Book Review: A Bible Alphabet by Alison Brown

Bible Alphabet Book by Alison Brown Brown, Alison. A Bible Alphabet. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2007. 31 pp. $8.00 (Buy from Westminster Books and save 40%)

I knew coming from Banner of Truth, this book would be a solid resource for young children learning their alphabet.  I was pleasantly surprised to see just how much of a resource this book can become.  Beginning with “a is for ark” and ending with “z is for Zion,” Ms. Brown takes a quick tour of the entire Bible in twenty-six letters.

The sub-title of the book is “introducing little children to well-known Bible stories.”  This is accomplished and then some.  For example, I would have thought that “w is wall” would have been about Jericho but it was not.  Rather, she chose the story of Nehemiah’s rebuilding Jerusalem.  Throughout the alphabet, you are introduced to Jezebel, Dorcas, jail, the epistles of Paul and Balaam.  These are stories that most children are not as familiar with; that is, in the children’s bible story books I have read to my boys, these have never been mentioned to our detriment.

My oldest son, who is four, knows his alphabet but enjoyed the illustrations and even told me more about the stories than what was shared in the book.  As I was reading the book with my boys, I was wishing they had scripture references for the stories so we could turn immediately to the Bible for more information.  When I got to the letter Z, I noticed that the opposite page had a list of Bible references for all of the letters of the alphabet.  I was excited that they did include this.  Perhaps the only change I would make is to add them in a smaller font size on each page, but that is just me.

This book has so much potential for use in Sunday School, in home schooling, and parents who want to teach their children their alphabet and introduce stories from the Bible as well.  There is a 64p. activity book that can be purchased in addition to this book.  This is a great resource at many levels because it not only teaches the alphabet but it also begins to build a solid foundation of Scripture knowledge for the children as well as perhaps the new believing parent.


Comments

  1. Katharine says

    Rachael,

    Thank you so much for letting us know about “This Bible Talks” – this is a great book!

    You are so right that these books targeted toward children are an excellent way to instill these stories and their messages at a young age. I still remember my first children’s bible and how much I enjoyed reading the stories over and over. It’s so nice that someone created a talking book so that children can enjoy these stories even earlier.

    I’ve already given the book to two young children as Birthday presents, and they loved it. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for Christmas, birthday or baptism gifts.

  2. says

    Thank you for the suggestion! This book looks really great. I love finding books that other kids are enjoying. I recently found a book called “This Bible Talks!” that goes along with this idea that (pre-readers) kids really love. These books are great because they are introducing the Bible in a fun and youthful way so young children can understand and learn. Thank you for the review.

    If you want to take a look at this book, here you go….
    “This Bible Talks!” by Pamela Fischer
    Narrated by Michael David McGuire
    (you look, see and listen here…order too): http://www.thisbibletalks.com

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