Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Book Review: Noah's Ark Storybook and Wall Clings

My 6 year old son and I just read and completed The Story of Noah’s Ark:  Storybook and Wall Clings written by Lori C. Froeb and illustrated by Luana Rinaldo.  It was wonderful!  The text is written at a 1st-2nd grade level, so early readers can read many of the words.  It captures the full Bible story and it’s lessons in a manner that children can easily understand.
The illustrations are delightful – the big chunky animals have animated expressions, and almost seem to invite you to play along with them!  The playful tigers, swinging monkeys, cheerful bumblebees, spotted puppies, hungry piglets and flitting butterflies are sure to capture your child’s imagination!
The book comes with two pages of wall clings which stick to clean walls, but peel right off, so they can retell the story.  My son actually wanted to split his pictures between his bedroom and the playroom, and there were still plenty of stickers for both rooms!
Research says that we learn from reading/listening, but we learn much more when an element of play, discovery or re-teaching is added to the reading.  This storybook with wall clings does just that – it invites children to continue discovering the Bible story long after the last pages are read.
This is a great gift for young children (ages 0-7).  Infants could enjoy the bright pictures in their nursery, toddlers will enjoy naming the diverse animals, and older children will enjoy ‘playing school’ while telling the story to their friends.  I would recommend the book for families, for homeschoolers, for Christian educators, and for Sunday Schools.  I hope they’ll publish more Bible stories with wall clings – I’d love to give them as gifts for years to come!

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