Wow! The Good News in Four Words

Sharing the Good News with Kids

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Wow!: The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall and Annabel Tempest is a fun way to share the gospel with young kids, because it is such a fun format and encourages kids to interact with the story. The four words, Wow, Uh-oh, Yes, and Ahh provide the structure for the story of God’s grace and plan of salvation. These simple words, which kids will love to shout out when they appear in the story, show how simple it is to accept God’s love:

“Ahh…what a great gift that you get a fresh start. Now no one and nothing can keep you apart. WOW! Uh-oh. Yes! Ahh” (p. 20).

The vibrant illustrations in Wow! — with lots of details and bright, engaging colors — are captivating to look at, so not only is this book a fun read-aloud, but it provides marvelous eye-candy. The excitement of the lyrical text is perfectly depicted through the multicultural characters and whimsical scenes throughout the story. My favorite thing about this book is that it is as beautiful and fun to read as any of the best children’s picture books, and that isn’t always the case with ‘Christian’ children’s books. I am so happy to see this trend changing and to see books like this that will stand the test of time for any child’s library.

As a read-aloud, Wow! is suitable for even the youngest learners. Older children, who are ready to delve into the verses a little further, will find references at the end of the book with Scripture passages that go along with each of the aforementioned 4 words. For use in a homeschool setting, these passages would make good copywork prompts, as well as discussion starters for Bible study. Wow! could even serve as a supplement to grammar and writing for primary ages.

Keeping little learners engaged and interested is challenging, and when sharing the concepts of God’s plan for salvation, a book like Wow! is a game changer. The lessons will really stick with kids because of the unforgettable story and visual combination. It is a simple story, but oh, so smartly presented.

The publisher provided a review copy of Wow!

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