Hi, my friend! Come play with me—though we’re as different as can be!
Big and small, short and tall, fluffy and prickly . . . these playmates of all shapes and sizes are the best of friends. Share some giggles with your little one about how fun friendships—and differences—can be!
|Contributor(s)||Hannah Hall , Steve Whitlow|
|About the Contributor(s)||Hannah Hall
Hannah C. Hall estimates that she has read approximately 4,500 bedtime stories to her children over the last few years. She is thankful to get to add her own books to their daily rotation. Hannah and her husband, Josh, have four children and live in a small town in Arkansas.
Steve Whitlow lives in northern England, on the top of a (very) windswept hill, with his wife and young family. Steve followed his artistic calling from an early age and was first published at age 16, producing vibrant characters for greeting cards and then children's publishing. With no formal art training and only his natural talent, Steve has now been working as a professional artist for more than twenty years. “My kids are my critics,” says Steve. “The best reaction I can hope for is an exclamation of ‘Cool, Dad!’ from either Sam or Ethan—or both.”
|Publish Date||Oct 11, 2016|
- Review by PennyMindingMom
“God Bless My Friends” by Hannah C. Hall, is the story of a group playmates of all shapes and sizes that are the best of friends. Each duo is as different as can be. Some are big or small, some are short or tall but it doesn’t matter they cherish the friendships that God has given them, never letting their differences get in the way.
“God Bless My Friends” teaches our children that God sends all different kinds of people into our lives to be our friends. The story helps us explore how our differences can be the very thing that makes us the best of friends. It shows how opposites can work together and how we can all learn from each other. The story ends with sharing the message that God shows his kindness through the friends he send us.
The story is a board book, great for little hands. The font is a perfect size for beginner readers. I love how they have highlighted some of the words on each page to add a little interest and whimsy to the text. There are a few places that the rhyming just doesn’t seem to work, but it didn’t take away from the story.
My children loved the images in the story. My daughter referred to them as adorable. I found the images and colours to be calming, making it a great story to read at bedtime. There are two reoccurring characters on each page a ladybug and bee, can you find them all?
“God Bless My Friends” is a great story to read as you talk to your little one about the way that God shows his love and kindness to us through the friendships that he sends.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “God Bless My Friends” from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are 100% my own.
(Posted on 10/22/2016)