Title: God Bless Our Baby
Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrator: Steve Whitlow
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“Our family’s growing bigger now. We’re happy as can be! This special day, we all can say, ‘God bless our new baby!’” Hannah C. Hall ends her children’s book, God Bless Our Baby.
~ What ~
This twenty-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded edges targets children ages three to six years old who enjoy stories about babies, animals, and God. Focusing on the upcoming birth of a sibling, the colorful pages are filled with adorable expressions with four rhyming lines. Each page shows a father and/or mother and baby animals such as elephants, squirrels, raccoons, kangaroos, bears, pigs, kittens, and rabbits.
~ Why ~
Explaining a new sister or brother to a family can be confusing for a young child to understand, but this book introduces the concept of a sibling being added. I like how the reader is reminded to wait and see, use a whisper voice, help bathe, play, and sing to the infant as the reader learns to love, cuddle, and play gently with the one God made special. The pictures are cute and detailed enough to keep a young child’s attention, especially the butterflies 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 four children, the author has written her own while living with her husband and family in Arkansas. With no formal training in art, the illustrator has been a professional artist for over twenty years and lives in England with his family.
~ Wish ~
Although the rhyming is charming, it would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners. Mentioning the baby inside the mother’s tummy might be easier to understand if inserted before being told to be quiet during a baby’s nap time.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that helps toddlers and kindergarteners learn about an upcoming addition to the family, this would be an excellent choice.
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