Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: Good Good Father for Little Ones

I recently read two books that really spoke to me about the kinds of children’s books I’m keeping around the house. That probably sounds silly. 

Any ways, they got me really thinking about wanting to be a little more intentional about the books we keep in our shelves so I’ve been trying to make sure that our books have lovely illustrations the kids enjoy looking at (this might be the most important thing right now, since they sit down and get captivated by a book before bringing it to me to read to them), that the story meets our family values, and that the story is generally fun, interesting, inspiring, or generally captivating enough that they’ll enjoy reading it again and again.

I like the song Good, Good Father by Chris Tomlin so when I heard on the radio that it had been made into a children’s book, I was super excited to check it out! I recently spotted it at our Christian bookstore and flipped through it. I like its message, I felt pretty confident my son would like the illustrations (lion phase) and I felt like the language was one they’d enjoy hearing again and again.

I eventually forgot all about it and was super excited when I saw the toddler version (Good Good Father for Little Ones) pop up in my list of potential review books. I immediately clicked on it and had it sent our way.

Just as I suspected, the kids were enthralled. My three-year-old loves lions, like I said, but both of my kids like any cute animal illustrations right now.

I explained that the lion was supposed to be like God which brought in some really fun discussion, and we eventually came back around to talk about the ways God has been a good father to us, personally. So that was a lot of fun!

Me: Did you like the book?
3-year-old: Well, yeah, probably a kinda bit. (??)
1-year-old: Ummmm, yeah.
Me: What was your favorite part?
3-year-old: Well, you know, I really like lions. [monologue about lions]
1-year-old: Yeah. ROARRRRRR!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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