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Friday, June 19, 2009

I Can Read God's Word (Children's Bible)



Released August 2008

www.barbourbooks.com

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

It’s lots of fun to hear Bible stories at home or in church, but perhaps the younger members of your family are much too young to actually read the stories and verses all by themselves, even if they have a desire to do so. “I Can Read God’s Word” is the perfect solution to that dilemma. The passages are set up in paraphrased text using the NIV version of the Bible. This easy reader has sixteen stories based on familiar Bible passages, each seemingly more delightful than the last. Each page has a sentence or two and is beautifully illustrated. An example, based on Matthew 18: 12-13:

Jesus said, “A man has a hundred sheep. One of them runs away. What will he do? Will he leave the other sheep? Will he go to find the one that is lost? He will! But when he fins the lost sheep, what will eh do? Will he be angry? No. He will shout for joy! His little sheep was lost. Now she is safe in his arms again.”

Many Christian homeschoolers often look for easy readers that match their values, but seldom has one come along as impeccable as this one. This value-based phonetic easy reader, Reading Level 1, has lively appealing illustrations that give visual clues to the word or words on the pages that potentially add to reading fluency. At the beginning of each section is a brief synopsis of each story, an introduction of the “Big Word” and which “sounds and blends” will be used in the text. This is an excellent example of systematic phonics instruction and if you’d like to start your child out with a biblically based easy reader you’ve come to the right place!

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