cover image I Wanted to Know All about God

I Wanted to Know All about God

Virginia Kroll. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, $15 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8028-5078-2

Featuring a multiracial cast generally younger than the target audience, Jenkins's gracious, full-page oil paintings illustrate this meager, at times strained, first-person narrative describing a child's curiosity about God. ``I wanted to know all about God, so I went looking for Him in signs of His creation,'' begins the text, which goes on to suggest that answers to questions about God are found in nature and in other people. Sample observations: ``I wondered if God is strong, and the ocean roared in my ears''; ``I wondered how God's reflection looks when he smiles, and the snow glittered in the sun''; ``I wanted to know what colors God likes. Then I met several children of other races.'' Though somewhat treacly, this book may appeal to those looking for a short, inspirational bedtime read. Ages 5-8. (Feb.)