Buster's Ears Trip Him Up: When You Fail

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Buster was sure he was the fastest bunny in the meadow. But during a race at summer camp, nothing goes as planned and Buster gets tripped up. After his epic fall, his older sister, Ivy, helps him see that failure is an opportunity to grow. As Buster remembers God’s love, he is able to let go of others’ opinions and accept that it is okay to try your best but not always be the best. Edited by Edward T. Welch, Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching children how the gospel of Jesus Christ comforts and sustains us through failure and turns our focus away from ourselves and toward others. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will remind children and adults of God’s love and help for those who get tripped up.

A new series of hardback, illustrated children’s books for three-to eight-year-olds—each centered on an animal family—bring gospel help and biblical counsel to families. The animal characters, colorful illustrations, and the real-life issues each animal family face will captivate children. The first three books address anxiety, anger, and failure, bringing biblical help and hope to issues every child faces. The last page of each book contains information for parents on how God, in his Word, helps children apply biblical truth to specific issues. Together children and parents will be guided by the stories into meaningful conversations about living by faith in the details of everyday life.

- Each story, based on a different animal family, will keep even the youngest child engaged.
- Brightly colored, fun illustrations welcome children into a detailed animal world.
- Each story helps children process a challenging situation with concrete, grace-based, help.
- Instead of moralism, children are offered a practical way to follow Jesus through a difficult situation.
- Based on CCEF’s model of hope and help that encourages a growing relationship with Jesus.

Editor

Edward T. Welch, MDiv, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He earned a PhD in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His biblical counseling books include Shame Interrupted; When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction; Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest; When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety; Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love; and A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace.

Illustrator

Joe Hox was raised on a farm in southern Iowa where he doodled whenever he wasn’t spading thistles or feeding pigs. Everyone knew by his crooked hay rows that he would choose art over farming. Joe earned his BA in Art and Education from Dordt College, and his MA from the University of Nebraska. He Illustrated The Good News for Little Hearts Series. Today he lives with his wife and four children in Pella, Iowa, where he illustrates and teaches art.

Endorsements

"These books are a uniquely different genre from classic children's bedtime reading. They are counseling books to help children. They provide a creative avenue for children to consider how their faith is intimately relevant to their struggles. This is what makes this series of books so significant."

David Powlison, Executive Director of CCEF and editor of the Good News for Little Hearts series

"When our children were little, we read to them constantly—and had these books been available, they would have been among the favorites. With the simplicity and engaging charm of the Peter Rabbit stories, yet with the quiet grace of Christian insight, these stories stamp themselves on young minds. Text and pictures support each other tellingly. These books are destined to become favorites for young families." 
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical School, Deerfield, IL; cofounder of The Gospel Coalition

"So many Christian parents are looking for engaging, age-appropriate ways to help their young children learn what the Bible teaches about everyday struggles and challenging situations. This new book series edited by David Powlison and Ed Welch fits the bill! In the Good News for Little Hearts series, kids will be enthralled by relatable characters, charming illustrations, and gospel-centered lessons. These volumes would make a valuable addition to any family’s library." 
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

"Failure, anger, anxiety—for too long we have thought that addressing these typical life experiences is only for the 'teenage' or 'adult' years. How refreshing—and wise—to see them being addressed from a gospel-centered perspective for little children. This series Good News for Little Hearts has the potential to produce godly perspectives and habits from the earliest years of our childrens' lives."
Jonny Gibson, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

"Children easily assign worth to those who are smarter, stronger, taller, and faster. They strive to achieve in order to feel acceptance. We know this tendency too. Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up uses this heart inclination to help parents lead their children in rehearsing God’s love in Christ Jesus for sinners and for those who fail. This book’s message to families is rich with gospel hope."
Bud Burk, Pastor for Children and Family Discipleship, Bethlehem Baptist Church Downtown Campus

