Why I Love Board Books (And Giveaway!)

Can I just say how much I love board books for this age?

So many of our books end up looking like this.  And it's just sad.

I know the books are here to serve us, not the other way around.  These are just things, so I try to be laid back about when pages get ripped accidentally.  I try to teach the kids to be gentle with the pages of their books, but their little fingers can only be so gentle at this stage.  It's not like they do it on purpose.

Of course there's the whole "I ripped a little corner of the page, so let's just rip the whole thing out" philosophy that Wyatt ascribes to, but we're working on it.

But I have to say, my book-loving heart drops a bit at the sight of a colorful page lying on the floor.  So board books?  They make me happy.

Do you remember those Little Critter books I reviewed several months ago?  I used to love Little Critter books growing up, and I love that Tommy Nelson is publishing some faith-based versions of these books!  The only thing I was bummed about at the time?  The pages were regular old paper.  I retired those books to our bookshelf until the kids get a little older.

I was expecting to do the same with this next set of Little Critter books, but when I opened the package, what did I see?  Board books!  These books come in a board book version!  I was probably a little overly excited about this.

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I loved both of these books.  In "Being Thankful", Little Critter is wishing for everything he doesn't have, until his grandma shows him that we need to be thankful for the things that God gives us.  She reminds him by giving him a blue "thankful rock" to remind him to be thankful for what he has.  I thought this was a really cute story to show kids where they could be more thankful.  And how cute is the thankful rock idea?  I know it's just a story, but it reminds me of those rocks that people carry around and rub when they get stressed out.  I think a thankful rock is a much better and more meaningful idea.

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In "We All Need Forgiveness", Little Critter is forgiven multiple times throughout the book in small ways, even while he is unforgiving toward others.  Then he makes a big mistake and messes up his school play, and thinks his friends will never forgive him.  His mom reminds him that we need to forgive each other just like God forgives us, and Little Critter sees that he needs to forgive others when they make mistakes as well.

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Both of these books were sweet.  The illustrations are fun and detailed (which I know I always loved as a kid), and I like how these books teach lessons by making the right and wrong behavior really obvious to kids.  Wyatt definitely likes listening to the story and we talk about how Little Critter could be nicer/do better as we read.

I especially love that these versions also include a lesson about God as well - being thankful to God, and teaching about how God forgives us.  It makes me feel good knowing they aren't just reading a fun book, but are learning important truths and values as well.

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And they are board books!  I don't have to worry about whether these ones will last until they are old enough to read!  Cue my sigh of relief.

You can preview these books yourself here and here!

Note: I received these books for free from Tommy Nelson in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.

Tommy Nelson has also offered a copy of these books to one of my readers!  Enter below for a chance to win!

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Heather @ Simple Wives said...

I loved reading Little Critters as a kid! Such fun little stories. :)

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness, I am so excited about these books! Natalie LOVES Little Critter! I just bought LC stuffed toys at Kohls to give her and Julia for Christmas along with a book, but I will definitely be getting these board books to go along with them.

Natalie@She Builds Her Home said...

Ahhhh! This makes me so happy! We LOVE little critter books, but of course i love faith based books even more so this is the best of both worlds! Yay! And I'm the same way about pages getting ripped. Have to remind myself I can tape it, but it makes my heart sad, too.

Melanie said...

We love the little critter books!!! I had no idea they were making faith based ones now..how exciting! If we don't win, we're definitely going to have to look for these to buy!!!

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