The best part of All You Want and Then Some by Carolyn Brown, for me, is the question and answer section at the end, which the author calls "Talk About It." In this section, parents and children can discuss what the book is encouraging children to do.
The main purpose of the story is to teach children how to love and serve others like Jesus does. The main character of the story, a little girl with two younger brothers, learns from her next-door neighbor's example how to be patient, thoughtful, encouraging, and loving, at a time when she is most receptive to learning these things - while she feels neglected by parents who are busy with other things (mainly the younger children). While her neighbor reaches out to her and her family with the love of Christ, the little girl learns how to minister to the needs of others. Then, when the girl and her family move to a new neighborhood, instead of sulking over her losses, the main character reaches out to her neighbors with the love of Christ. The story is sweet, the pictures are cute, and the message is understandable for children at least 4 or 5 years old. -- Jennifer Joneleit, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
When Katie and her family need a helping hand to cope with life’s challenges, God sends Bella, a special neighbor who becomes an extraordinary friend.
Basking in Bella’s love and service, Katie wants to serve others too and discovers that God has blessed her beyond her expectations—with new friends, a good feeling in her heart, and squishy marshmallows that float—“all you want and then some.”
Based on a true story.