Additional Details

Weight:
0.65 LBS
Width:
8.75 (in)
Height:
8.75 (in)
Depth:
0.30 (in)
Author:
Edward T. Welch
ISBN-13:
978-1-948130-25-7
Publication Date:
10/08/2018
Format:
Hardback
Page Count:
32
Age Level:
5-8
Read a Sample:
https://newgrowthpress.com/content/Samples/Bustes-Ears-Trip-Him-Up-Sample.pdf
Series:
Good News for Little Hearts

10 Reviews

  • 5
    An Excellent Children's Book Giving Biblical Counsel and Help for When We Fail

    Published by Zack Ford on 01 09 2019

    As the father of two young children, I am constantly on the lookout for good children’s books to teach the truths of the Gospel, the Bible, theology, and so forth to my children. Though my children are both under 4 and not yet reading, I am continuing to gather excellent resources to use with them now and in the years to come. Time and time again, I have been impressed with and thankful for the books that New Growth Press is putting out, not only for adults, but for children as well. And their newest series — Good News for Little Hearts — is no exception.

    This new series consists of 3 books, two written by David Powlison and one by Ed Welch. The series is intended for children three to eight years old. Each book centers on an animal family and brings Gospel help and biblical counsel to children and families. Whether the topic is failure, anger, or anxiety, or the animal is a rabbit, a squirrel, or a mouse, each of these books does an incredible job at combining biblical help and hope to issues that every child and family faces with excellent, brightly colored and fun illustrations and engaging prose and story telling. In each story, children are not offered mere moralism and rules to obey, but are offered practical ways to follow Jesus through difficult situations that they face.

    In this story, we are introduced to a rabbit named Buster who is beaming with excitement for this year’s summer camp where he will have the opportunity to enter the annual race and show everyone how fast he is. “Practice makes perfect,” he constantly reminds himself. He has practiced and trained for the whole last year, and he is sure that he is the fastest one this year and that he and his team will win the race. But when the race day came, something unexpected happens — as he’s racing, he looks back to see how far ahead he is, his ears cover his eyes, and cause him to trip, stumble, and fall, thus losing the race. Buster is embarrassed by what happened and doesn’t know how he will face his friends and other onlookers after losing when he was so sure he’d win.

    But Buster’s sister, Ivy, comes along with the help of their father and reminds Buster that no matter how many times we fail, God’s love never fails, teaches him the dangers of pride and blessings of humility, and shows him that Jesus chose to love us and extend his grace and mercy to us before we had ever done anything good. Quoting Romans 5:8, Ivy reminds Buster, “Before you did anything right, God loved you. He doesn’t love you because you win a race. He loves you because you belong to him.” After being comforted by his sister and the truths of “The Great Book,” Buster comes to the conclusion, “I guess that practice won’t ever make me perfect. Only Jesus is always perfect.”

    Every child, no matter how young or old, has or will deal with the frustration and embarrassment of failure. Through this story of Buster’s ears tripping him up, parents are able to help their children deal with the topic of failure and apply Biblical truth and principles to help comfort them, break down pride, and build humility and trust in Jesus even in the midst of failure.

    In each of these stories, parents are given the opportunity to have meaningful, important Gospel conversations about important issues in their children’s lives through the help of a fun and engaging story about animals. At the end of the each story is a guide for parents to help your child with the topic at hand. While the story is the engaging part for the child, this guide at the end of each book may be the most helpful part about these resources, as they offer short, helpful recommendations and encouragement to assist parents in engaging in biblical counseling with their children.

    I would wholeheartedly recommend every Christian parent get a copy of each of these three books. There is not a parent out there whose children has not or is not struggling with anger, fear, or failure. These book will be a great help to all parents seeking to help their children deal with these common issues in a Biblical, Christ-centered, Gospel-focused way.

