There are four beautifully illustrated, wonderful storybooks in this series, and the whole family will love them all! These stories are written by Gary Bower, with kind, tender, realistic dialogue--and apply biblical principles to realistic situations. There are even questions at the end of each story--some basic comprehension, but others that are questions of the heart. The illustrations are created by Jan Bower, and are just amazing-so beautiful! We have read them over and over--they've become a fast favorite!
Tessa's Treasures / Book One: Cherishing Others--Little Tessa has an ordinary shoebox filled with trinkets, but to her--it is a treasure chest of her most prized possessions! Tessa and her friend Luke share many wonderful adventures, and her collection of treasures grows each day. Soon Tessa becomes aware of something of far greater worth! This is a charming story of friendship and a reminder that material possessions pale in comparison to our relationships and love for one another.
Wyatt's Wagon / Book Two: Including Others--Wyatt learns through the wonderful example of his Grandpa how to always 'make room' for others. Wyatt goes for a wonderful wagon ride through Grandpa's apple orchard--and picks more than apples along the way! This gentle story tells of how it feels to be left out, and how wonderful it feels to be included and 'make room' in our hearts for others.
Ivy's Icicle / Book Three: Forgiving Others--Ivy is enjoying a warm and wonderful Christmas, until her favorite present from Grandma gets broken. Ivy soon realizes that she has a cold feeling growing in her heart, and knows what she should do--but can't. It isn't until she experiences the mercy of someone else that she is able to forgive herself. She learns that forgiveness is a gift that can be given as well as received.
Cody's Castle / Book Four: Encouraging Others--During a day of fun and laughter at the beach, Cody learns that laughter at the expense another's feelings is no fun at all! This book looks at how words can 'build up' or 'tear down' and how we should choose our words carefully, to always 'build up'. I love the dialogue between the children in this book--especially when Cody is trying to 'build up' his new friend...so sweet!
These books have been a joy to share with my children; the lessons, verses, and questions have served as a springboard for further discussions together. The books are of the highest quality, hardcover with dust jacket--and the writing and illustrations--are just beautifully done! My daughters' review, "Tell them they are THE BEST, Momma!" They are! We can't wait to see more wonderful books from Jan & Gary Bower!