Saturday, March 3, 2012
God created many incredible animals. In Penny Reeves book God Made Something Amazing by Penny Reeve, it's your job to use the clues to figure out which animal is spotlighted.
The story depicts two young explorers--a boy and a girl--who spot an animal. They speculate what it might be, based on the shape of its head, tail, feet, and where it lives. The illustrations, done by Roger De Klerk, tantalize the reader by showing only a small part of the animal at a time. In the final pages, the mystery is solved, and God is thanked for creating such marvelous creatures.
Each two-page spread in the book features a full page illustration on one side and large-sized print with 3-5 sentences on the other. In addition, each spread provides a short Bible verse (such as, "How great are your works, O Lord. Psalm 92:5) and two questions related to the picture (such as, "Can you find the green socks?").
What I Like: The large print and simple conversational style make this book ideal for the toddler/preschool age. In addition, I like how the questions redirect the reader's attention to the pictures. I also like the inclusion of Bible verses.
What I Dislike: There is nothing I truly dislike, but neither do I feel strongly that it's a "must have" type of book.
Overall Rating: Good
Age Appeal: No age is suggested by the publisher, but I think it's probably too basic for kids older than kindergarten, and would probably best appeal to the toddler/preschool age group.
Publisher Info: CF4K, 2011; ISBN:978-1845506940; Paperback, 16 pgs., $4.99
Special Info: This book is one in a series of Find the Animal books. Other titles include God Made Something Strong, God Made Something Quick, God Made Something Funny, God Made Something Tall, and God Made Something Enormous.