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6 points

“Crictor” by Tomi Ungerer takes readers on a delightful journey with Madame Bodot and her unexpected pet, a boa constrictor named Crictor. Initially, the thought of having such a creature might seem alarming to many, but Madame Bodot’s kindness and open heart allow her to not only accept Crictor but to cherish and love him. Their unique bond demonstrates the biblical principle of loving our neighbors, no matter how different they may appear. Much like Jesus’ teachings on acceptance and seeing beyond superficial differences, Madame Bodot’s relationship with Crictor highlights the beauty of embracing the unfamiliar and finding blessings in unexpected places.

For kids and teenagers, “Crictor” serves as an inspiring tale of love, acceptance, and the miracles that can happen when we open our hearts to the unexpected. The story exemplifies the Christian message of embracing all of God’s creations with an open heart and understanding that love knows no bounds. Young readers are reminded of 1 Samuel 16:7, where it’s expressed that “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Through Madame Bodot’s experiences with Crictor, the story teaches the importance of seeing with the heart and recognizing the gifts and blessings that come in various forms, encouraging the young and old alike to celebrate diversity and love unconditionally.

Book: Crictor