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Friday, December 10, 2010

Review: Good Morning, God (Children’s Book)

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Apologia has long been known for their creation-based science textbooks, but there’s more to Apologia than just science.

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I recently had to opportunity to review Good Morning, God, a sweet little book written for ages 1-8 by Davis Carman and beautifully illustrated by Alice Ratterree.

Good Morning takes its inspiration from Deuteronomy 6:6-7…

These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.

Impress them on your children.

Talk about them when you sit at home

and when you walk along the road,

when you lie down and when you get up.

…by trying to show very young children how we can love God in everything we do and how parents can teach that love in all places and at all times, day by day by day. Even when the kiddos are jumping on the bed. The book’s prose follows a simple repetition that has a quiet, meditative quality to it. It brings to mind the use of repetition that has come down to us throughout history in oral tradition, the simple rhymes that make it easier for the storyteller to remember the details as he tells his story again and again.

covercasebNow, this is not a great literary masterpiece, but it does make the idea of constant prayer accessible to very young children. Each day of the week, we see our hero, a 4-year-old boy as he loves and worships God in play and while learning as his parents gently guide him. To help you with the task of guiding your own children, the author has included some discussion questions, Bible readings, and a few suggested activities at the back of the book for each day, beginning with Sunday…and ending with Sunday, because we know that all things begin and end with God.

Bible translation used in the book: NIV. While this is an openly Christian book, it is not filled with doctrine. I could not tell you after reading it much about the author except that he is obviously a very thoughtful follower of Christ. The discussion questions are of the type to encourage thinking and I don’t thing they would interfere with whatever your particular church’s teachings are. Some examples: Why did God give you ears? How can being quiet help you know, love, and worship God? Think of it as a mini-Bible study for Littles.

What did I think?

I won’t hesitate to use this book with my kiddos in our Catholic household. Though it is suggested for ages 1-8, the Bible readings and discussion questions could be adapted to use with older children so everyone’s on the same page.

What did the kiddos think?

They love the illustrations (you can download a sample of Good Morning, God here to see for yourself). The Littles seem to like the repetition. The 10-year-old not so much, but then the book wasn’t really written for his age group.

272Good Morning, God (hardcover) is available from Apologia for $14.00.

Also available: a coloring book for only $4.00.

For more reviews of this book, please visit the TOS Crew Blog.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Good Morning, God for review purposes from Apologia. I received no other compensation. This review reflects my honest opinions and observations.

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