As a mother I want to do nothing more than to encourage my children to love who they are and to embrace the gifts that God has given them. Since both my children are really young I have to be more creative in the ways I teach them about what talents they have and how they should love them because they are a part of who they are. One of the ways I have been able to get concepts like these across to my children, at least to my three year old, is through stories because she is able to understand it better seeing an example right in front of her face.
Fabula Publishing provided me with a copy of Dabbling Doezee by Kimberly Kennedy so I could share what I thought, whether positive or negative, of one of their newest books. I was excited to be getting a new book for my kids because I love being able to experience new adventures through stories with them but I was also apprehensive because we do have a lot of books and how different could another book be since there are millions of books out there already?
Dabbling Doezee turned out to be a fantastic book with a new story, one where I could teach my children how important their individual talents are. It is all about two friends, one a dabbling doezee and one a diving duck who use their individual talents to escape danger. The Doezee struggles through the book to be able to see his talent that makes him special but by the end of the book he is able to learn to love his talent.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the beautiful illustrations by Tracy Herrman. The colors are so vibrant and the details it includes, like the freckles on the dabbling doezee’s face, gives a personal touch to each page.
Dabbling Doezee is recommended for ages 3-8. When reading this book to my 3 year old I could tell she was understanding what I was reading. I could also tell that it would be a good book for a child to read on their own at an early age with the only difficult words being dabbling doezee but it is in the book enough that the repetition could help the child learn to sound out longer words.
Another great fact about this book is that it is available on multiple electronic platforms, both iTunes and Kindle. This is a great feature for a family who likes to conserve paper or who just like the look and feel of reading a book on a tablet.
I highly recommend this new book, especially as one that can be used to teach your children to love their talents.
Do your children like to be read to or do they like to read themselves? Do you think this would be a book they would like to have read to them or to read themselves? What are some of your child’s talents that you would love for them to appreciate more?