I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones is written by Bart Millard who is the lead singer of a Christian band called “Mercy Me”. Many years ago he wrote the song “I Can Only Imagine” which speaks of how one might react being before God in the kingdom of Heaven. This book seeks the same questions as that song but in a way, a child might ask and wonder about.
I love how the faith, awe, and wonder of a child is captured within the pages of this board book. It starts with a young boy gazing out his window in the morning imagining what we would do in Heaven. The story follows this boy throughout his day as he meets with friends, builds forts, plays in the lake, enjoys ice cream on a Summer day, sits around a campfire, plays with his dog, and so forth.
Some of the questions, imaginings for the child character include wondering about houses and rooms in heaven, pondering what God thinks is fun, thinking about the music in heaven, and if we’ll be able to sit on God’s knee.
The book is an easy read-a-loud. I didn’t find myself tripping over words. The text is displayed in a way that you can point out words or make them stand out a bit more while you are reading to a child. Little things like this make for a more engaging storybook for young children.
The illustrations are colorful and fun to look at. I like how the characters emotions and feeling are captured very well for the scene they are in.
The book is geared toward children ages 0-4 and I feel that’s perfect for this book. My two and a half-year-old has brought me this book to read to her many times. She likes the illustrations of the children eating great big ice creams, the mom reading a story to the kids, and swimming the lake the best.
The story wraps up reminding children that even though we can wonder and long for our time in Heaven with God, that He is still with us in our hearts here where we are and we can spend time with him every day!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLookBloggers.