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The Creation Series – Eight Book Set Review by Tony Silva

By Carol Leah
STL North America
100 Biblica Way/Frank Schaffer Way
Elizabethton, TN 37643

The Creation Series - Eight Book Set ($19.99) is a pre-reader collection that can be part of a child's first "early reader" library. Carol Leah, an educator in Great Britain, felt called to write this series so that children could learn about God while developing their early reading skills. She achieves her goal by drawing from the Good News Translation in Today's English Version of the Bible along with her own child-friendly text.

Each book in the series reminds parents that the books are designed to be read to children ages 3 to 4. There are brief instructions at the beginning of each book with suggestions for getting the most out of the books. The instructions are the same for all of the books, and they provide good suggestions for parents reading aloud to young children.

The books are beautifully illustrated by Sharon Rentta. The first, an overview of Creation week, introduces the reader to three children, Joy, Daniel, and Todd. The second and remaining books each cover a different part of the Creation, tying it to things children experience every day. Each book has a brief introduction pointing out some feature of the book. In the first book, children are encouraged to find at least ten snails; in the second, eight black stones, and so forth.

Being published in the UK, this series has few terms and visuals that might be unfamiliar to children in North America, such as the references to mothers as "mums." The book is available through the publisher's North American distributer, STL North America.

Product review by Tony Silva, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2010