Maybe the readers of By Quiet Waters know I love a good children’s book. As my own kids have grown, and the youngest is in high school, I’ve done a lot of passing on books. But all the old friends are still on the shelves in the living room, the dining room, and the room I share with the grand kids.
My love of children’s books is why I love to receive new children’s books from places like Tommy Nelson, Tyndale and Moody Publishers. Someday soon it would be a lot of fun to find a pathway to receiving new gems from other publishers! If you have any ideas for that, please let me know in the comments!
“I’m Not A Scaredy-Cat” by Max Lucado from Tommy Nelson arrived this month. Can I just say, the title grabbed me right away. The subtitle of this gem is A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave. Don’t we all experience that?
The story starts out with “I’m a big cat. I’m a strong cat. I’m not a scaredy-cat…except when…”
I love that. Whether it’s Nana, a teenage auntie, or sweet little grand spending the afternoon, we all experience the feelings of surprise when our big strong courage gets a little like a scaredy-cat. Over the years of parenting, I’ve watched and listened and spoken as my kids have faced fears big and small, significant and insignificant. We have our phrases, our prayers, our declarations, just like the sweet phrase repeated throughout this story about a little scaredy-cat who finds peace in the anxious moments of everyday life.
The illustrations of this book are amusing, and the main character is a tiger stripe orange tabby cat. The colors are bright and cheerful. One thing I will say, the number of pink frosted, sprinkled doughnuts seems a little out of place. Small matter.
If you are looking for a charming story that can be enjoyed, and also used as a tool to guide young ones in your life through fear, and help them form a habit of calling on The One Who grants peace, check out “I’m Not A Scaredy Cat”
Thanks to FrontGate media for a new addition to my bookshelves, “I’m Not A Scaredy-Cat, given in exchange for this review.