Wednesday, April 27, 2011

When God Created My Toes

When God Created My Toes
Written by Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrated by David Hohn

This book helps children to use their imagination while instilling Psalm 139:13-16 into their hearts and minds and I love that they included this verse in the beginning of the book. After reading this book to my children I would defiantly say that it is aimed at younger children (ages 2-4). My three year olds loved it, while my 6 and 8 year olds weren’t too interested. For my 6 year old who loves books and enjoys even the simplest board book, for him to not enjoy a book says a lot to me. I think it was because it asked imaginative questions that were pretty silly. Personally, I think the silly questions are great conversation starters. This book could be a great teaching tool.

HOWEVER, I will probably not be recommending this book to anyone based on the pictures. It seems that the girl pictured in the book gets in trouble quite frequently. While that might be portraying real life, my boys kept saying “That’s not good,” “Why is she being so bad,” “That wasn’t nice” and so on and so forth. It really took the focus off of the valuable lesson that they could have taken away from this book. I will add that I love how David Hohn used notebook pages for the words. That was such a neat touch!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the WaterBrook Press book review bloggers program (Blogging for Books). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Worldview: Christian

Target Audience: Small children (ages 2-4)

Positive Elements: Reinforcing that we were made wonderfully by God.

Inappropriate Language: None.

Unbiblical Content: None.

Other Negative Elements: While I usually love illustrations by David Hohn, and the pictures in this book were beautifully drawn, I think that what was in the pictures kind of ruined the book for us.

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