March 14, 2016 by Chris French
This book is an Imagination Library book and I love it! If you haven’t already signed up to get Imagination Library books you should do it now! They’ll send you a free book every month until you child turns five! Sign up here!
The Creator makes a man and a woman for the express purpose of them not being alone. They happily lived together for a long time, but one day the man comes back from hunting and the woman hadn’t started their meal yet. Instead she was picking flowers. Needless to say the conversation didn’t go well and the husband said something out of anger that hurt the woman’s feelings so she left him. The man immediately is sorry for his harsh words, but he can’t catch the woman to tell her he’s sorry. Through some divine help the man eventually catches the woman and apologizes. She forgives him and to they live happily ever after.
The Spiritual Significance
When we get angry we can say things that are hurtful to the people we love. We need to be more temperate. We shouldn’t lash out when we’re angry. Kids need to hear that! Grownups need to hear that too. Kids hear that best in the actions of their parents. We can remind them all the time to be careful with their words, but if we’re not careful with ours they won’t be either.
The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” – Proverbs 18.21. Our words can be very powerful! In the story the man was so concerned with his own needs not being met that he hurt the woman. When we teach our kids to be careful with their words we’re also teaching them humility. Don’t be so caught up in what you want that when it doesn’t happen you hurt others. Let’s try to instill in our children to be “slow to anger”.
The graphics are pretty neat and there aren’t too many words on each page for a preschooler. Be warned! This is a Native American story, so instead of God slowing the woman down the sun takes the role. I simply replace “the sun” with “God” and go about reading the rest of the story. That’s definitely not optimal, but I haven’t read a little kid book that shows how quick words can cause lasting damage better than this one yet. They may be out there so if you’ve read one I’d love to hear about it!
Don’t forget about the extra activities! This month I’ve made the very first Proverbs for Preschoolers worksheet to go along with The First Strawberries book. I’d love your feedback on how these are working at your house and what I can do to make them more useful!