If you’re looking for a book to make your young child aware of praising God, try My Thankful Heart by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
The book begins:
“What can we say thank you for?
Loads of things...and then some more!
(Saying thanks is what you do
When someone’s been kind to you.)"
The author then goes on to explain that God made everything...and he made it for people. She then encourages children to thank God for making the world, clothes, food, the ability to run and play, and everything else we need. She also encourages them to thank God for making them. She goes on to explain that God loves us unconditionally.
The book ends:
"Happy or sad, wherever we go
Here is something that we know:
God we love you! Yes we do!
ALL WE HAVE, it comes from...YOU!"
The illustrations by Patricia Jennings shows lots of small children in a sketchy, but colorful fashion. We see falling leaves and pumpkins, which makes this book especially great for the Thanksgiving season...but the message is good any time of the year!
What I Like: This is a simple introduction to God’s gifts to us, and our ability to thank him.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Good.
Age Appeal: Infants through preschoolers.
Publishing Info: Tyndale, 2004; ISBN: 1414300646; board book, $8.99.