Thursday, June 26, 2008

You’ve Got a Friend written by Joni Eareckson Tada and illustrated by Jeff Meyer

Ages 4-10

This book is useful in helping children learn about physical disabilities, being a friend, and loving their neighbor. Children can be encouraged to care about others through reading this story. Parents can help by giving their children suggestions on how they can share God’s love to those who are wheel chair bound, sick, hospitalized, etc. All children have something to contribute, something to share with their world and most need the love and guidance of their parents or guardians to help them on their way to becoming compassionate, loving adults.

Back of the Book says:

Ben Brewer is stuck. Stuck in the blues. All he really wants – and needs – is a friend. Somebody to play with. To share jokes and stories with. To race up and down the street with, like the other kids do on their bikes. Tony, Ben’s neighbor, has a brand new bike that he’s going to ride in the neighborhood race on Saturday. But he doesn’t want to go alone, so he invites Ben to come along. What Ben doesn’t know is that Tony often feels lonely. He needs a friend too. And what neither boy knows is that God has a plan. With some heavenly help, Ben and Tony are both about to discover the friend that’s been there all along.

Find a copy of this book at your local library or bookstore and spend some time with your children giving them the tools they need to love all people they come in contact with throughout their lives.

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