What I Like: The concept is wonderful! I wish more children's books would tackle the fundamental issues of our faith. The author does a good job paralleling what children see and understand here on earth to the more difficult truths of faith. I feel the use of a daddy at war is very appropriate for children these days. It truly puts flesh on an intangible concept. The backmatter is wonderful! It definitely encourages deeper understanding.
What I Dislike: While the author uses Scripture (Hebrews 11:1 and 2 Corinthians 5:6-7) as bookends to his text, he does not mention God anywhere in the story. Adults will fully understand the connection between the story and faith in God, but I feel it's a jump for kids. I would like to see the parallel prounounced clearly in the story. The illustrations are sub-par. They are very one-dimensional and too blended; they seem almost hazy and blurry. He uses a lot of pastels.
Overall Rating: Good. Best in the series.
Age Appeal: 5-8
Publisher Info: Tommy Nelson, 2005; ISBN: 1400306159; Hardback; $9.99
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Special Info: This book is very appropriate for military families.