Blessed and Beautiful

Psalm 1 (with Psalm 121) (Kids' Mini Psalm Book) (VOL3)

Children - Christian
44 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2024
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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Blessed and Beautiful is a children's picture book written by Tayo Oshaye with illustrations by Yana Popova. It teaches valuable lessons based on the first and the hundred and twenty-first chapters of the book of Psalms. It celebrates nature, individuality, and the divine protection and grace of God. The story revolves around five trees - Firi Firtree, Pinely Pine, Larry Cedar, Oaklan Oak, and Juniper Broomley - who reside in Edenwild Forest in a faraway land. Larry is the most majestic tree, and all the animals prefer him, which makes Pinely envious as a Nature talent show is coming up. However, Pinely learns to focus on his own strengths and unique abilities, which helps him feel more confident. After the talent show, a tragedy strikes and wreaks havoc in Edenwild, teaching the trees that beauty can arise from adversity, and that we must always thank God for everything.

Blessed and Beautiful is a delightful book that imparts valuable lessons on self-esteem, diversity, and the importance of individual strengths. It is a great resource for young readers who want to learn about personal growth and acceptance, while also discovering interesting facts about coniferous trees. The book is not only educational but also engaging, with an activity page that further enriches the reading experience for children. Tayo Oshaye has crafted a creative narrative by drawing from two chapters from the Bible, showcasing her innovative writing talent. The story is entertaining and also teaches children about God’s love. The illustrations are vibrant and colorful, depicting all the unique trees and the lush green forest. Each tree has an expressive face, which adds depth to the characters and makes them relatable. I enjoyed reading this story and highly recommend sharing it with your children.