By: Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrated by: Jago
Publication Date: October 2012
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: October 24, 2012
In 2007, author Sally Lloyd-Jones’ book, The Jesus Storybook Bible was published and quickly shot to the top of the book charts. It proved a powerful tool for youngsters to connect to God through Lloyd-Jones’ wonderful storytelling. Now, this same author has published an inspirational book for children (and adults!) that is the perfect companion (or stand-alone book) to her first title.
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing is a collection of 101 thoughts, very short stories, riddles, and examples from daily life to give one joy in the gifts that God gives each and every one of us. Each “thought” is short, no more than a few brief paragraphs, to hold the attention of little ones. There is the story of Winkie, a pigeon who saved the crew of a downed WW II plane by flying home which Lloyd-Jones uses to tie into the theme of finding God, who is our true home. We’re given a riddle of guessing what the hardest thing in the world to tame might be. Is it a lion? An ant? No, it’s our tongue! And again, the author ties this into an important life lesson. On another page we meet the beautiful horse and learn how much God loves this majestic animal. Well, if God loves the horse so much, “how much more must he love you?”
Below each “thought” is a Bible verse that ties in nicely to the story. At the back of the book the author lists a bibliography and other sources that she found helpful while compiling the text for this book.
Of course, no review of this book would be complete without mentioning the absolutely wonderful artwork. The bright, vibrant, and engaging pictures that accompany each story are absolutely delightful and are sure to attract young eyes that might otherwise wander. From the bright pink and green cars to the rocket ship flying through space, there is something here for every taste. It is not surprising, then, to learn that the author, Jago, has won several awards to honor his talent.
Quill says: Listed as a book for children ages 6-9, this is truly a book that anyone who desires a closer relationship with God will enjoy.