Friday, August 31, 2012

Review: The Barnabas Series by Royden Lepp

barnabas goes swimmingbarnabas helps a friend

Barnabas Goes Swimming and Barnabas Helps a Friend
story and pictures by Royden Lepp
Zonderkidz | 2008
Barnabas is a bear: cute enough to cuddle and always thinking of his friends.  In Barnabas Goes Swimming, Barnabas and Russell Raccoon try unsuccessfully to recruit friends for an afternoon of swimming.  Upon arriving at the swimming hole, they find Gary Gator alone and sad because, “it’s not safe to swim alone.”  They gladly accompany him into the water and are pleasantly surprised when their other friends decide to join them as well.
Barnabas Helps a Friend follows a similar pattern as Barnabas and Russell ask their friends to help repair Mr. Beaver’s home after a storm.  The friends are too busy, but Barnabas and Russell are determined to help Mr. Beaver anyway.  When they arrive at Mr. Beaver’s home, they discover that their busy friends are already hard at work.
These books about Barnabas are part of the Zonderkidz I Can Read! series and are classified as My First: Shared Reading books with “basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, ideal for sharing with your emergent reader.”  They follow a traditional early reader format with an illustration on each page and a block of text below.  The text is large and well-spaced – great for beginning readers and those just discovering how a book works.
Families who enjoy faith-based reading or books that convey values will appreciate the gentle life lessons presented in the Barnabas books as well as the scripture verse included on the copyright page.
Also in The Barnabas Series by Royden Lepp:

god loves you barnabas
happy birthday barnabas

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