    In accordance with FTC regulations, I would like to thank New Growth Press for providing me a review copy of these books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • 4
    Busters Ears Trip Him up

    Published by Laura on 01 04 2019

    BUSTER'S EARS TRIP HIM UP is an adorable story about a bunny who tripped due to his pride. The theme verse is pride goes before a fall, and it is sure true. It does. For people and rabbits.
    Buster was bragging all over the place that he was going to win the race -- and he probably would've except he looked back to privately gloat over how far ahead of everyone else he was.
    And then he tripped. And fell. And didn't get up. Instead, he just gave up.
    But there are valuable lessons to learn here too. God loves us even before we mess up and He still loves us afterwards.
    A great book for those who struggle with bragging and failing or who struggle with messing up, or who are afraid to even try.

    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  • 5
    My child is currently battling the struggle to be perfect.

    Published by Tami on 01 04 2019

    I am adding new books to my child’s library. Here’s one your child will enjoy, as well. While I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, it is one I would’ve gladly purchased.

    Here’s why:

    The Good News for Little Hearts series is one of my favorite collections on my son’s bookshelves. I currently have the three books in the series:

    Zoe’s Hiding Place by David Powlison #childrensbook
    Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up by Edward T. Welch #childrensbook
    Jax’s Tail Twitches by David Powlison #childrensbook

    Buster’s story is lengthy, but I kept my son’s attention by taking short breaks. We discussed all he saw in the vivid illustrations and remembered from the story up to that point. Buster’s story is based on a real-life issue: failure. The story will encourage your child (and mine, as well) toward a growing relationship with Jesus as he or she faces his or her failures. My child is currently battling the struggle to be perfect, so he feels like a failure quite often. This book has been a great help in helping him see himself differently. The book provides ways for you, the parent, to have meaning, yet age-appropriate, conversations with your child.

    Tear out Bible verses about failure are included in the back of the book. The book includes Scripture references of various translations.

  • 5
    Practice makes perfect, or does it/

    Published by Amy S. on 12 28 2018

    Continuing in the series of Good News for Little Hearts, Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up takes a look at pride and our failures. It also explains the difference of being the best as to doing our best. As with the other two books, the artwork is creative, lively, and draws children in yet the message of the text is made in the simplest of terms that even has me looking at these life lessons a little differently.

    One of the things that really popped out to me was the phrase, ‘practice makes perfect’. How many times have I said that to myself or to my children? My son and I have enjoyed reading this series together and I am happy that even I could come away with a new thought to ponder.

    This series is definitely a shelf keeper.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

  • 4
    Great Gospel Message

    Published by Elizabeth Hankins on 11 08 2018

    At present, there are three volumes in the "Good News for Little Hearts" series which seeks to help kids and parents face anxiety, failure, and anger in a God-honoring way. While these animal stories don't quite have the enduring charm of classics such as the Beatrix Potter books, Little Bear, or Frog and Toad and some conversations between characters seemed to come off a little unnatural (and maybe even a little "preachy") at times, my little ones enjoyed them nonetheless. The volumes are sturdy and full of creative, vibrantly colored illustrations. Each book concludes with Tips for further helping your child and four "Back Pocket Bible Verses" in the New Living Translation that you can cut out and give to your child.

    Buster's Ears Trip Him Up: When You Fail has the clearest Gospel message of the three books, and both it and Jax's Tail Twitches: When You Are Angry mention the need for Jesus' forgiveness. I love that these books clearly point our kids to Christ! As far as articulating biblical counseling material, Jax's Tail Twitches seems to have the most content as it models the proper way to handle conflict: going to God in prayer, taking the log out of one's own eye first, asking forgiveness, and being reconciled. Parents will want to make sure to avail themselves of the parent tips at the end for the clearest Gospel presentation in this work. Buster's Ears Trip Him Up came in close but, in addition to confessing sin to God, parents will likely want to follow the example and parent tips in Jax's Tail Twitches and encourage kids to apologize and reconcile with those who have been hurt by their prideful boasting.

    Altogether, these titles are useful picture books that will serve adults as they seek to minister to children in their lives and help them to better image and glorify their Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Many thanks to New Growth Press for sending me complimentary copies! I was not obligated to write a positive review. These words are my honest opinion!

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