God Helps You is a lift-the-flap book written by Julie Clayden and illustrated by Lizzie Finlay. Readers join a young boy named George as he learns about people in the Bible and what their stories can teach him about God. Each two-page spread follows the same format: God can ... (do this) ... even if ... (you face this challenge). When readers lift the flap, they discover how God did just that for someone in the Bible.
For example: "God can give you friends, even if ... you move to a different place. When Ruth moved to a different country, she didn't know anyone. But God gave her new friends, a husband and a family."
The text discusses Ruth, Moses, Gideon, David, Martha, Daniel, and Jonah.
The simple illustrations are bright and colorful, very appealing to young children.
What I Like: The format, the illustrations, the color, the content ... It's a great book! My kids ask for it over and over again. I love that it encourages them to trust God in every circumstance. What a valuable lesson!
What I Dislike: My only complaint is that the text actually starts on the inside cover before the title page. I missed it the first time I read the book. This is a very minor point.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 2-5
Publisher Info: ZonderKidz, 2008; ISBN: 0310716691; Hardback; $9.99