Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Little Pot

The Little Pot, written and illustrated by Dawn Stephens, is a fabulous lesson in how our lives can be enriched when we allow God's plan to shape us.

The story is about a potter and how he constructs each of his vessels with love and with a specific purpose in mind. He tells Little Pot, "...I have a very special plan for you."

The Little Pot gets stuffed with papers, and he feels smart and happy to hold the potter's important papers. He becomes sad when the potter makes another vessel and dumps the papers into the new, bigger pot. As Little Pot sits empty, the potter reminds him, "Little Pot, you must trust me, for I am preparing you to be a very special pot."

This cycle continues for a time, until one day, Little Pot notices some strange green berries growing from his vessel. Little Pot finally realizes that the potter is using him, when one day the berries turn shiny and red and the potter plucks a few to enjoy with his breakfast cereal.

The illustrations are created with pencil sketches and colored over with soft brush strokes. Placing an animated pot into the scenes is an interesting and delightful combination.

What I Like: My children listened with rapt attention- they eagerly anticipated the pot's final purpose. They were thrilled when at last, Little Pot became a strawberry pot! I love how the ending ties together the idea of our life bearing fruit with the verse from Galations 5:22-23 on the fruits of the spirit.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: Ages 3 to 8.

Publisher Info: Plus Books, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-933982-11-3 ; Hardbound $17.95

Special Info: To learn more about the book and related products, go to the publisher's website or the author's website .

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