Title: God Made Me
Author: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrators: Greg Hardin & Kenny Yamada
Publisher: JellyTelly Press
“Ian is very, very good at eating pancakes. Come learn what makes him even more special than that!” the back cover states in Hannah C. Hall’s children’s book, God Made Me.
~ What ~
Part of the Buck Denver Asks”What’s in the Bible?” series, this twenty-four-page board book with rounded edges targets children ages three months to three years old who enjoy stories about God and His creations. With characters created by Phil Vischer, it has conversations of Clive and Ian as well as a Parent Connection section at the end of the book with four suggested interactive ideas and a link to http://www.jellytelly.com.
In this short tale, brothers Clive and Ian are playing indoors since it is raining outside. When Ian states he is “Ian the Incredible,” Clive asks if he can fly or lift a pony, questioning what makes him so incredible. After Ian tells his sibling that he can eat a lot of pancakes, Clive explains how God creates everyone special and made us to love Him. Ian is wowed by God being so incredible and, in the end, he wants to eat pancakes.
~ Why ~
This is a charming story that has a silly aspect of Ian replying with quirky comments, endearing to the reader to him while Clive is the wise, intelligent one who knows a lot. I like the simplistic illustrations that will engage younger ones.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not see the value of this series. Young ones may not understand or read some of the complicated three and four-syllable words so it may be best read out loud. I could not find any highlighted words mentioned in the Parent Connection section.
~ Wish ~
I am confused on what age group this book is for because although it is a board book with rounded corners that would normally be appropriate for those under the preschool age (which Barnes and Noble targets), it has complicated wording that preschoolers to early elementary school would understand more readily (Amazon states it is for ages five to six years old).
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book with fun characters and a childish appearance for those younger than preschool age, this would be a good series to collect if you read them out loud.
Thanks to Hatchett Books for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/god-made-me-hannah-c-hall/1128621194