3 out of 4 stars
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Ryan learns about God in Sunday school, and as he explores the neighborhood with his mother, he asks lots of questions in Jackie Robinson's children's book, Is God BiGGer? Whether Ryan inquires about his favorite ice cream or the vast clouds in the sky, his mother patiently responds. Little Ryan discovers a big world and an even "biGGer" God.
The synopsis classifies the 25-page story as a "Christian children's book." It traverses themes of faith, family, and community and features lovely illustrations depicting Ryan and his family in various settings in his neighborhood and home. On the back cover, Robinson conveys her desire to "demonstrate diversity in the characters of her books through black and brown faces and many hair textures so that children can identify and appreciate their uniqueness," and she nails it.
I particularly like the way that Robinson uses Ryan's neighborhood walk with his mother and bedtime routine with his parents to teach faith in an age-appropriate manner. The colorful illustrations are delightful, and the book concludes with a sweet prayer. As Ryan tries to grasp the enormity of God, parents will relate to the little boy's inquisitive ponderings. Young children will appreciate that 3-year-old Ryan's character is based on Robinson's son, who is now 14.
On the other hand, although there isn't anything I dislike about this faith-building story, it does need professional editing. Unfortunately, numerous errors in punctuation and capitalization necessitate the deduction of a star.
Overall, I rate Is God BiGGer? 3 out of 4 stars. However, with additional polishing, it has the potential to earn the highest rating. Due to its specific emphasis on God, the story will primarily appeal to Christian families. Although Ryan's character is a preschooler, the book is suitable for young children through the age of 8. I also recommend it to parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and older siblings.
Is God BiGGer?
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