Monday, February 1, 2010

What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

What kid doesn't dream about what she will be when she grows up? But how many of kids consider what God wants them to be as they grow? That's the premise behind Susan Snyder's What Will Be Be When I Grow Up?

A child wonders "Will I be a doctor or a nurse and give people medicine to make them feel better?...Maybe, but even if I'm not...I can cheerfully give others the good new that God's Word is the best medicine for a troubled heart."

This format continues, wondering such things as whether the child will be a teacher ("Maybe, but even if I'm not...I can teach children the exciting stories from the Bible..."), a singer ("...I can sing and praise God every day"), a police officer ("...I can be a peacemaker..."), a travel agent ("...I can tell people the gospel story so that they can go to the most wonderful place of all - heaven!"), author ("...I can write notes and cards and send them to people to cheer them up"), and so on.

The book ends:
"There are many, many different things that I might be when I grow up, but what I really want to do is please God in everything I do."
Throughout, illustrations by Valeria Cis show children with many different skin colors imagining their future and how they can please God today.

What I Like: My preschooler is very interested in what she's going to be when she grows up, so this book offers her a unique twist on the topic. I love that it gets her thinking not only about how she can serve God as an adult, but also how she can serve him as a child. I also appreciate the fun, engaging, and colorful illustrations - and the fact that Snyder's offers Bible citations to back up her assertions.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 4 to 8.

Publishing Info:Harvest House , 2009; ISBN: 978-0736924368; hard back, $15.99

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