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Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?
     

Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?

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by Nancy White Carlstrom, Lori McElrath-Eslick (Illustrator)
 

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Katrina wants to know ore about God: "Mama, what does God wear? Does God like to paint? Does God ever cry, Papa?" Her parents' responses, based on the Psalms, help Katrina to know God in ways that are very real to her.

Poetic text and bright impressionistic illustrations combine beautifully to make this a gentle and affirming picture book

Overview

Katrina wants to know ore about God: "Mama, what does God wear? Does God like to paint? Does God ever cry, Papa?" Her parents' responses, based on the Psalms, help Katrina to know God in ways that are very real to her.

Poetic text and bright impressionistic illustrations combine beautifully to make this a gentle and affirming picture book that will encourage a child's exploration of God. Ideal for reading aloud.

Editorial Reviews

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School Library Journal

"The questions raised are typical of those posed by young children, and the result is a book that presents the concepts in an understandable, concrete way."
 
Booklist
"In this lovely picture book, a small child questions her parents about the nature of God with a reassuring simplicity. . . . A graceful, quiet book to share on a lap or with a small group."
 
CBA Bookstore Journal
"Carlstrom understands children's minds and her answers both comfort and stretch those minds."
 
Children's Bookwatch
"A warm and delightful picture book."
 
Publishers Weekly
"Deftly juxtaposes an adult metaphysical sensibility against a child's hands-on approach to spirituality."

Publishers Weekly
Deftly juxtaposes an adult metaphysical sensibility against a child's hands-on approach to spirituality.
Children's Bookwatch
A warm and delightful picture book.
CBA Bookstore Journal
Carlstrom understands children's minds and her answers both comfort and stretch those minds.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A conversation between Katrina and her parents about the nature of God deftly juxtaposes an adult metaphysical sensibility (replete with allusions to the book of Psalms) against a child's hands-on approach to spirituality. For instance, in answer to her daughter's question whether God has any pets, Mama replies: ``The animals and birds of the forest are his and every cow on a thousand hills,'' whereas Katrina's more pragmatic response is: ``Maybe God would like us to get a a puppy!'' Each turn of the page introduces a new question--what God wears, whether He talks, if He cries or sings--and another vista featuring McElrath-Eslick's bold brush strokes and her perhaps overexcited palette. The approach is nondenominational beyond its Judeo-Christian foundations, and could easily provide a springboard for family or one-on-one discussions. All of the Psalms alluded to are included in their entirety at the end of the book. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
A young girl asks her parents about God: what does He wear, how does He talk, does God have wings? The answers are taken from the Psalms. The interpretations are in language that sounds like something a parent might say, but remain true to the source. The paintings are loving, colorful and filled with light. A beautiful book for sharing God's love with children.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A young girl asks her parents questions about God's clothes, speech, feelings, and actions. They reply, incorporating paraphrases from the book of Psalms. For example, she asks, ``Does God like to paint, Papa?'' Her father replies with a verse about Him painting sunrise and sunset, and she comments that she bets God likes painting rainbows as much as she does. The questions raised are typical of those posed by young children, and the result is a book that presents the concepts in an understandable, concrete way. A list of Biblical citations is included. The illustrations are painted with bright, intense colors in an impressionistic but realistic style to show the child in various situations. They make good use of varying perspectives and viewpoints. While there are many illustrated Bible stories available, there is nothing else that attempts to explain God to this age group.-Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
A little blond girl asks Mama and Papa about God, illustrated by an image of her putting her hand in a pool with water lilies as she asks about tying shoes. The answer is: "By his word the heavens and earth were made. He breathed and the stars took their place." The girl concludes: "Then God must know how to tie shoes." Psalm 33:6 is cited as the source. She sees a crow and a hen with chicks and asks, "Does God have wings, Papa?" The answer is inferred from Psalm 91:4. When she sees cows in a meadow, she asks: "Mama, does God have any pets?" After Mama's answer, with Psalm 50:10-11 as background, the girl says, "Maybe God would like us to get a puppy." The last page shows the girl in bed learning that God knows her name, and ends with her saying, "I'm Katrina with a K!" Young children will enjoy the bright impressionistic pictures and whimsical conclusions. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802850744
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/02/1996
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
598,585
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy White Carlstrom is the author of more than 50 booksfor children, including the popular Jesse Bear books (Simon& Schuster) and the best-selling Does God Know How toTie Shoes? (Eerdmans).

Lori McElrath-Eslick is a freelance illustrator whose work appears regularly in Ladybug magazine. She has illustrated several picture books for children. Lori lives in North Muskegon, Michigan.

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Does God Know How to Tie Shoes? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Granny15 More than 1 year ago
I love it!! This book is my very favorite children's book and I have given it many times as a gift. Everyone always exclaims about how beautiful it is! The illustrations and the content are both exceptionally well done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. Very peaceful for those bedtime stories. The author did a magnificent job in showing just how great and wonderful our God really is. It really helps kids to understand all that God has created and how wonderful his world is. It even has scripture reference for each page in the back of the book. True to the word of GOD. Best book I have bought for my daughter ever, besides the Bible. She begs to read it every night. I even tell her to go straight to bed sometimes and find it hidden under her after she has fallen asleep. Many thanks to the author for writing this book. Bravo!!!