Friday, October 16, 2009

Barns of Barley: The Parable of the Rich Fool

Barns of Barley: The Parable of the Rich Fool by Claudia Courtney and illustrated by Kathy Mitter, is a book for early readers who are learning to sound out words. This book is one of the fifteen books in the Phonetic Bible Stories series. This parable can be found in Luke 12:17-21.

This story emphasizes the phonogram "ar" (think barley.)

"Barley in barns,

Garlic in carts,

Parsley in jars.

Chard in all parts."

The illustrations are vivid, and work well with the story. The book starts with a look at the rich man's flourishing garden. He had men to harvest his crops in his large yard. He realized that because of his large amount of crops, he needed larger barns, "up to the stars." He was so proud of his proceeds that he wanted a large party to celebrate his wealth. He was shocked and dismayed to find that his great greed was keeping him away from God.

What I Like: The author writes a note to parents at the beginning of the book. She gives ideas of how to most effectively use the book for early readers. Although this is a relatively short book, it can be turned into a Bible/phonics review or lesson. There are many interesting food items that can be looked up as you read through the story with your child.

What I Dislike: I don't dislike anything about this book. It is well-priced and a great teaching tool. I would definitely consider buying other Phonetic Bible Stories.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: 4-8

Publisher Info: Concordia Publishing House, 1998; ISBN:0570050952; Paperback $2.99.

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