“But no one answered.
Monarchs played in the milkweed.
A breeze rustled in the switch grass.
And the glittering river ran on,”
Sally Lloyd-Jones repeats in her children’s book, Baby Wren and the Great Gift.
~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets children four to eight years old and those who like stories about nature. Containing no scary scenes, its theme involves a baby wren wanting to do something wonderful. Beautiful watercolor illustrations fill the pages with an easy-to-read font.
In this short story, a little wren alone in her nest decides to venture out into the world. She meets a kingfisher who can fish, ring-tailed cats doing cartwheels, swimming sunfishes, and eagles able to fly high in the sky. After talking to each animal, she wonders why she cannot do the things they do, yet no one answers her question. As the sun sets, the wren finds her voice in the world and learns what her special gift is.
~ Why ~
This sweet story reminds young ones that we are all created differently and have a special purpose in life. I like how the colorful drawings on every page are engaging and calming, offering enough details to keep one’s attention. I appreciate the moral of the story is that uniqueness is special, no matter who or what you are. Another plus is the reader learns a little about a few animals and their characteristics.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like children’s books that focus on self-contentment may avoid this book. Others may not like stories that have little wording with lots of illustrations. Some beginner readers may have trouble with some of the three-syllable words, but there are only a few of them.
~ Who ~
The author of several children’s inspirational, Christian, and picture books, Lloyd-Jones has lived in Africa and England and now resides in New York. Living in Rhode Island, artist Corace has illustrated many best-selling children’s books.
~ Wish ~
Since the book’s main theme is to find one’s unique gift, it would be nice to mention that our distinctive individuality comes from God.
~ Want ~
If you like a story about a little wren finding out how different she is, this is a thoughtful book to read to a young one, emphasizing he or she is special and unique too.
Thanks to Zondervan for providing this book to read and review.
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