Title: God’s Gift
Author: Lee Ann Mancini
Illustrator: Don Sharp
Publisher: GLM Publishing
“I think we know now the true meaning of Hanukkah and Christmas. They are about God and His gifts to us!” Jacob announces in Lee Ann Mancini’s children’s book, God’s Gift.
~ What ~
Part of the Adventures of the Sea Kids series, this unnumbered thirty-two page over-sized hardbound targets children ages four to eight-years-old who like stories about fish and two iconic holidays. With no extremely scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
In this tale of two families who live under the sea, Christian and Mary are excited Christmas is coming while Jacob and Jeremiah are beginning to celebrate Hanukkah. The children compare their holiday traditions and argue if one side gets more gifts than the other. After each family is invited to the other’s, they learn of the differences and how God is the real gift to all of them. The ending includes a page to look for the crosses and Jewish stars hidden in the pictures.
~ Why ~
By reminding children that Christmas and Hanukkah are not about receiving gifts, this book promotes the two holidays are about God. While Jews celebrate a time when their Holy Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated and a little oil lasted eight days, Christians honor the birth of Christ, the Messiah. I like the bright colors and vivid illustrations.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about two religious holidays may pass on this book. Some who are Christian or Jewish may feel uncomfortable blending both events under God, yet it is the same God who gave His only begotten Son who died for our sins, giving us eternal life. A few beginner readers may struggle with the two- and three-syllable words.
~ 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 ~
Believing the Messiah the Jew seek is Jesus Christ who came and saved the world from sin, I wish the book mentioned this fact. To me, Christianity is the answer to Judaism.
This book that focuses on Christmas and Hanukkah shows some of the differences of the two holidays. Those with blended religious families may find it a helpful way to explain the differences to young children.
Thanks to BookCrash, GLM Publishing,and the author for the complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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