Hi, my friend! Come play with me—though we’re as different as can be!
Big and small, short and tall, fluffy and prickly . . . these playmates of all shapes and sizes are the best of friends. Share some giggles with your little one about how fun friendships—and differences—can be!
About the Author
Hannah C. Hall estimates that she has read approximately 4,500 bedtime stories to her children over the last few years. She is thankful to get to add her own books to their daily rotation. Hannah and her husband, Josh, have five children and live in a small town in Arkansas.
Steve Whitlow lives in northern England, on the top of a (very) windswept hill, with his wife and young family. Steve followed his artistic calling from an early age and was first published at age 16, producing vibrant characters for greeting cards and then children's publishing. With no formal art training and only his natural talent, Steve has now been working as a professional artist for more than twenty years. “My kids are my critics,” says Steve. “The best reaction I can hope for is an exclamation of ‘Cool, Dad!’ from either Sam or Ethan—or both.”
Read an Excerpt
God Bless My Friends
By Hannah C. Hall, Steve Whitlow
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2016 Thomas Nelson
All rights reserved.
My favorite thing is playing ball. God made you born to run. We're not alike, but that's all right — Our differences are fun!
There's big adventure up ahead — This needs to be explored. We romp and stomp. We jump and tromp. With you, I'm never bored!
I couldn't get from here to there No matter how I tried. You came to play and saved the day! How 'bout another ride?
I've got a spot that's just your size, A cozy quilt to share. Let's go to sleep, all soft and sweet We make a snuggly pair!
I need an itty-bitty boost. I'm just a tad too small. But it seems we're a perfect team 'Cause you're a tad too small!
God gave you dark and fluffy hair. He made me pink and curled. You're not like me, but I still see My best friend in the world.
Let's have a snack — we love this stuff! Each piece seems huge to me. You go ahead and have the most. My belly's full with three!
Today when I was feeling sad, You came and made me smile. My sweetest friends bring happy grins. Please stay and play awhile!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved reading this book. From the rhyming words and short poems on each page to the message it sends to our little ones. Each set of pages has two animals that you would not think about being friends but for reasons explained in the poem and through the pictures are great friends. The illustrator did a great job with the animals. You just want to reach through the pages and cuddle each of them. I can't wait to share this book with my little niece.
We are all unique and that uniqueness often sets us apart from others. I love the innocence of children and how they can so easily look past those things that make us different and become the best of friends. “God Bless My Friends” is a celebration of friendships and the differences that make them wonderful. “God Bless My Friends” by Hannah C. Hall, is the story of a group playmates of all shapes and sizes that are the best of friends. Each duo is as different as can be. Some are big or small, some are short or tall but it doesn’t matter they cherish the friendships that God has given them, never letting their differences get in the way. “God Bless My Friends” teaches our children that God sends all different kinds of people into our lives to be our friends. The story helps us explore how our differences can be the very thing that makes us the best of friends. It shows how opposites can work together and how we can all learn from each other. The story ends with sharing the message that God shows his kindness through the friends he send us. The story is a board book, great for little hands. The font is a perfect size for beginner readers. I love how they have highlighted some of the words on each page to add a little interest and whimsy to the text. There are a few places that the rhyming just doesn’t seem to work, but it didn’t take away from the story. My children loved the images in the story. My daughter referred to them as adorable. I found the images and colours to be calming, making it a great story to read at bedtime. There are two reoccurring characters on each page a ladybug and bee, can you find them all? “God Bless My Friends” is a great story to read as you talk to your little one about the way that God shows his love and kindness to us through the friendships that he sends. *Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “God Bless My Friends” from BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are 100% my own.