I must admit this book had me from the cover - what stunning colors and illustrations! The illustrator has successfully utilized complementary colors making the whole thing SO beautiful! You open up the cover and there's more beautiful artwork straight away on the opening page and it continues all the way through. (Sorry the artist in me is in raptures about this book! Love it)
Now, onto the actual story. The story is a rhyming style - reminiscent of Dr Seuss. It starts off like this, for example:
You, you, when God made you,
God made you all shiny and new.
An incredible you, a you all your own,
a you unlike anyone else ever known.
It is a sweet, encouraging, uplifting story. What comes to mind is similar to 'Oh The Places You'll Go' by Seuss. It reminds the child how important he/she is to God, how God knows everything about him/her, how He made him/her unique. It goes on to encourage the child that God has placed in them everything they need and to live their life to the fullest using every gift God has given. To create, to imagine, to help. It tells how we are made in the image of God.
Rhyme-wise the rhythms all work well throughout, which was impressive. The only one I'm not 100% on is the last page, but it is passable. It stretches a little to fit the rhyme on the previous page and is a little unnatural 'Over you, God was smiling and already dreaming.' But at least the metre is correct.
This is a great little book with a great message for kids. I don't think there can ever be enough of these books reinforcing our worth in God's eyes for children. I definitely recommend this one. Not only for the story but it's a piece of art in itself thanks to David Catrow's masterful work.
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book for purposes of review, however the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
The message of When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow, is summed up on the first page: You, you, when God made YOU, God made you all shiny and new. An incredible you, a you all your own, a you unlike anyone else ever known. From there, the narrative expands on the concept, branching out into several ideas:
1.) God knows each child even before birth.
2.) God loves each child as an individual.
3.) God places talents and passions within each child.
4.) A child's self-expression through his or her natural gifts brings joy to the Creator.
As a mother, I appreciate the messages in this book because I know when my four year old goes off to vpk, she faces a tough world. The culture will tell her that she's not pretty enough, that her talents aren't good enough, etc. This book stands against those messages. The little girl in the story is talented artistically, but it's framed in such a way that her talents are used to bring joy to God, not to be put into a competition where she may or may not be good enough.
I recommend When God Made You for children ages 2 to 6. It was perfect for my four year old as my daughter has common ground with the girl in the book both have a younger sibling, both love to paint and create.
The illustrations are vibrant and complement the story. It was good to see a Christian children's book that depicts an African-American girl. It might just be my experience, but it seems like the majority of Christian children's books use Caucasians. I like to teach my girls that diversity is normal and good and this book is a nice tool to use for that purpose.
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A delightful children's picture book that all ages will enjoy! The engaging text and marvelous illustrations make this book a champion, and one children will want to read over and over. The words speak directly to "you" rather than telling a story about another, although the pictures do contain their own tale. I sense an influence by Suess in the rhythm and the quirky drawings, which add to the delight and offer more to discover. I loved the concept presented about God creating each one special and knowing each personally: "an exclusive design, one God refined, you're a perfectly crafted one of a kind." The author doesn't speak down to his young audience, but includes sophisticated words in his rhyme: "You, you, god thinks about you. God was thinking of you long before your debut." It's irresistible and a great addition to every library, home, and church. I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Ever wonder what God was thinking when he made you? Are you just a haphazard creation of personality? Or was there a plan, a purpose?
When God Made You celebrates the unique creation of us all. Following the wild adventures of a little girl, children are encouraged to find their place in the world. Repeated throughout the book are reassurances of God's love and intention in his creation. The story boasts everyone's uniqueness:
An incredible You, a you all your own,
a you unlike anyone else ever known.
With playful rhyme and rhythm and beautiful illustrations, the reader is transported into a fanciful world where children are taught to explore their passions and purpose:
Use your talents and passions,
those gifts that God fashioned.
Think up ideas and then
put them to action.
I read this book with my two younger children, 9 and 5 years old. We got caught up in the rhyming style of the story and it almost read like a song. We found ourselves wanting to tap out the beat. And we all loved the illustrations. They are colorful and whimsical. And slightly busy which I don't typically like, but fit so well with the story.
All in all, this book is cute, full of wonder, and shares a beautiful message. We're all a unique part of God's plan and the world wouldn't be the same without us. Let's celebrate!
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.
Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God's divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.
'Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!
When God Made You is a sweet and special book. This is a book that will convey to a child just how special and unique they truly are. As we grow older we either forget that important fact or just don't believe that a big ole great God could love little ole imperfect us. So I feel like this is a great book to share with our children because it will get them in the habit of seeing themselves as God sees them.
God knew us before the world every did. We are truly unique, loved, and always on His mind. We are exceptional. We are children that belong directly to Him and He knew our name, face, and frame. A sweet book that will quickly remind our children of the dynamic relationship between them and their creator.
With creative prose and rhyme this book will tell a story to them that will leave them happy and carefree to live in the world God created especially for them. The illustrations are phenomenal as well. Full of color and life! This book is a winner!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.