While desperately trying to entertain my friend's 6 month old during service, I grabbed a soft paged book about Jesus from the church toy room. It worked to distract her -- she could chew on it without eating it, turn it without ripping it, and drool on it without wrecking it. Perfect.
When she was settled, I took a better look at it. It was a cloth book with tactile fabrics on each page. One had corduroy flaps to hide the Three Wise men, one had fuzzy material where the lambs were, one had a silky cloud covering a dove. She was enthralled with each page, grabbing greedily at the loose pieces to find out what was beneath.
It was then I stumbled on this picture.
Innocent enough, right? That's what I thought. The question reads "Who does Jesus love?" Then I realize, I have to lift the flaps of Jesus robe to find out. This does not bode well.
Opening the "doors" to the page, I saw the answer. Being that I knew the verse, I was prepared.
Yes, Jesus loves the little children. This I know. However, one perhaps should have thought about the message it sends to have it seem like Jesus hides little children under his robes. Just a thought.
And then, I flipped to the back of the book. There was a nice little prayer featuring Jesus and the children. How sweet.
Um, but why are the non-Caucasian kids the only ones doing manual labour? What century was this illustrated in?
I'd like to have a talk with the publisher please.