Today I’m reviewing another children’s book, The Sacrament Is for Me, written by Jessica B. Ellingson and illustrated by Chase Jensen.
The sacrament is the most important part of the Sabbath day—and our week. Teach your little ones about the sacred sacrament and how they can apply it in their everyday lives, from the playground to piano lessons. Help your children start each week right and understand the reason behind the reverence of Jesus’s eternal sacrifice, love, and example.
This book was an instant hit at my house. Well, not quite instant. It took a few seconds for me to open the package when it came in the mail. As soon as it was out of the envelope, one of my daughters was looking at it and soon her sister came over and they began reading it to each other.
The text is a rhyming style. It’s cute, but what I really like are the book’s illustrations. Some of the pages are really funny, like the picture of the brother getting his toy tractor stuck in his sister’s hair while they’re sitting on a pew at church. Accompanying that picture is this text: “It’s not a time to play with toys or pull your sister’s hair. Instead we try to think of Him with reverence, love, and care.”
Overall, this is a cute book for children (and for parents with a few rough Sundays under their belts). Most pages have only a few lines of text, so it would be a good read aloud book for small children. I could also see it being a good choice for a quiet book for slightly older primary kids.
About the Author:
Jessica Ellingson grew up in the small town of Blanding, Utah. She moved to Utah Valley to attend school — BYU and UVU — and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Jessica and her cave-dweller husband, Tyler, currently live in Lehi, Utah, near the Jordan River.
About the Illustrator:
Chase grew up in Cleveland, Utah, and has always wanted to be an artist. He went to Brigham Young University where he studied illustration. He later returned to live near his small hometown with his wife and two daughters. You can find his work at Chase Jensen Art.