God Bless My Friends (Nashville: Tommy Nelson, 2016), 20 pages.
I first have to admit, this is the fourth board book we own of Hannah Hall’s “God Bless” series from Tommy Nelson. I’m a big fan of God Bless You & Good Night, and our little enjoys it as a bedtime book. God Bless My Friends celebrates the joy and wonder of friendships through catchy, but sometimes forced, four-line rhymes. Can a monkey and tiger be friends? Or a giraffe and a mouse? Thematically, there is a strong undercurrent highlighting friendship in light of differences:
We’re not alike, but that’s all right—
Our differences are fun!
And a few pages later:
You’re not like me, but I still see
My best friend in the world.
But, that’s a solid message for a little book even if it does feel forced on some pages. Last I checked, my little is not a literary critic! I do appreciate that this book says nothing of “good night.” So many of our board books do. This is a serviceable addition to your library if you like to encourage reading throughout the day, not just at bedtime, like we do.
The cover gives an accurate flavor of the full-page illustrations throughout. Not the most creative illustration work, but the muted style is also a welcome change amidst the world of eye-popping, sensory-over-stimulating colors of so many other books and toys. It’s also worth mentioning that this book, in my mind, and all the “God Bless” series of board books, are very well constructed. (4 of 5 stars)
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