Category: Children’s Book Reviews

Smack-Dab in the Middle

Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love is a little children’s book about God’s love for us. Probably written for kids a little older than the 3-4 year old age range, it is definitely characteristic of Brennan Manning’s writing- focused on love and written with detailed imagery (which, as a sidenote, is what probably makes it a little harder for preschoolers to listen to).  I love that God’s love was communicated to the children by a man who wasn’t their father– weaving in the theme of “God’s adoption of sons/daughters.”

My only issue with this ebook was that, on the kindle edition, I found a couple of places where the hard copy didn’t transfer well to the ebook format (splitting “love” into “lo” and then “ve” on the next line). Those kind of things drive me crazy, so I am particularly sensitive to those kind of errors.

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Bees! Ladybugs!

That’s what Aly says when she wanted to watch the second movie in this 3-disc set of Hermie & Friends. In this collection, the movies cover the topics of prayer, good behavior, and getting along with others. Hermie and Friends feature really likable characters, and are created around topics that kids think about or deal with on a regular basis. If parents engage their kids in a short discussion during or after the movies, I think it really helps the engagement of the topic. These movies are written in a way that young kids can understand (i.e. the behavior one is about obeying rules, not thinking through good rules and bad rules). For young kids (I would say ages 2-6), these would be great movies to have on tap for opening discussion on these topics.

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Asante’s New Bible

For days now, Asante has asked me when his new Bible would be coming in the mail. And today…it came! The Beginning Reader’s Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers is awesome! We enjoyed reading it during Aly’s naptime today, as well as using it in our before-bedtime devotions. This Bible is certainly closer to a grown-up Bible than our beloved Beginner’s Bible from Zondervan. Both Aly and Asante received this Bible from Parkade Baptist Church when we had them dedicated, and it has been so perfect for their attention spans and comprehension. But, Asante (age 3) was definitely ready for this next step.

The illustrations in this Bible are really engaging, descriptive, and interesting! While there are not as many stories in this Bible (sad day, they only have 13 of the OT and 13 of the NT, plus some extra prayers, charts, etc.), each story gives a lot more details and is even written in verse form. Also, one really odd thing about this Bible is that there are no page numbers (but includes a table of contents with page numbers..hmmm). So, that is kind of annoying but of course Asante doesn’t care. He’s more than happy to flip through the pages until he sees a story he wants read to him.

If you’re looking for a kid’s Bible that is thorough, this is not the one for you. BUT, if you want one that has great illustrations and is told in a way that kids will better understand, you may like this one.

I’m curious… what was your favorite Bible story to have read to you as a child? Which one would you definitely include if you were making a children’s Bible?

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Hands-On Bible Review

This Bible is actually really fun. It’s filled with art project, experiments, journal entries, discussion questions, etc. that kids can do to help them remember the Scripture stories that they read. I imagine this would be especially good for kids who are mainly tactile learners. A couple of the activities are ones that Asante could do at this point, but most of them are for older children- probably for kids aged 5-10.

The Bible also has a web element where one can go to find family devotions, reading plans, songs, etc. You can check it out here:

http://www.myhandsonbible.com/

Some of the activities are a little cheesy (um, of course, it’s for kids AND it’s probably targeted at a wide range of kids/parents). BUT, one that I liked was talking about the idea of hospitality, and then encouraged the kids to make lunch (with a little recipe for a pita sandwich) and then invite 3 of their friends over to serve them. It’s things like this that would help connect a story to an action that they would hopefully think of again in the future.

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Hermie and Friends

Asante, Aly, and I sat down on Sunday to watch “Who is in Charge Anyway?”, a children’s DVD published by Thomas Nelson. The DVD is number 13 in Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends Series. This is the second DVD that we watched about Hermie, and although we enjoyed the first one, we were a little confused after watching this 25 minute video. It’s full of flashbacks of various characters’ lives, and I think we just didn’t have enough history with the characters to fully appreciate the clips. Asante asked once, “What is going on? I not know what’s going on.” He’s a smart boy and is able to follow VeggieTale story lines with ease, so I don’t think it’s the watcher’s error. But, I think we would have watched all of them in the series, it would have been fine. The animation is great and the characters are fun (all different kinds of bugs). If you’re into Hermie and Friends, I’m sure this one won’t disappoint. As for me and my family, we’ll stick with VeggieTales for our one-hour-of-video-a-day watching.

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