Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grandma Aggie and the Bless-You Bike Ride

In Grandma Aggie and the Bless-You Bike Ride, written by Neta Jackson and illustrated by Damon J. Taylor, cheerful old Grandma Aggie wakes up to a sunny day and can't resist going for a bike ride. On her journey, she greets many people--children, busy mothers, tired workers, joggers, walkers, and more. As she pedals on her way, she prays for each one, asking God to bless them. When she returns home, her phone rings...and Grandma Aggie receives her own surprise blessing. It's her grandchild, calling to say, "I wuv you."

What I Like: I believe this story would be a great starting point to talk to children about praying for others throughout the day. Grandma Aggie models it. She prays for everyone she meets, stranger and friend alike. Because of the light humor and simple greet-and-pray pattern, I also think this book could serve as a helpful addition to a Sunday School or Children's Church lesson.

What I Dislike: The story is quaint. However, there is no conflict and no resolution. It reminds me of a greeting will make you smile, but it's not a riveting tale.

Overall Rating: Good

Age Appeal: 4-8

Publisher Info: Kregel Publications, 2004; ISBN: 0-8254-2939-0; Hardcover $11.99

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