My goal as a homeschool mom is not just to teach my kids their ABCs and 123s. It’s to help them become well-rounded, competent adults who love the Lord. My duty to lead them to Christ is THE highest priority I have as their mother.
Reformed Free Publishing Association has put out this beautifully illustrated book for young children that connects the alphabet with scripture. It’s called T is for Tree: A Bible ABC. It was written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer and intended for kids ages three to six. We received a copy of this hardcover book to review and all four of my children enjoyed looking at it.
This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley Times. If you came here looking for this particular article but thought you were going to a different site, never fear, you’re actually in the right place. 🙂
Below that, there are a couple of verses of Scripture in KJV. Each is attributed so you can go look it up yourself for context or to cross-reference a different translation or a concordance if you so choose. These verses are related to the word the author chose to represent the letter on any given page.
A lot of the verses the author chose to use are ones I wasn’t even familiar with. I like it when Bible study resources mix it up and don’t just use the same stories over and over. We can all learn something that way! And kids are less likely to become bored as they discover new-to-them passages.
The pages each have a border with small illustrations that are relevant to that letter. For example, N is for nest had birds along the borders. The main picture is directly related to the letter and poem.
The drawings are realistic scenes and not cartoonish at all. They are bright and colorful yet muted and not so overstimulating like many books for this age group. I also like that the book is horizontal; it gives the kids a different experience than with the traditional vertical format.
I do not want to speak for the publisher, but as I understand it, “Reformed” is used to describe Calvinist beliefs. We are not Calvinists, but this book does not speak directly about that anyway. I did pick up on one reference to “election,” but it was subtle and not something you’d need to address at all, much less in a way that would reflect Calvinism as the only right way (just follow your beliefs here).
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The book is a nice break from the usual Bible books you normally see for youngsters. It would be a good beginning reader also, for children who are still mastering fluency. They would likely be able to read most of the poetry; perhaps the verses would be a little harder as they are KJV. We all really enjoyed the illustrations and the text and it would be perfect to use to teach the verses to children, either for memory work or how to study and look up further context.
For more reviews on T is for Tree: A Bible ABC, click here! Other Homeschool Review Crew members with young kids have also been using this book with their families.