Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Superhero Swamp by John Trent, Ph.D.

Recommendation: Recommended

Superhero Swamp takes us "way down south to the best swamp ever" to learn some valuable lessons.

In this muddy, slimy, smelly swamp all the animals live in harmony. They take great care for each other and are very selfless...until one day...when the hippo-hogging began. The hippo's decided they wanted to hog the shallow end of the pool and not let the smaller animals play there. Then the alligators started snapping and the parrots got annoying and the crabs became very crabby and bossy. Soon the best swamp ever was a horrible place to live, and no one was happy. Until our Superhero steps in to save the day! One little rabbit knew he needed to do something to save the swamp so he became the Super Hero Maker. He turned all the animals into Super Sharers, Super Carers and Super Listeners. Eventually the animals learn their lesson that God has given each of us "super powers" to help us love and respect others, and the swamp was once again the "slimiest, stinkiest, best swamp ever."

Positives: A delightful story that your children will surely enjoy and learn from. The themes of care and respect are not hidden in the story, children will easily understand and relate to how they are to treat others. The illustrations are excellent as well.

Negatives: The end of the story asks "which super strength has God given you?" Be careful with this question, as God has called each of us to care, help, share and listen. These "one-anothers", as they are often called, are commands given in Scripture for all believers to practice and grow in. While some may be better at sharing, that doesn't mean they don't need to worry about listening.

Talking Points: Look up and discuss some of the "one anothers" in Scripture. Talk about how you and your child can practice these in everyday situations with family and friends. Here are a few to start with. Mark 9:50; John 13:34, John 15:17; Rom. 12:10,16, Rom. 14:13,19, Rom. 15:7; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:2,32, Eph. 5:19,21; Phil. 2:3; Col. 3:9,13,16; I Thess. 5:11,13; Heb. 3:13, Heb. 10:24; James 5:16; I Pet. 4:8-9.

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