the best choice would be. In the end, Little Croc’s honesty is rewarded and he splits his reward money between three envelopes—spend, share, save—which he then uses to buy something for himself and for his friends. He even buys a piggy bank for Murdock. This unique turn of the plot changes what might have been a simple story about honesty into a lesson on stewardship. This book would make a good introduction to stewardship for ages 4-8, and children could easily use Little Croc’s example to set up a spend, share, save system of their own using birthday money or allowance.
Eleanor the Hippo Learns to Tell the Truth by Andy McGuire
NCLA Review - Andy McGuire’s latest book provides a fresh approach to teaching children that lies are amusing to us when we tell them, but hurtful to others. The story is told with whimsical rhymes and illustrated with animals that project genuine emotions. Eleanor hippo has a big mouth and fibs about other animals, nonstop, night and day. She was enjoying herself immensely and didn’t notice that she was being hurtful until she got into trouble for mocking a lion about being afraid of spiders. On trembling knees, Eleanor went to apologize, only to find that the lion’s eyes were red from crying. Ages 3-8.
I Talk to God About how I Feel by Stormie Omartian
NCLA Review -Each page of this unique picture book reads like a mini-interview in which a fictional child tells about a feeling he or she had and what caused that feeling. Bright illustrations portray the experience that each child talks about in their interview. Feelings presented include lonely, worried, angry, sad, afraid, hurt feelings, and physical hurt. At the end of each interview the author presents a question such as, “What makes you feel lonely?” and a short prayer that a child can pray when they’re feeling that emotion. When I read this aloud to children, they were riveted by the kids’ stories, asked questions about them, and were eager to share their own stories in answer to the questions that the book asks. The book was extremely effective at getting kids to talk about their feelings. I recommend this as an essential library addition.
The Lord’s Prayer by Rick Warren
This beautifully illustrated book of The Lord’s Prayer is in itself a work of art. Artist Richard Jesse Watson has created a collection of photo-like illustrations full of vibrant color and unmatched detail. The children used for the illustrations represent many nationalities of the world. Each page is more beautiful than the one before it. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, CA and author of the bestselling book “The Purpose-Driven Life” provides ancillary text. In the introduction Warren states that praying with your child is not just a responsibility, it is a great privilege. He also suggests we learn to pray with the innocence and faith of a little child. At the end is a synopsis and commentary by Warren. This well-known and treasured prayer is lovingly presented by two very talented people. All ages.