The illustrations (also by Debby Anderson) are sweet, colorful and playful. Consistent with this author's work, they feature children of several ethnicities.
What I Like: This is just a sweet book. Ms. Anderson always has adorable illustrations! I love her emphasis on diversity. Also, this book is a perfect take-along size. It's small enough to fit in your purse or diaper bad and sturdy enough to withstand the love of an infant or toddler.
What I Dislike: Some verses seem forced in rhythm or rhyme. Also, this may be me being nitpicky, but ... On one page the text reads: “Jesus loves me as I dress, and I try to do my best. Upside down and inside out, sometimes clothes can make me pout.” We’ve taught our children they always have a choice. They can obey and do what’s right or they can disobey and do what’s wrong. The wording here subtly contradicts our teaching. The clothes (or circumstances or whatever) don’t make a child pout; a child chooses to pout when they misdirect their frustrations.
Overall Rating: Good.
Age Appeal: 0-3
Publisher Info: David C. Cook, 1998; ISBN: 0781430755; Boardbook; $4.99
Special Info: Jesus is pictured on first page hugging children and smiling. See our reviews of other books by this author.