From the moment Lucas could talk, he has been asking questions. He wanted to know everything about everything. Still does. "Mommy, talk about trees. Talk about lightening. Talk about mud or firetrucks or freight trains." I was explaining photosynthesis and the definition of nocturnal to my 2 year, because he asked. He is a very bright, very verbal, very cerebral kid. And as he gets older, the questions are not waning. Just getting more complex. "Mommy, who made God? How do people who live in heaven walk on the clouds? Why do some animals eat plants and others eat meat?"
And along with being a curious kid, he is also an avid reader. Well, he isn't quite reading alone. But he loves to be read to and to learn what the books say so he can " read" them to himself. When I was first introduced to the Ouestions for Little Hearts books (from author Kathleen Bostrom), I knew they would be a good fit for us. Having lost our first son before Lucas was born, we talk a lot about heaven around here. Lucas knows he has an older brother in heaven and that we will see him again someday. But those discussions themselves lead to lots of other questions about heaven and God and other spiritual matters. These are questions that I love to talk abut with him but I don't always have the answers. And that is exactly why I love these books.
The most recent one's we read were "Who Made the World?" and "What is the Bible?" And just like the others in this series that we have loved, these books captivated Lucas' attention and sparked lots of questions. The books always start with a list of questions your toddler may have about the world or the Bible or prayer or heaven.
"What was the hardest, and what was most fun? "The planets or the stars or the people- which one? If you had it all to do over again, would you make the world as you did way back them?
The second half of the book if written as if God is speaking to your preschooler, directly answering his/her questions.
"Nothing was hard; I enjoyed every minute. I love the whole world! I love everything in it! If I could go back, I would not change a thing. But wait till you see what the future will bring!"
If your kids are like mine, the poetic answers will be only the beginning of answering the questions. This is when I turn to the last few pages of the book. They break it down page by page and list the scripture reference that backs up the reply. The references for the above quoted passages are: Genesis 1:31 "God looked over all He had made, and he saw that it was very good!" Also, Revelation 4:11 and Revelation 21:1. After reading "Who Made the World?" Lucas and I had a good talk about the creation story and what it means to be part of God's creation. Lucas asked, "If God made the world, then who made God?" Good question, little man. The references in the back of our book list Revelation 22:13, "I am ... the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." Not exactly a clear-cut answer, but that is not exactly a clear-cut question. It did, however, explain it a little more and give us me some words to use to talk about God's eternal nature with my 3yr. old.
So, as I have said before, we are big fans of the Little Blessings books. The author, Kathleen Bostrom, is an ordained minister and pastor's wife. Her explanations are poetic (aka: easy to read and not annoying if you have to read them over and over), thorough and yet kid-friendly. When reading these to my boys, they are entertained and instructed all at once. And as a mom of boys who have LOTS of questions, I love that! I can't recommend them enough. There are so many in this series that I'm sure you could find the perfect one for your little questioner.