This book, meant to be read aloud to children ages 4–7, communicates rich theology and the gospel of grace through a conversation between a guilty child and a talking cat.
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Andrew Wilson (PhD, King's College London) is the teaching pastor at King's Church London and a columnist forChristianity Today. He is the author of several books, includingUnbreakable andThe Life We Never Expected (with his wife, Rachel).
Helena Perez Garciais a London-based illustrator whospecializes in portraits, editorial illustration, and book illustration.Her work is inspired by art, literature, and films, and has been featured by publishing houses, publications, and newspapers, such as Penguin Random House and BuzzFeed.
What People are Saying About This
“I think kids of all ages will enjoy the intriguing dialogue between Sophie and her neighbor’s cat. It gives parents a lot to think about, too. Even better everyone will remember the most comforting, time-tested answer to the question of all questions: What is your only comfort in life and in death?”
Gloria Furman, author, Missional Motherhood and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
“Outstanding! A beautifully written and illustrated book. Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat engages the youngest child with its splendid color and images. Written in poetic style, the dialogue between Sophie and the cat visualizes for little ones what guilt, forgiveness, and hope in Christ look like. Our six-year-old was simply riveted.”
David and Shona Murray, authors, Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you NetGalley and Crossway for an Advance Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! Introduce kids to the Heidelberg Catechism with this book about a conversation a girl named Sophie has with her neighbors' talking cat. After having a fight with her sister, Sophie is feeling terrible and the cat shares with her the truth of the gospel. He tells her that there is no one who can be good all the time; except Jesus. Because Jesus was sinless, He could pay for our sins by dying on the cross. He bought us with His blood and now we have hope in Him. He is our Master and we our not our own. He will watch over us and help us to make good choices and someday we will live in Heaven with Him.
"Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat," by Andrew Wilson is an interesting read, but I think it goes over the heads of kids. Some of the concepts they understand like grace and that there is no one who is "good" all the time, but some of the other concepts are very difficult for younger kids to understand. There was lots of deep theological meaning packed in this short children's picture book, which to me was a bit overwhelming for my kids. The illustrations were nice and interesting though. I received this as an eBook from Crossway via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the title. I did not receive any compensation from either company. The opinions expressed herein are completely my own.
If your not a Christian believer, you might find this book a bit too Biblical for you. I however found it fits a niche adults sometimes overlook. Imagination in story telling. A talking cat who takes Sophie, who is in distress over her bad reaction when her sister brakes her dollhouse, for a rooftop journey. Along the difference rooftops, the Heidelberg Cat shows her where others have reacted badly too. What she learns is all people have bad reactions, except for one and because of Him, we are all forgiven. Sidenote, I received an ebook copy of this book through NetGalley, however my opinion is not influenced by this fact.
Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat by Andrew Wilson and Helena Perez Garcia is a cute little book based on the Bible that teaches children where their comfort in life and death should come from. It teaches them that nobody in this world is always good and that it is ok to get upset sometimes. I liked how at the end of the book it was explained what the book was based on.