Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Snuggles' Japanese Alps Adventures

"Snuggles' Japanese Alps Adventures" by Tim Ostermeyer is a children's book about an adorable little Japanese snow monkey named Snuggles. The book uses amazing pictures the chronicle the life of Snuggles, from a newborn through his family's journey to the hot springs for his first winter. 

What I liked about this book is that the photos were absolutely stunning. The crisp, vivid photographs of Snuggles and his family are captivating, and draw a child into the story. The storyline of this book is also fun for children, following Snuggles as he and his family travel up mountains and through the river to reach the hot springs. Ostermeyer frequently pairs relative bible verses with the action in the story to reinforce Biblical wisdoms in a fun way. 

What I didn't like so much about this book was that some parts were slightly complicated for a young child. Toward the end of the book Snuggles asks his mom is man came from monkeys, and the brief discussion of the various evolution theories and their flawed arguments are much more complicated than a young child can understand and process easily.  

I also liked that this book briefly discussed the PITCH method of praying, but I do wish that there had been a little more explanation of it for younger children, as well. An explanation of each part of the PITCH method, with more details, would have been great, so that young children can really grasp the concept. 

Overall I would give this book a 3.5 / 5; The photography and story of the Japanese snow monkeys is great, but when it changes gears to more complicated issues, they could have been broken down further to be more age appropriate.

FTC DISCLOSURES: I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. 

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