Saturday, May 28, 2011

Book Review: When God Created My Toes

As part of Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program, I have had the chance to read When God Created My Toes with my daughter these past couple of weeks.  Written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by David Hohn, this short picture book features a very active and mischievous little girl asking about what happened when she was created.

From the publisher:
When God created my toes, did he make them wiggle? Did he know I’d giggle?
Did he have to hold his nose, when God created my toes?
This charming picture book allows your child to imagine what it was like when God created them. From the top of their heads to the tips of their toes they will explore and understand God’s delight in creating them.

Through rhyming lines and vivid illustrations children will gain confidence and self-esteem when they begin to fully realize how perfectly, intricately, and uniquely God created them.
I have mixed feelings about this book.  The pictures were delightful -- my favorite page is the one Trina is looking at here:

In this spread, the text is about God creating my hands, and the little girl has tubes of open paint, paint all over her hands, and handprints on the sofa, the wall, and the painting hanging above the couch.  Mom, in the corner with her hands on her head -- oh, yeah, I've been there.

I do like the sense of fun and wonder expressed.  I love that almost all of the illustrations represent things that most toddlers would have real-world experience in (hot chocolate, playing in the mud, pretend tea parties) so they have a frame-of-reference.

The text is all from the point of view of the little girl, with questions that do sound like ones kids come up with... the above one about God holding His nose when creating my toes, for instance.  It was all cute... but I kept expecting something to wrap it all up with a more Biblical point of view.  Psalm 139: 13-16 is quoted on the dedication page, and I assumed that the overall message of the book would go along with that.

Instead I finish reading the book feeling like there is something missing.  But as is clear in the above photo, Trina loves it.  I think she is on the "old" range for it though, and that it would be more appropriate for about ages 2-4.

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.


Blossom Barden (NorthLaurel) said...

What great photos! Sounds like a good book -perhaps they could have put a little more into though. Either way, it sounds like one that kids will like.

Mom of My 3 Kids said...

I love your photos to go along with the review. Perfect for a children's book review. What were you expecting the book to have in it?

Debra said...

Good question, Taunya -- I guess I expected some type of a conclusion or a statement that felt like it wrapped things up...

It just seemed like it kept asking questions but didn't have any answers at all.

My daughter still adores it though.