God made something amazing / enormous / tall / funny
Books of many beasts
GOD MADE SOMETHING AMAZING / ENORMOUS / TALL / FUNNY
By Penny Reeve, illustrated by Roger de Klerk
Christian Focus. 16 pages. £2.99 each
ISBN 978 1 845 506 940/933/926/919
This series of books, aimed at pre-school children, draws the young reader in with bright, interesting illustrations and bold text. The large, clear font and simple language make these books accessible to the learner reader. Each of the four books engages children in a search for one of God’s creatures. There are clues and interactive questions on every page, along with a Bible verse. The books conclude with a God-centred prayer to pray.
The pictures provide lots of talking points, and we were introduced to some new and unusual animals (Aussie author!). The Bible verses followed a theme (e.g. God’s love), but didn’t link easily to the story itself, so at times seemed a bit disjointed if read out with each page.
It is great to have God’s truth within a picture book about his creation, but I found that it was most helpful to focus on just one of the Bible verses per reading so that the children could properly understand it and not be overloaded — and then focus on a different verse next time round.
A good series of books exploring God’s creation and introducing gospel truths to little ones.
Sharon (33 ), Ben (5) and Rosie (3) Jackson,
members of St. Andrew’s Church, Kendray, Barnsley