Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Birth of Jesus Read-Along Storybook

Remember those LP records or cassettes you had as a kid that came along with "read-along" books? It's tough to find a modern equivalent, but Larry Carney's The Birth of Jesus Read-Along Storybook does just that - and for a terrific price, too.

The book itself is about the size of a large CD case and features quality rhyming text and traditional cartoon illustrations by Enrique Vignolo. The CD is well narrated by Nigel Lambert, and the way to explain the book is clearly explained. (Whenever a "ding"is heard on the CD, it's time to turn the page.) The story begins with the selection of Mary as Jesus' mother, and follows the biblical story until the wise men visit the Christ child. The book ends:
"That's how Jesus Christ was born,
The Son of God on Earth.
We join the Lord's immortal flock
Thanks to His precious birth."
The CD ends with 10 of traditional Christian songs - all upbeat in tempo and many with a country feel - including "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Go Tell it on the Mountain," "Jesus Loves Me," and a Christian version of "If You're Happy and You Know It."

What I Like: My 5 year old had never before had a CD and book combo, and she loves this one. Sometimes she sits and listens, turning the pages in the book, and sometimes she listens without the book. Either way, this is one of her favorite CDs. I like this CD because it's biblically accurate and it gives my child a book-related activity to do on her own. I also love the affordable price.

What I Dislike:
Nothing, really, although I think the musical portion of this CD isn't up to par with the non-musical part of it. The music isn't bad - it's just not as well done as I would prefer. (But then, I'm probably a harsher critique because I'm a former professional singer.)

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: The publisher doesn't have a recommendation, but I'd say 2 to 8.

Publishing Info: PC Treasures, 2010; ISBN: 978-1600722400; hardback, $2.99

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