Title: A Servant Like Jesus
Author: Lee Ann Mancini
Illustrator: Don Sharp
Publisher: GLM Publishing
“He had decided that it was way more fun to be a helper that it was to hide behind a sink,” Charlie learns in Lee Ann Mancini’s children’s book, A Servant Like Jesus.
~ What ~
Part of the Adventures of the Sea Kids series, this unnumbered thirty-two page oversized paperback targets children ages two to eight-years-old who like stories about fish and helping others. With no extremely scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
In this cute undersea tale with full-color, full-page expressive designs, it is Charlie’s first day of underwater school. Frightened and wanting his mother, he hides behind a sink until he helps the teacher resolve an issue between two students. When his friend, Bernie, is injured, he comes to his rescue and prays for the fish, carrying him back to the school nurse. After school, he tells his family how he was brave and wants to be a servant like Jesus. At night when he goes to bed, he thanks God for his family and newfound friends, glad he helped others. The final page is a reminder to say your prayers, always have Jesus in your heart, and look for the hidden Bible in the illustrations.
~ Why ~
Teaching a lesson through story-telling is wonderful for little ones when it comes to being afraid of going to school the first day. I like how the teacher reacted to Charlie hiding and was not pushy or forceful. Helping others is the main focus of the story. The illustrations are detailed, fun, and expressive.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about praying to Jesus or do not have a personal relationship with Him may avoid this one. With three syllable words, it may be too complicated for beginner readers.
~ Who ~
Author Mancini is an adjunct professor in Florida as well as a wife and mother of two who devotes her life to Christ. Illustrator Sharp has over thirty years’ experience illustrating children’s books and lives in Michigan.
~ Wish ~
The ending comment to “always have Jesus in your heart” may suggest one can lose their salvation, which some may disagree.
This is a charming tale that may help young ones starting school. It reiterates how praying to God and wanting to be like Jesus are important.
Thanks to GLM Publishing and the author for the complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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