I was thrilled when I received an invitation to review The Pirate and the Firefly, the sequel to my previously reviewed book The Knight and the Firefly, because I loved the first book so much. These are quickly becoming some of our favorites.
The second installment of the focuses on cultivating wisdom, specifically wisdom to know when you need to make a decision to follow God instead of following friends no matter how hard you want to fit in.
From the beginning, the same boy named Oliver is uneasy about some behavior that his friends are exhibiting (shoplifting & just being mean to get what they want). As peer pressure increases for him to participate – but not only just to join in with the behavior, he’s encouraged to feel good about it – he’s faced with a dilemma.
Does he do what his friends want him to do even when it’s wrong? Or does he stand up to them and do what’s right in the eyes of the Lord?
His firefly friend, Phineas, comes to bring council through God’s Word in Psalm 1:1-3 – leading him to understand that standing with & following God is more important than being liked by our friends or trying to fit in. It addresses the pull within a child between two opposing desires – to follow our friends and make them happy or to make God happy by doing what’s right.
While the age range for this book is 4-8, my 4 year old daughter was on the innocent end of knowing about this dilemma but it did bring up conversation about peer pressure that she hasn’t yet experienced. Maybe she’ll be able to put two and two together when she finally does experience it more.
Following suit with the previous book, there is a Parent Connection section in the back of the book helping guide the parent’s conversation with their child about doing the right thing, even at the expense of friendships. It also includes a memory verse, which is Psalm 1:1-2. Questions to help develop comprehension of the story is included.
I really love the craft idea! It is to make a treasure map, in which case the treasure is friendship between siblings through is a series of compassion & kindness coupons like, “Redeem one hug from me” or “Good for one hour of me cleaning your room.” I appreciate how it encourages you to reflect and discuss together the characteristics of godliness in friendship. Claire really had some great ideas for it!
We really enjoy this book and once again I highly recommend it for families who either struggle with having conversations about peer pressure, or who want to gradually raise awareness in their young children about the need to follow God always.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.