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Big Thoughts For Little People [Hardcover]

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Item Description...
Presents alphabetically arranged entries from A to Z on such virtues as forgiveness, kindness, and unselfishness, with advice for children on how to live as Christians.

Publishers Description
Ken Taylor's best-selling book is now updated with all-new bright and colorful illustrations and a larger trim size. Using the alphabet as a learning tool, the easy-to-use format of this beloved picture book connects Bible themes and verses that teach kids ages 3-7 Christian values. Each spread represents a letter of the alphabet and a Christian value or moral lesson beginning with the same letter. Kids are encouraged to find the lesson being modeled (or not) in the illustrations. They are also asked questions to help them apply the lesson to their lives. This book is sure to win the hearts of kids and parents alike.

Item Specifications...

Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 10.36" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2009
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
Age  4-8
ISBN  1414333102  
EAN  9781414333106  
UPC  031809133101  

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Another Jewel For Christian Families  Feb 19, 2010
What a wonderfully illustrated, vibrant review of basic Christian principles and morals. We have enjoyed other Kenneth Taylor Bible-based storybooks and this was no exception. Clearly Mr. Taylor's enthusiasm for teaching Bible truths to the youngest of children made him very sensitive to the needs of children and their parents.

My children are a little older (6 and 9) but they still enjoyed the alphabet-letter approach and colorful illustrations.

There are so many books out there that we can read to our children and encourage them to read that have NO eternal value. Life is short, there are only so many hours in a day so filling my children's minds and hearts with good examples of behavior and morals is important to me.

I do not think anyone with children will be disappointed adding this charming book to their family's bedtime reading line-up.
Great Holiday Gift for Little Ones!  Nov 20, 2009
The kids and I got a chance to check out the new Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth N. Taylor from Tyndale Publishing. Let me tell you a bit about the book, and then I tell you what we thought. Big Thoughts for Little People is an ABC/daily devotional book geared towards ages 3-7.

There were so many things we loved about Big Thoughts for Little People. The illustrations are nice and colorful, and each set of pages (from A to Z) shows the capital letter as well as the lower case letter for that lesson, which the teacher in me really liked. Each short lesson has a few discussion questions as well as a short verse for your child to learn. For example "E is for everyone. God loves us all. The black and the white. And the short and the tall." is one of my favorite lessons from Big Thoughts for Little People. It has a scripture references of 1 John 3:1. I had to laugh at this one: "Y is for yelling. It's all right outdoors. But please be quiet in houses and stores." We're going to be reading that one over and over, I can tell! ;) I noticed several of the discussion questions also encouraged the children to make observations about the illustrations that correlated with the lesson. I thought this was a great way to get the children more involved in the lesson. The only problem I had with the whole book was that the verses are taken from The Living Bible, which is not one that I'm too keen on. But that is my personal preference. Out of all my kiddos, I think my five year old got the most out of this book.

The hardcover is always appreciated by this mommy. Hardcover books last so much longer at our house and at only $14.99 (even cheaper at this site) it's priced extremely well. The author, Dr. Kenneth Taylor, died in 2005 and I really appreciate that Tyndale is doing its part keeping this amazing author's work alive.
Lovely Book for Young Christians  Nov 6, 2009
Overall, Big Thoughts for Little People is a very nice book for young Christians. It is definitely didactic, rather than a story, but the lessons are presented in a simple and appealing way. It would make a good gift for a Baptism or First Communion.

(My full review is posted on my blog, Frugally Blonde. I received a complementary copy of the book for my review.)
There's a reason it's a classic!  Nov 6, 2009
Kenneth Taylor - well known as the author of The Living Bible, and founder of Tyndale House publishers - was a man dedicated to conveying the Christian message to children (he had 10 himself) in simple, understandable truths. Big Thoughts for Little People, a much-loved, best-selling picture book has now received fresh new illustrations while maintaining Taylor's text from the original edition.

Many readers my age may be familiar with the original version of this classic title, which was wildly popular during the `80s, and be looking forward with nostalgic fondness to sharing this new release with their own children. I however, missed out on the first edition as a child, so it was with fresh eyes that my daughters and I dug into it together. My first impression was that this vibrantly illustrated hardcover filled with bright, action-filled paintings of children with simple text and discussion questions might appeal to my three-year-old, I was wrong. Every time I open its pages I'm surrounded by a flock of eager faces - 6, 3, and 1, as all of my children adore this newly revised classic.

Arranged around the letters of the alphabet, each letter features a lesson relating to Christian character and moral development. A is for Asking, B is for Behave, C is for Crying and so on. Introduced by a four lines of rhyming verse:

D is for doing
What needs to be done.
So please do it cheerfully.
Then you'll have fun.

At this points all parents are saying, "Huzzah!" Who can argue with reading this to their children? But, how do the children react? I was afraid that the simple, direct, and pull-no punches moral teachings might be considered boring for my little ones, but if we take it one letter at a time and allow the lessons to sink in, they eat it right up.

A paragraph discussing the concept and relating it to the accompanying illustration follows the rhyme. Three brief, age-appropriate questions are then asked. At times these questions encourage children to examine and interact with the artwork ("What are some good things the children are doing? Tell about each one."). At other times the questions encourage the child to engage in personal reflection and encourage brainstorming ways to do better ("What kind of thing could you do to help someone?"). Each letter closes with a scripture verse from Taylor's own The Living Bible.

At times my three-year-old needs some guidance through the more contemplative questions, my six-year-old dives right in (they actually can't wait for their turn to tackle each question), and my one-year-old slaps at the bright illustrations and tries to turn pages (I have the page tears to prove it). Who would have guessed? My children have been captivated by this seemingly simple formula that repeats throughout the book.

Does it work? If taken a letter at a time and reinforced by the parent, I'm going to say yes! After reading, "C is for Crying", in which Taylor explains that crying isn't really necessary unless an injury has been sustained, I started asking my three-year-old if she'd been hurt when she was sniffling to herself. Sometimes she said yes, I kissed her better, and she went on with her day happily. Other times she didn't say anything, thought about it, and stopped crying. Wow.

Andrea Petrlik Huseinovic new illustrations for the classic text certainly provide much of the appeal found within the pages of Big Thoughts. Her use of thickly layered bright paints, and `toothy' paper lend her bold palette a highly developed sense of texture and motion. Busy paintings filled with a plethora of active children, activities and objects that start with the target letter, and hidden ladybugs to count give equally busy eyes something to keep them busy while little minds absorb the lesson embedded in the text.

Big Thoughts for Little People can easily serve as a comprehensive, back-to-basics course in proper behaviour for preschoolers, and a launching pad into further discussions with any early-primary students who may want to listen in and chime in when it's time to answer the questions. Ken Taylor went home in 2005, years after the first edition of this enduring title was published. One of his life's goals was to reach children with the knowledge of God and instruct them in Christian living. It's clear that his vision is an enduring one which will continue to reach many children for years to come.
Fun to Read  Oct 24, 2009
Each alphabet letter has a little story, verse and three questions for the child to answer; such as, What are the boy and girl and their father doing? In this case, it would be praying. The illustrations are adorable and it's fun to look around the pages to find all the ladybugs and other images. It is a fun way to teach children about the Bible and also learn the alphabet.

I received a copy from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.

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