Teaching Children Godly Values with the Little Critter Little Blessings Collection

With a little one in the home, we are always finding ways to demonstrate virtues and values. I make it a goal to instill positive character early on, so that my son can grow up knowing what pleases God and what doesn't. Just recently, we were blessed with a fun new book, Little Critter Little Blessings Collection.

Kids love Little Critter! This collection of four InspiredKids Little Critter stories—You Go First, Being Thankful, It’s True!, and We All Need Forgiveness—will help kids learn important truths about being thankful and getting along with others through Little Critter’s funny and endearing antics. Young or old, fans around the world have loved Little Critter since he first came on the scene more than 40 years ago. Little Critter Little Blessings is a great collection and a great value.

Mercer Mayer began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator’s books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children’s books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

Little Critter has been entertaining families for decades. My son owns a couple of books in the collection, as well as an adorable plush toy, and we're always trying to figure out just what kind of animal he is (perhaps a wombat or a muskrat?). This new Little Blessings Collection features four separate previously published stories, You Go First!, It's True, Being Thankful, and We All Need Forgiveness, in a beautiful hardcover treasury. 

All four stories have something in common, because they highlight Biblical values that God wants us to emulate in our own lives. Each tale opens up with a series of events or circumstances with Little Critter as the main character.

You Go First! follows Little Critter about his day to day activities, although something's different, lately. He has this notion that being first is the best, and doesn't think twice if he's being rude or out of line to get there. Of course, Little Critter's selfishness leads to some resentment from his friends. Perhaps soon he'll learn his lesson and why it's not always best to be first.

In It's True, Little Critter finds it's easy to tell a white lie here and there, but soon those lies begin to catch up with him as he learns that even leaving one truthful detail out, is still considered lying. Now he has no choice, but to fess up to his mistakes, but how will his friends react after he does so? There's only one way to find out.

It's easier to want something you don't have and in Being Thankful, Little Critter can't help, but want more. The problem is, he's not truly appreciating what he already has. Will he ever change his mindset? Perhaps a trip to Grandma and Grandpa's house will help put things into perspective for him. He even may take what he learns to teach another family member what being grateful is all about. 

In We All Need Forgiveness, we see Little Critter getting into all kinds of mishaps. He wonders if he'll get in trouble for them, but soon learns that his friends and family are easy to forgive and forget. Unfortunately, when the tables are turned and someone accidentally does something to him, he doesn't show the same kind of mercy. It takes a big turn of events for him to realize that forgiveness goes both ways. 


Throughout every story, Little Critter learns the importance of having Godly character:
  • Treating others the same way that you'd want to be treated (Matthew 7:12)
  • Telling the truth–white lies are still considered lying (John 8:32)
  • Being thankful for all the things that God has given us in our lives (Psalm 107:1)
  • Forgiving others, just like the Lord forgives us (Matthew 6:14)

I love that each story offers a priceless life lesson that's told in a way that children will relate to. My son enjoys each story quite a bit. Couple this with the fun illustrations that are signature to Little Critter books, and the Little Blessings Collection creates a fun learning opportunity for kids, that allows them to discover the importance of keeping Godly values.