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Friday, November 6, 2009

Book Review: Big Thoughts for Little People

* Mama Buzz, and reviewers, were provided with a complimentary copy of this book for blog tour purposes*


Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth N. Taylor

Ages 3-7

Hardcover retails for $14.99

I would first like to talk to all of my regular readers. I'm not sure how all of you feel about these reviews but I want to promise you one thing: I will always be completely and totally honest about how I felt about a product or book. If I dislike something, I will most certainly tell you because I do not want you to waste your money on something.

And if you don't like these reviews, well, you can skip them. But I warn you: you might miss out on some great stuff!

Like this book.

Big Thoughts for Little People is not a new book. Kenneth N. Taylor's original book came out in 1983 - when I was two years old! - so many of you may have experienced the text already. I had not. But there were several things that struck me right off the bat:

1. The full title is actually Big Thoughts for Little People: ABC's to help you grow. I love anything that I can use as an ABC resource for our preschool work at home.

2. The illustrations by Andrea Petrlik Huseinovic accompany the text beautifully. from what I understand, these are a new addition and I think they are fabulous. My son will sit and look at one picture forever, asking what each child is doing and telling me what he sees. I love to see the wheels in his head turn as examines each page.

3. And this is the most important one for me...It is Bible-based.

Here is how the book is set up:

Each letter of the alphabet starts with a poem. For instance, the "A" page starts like this...

A is for asking,
We ask when we pray.
God is happy to answer
And help us each day.

What follow is a mini-devotional to read to your child, explaining more about the poem. On the facing page is an illustration, which is referred to in the devotional. I love the visual reference, and as I mentioned before, my son does as well.

Next are some wonderful questions to ask your child as follow-up. Built-in conversation starters are such a bonus! Jeremiah and I have had some pretty deep (for a 3 1/2 year old!) discussions off of these questions. We have covered prayer, behavior, forgiveness, helping others, God's love and more - and we're only on letter H!

Lastly, for each letter, there is a Bible verse to tie it all together. Children are never too young to benefit from hearing Bible verses.
We try to read one letter a week to go with our preschool curriculum, but Jeremiah always wants "Just one more page!"

So, is this book worth $14.99?


It is a nice hardbound book that you are sure to read over and over again with your children. It is a great reference to use when a topic, such as lying or illness, comes up and you want a simple but Biblical way to present it.

I would highly recommend adding Big Thoughts for Little People to your library!

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing this book for us to review!


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