Monday, August 22, 2011

Smack-dab in the Middle of God's Love by Brennan Manning and John Blase

From the publisher, “Willie Juan and Ana couldn’t have children of their own, but somehow, their home is always full of children and laughter and love. One day, when gathered together enjoying a beautiful evening and Ana’s most delicious sopapillas, Willie Juan asks this most curious question.”

I am a teacher for grades K-2 and I thought it would be fun to read this to my class and have them review the book. As I was reading the book to the students they stayed focused and engaged. I did have to explain some of the words that I felt weren’t really explained but they enjoyed learning the new Spanish words.

Here are the things they liked:
the Abuela part because it talked about being nice
sopapillas because they sounded yummy
the people believed in God
it showed that God loves all of us
the ending was nice where they all are together and hugged
Willie Juan and Ana walking in Mexico
the children asking about humming birds.

Here are the things they thought could improve (keep in mind these are K-2 students)
Show them praying
Pictures of angels
Pictures of God
More food

I put the improvement part in not because I necessarily agree with waht they said but it gives the thoughts of a child.

I thought the book was well done and would definitely recommend it to someone else. The students couldn’t decide between a four and five stars. I will give it a four only because some of the Spanish words could have been explained better in the book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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