Tuesday, October 20, 2015
PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: When I'm a Missionary by Merrilee Boyack
ABOUT THE BOOK
Lace and Julian's big brother, Elliott, has just returned from his mission, and they're excited—excited that he's home and excited to learn about how to prepare to be great missionaries themselves. And there's a lot to do—they had no idea how much goes into becoming a good missionary. From dressing the part to talking to people to learning how to clean and cook, Julian and Lacey discover the challenges and the rewards of preparing to serve a mission. Follow their adventures as they learn all about missionary work and what they can do now to become great missionaries when they grow up.
For LDS parents who are looking for a resource to use in helping their children understand the importance of preparing for a mission, this is a great book. While told in story form, the book is clearly intended to teach young readers/listeners about twelve different ways that he/she can prepare to be the best missionary he/she can be. These areas of emphasis include learning to take care of oneself, serving, inviting others to church, studying the scriptures, following rules, and becoming a hard worker. The story of Lace and Julian's brother coming home provides the framework for the two kids learning about becoming missionaries themselves. The illustrations are beautiful and nicely highlight each of the activities the children engage in. A nice book for families where missionary service is valued.