Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: N is for Noah

A while back, I reviewed A is for Adam by Ken and Mally Ham.  We enjoyed the book, and I was certainly interested in the newest title in that series, N is for Noah

Unfortunately, Trina seems to have decided that she is <sob> too old for these books now.  At least, that is her opinion right now.

One thing I really, really love with this book is that it sits up, tent-style and the child can sit on one side, looking at the picture and the simple rhyming text... like:

"K is for Kept
Kept safe on the ark, only eight people went on board,
With each kind of land animal and food that was stored.
For seven days the ark stood with the door open wide,
Noah must have pleaded, 'Please, people, please come inside.'"

And I can sit on the other side, where I don't have the big pretty picture, but I do have the above text.  So I can easily read it aloud, or easily help my child with the more difficult words as they read.

The majority of what is on my side of the book though, is suggestions for things to do with this page, or things to talk about.  There is a bit of an overview, including the text of Genesis 7:1-5.  There are "Bible Bits" -- short little sentences giving some information for the child to repeat.  There are questions you can ask your child, from the basic "Tell me what you see in the picture." to "Did Noah trust God?"  There is an "Always Remember" section, which is kind of a "key points" for the child to repeat back.  There is "Stuff to Do" which involves actually getting up and away from the book and being active.  And there are review questions.

In the back of the book, there are slightly deeper suggestions for the pages.  Again, for the K page, they have suggestions to read a few verses from Job 40:15-18 and to discuss things about behemoth.

Also, available online are coloring pages to go along with the book, making this even more fun for kids who like coloring.  I think those pages are going to eventually win Trina over to working through this with me.

For a child in the 3-7 year old range, going through a page at a time could be a fabulous ritual.

You can go see what other Moms of Master Books have to say about N is for Noah!

There is a Book and a Treat Facebook party coming up tonight at 9 pm EDT where you could win cool prizes including (I assume) this title, a "Noah" production from Sight and Sound Theatres (the "treat" sponsor this month), among other things -- and discuss the book. 

Disclaimer:   I received this books for free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of the Moms of Master Books program.  No other compensation was received.  The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.

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