Title: So Great a Love
Author and Illustrator: Kristie Wilde
Publisher: Wilde Art Press
“Oh, run little ones, run to God … He will always love you!” Kristie Wilde ends her children’s book, So Great a Love.
~ What ~
Part of the Joyful Creation series, this unnumbered twenty-page paperback targets children under five years old, especially those who like learning about God’s love and animals. With no scary scenes, the book has colorful watercolor pictures that are broadly illustrated on every page.
In this short compilation, the idea that animals are protected and loved by their parents is correlated to God’s love for us, even if small ones. Whether it is a hen gathering her chicks, a mama bear protecting her cubs, a koala helping her young, a bird hiding her babies, a lioness washing her cubs, a shepherd watching over his flocks, or other animals protecting their loved ones, the book reiterates that the Almighty is watching over us. Also added are references to nature and its helpful resources. The ending includes ten written out Bible verses from six different translations along with the author’s biography.
~ Why ~
Promoting that the same God that made the animals and nature that surrounds us is the same God that loves us endlessly, the book also teaches how animal parents take care of their young. I like the detailed and colorful artworks that keep a young one’s attention. Due to the illustrations’ backgrounds, the pictures could also encourage further dialogue about how each animal lives and its environment.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about God’s love or animals will not appreciate this book. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the two- and three-syllable words.
~ Wish ~
I wish more simplistic children’s books like this were available for young ones to be taught the wonderful attributes of God and that they are loved by Him.
~ Want ~
If you enjoy a book that shows God’s love through how animal parents take care and protect their offspring, this would be a charming, delightful choice.
For more information on this book: http://wildeartpress.com/so-great-a-love.html
Thanks to Book Crash for furnishing this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.