- Book Style: Inspirational Picture Book for Toddlers
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 2-4 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Bright, happy, fun, simple
- Age Target: 0-6 Years of Age
I See A Miracle is what I would call a message book. Sure, it’s filled with fun pictures that are bright and colorful, but it’s really meant to be inspirational. Our author, Lori Chown attempts to help you and your little one see just how beautiful everything around us truly is. The author runs your little toddler through the many miracles of nature, life, the universe, and even us. Each time, she tells us that she sees a miracle and then promptly asks us, “How about you?” It’s a clear message based on faith and hope.
Lori Chown has created two books recently with this same message (and I would say goal). She states that she’s trying to help you and your toddler find “Faith, Hope, and Inspiration”. If you ask me, that’s a fairly lofty goal for a book. Having said that…as I read through the book the first time I did find myself looking at some things with a little extra wonder. It’s a great feeling when you stop and take a moment to look at the world. When you look at something as simple as a rainbow and see just how amazing it is, it’s a great moment. This book helps you and your toddler remember that over and over again.
If this book wasn’t named I See A Miracle, it could be named Simplicity. That’s not saying that there’s not enough here or that the author should have done more. It’s simply stating that the author really focused well on what she did. I like the simplicity of the sentences and how they draw you back to the author’s message about faith and hope. I like that there’s really very little to distract from the goal: to help your toddler see wonder in the world.
Speaking of simplicity. The pictures in this book are meant to be simple, yet engaging. I think they’re pretty effective at engaging you through how they’ve been built. Each item on each page seems to have a slightly different style. The styles range from a true picture of the Earth to what I can only assume is Jupiter done in MS Paint. What’s so interesting about this is that both my toddler and I instantly knew that we were looking at Jupiter. We also both pointed it out and said that we liked it. If that’s not effective, I don’t know what is.
In any case, the author has produced a cute book with a great message that’s easy to recommend. This is especially true if you’re feeling the need to talk a little about faith with your child, as this book is an extremely easy way to broach that conversation. The paperback copy is $12.99 USD or a Kindle copy is $3.99 USD, but this Sunday (November 6, 2016) you can get your free ebook copy off of Amazon here:
Thanks for reading,