Collison, Shauna. Illustrated by Christen Cushing. Mo and the Surfing Competition and Tyler and the Circus Lie. St. Louis: Revelation Products, LLC, 2014. $7.99. Purchase at Heavenites.com.
In these two books, we learn of the importance of truth and the need for mercy. Tyler, a boy who wanted to tell a story finds out how quickly a lie can spread…even when it is supposed to be a secret. Throughout the story, we see how telling one lie leads to telling more and more lies. In the end, the only way to take care of a lie is to tell the truth.
Mo, a young surfer, was excited to enter the surfing contest. He was one of the best young surfers, and everyone knew it. One friend, Mikey, decided to keep Mo from participating so he could win. When Mo gets a friend’s surfboard (hint: it is a girl’s surfboard), Mikey gets upset. As they are competing, Mikey winds up in trouble in the ocean. Will Mo help Mikey or will he win at all costs?
These two children’s stories are very well written and illustrated. They are real to life (except for us land-locked folks!) and help to teach the young reader his or her need to tell the truth or show mercy and help others when in need…even if it might cost you something.
It must be noted that they are moralistic in nature…which is not necessarily a bad thing when teaching young children. What they do allude to is that we learn how to be merciful and truthful from the Bible. While I wish they would have had more gospel in the story, I also can see where they put the impetus on the parents to cross those t’s and dot those i’s.
As with the other Heavenites books I have reviewed, I found these to be fun and engaging and full of biblical truth. They can be of great use to teach a child early in life of the need to be merciful (when was the last time a children’s book actually talked of that?) and to tell the truth. I recommend these to all parents of Christian children with the caveat that you need to be ready to share the gospel with your children as they read these books.