Even on our gloomiest days, God is with us.
Name: Rosie’s Glasses
Author: Dave Whamond
Illustrator: Dave Whamond
Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2018
Written for Ages: 3-6
Summary: The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” comes true in this wordless picture book. As Rosie starts her day, there is a little black cloud hanging over her. Her day and the book’s pages are filled with monochrome images, giving the reader the gloomy, down feeling that Rosie must be experiencing. Then, a colorful butterfly leads Rosie to a pair of glasses, that once she puts them on, the black and white world around her is filled with color. There are joy and happiness. Then, she drops the glasses, and it starts to look like things will return to the gloominess. But, a puppy comes running to her and happiness returns. Another child, who has a dark cloud hanging over his head, finds the glasses.
Scripture Connection: Jesus encounters Blind Bartimaeus on the roadside in Jericho (Mark 10:46-52). Bartimaeus, despite the calls from the crowd to be quiet, calls out to Jesus. Jesus calls the blind man to him, and Bartimaeus leaps up, throwing his cloak off. “I want to see again,” the blind man tells the Messiah. Jesus heals the man, resorting him to sight, and Bartimaeus becomes a Jesus follower.
Theological Connection: The butterfly is symbol of new life and resurrection. Often in churches, you will see butterflies on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a butterfly that leads Rosie to the glasses that give her a new perspective on the world. Prevenient grace is that grace that goes before us, wooing and guiding us to a new life in Jesus Christ. It is a reminder that no matter how bad or gloomy our days get, God is with us.
Justice Connection: Rosie’s family is an interracial couple, a white mom and an Asian. Rosie’s classroom is filled with diversity. The boy who finds the glasses at the end of the book is African-American. Gloomy days are not based on one’s social status, race, or other stereotypes.
Faith Talk (God Talk):
- Have you ever felt like Rosie?
- In the first couple of pages, does anyone look like they are having a good day?
- When Rosie notices the colorful butterfly, what else does she see?
- What changes for Rosie when she finds the glasses?
- Do you wish you had glasses like Rosie’s? Why or why not?
- What happens when Rosie drops her glasses?
Parenting Connection: There are days when children are down. Too often because of our schedules or whatever we have going on, we miss it. Sometimes we have to stop what we are doing and sit with our children. It is often during playtime or reading time that they tell us what is bothering them, how they are feeling, or what they are upset with.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.
You can buy a copy at Amazon or check it out at your local library.