QUESTIONS from little hearts by Kathleen Long Bostrom
Illustrated By: Elena Kucharik
Geared Towards: no age specified
Published By: Tyndale Kids
Publication Date: February 2009
As a Christian mother I am always looking for sound and solid ways to answer the questions my girls ask or may ask regarding God, prayer, Heaven, angels, etc. And let me tell you, it's not always easy to know exactly how you should present the answers. This is why I was so excited to discover QUESTIONS from little hearts.
QUESTIONS from little hearts by Kathleen Long Bostrom and illustrated by Elena Kucharik (illustrator for the popular 80's CareBears) is perfect to have on hand for those times when your young child has a theological question you're looking for just the right answer on. A combination of four Little Blessings books, broken down in to four sections, these 288 pages will well equip you for any question your child might pose about God, prayer, angels, and Heaven.
The first part of each section takes childlike questions, such as "Do you love me always or just when I'm good?", and puts them together in a captivating rhyme format. This makes it super easy for young children of all ages, to relate and understand the questions on their own level. That's not all. If we have the questions that still leaves us lacking the answers, which is where the second part of each section comes in. Here we find God's answers to His precious young children's inquries. Again comprised of a delightful rhyming composition, children will be easily able to follow along as they gain straighforward and easy to understand answers to their questions.
Along with finally having a chance to get their many questions answered, children will enjoy the sweetly adorable multicultural illustrations. Parents will relish finding having a kid friendly answer guide at their fingertips. Better yet, you won't feel like you're just doling out uninformed or unsubstantiated information either. With a handy dandy Biblical reference guide at the end of each section, parents will be able to quickly follow up with Biblical support on each answer the previous poetic response from God gave. In this way you'll be able to show your child how God's answers can truly be found in His Word, and you'll likely be laying a foundation to teach them to go to the Word in the future when they have a question for God that they just can't seem to understand themselves. This is a lifelong lesson every Christian should be taught.
I really enjoyed this book. I think the poem question and answer style keeps it interesting and encourages children to voice, in their own ways, the questions they have about God. Instead of being afraid to ask, they'll be inspired. Having two little girls myself, I know this is a book my family and I will truly benefit from having in our library. A great resource for anyone who has or deals with young children in a Christian setting.
On a side note, I didn't see anywhere where an exact age recommendation was listed for this book I'd say though that it is geared for any child old enough to really ask the questions included, so maybe from ages 3-8 or thereabouts.
OUR RATING: 5 hearts