Charles “Choo” Smith Jr., former Harlem Globetrotter and now author of inspirational children’s book “That’s Big” has written a wonderful story of childhood faith and perseverance. It may sound cliché but his is a tale for kids of all ages and this Examiner gives it four stars.
“That’s Big” is a true story experienced by Choo, also known as Bruiser, growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. He loved baseball and his favorite team was the Orioles. Bruiser desired to build a baseball field in his backyard so he and his friends could play.
Almost immediately he was bombarded with questions and opinions of family and friends but nothing could stop him from attempting his goal. This is the moral of the story. Believe in yourself even if it seems impossible or if you have very little support from others. If we dig a little deeper there is more that can be gleaned from this testimony and it points to God.
Bruiser was surrounded by doubters, cynics and these were his friends. Could he make it without their support? Building a baseball field was a big job. He would need to forfeit some of his favorite activities including time spent with his family and friends but could he make it happen?
As our main character goes through the process of making a baseball field, we learn that using our shield of faith can help quiet down the voices of doubt and fear that try to surround us. If we could only keep the shield up long enough, imagine the things we could accomplish.
Without these hindrances we are easily a light in the world for God’s glory and our shining infectious. This jewel of a lesson is applicable to all ages.
Cool features of the book:
- All Mother Howard’s lines are in green, Dad Howard’s lines are in blue, Bruiser’s are in red and his friends are also in blue.
- Illustrations were done by Micha Lewis the 2011 Scholastics Alliance for Young Artist and Writers regional gold key winner, and the National Silver Medal winner for drawing.
Lines that stood out:
“Trust me Mom. I can build the field with my bare hands all by myself. Watch me!” (pg. 12)
- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) NKJV.
- “Above all, taking the shield of faith which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:17) NKJV.
What are readers saying about the book?
Ten year old Michelle Patrice James of Highpoint Elementary in Anne Arundel County said, “This book is amazing.” She liked that each character’s voice was highlighted in a different color. Raising and lowering her voice adjusting to how she figured each character would sound made it more fun to read.
Students (Mustangs) at Robert Moton Elementary in Carroll County absolutely loved the story. Watch the video included in the article to see what they thought.
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Reviewer’s Statement: A copy of “That’s Big” was provided for the purpose of this review.