Wow! The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall is a great hard-cover picture book! It is geared toward boys and girls ages 3-6 years old. It presents in a simplified way on how to come to know Jesus as their own personal Savior and Lord.
The main four words used are Wow, Uh-oh, Yes, and Ahh. Each word is broken down through the book. The word “Wow” for example demonstrates and explains the creation of the world, the word Uh-Oh shows how sin entered the world and how we became separated from God, you get the picture. The message is powerful and it’s the most simplified version of the gospel I’ve seen for children in this age range.
I Breathe My Own Breath by author Kathleen Aharoni is book that reminds readers of all ages something very important. It challenges us to embrace our uniqueness! It’s something in the world that goes both ways, part of society says be you and the other side of society pushes trends and ever changing movements upon us. As children get older this pull can become overwhelming and just going with the flow seems the easiest thing to do. But in doing that, we lose often lose our inner-selves and end of breathing breaths that are not our own! So, we in turn spend much time in our lives searching for our breath. I think if children can understand the importance of being themselves early on in their life that they’ll be much happier and joyful as they grow older.
Noah by author Mark Ludy is an exceptionally beautiful picture book! I was truly in awe at the amazing imagery and detail put into each and every page. The intricate details have been a delight to gaze upon again and again and make this Biblical retelling come alive! There are no words or verses other than Methuselah welcomes his grandson, Noah on the very first page.
As the story begins, we get a feel of the area and people Noah may have lived near and how he wasn’t very young in age. We see that God calls him to do this amazing task of building the Ark. The illustrations shows the feelings in the faces and body actions of the characters extremely well. We see how constructing as well as gathering animals as well as nurturing them may have been. We see Noah’s family grow ensuring that most of this certainly didn’t happen in a short amount of time either. From the call, being obedient, and a wait through the storm it ends with God’s delivering promise to not just Noah but us all.
An additional bonus is that the author made it a bit for fun for children studying the pictures to find a little mouse named Squeakers on each and every page in the book. It’s actually not as easy you would think to find the mouse but the challenge was welcomed by my nearly four year old son and 6 1/2 year old daughter.
As a parent, I would like to point out this this book could be scary or confusing to younger children. This is a pretty accurate book so there;s obviously shady people depicted and some images of the rain coming down to flood the earth and of the people not living for God outside of the ark drinking wine and partying. There’s nothing explicit or violent. Just use wisdom and be ready to explain and answer questions.This book gives a pretty accurate portrayal and I applaud it for that.
Overall, this book has been a joy and real blessing to share with my children when retelling the story of Noah. I think it would be a welcome addition to any home or church class.
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The Farmer, The Flower Man, The Grump, When I Was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.
Get Connected:Mark’s website: http://www.markludy.com | Official NOAH website: http://www.plough.com/en/ebooks/n/noah
Interested in Purchasing? Noah: A Wordless Picture Book is available in hardcover as well as e-reader format. Pricing ranges from $7.99 and $15.00 on Amazon.com.
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