My Little Words Devotional by Michelle Prater Burke is a lovely, sturdy book directed to toddlers. I shared this colorful book with my six year old grandson. He’s too young to read it alone so we read through it together. Although he enjoyed it, and I loved the discussion of each concept, I could not help but think it is too advanced for a two or three year old. The words, for example, prayer, love, brave and joy, can be introduced but the concept of Christian joy is beyond a toddler’s understanding. I would caution a parent to read through the book and make note of ideas that need to be better explained. Back to the joy word: the author describes joy as being filled with happiness. Christian joy has little to nothing to do with happiness. On the other hand, there are some beautiful concepts, like love. The author says “. . . love is the greatest thing of all. And God’s love proves it!” The pages are colorful, eye catching and beautifully illustrated. The last page has some advice for parents when reading through this devotional. I would recommend this book, with the above caveats, as a way to begin introducing Christian concepts to a young child.
My Little Words Devotional by Michelle Prater Burke and illustrated by Holli Conger is a cute book that seeks to convey 19 biblical principles to toddlers.
The illustrations are colorful and the book is well made to be held by little hands.
Though the principles are good, it would have been nice to see some kind of verse reference to go along with the principles. Adding the verses would help with the connection between God’s Word and the thoughts of the book and in doing so help avoid simple (though important) moral teachings and prayers.
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This book is super cute and I loved the illustrations! I loved that there is diversity and children with glasses. I wish there had been more scripture. There is none until the end and I was left feeling like this was a book of prayers more than a devotional. I feel that toddlers are old enough for short scriptures and Biblical principles. The synopsis even claims to connect each application to a scripture but there is a lack of follow through. Only one scripture is ever presented in the book and that is on the very last page.
As I’m not an adult, I wanted to get my seven and four-year old’s thoughts because, at the end of the day, this book is their age range more than it is mine.
Me: Did you like this book?
Arie: Yes, I liked it. It was about Jesus and kindness.
Me: What was your favorite thing about the story?
Arie: I love the kindness story and the beach picture.
I would give this book whatever, “Amazing is.” It’s for little kids but I need to remember to be kind too. I love that I can read this to Arie!
Me: Is there anything you disliked?
Kahlan: Well, it says we need to thank God for giving us families, bunnies and berries but I don’t have a bunny and some kids don’t have a family!
Concluding thoughts from Mom:
Obviously, this book is simplistic for a seven-year-old but my four-year-old really liked it. However, my seven-year-old did enjoy reading the book to her sister. This is a great little book for children ages 2-4 and even for an older child if they enjoy reading to their younger siblings.
Due to lack of scripture, I would give this book a four. However, my seven-year-old gave it a five for which I’ll combine the two for a 4.5 rating.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by B&H Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
This little board book is cute, sweet and full of good truths.
It contains nineteen words and good explanations and simple teachings for the littles in your life! It’s a good addition to add to your bookshelves and is a neat idea for a beginning devotional.
Each two page spread features a word and then uses simple sentences to explain it, ending with a question to think about! It’s never too early for small people to think and learn about good things we want growing in our lives.