THANK YOU, GOD, FOR GRANDPA
by Amy Parker
Illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley
Published by Thomas Nelson
ages 2 to 5
What a sweet book--a perfect glance at how important grandpas really are!
This is a heart-warming celebration of the relationship between a grandpa and a grandchild, which is sure to leave young listeners wanting a hug when the book is laid down. The rhymes flow nicely, depicting a different reason why grandpas are so important on each page spread. The reasons reach across the board: from playing to learning to simply spending time together. Especially boys will recognize certain situations. One of the main focuses through-out, however, is the religious tone. Grandpa's also teach about Jesus and how to pray. And this flows across so naturally that it never feels pushed or forced.
Phrases like “Thank you, God, for Grandpa; There’s nothing I can do to make my grandpa love me less – Grandpa, I love you too!” come across as warm and cuddly as a favorite blanket.
The illustrations are simply cute. The jungle setting with the gorillas is sure to catch young eyes and pull them into the green world as they go from trees to rivers and have fun the entire way. The Grandpa is depicted with such loving characteristics that it's hard not to like him.
As to robustness, this board book will take punishment well. It's stable enough to be flipped through time and again, and is sure to handle drool, trips to the car floor and tosses across the room.
I highly recommend this one as a read-aloud, especially for grandpas to their grand kids.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. I am only posting a review because I want to express my opinion (I enjoyed the book so much and want to shout it out to the world) by my own free will.