Reading Age: 4-8
Pre-schoolers and early school-age children love to be read to. They
quickly develop favorites, and what better favorites can they have than
stories written and illustrated just for them, which careful attention
paid to the authority of Scripture. Your little listeners will come to
you again and again, asking to hear these cherished Bible stories and
to see the colorful illustrations.
Table of Contents
The Man Who Was Too Little
The Man Who Couldn't See
The Boys and Girls and Jesus
The Wind That Obeyed
The Man Who Said, "Thank You"
In my search for quality Christian books for children, I have been more
disapointed than not. Many books out there are heavy handed, poorly
illustrated, and often downright boring. Encouragingly, this book
succeeds in areas where many fail.
author and illustrator (like Jesus) exhibit a sharp awareness of
audience. They resist the urge to cover too much material (a sure way
to bore small children) and instead concentrate on telling just five
stories well. The first volume includes the story of Zaccheus, the
healing of Bartemaeus, Jesus welcoming the little children, the calming
of the storm, and the healing of ten men.
The text captures the
enthusiasm and spirit of each story. Albeit, the word choice can get a
bit cutesy at times, but in general the stories are told effectively
and in a fashion that makes for good oral reading (as the title
claims). At the end of each story, there is a page that briefly
summarizes a few of the key points in the story (ie., what the child is
supposed to get out of it). Some may find this a bit heavy handed, but
I really liked this touch. Repetition is great for children, and it
encourages them to reflect on each story and apply it to their lives
(modeling good reading skills).
The abundance of bold
illustrations capture children's attention. Whereas in some children's
bible books, the illustrations are predictable and more of an
afterthought, in this series, they take center stage. The pictures are
vivid and uncomplicated, incorporating strong lines and bold colors. I
appreciate the illustrator's ingenuity and variety of perspective.
Overall, I think that this series is a great foundation block in any children's library. Good job! (Beth)
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 18 April, 2008.