Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Birds of the Air: Seeing the Hidden Value that God Sees - a bookwrap



Birds of the Air: Seeing the Hidden Value that God Sees

 by S.E.M. Ishida


* Ages:  4-8

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Hardcover: 32 pages

* Publisher:  B&H Kids, 1st edition

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 7, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book  

The backdrop of this story is the true historical event of the baptism of Jesus.  This fictional tale is sweet and highlights how the heart of God sees His creation. 

The birds get wind that God's Spirit will descend in the form of bird on Jesus' baptism day.  They are all in an excited flap and twittering to each other who might be chosen to be that coveted bird.  They all strut and show off their magnificent qualities expressing why they should have that honour.  

The canary boasts she can express His delight in song, the eagle can display His mighty power and the parrot, because he's so smart, can remind people of God's great wisdom, just to name a few. The humble dove has none of those attributes so the other birds discount and erase him because they point out that at the temple only poor people offer doves to God when they can't afford anything better. The poor dove feels dejected and worthless.  He feels he has no chance because he is so plain and ordinary.  Who will God choose?  Can God see the hidden values inside the ordinary dove and choose him? 

The illustrations are colourful and beautiful.  The story has a fable-like style and a happy ending which kids will love.  The positive message is that God sees our hearts not our preening, boasting, and performances.  "Birds of the Air"will encourage kids and point out that  each one of us has value and worth... worthy enough to be chosen to carry out His great purposes.  I love the book and highly recommend it.  Great message for all ages!  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author / Illustrator

S.E.M. Ishida is both a storyteller and a technical communicator. Birds of the Air started as a high school English assignment to write a fable. After graduating with a B.A. in humanities and an M.S. in technical communication, Ishida didn’t stop writing even after the school assignments stopped coming. Her other books are Nick Newton Is Not a Genius and Nick Newton: The Highest Bidder, both published by JourneyForth. Ishida enjoys experiencing stories in various forms, including books, films, and games.

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