Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: One Little Match by Thomas S. Monson

One Little MatchOne Little Match
by Thomas S. Monson
Illustrated by Dan Burr
Children's Picture Book
32 Pages
March 3rd 2014 by Shadow Mountain               


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 Review

I loved hearing this story the first time months ago and was excited to be able to read it with my children. They thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the boys who were curious to find out what would happen. It was a great teaching opportunity with them to talk about obeying rules, but also about fire and that when we do make mistakes that it's okay to talk about them and seek help when we need to. This was a great story and one that I'm happy to add to our shelves! I also loved the illustrations which reminded me of that period in time and the old days of summer when children play outside, sometimes getting into mischief, but always having a great time and creating memories.

I would definitely recommend this to parents to read with their children or for children to read on their own.

Content: Clean

Source: From publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Thomas S. MonsonThomas Spencer Monson was born to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson on August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City. Following his service in the U.S. Navy near the close of World War II, he graduated **** laude from the University of Utah and earned an MBA from Brigham Young University. He had a distinguished career in the publishing industry.

He served as president of the Canadian Mission from 1959 to 1962 and was a member of several general Church committees before becoming an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2008, he was called as the sixteenth president of the Church.

He married Frances Beverly Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1948. They are the parents of two sons and one daughter. They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

About the Illustrator

My PhotoDan Burr earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are raising their two children and numerous farm animals on twelve acres of river-bottom land in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan is a well-known Christian illustrator who also specializes in wildlife renderings. A few of the books Dan has illustrated are The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and The Mansion.


1 copy of One Little Match (US Only)
Ends March 14th

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