Monday, October 27, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 191

Dynamic Duo: Book 1

Picture Book: You’re All My Favorites            

Author: Sam McBratney

Illustrator: Anita Jeram

Summary: The subject of this picture book, a bear family, has 3 cubs. Each cub has been told that he or she is the best baby bear in the world. As they mature, the bears begin to wonder how this is possible. How can each of them be the best bear in the world? Each cub has a reason to doubt that perhaps he or she is not really the best. When together the cubs demand to know which of them is truly their parents’ favorite, the bear parents answer with reassurance and loving affirmation of their uniqueness. 

Hanna’s Comments: This is the first book of a PBT Dynamic Duo offering both of which are all about the unconditional love of parents.When I read this book, I thought of how we are told in Psalm 139 that God knit us in our mother’s womb. God knows that like the 3 favorite cubs, each of us is the most perfect version of ourselves there will ever be. What wondrous love is this! 

Publisher & Date of Publication: Candlewick Press, 2004

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 2 and up, Toddler and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet, Amateur videos on Youtube.com

PBT Category: Award Winner, Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: babies/children, belonging, bonds/connections, differences, disabilities/handicaps/limitations, diversity, family, God’s nature, grace, image of God, individuality/uniqueness, love, nurturing, parents/parental love, reassurance, relationships, siblings, variety

Scripture Connections: You knit me together in my mother’s womb… I am wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14); put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14)

Idea(s) for Application: Use this book in a lesson for children on God’s wondrous love and how it is even much more than our parents’ love, for God creates us, knows us, and understands us.