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Book: The Christian Alphabet Book: Teaching Children about Jesus, Prayer, and the Bible
Author and Illustrator: Tracy Sands
Publisher: Love the Dove Publishing, 2012
Related website: http://www.TheChristianAlphabet.com
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sands,Tracy. The Christian Alphabet Book: Teaching Children about Jesus, Prayer, and the Bible (published in 2012 by Love the Dove Publishing, 3367 Binghurst Rd., Suwanee, GA 30024). Have you ever seen one of those old primers in which children were taught their ABCs using references to the Bible? “A is for Adam, who was the first man; He broke God’s command, and thus sin began.” The Christian Alphabet is a unique, visual, and enjoyable way for parents and grandparents to help youngsters learn the basics of Christianity. Using letters drawn from close to 100 ancient and modern images used in the past 2000 years as traditional Christian symbols, ‘“Love,” the dove from above, guides the reader from A to Z with special Biblical lessons for all ages, such as “G” for God and “J” for Jesus.
Author and illustrator Tracy Sands, an art teacher, says that one evening in 1999 at a church choir event she felt moved to take the pen from her pocket and start sketching letters in the empty space of the margins of the program that she got as she walked in the door. Over the course of the next nine months she created the Christian ABC’s. They begin, “Always Believe Christ.” In the back there is a section that explains the meaning of the different symbols. Depending on one’s religious background, many of the symbols may have more or less meaning for some than others. Also, those who do not celebrate Christmas and Easter as religious holidays will want to be aware that those two observances are mentioned in connection with the Nativity and the Resurrection.
Otherwise, The Christian Alphabet Book is something that families can cherish together while sharing its timeless messages that are designed to give glory to God. At each opening, the right page has a drawing of the letter with a verse of scripture associated with the word it represents and a “seek and you shall find” activity. The left page contains the basic lesson, with the word for that letter and its definition, and a fun activity from “Love” the dove. The primary lesson is highlighted in red. Each alphabet lesson ends with a prayer. The book would probably not be the best to teach a child the basic ABCs, but it would be good to learn about basic Christian beliefs, and it would also reinforce their knowledge of the alphabet. In addition, there is a CD, which is sold separately, that includes some songs mentioned in the text, including the Christian Alphabet song, “Silent Night,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Jesus Loves Me.”