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In dealing with her misbehaving, frustrating toys and pondering what she has heard in Sunday School, Kenisha realizes that there is a piece of God in each of us and inside that piece of God is all the stuff we need
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Singer and actress Reese, seen by millions of TV viewers each week on Touched by an Angel, calls on her experience as a licensed minister to deliver this thoughtful yet uneven picture book. Young Kenisha loves going to Sunday school to hear the smooth Bible stories and the sweet gospel singing. But Kenisha doesn't realize that she's not practicing what she hears in Sunday schoolAtry to be patient, kind and loving like GodAuntil her talking toys point it out to her. Dolly Dear reminds Kenisha that she goes "into a tizzy" when her brother dawdles on the way to church or when her toy, Clown, can't decide which shoes to wear. By story's end, Kenisha vows to be ever mindful of the tenet "let go and let God," aiming to see the good and the God in everyone. Reese's universal and inspiring message unfortunately lies buried beneath a disjointed, meandering story. The reliance on fantastical toys serves as a distraction here, rather than a revelation. Buchanan's sunny watercolors depict a pleasant-looking small town in simpler times, but her renderings of Kenisha are inconsistent and sometimes disproportionate. Ages 4-7.
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The star of the popular TV series Touched by an Angel carries her preaching into this whimsical picture book. Kenisha loves Sunday school for the sweet singing and fine stories, but she is truly annoyed by how slow her little brother, Eli, walks there. When she comes home, full of music and spunk, her toys are aggravating: Rabunny with his "snore-whistle-snore," Rackeroon with her questions and questions, and Clown, who can't make up his mind. But Kenisha's Dolly Dear reminds her that all come into the world with everything they need inside of them, a piece of God. The story is a little wordy, and not all children may quite get the talking toys. Kenisha's annoyance with her brother and with her toys seems forced, and the lesson is very emphatic. The illustrations are quite engaging, however; beautiful color washes delineate the slightly exaggerated features of toys and people, and the light-filled interior and exterior views. Kenisha's toys have real personality: Dolly Dear wears kente cloth and a head wrap, Rackeroon is a raccoon with lipstick and a chapeau, Rabunny's overalls are patterned with carrots. GraceAnne A. DeCandido
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