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HOW BIG IS GOD?

Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren

Illustrator: Laura J. Bryant

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Publisher: HarperBlessings, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A child's question about where God lives (in your heart), leads to the conclusion that God must be very small. This begins a conversation between parent and child about all of God's attributes. This picture book answers a child's questions about God.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, easy reader, learning to read, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1.4

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter asked for this book several nights in a row. Like the boy in the story, she is full of questions about God. Her favorite part was an illustration of the mother and child flying, when they are talking about how far God can reach).

Adult Reader Reaction: By using opposites of things kids understand (snowflake and snowfield, seed and tree, etc) the author has created an effective way to draw kids into understanding the bigger concept of God in their life. The illustrations add to the child's comfort of trying to grasp something so "big."

Pros: Wanting to know about God is common in preschool and young elementary children, and this non-denominational picture book can answer their questions.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This picture book will reassure children who want to understand God, in part, because there are pictures where they can "see" him.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A CHILD'S GOOD NIGHT PRAYER   BABY'S FIRST PRAYERS: GOD LISTENS WHEN WE PRAY (FIRST BIBLE COLLECTION)   I CAN'T MAKE A FLOWER

Educational Themes: This is a book about God. There is no reference to any particular religion, and it can be shared -- and discussed -- with children of all faiths.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.4

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - religion, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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