Once in a while you run into a book that screams affirmation. We believe in You is one such book. With careful illustrations by Molly Idle, Beth Ferry’s words of belief flow easily from page to page. Tender images of animal families bring words to life.
About We Believe in You
Families of animals fill the 32pages of this picture book by Beth Ferry. We Believe in You lists a variety of things that families consider important. Some of these ideas are
- peaceful living
- being wowed
- slow and steady
- lots of hugging
Publisher is Roaring Brook Press, and I received an advanced reader’s copy from Raincoast books for my review.
From the cover: Animals inspire their little ones to chase their dreams and reach for the stars in this modern classic-in-the-making.
Do you believe that dreams come true?
We believe it.
Just like we believe in you.
Most of the pages have multiple “we believe” statements, and you’ll find occasional two-page spreads.
Reading this lovely book with a circle of children would be easy as the font is a large, readable size. I think it would be wonderful to sit down with children and start reading this book and then ask “what does your family believe in?” I would hope that some might say “We believe in God.” I found it sad that this book didn’t include any faith statements in it. But wow, lots of talking points throughout, a great way to help children understand what your family believes in and what you consider important.
The colours have a soft-watercolour feel to them. The images are fun, mostly quiet with some surprises, and filled with confidence. The animals families are well-varied and do not repeat. Giraffes, woodpeckers, beavers, octopi, moles, butterflies, and even lions. 22 varieties in all.
We believe statements are powerful things to make. You’ll find lots of examples here, so that you and your family can work on making your own.
Should You Get it?
We Believe in You is a good book to help families with children 3-6 years old to consider what statements they want their children to learn. Statements that hold value to their particular family.
Even though I can’t say I agree with all “we believe” statements, that’s not the point is it? The point is to help children see what you believe, and how in the end, that parents believe also in their children’s potential.