A Very Big Problem

by Amy-Jill Levine

Other authorsSandy Eisenberg Sasso (Author), Annie Bowler (Illustrator)
Book, 2020



Call number

E 500 EIS



Flyaway Books (2020), 40 pages


In the beginning, God's garden is beautiful and peaceful, but it doesn't stay that way. Everyone has something to say! Rain brags that it's the most refreshing. Birds boast that they're the most splendid. Earthworms bluster about their busyness. Then Children come along, claiming to be the best of all. And it's only fair that the best is loved most, isn't it?

User reviews

LibraryThing member JanesList
I received this book as part of the LibraryThing EarlyReviewers program. The book is true to the description, but I just didn't really enjoy spending that much time reading the descriptions of all of Creation being jealous of each other, even if God shows up and says they love all equally because
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they are different. Perhaps if I had a kid who was dealing with jealousy I might see this as a tool, but I don't know. Some of the illustrations are quite beautiful, and very colorful.
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LibraryThing member hazel1123
The book has a very simple story that even young children can understand and appreciate. God created so many different and wonderful creatures and things, and that they are all necessary, important and equally loved. The desire to be the best or the most important and its corollary, that others are
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less and not as important is rooted in a human belief that there just isn't enough love and kindnes. The illustrations are very large, colorful and interesting. Children like to name the animals and talk about why they are important and part of the whole. Overall this is a very good book.
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LibraryThing member atdCross
This is a very cute book with a cute story so simple and quick, you can very easily read it right before putting the children to bed. Teaches that God loves us all equally, regardless of our weaknesses or strengths. Easy for children to understand.
LibraryThing member rolyat
#A Very Big Problem teaches children about jealousy and superiority. These are important issues in everyday life. Even as grownups, we face these problems in our everyday lives. Best to teach our children about equality and unconditional love while they are young. This book does just that with a
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wonderful story. Whether you believe in God or not, #A Very Big Problem goes a long way towards explaining these confusing issues. Loved this book! Five Stars!
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LibraryThing member milliebeverly
I received this book through the Librarything.com's Early Reviewers program. It is a picture book. I was disappointed in it. It claims to be based on Genesis 1-2, but a good bit of it is contradictory to this passage. I was glad that I read it before sharing it with any children. I would not
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recommend it.
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LibraryThing member CherylGrimm
God’s garden has a problem...a very BIG problem... when the elements, all its denizens, from the elephants down to the worms, boast their importance and God’s favor. But they can’t all be the apple of his eye, can they?

Taking turns to state their case for hierarchy, denoting their vital
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contribution, land begins, feeling that being first, it should be lived most. Rain, sun, flora and fauna, even children.

God was not happy with the bickering and informs them all that while each has their own important reason for being there, it’s the symbiotic connection that gives his garden its glory.

Woke, they see how they matter, to God, the garden, themselves. A peaceful calm settles in. As with any garden, serenity can be found by merely inhabiting it. (MY favorite part.)

Brightly illustrated with fun characters, it can teach children that all God’s creations, big and small, elemental and physical, are vital to the existence of the next.

Noted at the end is Midrash, a rabbinic form of storytelling, for which this book is intended to convey. The story untold, but obvious.

Thank you LibraryThing for the chance to win this book and Flyaway Books for offering it.
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LibraryThing member HouseofPrayer
Based on the story of creation, elements of the physical world and then animals and the people each brag that, because of their special features, God must love them the best. The moral of the story (based on the Jewish teaching form of midrash) teaches children that everything is needed and special
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in its own way and that God loves all. Beautiful, bright illustrations are eye-catching, and the book could start some interesting observations and discussions between children and their parents or teachers.
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LibraryThing member mabith
Really nice illustrations in this. Different animals and people argue over who is loved most by god, good for pre-schoolers. The style and flow of the book is much better than a lot of similar titles I've seen.
LibraryThing member bah195
A beautifully written and illustrated children's book about creation and God's love.
A simple and quick book that's great to read to your child at betime.
LibraryThing member SandSing7
The illustrations are beautiful, but the book is a bit long for the target age group. There are too many groups that claim God loves them the best. Perhaps it would work if they reduce the amount of text and make it a board book? I don't think I would recommend it.


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Physical description

40 p.; 10.25 x 9.5 inches


1947888110 / 9781947888111
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