Author: Ginger Sanders
Illustrator: Tracy Applewhite Broome
Publisher: Xulon Press
“But with Jesus being our Savior, we know that we have the promise of seeing Trevor again,” Ginger Sanders writes in her children’s book, Fireflies: Sharing God’s Light in the Time of Loss.
~ What ~
This numbered thirty-eight-page paperback targets children four to eight years old, especially those dealing with the loss of a family member or friend. With the topic of death and how to understand it from a child’s viewpoint, the book includes a page at the end on leading a child to Christ. Colorful pictures are simply illustrated on every page that sometimes includes a written out Bible verse. Also added is a place to put a photo of a deceased loved one and lines to write a favorite memory.
In this short story based on a true event of the loss of a little boy, young Tyler and Trevor enjoy playing in the park at night with their jars full of fireflies. When Trevor is hurt the next day and does not come home, little Tyler cannot understand why until a lady visits. She explains that like the fireflies who fly away, leaving an empty jar, when a person dies and goes to be with Jesus in Heaven, his body is left behind and empty. Later, the boy sees more fireflies glowing, reminding all that God is with them, even in hard times and he will see Trevor again.
~ Why ~
Death is a hard topic for young ones to comprehend, but this one deals with the loss of a child with the reminder that he is in Heaven and will be seen again. I like how the Bible verses are spread throughout and there is the eternal plan of salvation with a sample prayer that includes the explanation and confession of sin.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus will not be interested in sharing this book with young ones. Others may suffer deep pain and sadness of the loss of a child or someone dear to them by reading it. Due to several three- and four-syllable words, it may be hard for beginner readers.
~ Who ~
A speaker and author, Sanders has published two other books and is a chaplain with her husband in Alabama. Artist Broome is a freelance graphic designer who paints and teaches art in her home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
~ Wish ~
Including that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again, the story is one-sided, so there is no mention of Hell or eternal damnation. However, adding it may further confuse and upset a grieving child.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to help a young child understand the loss of a dear one, this may help smooth the pain if you are a believer in Christ and know you will see that child in Heaven.
Thanks to the McCain PR News for this complimentary book that I am evaluating freely.
Grammarly was used to check for errors in this review.