Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grandpa, Is There a Heaven?

Grandpa, Is There a Heaven?, written by Katherine Bohlmann, is a dialogue between a young boy and his grandpa. The young boy asks his grandpa many questions, one of which deals with the existence of heaven. Each time grandpa answers a question, the boy asks, “Grandpa, Grandpa, how do you know?” His grandpa replies, “Because the Bible tells me so.” There are Bible verses to back up and illustrate each answer to each question.

The text is in rhyme. For the most part, it works well, but there are some places where the rhyme is forced and the rhythm unnatural. For instance, the author tries to rhyme the words “sorry” and “naughty.” That just doesn’t work.

The illustrations by David Erickson are lifelike. The illustrator makes the characters in the pictures come alive with his use of complementary colors and detail of expressions.

What I Like: I like the illustrations the most. As mentioned, they are very lifelike and they depict scenes any child can relate to.

What I Dislike: As you probably know by now, I’m not a big fan of rhyming picture books. I think the text of this book would have been stronger without the rhyme.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: Concordia College, 2008; ISBN: 0758614780; Paperback, $7.49.

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Special Info: This book features a young boy and his grandpa. Although the message is a good one for all children, girls might a bit put off by that fact.

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