Sunday, May 29, 2011

When God Created My Toes by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by David Hohn

There is rarely a children's story I don't enjoy. There's something about the colors and the rhymes that draw me in. So many times I ended up finishing a book on my own, long after the children had moved on to another activity.  This book is no exception.  My first look at "When God Created My Toes" was by flashlight, courtesy of the wicked Spring storms.  The pictures are bright, and the expressions on the faces of the characters are priceless. The story follows a mischievious little girl, who wants to understand why God created her toes, her hands, her head, her knees.  She leaves a great mess, and two exhausted parents in her wake, as she discovers what her hands and feet can do.

This book would be fun to read with a child who would enjoy finding his toes and his nose as the pages go by. You could easily add a few songs such as "Head, Shoulders, Knees &Toes" or "If You're Happy & You Know It".  Plus, offer a craft using hands or feet, like pudding painting, and make this book a great little lesson on how God makes each one of us unique.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

God Gave Us Two by LIsa Tawn Bergren, art by Laura J. Bryant

"God Gave Us Two" is the adorable story of Mama and Papa Polar Bear and their Little Cub.  Little Cub is trying hard to adjust to the soon-to-be arrival of the new baby bear.  She wants to know why they need a new baby, and if they don't like it, can they send it back? If it cries too much, can she move next door? Her many questions are responded to sensitively by Mama and Papa Bear, reassuring her along the way that there is plenty of room in their hearts for two.  A wonderful book to share when your family is about to expand, and especially recommended for anyone expecting multiples (shh! don't tell, there are a surprise set of twins at the end).  The art work is endearing, especially the growth of Mama Bear's belly as the pages go by. A beautiful reminder that children are a gift from God.

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