An answer-aloud question section at the end of the story encourages parents and children to talk about the lessons they've just learned and to discover the adventure in their own daily lives.
- ISBN-13: 9781416955511
- ISBN-10: 1416955518
- Publisher: Little Simon Inspirations
- Publish Date: October 2010
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-7
- Dimensions: 11.22 x 8.75 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.89 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-09-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Continuing her series of faith-based inspirational fables, Osteen--wife of minister/author Joel--tells how Sue and Jon (last seen in Unexpected Treasures) are transported through pretend play to a kingdom where the young subjects are in need of some shoring up. Snobby Sir Robbie has insisted that only those bearing the finest gifts can party with the king. But Sue and Jon know otherwise: " ‘You do not need a crown,' said Sue,/ ‘to give a gift that's true./The finest gifts in all the world/ God put inside of you.' " They persuade the children to put on a talent show and carnival, and it will come as little surprise that it thoroughly enchants the king. Osteen remains an unimaginative (at best) writer of rhymes--it's too bad her message can't be more aesthetically inspirational, though she gets a great deal of help from Palmisciano. While the watercolor images are pedestrian in their characterizations, there's a surprisingly strong and varied sense of composition at work, which keeps the story from sinking under its good intentions. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)