Monday, November 28, 2011

When God Created Your Toes

I'm always looking for books to share with my nieces and nephews.  A special book that I'm looking forward to sharing with them soon is When God Created My Toes by Dandi Daley Mackall.  The story, through colorful illustrations and simple, fun rhymes, teaches a little one just how special they are in God's sight.
The first time I read the story, I enjoyed the simple rhymes and the fact that the story moved through all the body parts we teach our little children making it an engaging book for a toddler.  I also appreciated the focus on the little child through the language and illustrations.

On my second reading, however, I understood that the little girl was imagining what she and the Lord might have done as each part of her was created. For example,
           When God created my hands
           Did my fingers snap?
           Did he help me clap?
           Did we cheer for angle bands when God created my hands?

With this understanding, the story affirms the message from Psalm 139:13-16 (quoted at the beginning of the book):
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

Sweet affirmation for a growing child. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to sharing it with the children in my life.

Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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