Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Why Do We Say Good Night? by Champ Thornton & Illustrated by Rommel Ruiz (New Growth Press}

My thoughts:  Don't you just love how young children ask so many questions? Of course, it can get to be a bit much from time to time with their repeatedly asking the same one. But that is how they learn. That is what their curious little minds are made to do in order to grow and store a vast encyclopedia of information. Little sound bites that their mind will organize.

In Why Do We Say Good Night? Mommy is tucking her child into bed for the evening......  and we are outside the book listening as she says

"When nighttime comes
and no more light,
you get in bed,
we say good night."

And, childlike, her daughter replies......

"But when it's dark,
and I can't see—
Why do you say
good night to me?"

Mommy then begins to beautifully narrate how it is good because the Lord made day and night. So night is good. O course, the little one has a retort and question about that.

The might, glory, power of God are beautifully brought out in these short rhymes, The child is encouraged to believe that God is watching and taking care of him even in the dark and that night, even though dark to him, is light and beautiful to God.

A treasure to read and share with a little one. I highly recommend

About the book: Going to bed and turning out the light can be a hard time for many children. Award-winning author Champ Thornton wrote this beautifully designed and illustrated book to help parents comfort their children with three truths about God. As a mother and her little daughter talk, they remember together that God made the night, he sees in the dark, and he watches over them just like a shepherd protects his sheep. Children and parents will want to start a new nighttime tradition of reading together about why we can say that the night is good.

In this important, engaging children's book, parents can bring comfort and encouragement to their children, reminding them Jesus is near.

AUTHOR: Champ Thornton is an the associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. He is host of "In the Word, On the Go," a ten-minute podcast for families and is the author of several books, including The Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation, Radically Different and Why Do We Say Goodnight?. Champ and his wife, Robben, have three children.

ILLUSTRATOR: Rommel Ruiz was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and moved to sunny Southern California to pursue his passion for creative expression and storytelling. An accomplished designer and illustrator, he incorporates influences from theater, film, animation, and mid-century design. His work includes animated visuals for Cartoon Network and the award-winning Luther documentary, as well as illustrations for books including Golly’s Folly, The Gospel in Color, and more. He is also the cofounder and art director of Patrol. He and his wife, Anny, live with their two joyful girls in Los Angeles.

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

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