Lifeway provided me the picture book, The Marvelous Mud House by April Granley, for an honest review. All I can say is Yes! This is the perfect time of year for gifting this book to a child, grandchild, niece, nephew or any other child who needs a message on abundance. Beautifully written, this is the story of the hungry household where there is a constant want for more and the contented family in the marvelous mud house. It’s about discovery and joy and looking beyond yourself to see a greater need.
Not only is the story well done, but I was captivated by the illustrations – rich colors and appealing designs. Children will love discovering all of the interesting things on each page that point to the different cultures. And the song the mother and her son in Kenya sing declaring their great wealth (though they have little compared to the hungry household) is beautiful.
The ending is perfect. “Two houses that night rang with laughter and dance, one marvelous mud house on a mountain, and one happy house on a ranch!”
What a beautiful story to teach the value of fullness and joy. I highly recommend this book be placed under every Christmas tree, in every church nursery and on every grandparent’s bookshelf. It is sure to become a classic read.