Book Reviews

Book Review: The Boy Who Shared his Sandwich (Steph Williams)

In the Good Book Company’s Little Me, Big God series is a new book for children by Stephanie Williams. It’s the classic story of the little boy who gave his two fish and five loaves of bread to Jesus when the crowds who were following him became very hungry. We own two of Williams’ other books—The Best Thing to Do and The Man Who Would Not Be Quiet—and what I appreciate about these books is the simplicity of the stories, the illustrations, and the notes for grown-ups at the end of the book.

Micah thinks these books are great. He laughs at the funny faces, and it really helps him get the story into his head. The picture here shows the hordes of people eating up all of the food. Look at the man in brown holding a fish in the bottom left corner. His mouth looks like it’s in a very odd place. A few pages later there is a guy who’s tongue is next to his right ear. I don’t say this to throw shade on the illustrations. I think it’s funny, and Micah likes it when I point that out that someone’s mouth (or tongue) isn’t where you’d expect it to be. It gives the book a little more “flavor” and encourages him to look at all the other faces to see what other goofy things he can find.

As I mentioned above, the book ends with notes for grown-ups which help to fill in a few more details that aren’t found earlier in the book. As you read the book again and again for your children, you can explain the reasons for why Jesus did what he did. You can also read from John 6:5–35 which are included after the notes for grown-ups.

Recommended?

This is a nice short book that is drawn in a way that can hold kids attention (especially when parents make goofy noises along with the pictures). While it is short, it is also quite cheap on the GBC’s website (see below). It makes it a lot easier to buy a series of books when you know you can afford them.

Lagniappe

    • Ages: 2–4 years
    • Series: Little Me, Big God
    • Author/Illustrator: Steph Williams
    • Paperback: 24 pages
    • Publisher: ‎ The Good Book Company (February 1, 2021)

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Disclosure: I received this book free from The Good Book Company. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

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