Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book Review - When God Created My Toes by Dandi Daley Mackall

When God Created My Toes
Written by Dandi Daley Mackall
Illustrated by David Hohn
WaterBrook Press, 2008
Category: Children
ISBN: 978140073153
36 Pages
MSRP: $9.99


As a new dad who is relatively clueless about children’s books, I decided it was time that I begin to research the scene before haphazardly stocking my son’s bookshelves with termite fodder. At seven months, he is still a little young to be keen on the Kindle so the hard copy, illustrated editions will need to suffice. At least until they develop an e-reader that can project a hologram on the wall. Now there’s your million dollar idea! So, WaterBrook Press was kind enough to provide a copy in exchange for an honest review (see FTC Disclaimer below).
When God Created My Toes is a short children’s book reminding its readers that God has been intimately involved in every facet of creation. Looking at various parts of the body, Mackall (through the illustrated young girl) asks simple questions about what was going on in the mind of God when he chose to create those various parts. “Did he have to hold his nose when God created my toes?” “How I wonder what he said when God created my head?”

David Hohn’s illustrations cause the author’s words to leap from the page. They are life-like and believable. This is not a cartoon book where the characters are able to leap small buildings. This is a book that will relate to a real kid with real questions and I love it. As any individual who has spent more than ten seconds with a child will attest: kids ask questions. Lots of questions. Strange questions. Funny questions. And sometimes these questions are seemingly ridiculous but carry a great weight of repercussions. When a child is asking about the character of God how we answer is of immense importance. This book does not provide the answers to these questions; it only illustrates the reality of there presence and our need to be prepared for when the time arises. If the time has never come for you, reading this book with a child will provide the occasion.

Employing short rhymes for short attention spans, this little book teaches a big truth: God is “intimately acquainted with all [our] ways” (Psalm 139:3). And there is no body part too small in which his hand did not play a part in creating. And while it is true that When God Created My Toes will be helpful for the child to begin to identify his head, shoulder, knees, and toes, more importantly; it will help him think about the God who knows his heart.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Press in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation to provide positive feedback and do so willingly of my own accord.

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