Book Title: Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release date: July 2017
Format available for review: print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.
“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”
In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.
Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.
Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.
Whenever a child is born is a fairy tale bedtime story book for small children more suited for those who need to be read-aloud to. Its tone is sweet and full of affection in assuring the child she is desired and loved from the time preceding her birth. The concept of God assigning an angel for every baby who keeps a watch over her and protecting her as she grows up must be soothing for the child. I can imagine a child dozing off to sleep peacefully after listening to this story.
Also, there is a message for the parents not to worry about raising their child since a higher force is always working with them. I wish I had the same guidance in the early days of my motherhood when nothing seemed to be happening right and I constantly worried about committing mistakes and failing at caring for my son in the right manner. Definitely, an absence of fear and the knowledge that my son and I, both, had (and have) our guardian angels watching over us would have been uplifting.
The illustrations are super cute. The lines in the book flow rhythmically, almost in sing-song nature. If the concept of guardian angel appeals to you, you are going to enjoy reading and singing this book to your child.
Meet the Author:
Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.
Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.
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