Written by: Kathleen Long Bostron
Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh
Publisher: Ideals Books
Available at Ideals Books
About Rufus and Ryan Go To Church
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 exposed 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.
Rufus and Ryan is a new series of books for preschoolers, featuring Ryan, an energetic little boy, and his stuffed monkey Rufus. Basic Christian and church concepts serve as the foundation of the series, with an additional focus on character traits and development. The text is presented in young Ryan’s voice as he teaches Rufus about the concepts he is learning himself. Each story is about 150 words, using age-appropriate vocabulary and themes.
Also available now, Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers
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.
My Review – This is a cute book to share with your young child about going to church and sitting through worship service. I enjoyed reading this story to my two year old daughter. She’s been attending church with us since birth but spends most of that time in the nursery or toddler room. We loved looking at each page together (the illustrations are bright and beautiful) and while I read the story, I would ask her questions, like “Where’s the monkey?…turtle?…mommy?…daddy?…grandma?…cookie?…etc.” It was fun for her to point to each person or object that I was referring to. Even though she doesn’t sit with us during service now, she will have to start doing that when she’s in Kindergarten. The elementary school aged children at our church stay in service with us during the praise time (singing), before they head off to their Sunday School classes.
My six year old son, who is in the first grade, sits with us during service before going to his Sunday School class. I wish this book had come out a couple of years ago! =) Let’s just say that he has a hard time sitting still and doesn’t always use a soft “indoor voice” when he needs to tell us something. This story introduces basic concepts about being quiet and still during times when you should be but also encourages kids to sing their hearts out during the praise time. I understand that it’s hard for kids to not move around and be quiet, so it doesn’t really bother me when they are a little noisy but these are still good concepts to learn at this early age. The book also teaches kids that church is filled with friendly people and is a place to look forward to going each week. My son may be a little too old for this board book but since he is learning to read on his own, I think I will have him read this story to me. =)
What I also appreciated about this book were the illustrations. The people in the story were young and old (multigenerational) and of different ethnicities. I am reminded of our church congregation when I see these illustrations. Thank you, FlyBy Promotions, for the opportunity to review this book.
Extra Resource: TOP TEN TIPS FOR INTRODUCING YOUR CHILD TO WORSHIP
GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of the book, Rufus and Ryan Go To Church. Giveaway ends Friday, October 11th at 11pm.
The giveaway is now closed. The winner of Rufus and Ryan Go To Church is Lindsay!
To enter, please leave a comment telling me about your experience(s) with bringing young children to church. Any advice or tips to share? Or head over to Top Ten Tips For Introducing Your Child To Worship and let me know if any of these tips sound helpful to you.
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