Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Christian Alphabet Book: Teaching Children about Jesus, Prayer and the Bible

The Christian Alphabet Book: Teaching Children about Jesus, Prayer, and the Bible, written and illustrated by Tracy Sands, presents a whole new take on both the alphabet and the Bible.

The author uses each letter of the alphabet to illustrate a word from the Bible. Each word relates to a Bible sentence that either uses the actual word or is related to that word. For instance, the letter “A” is for “always”. The word “always” appears in this Bible verse: “And behold, I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)

The author says, “This book is designed to help all teachers of children… With this book you delve deeper into the inspiring letters of the Christian Alphabet, providing children a fun, instructive way to grow in their Christian faith. Each letter is educational and has spiritual significance. In these 26 unique letters, you will find close to 100 ancient and modern images used in the past 2000 years to express Christianity.”

Each letter is a two-page spread. On the left-hand page you will find a basic lesson (highlighted in red ink) and a fun activity for that letter. Each alphabet lesson ends with a prayer.

On the right-hand page you will see the letter, a Bible verse associated with the letter (as mentioned above), and an activity called “Seek and you shall find.” The activity is designed to “encourage children to find the different Christian symbols within each letter.”

Each of the symbols used in the text is explained in the back of the book. Also, there are four songs in the book. You can listen to the recordings of these songs on the book’s website.

The illustrations are unique and expressive. Each letter is used not only in the Roman alphabet but also each letter is made up of symbols that relate to that word. For example, the symbols for “wheat,” “loaf of bread,” “grapes,” “chalice,” “rock,” and “lamb” are incorporated into the graphic representation of the letter “L”. Each letter includes at least two symbols.

In addition to the creative and expressive symbolic letters, the page layouts are bold, bright and colorful, and are sure to keep a child’s attention.

What I Like: Everything.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 6-12.

Publisher Info: Love the Dove Publishing, 2012; ISBN: 9780985792800; Hardcover, $19.95.

Special Info: As mentioned, readers can listen to recorded songs, from the text, on the book’s website.

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