I reviewed Rufus and Ryan Go to Church! from Ideal Books with my 3 year old son. It is a well constructed board book with simple concepts that are age appropriate for the target age group of ages 2-5. He liked the book and even though the schedule of what kids do at church is different from our church, it gave us a talking point to discuss what some other churches do for kids and how it was similar to what the kids do at church his grandparents go to is like and will be going to very soon. The pictures are nicely drawn and pleasing to look at. After reading the book, my son was interested in playing with his sock monkey as he wanted to be like Ryan and play with his toy monkey. This book has been in our night time reading rotation now since we have received it. You know how toddlers and preschoolers are when they get a new book they like.
About the Rufus and Ryan Book Series from Ideal Books
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.
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.
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