Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Review is In :: Audrey Bunny by Angie Smith

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. - Psalm 139:14

Audrey Bunny is one of the most endearing children's storybooks of the year. Written by the engaging Angie Smith and illustrated by the talented Breezy Brookshire, Audrey Bunny, is a lovely story of imperfection and God's love.

Last week, upon a friend's recommendation, I purchased this beautiful book at our local Lifeway store. It sat on the table for two days before I finally had a chance to read it to my youngest son. Overall, he really enjoyed the story (as did I), even though he found it a bit sad at first.

The premise is simple. A little bunny is often overlooked in a toy store by children because she has an imperfection. However, one day, a little girl named Caroline visits the store on her birthday and chooses the imperfect bunny. She names her Audrey and their life together begins. Each day, Caroline plays and imagines with Audrey and Audrey tries her best to hide her imperfection in fear that she will no longer be loved by her Caroline lest it be discovered. One day, the little girl takes her bunny to school for Show and Tell. Audrey is dreadfully fearful she will be discovered and her life with Caroline will be over. Yet, to Audrey's surprise, Caroline always new about the imperfection and that was why she was chosen, - "I chose you, Audrey, and I love you more than you could ever know." 

In addition to a lovely story, the book includes a Parent Connection section which offers discussion questions for you and your child(ren). I found this story to be helpful to children in understanding we are all imperfect, but that we are all loved regardless of those imperfections. I highly recommend adding Audrey Bunny to your child(ren)'s library collection this Fall.

Here's a look at Audrey Bunny from the eyes of the author, Angie Smith.

Angie dedicates this beautiful story to her daughter, Audrey Caroline, whom she and her family lost at childbirth. For more on her testimonial Two and a Half Hours with Audrey, please visit this link.

Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah), best-selling author of Mended, I Will Carry You, and What Women Fear, and one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. She holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, TN.

Breezy Brookshire is a 22 year old illustrator living in Indiana with her family. She has her own studio and blog, the Breezy Tulip Studio.

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