I love finding good books to read my younger kids, that help them learn more about our wonderful God. Nothing by Natalee Creech fits the bill! I was able to review this adorable picture book from WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.
What Is This Book?
A jacket hardcover picture book, Nothing is based on Romans 8:38-39:
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Natalee Creech’s rhyming text is brought to life with Joseph Cowman’s beautiful illustrations. Page after page explores the love of God, and how nothing can separate us from God’s love.
How Did We Use This Book?
I read this book aloud to my younger kids a couple of times during the review period. They range in age from 6 months – 5 years. All of them enjoyed listening. And, my older kids even gathered around to hear the words.
I also saw some of my middle kids (ages 7-10) picking up the book and reading it on their own during our Family Quiet Reading Time. The text has some hard words that makes it more difficult for my not quite proficient readers to tackle on their own.
Words like rumbling volcano, clever disguise, and outdistance made it a little hard for those early readers. But, they were able to look at the pictures and come up with their own scenarios. They might not have matched the text perfectly, but they got the theme correct. 😀
My four-year-old asked her big sister to read the book aloud to her. It was fun to watch them snuggle together on the couch and enjoy this beautiful story.
Additionally, I gave my kids the option to use this book as a prompt during Family Writing Time. I asked them to come up with their own rhyme about God’s love and illustrate it. Here’s what my nine-year-old daughter came up with:
It says, “Though my ice cream will melt away, God’s love is here to stay.”
Rhyming books that follow a pattern are a lot of fun to use as writing prompts. You can challenge your kids to mimic the style. It’s a fun way to dive deeper into a book and practice creative writing skills.
What We Thought of This Book
I thought this was a well done picture book. It helps little ones to visualize how big God is and how His love reaches everywhere. The story is fun to read, and the illustrations are really cute.
My four-year-old says, “I like the book.”
My five-year-old says, “God’s love is everywhere. It’s on the mountain. And on the submarine. And on the waterfall. It’s on the spaceship. And on the hot air balloon…” And he kept going, giving a great summary of the book. But, I don’t want to give it all away, so I’ll cut his quote off there…
If you have younger kids and are looking for a book that points to God’s love, this would make a great addition to your library.
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