The Ten Commandments For Little Ones Hardcover – Jan 1 2009
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About the Author
Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally published, award-winning author of more than 170 children's and adult trade titles with close to three million books in print. Her books reflect her passions, God, cats, and writing for children, and include such titles as Cat Confessions and The Ten Commandments for Little Ones. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two cats, Nolan Nolan and Sineady Cat the Fraidy Cat. Janet Samuel is a professional illustrator whose colorful art is featured in The Ten Commandments for Little Ones. As an illustrator of greeting cards and books, she has worked with numerous clients including The Art Group, International Greetings, Pan Macmillan, Parragon, Scholastic, Fernleigh Books, and Lion Hudson. Janet lives with her daughter in South Wales.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The Ten Commandments are a difficult subject to cover for young children because some of the commandments deal directly with adult issues like adultery and murder. But Nolan does a superb job explaining such issues without becoming explicit. For example, with the sixth commandment, Nobel writes about Cain and Abel:
"Cain became so angry that he sinned by hitting his brother and killing him...Hating, or having bad feelings about someone, is the first step toward wanting to hurt or get back at them..."
For the seventh commandment, she writes:
"When a man and a woman get married, they promise to only love each other, and not to love anyone else in that same special way. Joseph worked for a married man. The man's wife wanted to love Joseph the way she loved her husband, but Joseph said, 'No!' and ran away. You should run away from people who want you to break your promises to God and to others."
In fact, Nolan touches upon a Bible story each time she writes about another commandment, but never fails to shed light on how the commandments fit into a child's everyday life, also.In addition, she offers an introduction, explaining how the Ten Commandments came about, plus a page of questions to help children "dig deeper" into the meaning of the Ten Commandments, scripture references, a note to parents and teachers, and a two page glossary of terms (like "blessing" and "idol") that might not be familiar to children.
What I Like: Everything! Nolan does a superb job making the Ten Commandments understandable and applicable to children. This is the best picture book I've read on this topic, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The illustrations by Janet Samuel are a terrific addition to the book, showing children of many ethnicities, plus Bible characters, in colorful, cute drawings.
What I Dislike: Not a thing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Kristina Seleshanko, Managing Editor, Christian Children's Book Review
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