Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bobby's Dove

In Bobby’s Dove, written by Matthew Hamilton, a white dove lands on Bobby’s shoulder. The bird starts to chirp and Bobby doesn’t know what the dove is saying. Then he realizes he can understand the bird’s language and the two are able to converse.

The dove says he was sent from God to let Bobby know that Bobby’s prayers had been heard and that God loves him. And the bird reminds him to always believe.

The illustrations by Cheryl Casey Ramirez are bright, colorful and expressive.

What I Like: I like the idea of a little boy and a dove being able to talk to each other and the idea that God can speak to us in many different ways.

What I Dislike: But the story is written in rhyme. Unfortunately, it isn’t done very well as much of the rhyme and rhythm is forced.

And, this is a very, very short book, with just 12 pages of text. However, the book has 24 pages in all, with six pages at the end that are completely blank. I think this book would have worked better as a short board book.

I also think the price is a bit steep for such a short paperback book.
Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: Wingfeather Books, 2012; ISBN: 9781479346943; Paperback, $9.99.

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