Book Review—My Breakfast With Jesus

Meals on the go aren’t unusual in our busy world, but in the world of the Bible, eating together often has great significance. This new picture book captures that for kids while it also communicates lots of fun information about foods and cultures around the world.

Deuteronomy 12:7, part of God’s instructions to the Israelites regarding meals as a part of worship, opens the book, followed by the reminder that Jesus shared an early morning breakfast on the beach with His friends.

A holy way to start the day.
A breakfast blessing.

The refrain continues on each spread as the text and illustrations take us to twelve different locations around the world—well, one is out of this world—as followers of Jesus start their day with breakfast and thanks to God.

On every spread, children about regional foods and practices, plus the author sneaks in some extra vocab learning too–words like holy, peppy, flavorful, spicy, frosty and more.

All the foods are clearly explained and pictured, but I would have loved the addition of pronunciations for some, such as idlis, syrniki, and baozi. 

My grandson Reed “traveled” to all the continents with his first-grade class this year, and I think he will love this book. And what makes this book even more special is the underlying theme, expressed at the end with an illustration showing all the characters in the book:

For more than 2,000 years,
people around the world have started
their day with food in their bellies,
prayers on their tongues,
and Jesus in their hearts.

A breakfast blessing.

My Breakfast with Jesus: Worshipping God Around the World
written by Tina Cho, illustrated by Guy Wolek
published by Harvest House (2020)
hardcover picture book, 32 pages, 8.7 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches

About These Reviews and Recommendations

My career as a children’s book editor, acquisitions editor, and editorial director greatly influences my response to books. I have high standards for text, illustration, book design, and the purpose of a book.

I understand too that parents, grandparents, and others who buy books want and need good value in the books you choose. Your book budget is not unlimited.

I’m not writing these reviews as hype or promotion for fellow author’s books. I do care about helping authors—after all, I am one. I understand the effort authors pour into every book and the hopes they have for each one. The books I recommend, however, I’m choosing because of the merit I see in the book, no other reason.

I want to point you to the best books more than I want to point out books I don’t like, so I won’t be writing negative reviews. If I can’t support a book, I just won’t write about it. At times, however, I may note details or features I would have changed in a book I otherwise recommend. This is to help you make your own decisions about what books are right for your family.

Making His wonders known to the next generation,

– Diane

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