When I was little, my favorite kind of books were the kind in which you could lift the flaps and find something. My dad and I read the same board book so many times that the flaps fell off of everything that was hidden within the book. I still have those memories though! These memories were the first fond feelings that arose when I read this sweet, new, children's book.
Where Does Love Hide? is written by Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Hannah Wood. It is a board book with fun flaps to lift, like the kind my dad and I used to read. Large print is used on each page to aid those emerging readers! The faces of the people within the book are large and eye-catching.
I appreciate that the characters in the book are multi-racial and multi generational. That is important to me. Love hides within the faces of all God's children and I'm appreciative of books that can portray this reality & beauty!
There is a call and answer type of conversation that flows through the book. The writer intends for your reading companion to finish the sentence for you. When your child lifts the flap, they will find the rest of the sentence along with a verse from God's Word. Here is an example of two pages from the book. If you read my last review, you'll know why I chose this page! Haha! I love help with the groceries and I'll take whatever visual aids I can get!
The verses are short and easy to remember. There are 6 pages with flaps which means there are 6 verses given in the book. These are the verses used:
- "A friend is always a friend." -Proverbs 17:17
- "Do whatever you can to help." -Deuteronomy 22:3
- "Show proper respect to everyone." -1 Peter 2:17
- "Be generous and willing to share." -1 Timothy 6:18
- "Serve each other with love." -Galatians 5:13
- "Love God and love each other." -1 John 4:21
These wouldn't take too long to memorize if you read it before bed a few times a week with your little one. Kids love to memorize the lines of books and I think this would be a useful memorization tool. By the time your kids grow out of the book, they will have 6 verses sown into their heart.
One more thing that I'd like to note about this cute book. The flaps should stand the test of time. Remember that old flap book I would read with my dad? The flaps were small. There wasn't much holding the flap to each thick page. This book, on the other hand, has large flaps. This will deter little ones from picking the the edges of the flap and tearing the flap. These flaps were easy to open and are hinged by a large piece of cardstock-ish paper.
I think it will last you and yours many years.
I'd love to know how long it takes you and your little one to memorize these verses. If you'll excuse me, I do have a peekaboo book to read with my favorite little guy and his favorite stuffed bedtime friends!
P.S. No stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this picture, though my son has a pretty tight hold on the crab's eyes, I think we are all just fine.
Lindsey Feldpausch :)
Disclosure: This is a sponsored review in collaboration with Tyndale. All opinions are my own.