Elijah, God’s Mighty Prophet – an “I Can Read!” book by Zonderkids

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A Faith Based I Can Read! Book by Zonderkidz
Paperback 32 pages
Language: English

ISBN 13: 978-0-310-75081-9
List price: $3.99

Reviewed By: Janice D. Green

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

Elijah, God’s Mighty Prophet re-tells the biblical account of Elijah’s confrontation with Ahab, one of the Kings of Israel who led the people astray by worshiping Baal. This account includes Elijah’s announcement of no more rain in Israel and the famine that followed. God provides for Elijah through ravens that brought him food where he stayed by a small stream. It also includes the widow lady with a young son whose oil and flour didn’t run out while Elijah stayed with them. King Ahab agrees to have a showdown between the real God and the god called Baal. They build two altars in turn – first to Baal and then to God. The Baal worshipers put their bull on their altar with firewood and called on Baal to light their fire but he did not. Then Elijah had his altar built to God and placed his bull and firewood on the altar. He had the people drench it with water. Then he called on God to send fire down on the altar. God sent fire that burned not only the water soaked wood and the bull, but it burned up the stone altar and burned up all the water. The people agreed with Elijah that his God was the true God.

This book is written simply enough for a beginning reader to be able to read it for himself. The story line stays true to the Bible and includes excellent background so the young reader will understand not only the events that took place but also the concepts of trusting God and worshiping him alone. At the end of the book the concept of prophet is given special attention so the child will better understand who Elijah was.

What do I like best about this book? The accuracy of the story and the excellent balance in explaining concepts while maintaining the enthusiasm in the story is impressive.

What do I dislike about this book? Nothing. My only question is why the altar appears to be squared off. My understanding has been that the stones were not to have been cut when making an altar to God in Bible times. But this is a pretty remote issue in a children’s book – nothing to get uptight over.

I give this book five smileys out of five.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLookBloggers.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Little One, God Loves You by Amy Warren Hilliker, illustrated by Polona Lovsin

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Author: Amy Warren Hilliker
Boardbook
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-0-310-75307-0
List price: $6.99

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

Little One, God Loves You by Amy Warren Hilliker is a precious snuggly board book to share with the youngest children about God’s love and care. With only a few well chosen rhyming words the message of God’s love and how we fit into God’s family will ring true in the wee child’s mind.

The illustrations are adorable as the baby bunny enjoys the love of parent and grandparent bunnies, bounces around in play, learns to be helpful and to share love and to thank God for his love and care.

I’m impressed with how well rounded, appropriate, and complete these concepts are for the youngest children. They are stated simply and clearly. I can easily imagine most toddlers will pick this book as their favorite and want to hear it over and over.

It is the perfect length for a child’s first book fitting their short attention span and their love for turning pages. I highly recommend this book as a baby shower gift.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLookBloggers.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Angels in the Bible Storybook by Allia Zobel Nolan

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Angels in the Bible Storybook 
Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Hardcover, 221 pages
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-0-310-74365-1
List price: $16.99

Reviewed By: Janice D. Green

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

I enjoyed reading Allia Zobel Nolan’s book, Angels in the Bible Storybook. Allia Nolan is an accomplished storyteller with a talent for drawing children into her stories with rich child-like concepts and casual word choices. It is obvious from the start that Allia knows children well.

Allia is equally familiar with her subject matter – angels in the Bible. She re-tells fiften accounts of angel appearances in the Old Testament and fifteen accounts of them appearing in the New Testament. She begins every account with the Scripture reference telling where the event is told in the Bible. I found the references helpful, as a couple of the situations caught me by surprize, though they turned out to be correct.

Many of the stories will be familiar to children who grow up in a Christian environment, though some are less familiar and/or a little difficult to explain to children. Allia Nolan rose to the occasion, however; and brought the stories down to a child’s level.

The illustrations are fresh and colorful and will delight children. Some of the angels appear with wings and some do not. Beginning with the introduction, there are several places in the book that give general information about angels and how they appear to people. A few of these facts are that they are mighty in stature, they sometimes look like people, and the good angels have to fight fallen or bad angels.

What I like best about this book: The creative and thorough way it comes together – making it likely to become a favorite with many children and their families.

What I like least: The stories include a lot of dialog that does not appear in the Bible. This is one the the things that makes writing Bible stories for children difficult, as most biblical accounts are quite brief and written for older youth and adult readers. To make stories come alive for children, it helps for the writer to apply child-like imagination and fill in a little extra dialog and or backstory. I encourage parents to challenge their children, when they are old enough to do so, to read the stories in the Bible (the references are already written in the book for you), and sort out what is fully biblical and what has been added.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars/smileys. Wonderful book!

 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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