One Little Match by Thomas S. Monson
Age Range: 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 4, 2014)
Genre: Picture book/religion
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Thomas S. Monson loved spending summers at his familys cabin in Utahs 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 should not 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 an prepared to set the parched June grass ablaze… 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.
About the Author:
President Thomas S. Monson has served as the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since February 3, 2008. He had served as a Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church since November 10, 1985. Most recently, on March 12, 1995, he was set apart as First Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley. Prior to that, on June 5, 1994, he was called as Second Counselor to President Howard W. Hunter, and on November 10, 1985, as Second Counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson. He was ordained an Apostle and called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 4, 1963, at the age of 36.
President Monson served as president of the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, from 1959 to 1962. Prior to that time he served in the presidency of the Temple View Stake in Salt Lake City, Utah, and as a bishop of the Sixth-Seventh Ward in that stake.
This is a beautiful book. I love the story, the message, and the
illustrations. It’s a true story, told by the author about his experience
as a boy. I read this book to my church class of 5 year olds. It
illustrated the point I was trying to make perfectly.
Tommy and Danny want to clear a field of grass, and the easiest way to
do it is to burn it. Eight year old Tommy isn’t allowed to use matches,
but he sneaks some into the field anyway. Soon the field is ablaze and
out of control. It takes all the available man power and several hours
to extinguish the grass fire. It’s a beautiful story about rules,
obedience, and listening to the inner voice that warns us when we are
about to do something dangerous.