Book Review: Paul Writes (a Letter) by Chris Raschka

Title: Paul Writes (a Letter)
Author: Chris Raschka
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Year: 2018
Ages: 6 – 9

Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka, Paul Writes (a Letter) introduces children to the letters of the Apostle Paul, also known as Saint Paul. Paul played a significant role in the spread of Christianity. While he traveled across the Roman Empire, spreading the word of Jesus, he sent letters to his friends. These letters appear in the New Testament in the 14 books that have been attributed to him. Christians and biblical scholars consider Paul’s thoughts on the Christian faith among the most influential of the New Testament.

I picked this book from the library because its illustrations captured my attention right away. I loved so much the striking watercolors that I had to review this children’s book without checking what it was about. Not surprisingly, Chris Raschka wrote and illustrated it. Considered one of the most imaginative illustrators of this time, he is a two-time Caldecott Medal winner. Without a doubt, the illustrations will allure children to the story of Apostle Paul.

Raschka does not only succeed in the art department but also in the prose department. He managed to capture the essence of Paul’s biblical messages with lively, natural, and age-appropriate sentences. My favorite passage is the following:

“Whatever is true, whatever is honest, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever you have heard good things about, these are the things you should muse on. I have learned no matter how things are with me, good or bad, I can be happy.” (Based on Philippians 1:1-2, 4:8, 4:12, and 4:21)

I think that children will learn treasured moral and spiritual lessons from reading this gorgeous book. Plus, they get to see how a man changed the world with words.

Rating: 5 stars

Where to Find it: Local Library and Amazon

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