Thursday, December 31, 2015

God's Word for God's Children: In the Beginning

As expected by the title, God’s Word for God’s Children: In the Beginning, by Olin Edward James is a story about the Creation. It is the first book in the KathIrene Kids God’s Word for God’s Children Bible Series, a series of books for young children that focus on individual stories from the Bible.

This is a very short book, written in rhyme, with only nine verses.

What I Like: I like the pen-and-ink illustrations. They are colorful and expressive.

What I Dislike: The book is written in rhyme. As many of you know, I am not a big fan of rhyming text for kids as it is difficult to do and to do it well. Sadly, this is another example of the shortfall of writing in rhyme. Most of the rhyme is forced, which throws off the rhythm of the story.

Also, although this story is supposed to be for children, the author uses the word “firmament” when the word “earth” would have been a more appropriate term.

Overall Rating: Ho hum.

Age Appeal: No age group is given, but I’d say 4-8 years would be about right.

Publisher Info: Life Sentence, 2014; ISBN: 9781622451876; Paperback, $4.99.


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