Book Review: 'A Servant Like Jesus'
"A Servant Like Jesus" is a children's book by Lee Ann Mancini. It is part of the "Adventures of the Sea Kids" series.
Other books in the Adventures of the Sea Kids series include "What a Bragger", "Fast Freddy", "God's Gift" and "I'm Not Afraid". This Christian children's book came out in 2016.
What are the pros and cons of this Christian kids' book? What is the ideal age range for this book?
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through BookCrash.
I have reviewed at least one other Sea Kids book as well, which is why I wanted to review this one.
Pros of "A Servant Like Jesus"
How can your child see a clear example of a servant's heart? This book provides a good example that is accessible to young children.
The bright, engaging graphics by Dan Sharp are attractive to all ages.
The book is at about a first grade reading level, ideal for the kindergarteners and first graders at the upper end of the audience for this Christian children’s book.
This Sea Kids book has Bible icons hidden in some of the pictures to keep children engaged.
I like the lesson that it is better to get involved and help make things better than hide and cry. The presentation of this lesson is relatable to young children.
Cons of "A Servant Like Jesus"
I don't agree with the author that taking on the obligation of helping others is a first step to solving shyness/social anxiety. It may give you a positive way to interact with others, but it can also exacerbate the shyness if others don't provide the validation or praise the child wants as reward for helping. I like the adults praising the child for helping, but reading the book doesn't negate the need for adults to do this in real life, too.
Observations about "A Servant Like Jesus"
This book is available in both paperback and hardback versions.
A significant part at the start of the book is talking about separation anxiety at daycare. If your children are already dealing with this emotionally and can’t relate to helping the teacher and friends, then they shouldn’t be read this book. This issue also precludes many toddlers from enjoying the book, since they won't get past the part about "I miss my Mommy".
This Christian children's book is ideal for three to six year old children, though you can certainly read it to the younger ones if the book won't trigger separation anxieties. Toddlers won't understand much more than a call for helping others.
Older children could take the lessons from this book while otherwise being too old for the work, but it is the preschoolers who would enjoy this and other books in the series over and over again.
If you want to help your preschooler get engaged in the classroom or Sunday school instead of being self-centered, this book can complement your own efforts.