Monday, October 20, 2008

The Little Teacup That Talked

The Little Teacup That Talked is written by Emilie Barnes with whimsical illustrations by Michal Sparks. 

A grandmother and grandfather are shopping for the perfect gift for their granddaughter's special birthday! They spot a beautiful teacup sitting on a shelf. As the grandmother is admiring this cup, she contemplates on whether or not this would make a nice gift. Then, the little teacup begins to talk. The elderly couple was shocked, but they listened as the little teacup began explaining how he became so beautiful.

His life began with an ordinary slab of clay; he wasn't beautiful at all. He tells of how a potter took great care in molding him, giving him form. He tells of his uncomfortable experience, surrounded by immense heat while inside the kiln, but he trusts the potter. When he is pulled out of the kiln, an artist then adds beauty to his shape with little rosebuds and golden rims. Just when the little teacup thought it was all over, back into the kiln he went! He wondered how much of this treatment he would have to endure, but all the while, he put his trust in his maker. He is placed securely inside a box and is sent off on a journey. He is tossed about and turned every which way, becoming confused. He's not sure where he is or where he will end up. When the journey is over, only then is he able to see for himself how beautiful he really is. 

While the elderly couple listened to the humble little teacup's experiences, the grandfather remembered times in his life when he felt hurt, lonely and afraid. He knew God had created him and his wife into the man and woman God wanted them to be and he wanted to share that with his granddaughter.

"Please wrap this teacup for us. It's absolutely perfect."

What I Liked: This is a precious story to help children understand the trust they should have in God.

What I Disliked: Nothing really. I felt there could have been more focus on God and how he works in our lives. Overall, the message is clear.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: The publisher does not say, but I think it is suitable for children age six and older.

Publishing Info: Harvest House Publishers, 2008; Hardcover; ISBN: 0736920099

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