Children's Literature by Sheila Walsh

Children's Literature by Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh exudes love and support for women. As you read her books, you know that, as she was writing, she was laughing or crying along with you. I was excited to find two of her books in the children’s section at a Barnes and Noble recently. Not to be disappointed, she has brought her uplifting style to each.

Gigi The Pink Ballerina: God’s Little Princess
Sheila Walsh, Thomas Nelson Inc, Dallas TX, 2007

Taking Psalm 149:3, Sheila Walsh composes an adventure for little girls. Gigi is given a verse in Sunday school class, but loses half of it. Having memorized the first part, she sets out to praise God through dance because she thinks that is how she is supposed to become one of God’s princesses. Accompanied by a friend, her mother takes them to a ballet lesson where everything that can go wrong does. Discouraged, Gigi thinks she will never be pleasing enough to God. As her father explains God loves her for who she is and not for what she can do, he presents her with the second half of the verse. Gigi’s eyes light up as she reads it and gets new ideas for adventures.

Beautifully illustrated, this book could easily become a favorite of your little preschool princess. The book is one of three in the little princess series. Although the local bookstore did not have them, Gigi’s adventures are also available on dvd.

Sweet Dreams Princess: Bedtime Bible Stories, Devotions and Prayers
Sheila Walsh, Thomas Nelson Inc, Nashville TN, 2008

Using the International Children’s Bible, Sheila Walsh has put together a compilation of short stories based upon important figures and lessons from both the Old and New Testaments. If your child mainly enjoys looking at pictures as you read, this is not the book for her. However, the book could easily become a favorite of your little princess from preschool through her middle elementary years as she first listens to you read to her and later reads it on her own.

The book makes a wonderful first devotional for young girls capable of reading on their own. Sheila Walsh presents aids for your little princess to learn how to pray and to talk to God interspersed with well defined biblical promises and opportunities for praise. With over 300 pages, there are a lot of lessons for your little one to learn. Among others subjects, the stories teach on the fruit of the spirit, ten commandments, love, and faith. The language is easy to understand and the book presents questions to make your child feel valued and important. Each story gives particular scripture references that you can review with your child. At the end of the book, your child has space to write about her favorite story or remembrances.

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