Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Positives: The kindness and patience Padraig displayed to Roger was great. I also liked the way their friendship was formed - over common interests and differences. The use of the 5 senses also added a nice touch. I was glad to see a mini Bible lesson on friendship at the end of the book with a verse and questions to follow up with for my kids.
Talking Points: This story made me think of several different Bible passages. Certainly the passages in Proverbs that deal with friendship such as the one the authors use in Proverbs 17:17, but also the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10. Padraig helped a complete stranger and what a blessing he received - a new friend! He didn't care that this stranger was a turtle, he was simply willing to help him. Finally, Padraig also exhibited Christ-like behavior found in Philippians 2:3 - "Do nothing from selfishishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." Padraig did not consider his own hunger, only the need of Roger to find his home. For younger children in particular, you could also talk about the 5 senses used in the story and how God has magnificently created us.
Age Level: 3-7 years of age
I received a copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group for this review.