You remember Little Critter by Mercer Mayer from your childhood, right? I have fond memories of my parents reading to my brother, sister, and I, and one of my favorites was the Little Critter book Just Me and My Dad. Since I’ve become a parent, I have always tried to read with my kids. Some weeks it happens more often than others, but I’ve always felt like it’s very important to instill in them at a young age a passion for reading.
The Little Critter books have been a favorite with my kids, we have quite an extensive collection of them.
I was so happy to when I heard about Inspired Kids, a new Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer that incorporates Bible and faith-based messages into the story. The LC books have always had great morals and real life situations kids can relate to, but to include a foundational teaching based on scripture and the word of God is quite perfect for us.
In You Go First, Litter Critter loves being first—even if it hurts his family and friends. After several missteps, Little Critter learns that the secret to getting along is treating others the way he wants to be treated—which, in Little Critter’s case, means letting someone else be first.
The lesson learned- Treat others the way you want to be treated.
In the book It’s True, Little Critter thinks that sometimes it’s easier to tell part of the truth instead of the whole truth. In this second book in the Inspired Kids line, Little Critter learns quickly that lying has consequences and that telling the truth, no matter how hard, is always the right thing to do.
The lesson learned- The truth will set you free
Although the lessons taught are timeless and apply to each and every one of us, these two new books are great for boys and girls in kindergarten through around second grade. Josh, my second grader had no problems with any of the words and has volunteered several times to read to his little brother before bed.
I have enjoyed pulling bits and pieces of each story out as examples of how my kids have even behaved before, and why it’s not really okay. I love how the stories always have a happy ending, which is encouraging to little ones who might be struggling with some of the issues in the book.
In It’s True, we laughed because we could relate so well when Little Critters mom asks him if he fed the dog, and he said yes, but that it was yesterday. My kids and I have had this exact same conversation over the care of our dogs!
If these Little Critter Inspired Kids books by Mercer Mayer sound like something you’re interested in for your family, they are available to purchase on Amazon.
OR, even better, you can enter now for your chance to win a copy of BOTH books! That’s right, it’s a two book giveaway.
For your first entry, I’d really for you to leave me a comment and let me know- What lessons to you hope your children learn from reading story books while they’re young?
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