Thursday, October 3, 2013

"Rufus and Ryan Go to Church" Review & GIVEAWAY!! (10/16)

*Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the following book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
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.
This is just one of the first titles in a new series of inspirational books for preschoolers.
About the Rufus and Ryan:
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.
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:
Rufus and Ryan Go to Church is a sweet little board book!  Ryan's enthusiasm about going to church reminds me of my own kids' excitement.  They know when it's Sunday that it's 'church day', just as Ryan does, and my daughter especially can't wait to get dressed up, see her friends and learn more about God, Jesus and the Bible.
It's cute to read how Ryan teaches Rufus about attending church.  I think little ones can relate to the excitement Ryan has of sharing something they enjoy with someone they care for.  I also think Rufus and Ryan Go to Church is a wonderful way to introduce young children to attending a church service as well.

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church is recommended for the following:
- Children ages 2 to 5 and their parents, grandparents
- These faith-based board books make great gifts during any season: Christmas, Easter, baby
- Toddler birthday
- Gift from grandparents
- Gift for your child's Sunday School teacher of children's minister
- Perfect for church nurseries, Sunday school classes, preschools, and church worship settings
Buy It!
Rufus and Ryan Go to Church can be purchased through Ideals Books for $7.99.
Also available now, Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers
Congrats to comment #1, Ken Ohl!
One of my readers is going to win their own copy of Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!
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Open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen shortly after and contacted via e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise I will have to choose a new winner.


Ken Ohl said...

I'm an email subscriber. thankyou, ken

mail4rosey said...

I like that it's a board book. It sounds like a cute storyline. :)

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Sandra Davis said...

this book would be great for my twin nephews. sounds like a great book

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Sara Rowe said...

I'd be thrilled to have this to read to my baby when he's old enough :)

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Alexis AKA MOM said...

Congrats Ken Ohl

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