I always feel so blessed to have the opportunity to review books. I feel especially blessed to review board books which are filled with truths about God's nature and the world around us. There is something profoundly special about those first books we read to our youngest babies and toddlers. Why not choose deeply meaningful, God-honouring literature, even in the earliest years?
I love all the titles that I've read from Graham Blanchard. This is a Christian publisher of books for young children that are created to inspire and deepen a child's relationship with God.
From the site:
"Bringing a new soul into the world is a profoundly spiritual passage of life for new parents. We welcome you to a loving community of moms and dads, mentors, educators and pastors who have developed helpful resources to support your growing family’s spiritual life."
I adore the way this publisher categorizes their books into three groups - Learn, Absorb, Praise. To The Sea is a 'praise' book about a young boy's trip to the beach and the fun he has in God's beautiful world.
To The Sea is written by Callie Grant with lovely, soft illustrations by Jeremy Tugeau. The quality of the book is very high - sturdy board with glossy, smooth to the touch pages.
What a precious, beautifully illustrated board book filled with words of adoration to our wonderful Heavenly Father!
The book is written in a rhythmic rhyming structure, with beautiful lines and captivating imagery. The repetition of certain phrases really appeals to babies and toddlers as well.
Immediately, my children saw a very powerful parallel in the lines of the book. The young boy's sand castle is knocked over by the crashing water, but he then chooses to rebuild it on a solid rock he finds. On that rock, his castle is safe. What a beautiful image of Christ Jesus, our Eternal Rock. He is our safe haven! The storms of life and the crazy crashing waves and knock us down when our lives are built upon Him.
Yes, God gives every good thing and yes, a day at the beach is a gift from Him... truth for little hearts to inspire thanksgiving and praise!
Also, Graham Blanchard offers a 'Free Tips for Parents' section for this book on their website. This offers insight and ideas for engaging further with the book. Ideas include things like, encouraging our children to engage their senses in worshiping God for His creation, visiting the sea (or waterfront) and comparing the various aspects of the boy's day to your child's experiences, talking to children about the idea of water and how oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. cover much of the earth. I love these ideas!
Many of the books on the site include engaging ideas like these in the Tips for Parents sections. What a great tool for applying these books to our children's lives!