“I know what I saw, Mom. Someone stole a painting and I don’t think anyone is looking for the thief,” Maddie explains in the children’s book, Glimmer Girls: London Art Chase written by Natalie Grant and Naomi Kingsman.
~ What ~
First in the Glimmer Girls series, this two-hundred-and-eight-page paperback targets children ages eight to twelve years old, especially girls who like art and mysteries. With no profanity or adult situations, the Christian-based book references the New International Version of the Holy Bible.
In this tale, ten-year-old twins Maddie and Mia along with their younger sister, Lulu, go with their parents and nanny to London, England, where their mother is to perform a concert. While visiting the sights such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, and the Queen’s Guards, they stop at the National Gallery where Maddie witnesses someone taking a Renoir painting off the museum’s wall.
As Maddie ardently wants to follow and find out why the thief steals the painting, she runs in the museum, knocks over a cellist, and thinks no one is listening to her. By breaking an important rule that could danger her safety, she is reminded how to make good choices to catch the right culprit.
~ Why ~
Noting the historical sites and famous artworks, the story shows how God protects His children and reminds readers should not jump to conclusions. I like how the author easily incorporates mentioning God in the conversations between adults and children.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not agree with the outcome after Maddie disobeys her nanny by sneaking out to the streets of London to catch the thief and is not thoroughly disciplined. Others that do not believe in Christ as their Savior may not approve of the inferences and reliability of the Almighty.
~ Who ~
Grant is a four-time Grammy nominee and top-selling Christian and Gospel artist who lives in Tennessee with her husband and children. No information is given on Kingsman or the illustrator.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Including a book discussion section at the back would be helpful for reminding readers about the Biblical highlights mentioned in the book.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a current-day Christian series that has both educational and spiritual values, this may be a good one to start but be aware this tale does not thoroughly show how one girl should be reprimanded when disobeying.
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