Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Prairie Alphabet by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet

Recommendation: Recommended

I saw this book at my local library yesterday. I impulsively grabbed it off the shelf and brought it home. I had only one thing in mind when I saw it - Kansas. We recently moved away from Kansas (although I would have to say we didn't live in the prairielands) and just the title of the book made me think of all my friends there.  So, this one is for you dear friends!

An agriculatural journey from A to Z this book was fun and educational. For those familiar with farming and agriculture it will be a fun reminder of life on the prairie. For those unfamiliar, the book does a great job of giving you a glimpse of what life on the prairie may be like.

Positives: I enjoyed the use of alliteration on each page. At the end of the book the author gives a list of items to be found in each illustration that correspond with the letter on that page. A great teaching tool! Also, at the end of the book the author gives a brief, but more in-depth explanation that corresponds with each letter as well. This makes it a great book for the whole family as it can appeal to a wider age group.

Negatives: Some of the words that children are supposed to find on each page will be difficult for young children as they are unfamiliar or big words.

Talking Points: Talk with  your children about farming. How farmers work hard to produce food for all of us. Read Gen. 3 and talk about how sin has affected the world we live in. Gen. 3:17-19 tells us that because of sin we have to toil and labor and sweat to produce food. Before sin entered the world Adam and Eve ate without working for their food. Then read James 5:17 and see what we can learn from the farmer - patience! And what are we to be patient for? The coming of the Lord- the end of the curse! Strenghen your hearts friends and be thankful!

Age Level: 3-9

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