Randall GoodgameB&H Kids / 2019 / HardcoverOur Price$4.994 out of 5 stars for Who Will Play with Me?. View reviews of this product. 3 Reviews
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FayJac4 Stars Out Of 5Fun Book!July 6, 2019FayJacThis cute book is supposed to tell how to value others above yourselves from Philippians 2:3. It is a story of a slug and a bug. It is a cute story that rhymes and has great illustrations. However, I think the message is not clear, especially for young children. Some of the rhymes are a little long, too. I read it to my three-year-old granddaughter, a book lover, and she definitely did not get the point and barely made it through the book. She mainly liked looking at the pictures.
I haven't read other "Slugs and Bugs" stories, so I can't compare to them. But even to older children, I think the message is a little too obtuse. I would have liked it explained a little better, which a parent or grandparent could try to do.
Overall, it is a cute book with a fun story and good illustrations. Would I recommend it? Certainly, as long as someone explains the purpose of the book.
(Please Note: Although a copy of the book was provided to me by B& H and Lifeway, the opinions expressed are my own.)
Rebekah Hargraves5 Stars Out Of 5Super Fun Story Teaches Important Lesson for KidsJune 25, 2019Rebekah HargravesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I recently finished going through Karen Ehman's Bible study on the book of Philippians with some friends, so when the opportunity arose to review a children's book centered on Philippians 2:3, I took it!
"Who Will Play with Me?" is the story of Doug the slug, who finds an abandoned wagon that he sorely wants to ride in. But, alas, he has no one to push him along in the newfound wagon. He struggles on his own for a while with no one noticing his trepidation until he realizes that instead of focusing on himself and demanding that someone push him, he could instead ask if anyone around would like a wagon ride.
This change of thinking leads to the arrival of Sparky the bee, whom Doug begins to try to give wagon rides to, until he discovers that he is just too slow.
The delightful story continues until, finally, both Sparky and Doug discover their own strengths and abilities and use them to bless each other in friendship, considering the needs of each other to be more important than their own.
Not only is this sweet story perfect for teaching your little ones the importance of living out Philippians 2:3, but the artwork is endearing, as well. My kids laughed and giggled throughout the book at the differing expressions of Doug and Sparky, and the story sparked a wonderful discussion at the end about putting others first.
If you are looking for a resource to encourage your kids to be selfless and loving towards others, "Who Will Play with Me" would be perfect!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Kendra3 Stars Out Of 5teaches putting others firstJune 17, 2019KendraThis colorful hardcover book tells the story of Doug the Slug learning to be a friend by putting others first. Other than a printed verse on the last page, there is nothing overtly Christian about the book. An online "parent connection" is advertised on the back of the book (usually consisting of discussion questions) but at the time of this review was not yet posted.
My children (ages 4-7) like the book. It rhymes, its silly (i.e. words like squoosh, slurshy sloggy, squirching and slunk to describe the Doug's movements), and with a few leading questions, my kids were able to tell me the lesson the book is teaching. If I could change one thing, I'd have the page about Doug feeling like a "big fat flaw" (because he couldn't pull the wagon) taken out, just because I don't think its helpful to reinforce that kind of thinking about our inabilities, but there's nothing else particularly objectionable.
The author, Randall Goodgame, is a musician/entertainer and this book joins his line of products available at https://slugsandbugs.com/.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (B&H) in exchange for my review.
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