Friday, June 1, 2012

Review of Gabby's Stick-to-It Day

Author Shelia Walsh has a plan in mind. She wants to teach children that there are angels looking out for them, provided by God because he loves them. Gabby, God's Little Angel, is her special character who serves to teach children this very idea.

Gabby is in charge of a little girl named Sophie. Sophie is not a naughty girl, but she does have a problem. She has a tendency to give up when the going gets rough. She gives up when it takes too long to help Daddy paint the fence, when the dog makes a big wet mess during his bath, or when her baby brother throws his food at her while she is reading to him. Gabby flies down and whispers a lesson from the Bible about not giving up into Sophie's ear. God's words change Sophie and help her to keep persevering, even when she gets frustrated.

Realistically, it will take a lot of reminders and assistance to help children persevere when going through troubled times. This book serves as a good lesson to children. It can be used time and time again as inspiration to try again. I like its message and think it could speak to many children. I do think that girls are going to be more attracted to it than boys, though, as it has mainly girl characters. It would be best used either in the home or in a Sunday School class.

I love the illustrations in this book. They are quite peaceful and very sweet. I immediately had flashbacks of my Holly Hobby doll when I saw the picture of the angel Gabby. The other children also somewhat remind me of Precious Moments figurines and characters. I would love to see the other books in this series.

I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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