God’s Gift, by Lee Ann Mancini, is the latest book in the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. As in the previous books of the series, the adorable sea creature kids learn important Christian lessons.
The story takes place in the coralhood (a sea kid neighborhood) where the town is decorating the outside of their caves for the upcoming holidays. Christian and his sister Mary are excited about Christmas and all the gifts they’ll receive. Jacob and his little brother Jeremiah are eager to receive gifts on Hanukkah. The sea kids brag about their holidays and disagree on who will get more gifts.
“It’s about the gift from God of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, our Messiah.”
When the parents hear about the disagreement and how their children are solely focused on the presents they’ll get, they decide to teach them the true meaning of Christmas and Hanukkah. The importance lies in the gifts that God gave long ago—the Messiah to Christians, and the miracle of Light to the Jews.
“God gave us the miracle of light!”
The language in this hardcover book is easy to read and understand, and carries a beautiful message. I love how the colorful illustrations fill each page and the adorable sea kids are detailed and fun.
What a special story, bringing respect and wonder to diverse people, customs, and religions, and closing the story with a reminder to readers to say their prayers.
I’m delighted with this sweet series and the Christian messages each book shares. Filled with examples of love, understanding, acceptance, and the Gospel, the sea kids guide children toward a common goal.
As in all books of the series, the reader is prompted to go back and search for the hidden symbols on each page. In this book, they are the cross and the Jewish star—a purposeful reminder for the reader to recognize the symbols and their meanings.
What a meaningful and timely gift for a child or caregiver. Highly recommended.
Publisher: GLM Publishing LLC
Target Ages: 3-8
First line: The water was chilly in the coralhood that December day.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via BookCrash.