Teaching Kids to See with a Grateful Heart (Book Review)

Surette, Janet. Scarlett’s Spectacles: A Cheerful Choice for a Happy Heart. B&H Kids, Nashville, TN. 2019. 24 pages.

As someone who wears glasses, I know well the difference a set of lenses can make to my vision. I need my eyeglasses so I can see clearly. Something similar can be said when it comes to how we view life. Depending on what lenses we use, we may either look at life with a grumbling or grateful attitude. I think this is especially important to consider when it comes to teaching kids and encouraging them to see life with the right set of lenses. Janet Surette gives us just that in her new children’s book, Scarlett’s Spectacles: A Cheerful Choice for a Happy Heart.

A Story of Spectacles

With colorful illustrations by Shane Crampton, Scarlett’s Spectacles features a young girl named Scarlett and her mother, who teaches Scarlett each day there is a choice to make between a glad or grumbly pair of glasses to see life through. As Scarlett considers her mother’s words, Scarlett’s attitude begins to change. As she puts on the glad pair of glasses, tasks such as cleaning her room and times where her siblings may get more treats than her are not seen as places to whine about what she has to do or what she doesn’t get; rather, with the attitude of gratitude, she is happy to have a room to live in and glad she gets treats as well as her siblings too. Seeing now with a clear vision, she tosses out her grumbly pair of glasses for her glad spectacles. The book ends with a reminder from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in everything.

Seeing with a Grateful Heart

Scarlett’s Spectacles: A Cheerful Choice for a Happy Heart by Janet Surette provides parents with a resource to give both their children and them a biblical perspective on life and to be glad even for the mundane and everyday tasks. While the book could have been more strategic in laying out the gospel, which is what produces the power to gain a glad attitude over a grumbly one, kids, as they go about their days, will see why they should do so with an attitude of gratitude. If you are a parent of a 4-to-8-year-old who has an attitude problem or if you want to teach your child why and how they can be grateful, then get this book and put on this biblical set of lenses that will teach your kid (and you) to see with a grateful heart!

I received this book from B&H/Lifeway Bloggers Program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.

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