As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I received a package of four picture books in their new Seasons of Faith series. Each book includes a CD where Uncle Charlie reads the story -- complete with little noises signaling when to turn the page.
I skimmed a couple stories as I looked at the pictures, and was pretty sure my kids would enjoy these.
I loved that the kids were completely capable of keeping on the right page. They enjoyed the story and loved the pictures. The basic plot comes straight from Matthew 18:23-35. A shop owner forgives Brad for breaking a sign. The child turns around and refuses to forgive his best friend, Doug, for ruining his baseball cap. The shop owner finds out, and calls on Brad to pay for a new sign by working in the shop. The greatest part of this story was that when the shop owner calls Brad's father, Dad backs up the shop owner and makes Brad work off his debt. Everything ends happily ever after, as Brad forgives Doug and they both learn a thing or two about forgiveness. And Brad goes into his obligation to work off his debt with a good attitude. Each book ends with an invitation to ask Jesus into your life.
There are also discussion questions available for each book. We liked these on our second time through the books.
I wanted to have the child in both stories talking naturally about his/her faith with the other child. But I wanted them all to see the parents reaching out to the other family as well, in more than a 'hey, why don't you come to church with us' kind of way.
Anyway, we did really enjoy the books, we were able to talk quite a bit about the kids and their friends. I'm glad to own these books.
You can see more about the books, including a video preview and a radio promo, by visiting the website. The books can be purchased there for $10 apiece, or right now, the set is available for $20. And if you use the code FREESHIPAPR15 by April 15, 2010, you will get free shipping on the set.
And you can check out what my fellow crewmates have to say about Children's Bible Hour at:
Any questions? I'd love to know what you would want to know in deciding whether or not this is something you want to purchase.
Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive these books for free from the publisher. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review. It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise. If I don't like it, you'll hear that. And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family. For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.