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A Light for my Path: An ABC Book

I was excited to receive a copy of this brand new alphabet book published by Apologia Press, written by Davis Carman and illustrated by Alice Ratterree.  Even though, my own children are now teenagers, I remember the days spent curled up reading our favorite alphabet books when they were just toddlers.  So I was happy to be chosen to review A Light for my Path.

Here’s the synopsis from the publishers website:

“Help your children fall in love with the Word of God while learning their ABCs. Snuggle up on the couch together with this beautifully illustrated book based on one of the most beloved passages in the Bible. A Light for My Path is an alphabet book and so much more. Written to help children develop an abiding love and deep respect for God’s Word, each page is infused with the wonder of Scripture and God’s creation. In addition to illustrating the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, the book also introduces families to the twenty two letters of the Hebrew alphabet using the acrostic Psalm 119. This gorgeous 80-page volume is sure to be treasured in your home for years to come.”

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A Light for My Path is truly a creative approach to the tradition alphabet book.  Each page starts with the words, ” God’s Word, Law, Statutes, Decrees, Commands, and Precepts are,” then proceeds with an adjective to describe God’s Word starting with a letter of the alphabet, along with a creature that starts with that same letter. Here’s one of my favorite examples:

The illustrations are beautiful and have a peaceful tranquility to them.  I love how the artist has incorporated creatures from the previous page into each illustration. For instance, on the page for “B” there is a butterfly featured, but there is also an ant, from letter “A” climbing up the stem of the plant. The pages for letter “C” features a caterpillar, but a butterfly is seen flying in the distance. Very creative! 🙂

Here on the page for the letter “X”, you can clearly see the whale from the previous page gently diving into the water.

While the illustrations include things in creation that start with that particular letter, it is not spelled out on the page and I found myself wishing that the text spelled out the name of the featured creature along with the adjective.  While most of the pages are obvious like “Absolute,” with a picture of an ant and “Blessings,” with a picture of a butterfly, there are a couple that are not. (The page above being the best example.)  I’m not sure if young children would recognize the Narwal, Quail, Urchin and especially the Xantus’s Hummingbird.  (When I got to X, I was stumped on what image on the page actually started with the letter X.  There is, however, a key in the Introduction section of the book.)

The second part of A Light for my Path, is Psalm 119 (NIV version).  Each page has a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, to go along with that stanza of the Psalm, which is an acrostic poem.

When my kids were young, our collection of Alphabet books were always among their favorites.  I love how A Light Unto my Path incorporates the beauty of God’s creation with the concept of learning the alphabet.  With it’s beautiful text and illustrations, this could truly become a family favorite.

You can find this book, along with other books, curriculum, planners and other homeschooling resources at the Apologia website, by clicking the logo. There is a free sample excerpt of A Light for my Path available for your review before purchase!

ISBN: 978-1-940110-03-5, Age: Pre-School read-aloud, Price: $14.00 (as of this writing) 

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Apologia: How Do We Know God is Really There? by Melissa Cain Travis

Now that my kids are teenagers, one of the things I’m really missing is snuggling together on the couch with a good book. That, and the chance to read a good picture book!  But at least they were more than happy to read How Do We Know God is Really There? on their own to help me with this review and they both enjoyed the story.

First, here’s the book synopsis from the Apologia website:

“Thomas and his father escape to their backyard tree house most evenings to watch the night sky through a telescope. Thomas is dazzled by what he sees of God’s creation, but he has questions. ‘Dad, how do we know God is out there?’ he asks one night. ‘I know the Bible says He’s there. But how do we really know that’s true?’  Together, Thomas and his father begin to examine the cosmological evidence for God’s existence.” 

How Do We Know God is Really There? is the first book in the new Young Defenders series, written by Melissa Cain Travis, Illustrated by Christopher Voss and published by Apologia Press.    It will be part of a new series of beautifully illustrated children’s stories on Christian apologetics.

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I was so happy for the timing of this book. While the intended audience is obviously the young child, my 14 year old son is interested in studying astronomy, so he was more than happy to read any book that has something to do with space.  He thought it was cool that the author explained the Big Bang Theory in a way that even young children could understand and shows God as the creative force behind it.

My daughter, age 17, also thought it was a wonderful story for kids around the age of five to ten.  She loved the idea of the being in treehouse with a telescope and the beautiful illustrations that went along with the story.

I love that this little picture book clearly demonstrates Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  This is a beautiful story about a father and son spending time together discovering an amazing part of God’s creation. If my own kids were younger, I’m sure this little book would have been a family favorite.  I can imagine my son, especially, wanting to read this one again and again.

Because of the vocabulary, this book is best suited as a read-aloud with your young child.

Product Information

How Do We Know God is Really There? by Mellisa Cain Travis is available for purchase through:

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Price: $16.00 (As of this writing), ISBN: 978-1-935495-96-3, Estimated Age:  4 – 10ish

Apologia carries an excellent line of science curriculum, Biblical worldview products, planners, and other books and resources for Christian home educating families.  They also facilitate online classes through Apologia Academy.  For more information on these and other products, visit the Apologia website.

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