Thursday, December 31, 2009

Honor Your Father and Mother: The Fifth Commandment for Little Ones

Honor Your Father and Mother: The Fifth Commandment for Little Ones, written and illustrated by Pam Forster, is a collection of Bible verses for teaching children the meaning of the Fifth Commandment. Each verse is preceded by a simple question.

For instance, “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” [Proverbs 28:25, NKJV] is given as the answer for this question, “Instead of obeying my parents, do I argue with them?”

The illustrations are simple pencil sketches; there is one on almost every page. According to the publisher, the “line drawings aid children’s understanding, and are suitable for coloring (and are reproducible for your own family’s use).”

What I Like: I like the concept of the simple line drawings being used by children as their parents read the book to them.

What I Dislike: I think the language level is too advanced for the majority of the age group this book is intended for. And, the wording of the questions is off. For instance, one of the questions is, “Do I seek to make those who discipline me happy, without truly repenting of my sin?” Children just don’t ask questions like that. I think a better way to word the question would be: “When my parents discipline me, do I just try to make them happy by pretending I’m sorry or am I really sorry when I do wrong?”

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: The publisher suggests 2-12 as the appropriate age group for this book, though that range seems a bit expansive. I guess that's because parents can read it to the youngest children while they're sharing ideas with the older ones.

Publisher Info: Doorposts, 2006; ISBN: 9781891206238; Spiral Binding, $10.00

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