Bible Favorites- One Sentence Storybooks (review)
Review of One Sentence Story Books (Written by Nancy I. Sanders, Illustrated by Hannah Wood)
My son started first grade, and I suddenly found my house filling up with reading materials of all sorts. Books, and packets, and flash cards flooded his backpack and bookshelves. With much of his reading material, I found that the most common factor between them all was how repetitive they were. As beginners, children, especially boys, have an easier time learning to read word by word. Dick and Jane books are a perfect example of the repetitive wording I’m talking about. Although there are a lot of great beginner reader books out there, not many of them follow the classic Dick and Jane manner of writing. As a Christian mother, I also desired to find a great beginner reader book that introduced my young ones to bible stories, which was easier said then done, until now.
One Sentence Storybooks gave me the manner of learning I desired for my chlidren in both reading and biblical stories. When I first ordered the books I wasn’t sure what the book set would look like, but was glad when what I received was an adorable little 4 by 5 inch box with a flip open top. My son couldn’t wait to open it! Inside we found ten little 6 page paperback books. At first I was worried that my son would quickly lose interest in a book so small, but came to find that my son loved how easily and quickly he could read each book, and was even more excited to get to the next one. Each book starts off with one or two words, then the turn of a page and it adds a couple more words to the first word(s), and on until you get to the end of the short story. Then on the last pages you get a quick word review, and a short lesson involving a bibe fact, a verse, and a prayer to pray with your little one. To make the book a little more challenging, I had my son read the lesson page to me. He was very proud when he was able to read the whole page without needing my help.
The books also follow the bible stories, starting with creation, “The Sun and the Moon”, then onto Noah’s ark, “Two Mice and the Ark”, and onto other stories such as Moses, David and Goliath, the Birth of Jesus, and even the story of the angel who watched over Jesus’s tomb. They’re very simple stories, meant mostly for word recognition, but they also spark interest, opening your children’s mind to learning more about the bible. My son and daughter love Jesus, and love hearning stories about Him and other people in his time. I love that these books allow my children to learn about the Bible on their own, while also helping them to learn to read at the same time. My favorite part of these books was when I found my son reading the books to his younger sister. He may still be learning to read, but he became so confident in his ability to read these books on his own, he wanted to read them to his sister, just like his mommy reads to him. It was a very precious moment.
I believe these books are a must have for any Christian home, childcare, or preschool. They are the perfect independent reader books. The words and illustrations are short, simple and easily understood, which works well with younger readers. The books are small, easily handled by younger ones, and safely stored within a small flip box that velcros shut. My only wish is that the the set included Jonah and the whale rather then David and the giant, as I don’t think minds so young understood David “hitting” the animals and the giant, and I don’t think it’s good that hitting is really the only lesson they receive from that story. Otherwise, I was much impressed with this little set, and am glad to have it apart of my children’s collection.
-I received this book for free though Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.