Thursday, February 20, 2014

A is for Abinadi by Heidi Poelman and Jason Pruett

Okay, I know, most of the followers and readers of my blog are a little too old for children's books. But I was asked by the author to read and review the book, and since I'd seen some parts of it that I thought were really cute, I agreed. So, without further ado, here's info about the book, and my thoughts on it.

Blurb: A is for apple but also for Abinadi! Teach your children about some of the greatest heroes in the scriptures with this beautifully illustrated alphabet book. They will love searching for items that represent each letter while they get to know heroes like Captain Moroni and Esther. Along with learning their ABCs, your children will learn to recognize and love these great Book of Mormon and Bible examples.

My Thoughts: This is a really cute book, with bright, colorful illustrations that will definitely hold a child's interest. The short description on each page with each letter naming a prophet are just short enough to keep a child's attention, while being filled with enough information to know who the prophet is. For example, this is the page for "N":

While all of the drawings are adorable, and most of them are appropriate, there were a few that were maybe just a bit lighthearted for the particular subject of the page. (The page for Hannah was heartbreaking for anyone who's ever dealt with infertility.) But that's a personal opinion, and probably wouldn't even register for most people--definitely not with the target audience for this book who will find them all delightful. Overall, I recommend this book as a tool for teaching the little ones about some of the prophets.

Pick up your copy today:

A is for Abinadi: An Alphabet Book of Scripture Heroes

About the Authors:

Heidi Poelman has always loved learning about inspiring people. In A is for Abinadi, she found a way to write about many of her favorites. Heidi received her degrees in communication from Brigham Young University (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). She lives in Utah with her husband and three children.

Jason Pruett has always loved making people smile. Jason has degrees in art from BYU (BFA) and the Academy of Art University (MFA). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife where he creates drawings that make people smile.

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