The Marvelous Mud House: A Story of Finding Fullness and Joy
The Marvelous Mud House: A Story of Finding Fullness and Joy  -     By: April Graney, Alida Massari
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When Ben and his American family leave their big ranch house and travel to Kenya, they visit a marvelous mud home on the mountainside, where George and his mother live. Among the mangoes, they learn how to stop yearning for "more" and instead become filled with faith, joy, and contentment! Ages 4 and up.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: B&H Kids
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9 X 9 X .2 (inches)
ISBN: 1462740995
ISBN-13: 9781462740994
Ages: 4-8

Publisher's Description

Ben and his American family live in a hungry ranch house where they are always wanting more. But then they travel far across the world to Kenya and visit the marvelous mud house where George and Mama George live. There, among the mango trees, they discover a marvelous lesson about what it's like to be full of joy instead.

Author Bio

April Graney is a rescued child of the Father attempting to herd her own five children towards the grace of God. She and her husband, Tom, serve at New Life Ranch, a Christian summer camp and retreat center in Oklahoma. Her passion is loving Jesus and helping parents pass along God's heart for the world to their children. Visit her website at www.aprilgraney.com.

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  1. Kendra
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great book about contentment
    December 25, 2017
    Kendra
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This colorful book for children teaches lessons about contentment and joy. A family in Kenya with little material possessions but much faith and joy is contrasted with a family from Oklahoma who is rich in possessions but poor in contentment. The two families meet and their lives are changed as they share their blessings with each other.

    My 4 and 5 year old children were excited to read the book. Even at their age, they could recognize themselves in the description of the Smith family--right down to the brown and white beagle. When we were done reading, I asked them what the book was about and the oldest one said, "We don't need so much things."

    I liked the colorful artwork and the way the book includes a child-sized bite of Kenyan culture--a few foods, words, etc. In the story line, I particularly appreciated that the Smith family gives sacrificially, not just out of their overabundance. If I could change anything about the book, I'd have the pages printed on sturdier paper. These won't hold up long under the heavy use my kids give books.

    I received a copy of this book from B&H Publishing in exchange for my review.
  2. rkfall
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Africa!!
    December 5, 2017
    rkfall
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Having been to Africa myself on a mission's trip, this book is just really special. It is a wonderful children's book teaching children contentment. Paul speaks of it in Philippians 4 and this book focuses on a boy from America with much and wanting more. He travels to Africa and sees how having little, for a family that he meets, can be satisfying. There are life lessons that are important to learn and embrace and the younger the better. Thinking and giving beyond ourselves as the body of Christ globally. To the Praise of the Glory of His Grace!!

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
  3. AmyL
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Marvelous Mudhouse
    November 22, 2017
    AmyL
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What if, rather than hustling, we all sat back and thought about how to give of what really matters most? That's the question April Graney seeks to answer in The Marvelous Mud House.This book tells the tale of two families with very different life experiences. One family, the Smiths, live in America and have an abundance of things. The second family, the George family, lives in Kenya and though they have food, are in need of funds to make a way for the son, George to go to school.

    The Marvelous Mud Housetells the story of how these two families came together in Kenya. Through a simple invitation to dinner, the Smith family learns what it means to have little by way of possessions and yet have an abundance of joy and trust that God will provide.

    This simple tale captures the idea that we don't always need so much in our lives. That the people and our faith in God are what can sustain us and bring us true happiness. The Smith family, upon their return to the United States, realizes that they have more than they need and could give up some things in order to help George attend school.

    The publisher has also provided some discussion questions at the back of the book to help you unpack this story with your child a little more. Another fun piece in the back of the book is a mini collection of Kenyan words and their pronunciations.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
  4. Jolene
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Marvelous Story Book!
    November 12, 2017
    Jolene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Marvelous Mud House: A Story of Finding Fullness and Joy, written by April Graney and illustrated by Alida Massari, tells the stories of two families. One family the Smith family of America overflows with material wealth, but is never satisfied. The other family Mama George and her son of Kenya lacks material wealth, but is rich in love, strength and life.When these two families meet, they are both changed. Mama George and her son teach the Smith family how to be content with less and the joy that comes from contentment. In turn, the Smith family blesses Mama George by giving sacrificially. Both families are changed for the better by their experiences. Read more in The Marvelous Mud House.

    I recommend The Marvelous Mud House by April Graney for children ages 3-7. It's a little too long to hold the attention of my two year old, so I'm rating it for a slightly older child. A small reader's discussion guide is provided at the end of the story as well as a few Kenyan words a child could learn.

    The narrative of this storybook conveys messages of personal contentment and giving to others. As a mom of two young children, raised in America, I am thankful for a resource that promotes contentment and giving. It's natural for children to want more; but, it's also good to teach them at a young age how to be content and full of joy, whether or not they have a new toy. Mama George's song was beautiful a lovely way to remind oneself to value spiritual/eternal things over temporal pursuits.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    November 4, 2017
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Ironically, the day I received this book, I had just mentioned to a friend, how I wished it would be possible to take my children to a third world country and how I felt it would help them become a little more grateful.

    As I read this book, so much resonated with me. I grew up on the mission field, so I have seen true poverty. It makes me sad when my children, and I even catch myself at times, complain about not having enough, when we are truly so blessed.

    This story is told beautifully and the illustrations are bold and eye catching. I loved it. I loved the description of the homes - the hungry ranch house and the marvelous hut. And the song that George's mom sang was so pretty. I made up my own little tune to it as I read.

    This is a story that should be read in all homes. I highly recommend it. I can't wait to read it to my kids. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the perfect seasons for reading this.

    I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of B&H bloggers and Lifeway. I was not asked to review positively and all opinions are my own.
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