No time for the video or not in a place where you can turn the sound on? Here’s the written version of my review for Made for a Purpose by Kristie Wilde:
I want to tell you about the new book I’ve just discovered which my kids are now big fans of: Made for a Purpose by Kristie Wilde. This is the first book in the Joyful Creation series. Kristie Wilde did the illustrations as well as the writing. I love the cover, and the artwork throughout the book is just beautiful.
The first line in the book is, “God made everything for a purpose.” This first line is very appropriate as it perfectly encapsulates the theme of the book. The next page talks about beavers in a brief, playful and age appropriate way. Yet there is enough detail and scientific accuracy in the artwork to inspire an educational discussion with your kids. I especially love the illustration of the beaver home.
After beavers, the author moves on to discussing ducks. This is where I discover a unique and favorite feature of this book. She combines her illustration and writing skills by transforming the “W” in the word “webbed” into little duck feet. On the next page she does something similar by transforming the words “eyes” and “head” into a small frog’s head. It’s very clever and not something I have seen in other books. I appreciate how this feature gives the reader an additional clue to the word they are reading, as well as provides a unique reading experience.
On the final page you find a photograph of the author and a brief biography with some background on how the book came to be.
I am somewhat picky about what I read to my kids, but there is nothing offensive in this book. Everything is edifying and God glorifying (without getting into any hot topic issues that divide the denominations). Plus it answers the questions many kids have about why animals look the way they do.
In conclusion, it’s a sweet little book that tells a lot about God and points out things that kids are curious about. I really like that it takes what’s around my kids and reminds them of God. I definitely recommend it. My kids are currently ages 7 – 11 and they all enjoyed it. However, I would probably most recommend this for the 8 and below age group.
Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. View My Promise To Readers HERE.