Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Title Tuesday: The Greatest Story ABC

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads!

As I mentioned last week, we here at The Forgiven Former Feminist are starting to branch out into children's books to help offer good options for parent's looking to build or strengthen their children's walks with God. 

Today is our very first Title Tuesday for Kids and we are going to take a look at The Greatest Story ABC book by  Kevin DeYoung (author) and Don Clark (Illustrator). I bought this book to be a "devotional" type book for my boys' quiet time. I wanted something simple, but theologically sound for them to learn and take to heart. 

So how did we use it? 
Each morning during our devotional time we go through this text after a boys devotional but before we do our memory verse work and song of the month.  We started out reading it exactly for the boys. Now we let them recite it to us as we turn each page. You can check out how we do this in the video below. 

So how long did it take for my boys to memorize the themes of this book? 
I bought The Greatest Story ABC in December of 2017, and we started reading it January 1 of 2018. This video was recorded on February 1, 2018. So, in just 31 short days my 3 year old son had memorized almost the ENTIRE text. My almost 2 year old has memorized the major phrases that he likes or finds interesting, but he doesn't have it down word for word yet.

Why do I like it?  
This is not another kids book that chops out the fun and easy stories for Sunday school coloring pages. This text covers the metanarrative of the Bible. The Greatest Story ABC uses a letter of the alphabet to teach the overarching story of God's incredible love for humanity. The illustrations are captivating and very detailed. I LOVE the fact that it isn't cartoon-ish! 

Overall, I would have to rate The Greatest Story ABC a solid A+ for children. It is a fabulous tool for teaching more than just Bible stories, but for teaching a deeper understanding of how the stories all fit together to show God's incredible love for humanity. I would strongly recommend this to anyone with young children (ages 2-5 is what is recommended), Sunday school teachers, homeschoolers, and private school teachers. It is a fun and beautiful way to teach the story of God to young children. 

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