E. Brunstetter has outdone herself this time. I've read many of
her books and this is the best one so far. If you've heard of
Ms. Brunstetter, you're probably thinking of her Christian fiction
romances about Amish young people. This book is also about Amish,
but it is a children's book. I read this aloud to my children
and we all enjoyed it. The main character is a boy named Solomon
Lapp. The book is a collection of short stories about him and
his family. In each story Solomon or a brother or sister learn
a valuable lesson taught from the Bible. The lesson is woven into
the fabric of the story line very well. My favorite one was actually
the first one. Solomon is a pretty smart boy and his siblings
and friends come to him for advice on varied problems. His advice
is a little off and...well, you'll just have to get the book and
read it for yourself. Honestly, I really enjoyed this book and
couldn't find a thing wrong with it. In fact, I would encourage
Ms. Brunstetter to continue to write more stories in this line.
This book will definitely be on our bookshelf.
Wisdom of Solomon is one of the cutest child-friendly storybooks
I've ever encountered. The book is a compilation of twelve lesson-teaching
stories that children will be able to instantly relate to. Although
the stories are about Amish children I believe any child can relate
to the characters. Occasionally an Amish word is used in a story,
but the English word is always parenthesized for easy story-telling.
This would make a great read aloud, and Kindergarten age children
would probably enjoy acting out the stories as well. The only
religious part of the book is the beginning of each chapter where
a verse from Proverbs is shown next to the chapter title. Other
than that, the stories are about everyday life and the lessons
children learn such as sharing, telling the truth, minding parents,
and being a friend. Young children ages 3-5 will probably ask
to be read this book over and over and older children 6-7 will
probably enjoy reading this book once or twice by themselves.
I give this book a very high recommendation for it's interesting
stories, cute artwork, and the lessons it teaches. This book is
due to be released March 2009. At 256 pages, this book is also
a great value.
E. Brunstetter has set the standard when it comes to writing about
the Amish. Her novels are well-loved as are her young adult books
in the Rachel Yoder series. Now Wanda takes her readers on an
even greater adventure, a book of children's stories, beautifully
illustrated for ages three to seven! The Wisdom of Solomon features
Solomon Lapp and his family and friends. Young Solomon is typical
of any young boy, and he must learn life-lessons like being honest,
helpful, encouraging others, and forgiveness. Each Solomon experience
features a Bible verse that sets the tone for the story, and the
lesson is shared in such a way that children will eagerly listen
to and understand the message. The drawings that illustrate the
stories are whimsical and fun to look at and feature a host of
farm animals, outdoor scenes and typical Amish household activities.
As each story unfolds, children are introduced to some Amish vocabulary.
The definitions immediately follow the words, but they are also
located in a handy glossary at the end of the storybook. These
stories give parents a multitude of teaching opportunities ranging
from character traits to good daily work habits and proper behavior
toward others. My personal favorite was the story about Happy
Lights! Can you guess what that is about? It brought back pleasant
memories from my own childhood! I don't have young children in
my home any more, but I can confidently recommend this book to
anyone with young children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews.
The Wisdom of Solomon will provide a rich time of teaching, sharing
and fun for everyone, and will quickly become a household favorite.
This would also be a good choice for Sunday School teachers and
nursery workers who are ministering to the pre-K and kindergarten
groups. I hope Solomon Lapp will enjoy many more adventures from
Wanda Brunstetter's pen! This book releases in March of 2009 from
FordWindow To My World
you are looking for some excellent books for early readers from
a Christian perspective I have a couple to highlight for you.
The first one is I Can Read God's Word by Phil A. Smouse. This
book has sixteen Bible Scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments.
For each topic a beginning section has the actual Scripture, along
with a quick devotion. There is also a "big word" defined in each
topic, and the phonics used in the reading of the story, for example
beginning consonants, short vowel sounds, beginning blends and
more. Then the Bible passage follows in an easy to read special
paraphrase with each of the phonetic tools shown in red print.
I brought this book along when we visited my extended family just
before Easter to read with and give to my 6 year old niece. She
was particularly engaged with the illustrations and tried hard
to sound out the words given the phonetic instructions. She was
so excited to have it, and proclaimed that she was going to bring
it to church to show her Sunday School teacher. If you would like
to see inside this book head on over to Amazon.com and you can
see a few pages inside it. The other book I'd like to mention
is The Wisdom of Solomon Lapp which is written by Wanda E. Brunstetter
and illustrated by Phil A. Smouse. The illustrations in this book
are charming and like most of Wanda's stories for children it
is full of fun, but also filled with great lessons. The twelve
stories in this book begin with a Proverb and then an adventure
with Solomon, his sister Sara and their friends, impart the lesson
to be learned. Children ages 4 -8 are sure to enjoy it.