Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review of "Catie's Secret" by Laura Allen Nonemaker

One day Herbie and Bella were busy playing and eating breakfast in God's Secret Garden, when they met Catie Caterpillar. Herbie immidiately began teasing Catie, and making fun of her for her appearance. Bella reprimanded Herbie and told him it was time to go. But before they had a chance, their Uncle Benny, mayor of God's Garden arrived. He told the children that he had heard some things that weren't so peaceful. Uncle Benny goes on to explain that there are many secrets in God's Secret Garden. Like the robin's egg that turns into a baby bird, and the acorn who turns into a tree.

The children quickly learn that someone's outward appearance is not the only one that matters. After a few days, they see Catie again, but this time she is a beautiful butterfly. The children see that their Uncle Benny was right all along and that Benny had said some unkind things. When they saw Catie again, Herbie apologized for teasing her.

I thought this was a fun read that included important morals and values for a young child. I would recommend this book for a new reader, or 5 to 6 year old. I think this book would also be excellent to use as a lesson for a Sunday School class. I think that while younger children (4 and under) may not be able to read this book, many will understand the story and concepts.

The back of the book includes questions you can ask your child after they are finished reading. The questions include questions such as "Has anyone ever teased you? How did you feel?" and "How should we treat someone who looks differently?"

Also included in the back is a small page of Butterfly facts, which is fun for any kid!

I was pleasantly surprised to read the back cover and see that there is a free audio version of the book available to download online for free.

All in all, I think "Catie's Secret" is an adorable book that children will love! I rate it as 4 stars!

I received this book for free from Litfuse to give my honest unbiased opinion.

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