Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings
by Susie Moore Hillery
illustrated by Wendy Bouch and Cindy Strosser

Each page of this book contains a number, counting from 1-20, a blessing, and a short poem or sentence about that blessing.  Opposing the text is an illustrated page to go along with the reading.  Blessings in this book being counted include Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandparents, pets, food, church and many others.  Blessings are short, easy for a child to read and understand.  Illustrations go right along with what is being read, making it easy for younger children to see through the picture what is being talked about.  The final four pages of the book leave room for the child to write their own blessings, making the story their own.

While sound in idea and a sweet book overall, several assumptions are made in each blessing that is not true for many children reading.  Not all children have both parents, have a dad that brings income, have pets, go to church, etc.  A little troubling to me was the church blessing page.  While this book was written by a former pastor, illustrations depict multiple religious symbols which would be very confusing to a young child. 

A $20.00 price tag is on this book... I don't think I would pay more than $5.00.  Very simple in form, this paper back is not nearly as catching or memorable as many other children's books available.  Not a book I would consider a classic in my house.  1 out of 5 stars for me.

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I received a complimentary copy of "Count Your Blessings" as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team. I was in no way compensated for this review or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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