Tuesday, July 5, 2011

When God Created My Toes by Dandi Daley Mackall

Recommendation: Not Recommended

This book is supposed to be based on Psalm 139 and speaks of the creation of an individual. It goes through the creation of several different body parts and asks questions of what God was doing or thinking when He created people.

Positives: The illustrations were great. I enjoyed the varied styles of stick figure drawings and full color pictures.

Negatives: This book was very confusing. Several times the author seemed to be inferring that the child was present at their own creation. By continually asking questions like, "Did we sing my ABC's when God created my knees?" she confuses the reader as to what she means. The rhymes seemed a bit forced in a couple of instances and some of the questions were just ridiculous.

Talking Points: If you choose to read this book with your child there would a couple of things to discuss with them. Yes, you are wonderfully created by God as a unique individual and you are perfect just the way you are. When the author asks questions about the creation of the heart you must be careful to articulate a clear gospel to them. The author asks..."When God created my heart...Did he make it beat? Did he make it sweet? Did I love him from the start when God created my heart?" While the questions are not explicity answered, you need to be clear with your child about the sinfulness of their own heart. Ephesians 2 tells us that prior to salvation we are "children of wrath", Titus 3 tells us that we are hateful. Our desperately wicked hearts could not love God until He changed them. I John 4:10 says that we can only love God because He showed us His love first.

Age Level: 2-6 years old

I received this book for free fromWaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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