Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! (Review & Giveaway)

We love books in our house, and I love children's books, so I was happy to review Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! by Kathleen Long Bostrom.  This is just one book in a series about a little boy named Ryan, who is teaching his childhood friend, a stuffed monkey named Rufus, about faith and life.

In Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! Ryan takes Rufus to church one Sunday morning.  Well actually, he must take Rufus frequently, because some of the other church goers recognize the monkey!  Ryan guides the toy through getting dressed, fellowship, singing, the sermon and even praying.

The book is for children ages 2-5, and designed to help them understand an experience they may encounter every week from a young age, before they even realize what is truly going on.  However, it could also be used to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to church if they have never been before.

My Thoughts
I don't allow my children to take any toys into church, so they looked at me a little funny when they realized this little boy was taking a toy.  However, I can imagine that some younger children do need comfort items if they are being dropped off in a church classroom for the first time.

It's also a very rare where our church has children of this age sit through an entire service, but there are times when the younger children do not have children's church, so it is important that they learn appropriate behaviors and that children can enjoy church too.

I like that there is a book out there that helps explore church from a preschooler's point of view.  I think the book is most appropriate for toddlers and young preschoolers as the language is simple and child-friendly.  My "just turned 4" year old let me read it to him, but is used to longer, more complex readings because of his older brother.  The illustrations are sweet, and I really think Rebecca Thornburgh did a good job capturing the enthusiasm of a young child, and my 6 year old enjoyed the illustrations too.

There's really no doctrine in the book itself, as it is about the experience of church, so it has a wide audience.  It would also make a great book for a stocking stuffer, Easter basket, or for any children's classroom in a church.  It's a board book, so it's sturdy and can stand up to being in a nursery or even tossed in the diaper bag as a gentle reminder for your young child during a service.

More Info
You can buy Rufus as Ryan from Ideals Books for $7.99, and can follow Ideals Books on Facebook for updates!

I have been blessed with the opportunity to offer one copy of Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! by Kathleen Long Bostrom to one reader.  Remember, even if your children are past this age, it is great for a church nursery or preschool classroom!

Please Note:  One winner will be randomly chosen on October 5th.  Entrants will not be contacted unless they win.  Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.  Mom's Heart is hosting the giveaway, but is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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