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God Went to Beauty School

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Poems about God experiencing life as a human.

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Recipient of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, this is a good example of what's wrong with children's literature awards in this country: Children are not considered. Certainly it's well-written, amusing, thought-provoking, and (depending on your own beliefs) worth sharing, a poem at a time, with your kids. It might even get them looking at the world through this unusual lens, and wondering how God would experience other aspects of their own lives.

But is this a book that kids will pick up, read, and enjoy? Oh, a few might, children with a real taste for religious speculation, or those looking for a really short, easy-to-read book to fulfill an assignment. But in general this is not a book written to appeal to kids; it's written to appeal to those who make the buying decisions --librarians, and the award committees that influence them. And because it won an award, it will sell, and more books like it will be written and fill up our libraries -- then we'll wonder why kids don't like to read.

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