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Through the Eyes of a Child (God Created It All) by Pam Funke is a collection of six short stories which introduces young readers to the concepts of faith, love, trust, acceptance, and God. The book also introduces children to many different kinds of animals. Children are often confused with the concept of there being a God because they cannot see him.
Pam Funke's short stories focus on animals when referencing God. Children love animals, and can comprehend an idea or concept better if they can have fun and be comfortable with the explanation to their questions. For example, the author uses animals as the main characters in each of the short stories. When a young girl named Belle is walking with her mother on the beach and finds a mysterious looking creature washed up on the sand, her curiosity gets the better of her and she asks her mother what is it? Where did it come from? Who made it? When Belle did not understand that God had made the creature and loved it for what it was and everything else on the earth, her mother thought it appropriate to explain with a series of stories. Just as God loves all people on Earth for their individual qualities, he also loves animals the same way. Children often find themselves feeling left out, self-conscious, unloved, and alone. They don't know, or don't understand that God is with them always, loves them no matter what, and has created everyone with their own special purpose and talents. The author introduces readers to a few different kinds of animals with very special talents, although, like some children, the animals in the stories don't think so.
Pam Funke provides children and adults with fun and relatable characters, vivid photographs, and creative, easily read short stories to give answers to the questions about God that both children and adults often seek. A lighthearted book that can be read by all ages.