Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Lamp Maker

The Lamp Maker, written by Cindy Starr Stewart, is a story about a man who makes lamps. Each lamp is different and each serves a different purpose. But each one is made with love and care.

The Lamp Maker is an allegory for God. God is the creator - the lamp maker - and He makes each of us different so we can serve a different purpose. But he fills us with love and cares for us always.

Each double-page of text includes a Bible verse at the bottom of one page that relates to the text on that spread.

The illustrations by Dan Drewes are very detailed and work beautifully with the text.

The author includes a prayer at the back of the book for kids to recite when they are ready to accept Jesus into their hearts.

She also includes a section at the back of the book called “More about the story…” She uses this section to tell how and where she got the inspiration for the text.

What I Like: I love the illustrations. They are beautiful. And, I like the symbolism of the text.

What I Dislike: But, the story is written in verse. Part of it is fine, but much of the rhyme and rhythm is off. I think the text would have worked better written in prose.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: 6-12.

Publisher Info: Carpenter’s Son Publishing, 2012; ISBN: 9780988940352 ; Paperback, $14.95.

Special Info: Read our other reviews of books written by Cindy Starr Stewart. Read our other reviews of books illustrated by Dan Drewes. Visit the author’s website. Visit the illustrator’s website.

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