Author of the popular Who's Your Hero? series, David Bowman once again brings us his delightful drawings in his new book, The Great Plan of Happiness. Children of all ages will enjoy the full-color, fun illustrations as they learn about the importance of the plan of salvation. Parents will love how simply it explains to children where they came from, why they're here on earth, and where they go after death. This wonderful resource is perfect for family home evening, church, or quiet teaching moments in the home.
- Published: September 2010
- Pages: 32
- Size: 10" x 8½"
About the Author
David Bowman served a full-time mission in the Philippines and then graduated with a degree in illustration from Brigham Young University. David’s special love is making the scriptures come to life for young people and children. He and his wife, Natalie, and their two daughters live in Arizona.
by Lisa - reviewed on February 17, 2011
I have been feeling strongly the need to place more importance on teaching the Plan of Salvation to my young children. I ordered this book as one aid in this extensive and life long process. The book came in the mail today. I sat down with my 6-year-old and 4-year-old and had a wonderful and touching experience as we read the book together. Thank you David Bowman for this valuable resource. I know this book will be read again and again and again. :)
A must read!
by Bertha - reviewed on February 16, 2011
I absolutely loved this book! It is a simple, concise, and true outline of the plan of salvation. This book can simplify, clarify, and encourage. The illustrations are clever and really funny without detracting from the message. Bravo! A great baptism gift as well.
WOW!! Great for teaching young ones about The Plan of Happiness!!!!
by Gwen - reviewed on November 08, 2011
My little guy (he's now 3.5 yrs we got them when he was 2 yrs) has LOVED these since we got them. It's really brought to life these heroes in the Book of Mormon. They are very clever but simple too. We bought 3 of these and I will for sure buy every single one that comes out. We own Vol 1, Vol 2, and the Great Plan of Happiness. I am finally getting around to buying Vol 3 and Vol 4. They will be great Christmas presents! My little guy cannot get enough of the Great Plan of Happiness book by David Bowman. I was skeptical about buying this one but he LOVES it! It’s wonderful to be teaching him such core doctrine of the Gospel that he WANTS to hear! This is so well done and teaches a complex doctrine for young ones, in a really simple way. Thank you Bowman for giving us such a great resource! I wish the author could also focus a least SOME of the stories on women in the scriptures. I know there are not many but it would help our little girls see the heroes that they can relate to that are their gender too. Also expanding to the other standard works would be great. Pros: * Thorough description of each story that is being focused on. The author also makes it very easy for little ones to understand what is written * GREAT illustrations that little kids love! The pictures are illustrated so well and they HUGE weird eyes are quite a hit with the little ones! It captures their attention and they LOVE it! * The author has made it so kids of many ages can appreciate what is being taught and shown (for instance EVERY page has a cute little mouse that little ones can try and find). * I love how there is a FHE page idea at the end of each story. This is so fun and so helpful. * I also love that at the end of each story, the focus is on how this hero in the scriptures can inspire us in our modern-day. * Each story focus’ on a character aspect that is really cool. It is emphacized through the whole story and then when he relates it to modern day (not complaining, showing courage, learning to serve, respecting their parents, praying sincerely, apologizing). Cons: * This only comes in the Book of Mormon at this point and it doesn't cover any women in the scriptures. I would love to see the author also go into the other standard works - maybe modern-day prophets and such? * We have one hard cover story (plan of happiness) and the other 2 are soft covers. They are holding up alright but if you have the option to get a hard cover it is well worth it. The hard cover is lasting much longer. * Pretty pricey I thought - BUT - that being said it is SOOOOO WORTH IT! Like I said I will be getting EVERY one of these in the series. I REALLY hope the author keeps pumping these out!!!!!! * I wish there was more than 3 stories per book. For the price, it seems like I should have at least 4 or 5 stories. OVERALL: I would for sure encourage all parents of young children to buy these. We use the scriptures for children that the LDS church provides but they are still so WAY over the head of our little 3 year old. This is such a help for FHE’s and for use at least a few times a week (we take turns reading the scripture stores that the church put out).
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