Title: God Watches Over Me
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
“All for You, dear God.
Everything I do,
The whole day long.
Help me to be good.”
An unknown author is quoted in the children’s book, God Watches Over Me, published by Thomas Nelson.
With popular Precious Moments illustrations, this five by seven inch padded-cover boardbook of thirty-two unnumbered pages targets children one to four years old. Having no scary scenes, it is a book promoting security knowing God watches over us, even as little children.
Recognizable from the 1970s, the Precious Moment designs are adorable oversized-headed children with doe-eyes that grace one side of the open pages. The opposite side has a short poem and small drawing with a verse from the International Children’s Bible at the bottom.
Focusing on God, sixteen themes that cover two pages each concentrate on how He watches over us. Random topics include when one is hungry, playing, hurting, traveling, learning, and with friends, family, or pets. He guides when insecurity arises or needing to be brave. He keeps His eyes on everyone, every day, and all the time.
With the majority of the short poems from Jean Fischer, others are from Maryleona Frost, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Edgar A. Guest, John Leland, Leroy F. Jackson, and from an African-American spiritual. Short Bible verses are taken from Genesis, Deuteronomy, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Matthew, Mark, Ephesians, Philippians, Hebrews, and Revelation.
With the lovable illustrations of children playing together, eating watermelon, swinging on a swing, cheerleading, swimming, rafting, bicycling, and sleeping, young ones can view the detailed pictures while being read the poetry.
Meant to be read as the child progresses throughout a day, it motivates readers to remember God is watching. Feeling safe and secure hearing soothing rhymes before and after nap time and before bedtime, one will feel God’s love and consistent presence.
Although the artwork may seem dated and the writings are mostly by Fischer, the book may be enjoyed for preschoolers to first graders due to mentioning going to school. As a sturdy boardbook, it may be well-worn by those who enjoy hearing the poems repeatedly.
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