We were big fans of the zoo, even pre-kid, so we take the kids often. When they saw the giraffes for the first time they asked, as any reasonable person would, what those strange animals were called. Now, I like hearing them say big words so I told them those are reticulated giraffes. To this day they can’t say reticulated…they say ridiculous, but to my kids those aren’t just any old giraffes, they’re ridiculous (reticulated) giraffes. I’ve always thought that was adorable so when I started looking for a name for their book reviews I immediately thought of their ridiculous giraffes.
The Ridiculous Giraffe Book Club: Book Reviews for Preschoolers is a no fuss, no muss way to do family devotionals.
I noticed some of their favorite “secular” books contained spiritual truths so as I was reading a book to them I would mention the concept and maybe what it meant to them and quickly continue with the rest of the book. We’re talking 1-2 sentences here, around 30 seconds, but I think Moses (and God) would say this is what the command from Deuteronomy 6 means to preschoolers.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Spiritual lessons for them have to be very quick or they’ll lose interest and you’ll get frustrated, thus The Ridiculous Giraffe Book Club was born! I’ll read and review a book and give you the spiritual principle for you to weave into the conversation as you read the book to your own children.
If you think 30 seconds won’t do any good, don’t brush it off so easily. Think about how many times you’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your child. What would happen if you incorporated the spiritual truth found in that book each time you read it?
I hope these reviews remind us all to teach our kids God’s concepts “as we sit in the house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up.” It’s not about the length of the lesson, but how often you tell them.
If I can find anything I think will go along well with the book I’ll post it to the Ridiculous Giraffe Pinterest board here. Usually it’ll be food or a fun activity, but I’ve also posted all the books I’ve reviewed on this board with links to the specific article so if you don’t want to follow the blog you might want to follow the Pinterest board so you’ll know each time I post.
A lot of my upcoming reviews are coming from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. They’ll send your child a new book every month and most of them are quality books! Sign up here
Here are my reviews so far. I’ll try to post one every month. Search the book’s name in my search bar to find the specific review you want. You’ll find several Bible oriented books for young readers in the mix too.