My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Book Description: Thomas S. Monson loved spending summers at his family's cabin in Utah's Vivian Park. One summer day, he and his best friend, Danny, decided to clear a field so they could gather with their friends and have a campfire that night. The tall, stubborn weeds would not pull out easily. So Tommy had the idea to burn them up instead.
He knew he shouldn't use matches without permission from his parents. But he ignored the feeling that warned him of the danger and raided the matchbox in the cabin. Back in the field, he lit one little match and prepared to set the parched June grass abaze...
Readers of all ages will resonate with this wonderful true story that demonstrates the blessings of obedience and "the dangers that can come from something as small as one little match."
My thoughts: Tommy and his best friend, Danny, loved spending the summer together. They had many adventures and a great love for the outdoors.
This book discusses how they made one little decision that ended up becoming a disaster. It discusses how when you disobey, bad things can happen. There are always consequences to a decision.
The illustrations are beautiful. They are a perfect compliment to the story.
One of my favorite things in the story is that it really happened. This is a story where you can see the thought process of children and how they come up with their ideas. It gives a parent the perfect opportunity to discuss making good decisions.
About the author: Thomas S. Monson was set apart as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008. He was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1963 and served for twenty-two years in the First Presidency. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service.