HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Baby Come Home
Author: Elizabeth Kail Arnita
Illustrator: Diane Lucas
Publisher: Halo Publishing International, 2013
Related website: www.halopublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 to 10
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Arnita, Elizabeth Kail. Baby Come Home (published in 2013 by Halo Publishing International, AP 726, P. O. Box 60326, Houston, TX 77205). What would you do if someone you loved very much ran away? Sam lives in a home with a beautiful, protected garden. He has so much love in his heart that he needs to share it with someone special. One day, he decides to share his love with a little bird having fluffy blue feathers and a yellow belly which he names Baby. Baby is too young to fly and needs lots of care which Sam is able to give. So he prepares a magnificent cage by the window overlooking the garden for Baby. As the days pass and he begins to grow, Baby seems lonely, so Sam brings another bird named Popcorn into the cage. But Popcorn talks about how life in the cage is so restrictive and boring and manages to escape when Sam opens the door to feed his friends.
Baby is sad and starts wondering if Popcorn was right. Not long afterwards, Baby also escapes while Sam is cleaning the cage and flies over the wall and out of the garden. What will happen to Baby? Will he ever get back home? Will he even survive? And what will Sam do? Baby Come Home is a tug-at-the-heartstrings type of story that is an allegory of God’s love for us. Author Elizabeth Kail Arnita writes that it “is dedicated to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without whom nothing in my life would have value. It is my prayer that this book and others to follow will honor and glorify His Holy Name.” The book is a wonderful vehicle to introduce children gently to the concepts of the need for limits, mankind’s rebellion against God, and God’s forgiveness for those who return to Him. An additional benefit is that all proceeds from book sales support Welcome the Children, a nonprofit helping children in poverty.