Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Let's Learn About the Lord's Prayer :: Book Review

As a member of the Litfuse Group I often get the chance to review and share adult fiction books with my readers. This month I landed the opportunity to discover, read and share a children's book with you. As you know, we LOVE reading so when we scored this book, I was super excited. Let's Learn The Lord's Prayer is the perfect introduction to the Lord's Prayer. Here is more about this children's book.

In this vibrant, colorful board book illustrated by Ryan Jackson, DeVries introduces Emma, a preschooler who welcomes readers at the front door and invites them in for a special play date. Upstairs they meet Blueberry, Emma’s favorite teddy bear. The two show readers all the fun toys in Emma’s room before heading downstairs for snack time. As they sit down in the kitchen and get ready to pray before eating, Emma shares with readers she has been learning about the Lord’s Prayer.

Emma quotes each line of the prayer and explains every part in a way preschoolers can understand. As Emma’s mom taught her, children will learn “this whole world belongs to God. Everything we do is for God’s glory, which is like a big celebration that shows Him how amazing we think He is.” Children will then head back to Emma’s room, where they teach the Lord’s Prayer to Blueberry. The entire prayer appears at the back of this delightful book, along with an access code to a whimsical song that will help them learn it.

Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer and all the coming HeartSmart releases will offer parents the opportunity to infuse their homes with God’s Word. By using these charming books, moms and dads will be equipped with a clear spiritual formation path for building in their child a strong foundation of faith based on key Scriptures. Through engaging and playful stories about children their own age, young people will be captivated by the colorful illustrations and inspired to hide God’s Word in their hearts through repetition and song — two prescriptions for memorization. 

Catherine DeVries has written 20 books for children, including the bestselling The Adventure Bible Storybook. As associate publisher of Children’s Resources at David C Cook, she leads product development for The Action Bible collection, which has sold more than 1 million copies. She is a graduate of Calvin College who has won Retailer’s Choice awards in 2000, 2009 and 2010, as well as a Gold Medallion award in 2008, among others. She also serves on the board of the Tween Gospel Alliance. Catherine lives with her husband, their three children and big furry dog in the Colorado forest. 

As a Mom to a very active 2 1/2 year old boy book have to have big impact right from the start to get and keep C's attention. Let's face it: little boys aren't known for being able to sit still for long. I love the unique way that this book incorporates scripture in a manner that allows for little ones to understand in real-life situations. For instance, four year old Emma learns: "Forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors." She discovers this means she is to forgive friends in situations like a disagreement on the playground. Additionally, I enjoy that the book allows for reading involvement. Emma asks interactive questions, like how old they are and what their favorite food is so the child feels included in the story. This sturdy board book has fun and colorful illustrations that will grab the attention of young readers. Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer is the perfect solution to teaching your little one the Lord's Prayer in a way he or she would understand.

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