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I CAN'T MAKE A FLOWER

Author: Margaret Spivey

Illustrator: Diana Catchpole

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Publisher: Judson Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Follow along as our young narrator explains that even though he can't create the things that God does, there are things he can do to celebrate the beauty around us. This illustrated poem celebrates God's creations.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 1.5

Age of Child: Shared with 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "I like that book, Mommy" was the instant reaction when we finished reading this the first time. S/He liked how she could do things with the kids in the pictures as we read.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book has a lot to offer. We like the simplicity of the poetry and the prayer-like presentation. That said, we found some of the things that we were thankful for to be a little contrived.

Pros: For parents looking for a nice prayer alternative, this is a good book. It helps kids understand that we have lots to be thankful for: big and small, personal and communal.

Cons: For some, the book may seem a little too simplistic. For example, the narrator thanks God because he can clap (just as thunder claps).

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The book offers parents a way to express gratitude to God in ways that are more poetic than what they may be able to offer.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BABY'S FIRST PRAYERS: GOD LISTENS WHEN WE PRAY (FIRST BIBLE COLLECTION)   THANK YOU, GOD   A CHILD'S GOOD NIGHT PRAYER

Educational Themes: This is an illustrated prayer book. You can bring this book to life for kids by reading it outside, or by taking a walk to find things that our narrator might have "missed."

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Christian, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2008

Other Reviews: No Critics' Reviews or reader feedback found.




                 

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