Sydney Hanson’s charming illustrations are the perfect pairing for the sweet message Christie Thomas has conveyed through her story “Quinn’s Promise Rock.” In the story, little Quinn begins to worry, and her father calms her fears by reminding her of the promises of the Lord’s direction, protection, and presence in her life. He does so by highlighting similarities between God and three different formations of rock. I highly recommend reading it. I genuinely hope the analogies bring as much comfort to your little ones as they do for Quinn!
- Age appropriate words and tone Yes
- Age appropriate messaging – Yes
- Engaging illustrations – Yes
- Inspire growth, imagination, or thought- Yes
- Sustainable interest over multiple reads- Yes,
- I would rate this book a 5 out of 5!
You’ve read the book, now what?
A Wise Man Builds His House upon the Rock
“The foolish man built his house upon the sand. The foolish man built his house upon the sand. The foolish man build his house upon the sand and the rains can came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up. The rains came down and the floods up. The rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the sand went SPLAT!
The wise man built his house upon the rock. The wise man built his house upon the rock. The wise man build his house upon the rock and the rains can came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up. The rains came down and the floods up. The rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the rock stood firm.”
Singing with your little ones is fun, but it is even more fun with hand motions. If you are not sure of the tune or how the hand motions go, check it out on YouTube and learn this simple, but meaningful song alongside your kiddo.
I try to avoid technology during these purposeful moments with your children, but go ahead and pull out your phone and google Owl night vision, and depending on their age, choose a video that would be most appropriate to show them how unique an owl’s night vision is. There is a short video that shows some trees through a night vision monocular to simulate what it would be like to see like an owl, or there is a longer video that explains (and briefly shows) how the owl makes an excellent night hunter because of his exceptional night vision abilities.
A “Promise Rock” of your own”
After finding the right rocks, the girls used glow in the dark paint to decorate their reminders that God is always with them. We used glow in the dark paint so that, like the owls, we could see our little reminders even in the dark! Because Matthew was at school, I made him one and added one of the verses Christie Thomas adds in her letter to parents at the end of the book. Joshua 1:9 is written on Matthew’s rock to remind him that he does not need to fear because the Lord will always be with him!
I hope these ideas have inspired you to Read Together and Do Together!