Friday, January 29, 2010

My Valentine Story

Crystal Bowman has established herself as one of the most talented authors working in the Christian children's book field, and her board book My Valentine Story is a good example of her strong writing skills. Written in impeccable rhyme, Bowman writes about a little girl making "big red hearts to give away" for Valentine's Day. With glitter, glue, and lace, she makes a heart for her mother, father, nanna, sister, and brother. As she works, she thanks God for giving her a "very special family."

Then Bowman turns toward God's love.
"How can I give God my heart?
Loving him is where I'll start.
I can sing and I can pray.
I show my love when I obey.

God is happy when we share
his love with people everywhere.

Because no matter what we do,
God loves me and God loves you."

What I Like: It's so refreshing to read a well-rhymed children's book! I also appreciate that Bowman takes what could be a non-spiritual holiday and asks us to focus on God's love and how we can show him we love him, too. Claudine Gevry's illustrations, as always, are clean, crisp, and cute. My preschooler always responds well to her pictures.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: Baby to preschool.

Publishing Info: Zonderkidz, 2007; ISBN: 978-0310711636; board book, $6.99

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Special Info: Read more of our reviews of books by Crystal Bowman and Claudine Gevry.

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