March 30, 2016

I'm Not Afraid

I’m Not Afraid!, is another charming children’s story in the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. The book was written by Lee Ann Mancini, and illustrated by Dan Sharp. (Fast Freddy, and What a Bragger are other books by this author.)

“Oh, no! No, not me. Sharks are brave. I’m not afraid of anything.” Said Susie.

It shares a sincere message of building our faith, and how Jesus is always there to calm our fears.

The story opens with Susie the shark and her best friend Rachel the octopus at the Undersea Amusement Park. Throughout the story, Rachel repeatedly asks Susie if she’d like to ride The Whale-Back Roller Coaster, but Susie stalls, over and over, by suggesting they eat first, then play games, but Rachel suspects all along that Susie is afraid.

“No. I’m hungry. Let’s eat some French fries first, and then some cotton candy.” Answered Susie. “I’ll need lots of energy to ride the Whale-Back.”

Under the guise of going to the bathroom, Susie finally calls her mother and admits she’s scared. Her mother tells her it’s okay to be afraid, and suggests she should pray about it.  

Susie faces her fears, rides the ride, and is happy she did so. She is thankful Rachel is a good friend, and that Jesus is there for her, always.

There isn’t anything I don’t like about this paperback book. It’s colorful, creative, shares a beautiful message, and is easy for little ones to relate to. I love the underlying themes of faith, loyalty, honesty, trust, and the importance of having Jesus. Faith and trust are especially important, and learning this at a young age will surely create a thankful heart.

The last page prompts the reader to go back and search for the Bible book symbol on each page. What a subtle yet fun way to get children to focus on the illustrations as you (or they) read the story. Perhaps they’ll even ask questions as to why it is there, or what it stands for.

I’m Not Afraid! is a captivating, memorable story with meaningful lessons. The dialogue is genuine and the character portrayals are adorable. Each page is fully illustrated with colorful drawings, and the narration is easy to navigate. What’s not to love?

This book is a nice addition to any child’s, childcare worker’s, or Sunday school teacher’s library, and makes a meaningful gift.

5 Stars

Cover: Love
Title: Like
Publisher: GLM Publishing LLC
ISBN: 978-0986360435
Pages: 32
First lines: Susie and her best friend, Rachel, swam as fast as they could to the Undersea Amusement Park.

I received a Review Copy from the publisher through BookCrash.

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