HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: My Very First Book on God
Author: Mary Hollingsworth
Illustrator: Rick Incrocci
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc., 1994
Related website: http://www.MaryHollingsworth.com (author)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 2-5
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hollingsworth, Mary. My Very First Book on God (published in 1994 by Educational Publishing Concepts Inc., P. O. Box 665, Wheaton, IL 60189; republished in 2001 by Honor Kidz, an imprint of Honor Books Inc., P. O. Box 55388, Tulsa, OK 74155). Mary Hollingsworth, who is currently serving as the managing director and publisher of Creative Enterprises Studio, is the author of more than one hundred books and products. The author begins with a word to parents. “What is your child’s concept of God? Is God a big scary ghost, who hovers overhead just waiting for us to do something wrong so He can zap us? Is God like Superman, who flies and is really strong? Or perhaps God is like Santa Claus, who operates a giant toy shop in the sky and gives us anything we want? Well, as you know, these concepts of God are all wrong, but it’s easy to understand why children come up with these ideas. Thee misconceptions, however, are not how you want your child to think about God.”
What follows is a simply worded and colorful book, offering an appeal to inquisitive young minds, that answers the questions about who God is, what He is like, and how He regards children. Each opening features a fact about God with a drawing to help children visualize that fact and a passage of Scripture to reinforce it, along with suggestions “To Do” and/or “To Think About.” I picked it up at a homeschool camp. The publisher may at one time have been affiliated with Thomas Nelson and is now listed as a division of Cook Communications Ministries. Other volumes in the “My Very First Book” series include Bible Fun Facts, Bible Heroes, Bible Lessons, Prayers, Bible Questions, Bible Words, and God’s Animals.