September 30, 2011

Gabby, God's Little Angel by Sheila Walsh

I recently read "Gabby, God's Little Angel" by Sheila Walsh , and found it be wanting.  After reading this short children's story I have to say that I am disappointed. I was expecting a sweet story with child characters that my children could connect with.

The message conveyed in the end was good, God Loves You, but the journey there was a little misguided. The character dialogue between what appears to be 6-7 year old girls is far too mature to be realistic. The words and phrases used aren't typical of young girls and seemed to not fit. I also found the book hard to follow because of its strange format, having certain parts of sentences indented, spaced and bolded. It didn't make a lot of sense to me.

I did enjoy however the message, it just wasn't arrived at in a way that children could relate to because of the complex language involved. Not to say I am a fan of "dumbing down" literature for young ones, but there does need to be a degree of comprehensibility in a piece when geared towards young children that I feel is lacking in this book. I hope the rest of the series is written more towards the children.

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