This colorful book for children teaches lessons about contentment and joy. A family in Kenya with little material possession but much faith and joy is contrasted with a family from Oklahoma who is rich in possession 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.