One Little Match by Thomas S. Monson
Illustrated by Dan Burr
I was serving in the Primary (the children's organization in my church) in April of 2013. After General Conference that Spring I asked the children what they liked about the talks they heard. One of the older boys said he really liked the story President Monson told about how he lit a field on fire when he was a young boy. I love how the children were able to better relate to our prophet through this example. President Monson is an excellent story teller, and his story about obedience hit home with many conference listeners of all ages.
This story hasn't been far from my mind since then, and I was excited when I heard it was being released as a children's book.
When One Little Match arrived in the mail, my first thought was that Dan Burr's illustrations were incredible! I loved all of the details he included. Younger children might not appreciate this as much as I did, but the old car and the clothing styles shown really added to the overall feel of the book.
The story is excellent for children. While I prefer the wording used in President Monson's conference message for myself, One Little Match gives a little more insight about what "Tommy" enjoyed doing when he was young. It has a great message about the importance of obedience. His point that rules keep us safe, combined with his personal example of the danger that came when he didn't follow the rules is definitely one that kids can understand and will hopefully take to heart.
About the Author:
About the Illustrator:
DAN BURR earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are raising their two children and numerous farm animals on twelve acres of river-bottom land in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan is a well-known Christian illustrator who also specializes in wildlife renderings. A few of the books Dan has illustrated are The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and The Mansion.
Title: One Little Match
Author: Thomas S. Monson
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review
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