Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Ballad of Matthew's Begats: An Unlikely Royal Family Tree

The Ballad of Matthew's Begats, is written and sung by Andrew Peterson and illustrated by Corey Godbey. Drawings of Bible characters are placed like snapshots on colorful pages throughout this book. If you've seen the genealogy of Christ written in the book of Matthew, you know how long and difficult some of the names can be. A sing along CD is included in the front of the book making this an entertaining way to learn the family history of our Lord. There are fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon and fourteen from the exile to Christ. It's all wrapped up in a fun educational sing along book. There are very brief "Did you know...?" facts on each page; for example:

"Did you know...Jehosophat had 28 sons and 60 daughters?"

What I Like: Everything. The pages are intriguing. The song is fun to listen to.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: Recommended for ages 5 to 10.

Publishing Info: Thomas Nelson, 2007; Hardcover; 32 pages; ISBN: 1400309093

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