About the book…
The next day he has a similar experience at the “Captain” of the group’s birthday party. He is made fun of, pulled into being nasty to a little girl and goes home feeling defeated and mistreated.
In the evening, however, the little “Pirate” is met by a wise Firefly who encourages him to cling to what he knows is right and question what ‘good friends’ truly look like. He gives advice I hope and pray will also be planted deep inside our children’s hearts: “Oliver, people who want you to do things that are wrong or dangerous are not true friends. But God wants to be our best friend and He loves us more than anyone else does.”
Oliver is encouraged to imagine what it would look like to follow God instead of his ‘friend’ who is mistreating him. He is reminded of the truth in Psalm 1, and he imagines making right all the wrong he was part of doing. (I literally teared up at this part, such a beautiful image of children being brave, standing strong, and walking with the Lord at a young age, praise God!)
I just loved the message in this book, especially as our children are started to get a bit older and starting to play more with children their age who aren’t always the best influence. I want to remind them and encourage them to consider what makes a good friend. Both so that they can choose wisely their friends, and also BE a good friend!
And most importantly, so they can learn to rely on Christ as their ultimate life-long friend.
Making a Friendship Treasure Map
I love the PARENT Connection features in so many of the titles from this publisher. These are sections that connect the content and theme of the book to scripture, activities, and discussion questions.
The PARENT Connection for this book (printed on the last page) included the following sections:
- Remember: review Psalm 1:1-2 for memory work
- Read: a selection from Samuel about the friendship David and Jonathan shared
- Think: several questions about friendship and how it relates to Christ and God’s Word
- Do: A Friendship Treasure Map activity
I’m sharing our Friendship Treasure Map activity below:
Love the last line in this sweet book:
There’s no better friend than Jesus, and His way is always the best choice!
Thanks for reading!