Thursday, July 16, 2015

489-491 (2015 #46-48). Three Christian Fiction Picture Books

To be fair and balanced - here are three picture books from my local public library with the subject heading of "Christian fiction."

God Gave Us You, by Lisa Tawn Bergren, is the first of a series of "God Gave Us..." books featuring a family of polar bears.  It provides a way to answer the "where did I come from" question of a very young child with a God-centered answer.  Illustrator Laura J. Bryant used watercolors to produce her soft yet color-filled images.
Just in Case You Ever Wonder is by San Antonio minister Max Lucado.  In it, a parent tells a child how special she is, both to the parent and to God.  I wasn't particularly impressed with the style of illustrations by Toni Goffe.  However, this book won the Gold Medallion Award (now the Christian Book Award) "in recognition of excellence in evangelical Christian literature presented by ECPA" - the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

The book I liked best was Making Memories, by Janette Oke, a well-known writer of Christian fiction.  A grandfather answers his grandson's question about making memories by giving examples using four of five senses (sight, smell, sound, and touch - although it would have been easy enough to add taste).  This one is a bit heavy on text, but that is offset by the gorgeous glowing illustrations by Cheri Bladholm (who, sadly, does not seem to have a website).

Unfortunately this book is out of print and I could not get a good cover image (just the small one at left), but above is one of the illustrations from inside the book. The lovely farm settings were inspired by Bladholm's home in upstate New York.

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[These books were borrowed from and returned to my local public library.]

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