The first season release of Little Image Bearers, featuring seven episodes, is aimed toward kids ages 2-10, and it is an absolute delight. First of all, the catchy music that opens and closes each episode is a nice fit to this style of programming and easy to remember. Second, the host, Mr. Caleb Phipps, is sincere and laid back, creating a welcoming atmosphere for the children. It is interesting because his voice resembles that of the late Fred Rogers, and Mr. Phipps’ show is a similar show. It’s a show in which he reminds the kids of their value and he uses various topics to drive the point home.
Mr. Phipps uses puppets, cut-out paper bag puppets and real puppets to teach various lessons. He reminds kids that they are image bearers of God. In fact, the first episode is titled Made In the Imageand Mr. Phipps uses Play-do in order to create a man.He then references the Genesis 1 account of man’s creation by God. And part of the fun for kids will be watching him as he cuts out paper eyes, a nose, a tongue, and ears for his paper puppet.
Mr. Phipps always greets the kids and says so long to them at the end of each program, while making sure he illustrates their importance to God and how they are each special. In the second episode, for example, titled Intrinsic Value, he displays a gold coin but makes the point that even if this coin, valued at $60, is covered with mud or has other things happen to it, it is still worth $60. He goes to a bank and has a friendly lady named Ruth count out sixty one-dollar bills to make the point of the value of the coin. When a girl named Lila loses her daddy’s coin, he makes it clear that she is more valuable to him than the coin.
This wholesome show is a pleasure to watch, and we whole-heartedly and without reserve award it our Dove seal for All ages.
The Dove Take:
This show uses puppets and fun songs to remind children that God loves them, just as they are.