Thursday, August 2, 2007

What About Heaven?

What About Heaven?, written by Kathleen Long Bostrom and illustrated by Elena Kucharik, attempts to answer the many, many questions young children have about Heaven: Is Heaven a place that’s near or that’s far? Does Heaven have nighttime? What food will I eat? Does Heaven have mountains and trees I can climb?

The text is all in rhyme. A section in the back of the book, called “Bible References,” answers each question from the text. The answers are given in rhyme, also, but the biblical references are not.

Adorable watercolor pictures of boys and girls illustrate the pages, with coordinating borders on each double-page spread.

What I Like: I like the fact that the text includes a good selection of the many questions young children have about Heaven. I also like the fact that the book includes a section at the back with answers to the questions and gives Biblical references for each. The author did not just make the answers up; they were taken straight from the Scriptures.

What I Dislike: Young children like books with rhyming texts, and most of the rhythms and rhymes in this one are good. But, a few of them seemed forced. This takes a bit away from the text, although not much.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: 2-6 years.

Publisher Info: Tyndale House Publishers, 2000; ISBN: 1260953391; Hardcover: $7.90.

Special Info: What About Heaven? is just one book in a long and popular series of books by Tyndale House Publishing known as the “Little Blessings” line. Some of the other titles in the series are: Are Angels Real?; Blessings Come in Shapes; God Created Me; God Loves You; Is God Always With Me?; Lullabies For Little Hearts; Prayers For Little Hearts; Thank You, God; What Is Prayer?; and Who Is Jesus?

You can visit the author’s website.

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