I’ve been having fun receiving books to review for my son and this was another one that I was curious about! I occasionally use the Kids Jesus Calling one with kids at church so I thought I might as well give this one a shot too.
When they say “little ones,” they mean it! This is made like a board book and seems to be made to withstand some rough handling. The pages are thick and sometimes stick together, which is not totally unexpected. I love the board books where the kids can easily turn the pages. I would put this one more toward the middle of the road. Some pages he was able to turn by himself and others stuck together so he would turn multiple at once. The illustrations are appealing as well as simple enough too. There are things to point out on each page, but neither is it too busy. I would say the book could be used for a very young child (0-2) to look at and shorten the sayings but that a lot of the content would be great for a little older kids.
In terms of content, there is a bible verse and a short devotional with each picture. I love how the devotional style really invites kids to interact with Jesus and know that He wants to talk to them. Some of the verses felt out of context with the devotional and there were a few potential theological issues as well. At times, I agreed with the devotional content, but wished they had used a different verse. Though, overall, I felt the book did a good job at speaking to kids about important topics such as how Jesus is with us, prayer, worrying, giving thanks, forgiveness, and joy. I like how this book is different from others in this genre since it is not just a kid version of stories from the Bible. I think it will be a good addition to our library and will provide a different way to talk about the Bible and God.
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