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IF JESUS CAME TO MY HOUSE

Author: Joan G. Thomas

Illustrator: Lori McElrath-Eslick

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Publisher: Harper Blessings, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: A young boy tells us about how he would spend the day if Jesus came to visit. In the process he learns that the things he would share with Jesus he can do with all of the people in his life. This is a rhyming story told in the first person.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 1

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl. She participated in a youth ministry project at Effort Baptist Church helping our Use Your ABCs project.

Young Reader Reaction: This was a cute story, but too young for my age. I would recommend it for someone who is five or six. This is a book that tells you you can help people every day.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice choice when you want a book that helps kids understand that being a Christian is part of who you are and the choices you make. Although the narrator is a boy, girls will also appreciate the story and its lessons.

Pros: Families can enjoy this thoughtful book about recognizing living Christ's message every day.

Cons: There are a couple spots where the rhyme sounds forced or the wording is awkward.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This would be a nice bedtime book for young children and a nice Christian-themed easy reader for first and second graders.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE BEGINNER BIBLE   HOW BIG IS GOD?   BABY'S FIRST PRAYERS: GOD LISTENS WHEN WE PRAY (FIRST BIBLE COLLECTION)

Educational Themes: The title itself invites you to ask your child a question about what s/he would do if Jesus came to visit. The story leads the reader in a way that shows how they can live Jesus' message, and you can brainstorm some ideas that fit your life.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, religion

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2009

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