Every Child Everywhere! is writer and illustrator Debby Anderson's interpretation of the command of Jesus, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14). Her bookís format is multimedia with verses from Scripture, color photographs of children from all over the world, plus bright artwork that shows children of each nation dressed in their national garb. The diversity of cultures is shown in a variety of ways. Some children live where it is very cold (a drawing of a girl in Greenland building a snowman with her pet husky nearby), and some children live where it is very hot (a photograph of three children in Chili playing in the ocean).
Anderson shows that all kids are very much alike, even if their cultural heritages are different. For example she shows that all children love art. Kids in Japan learn origami (creating animals by folding paper), children in New Zealand learn to carve, and children in Brazil learn to draw and paint. Readers also see that children also love some of the same things. Whether girls are in the Netherlands or in Pakistan, they love to play with dolls and climb on playground slides. Whether boys are in Sweden or in Vietnam, they love to shoot marbles, kick a soccer ball, and wrestle with puppies.
The book concludes with the words of Jesus in Mark 9:37, "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me." It's a book that can be read over and over, always discovering something new in a drawing or photo about God's love for all children. Ė Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
A fun, colorful tool for teaching young children about Godís creativity and his love for all children, near and far.
Every Child Everywhere! celebrates children as reflections of the joy and creativity of God. Bright illustrations and joyful narrative teach young children that though we are all different, uniquely designed by God, certain undeniable similarities unite us--things like play, family, and imagination.
This book will touch young hearts with Christís compassion and help children connect to children of other cultures. While informing readers about Godís creativity, it inspires confidence that the love of Christ can be expressed across cultures. This confidence will embolden children and families to step out of their comfort zones into the lives of others who need Christian friends. Every Child Everywhere! is a tool to pass on a global awareness to our children today, so they may make a difference in the world tomorrow.