We were privileged to receive two titles by Julie Cantrell: God Is With Me Through the Day, and God Is With Me Through the Night. These 32-page hardcover picture books have a suggested age level of 4-7. They are available for $9.99 each through the Zonderkidz site.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for the review copies.
Here's what the publisher says about God Is With Me Through the Day:
"For a child, so many things can happen in one day. Sometimes the world outside is a scary place. There is so much to be discovered and understood and at times the adventure is simply overwhelming. This story reminds kids that God is always present. He is a protector who never stops caring for all children each day through. With comforting pictures of lovable critters that seem to have similar feelings and an engaging message, children will be assured that God is always near."
And about God Is With Me Through the Night:
"In this book, furry friends reveal that even the biggest and bravest of God’s creatures feel frightened sometimes. This comforting story allows parents to build stronger bonds with their children while reminding readers of all ages that fear, loneliness, and hopelessness can be alleviated when we put our trust in God. The story ends with an easy-to-remember Bible verse that teaches children about God’s love. 'Fear not, for I am with you.'"
Author Julie Cantrell is a speech-language pathologist who has worked with preschool kids. When her daughter was five and afraid of the dark, they worked together to create a story that incorporated her daughter's love of animals and reading and dealt with her fear. It also incorporated Julie's observations that young children prefer books with big pictures, simple text, and repetitive prose.
You can find lots of Thanksgiving ideas on Julie's blog: Julie's Journal. You can also join the God is with Me through the Day and Night Facebook group for more information.
These books have a definite WOW factor as soon as you pull them out of the box. They are bright, picturesque, with creative font, and with LOTS of animals.
And the text is a beautiful, simple reminder that God is with each of us wherever we go. It leads perfectly to the culminating verse at the end of each book: "When I am afraid, I will trust in You," and "Do not fear, for I am with you." What better thoughts to leave my child with as we head out for the day or go to sleep at night?
These are definitely cuddle books - I love snuggling with Esmé as we read together. She's fascinated by the animal pictures, which, while they support the text amazingly, can result in stories and lessons of the own. For instance, we've spent lots of time debating which lion is the mommy and which is the daddy in one of the photos - since Esmé is convinced that the one with long hair is the mommy. We act out the expressions and make the animal sounds, too.
It's hard to describe these books adequately - I just want to share them with you! And I will, with two of you...
Thanks to the generosity of Zonderkidz, we've got one of each of these books to give away. And to spread the winning around, we'll pick two winners, one for each book.
To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Make sure we have a way to contact you if you win.
We'll randomly pick the winners on December 10th.
International readers welcome!