Most children’s books are perfectly lovely and have stories that are interesting, fun or educational. I am always looking for children’s books though, that have that extra dynamic of building faith in God or encouraging godly hearts and behaviors. A few years ago, the early children’s Christian books just didn’t have the same quality standards as secular children’s publishing.
That has changed with the team of Paul Turner and David Catrow. I was excited when offered the opportunity to review their newest book, When God Made Light. They previously teamed up for the picture book When God Made You. The books have a very similar feel and look to them. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. In fact, Catrow is becoming one of my favorite illustrators.
The storyline is simple and several pages are great for beginning readers, with only one or two words on them. The author interweaves the story of light being created with how children typically enjoy light. I love that he captures not just the standard sun and moon, but includes fireflies, flashlights and more. He also talks about all of the ways kids can enjoy the light and encourages them to thank God for all of these blessings.
My one quibble with the book is probably just an issue of semantics. The author mentions on one page the “light God put in you”. I’m not quite sure what exactly he meant by that, and that is my one minor complaint. It is worded in such a way that it sounds almost “new age”, although I am fairly certain that is not what he meant. I wouldn’t let it stop me from reading the book to a child, but making that one change would make this review a perfect rave.
As it is, I would say this is a great picture book to give to young children. The illustrations are beautiful and the story teaches them a lot about God and His creation. More importantly, it encourages them to realize every good thing is from God and to thank Him in prayer for His blessings. I know I will be keeping the free copy they sent me to enjoy with the children who come visit our house!
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