We’ve been enjoying a new book called T is for Tree: A Bible ABC
from Reformed Free Publishing Association
. Read on to see our review and some more details about T is for Tree: A Bible ABC
This adorable Bible ABC is recommended for ages 3-6. I enjoyed it with all my children, but it was definitely most age-appropriate for my barely-6-year-old. Why is it that kids of all ages still enjoy ABC books? My 6-year-old has known her ABCs for many years, but she still loves ABC books. She loved this ABC book because of the rhymes. We usually speed through ABC books, but we took our time with this book, savoring each page’s illustration, poem, and Bible verse.
There’s a lot to soak in on each page.
The book bucks what I’ve seen as kind of a recent(ish) trend in children’s Bibles because THIS book uses a sweetly old-fashioned-looking cover illustration, and realistic looking artwork on each page. It’s not cartoony, stylized or silly. We all have a place in our lives for cartoony, stylized, and silly, but I’ve always loved the early-20th
-century book illustration style, and this book reminds me of that. The illustrations are endearing and my 6-year-old examined each one carefully. Her favorite page was M, for Moon, but she had a hard time choosing a favorite. She decided that she loves the little boy reading a book under a tree and she has to make a heart over him with her hands when we get to that page, like so:
Adorable, right? She wished that there was also a girl under the tree, but she loved the boy a lot. Something about many of the illustrations provoked emotion in her, which I suppose is what art is supposed to do. I’m definitely not an expert in art, but we had quiet, thoughtful times while reading this book, and my little 6-year-old has always been a whirlwind tornado of a child who operates on a continuous loop of chaos. She’s always thinking, but her quiet times are rare.
From the first page, there were many detailed things to absorb. An ant hill is something that’s a universal source of wonder for young children.
My daughter decided to change this page to RB for RainBow.
The page with foxes was another favorite. We had to spend a while talking about bird nests and foxes. We had a bird nest exactly like these under our deck – except ours had a cuckoo egg in it, too. Now it’s got some baby robins and a big baby cuckoo. Again, there was just something about the illustrations was relatable and thought-provoking for my young child.
This is a new book for 2018. Scriptures are taken from the King James (Authorized) Version. (It’s dedicated to all the children of the Reformation, so probably not a great gift for the Catholics in your life if anybody’s worried about that.) The language used sounds nice when read aloud, and the advanced language and vocabulary is mentally stimulating rather than dumbed-down.