My girls (ages 3 and 8) really enjoyed reading this book with me. They asked questions about decisions Baby makes in the story, which opened some wonderful topics for us to talk about. My three-year-old didn't understand everything in the story as I feel this is more for ages 6 and up, but she understand the importance of following rules and how bad things can happen if you don't. My older daughter, however, did walk away with a better understanding about choices. Something we have been talking about a lot lately as she gets older and closer to baptism in our church.
I do want to share for those who don't practice religion or are afraid Baby Come Home may not coincide with their belief system...there is nothing to worry about. The only Bible verses are at the end of the story in the Notes from the Author, which you can skip or choose to use for further discussion topics.
Even though the main character is a bird, children and adults alike will be able to relate to him, Sam (a human) and the events in the story. The illustrations are beautifully done and only add to each scene.
Baby Come Home
By: Elizabeth Kail Arnita
Illustrations by: Diane Lucas
Genre of Book: Children’s Christian Picture Book
Published by Halo Publishing Int.
All proceeds from book sales support Welcome the Children, a nonprofit helping children in poverty.Places available for sale: Internet/Online, Church Book Store
About the Author:
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Arnita is the youngest of 12 children. She learned early in life about family dynamics and the concept of sharing. After graduating in 1983, with a degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth married Shadi and they have been blessed with four fabulous children. Her love for the Lord has opened her eyes to a world in need and ignited her compassion for those who are less fortunate. She and her husband founded and continue to manage Welcome The Children; a non-profit organization that funds and supports children who are experiencing the reality of poverty. Elizabeth Arnita has designated all of the proceeds from her book sales to support WTC.
The World of Ink Network is touring author Elizabeth Arnita’s Children’s Christian Picture book, BABY COME HOME published by Halo Publishing Int. throughout January 2013.
You can find out more about Elizabeth Arnita, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/ayhg69o
Find out more about Welcome the Children at http://welcomethechildren.org/