By: Christi Eley
Illustrated by: Aries Cheung
Publisher: Cottontail Publishing
Publication Date: January 2021
Reviewed by: Holly Connors
Review Date: January 18, 2021
Cam is a sweet young boy who has too much energy – he runs around all the time and makes lots and lots of noise. Will he ever learn how to be still and quiet?
Cam loves to run around the house, run around at school, and run and play everywhere he goes. Crash, bang, splat! All that running and playing is causing a bit of a mess as well as quite a lot of noise. “…talking, yelling, asking questions.” Cam enjoys the noise he makes as he runs about – after all, it’s fun! But his parents, teachers, and others are not as enthusiastic about Cam’s high energy level. They ask Cam to “…slow down, sit still and be quiet!”
Why does Cam have to slow down? What’s wrong with having fun? What’s wrong with making a mess and lots of noise? He doesn’t understand what the adults want. He also hears people quote Psalm 46:10 – “Be Still and Know That I Am God…” What does it all mean?
Fortunately, Cam has an amazing best friend - Mr. Flopsy. Maybe Cam should ask him what it all means.
Mr. Flopsy is an adorable white bunny with long, floppy ears. Cam loves his bunny and thinks perhaps Mr. Flopsy might be able to help him. After all, the bunny is very, very good at sitting quietly in his favorite spot, barely moving. How can he do that when he also loves to hop around? Will Mr. Flopsy be able to help Cam learn to control his energy and find stillness and peace?
Debut author Christi Eley has penned a wonderful children’s book with a strong Christian focus in Mr. Flopsy Whispers From God. The author reminds children of God’s love through the use of a little bunny. Mr. Flopsy is full of wisdom and carefully explains to Cam all about God’s love in words that little ones can understand. At one point, Cam asks Mr. Flopsy if he ever gets scared and if so, what does he do? Mr. Flopsy replies that it can be hard but that the “...thing that helps me the most is thinking of you holding me. I feel so safe and love that the most.” The message of God’s love continue throughout the story and as Mr. Flopsy explains each lesson, Cam begins to relax and breathe. He is learning how to listen and feel the love of God. In addition, the illustrations are absolutely perfect – bright, playful, and engaging. This truly is a beautiful story about God’s love and is a great way to share that message with the young children in your life. At the back of the book is a page of additional suggestions to help children learn to be still and quiet as well as additional Bible Verses for the topics covered in the story.
Quill says: Mr. Flopsy Whispers From God is a delightful book, with enchanting illustrations and a great message that will help energetic children cope with their abundance of energy and understand how, and why, they need to learn to find stillness and peace.
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