It’s been on my heart lately to read more and more so that I can develop my skill set as a family minister. I’m currently in the middle of a great book that I intend to share when I’ve completed reading it, but I also read and review books that families could use. While I do sometimes review content that could classify as preschool appropriate, I rarely have shared something for the really little littles. Thus, this post.
The Little Words Matter series of board books brought us My Little Words Devotional, which I enjoyed, and other titles. This is how the publishers at B&H describe this collection:
In the Little Words Matter™ board books, it only takes a few words to tell a big story. Crafted especially for toddlers, these books make biblical truths easily understandable and enjoyable for little ones and their parents too!
With little ones they are likely to have a large array of books to choose from, and giving them that choice is helpful. If they are allowed to choose what book to read, they are far more likely to be engaged or fuss. I think this is a book that you would find them choosing for its interactive style.
The cover of this book contains a chameleon that changes color for each double page spread. The left page contains the color written in big, contrasting font when compared to the colored background. The right-hand page contains a couple of short lines that tie into the artwork. Now, it’s hard to describe exactly what these pages look like but I’m going to try. On each of these pages is a person (that differs, and kudos to the illustrator for including various hair colors, genders and skin tones) who is surrounded by a theme that all ties in to that color. For red, a boy picking apples. BUT. The challenge laid out by the text is for the little one to find all of the other red items on that page – and there are many! Each page has a central theme, but is filled with many other items of that color that the toddler is tasked to circle, touch, count, rub, pet etc. I enjoy the interactive nature of the book, and the creativity applied – with the purple fruits they are encouraged to pretend they are picking them.
So, what makes this different than any other book about color? The mission of the publisher to use little words to point kids to their Creator. It closes by saying that God made that colors, sharing a scripture to support. It provides the reader for a wonderful opportunity to tie all of that amazement and wonder that has been experienced through the book and give credit to whom it is due – God.
Now, the book does claim to have “bonus content online”, like many of the other books in this series, however I cannot find it. So, if it is there it is not easily accessible. I have contacted the publishers to have this looked into – either it is an incorrect claim or the content is hidden sufficiently well.
– Jared Simpson