Score: 95/100 (9.5 out of 10)
If there was one children's book that did just about all the right things, this is it! “God Made It All” combines a positive message with beautiful, appealing illustrations and a rhyming scheme that's not overly simplistic nor overly complex.
Now let's get this out of the way really quickly: an argument could be made that because of the Christian or religious nature of this book, it might cause us to be biased toward it. Nothing could be further from the truth. For example, “The Greatest Light” by Tim & Cindy Morrison was also a Christian children's book which we enjoyed for what it was. However, it scored under a 90/100 and did not place in the top three in children's books because we felt that the illustrations left a lot to be desired. We've also reviewed children's books that were beautiful but suffered from some flaws like being overly wordy, lacking in actual illustrations, or not being enjoyable for children. That's just not the case with this book. It's solid from beginning to end.
Something that you really want in a children's book is one that has illustrations that make the children say, “WOW!” Something else is having a book that provokes discussion while not being tiresome or boring. Children do not have a long attention span. Heck, this newer generation in general—even the somewhat older siblings and youth group leaders who'll be reading this to children—have a short attention span. You can easily flip to a page and have a fun, thought-provoking discussion with a child about what kind of animal is on the page, what the people on the page are doing, what the person on the page found, and so on. On one hand, you can get the classic, age-old Sunday school response of, “God did it!” On the other hand, you might get funny answers like a child believing the little girl character found an Easter egg instead of a mango.
The only thing about this book that keeps it from being perfect is that it can be challenging. A Sunday school teacher or youth group leader needs to be prepared and willing to think on their feet while reading this. If a child has a question, they need to be prepared to answer. Thankfully, it isn't climbing Mt. Everest. The answer to most of the questions is simply the age-old “God made it all!”
This book is page after page of beautiful, meaningful illustrations accompanying an unrivaled message!
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