Title: Little Jesus, Little Me
Author: Doris Rikkers
Illustrator: Lizzie Walkley
“Jesus was a child of God … just like me,” Doris Rikkers ends her children’s book, Little Jesus, Little Me.
~ What ~
This unnumbered fourteen-page board book with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about Jesus as a child. With expressive and colorful illustrations by Lizzie Walkley, the characters are nicely drawn.
The simple story has the left side of the pages with an attribute of Jesus as a child with the right side agreeing the reader is like Him in the same manner. It involves Christ being a baby and toddler while having a loving mother and being a child of God, thus the reader is too.
~ Why ~
The artwork in this book is cute and charming with the individuals having small eyes, happy faces, and large heads. The backgrounds will engage a young reader too.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus will avoid this book. Many may be concerned that its theology promotes God’s only begotten Son is like us when we should be the ones wanting to be like Him. Since the Bible mentions little of Christ’s childhood, the book takes ample liberty stating Jesus loved to read, be held close, or rocked to sleep which are not in Scripture. One who no longer has a mother may be reminded they cannot be loved by her, and some may wonder why there is no mention of a father figure.
~ Wish ~
Although I liked the illustrations, I would not read this book to my grandchildren as it lacks the reverence that the Almighty came down to earth for us as it states He was merely “a child of God just like me.” He is so much more than that! The book has He was (past tense – not is) a child of God when He is the only begotten Son of God. There is no explanation how a young one becomes a child of God either. I wish the book did not discount Jesus and discuss His childhood with topics not mentioned in the Bible. Yes, how we wish we were “just like Him,” but we all fall short of the mark.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about Jesus being a child, this may be something you may like, but I am sorry; I honestly did not like it and cannot recommend it.
Thanks to Z Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am not obligated to review.
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