Words Matter

Words are important.

Just ask my grandson.  He’ll tell you all about “boots,” and “socks.”

“Balls” and “buttons.”

And he’ll point these items out to you in the most unlikely places — where you would never have noticed them yourself.  He is in the process of finding words for all the most important things in his life.

Words matter to him, and I am eager to show him Holli Conger’s book about Jesus from the Little Words Matter series.  With layered cut paper images, brightly colored drawings, and lots of endearing lopsided smiles on bearded faces, Holli has illustrated the life of Christ in twelve two-page spreads, creating a board book that tells the greatest story ever told using only twelve words.

This is the kind of book that a tiny boy can sit still for.  Soon, each word will become a prompt for filling in the rest of the story by heart.

Newly minted readers with a list of sight-words to memorize will welcome “miracle,” “loving,” and “tomb.”  They will feel very grown-up sounding out “king,” “teacher,” and “healer” as they read aloud to a younger sibling.  (Little show-offs will have the whole book memorized in no time.)

Toss this sturdy board book into the church bag for wigglers who are still too young for their own Bible.  “Pastor is talking about the cross.  Can you find the picture that goes with it?”

The solid binding and rounded corners make this book a great companion in the car seat, as well.  I recommend inventing a game where the little person in the back seat calls out a word from the book, and the big person with the steering wheel has to tell as much of Jesus’ story from that page as she can (with lots of help from the back seat).

Little words matter and so do “little minutes.”
Bonding with a toddler over a book about Jesus?
Yes, this is a good use of my minutes!

This book was provided by B&H Kids, a division of B&H Publishing Group, in exchange for my review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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8 thoughts on “Words Matter”

  1. If that one illustration is an indication of what the others look like, I know I would love it. As a former teacher, I have a special place in my heart for all children’s books. Thank you for sharing! Warm wishes as we are just a few days away from Christmas! May we embrace the love and grace that is only found in Jesus!

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