Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review: Trees of the Book by Kimberley Payne, fun family book

by Kimberley Payne, illustrated by Esther Haug
 From the Publisher:

Trees of the Book is a 26 page children's activity book, #1 in the Science & Faith Matters Series. It explores the trees discussed in the Bible in a way that is both fun and informative for children of the grade 2 - 3 level, or ages 7-9. With a colorful interior and 8.5" x 11" format for comfortable handling for children, it offers challenging activities, fun facts, opportunities for Bible study and presentation of stories connected to the trees.

Paperback: 28 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches

Publisher: byDesign Media (February 13, 2013)

ISBN: 978-1896213736



Kimberley Payne shares information and activities from biblical accounts, from the oaks of Genesis to cedars and palms, and the mustard tree, to the less common fig, sycamore, and brooms.

Told in a fanciful first-person style as though the tree is telling its own story, Payne gives both the biblical passage where mention of the tree is made, and questions related to it. For example, the first story about the oak involves using the tree as a landmark. At the camp Abram set up near these mighty oaks, God made a special promise. Payne asks her readers to think about promises.

Following these passages and questions, Payne gives the scientific description of the species, including growth pattern, names, and other details.

Each chapter also has an activity, such as word search, fill-in-the-blank paragraph, match the facts, or a crossword.

Haug’s illustrations are charming and add depth and beauty to each chapter.

It’s hard to mix science and faith for many. In this book, readers don’t have to even enter a debate. God’s creation is wonderful and varied and awesome. Payne ends with a great glossary, answers and a fun list of further activities.

Highly recommended for fun and learning, Sunday School, family activities.

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