If I had to choose just one word to describe my son's reading style, I would have to go with PICKY!
He was an early reader-teaching himself to read at two and mastering 'learn to read' books at about three, but despite his knack for it, it's always been a bit of a challenge to actually get him to pick up a book! If it's not a subject that interests him, he will not read it.
Thankfully, over time we have found a few types of stories that catch his attention and have seen his reading collection grow and grow. He now loves reading stories about his favorite characters (like Thomas, Veggie Tales and the Berenstain Bears), or science and technology (Magic School Bus), books about subjects like time travel and adventure (Imagination Station) and books about people in history (Who Was,,,?). But perhaps one of his absolute favorite type of stories to read are Bible stories! From actual Bibles to Bible storybooks to creative retellings, he loves them all.
So, I was thrilled to have the chance to review a selection from the Little Bible Heroes Flip Book series, Samuel/The Little Maid:
What could be better than a great hero story? TWO great hero stories! And there’s no better place to find them than the Bible. Each Little Bible Heroes™ Flip-Over Book offers two stories of bravery, faithfulness, and kindness—straight from the Bible and perfect for little hero-loving hearts!
In these pages, read how young Samuel learned to listen to God. Then flip the book over and learn how the Little Maid helped heal Naaman from a terrible disease. Two great stories to learn from and enjoy!
Now, as far as reading levels go, these were certainly VERY easy readers for my advanced reader...but regardless, he LOVED them, and honestly, isn't that the most important thing? These are short, sweet and simple... perfect for kids just learning to read, or who love being read to by mom and dad. They share fun Bible stories in a way that is easy to understand for even the smallest of kids. My son loved reading it for himself, and my daughter loved having it read to her! As a parent, I loved the section at the end of each story that actually did help us to go in a little deeper together, with a great scripture to read and some questions to discuss. These were still simple enough for my son to understand and helped it to be more than just any old story. As a mom, I strive to teach my kids about Jesus and the bible, but so often don't know where to go beyond just reading the stories, so this was a huge plus. I also found myself thinking that these could be a great resource for Sunday School teachers as well!
The stories were great of course, but for my son, it was all about the flip! It's human nature to always want more bang for your buck, right? That's why we usually tend to go for the biggest piece of cake. More is often better. And that's just how my little guy felt about this book! Why settle for one story when you can have TWO!? He loved reading one story, flipping and reading another...over and over again! It's truly amazing how something as simple as that can intrigue a kid, but when it comes to reading, I'll take whatever works!
Overall, we both really love this book, and are looking forward to adding more from the series to our collection...and there are certainly many great ones to choose from:
- Creation/Noah Flip-Over Book
- Miriam/Daniel Flip-Over Book
- Joshua/Rahab Flip-Over Book
- Samuel/The Little Maid Flip-Over Book
- David/Esther Flip-Over Book
- Joseph/The Good Samaritan Flip-Over Book
- Christmas/Easter Flip-Over Book
- Jesus’ Miracles/Martha Flip-Over Book
And even better, all of these books are great selections to read as part of Family Christian's Summer Reading Program, where your kids can earn a reward for reading great faith themed books like these! You can find more info on that here.
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