Title: Really Woolly Easter Blessings
Author: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrator: Donna Chapman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
“Really Woolly Easter Blessings lets you introduce the importance of Jesus’ resurrection in simple and meaningful ways a child can understand,” Bonnie Rickner Jensen writes in the note to parents in the beginning of her children’s book.
~ What ~
In the Really Woolly series, this five-by-seven-inch padded-cover board book of forty unnumbered pages targets children two to five years old. Having no scary scenes, it is a Christian book promoting Easter, springtime, and God through a white, woolly lamb.
After an introduction to parents, nineteen rhymes involving sheep are included. On the left side of the page is a title followed by a written-out Bible verse taken from the International Children’s Bible. A two to three paragraph rhyme is given, highlighting specific words to notice. The opposite side has a full-page, full-color illustration of an adorable sheep, usually with his friends, a duck and rabbit. Below the artwork is a one-sentence prayer.
The little sheep is charming along with his animal friends as they notice nature, weather, and flowers or sing songs, share a meal, dance, view three crosses and an empty tomb, take walks, feed animals, and play together. The ending has the sheep alone with the Shepherd.
One example is the titled “The Blessing of Happy News” that quotes Luke 1:47:
Our hearts are filled
With love He gives!
Now heaven’s doors
Are open wide.
And we have His
Great joy inside!”
The prayer states: “Dear God, Jesus lives and His love never ends – the happiest news that Easter sends!”
~ Why ~
Focusing on the hope of Jesus and His resurrection and springtime, the poems cover both Old and New Testament verses. I like that each title involves the word blessings as it relates to Easter, spring, hope, new life, showers, forgiveness, flowers, song, joy, praise, Jesus, blooming trees, earth, sunrise, forever love, friends, bright days, and Heaven. The pictures match the story, including three crosses on a hill and Jesus’s empty tomb.
~ Why Not ~
Due to the two- and three-syllable words, young ones may not understand concepts such as Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. The poems may be a little too complicated for the younger ones.
~ Who ~
A best-selling author, Jensen has written children’s and gift books as well as greeting cards for over twenty years. Being the writer of the Really Woolly brand, she lives in Ohio. No information is given on the illustrator.
~ Wish ~
With the book being for two-year-olds to preschoolers, it may be too complex for some. I wish it were more simplistic.
~ Want ~
Little ones will enjoy turning the pages as adults read the sing-songy words. Although it is not in depth, it is a good way to introduce young children to Bible verses, Jesus, and praying.
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