Don't Forget Me: This is the first book in a discussion book series. This book starts out with a baby in the womb. The baby has beautiful conversations with God, and each time God tells the baby to not forget Him. God explains to the baby about his mommy and daddy, and the new experiences he will have, etc. It's truly a heartwarming and touching book. We loved it, and it spurred on many discussions here with Mr. B asking a lot of questions about forgetting God, and how he can be better about remembering God at all times.
The artwork is not overdone at all. It has a soft beauty that really pairs well with the soft words of the book. The colors and everything mesh very well, and it all works together nicely. I also like the font. It's not really a true handwriting font, but it's not a text font either. It's easy to read, and matches the feel of the artwork. I also appreciate the scripture references (which you'll find in the beginning of the book, as well.)
A Boy and His Dog: This is really cute story about a day in the life of, you guessed it, a boy and his dog. This book showcases the special bond boys share with their dogs. Honestly, I never really thought about it much until reading this book. Mr. B has 4 dogs, and they are his best friends, especially the smallest one named Brutus. Brutus is 100 pound dog in a 9 pound body. He's a miniature dachshund, and Mr. B's best friend. Brutus goes on vacation with us, he watches TV with Mr. B, and right now he's upstairs asleep with Mr. B, all tucked up under the blanket. I feel like the illustrated must have followed them around for a day, and used them as inspiration for this book. Mr. B got a good chuckle out of this story, and also saw the parallels between them and the story.
Dying is Part of This World: This book helps parents talk to kids about death. Death is all around us, and all of us will succumb to it one day. I'll admit, it's a very scary thought for me. I don't like thinking about it. I've witnessed it a lot in my family, from a very young age, losing family members and friends over the years. It's a hard topic for me, but this book really is good with the topic. It starts with a child being picked up from their papa's. The mom notices her child seems very sad, and asks why. The child said she started thinking about what it would be like if her mom died, and it made her very sad. The book is a short chapter book that asks discussion provoking questions at the end of each chapter. Mr. B and I have read this together, and we have discussed a lot of things. To be honest, Brayden is STILL asking a lot of questions about Heaven. He's still at that stage where he wants there to be video games (haha) but the discussion sparked by this book have been very good. I'm glad we read this because it's not a topic I would have been able to handle easily on my own.
Overall, I really recommend these books. They are thought provoking, heartfelt, and wonderful. Don't Forget Me is even good for the adults, in my opinion, because I know it really touched me. A Boy and His Dog is just a fun, cute read that reminds us of the special bond between a boy and his dog. Dying is Part of This World is a great tool to use for that tough conversation, that has sparked hours of discussion between Mr. B and myself. I am so very thankful we had a chance to review these wonderful books! There will also be audio versions coming out soon, and I really look forward to listening to those!
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