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Book Review Joseph's Hands
Lisa M. Hendey
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New Childrenâ€™s Book Emphasizes Each Childâ€™s Special Calling
Book Review: Josephâ€™s Hands
By Kety Sabatini, Illustrated by Marie Sabatini
Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey
Bezalel Books, Waterford, MI, $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-9792258-8-8 or 0-9792258-8-4
God makes every one of us unique, giving us each special gifts and talents. In the newly released book Josephâ€™s Hands (Bezalel Books, April 2007, paperback, 36 pages), author Kety Sabatini shares a compelling tale which aptly illustrates Godâ€™s love and creativity. Beautifully illustrated by Marie Sabatini, Josephâ€™s Hands is the story of six year old Joseph and his search for purpose and meaning in his young life.
Joseph is the youngest of four brothers. Each of his brothers seems to have a special gift for working with his hands. Sam, the eldest, is a true handyman and great with tools. Brother Tony can fix any kind of machinery and Chris is the familyâ€™s accomplished baker. As loving siblings, they try to involve little Joseph in their tasks, but the end result is always a shambles â€“ a smashed thumb, a clock with its gears in a jumble, and bread dough that refuses to rise.
Joseph is despondent, fearing he will never grow up to have the clever and gifted hands his brothers possess. His loving parents console Joseph, encouraging him that one day he too will find his handsâ€™ purpose.
â€œSomeday your hands will be a gift also,â€ Josephâ€™s mother gently remarks. Along the way, his parents remind him that our God is amazing enough to be able to create a unique set of fingerprints for each and every person â€“ surely God also has a unique design and calling for each of us as well! With his familyâ€™s love and support, Joseph must learn to trust Godâ€™s perfect plan.
By the end of Josephâ€™s Hands, readers learn that God has indeed crafted the perfect plan for Joseph and that in his own unique way he touches lives just as his brothers do in their own vocations. Marie Sabatiniâ€™s illustrations masterfully evoke the bookâ€™s plotline with wit and expressiveness.
Josephâ€™s Hands is the perfect book to share with children ages four through eight. With its uplifting messages and engaging characters, this book reinforces that concept that God has designed each of us for a unique and wonderful purpose. Children will learn that like Joseph, if they trust God and His plan, they will one day love and serve God and others in their own singular fashion.
For more information on Josephâ€™s Hands visit http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0979225884/catholicmomcom
Lisa M. Hendey, wife and mother of two sons, is and avid reader and the webmaster of numerous web sites including http://www.catholicmom.com. Visit her at http://www.lisahendey.com for additional information.
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