Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Gracie Lou Wants A Zoo by Shelly Roark & illustrated by Simone Kruger

My thoughts:  The illustrations exude happiness - happy, cheerful faces with a light-hearted sort of carefree sense. Joy.

The story begins.....
Gracie Lou lived in a tiny apartment in the BIG city with Mom, Dad, and a turtle named George.
But cheerful, bouncy, lovable Gracie Lou wanted more animals to live with her in their apartment than her turtle George; and when her desires were denied by her parents, she grumbled, pouted, and complained.

Her parents encourage her to be patient and God would take care of her. This token to faith is provided several times in the text.

Gracie Lou has a dream that features the animals she wishes lived with her in the apartment, but all was not as she wished.

At the end of the book, there is a page where a child can be engaged in expressing their thoughts about their own personal love and care for animals. And (hint... hint,...) the adjacent illustration casts Gracie Lou into the future. Parents would surely explain the significance of this last illustration. Superb!

About the book:  What kid wouldn't want her own personal zoo?

Gracie Lou wants nothing more for her pet turtle, George, than for him to have friends. But Mom and Dad insist that their city apartment is too small to house a monkey, or a duck, or a giraffe, or an elephant. They say she needs to be patient and trust in God's plan, except Gracie Lou's not sure she can wait that long.

After a wild night spent with a houseful of rowdy zoo animals give her a lesson in the value of patience and God's perfect timing, Gracie Lou learns that God has a great plan for her . . . if she can just wait for it!

Published by Little Lamb Books, a Christian publishing group featuring books for youth. Their website says, "Shepherding the next generation of faithful readers." Find them at Little Lamb.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from BookCrash to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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