Monday, October 26, 2015

Children's Book review: Little Critter by: Mercer Mayer

This post will be growing as I write additional reviews of different Mercer Mayer books.  He created the character, Little Critter.

We All Need Forgiveness (Inspired Kids) 2014.  There apparently is a series of Mercer Mayer books with a Christian theme, and this is one of them.  It is based on the scripture "Forgive each other because the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13  In this book Little Critter learns about forgiveness.  He likes being forgiven, but has a bit of a hard time forgiving others.

Just a Little Music, Harper Festival, New York, 2010.  This is a little  book that Caleb really enjoyed.  Little Critter, after going to the parade wants to play an instrument, and chooses the drum.  Little sister does not like his choice because the drum is loud; and he never stops playing.

You Go First (Inspired Kids),, 2013.  This book again has a spiritual theme and lesson.  Little Critter has a problem with letting others go first.  When he isn't first he is miserable; but usually he is just pushy and gets his way.  However his teacher tells the class that the Bible teaches we should treat others the way we would like to be treated.  It would be nice if such lessons could be taught in public school.  Little Critter does finally learn this lesson, and finds out that when he lets others go first, they are happy, and then she is happy as well.

Just Camping Out, A Golden Book, New York, 1989.  This Little Critter Book is different because it is told from the perspective of Little Sister.  Little Sister is going to camp out with Little Critter.  First  the eat their prepared sandwiches, and are still hungry and go inside to eat spaghetti with the family.  They go back out but weren't sleepy, so back inside to watch t.v. with father.  Dad walks them out and reads a story.  Little Sister finds there are many scary things in the dark, and that her teddy bear is missing her.  She heads back indoors for the night.

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