Dorena WilliamsonB&H Kids / 2019 / HardcoverOur Price$1.994 out of 5 stars for GraceFull: Growing a Heart That Cares for Our Neighbors. View reviews of this product. 5 Reviews
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Church librarian4 Stars Out Of 5StorybookJune 29, 2022Church librarianQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I am thankful to see a book with a modicum of storyline. It is still a concept book, and does not represent particularly well any immigrants with whom I have contact. But it does present immigration in a positive light, and our immigrant neighbors as those for whom God cares.
Jolene4 Stars Out Of 5GRACEFULLMarch 24, 2019JoleneQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My girls are always excited to receive a new book and GraceFull by Dorena Williamson was no exception. As is the case with most of their books, my daughters were first intrigued by the colorful illustrations, but they also enjoyed the story line. Having previously read ColorFull and ThoughtFull by the same author, they recognized Ahanu (from ThoughtFull) immediately and were delighted to see him again.
I recommend GraceFull: Growing a Heart that Cares for Our Neighbors by Dorena Williamson and illustrated by Geneva B to anyone with a child ages 3-8 in their life. My younger daughter asks me to read this book almost every day. She says her favorite thing about the book is Anna and Hope at the Chen House because they are nice to each other. My older daughter asks for it less, but reads it herself.
GraceFull's main theme centers on the effects of God-given grace. The premise is that when we receive this grace, it overflows out of us to others. Supporting themes of generosity, kindness, inclusion, and racial diversity are laced throughout the story. GraceFull reminds the reader, child or adult, to look beyond our own needs and wants so that we can give compassion and grace. As a mother of young ones, I appreciate resources such as GraceFull that help instill the values I hope my daughters will one day embrace for themselves.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. 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."
Rebekah Hargraves5 Stars Out Of 5Highly Recommended for All Children!March 21, 2019Rebekah HargravesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Let me tell you, this book did not at all disappoint! Not only was my daughter thrilled by the fact that one of the main characters shared her name (Anna), but our reading it together also led to her asking me quite a few good and important questions like:
"Why does she not have a home?"
"When will she have a home?"
"Will they help her?"
One thing I have already noticed about my daughter, Anna, is that right now at age 4, she has a big heart that delights in caring for and helping others. As her mom, I want to inspire, encourage, support, and cultivate that in her as much as possible, so I am always on the lookout for resources to help me do just that. "Gracefull" has proven to be just such a resource for me, and I could not recommend it more.
If you are looking for a book to come alongside you in a culture wherein immigration, homelessness, and refugees are hot topics and equip you to raise your kids with a Christ-like viewpoint and heart for others, this is the book for you! I have no doubt it will quickly become a family favorite as you read it over and over again.
BeccaRae4 Stars Out Of 5Great series for kids!March 20, 2019BeccaRaeQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I've reviewed the other books in this series so I was very excited to see another one release! Teaching kindness and empathy to kids is incredibly vital it it's to become a part of their character.
I live in an area that's not quite the middle of nowhere but certainly far from being considered a city. To be honest I have close to no exposure to the homeless. Anytime a family from a church I've attended became "homeless" they were able to stay with other family or friends from church until they got back on their feet. But while this may not be relevant in the area I live, it's still an important message to be shared with kids. It teaches them to not only be grateful for what they have themselves, but to graceful and giving to others. It's a conversation starter for families, and depending on where you live it could spark a great family volunteer opportunity.
I recommend each of the books in this series and hope that the author continues to produce more. It's always great when a children's story is also able to teach them important life lessons.
*I received a copy of this book from B&H Kids Publishing. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Kendra4 Stars Out Of 5book about sharing kindess and blessingsMarch 13, 2019KendraThis colorful book introduces children to the topic of homelessness. The story shows a church collecting a "grace offering" to help one of its families in need, and one family in particular serving at a homeless shelter and growing in generosity and friendship. (In this book, "grace" is defined more as kindness and blessing, rather than the divine gift in salvation.) A "Parent Connection" page at the end provides a scriptural application and discussion questions to get parents and kids thinking about the story themes. As in the other books in this series (ColorFull, ThoughtFull), the book features a multi-ethnic characters. My children and I enjoyed the book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (B&H) in exchange for my review.
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