Rabbi Sasso has complemented her earlier book, God’s Paintbrush, with this new toddler board book that could help a child establish the relationship between God and man, in the first person. I Am God’s Paintbrush introduces the concept that God is within all of us and that we are conduits for God’s colors and paintbrush here on earth. The book is presented as serving as an inter-faith, multicultural, non-denominational and non-sectarian format. Sasso begins by introducing the colors in the world and then switches to music, song and dance. The change feels unexpected and out of sync with the overall tone and title of the book, making it especially difficult to initiate these hard to grasp concepts with young toddlers. A more consistent approach would have been to address only the developing metaphor of color, painting and paintbrush to God throughout the book rather than additionally embarking on song and dance. Sasso does return to color in the closing two pages. The illustrations by Annette Compton are reminiscent of the Woodstock era and are bright and abstracted watercolors that have a sense of childlikeness. The inside cover provides a statement to adults on exploring spirituality with children and further resource titles are also given. In all, the book attempts to cover a variety of needs: philosophy, religion, inter-faith, multiculturalism; however is not entirely successful in doing so. For ages 1 – 3.
Christine Maasdam holds a Masters in Humanities, certifications in Museum Studies and Cultural Property Protection. She is currently completing her M.L.I.S. Her interests are philosophy and the impact of art and technology on culture.