Baptism and Boomerangs Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-16 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings

"Oh, Baptism & Boomerangs is just so sweet, and colorful, and made me cry the good kind of tears. I hope each of you can read it, too.

For now, I will just tell you this:

It is about little girl named Amara, who just arrived in Sidney, Australia, with her mom, dad, and brother Jack, to celebrate her eighth birthday with her grandparents and delicious baptism cake(!), and of course, to get baptized.

But there is a small, but significant, problem. Amara is excited to get baptized, but is also nervous. And what’s more, she is nervous to say that she’s nervous. Thankfully, her perceptive mother thinks to ask her what she’s thinking about, and a number of really lovely, heartfelt discussions ensue...

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" Children's book, LDS religious. This book was a cute parallel to baptism from a grandfather to his granddaughter using a boomerang. I enjoy new ways to teach simple concepts. The illustrations were colorful and well-drawn and the story was a little cliche but truly enjoyable. " said.

"Very cute little book about baptism! I loved the analogy of how baptism is like a boomerang, and what we can do when we can't quite get the boomerang to come back to us.

I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars because it did not hold the attention of my 3- and 5- year-old; I was constantly calling them back to read the book. Normally they LOVE to have books read to them, especially new books, but this wasn't quite up their alley. I think it was just a tad too wordy for them, but it would probably be fine for a 7 or 8-year-old. My 11- and 12- year-olds enjoyed reading it on their own.
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"Author Sherrie Gavin and illustrator Tatiana Lawton have come together and created a fun, colorful, and inspiring read about baptism for young LDS children. The story brings to light the hesitancy of not knowing or understanding the details of and for baptism, but with the help of Grandad and a boomerang, a better understanding develops. This is a delightful and inspiring story that young children taking the step to baptism, as well as those converting to the LDS faith will relate to and enjoy.

Genre: children’s, religion, LDS, Christian
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication date: August 11, 2015
Number of pages: 36

A review copy of this novel was provided by Cedar Fort. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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" This book was a good thought, another good way to explain the promises made at baptism. I didn't really love it, and I think some parts may be a little over the heads of the young readers its intended for. " said.

" My family LOVES this book! Every page is filled with truth and hope. When my kids can't sleep, this is the book they want to read to help them feel peaceful and happy. I have a son who is about to be baptized, and this is the perfect book to help prepare him and help him understand what baptism is all about. It is also great for my older kids to read to remind them of their own baptism and what it means to them. It is simple and sweet and beautifully written. " said.

"I absolutely adore this book!

I think it is a PERFECT way to teach about some of the concepts of baptism-- and life.

I loved that the extended family was included and chuckled as some of the fun things the little brother said.

I am impressed with the object lessons that came from throwing a boomerang such as:

* Just like a boomerang comes back to us "our Heavenly Parents have created a perfect plan so we [can] return to them."

* "You need to throw the [boomerang] the right way. Just like we need to live our lives the right way."

* When throwing a boomerang or living life it can sometimes seem hard and we might want to quit, but we need to "keep working at it...start fresh...learn from mistakes...then go again."

This book also explains all the help we receive and how we are never alone...Love that lesson :)

So many great books are coming out right now to help a young child better understand baptism and what that truly means.

I highly recommend this one!
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" I very much enjoyed Baptism & Boomerangs! I think it is very well thought out and explained, and I loved the cultural references worked into the story. My recently-baptized nephew loved learning about throwing boomerangs and he really liked analogy the story is based on. I can't wait to have a turn trying out a boomerang, and neither can he! " said.

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