Monday, November 4, 2013

"Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me" by Christina Goodings & Illustrated by Janet Samuel

ISBN:  978074596501
Padded hardcover - $12.99
Lion Hudson
A Bible storybook especially for young children who always have a teddy bear at storytime, with a padded cover

The 12 favorite retellings included in this collection are chosen to emphasize the message of God's love and care. Each story concludes with a blessing, prayer, or reflection which is illustrated with the child and the teddy bear together. Children will love the endearing illustrations which will help them to relate easily to the stories and prayers, making for a perfect snuggle-up storytime. The 12 stories are In the Beginning, Noah and the Ark, Baby Moses, David and Goliath, Jonah Learns a Lesson, Daniel and the Lions, Jesus is Born, Jesus the Teacher, The Story of the Sower, The Lost Sheep, The Farmer's Son, The Man in the Tree, The Good Samaritan, and The First Easter. (copied from 

My thoughts:  This is another delightful children's book strong on Biblical thoughts and instruction that draw the young child's heart and mind toward God.  I have come to find that Lion Hudson produces some really good young children's books and have found them very easy to recommend to my Chat With Vera's readers.  

In Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me we find the child has his ever-present cuddly Teddy with him. The author takes the young child virtually through the Bible in a variety of treasured stories that teach lessons that even a young child can learn. A parent can be sure to help the child to understand that these are not just stories but actually accounts of people and how God worked in their lives. This will bring the child to understand that God is watching out for him, too, protecting, guiding, providing for, comforting. 

Picture that special child in your life snuggled next to you and clutching his Teddy as you read to him or her from this delightful book.  Each story ends with a short prayer(in verse form) that connects the heart of the child to God. I found the illustrations softly colorful and whimsical yet realistic in a "children's artsy manner" that will appeal to the young child without the "cartoony" style so prevalent in today's children's literature.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Bible and Prayers for Teddy and Me by Kregel on behalf of the Lion Hudson Publishing and the author in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received for this review and I was not required to give a positive review.

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