This month Desiring Virtue is focusing on the topic of wisdom and specifically on the book of Proverbs. Much of the book of Proverbs is written as an invitation for the young to understand and seek after wisdom and to thus please the Lord while also finding fulfillment in life. Obviously this is the desire of every God-fearing parent. None of us want to see our children make mistakes that simultaneously dishonor the Lord and cause them personal harm. And although it is impossible for our children to live Christ-exalting lives apart from the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, it is nonetheless our responsibility to raise our little ones with a knowledge of the Lord and the wisdom found in this revealed Word. This knowledge will not only benefit them practically as a guardian in their early years, but will aid them in their future (Lord willing) Christian lives as they seek to make Christ the King over every aspect of life. Today I would like to share two resources from Elizabeth George that focus on character building from the book of Proverbs. They are complementary works that serve to introduce little boys and girls to the wisdom found in this wonderful book of the Bible.
This (obviously) is the version that we have in our home. It is co-authored by Elizabeth’s husband Jim and contains beautiful paintings on every page by Judy Luenebrick. Each page focuses on a different character quality that “God’s little boy” possesses. Each character quality (such as truthful, brave, prayerful) contains a sweet little rhyme as well as a correlating verse from Proverbs. The illustrations follow the daily life of a little boy, his faithful golden retriever, and a pet frog (finding the frog in his various mischief makes the illustrations all the more interesting for my little boys). Each little rhyme helps to further explain the character quality as does a helpful list of simple definitions in the back of the book.
What I love about this book:
- First of all, the illustrations are beautiful and detailed making each page a delight to explore and talk about. They also help to further explain each character quality by showing a practical situation a little boy might find himself in throughout a “typical” day.
- Each of the rhymes are simple and to the point (much like the proverbs themselves). They help to introduce young ones to the wisdom found in the Word of God without coming off like a lecture or lesson necessarily.
- Though the majority of the book is comprised of character qualities that seem impossibly difficult for anyone (much less little boys) to attain on their own, the last quality (prayerful) is a helpful reminder to rely upon the Lord for the ability to be a “man who loves [God] true” and “who pleases [him].” I am thankful that Elizabeth ended on this note, so as to remind the parent and child to seek first the Lord and then allow him to transform us into wise men and women.
Not having any little girls around the house, I can’t give the same personal testimony to God’s Wisdom for Little Girls, but am under the impression that it follows a very similar format as God’s Wisdom for Little Boys. Each page contains a different character quality and illustration (same illustrator), though the character qualities focus on passages from Proverbs 31 rather than the full range of Proverbs. Here is a description from the publisher:
Sugar and spice and everything nice–that’s what little girls are made of¼and so much more! In her first children’s book, bestselling author Elizabeth George draws from the wisdom of the book of Proverbs to encourage young girls to apply the positive traits and qualities illustrated in each verse.
Judy Luenebrink’s charming illustrations complement the text, which emphasizes that there is more to being a girl than simply being sweet and nice. God desires for them to be helpful, confident, thoughtful, eager, prayerful, creative, cheerful, and kind–one of His little girls!
A wonderful read-aloud book and perfect gift for parents or grandparents to give to their favorite little girl!
I love the idea of introducing the Proverbs 31 woman to little girls in such an accessible way. Having this book in your library will be a helpful way to introduce the concepts of a virtuous woman to even the youngest of little girls. The beautiful illustrations are sure to encourage conversation and further thought on each virtue.
What a wonderful and beautiful way to introduce our children to the wisdom literature of the Bible! I definitely recommend adding these books to your collection! They would also make great gifts from grandparents and aunts and uncles for birthdays and Christmases.