Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Friday, October 4, 2013

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church - Book Review

About the book:

Rufus and Ryan is a new series of books for preschoolers, featuring Ryan, an energetic boy, and his stuffed monkey Rufus. Basic Christian and church concepts serve as the foundation of the series, with an additional focus on character traits and development. The text is presented in young Ryan's voice as he teaches Rufus about the concepts he is learning himself. Each story is about 150 words, using age appropriate vocabulary and themes.
Also available now, Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers.

You know, even if I didn't have my girls, the first section that I would visit in a bookstore would still be the children's books. I cannot express the sense of calm and contentment that comes over me when I have the opportunity to leisurely browse through the many wonderful selections for kids out there.
When I have the chance to review one, I look forward to it as much, and maybe more than my little rugrats.

This book is a sweet little board book designed to help littles understand what to expect when they attend church services with their families.

Board books are just what our family needs for our busiest little bee, who, at her young toddler age, can be tough on paperbacks. It's also much easier for little fingers to flip through the pages as we snuggle in the rocking chair to read together. The illustrations are colorful, engaging, and overall child friendly. Children can identify with young Ryan, and his cute, stuffed sidekick, Rufus the monkey.

Ryan's mom and dad gently teach him how to navigate through the church activities, and he then guides Rufus. The text is simple and age appropriate for the toddler/preschool set, and this would be a book that young children will enjoy looking at over and over again.

I love that my older daughters are old enough to read aloud to our baby girl, and that they like to do so as well! We each take turns reading to her, and at her age, she loves the repetition, and the cuddles of everyone is great too :) I'm happy to see that this is one of a series so we can enjoy more titles with these characters. I suppose to sum it all up, you could say that this family gives this book 4 seals of approval. Check out the links below to see how to purchase this for the little one in your life.

About the author:

Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children's author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master's in Christian Education and  a Doctorate in Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children's ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois.

About the illustrator:

Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children's books full time in 1996  and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca's vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!

Written by: Kathleen Long Bostrum
Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh
Publisher: Ideals Books
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