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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Elementary School Library Collection, Selected
Junior Library Guild, Selected (1998)
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), Popular Paperbacks "War" list (2002)
California Collections, Middle School Collection, 2000 (2003)
California Collections, High School Collection (2005)
Booklist, Top Ten Religion Books for Youth
Children's Book Council, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Church and Synagogue Libraries
"The children in this beautiful picture-book wonder about the nature of God and find Him in everyday objects and see Him in their interactions with others. . . This is a multi-cultural storybook that would be excellent for the preschool child. Perhaps it will even give adults new insights into the nature of God."
"A kindly, all-embracing, nonsectarian view of a deity whose likes include children of different colors, as shown in Jenkin's lush, sun-dappled paintings of glowing kids enjoying a snowy day, admiring a spider's web, or wrapped in Grandma's embrace. An attractive discussion opener."
Church & Synagogue Libraries
The children in this beautiful picture-book wonder about the nature of God and find Him in everyday objects and see Him in their interactions with others. . . . This is a multi-cultural storybook that would be excellent for the preschool child. Perhaps it will even give adults new insights into the nature of God.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Featuring a multiracial cast generally younger than the target audience, Jenkins's gracious, full-page oil paintings illustrate this meager, at times strained, first-person narrative describing a child's curiosity about God. ``I wanted to know all about God, so I went looking for Him in signs of His creation,'' begins the text, which goes on to suggest that answers to questions about God are found in nature and in other people. Sample observations: ``I wondered if God is strong, and the ocean roared in my ears''; ``I wondered how God's reflection looks when he smiles, and the snow glittered in the sun''; ``I wanted to know what colors God likes. Then I met several children of other races.'' Though somewhat treacly, this book may appeal to those looking for a short, inspirational bedtime read. Ages 5-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Kroll defines aspects of God through the everyday experiences of young children. On each double-page spread, a simple sentence describes what a child is thinking and what provides an answer. For example, ``I wondered what God's love feels like, and Grandma put her arms around me and gave me a big hug''; and ``I wondered if God likes art, and I saw a spiderweb in my uncle's barn.'' Jenkins's realistic oil paintings depict a variety of youngsters of different races exploring nature, sharing, and experiencing other common situations. The paintings do a fine job of capturing the spirit and mood of the text, are well composed, and expertly portray faces and expressions. The page layout is effective, and pictures of the same garden scene on the first and last pages pull the book together. This title reflects the Judeo-Christian concept of God in a broad way that will appeal to people with a wide variety of viewpoints.-Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Children are not the only ones who have many questions about God. Who has not thought, "When I get to Heaven I'm going to ask God if? Why? When?" Reminiscent of Nancy White Carlstrom's Does God Know How to Tie Shoes? Kroll offers a perfect story to use in young children's Bible classes. Even better this "lap book," is intended to be read aloud while the child in the reader's lap views the pictures. Readers and listeners hear the children's wonderings echo literate ideas with spiritual interpretations. The very repetition of the wondering nature of the children's many questions about God is attractive to ears of two-year-olds. God's strength is obvious listening to the roar of the ocean. She knows God is found in the love of Grandma. Jenkins integrates the colorful oil paintings, which include eye-catching illustrations and the sweet, simple story line through the diverse faces of the beautiful children as they seek God in their everyday surroundings. Appropriate color runs over to the edge of the page. Colorful, sturdy, and perfect for reading together. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin