Accepting people’s differences.
God Made Me Unique is based on the Bible verse Isaiah 64:8 “Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay. You are the potter. Your hands made all of us.”
One ordinary Sunday at church, the children learn a new girl will be joining them. Over the course of the class preparing for the new girl’s arrival, we learn about the other children and things that make them unique. Wyatt has his spinning toy and stands while the other children sit and Jamal uses his wheelchair. The new girl is Brie. She loves pizza and has a dog named Bo. She also doesn’t like loud noises and wears headphones to drown out the noises. The class is a mixture of abilities and nationalities – truly encompassing a wide variety of differences that children might encounter.
This story showcases diversity as being normal and even includes an ASL lesson on how to ‘sign’ the word for ‘friend’. The class learns that they all have differences and there’s no reason to be scared of someone’s disability. The term Special Needs is used to describe how we’re all created uniquely by God.
A supplemental tool for parents or teachers is included after the story. 4 Ways to Help Your Child Understand Uniqueness and Disability as Part of God’s Plan is a valuable resource. My favorite topic was ‘Teaching your child to be a friend to someone with a disability’.
God Made Me Unique meets its objective of ‘Helping Children See Value in Every Person’. The story is written in rhyme and although it’s not perfect rhyme, I found it forgivable due to the fabulous message. Illustrations are also well done.
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Joni Eareckson Tada is an evangelical Christian author, radio host, and founder of Joni and Friends, an organization "accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community." Her work stems from becoming a quadriplegic at age 17 after suffering a tragic diving accident.
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Shirley Alarie began writing adult and children's books to benefit two causes she loves. 'Hope in the Hood' portrays the incredible story of Colleen Adams providing hope and help to disenfranchised inner-city youth. 'A Healing Haven' showcases the amazing work of Shawn Jayroe and her incredible volunteers at RVR Horse Rescue. Children's books 'A New Friend for Gilbert' and the Dominick the Donkey 2-part series are based on real animals and events at RVR. Now Shirley writes for Jesus - including children's books, her FindingGodAmongUs blog, and as a Christian adult and children's book reviewer. Sign up to receive reviews of hot-off-the-press Christian and Children's releases. Need a freelance writer? Check her out.