God Loves Me More Than That (Dandilion Rhymes)I have two girls, ages 3 and 5. I sat down with my 5 year old first and let her look through the pictures before I read the book to her. She was extremely excited. “The little boy is having adventures, mommy.” This is what she told me when I asked her what she thought the book was about. Unfortunately, once I read the book she seemed disappointed that it wasn’t an adventure story after all – though she still loved the pictures.
As a parent, I think the reassuring words about God’s love are very sweet. It does seem aimed primarily at boys (treasures, cowboys, football, airplanes, circus pics and more), but the message is rather universal. However, because there is no actual story, but rather more of a poem about God’s love, my children likely wouldn’t ask for this book to be read to them over and over. Once or twice through and they want you to read them a princess story or Good Night Moon instead. (The latter is a favorite of my youngest.) It left me wondering if a biblical parable about an adventurous boy would reach this age group better – even though it is a wonderful message.
The artwork throughout this book is gorgeous. David Holm is very talented, and my children were absolutely mesmerized by his drawings. Both girls enjoyed pointing at the pictures and trying to figure out what sort of adventures the little boy was having. The sneezing kitty was a favorite for my oldest.
I too love the illustrations in this book. They are rich in detail and imagination. I looked forward to turning every page to see what beautiful work was on the next page. This is a great gift book due to its beauty … and strongly positive message about God’s love.
* I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.