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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! Review

I have been in on conversations lately about whether to take kids into the worship service with adults or send them to a seperate service so they don't disturb anyone.

I am firmly in the camp of Family Worship that is all together in the same service in the sanctuary. I love having my children sitting beside me and learning from the pastor. I want to sing worship songs with them and I want them to see me taking notes and learning from The Word.

So, when I had the opportunity to review this book I jumped at it. Rufus and Ryan Go to Church is all about teaching children what to expect in service and how they should behave. It is just adorable! The pictures are sweet and having the monkey along with Ryan helps kids relate on a less intimidating level than just rules and regulations.

I loved reading this book to my 3yo and watching her expression as she saw the pictures and found Rufus in each one. I also loved watching my 8yo read this book to my 3yo. It was pretty precious!

"In Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!, four-year-old Ryan explains to his stuffed monkey, Rufus, what is happening as they attend church on Sunday morning. He lets Rufus know when it's time to sing and to pray and to be quiet. Author Kathleen Bostrom brings a delightfully light touch to the text as she provides an introduction to an experience that most children are eposed to long before they understand why. And children everywhere will relate to the idea of explaining their surroundings to their favorite companions as they go about their daily activities."

This is just one of the first titles in a new series of inspirational books for preschoolers. Also available now: Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers.

This sweet little book will be a favorite for your kids because of the pictures and characters and yours because of the sweet way it helps kids learn about church.

WHO is this book for?
- Children ages 2 to 5 and their parents, grandparents
- These faith-based board books make great gifts during any season: Christmas, Easter, baby
- Toddler birthday
- Gift from grandparents
- Gift for your child's Sunday School teacher of children's minister
- Perfect for church nurseries, Sunday school classes, preschools, and church worship settings

About the Author

Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children’s author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master’s in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children’s ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois.

About the Illustrator

Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children’s books full-time in 1996 and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca’s vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles, including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!
Written by: Kathleen Long Bostrom
Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh
Publisher: Ideals Books
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