We are all fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.
Author: Anne Renaud
Illustrator: Marie Lafrance
Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2018
Written for Ages: 5-8
Summary: Told in the first person, children are introduced to the amazingly tall Anna Shaw. Shaw’s height would reach over seven feet tall. She was recruited by Phineas Taylor Barnum to be included in his Gallery of Wonders museum in New York City. Anna would have good days and glum days. She eventually gets married to a man just as tall as her and settles down in Ohio.
Scripture Connection: Just in the book of Genesis, there are scripture verses reminding us that humanity was created in the image of God. (See Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 5:1-2, and Genesis 9:6.) Psalm 139 affirms that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God.
Theological Connection: Anna found community in Barnum’s Gallery with others who stood out and did not treat her differently because of her great height. Preachers and teachers have taught the importance of authentic community throughout the generations. Even in the midst of community, there were glum days because she and her peers were not accepted. Yet, the community made them stronger, and support for the gloomy days.
Justice Connection: There will always be people who stand out because they are different. What matters is how we treat them. Keeping in mind that we are all created in the image of God, no matter how tall or short we are, is the foundation for our call to seek justice on behalf of others. In creating an authentic community in our churches, schools, and neighborhoods, we accept others for who they are – a child of God.
Faith Talk (God Talk):
- If you were as tall as Anna, what would you do?
- What are your happy days like?
- What are your glum days like?
- How did Anna feel when she found friends at the Gallery of Wonders? Did the glum days go away?
- What does it mean to you that you are made in the image of God?
Parenting Connection: Differences are okay. In the midst of what must have been a struggle for the parents, they did not abandon Anna. No matter what our children go through, or what life circumstances throw your way, the reminder that your child is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God is powerful.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.
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