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I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones is a board book based around off the popular song I Can Only Imagine. The bright colourful images can only help littles who wonder what heaven might be like.
I can Only imagine…. can you believe that I have never listened to this song? Not even once (until I looked it up because this book is based on it). In case you are like me see the video, if interested in the words see here.
What do you get?
Sumite Collina does a wonderful job of illustrating the words put together by Bart Millard and Laura Neutzling. The beauty of the full colour images gives the reader lots of things to talk about with the little ones they are reading the book too. Being able to point out forts, dogs, birds, the splash of the water and more… it all just adds to the story you know?
The lyrics rhyme making for an easy to read tome, the words point to how we might spend time in heaven, but the close of the book calls children to how we might spend time with God in the here and now.
The illustrations display people from a variety of nationalities, engaged in activities that all types of children enjoy, it was good to see the mix in the people.
I have mixed opinions about this book. I love the colourful illustrations, the wonderment of a child, and the ease of the lyrics.
You know what I didn’t see?
I didn’t see “will we praise you”, “will we see actual streets of gold”, “will you make us all healthy again’, or any of the other things about heaven that we actually see in the bible. I know it’s hard to put it all together in a single, book, but the very much noticed the lack, not even a single mention of biblical statements about heaven. No more tears or sorrow or pain. I don’t see many rooms, gates, jewels, gold, God (or depictions thereof), no tree of life,or anything like that. It leaves everything to the fanciful and wonderment and shows no truth.
I get the questions that kids have, and it’s fun to wonder and dream. It is.This board book does help children not only see a glimpse of the wonderment about heaven, but also leads them to the things of how God is with them in the here and now. I just, in the end, wanted more truth, and less wonderment.