This combined review features board books for youngsters ages two through five that illustrate God’s love, the power of love, prayer or Easter. Besides fun-to-read stories, the books entertain with sensory qualities that encourage children to touch embedded textures or with “lift-the-flap” activities. The reviews begin with The First Easter Day. Check out the list that headlines the review for additional book covers and details.
‘The First Easter Day’ by Jill Lord, illustrated by Michelle Henninger, Board Book, CandyCane Press—Ideal Publications, 16 Pages, 978-0824918927, $8.99 www.IdealsBooks.com https://www.facebook.com/IdealsBooks
This delightful children’s “touch-and-feel” board book familiarizes youngsters with the concept of Christ and Easter. Captivating pictures of a large bee, bellowing frog, bunny rabbit, and more feature a variety of touchable textures that engage little ones in the Easter story and the risen Lord.
‘God Keeps You Safe—Peek-a-Boo Promises series’ by Michelle Medlock Adams, Illustrated by Pauline Siewert, CandyCane Press—Ideal Publications, 16 Pages, 2013, 978-0824918910, $8.99 www.IdealsBooks.com https://www.facebook.com/IdealsBooks
This “lift-the-flap” board book introduces little ones, ages two through five, to God’s love for them through the game of peek-a-boo. Children learn God is there to guide them while God’s angels watch over them because “…that’s their job…” (Psalm 91) Anytime youngsters experience worries or concerns, help is only a prayer away, because “…God will never let you go astray…” (Proverbs 3:5)
‘God Loves You—Peek-a-Boo Promises series’ by Michelle Medlock Adams, Illustrated by Pauline Siewert, CandyCane Press—Ideal Publications, 2013, 978-0824918903, $8.99 www.IdealsBooks.com https://www.facebook.com/IdealsBooks
In this charming “lift-the-flap” peek-a-boo board book children learn how much God loves them through ordinary everyday events demonstrated through pictures and rhyme. Imaginative, colorful pictures pose questions or statements children find answers to when they lift the flap on the opposing page. For example, “God loves you from the very start” (lift-the-flap next page) because “you’re on his mind and in his heart.” (Psalm 139:17)
‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ by Margery Williams, retold by Patricia A. Pingry, CandyCane Press, Ideal Publications, 2013, 22 Pages, 978-0824919009, $6.99 www.IdealsBooks.com https://www.facebook.com/IdealsBooks
This board book is a revision of the classic Velveteen Rabbit for children ages two through five with lessons about the power of love. The ageless tale includes a small boy, a cuddly rabbit and a Nana. The delightful tale of a stuffed rabbit’s quest to become real has captivated audiences for generations and will again with this new adaptation.
These sturdy and durable board books are designed for chubby hands, jam-stained fingers and repeated readings, whether the books are carried room-to-room, tucked under nighttime pillows or frequently flipped through. I’m sure they will quickly become toddlers and youngsters favorites, not unlike the classic story of the Velveteen Rabbit.