Friday, October 4, 2013

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church Book Review & Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was provided with this book to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Thanks so much to FlyBy and the sponsor for providing this information and giveaway.

I have a fun children's book to tell you about, Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!  I love that this story is simple and that kids can focus and engage right away.  It is short but really packs a punch - it tells the story of Ryan and his experience at church on Sunday morning.  Of course, he takes along Rufus, his stuffed monkey.  As he explains to Rufus what is going on we in turn get his view of church.  The illustrations are fun and add to the story line - D and E had a great time playing find Rufus (the monkey) throughout the book.  It is a great to have an additional tool to talk to the kids about going to church - asking them what they think, finding out about their experiences and how they view service, worship, prayer and more.  I am so excited that this is just the beginning of a series of inspirational books for younger children!  Count me in :).

D was super excited about Rufus and Ryan.

 D checking out the book.

 E loves to find Rufus.

Reading Rufus and Ryan

Read more about this book, author and illustrator below!  Oh and there is a giveaway too.

Rufus and Ryan Go To Church!
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.
Also available now, Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers

WHO is this book for?
- 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

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.

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Rebecca Parsons said...

I would love to have this for my grandson who is 2!

Jessica Wyatt said...

This book would be for my son!