Title: God Bless My Friends
Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrator: Steve Whitlow
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“God shows His kindness to us all through friendships that He sends. Big or small, short or tall – God bless my greatest friends,” Hannah C. Hall ends her children’s book, God Bless My Friends.
~ What ~
This twenty-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded edges targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about animals, friends, and God. Focusing on opposite types of animals becoming friends and God blessing them, the colorful pages are filled with bright expressions with four rhyming lines. Each page may match a tiger with a monkey, a goat with a turtle, and a pig and a raccoon to name a few, showing how they get along.
~ Why ~
Using animals such as a bunny, skunk, panda, duck, giraffe, mouse, dog, cat, and elephant, the drawings show activities the pair enjoy or do as well as minor references to God. I like how the pictures are engaging and detailed enough to keep a young child’s attention, especially the tiny bee and ladybug that are incorporated into each illustration.
~ Why Not ~
With multiple-syllable and a few hard-to-comprehend words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
~ Who ~
Having read approximately forty-five hundred books to her children, the author has written her own while living with her family in Arkansas. With no formal training in art, the illustrator has been a professional artist for over twenty years and lives in England.
~ Wish ~
Although the rhyming is charming, it would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that shows friendships between eclectic pairs of animals while mentioning God, this would be a good choice.
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