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Reviewed by Joshua Soule for Readers' Favorite
“Life on earth is wonderful,” said Mom, “but heaven is better.” Heaven is Better is a unique children’s story in which the author, Shirley Alarie, creates a dialogue that is designed to spark the imagination of the reader. Heaven is a topic often not very thoroughly discussed by parents and is not described in vivid detail in the Bible. Daysa, the young girl in the story, inquires about heaven to her mother. This conversation prompts Daysa to imagine just what heaven might be like. From exploring the beauty of colors in heaven to riding a chimpanzee, and even experiencing the companionship of loved ones, Daysa imagines how heaven truly will be better than living here on earth. The illustrations are full and vivid and certain to keep the attention and awe of young readers as their own imaginations are kindled.
Heaven is Better truly is a one of a kind children’s book. It encompasses a religious theme but in a playful and creative manner that is fun for children to read. The difficult concept of heaven is beautifully illustrated in a child's imagination, and the otherwise confusing topic becomes exciting and beautiful. I am pleased to see the amount of passion that Shirley Alarie has put into designing Heaven is Better. Alarie’s writing is done in a way that will leave kids feeling good and wanting to learn more. The book will serve as an excellent conversation starter for parents to talk to their children about heaven. Nice work.