Field of Peace Offers Great Lesson with Fun Pictures
Field of Peace is a religious children’s book that isn’t overly religious. It is the story of an animal baseball team that is headed for the championships, but one player is not playing well and may prevent the team from winning. Boyd the giraffe must decide between winning at all costs and doing what it right. The story is aimed to teach children the lesson that if we do what is right we will feel peace in our lives.
As I was reading the book I had a hard time keeping the characters straight as they all have a name and type of animal, such as Boyd the giraffe and Arnold the armadillo. As I was reading more about the book for this review I found out that the characters from Field of Peace are from a series of books entitled Everyday Zoo also written by Joyce Meyer. If you are familiar with the other books keeping the characters straight shouldn’t be a problem.
The pictures, done by Mary Sullivan, are a real treat. My children enjoyed the bright and fun illustrations. And Joyce Meyer found a great way to appeal to kids through humor when she has Boyd startle a skunk, resulting in a stinky field. My son was in stitches reading about the smell that resulted, as I’m sure most little boys (and girls) will be.
The story provides a good starting point for family discussion about choosing the right even when we don’t want to or when we might be giving up something we want by doing what God wants. This can be a hard concept for young children to grasp, so the story is helpful in applying this principle to a situation (playing baseball and really wanting to win) that children can understand.
After reading the story with my children, my son chose to read it again, but my daughter passed right over it when selecting stories before bed. While the baseball team does have a girl member, most of the players and the coach are males in the story. I would love to see a similar story that appeals to girls as well as boys because the lesson being taught is universal.
Overall this was an okay book to read, one that I would pick up from the library, but not necessarily one I would spend money on or purchase to have in my home library. If my children were really into baseball then maybe I would.
Field of Dreams
By Joyce Meyer
Illustreated by Mary Sullivan
Price: suggested retail: $15.99, currently $11.99 on amazon.com
|Easy to Read
|Quality of Illustrations
|Appealed to Both Boys and Girls
|Kept My Children’s Interest
|I Would Purchase This Product for My Family
|I Would Purchase This Product as a Gift
All ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.
Meet the Reviewer!
Janice Richardson is an elementary
school teacher turned stay-at-home
mom of three energetic little ones,
ages 4, 2 and 5 months. She enjoys
playing with her family, being outdoors,
and eating chocolate. Janice blogs
about some of the activities she and her
children enjoy at babybrainstorm.blogspot.com.
One of her goals is to someday visit
each of the 50 states and each continent.